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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Montgomery County

If you’ve been arrested, you know firsthand how overwhelming and frightening it is, especially if it’s your first brush with the criminal justice system. You likely don’t know what exactly to expect, but our Montgomery County criminal defense attorneys at Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC can tell you one thing: It’s in your best interest to retain a skilled lawyer as soon as possible after being charged with a crime to devise the most effective strategy for your case. Convictions can have harsh repercussions like jail or prison time, fines, and a criminal record that can negatively affect your chances at holding down a job, applying for housing, and other areas of your life for years to come. To avoid penalties such as these or to have your charges reduced, you must obtain legal representation – and time is of the essence.

At Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC, our attorneys are committed to helping exonerate our clients or at least reducing the penalties they face. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and highly adept at navigating the Pennsylvania courtrooms and going against unrelenting prosecutors who don’t always play fair. We are here to help guide you through the complexities of your case and help you sidestep further legal trouble.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Violations

Call 610-850-6626 today to arrange your initial consultation. 

­­­Attorney Maria N. Testa

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: Appointed Teaching Fellow - Federal Income Taxation & Business Association
    • Honors: Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award
    • Honors: Member, Family Law Society
  • University of Rochester
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Legal Studies

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Suburban Life Magazine Top Family Law Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Custody Committee
  • Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section

­­­Attorney E. John Pagnanelli

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • 2003

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Suburban Life Magazine Top Family Law Attorneys
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Equitable Distribution Committee
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Family Law Section  

­­­Attorney Rebecca Kolsky

Rebecca L. Kolsky has over a decade of Family Law experience and has consistently been named a Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” in the practice of Family Law - an honor bestowed on only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys each year.

After completing law school, Rebecca obtained her Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) in Trial Advocacy from the James Beasley Temple University School of Law - one of the top three Trial Advocacy programs in the country.

In addition to her full-time employment, Rebecca has been an Emergency Protection from Abuse Hearing Master in Philadelphia since 2011.

­­­Attorney Erin Nease

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 2012
  • New Jersey, 2012


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D.
  • Ohio Univeristy-Honors Tutorial College, Athens, Ohio
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2009
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Philadelphia Bar Association-Family Law Section, 2012 - Present

Attorney Brendan McGuigan

Brendan McGuigan earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University in 1992 and graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1995. He started his legal career as an associate in a small personal injury law firm. However, he soon discovered that his true passion was trial law. Brendan then worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he tried numerous jury and bench trials. After leaving the Defender Association, he went into private practice where he worked for one of the pre-eminent defense attorneys in Philadelphia practicing Criminal Defense and Family Law. Mr. McGuigan has tried over 40 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. He has represented clients in Family Court in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester and Bucks Counties. Brendan has argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Brendan assists our clients at Spear Wilderman principally in the areas of criminal and family law, and general civil law.


Office Locations

Norristown Office
325 Swede St
Suite 201
Norristown, PA 19401
Philadelphia Office
1500 JFK Blvd
Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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