About

At Berman & Asbel, LLP you will work with a professional team of attorneys and paralegals who are highly equipped to provide you with excellent legal service. Our goal is to make your experience seamless, positive, and successful.

Our Team

Bernard M. Berman

Bernard M. Berman

Senior Partner

Bernard M. Berman, the firm’s founder and senior partner, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1965 with an L.L.B. degree and later a Juris Doctor Degree. He was subsequently selected for the distinction of a clerkship with the Hon. Joseph Sloane, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 7 Philadelphia where he served for one year. Persuaded by a fraternity brother to come to Media, PA and interview at his firm, Mr. Berman successfully nailed the job and has maintained his principal office in Media ever since. As a young lawyer, Mr. Berman served successive judicial clerkships with Hon. Edward Lippincott and Hon. Paul Sand, and as trial attorney for the Delaware County Public Defender.

 

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Mr. Berman has set himself to a very high standard and is held in high regard both by his peers and his clients in the practice of Family Law: Custody/Visitation, Divorce/Property Distribution, Father’s Rights, Grandparent’s Rights, Paternity, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Protection From Abuse, Relocation, Support and Alimony.

He is a stalwart advocate for his clients and has successfully represented them in a wide variety of Civil and Criminal cases, Social Security Disability claims, Real Estate Transactions, Personal Injury claims and Business Contracts.

Raised in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berman graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1958 and was Valedictorian of his class. At Upper Darby, he was sports editor of the school newspaper, the Acorn, actor in class plays, on the wrestling and tennis teams and voted “wittiest” by his classmates.

Mr. Berman attended Swarthmore College and graduated in 1962. While at Swarthmore, he was sports editor of the weekly newspaper The Phoenix, the 126 lb. varsity wrestler for three years, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity, president of the Inter Fraternity Council, chairman of the Men’s Judiciary Committee and actor in the Little Theatre Club.

Then on to Columbia Law School where he served as Chair of the Judicial Council and graduated in 1965.

In 1964 he married his wife, Mona, his high school sweetheart; they have 3 beautiful children and four beautiful granddaughters.

While a resident of Wallingford, PA, Mr. Berman served his community through his participation on the Parks Commission of Nether Providence, the Board of Directors of Congregation Ohev Shalom, president of The Simon Wolf Lodge and The Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware B’nai B’rith Council, The Lions Club and the Jaycees.

As an attorney, he served on the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association and the Special Committee to Revise Rules of Civil Procedure.

Mr. Berman continues to be a presence at the national level for his college fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa, now headquartered in Indianapolis. He has been representing the national fraternity, with some 80 chapters throughout the United States, as its General Counsel since 1968. He is a member of the Court of Honor and past Grand President of the national Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. He chairs its Risk Management and Insurance Committee and is a founding incorporator and original member of the Board of Directors of Phi Sigma Kappa Properties, Inc.

He serves his vacation community on Long Beach Island, New Jersey as a Trustee and former Officer of the Loveladies Harbor Organization where he was charged with rewriting the Rules and Regulations concerning construction of boat docks and lifts to prevent hazards to navigation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and currently serves as Past President of the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences (LBIF).

Special interests are: traveling, sailing, playing tennis, reading, gardening, singing and fine wine. He has appeared, often in starring roles, in productions for The Rose Valley Chorus and Ohev Shalom Players.

 

Areas of Practice

Family Law
Civil Litigation
Criminal Litigation
Social Security Disability
Personal Injury

 

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, 1965
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1966
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1966
Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1969

Education

Columbia Law School, New York, New York

LL.B. – 1965

Columbia Law School, New York, New York

Juris Doctor
Honors: Judicial Council, Chair
Honors: Law Revue, Actor

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Honors: Member, PSK National Fraternity
Honors: Inter Fraternity Council, President
Honors: Men’s Judiciary Council, Chairman
Honors: The Phoenix, Sports Editor

 

Honors and Awards

Who’s Who in American Law, 1st Edition
Award of Corporate INTL Global Awards, Boutique Firm, Divorce, 2016 and 2017
Suburban Life Magazine’s Top Divorce and Family Law Attorneys’ List – 2015
Family Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania
Lead Counsel Rated Attorney in Family Law
Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rated – “High Professional Achievement with High Ethical Standing”

Professional Associations and Memberships

Grand Chapter of PSK, General Counsel
American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator
Congregation Ohev Shalom, Board of Directors and Bulletin Editor
Simon Wolf Lodge of B’nai B’rith, President
Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware B’nai B’rith, Council President
Delaware County Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
Risk Management and Insurance Committee of PSK, Chair
PSKP, Inc., founder and Board of Directors
Phi Sigma Kappa Court of Honor
Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, Past President, Medallion of Merit, 1996
Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Past President
Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Trustee
Loveladies Harbor Organization, Trustee

Stephen M. Asbel

Stephen M. Asbel

Partner

Stephen M. Asbel began his law career at our firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1997. His practice areas include Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Estate Administration, LGBT+ Law, Planning Second-Parent and Intra-Family Adoptions, and Gestational Carrier and Assisted Reproduction Technology Agreements.

Mr. Asbel is passionate about helping individuals and families plan for future needs for themselves, their children and extended family. Addressing needs for estate taxation, choosing fiduciaries to manage funds until children or other beneficiaries come of age, planning ahead for making medical decisions, addressing special needs of family members – all personal decisions that go into planning your estate for your family.

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Mr. Asbel is experienced in helping families who have lost a loved one, who did not have an estate plan or who had an estate plan but it was out-of-date, navigate the probate system.

Years before same-sex marriage recognition became a reality in the United States, Mr. Asbel was already serving the planning needs of the LGBT+ community and continues that service now that same-sex marriage is recognized in Pennsylvania.

Raised in Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Asbel attended Haverford High School and was captain of the “Scott’s Hi-Q Team” (a multi-school academic quiz competition) and a member of the marching and concert bands. He graduated in 1982.

At the University of Pennsylvania, he majored in International Relations, played in the band and competed in The College Bowl (a multi college, academic, quiz competition). He graduated with a B.A. degree in 1986 cum laude and as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

Mr. Asbel earned his Juris Doctor Degree at Villanova University School of Law in 1989. At Villanova, he was a member of the Jewish Law Students’ Association and the Corporate Law Society as well as a participant in The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, where he prepared income tax returns for people with low-income.

In 1990 he married his wife, Lenore; and they have 2 beautiful daughters. He has served his community as a leader at the former Suburban Jewish Community Center – B’nai Aaron in Havertown, Pennsylvania on its executive committee for 13 years and as its president for 3 years. Mr. Asbel is currently a member of the Ritual Committee at Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line where he volunteers as a lay-prayer leader and teacher. His hobbies include caring for his dog, gardening and reading.

 

Areas of Practice

Wills and Estates
Personal Injury
Family Law
Business Contracts and Transactions

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, 1989
New Jersey, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

Education

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Honors: Senior paper: The Internment of Japanese Americans During the Second World War: A Human Rights Judgment Upon the Government of the United States
Honors: Member: Jewish Law Students Association
Honors: Member: Corporate Law Society
Honors: Participant in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Honors: Competed in Reimel Moot Court competition

 

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. cum laude

 

Honors: With Distinction
Honors: Member, Pi Gamma Mu
Honors: Member, Phi Alpha Theta
Honors: Benjamin Franklin Scholar

 

Major: International Relations
Minor: Political Science

 

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement with High Ethical Standing
Lead Counsel Rated Attorney in Estate Planning Law
Lead Counsel Rated Attorney in Probate Law
Award of Corporate INTL Global Awards Boutique Estate Planning – 2017
Award of Corporate INTL Global Awards Boutique Divorce- 2016
Suburban Life Magazine’s Top Estate Planning and Administration Attorneys List- 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

Delaware County Panel of Attorneys for Arbitrations, Member
Delaware County Bar Association, Member

Tiffany T. Griffin

Tiffany T. Griffin

Associate

Tiffany T. Griffin, Esquire, an associate with Berman & Asbel, LLP, specializes in Civil and Criminal Litigation, Family Law, and Health Care Law. She holds a “Specialization Certificate in Health Law”.

Ms. Griffin is actively involved in the Delaware County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division. She is a member of the Delaware County Trial Lawyers Association; a board member and secretary of the board of the Delaware County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; a strong supporter and member of Women in the Law and chair of the committee “Women Helping Women”. She is also involved in the N.A.A.C.P., in Media, Pennsylvania.

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Ms. Griffin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University Law School.

While she was in law school Ms. Griffin worked as a Certified Legal Intern for the District Attorney’s Office in West Chester, as a Law Clerk for the Hon. Paul P. Panapinto in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and at the Department of Justice in Delaware in the Medicaid Fraud Unit assisting in the prosecution of Medicaid fraud cases.

She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; she served on the Women’s Law Caucus Board and was both its Vice President and President; and she was Vice President of the Student Bar Association.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Griffin is a volunteer at The Arc of Delaware County, preparing activities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and a volunteer at the Newlin Grist Mill Park, where she indulges her love of nature and flowers by helping preserve and cultivate native flowers and fauna in the park.

Ms. Griffin has been admitted to the Bar and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the New Jersey District Court.

 

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Family Law
Health Law
Civil Litigation
Social Security Disability

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Delaware County Bar Association
Guy G. DeFuria Inn of Court
Delaware County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
The Newlin Grist Mills , Member
The Arc of Delaware County , Member
NAACP – Media Chapter
Help Hope Live , Member

Awards and Accolades

Testimonials

Very thorough and professional. My calls and any questions or concerns I had, were answered and resolved promptly. Mr Asbel was very assertive in the court rooms and my best representation by far.

 
Franny

Extremely professional and welcoming. Denise went the extra mile to help me. She even went so far as to personally hand deliver documents to the court. I can not thank you guys enough for taking over and handling everything extremely professionally and making sure every “T” was crossed, and every “I” was dotted. Much appreciated! Thank you.

Sharon

I was involved in a complicated custody case involving my nephew and Miss Griffin made the situation a lot less stressful. She was brought into the case well into the process but was able to “catch up” very quickly. She was succinct with her wording which made it easy to follow, and understand what to expect going forward. Kenneth