Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC

Attorney Profiles

Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere, Esquire

Professional Litigation Experience

Emmanuel has been selected as a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel-the Nation’s Top One Percent of attorneys.

The publishers of the Philadelphia Magazine have multiple times named Emmanuel one of the best plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania with the designation of a Pennsylvania Super lawyer. Only five percent (5%) of Pennsylvania lawyers receive this honor. A Super Lawyer is an attorney recognized by his peers as outstanding in the practice of law.

Emmanuel was a partner with the Philadelphia plaintiffs’ law firm of Eaton & McClellan before he founded Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC. Prior to working at Eaton & McClellan, Emmanuel practiced both as a defense and plaintiff’s lawyer with another Philadelphia law firm. In that position Emmanuel represented defendants in eminent domain, employment, health care, labor, medical malpractice, and personal injury actions. He also performed substantial legal research and writing, and reviewed collective bargaining agreements and other contractual provisions. Further, he took and defended depositions, and engaged in substantial motions practice, and provided trial support.

From October 1996 through January 31, 1998, Emmanuel served as the law clerk to the Honorable Judge Ricardo C. Jackson of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In his capacity as Judge Jackson’s law clerk, Emmanuel engaged in extensive legal research and writing, and drafted judicial opinions. He also reviewed pre and post-trial motions and briefs, and examined the accuracy of graded offenses and their ranges under the Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines.

Education:

B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania (graduated with highest academic honors-summa cum laude)(1990).

Juris Doctorate, Temple University Beasley School of Law (graduated with the Bertram K. Wolf Award)(1995).

Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Cornell University (2020).

Academic Honors, Awards, and/or Recognitions

  1. B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania-Graduated with Highest Honors (summa cum laude).
  2. Bertram K. Wolf Prize at graduation-Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  3. Dean’s List (three semesters), Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  4. First Prize, BLSA’s First Year Essay Competition, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  5. Best Paper, Constitutional Law and Foreign Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  6. Distinguished Class Performance, Constitutional Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  7. Distinguished Class Performance, Civil Rights Remedies, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  8. Distinguished Class Performance, Employment Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  9. Distinguished Class Performance, Trusts and Estates, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Teaching Experience

Emmanuel was an Adjunct Professor of Law from 2002 through 2014. He has taught continuing legal education courses for lawyers, and has been for many years, a Sunday School Teacher.

Litigation Honors, Awards, and/or Recognitions

  1. Multiple times named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.
    National Association of Distinguished Counsel-Nation’s Top One Percent.
  2. Pennsylvania Bar Association Presidential Award (2005) for co-chairing and helping coordinate the inaugural symposium on judicial independence in honor of late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr.
    Lifetime Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Licensure

  1. Pennsylvania (1995).
  2. District of Columbia (2001).

PUBLISHED LAW REVIEW, JOURNAL & NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

  1. Reality of Racial Injustice and Possible Solutions, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2020(Editorial).
  2. A Note on the Covid-19 Pandemic, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring 2020 (Editorial).
  3. Political Corruption: A Bane on Justice and Societal Improvement, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring 2020 (Editorial).
  4. Arguing Against Continuing Governmental Immunity in Medical Malpractice Actions in Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2020(Editorial).
  5. Judicial Independence in the Pursuit of Justice, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 2019 (Editorial).
  6. Arguing Against Elitism, Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine, July/August 2010.
  7. Mentoring Law Students as a Means to Improving Diversity in the Field, The Legal Intelligencer, May 22, 2009.
  8. Diversity Divergence: Justice’s Concurrence on School Diversity Critical to Equal Opportunity in Education, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2008.
  9. Plaintiffs Firms and Minorities: A Reminder of Continuous Exclusion?, The Legal Intelligencer, June 19, 2007.
  10. Tort Reform Voir Dire Questions In Medical Malpractice Cases, The Practical Litigator (ABA journal), May 2007.
  11. ‘Medical Malpractice Crisis’ Issues Proper for Voir Dire, The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2006.
  12. Commentary: In Honor of Late Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., The Legal Intelligencer(Philadelphia, PA), August 12, 2005, at 7.
  13. Judicial Independence and the Minority Jurist: The Shining Example of Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., 78 Temple. L. Rev. 379 (Summer 2005).
  14. Commentary: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.: A Primus Inter Pares Among Barristers, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), April 8, 2005, at 9.
  15. Commentary: Practicing Law in the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), January 21, 2005, at 8.
  16. Litigation: New Rule 223.3: The Antidote to Carpinet v. Mitchell? The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), October 2, 2004, at 5 and 6.
  17. Commentary: Scalia’s ‘Original Intent’ Position is Exclusionary, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 16, 2004, at 5 and 8.
  18. Guest Commentary: Bill Cosby’s Recent Comments About the Behavior of Some Minorities, The Philadelphia (PA) Sunday Sun, June 13, 2004, at pgs. 4 and 6.
  19. Commentary: Brown v. Board of Education: A Legacy for the Ages?, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), May 17, 2004, at 5 and 10.
  20. Litigation: The Exception to the Coordinate Jurisdiction Rule is Clarified, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), December 29, 2003, at 5 and 6.
  21. Litigation: Handling of Specimen Requires Reasonable Care, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 23, 2003, at 5 and 10.
  22. Litigation: Limiting the Scope of Recovery Under the Tort Claims Act, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 5, 2003, at 5-6.
  23. Litigation: High Court Marches Toward Color-Blind Justice: Race Based Jury Selection Prohibition Reaffirmed, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), May 1, 2003, at 5-6.
  24. Colonial Rapacity and Political Corruption: Roots of African Underdevelopment and Misery (with Emeka A. Iheukwumere), Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law (Spring 2003, Volume 4).
  25. Commentary: Affirmative Action Is a Program Worth Preserving, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), February 19, 2003, at 7.
  26. BET, Telemundo and Univision Refuse to Rate Programs that Could be Inappropriate to Youth, (Guest Opinion), Philadelphia Sunday Sun, August 11, 2002.
  27. Doctor, Are You Experienced? The Relevance of Disclosure of Physician Experience to a Valid Informed Consent, 18 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 373 (Summer 2002)(Catholic University of America Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy)(listed in Prof. Jack Kircher of Marquette University Law School’s 2003 Law Review Articles of Interest).
  28. Balancing Rights of Injured Victims with Statutory Offset Under the Property and Casualty Guaranty Act: Panea v. Isdaner, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly (July 2002).
  29. Culmination of a Trend in Limiting the Scope of Informed Consent? Duttry v. Patterson, 73 Pa. Bar. Ass’n Q. 21 (Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(January 2002).
  30. Title VII, Affirmative Action, and the March Toward Color-blind Jurisprudence (with Prof. Philip Aka), 11 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2001) (Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review).
  31. The Coordinate Jurisdiction Rule and the Law of the Case Doctrine: Important Tools of Judicial Economy and Efficiency, The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2001).
  32. How Constructive Notice Figures in Negligence, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), July 2, 2001.
  33. Application of the Corporate Negligence Doctrine to Managed Care Organizations: Sound Public Policy or Judicial Overkill? 17 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 585 (Summer 2001)(Catholic University of America Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy)(listed in Prof. Jack Kircher of Marquette University Law School’s 2002 Law Review Articles of Interest).
  34. Admissibility of Scientific Evidence Under Pennsylvania Law: An Excursion Through the Frye Test, 71 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 103 (Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(July 2000)(with Craig L. Thorpe, Esquire,).
  35. Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims:Developments in the Law (with Prof. Frank M. McClellan), ALI-ABA Course of Study Materials(1999-2003).
  36. Reality of Discrimination, Necessity of Affirmative Action, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 1999, Vol.62, No. 3.
  37. Not Enough Progress (on minority hiring, promotion, and retention), 21-AUG Pa. Law. 38 ,The Pennsylvania Lawyer, (July 1999).
  38. Prescription Drugs Liability in Pennsylvania: Is Strict Liability Dead?, 70 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 135(Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(July 1999).
  39. Punitive Damages in Pennsylvania: Is Gross Negligence Enough? 69 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 180(Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly) (October 1998).
  40. Differences Between the Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity and Political Subdivision Tort Claims Acts, 69 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 16 (Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(January 1998).
  41. HIV Positive Medical Practitioners: Legal and Ethical Obligations to Disclose, 71 St. John’s L. Rev. 715 (Fall 1997)(listed among the law review articles worth reading in the National Law Journal in 1998).

Published Cases

  1. Whittington v. Episcopal Hospital, 768 A.2d 1144 (Pa. Super. 2001)(co-trial counsel and lead appellate counsel).
  2. Taylor v. Einstein Medical Center, 723 A.2d 1027 (Pa. Super. 1998)(co-appellate counsel).

Professional Organization Memberships and Positions

  1. Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy (2001).
  2. National Association of Distinguished Counsel-Nation’s Top One Percent(2015-to the present).
  3. Co-Chairman, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges’ Committee on “Pursuit of an Independent Judiciary: The Writings of Justice Nix.”(2005-2006).
  4. Chairman, Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (2002-2004).
  5. Co-Vice Chairman, Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (May 2000- May 2002).
  6. Co-Chairman, 16th Annual Minority Attorney Conference (2004) Planning Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  7. Co-Chairman, 15th Annual Minority Attorney Conference (2003) Planning Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  8. Co-Chairman, 13th Annual Minority Attorney Conference (2001) Planning Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  9. Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  10. Member, District of Columbia Bar Association.
  11. Member, Philadelphia Bar Association.
  12. Member, American Association for Justice, formerly known as American Trial Lawyers Association.
  13. Member, National Bar Association.
  14. Member, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
  15. Member, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.
  16. Member, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Board/Other Appointments

  1. Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  2. Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
  3. Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
  4. Former Editor-in-Chief, and Member of the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine.
  5. Past President of the Ngwa Cultural Association of the Delaware Valley (1991-92).
  6. Past President of F.A.N. of the Delaware Valley (1996-1999).
  7. Ordained Elder, Presbyterian Church of Willingboro.
  8. Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Willingboro.
  9. Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Fabio Sciarrino

Biography:

Fabio was born on the island of Sicily, Italy in 1977. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Temple University, Fabio attended Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. While in law school, Fabio served in the Major Trials and Charging Units of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. In the Major Trials Unit, he worked alongside seasoned Assistant District Attorneys in trials of felony cases. In the Charging Unit, Fabio conducted arraignments and bail hearings on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Also while in law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane Cutler Greenspan of the Criminal Trials Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. While in law school, Fabio also worked at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Solicitor’s Office for the City of Philadelphia, successfully helping defend numerous claims and lawsuits filed against these entities.

In law school, Fabio served as the Senior Production Editor for the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review. That same year, his authored article, titled The Doctor Will See You Now, Be Sure to Bring Your Privacy Rights In With You, was published in the law review.

Fabio is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has handled multiple personal injury cases in both jurisdictions.

Fabio has successfully represented individuals, insurance companies and self-insured entities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, entities in the food service industry, and entities in the commercial and construction sectors. Fabio is experienced in handling all aspects of personal injury claims and lawsuits from inception through the conclusion, whether by settlement or jury verdict.

In February 2013, Fabio joined Emmanuel Law Firm LLC to represent victims of medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injuries, and their families. Fabio has been nominated as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2013, for his work on behalf of victims of catastrophic personal injuries and their families. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania, who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, are named to the list.

Fabio enjoys exercising and engaging in outdoor physical activities, such as running, biking, and swimming. He also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, and being involved in community affairs.

Education:

Temple University, B.A. History 1999
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2003

Bar Admissions:

Pennsylvania, 2003
New Jersey, 2003
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Montgomery Bar Association

Publications:

The Doctor Will See You Now, Be Sure to Bring Your Privacy Rights In With You, Temp.Pol.&Civ.R.L.R.(Spring 2003)


Margaret Harrington

Margaret Harrington
Biography:
Margaret M. Harrington (Meg) is pleased to join the firm in October 2019 as “Of Counsel.” Her career has been an educational journey leading to this rewarding practice.
At the outset of her professional career, Meg focused on first-party and third-party property damage claims for plaintiffs relating to both residential and commercial building losses, including losses from fire, product malfunction, oil spills and catastrophic weather. This foundation led to her subsequent practice on the defense side in insurance coverage interpretation, bad faith, product liability, construction accident and defect, premises liability and general casualty litigation. In 2014, Meg completed 60 hours of Real Estate courses to enhance her knowledge and skills for her Real Estate and transaction work. In 2015, she spent a year focused on the litigation and resolution of federal flood claims from Super Storm Sandy. During 2011 to 2016, she again worked with both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury, medical issues, and property damage litigation. The last three years had an emphasis on first party insurance coverage, UM/UIM and bad faith issues.
Since the beginning, Meg has been a civil litigation trial attorney. In 1996-1997, to enhance her skills, Meg attended and graduated with honors from the LL.M. program in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law and learned from some of the premier attorneys in the Philadelphia legal community. She has tried numerous cases to verdict with successful outcomes.
During her career, Meg has served as a member of the faculty at Harcum College and the Community College of Philadelphia, teaching courses in Business Law, Microeconomics, Business and Professional Communication, as well as Civil Litigation, Political Science, American History and Paralegal Studies. Meg has also served as a Moot Court Judge at Widener University School of Law and as volunteer faculty in its Intense Trial Advocacy Program. In addition, Meg was an instructor for the Lorman Seminar on Discovery in Civil Litigation for Paralegals.
Sitting as an arbitrator, and most often as the chairperson, with the Philadelphia Compulsory Arbitration program for over 20 years, it naturally led to volunteering as a Judge Pro Tempore at the Philadelphia County Dispute Resolution Center, where she tries to facilitate settlements of litigation prior to trial.
Meg is an active member of the community, serving from 2005 – 2008, as a parent liaison at Abington Friends School. From 2008 to the present, Meg has volunteered her time in the school and parent community at St. Luke’s School, in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Meg has also mentored high school students in inner-city Philadelphia through the Victory Schools program, and paralegals through CCP. Starting in 2020, she will be part of a new program with Abington Friends Upper School’s “Legal Externship Program”, called “Law Ex.”
Meg is one of ten “Harrington” attorneys in the Philadelphia area. Meg, her husband Mark, and their two sons, Max and Mason, live in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania where they have 2 rescue dogs, participate and enjoy all types of local sports, as well as the arts, and music. They are also active in supporting the” Kevin from Heaven” Foundation.
EMAIL: mharrington@emmanuellawfirm.com

Education:

Temple University (Beasley) School of Law (LL.M. Trial Advocacy 1997, Honors)
Widener University School of Law (J.D. 1993)
North Carolina State University (B.A. 1990)

Bar Admissions:

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of New Jersey


 

Jane I

Jane C. Iheukwumere, Esq.

Biography:

Jane was born in Philadelphia, and grew up in South Jersey where she attended both public and parochial schools. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University-Camden, and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University Law School-Camden. Jane has a record of active involvement in her community, and in her church. Her volunteer work includes helping victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, flood victims in Wilkes Barres, Pennsylvania, providing food-care packages to the homeless, and shelters in Washington D.C., volunteering at Philabundance-a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, and volunteering at NJPIRG—a student organization that tackles climate change, protects public health, feeds the hungry and more—on the Homeless and Poverty Committee. She has served as a Deacon, Usher, and Sunday School Teacher at her church, and been a youth delegate to the General Assembly of her denomination. Jane has been with the law firm in various capacities since 2008.

Education:

Rutgers University-Camden B.A., English, 2015

Rutgers University Law School-Camden, J.D., 2019

Bar Admissions:

Pennsylvania, 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association

Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

 

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