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“Never think you are asking your attorney “dumb” questions”. The only dumb question is the question not asked.”

-Donald F. Manchel

Your Lawyer Is the Key to a Successful Case


Meet Donald F. Manchel, Esq.
"We have the experience needed to tell the client when to settle, when to take the case to trial, and what his or her injury claim is worth."

Don Manchel - Philadelphia LawyerMr. Manchel is the Founding Partner of Donald F. Manchel & Associates. He received Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Laws degrees from Temple University. He handled over 2,000 criminal defense cases as a Philadelphia Public Defender.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Manchel was a Founding Partner in a law firm handling only personal injury cases. His trial expertise includes product liability, FELA, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and automobile accident cases.

In founding his own firm, Mr. Manchel has forged a team of experienced attorneys, paralegals and support staff who believe, as he does, that each client deserves personal attention. Each case will be assigned to one attorney who will manage it from beginning to end, aided by an unchanging support staff.

Mr. Manchel is licensed to practice law in all Federal and State Courts. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers' Associations, and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. He has been named an Advocate byThe American Board of Trial Advocates, Pennsylvania Chapter, and is also a member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, a national organization limited to trial attorneys who have achieved trial verdicts or settlements of $1,000,000 or more.


Meet Joseph Monaco, Esq.
“I treat every case as though it were my own. I work to keep each case moving full steam ahead from day one through settlement.”

Joesph MonacoJoseph Monaco is a 2nd generation trial attorney who practiced in a personal injury boutique with his father and sisters before joining Donald F. Manchel & Associates in 1997. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton and received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1989. Since marrying his wife, Vicky, in 1993, he has resided in Eastern Montgomery County, Pennsylvania where he has become an active member of the community. He is a Past President and member of the Kiwanis Club of Glenside. While President, the club was honored by Kiwanis International with the Emerald Award for outstanding community service.

At Donald F. Manchel & Associates, Mr. Monaco practices exclusively in civil litigation on behalf of injured victims. He concentrates in the areas of premises liability, FELA, motor vehicle liability, products liability and wrongful death. Mr. Monaco has tried cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey along with several United States District Courts. He has also argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Monaco is an active member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and America Trial Lawyers Associations as well as the Philadelphia Bar Association, and is a noted lecturer for continuing legal education seminars, where he has spoken on investigating a premises liability claim and evidentiary issues in motor vehicle cases. Mr. Monaco has handled hundreds of personal injury cases and has secured individual settlements in excess of $1 million.