Monica is an experienced commercial litigator who focuses on complex business disputes, financial-services litigation, class actions, and First Amendment claims. Having litigated matters from inception through trial and appeal, Monica is a strategic thinker who looks for opportunities to leverage her clients’ strongest positions into early settlement where desirable while also developing each case so as to be trial-ready.
Monica has represented businesses of all kinds in litigation, and is equally adept at handling a complex fraud case as she is handling disputes relating to commercial leases and real estate development. As a former editor, Monica has a keen interest in First Amendment claims. She has represented plaintiffs in multiple high-profile freedom of speech cases, and has represented numerous clients in defamation claims.
In addition, Monica frequently represents petitioners seeking conservatorship of abandoned and blighted properties under the Pennsylvania Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act (Act 135). Monica has successfully litigated numerous conservatorship cases, securing conservatorship of abandoned properties throughout Philadelphia. She also has obtained successful settlements resulting in rehabilitation by owners.
Monica is a 2011 graduate, summa cum laude, of Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Drexel Law Review. While in law school, Monica completed an externship with the Honorable Sue L. Robinson in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Monica also interned at a legal services organization that counsels non-profit companies in the areas of affordable-housing development, community revitalization, and non-profit governance. While there, she assisted an award-winning effort to preserve affordable housing in Pittsburgh using HUD Neighborhood Stabilization funds.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Monica worked in development at a local nonprofit that engaged in affordable-housing development and provided supportive services to homeless families. Her non-legal work has given her a unique perspective on the business needs and concerns that clients have, and continues to inform her practice.
Since 2015, Monica has annually been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star by a vote of her peers and has on multiple occasions been named to the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor in recognition to her commitment to pro bono service in Philadelphia.
Drexel University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (2011)
University of Florida, B.A., English (1999)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Bar Association
Drexel University, Kline School of Law Inn of Court
Awards and Honors
Recognized as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2015, 2018)
The First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor (2013, 2014, 2015)
"Alert: Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies "Legally Occupied" Under the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act," Litigation Alert, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, April 18, 2019
"Dismissal of a Complaint Due to an Arbitration Clause Does Not Toll the Statute of Limitations," Litigation Alert, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, March 28, 2019
Local Exceptions in CAFA for In-State Class Actions, Law360 (Jan. 26, 2014) This article discusses the home state and local controversy exceptions to federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act for in-state controversies. https://www.law360.com/articles/501278/local-exceptions-in-cafa-for-in-state-class-actions.
2015 ABA Annual Review of Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation, Criminal & Enforcement Litigation chapter
2014 ABA Annual Review of Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation, Criminal & Enforcement Litigation chapter
2013 ABA Annual Review of Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation, Criminal & Enforcement Litigation chapter
2012 ABA Annual Review of Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation, Criminal & Enforcement Litigation chapter
An Uncertain Regulatory Future for Prepaid Cards, Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, Vol. 31, No. 7 (July 2012). The articles discusses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s plans to regulate the rapidly expanding prepaid card market.
2011 Sees Focus on Whistleblowing and Dodd-Frank Claims, Business Law Today (Jan 23, 2012).
Pro Bono Experience: