Howard F. Murphy was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in October of 1998.  Mr.
Murphy’s primary practice areas include personal injury, civil litigation, real estate
law and estate planning.  Mr. Murphy received his B.A. degree, suma cum laude, in
1994 and he received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, in 1998 both from
the University of Pittsburgh.  As an undergraduate, he was appointed to the Dean’s
List on numerous occasions in recognition of his outstanding academic
achievement.  While in law school, Howard was in the top ten percent of his class
and, as a result, was invited to become a member of Law Review and the Order of
the Coif.  Howard was also awarded the Dean’s Scholarship and CALI Excellence
for the Future Award in Contracts.  

As an attorney Howard has enjoyed the privilege of helping many injured people
obtain fair compensation for their claims.  Howard has been able to settle most
claims without the need to litigate in court but, when necessary, he has also
successfully litigated many claims as well.  Howard has extensive experience in
representing individuals and businesses engaged in various civil and commercial
disputes before the Pennsylvania and Federal trial and appellate courts. He has also
represented clients at arbitration hearings, mediation sessions, zoning and
municipal hearings and district justice hearings.

Howard’s real estate experience includes representing both, buyers and sellers in
residential and commercial closings, negotiating contract and lease provisions and
drafting real estate and business related documents including commercial leases,
purchase agreements, partnership agreements and standard commercial loan
documents.  He has also helped many of his clients with their estate planning needs.

Howard is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the
Pennsylvania Bar Association.   In addition, he has served on the Board of
Directors of the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce from 1999 – 2004 and was
a member of the Monroeville Rotary from 2002 - 2004.  
Howard was a member of
the Board of Directors of the Regional Business Alliance from 2006 - 2010.

Howard was born in New York City in 1965.  He has been married since 1988 and
currently lives in Jefferson Borough with his wife and three children.  Howard
enjoys playing
ice hockey and studies Tang Soo Do Karate at the South Hills
Karate Academy


Erin Santorella’s practice is focused on personal injury, bankruptcy, DUI defense,
driver’s license suspensions and estate planning and administration.  Like Howard,
Ms. Santorella is focused on providing our clients with quality and affordable
representation which is focused on helping the client achieve their goals.   

Ms. Santorella joined our Firm as a law clerk in 2008 while she was attending
Duquesne Law School.  Erin graduated from law school in 2010 and was admitted
to the Pennsylvania Bar shortly thereafter.  At that time Erin joined us as an
associate attorney and practiced in the area of personal injury, family law, criminal
law and estate planning and administration.    

In July of 2011 Erin accepted a position with another Firm and over the past few
years has expanded her practice into the areas of bankruptcy law and oil and gas
law.  We were pleased to welcome Erin back to our Firm in May of 2013.

Erin resides in the Mt. Pleasant area.  She enjoys running and is an avid Pittsburgh
Penguin fan.
It may be true that
the law cannot
make a man love
me, but it can keep
him from lynching
me, and I think
that's pretty
important. - Dr.
Martin Luther King,
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"Remember always that
all of us...are descended
from immigrants and
revolutionists."  -
- Franklin D.

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"About half the
practice of a
decent lawyer
consists in telling
would-be clients
that they are
damned fools and
should stop." -
- Elihu Root
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A jury consists of
twelve persons
chosen to decide
who has the better
-Robert Frost
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