Peter C. Amuso and Michael L. Barbiero Named Partners at Rudolph Clarke
Founding Partner Ed Rudolph and Managing Partner Mike Clarke are pleased to announce that Peter C. Amuso and Michael L. Barbiero have been named Partners.
Peter has been with Rudolph Clarke since 2012 and concentrates his practice on education law and zoning matters as well as handling the firm’s criminal cases. He attended Georgetown on an Army ROTC scholarship, and began his law career in the military after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School. Peter served overseas as an active duty Army officer in the Judge Advocate Generals’ Corps (JAG Corps) in Germany and the Balkans, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School.
Peter currently serves as the solicitor for the East Norriton Township Zoning Hearing Board. He has represented property owners, from the largest developer to the smallest nonprofit organizations in front of Zoning Hearing Boards across southeastern Pennsylvania.
Peter handles labor law and school law matters for the Norristown Area and Pennsbury School Districts, as well as conflict matters for the Bristol Township School District. He served on his local school board himself, chairing the Property Committee of the School District of Springfield Township (Montgomery County) during the construction and renovation of schools after being elected in 2005. Peter frequently lectures for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), and serves as Contributing Editor to the 2016 PSBA School Law Handbook.
Peter has served as pro bono counsel for the Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike and has taught business law and criminal procedure as an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of KeystoneCare, a hospice and home health services non-profit organization in Wyndmoor.
Peter, his wife Colleen and their four children live in the Wyndmoor section of Springfield Township, Montgomery County.
Michael Barbiero joined Rudolph Clarke in 2014, bringing his formidable experience in civil litigation, specifically matters involving personal injury, wrongful death and catastrophic injury, as well as complex municipal matters. Michael currently serves as the Solicitor to the Montgomery County Prothonotary and was recently unanimously elected as Treasurer of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
Clients benefit from his perfect mix of real-world and legal experience. Prior to returning to school for law, Michael worked for several years with troubled teens in and around Philadelphia. This inspired him to return to school to become an attorney. Following a two year clerkship with the esteemed President Judge Alex Bonavitacola, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Michael spent over ten years litigating high profile matters and focusing on the representation of those catastrophically injured. Lawyers across Pennsylvania rely on a book that he co-authored, “Library of Pennsylvania Personal Injury Forms.” Michael has litigated several trials around Pennsylvania in both state and federal court, with multiple seven figure results, (including 2011 PA Top Jury Verdicts, #11, Legal Intelligencer).
In 2015, Michael was inducted into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum, one the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States (limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members). In 2013, he was invited to join “Top Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers, and in 2011, invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was named a Pennsylvania “Rising Star – Super Lawyer,” Dec, 2008, Philadelphia magazine, (top 2.5 percent of attorneys 40 years old or younger in Pa.). In Jan, 2007, Michael was appointed to the Advisory Panel of the American Bar Association.
In the community, Michael has volunteered as Youth Aid Panel Member, soccer and baseball coach, and for Town Watch. As a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Michael volunteers in the Liberty & Law Civics Education Program which provides legal and civics education to middle schools in the Norristown Area School District. Michael has served as Chairman of the Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee since 2009 and in 2008, the Committee honored him with the Democrat of the Year Award.
Michael and his wife Lisa live in Abington Township with their two sons.