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David J. Ferry, Jr.

David J. Ferry, Jr. // Managing Director

Mr. Ferry was born in Philadelphia, PA and is a founding director of the firm.  Mr. Ferry has regularly been named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Delaware in Delaware Today Magazine, most recently featured in their “Top Lawyers” issue in November 2020.  He has also been recognized as a “Delaware Super Lawyer” in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine, and served as the President of the Delaware State Bar Association from July 2018 through June 2019.

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Michael B. Joseph

Michael B. Joseph // Managing Director

Michael B. Joseph is the Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Delaware (appointed in 1987) and has served as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee (appointed in 1981) and a Chapter 12 Case Trustee. He is a founding director of FJ. Mr. Joseph received his B.A. from Rutgers University (1972) and his J.D. from Widener University Delaware Law School (1975). He is admitted to practice in Delaware (1976), New Jersey (1977), United States District Court for the District of Delaware (1977) and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (1990).

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Thomas R. Riggs

Thomas R. Riggs // Partner

Mr. Riggs was born in Norfolk, VA. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from the University of Delaware, and later graduated with honor from the University of Maryland School of Law. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Riggs worked as a risk analyst for MBNA. Mr. Riggs focuses his practice on probate and trust litigation, guardianship matters, insurance defense, and general litigation. He has represented individuals, businesses, personal representatives, guardians, and trustees in all Delaware courts, and has served as independent trustee for several Delaware dynasty trusts. Mr. Riggs is a certified mediator for the Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle County.

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Brian J. Ferry

Brian J. Ferry // Partner

Mr. Ferry was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended Salesianum School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from University of Delaware and graduated cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 2012. During his time at Widener, Brian served as an Articles Editor for the Widener Law Review, was recognized as a Widener Merit Scholar, and worked as a law clerk at Ferry Joseph, P.A. Brian focuses his practice on estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and civil litigation. Brian specializes in guardianship litigation, estate litigation, and power of attorney litigation.

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Timothy S. Ferry

Timothy S. Ferry // Partner

Mr. Ferry was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended Salesianum School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware in 2006. While attending Widener Law School, he worked as a legal assistant for Ferry Joseph, P.A. in addition to serving as a legal intern for the Honorable Joseph R. Slights, III in the Delaware Superior Court. Upon graduation from Widener Law School in 2012, he was admitted to the Delaware Bar on December 12, 2012. Mr. Ferry primarily practices in the areas of elder law, guardianship (including contested matters), estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives), and estate administration and probate.

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James Gaspero, Jr.

James Gaspero, Jr. // Partner

Mr. Gaspero was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and spent the majority of his life in Delaware County.  In 2012, Mr. Gaspero moved to North Wilmington with his wife and daughter.  However, he is not a stranger to Delaware having attended Salesianum High School.  Mr. Gaspero graduated from St. Joseph's University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2001.  He was involved with the Cap & Bells Dramatic Arts Society at St. Joe's and was the managing director of theater in his junior and senior year at the university.  Following graduation, Mr. Gaspero spent a year as a juvenile probation officer for Delaware County in the City of Chester.  After witnessing first hand the inherent problems relating to the crime and poverty of the area, he decided to pursue a law degree at Temple University and received his Juris Doctor in 2005.

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Edward F. Kafader

Edward F. Kafader // Associate

Mr. Kafader was born in Wilmington, Delaware. After law school he served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware from 1977-1985. Mr. Kafader was director of the State’s civil litigation unit while at the Delaware Department of Justice. Civil litigation has been the mainstay of Mr. Kafader’s private practice as well.

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Timothy R. Akers, Jr.

Timothy R. Akers, Jr. // Associate

Mr. Akers was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. After attending St. Elizabeth High School, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware and graduated cum laude from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2019. He was a staff member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate and the Vice President of Interscholastic Competitions for the Moot Court Honor Society for which he also competed in five oral advocacy competitions and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.

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Michele L. Muldoon

Michele L. Muldoon // Associate

Mrs. Muldoon was born in Wilmington, Delaware and has been practicing in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate and asset protection for fourteen years. Michele brings expertise, patience, guidance, and dedication to each client. Her experience ranges from the small town practice of law to corporate trustee work, where she assisted in trust administration for high net wealth individuals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and ten of the 100 Wealthiest Americans per Forbes magazine. She now focuses on helping families protect their assets and their loved ones through the use of Wills, Trusts, and asset protection techniques.

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David J. Ferry, III

David J. Ferry, III // Associate

Mr. Ferry,  a resident of Philadelphia, was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.  After attending Salesianum School, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In addition to his undergraduate degree, Mr. Ferry also has a Master of Instruction from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University Delaware Law School.

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Rick S. Miller

Rick S. Miller // Of Counsel

Mr. Miller was born in Easton, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Miller’s collegiate honors include Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.  Mr. Miller was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and Theta Chi Fraternity.  Before law school, Mr. Miller served on active duty for four years as an infantry officer in the United States Army.  He deployed in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 24th Infantry Division.  In law school, he was on the staff of the Delaware Journal of Corporate law and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  He also held a Wolcott Fellowship with Justice Carolyn Berger of the Supreme Court of Delaware.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Miller was Law Clerk to Judge Susan C. Del Pesco of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

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John D. McLaughlin, Jr.

John D. McLaughlin, Jr. // Of Counsel

Jack practices primarily in the area of commercial bankruptcy and litigation but has broad based legal and trial experience. Prior to becoming of counsel to Ferry Joseph, he was a partner at Ciardi, Ciardi & Astin, and special counsel in the restructuring and bankruptcy department of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor.

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