McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC

McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC

At McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC, we are committed to providing clients with exceptional legal representation.

Firm Overview

Most of the lawyers at McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC are licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania courts, and some are licensed in other states as well. Our firms attorneys are highly experienced in litigation and use their extensive trial experience to protect our clients best interests. If you are looking for reliant, efficient and knowledgeable attorneys, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Respected. Resourceful. Resolved.

Since 1996, the attorneys at McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC have provided New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents with experienced legal representation. Contact our law offices if you require representation in these matters. We have a collective experience of more than 120 years, and we use this to advocate our clients rights in the following areas:

~Bankruptcy - We assist clients with significant debts who face foreclosure, lawsuits, repossession and wage garnishment. We help our clients file for the appropriate bankruptcy petition that their situations require, such as:

~Chapter 7 bankruptcy: A petition to liquidate assets to pay off debts. Most debts are discharged after liquidation.

~Chapter 11 bankruptcy: Allows insolvent businesses to stay operational. Businesses eventually pay off creditors using future earnings and other means.

~Chapter 13 bankruptcy: Lets debtors keep certain assets while working to pay off their debts using a repayment plan that lasts from 3-5 years. Some debts that arent fully paid at the end of the payment period may then be discharged.

~Consumer Fraud - We are experienced in handling a variety of consumer fraud cases. Throughout our years of practice, we have provided aggressive advocacy in hundreds of cases involving fraud perpetuated by: home improvement contractors, telemarketers, insurance companies and agents, financial advisors, retail establishments, etc.

Other speciality areas including but not limited to:

~Wills and estate planning

~Special Education and student advocacy

~Employment law

~Real Estate law

~Personal injury

~Business law

Schedule a consultation today.

If you are looking for experienced legal counsel in bankruptcy matters, family law, consumer fraud cases, or any of the many other practice areas we concentrate in, schedule your consultation with McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick by filling out and submitting our contact form or calling us at (866) 879-8855 or (856) 861-3474.

Find out more at
Main Office
400 N. Church Street
Suite 250
Moorestown  NJ  08057
  • 856-482-5544


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, for most matters.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Bankruptcy - (customized payment plans available) - Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Wills,

Office Information

Office Hours
M-F 8:30-5:30, Evenings and Saturdays by appointment
Emergency After Hours

Other Offices

Maple Shade
46 West Main Street
Maple Shade,  NJ  08057
Beverly Rancocas Road
Willingboro,  NJ  08046
Walnut Street
Philadelphia,  PA  19102
Browns Mills
57 Juliustown Road
Browns Mills,  NJ  08015
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Dan Posternock, Esq.

If you read the 1978 Wildwood High School yearbook, you will find that my aspiration was to become a lawyer. That goal shaped all of my future business and professional endeavors.

Four years later, in 1982, I earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Sociology-Criminal Justice, at Monmouth College, which is now Monmouth University. While attending to my college studies, I also honed leadership skills as a two-term President of a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and served as Secretary General to the Model United Nations. I then obtained a Juris Doctorate from Delaware Law School, now known as Widener University School of Law, in 1985. After that, I achieved partnerships with the former firms of Moss, Powers and Postemock (1987-1996), and Cureton, Caplan and Clark (1997-1998), before establishing the Law Offices of Daniel Posternock in 1998. Four years later, the firm of Barron & Posternock, LLP was formed. In June 2011, that firm merged with McDowell Riga, P.C. became known as McDowell Posternock Law, P.C. In September 2014, the firm merged with Apell & Detrick to be collectively known as McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, P.C.

I am honored to continue the tradition of excellence established by my valued mentors, including the Honorable E. Stephenson Fluharty and current Federal Judge Robert B. Kugler. I am admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey and US District Court for the District of New Jersey and pride myself in being respected by my colleagues and in the courts where I regularly practice.

My extensive trial and litigation experience includes prosecuting and defending claims arising from real estate transactions, consumer fraud matters and actions brought against school boards under New Jerseys Tort Claims Act. I also regularly handle business disputes, home improvement claims as well as automobile negligence, and premises liability matters. In addition, I continue my more than twenty year history of counseling local business leaders.

As a resourceful advocate with focused resolve, I have come to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolve methods. I was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to mediate pending disputes more than a decade ago, and continue to be frequently chosen by my peers and the Court to arbitrate or mediate litigated matters.

Professional Affiliations

I am a current member of the New Jersey, Camden, and Burlington County Bar Associations and participant in the Burlington County Bars Complimentary Dispute Resolution/Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, and National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM). I have also served on the Supreme Court of New Jerseys District Ethics Committee (District III-B), and remain a member of the Moorestown Township Committee on Ethics, the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce and the Moorestown Business Association, where I serve as the chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Scholarship and Ethics Committees.

Community Activities

I firmly support volunteerism, a family tradition instilled in me by my parents. For over 13 years, I was a member and/or chairman of the Juvenile Conference Committee of Moorestown and Medford, a diversionary program for first-time juvenile offenders. I have been a member of the Risk Management Committee of the YMCA, as well as a former Trustee, coach and sponsor for the Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation and Moorestown Youth Softball Association. I have also coached local recreation teams in boys and girls basketball and co-ed flag football.

Originally from Cape May County, I live in Moorestown, Burlington County with my wife, Allison. We have two children, a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Mia.
  • Bar Number: 19391986
    New Jersey , 1986
  • Monmouth College now Monmouth University
    Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Sociology-Criminal Justice , 1982
  • Delaware Law School now Widener University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Ellen M. McDowell, Esq.

I am a shareholder and founding member of McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, P.C. My practice consists of representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, commercial and consumer litigation, wills, trusts and estates, real estate and land use. I am admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including federal courts in the District Court of New Jersey, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

I graduated from Rutgers University Law School Camden cum laude with a Tax Honors Certificate in 1988. I began my career in the banking and bankruptcy group at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia.

I have lectured on banktuptcy for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Camden County Bar Association. I have written articles on bankruptcy law for the Legal Intelligencer and The Barrister and contributed to the Pennsylvania Bar Institutes Mortgage Foreclosure treatise for several years. I am a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and the Burlington and Camden County Bar Associations. I have served as a trustee of the Camden County Bar Association since 2009 and am a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

Additional Interests and Achievements

I am also the President of Main Street Maple Shade, Inc., an organization dedicated to the revitalization of Maple Shade, New Jersey under the National Historic Trust for Historic Preservations Main Street program. I am a former President of the Maple Shade Business Association and the Maple Shade Rotary Club. I am currently a member of those associations, as well as the Maple Shade Advisory Board of Commerce.
  • Rutgers University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1988
    cum laude with a Tax Honors Certificate

Jeffrey D. Apell, Esq.

After graduating from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., Jeffrey S. Apell served as a law clerk for the Hon. Victor Friedman, Judge of the Superior Court in Burlington County, NJ. Following his clerkship, Mr. Apell joined his father's firm, Apell and Detrick in Browns Mills, as an associate. He later became a partner in the firm.

He earned his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. In 1992, Mr. Apell was admitted to the Bar in the State of New Jersey in 1992. Mr. Apell, his wife and three sons live in Southern New Jersey.

Legal Practice:

Real estate

Probate litigation

Estate planning

Municipal court

Land use law


New Jersey Bar Association

o NJBA Board of Consultors of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Member

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Burlington County Military Affairs Committee

Federal District Court in New Jersey Member

Community Involvement:

District IIIB (Burlington County) Ethics Committee former Chair and Vice Chair

New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Speakers' Bureau

Burlington County Office of Aging Member and Lecturer

Burlington County Bar Association in the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJ-ICLE) Lecturer


Burlington County Bar Association Trustees' Robert W. Crisculo Award Past Recipient

Federal District Court in New Jersey Member

Paul C. Detrick, Esq.

Paul C. Detrick joined the firm of Apell and Mathews in 1986 and became a partner of the firm, renamed Apell and Detrick P.C. in 1989. He served as vice president of the firm. In September of 2014, the firm joined with McDowell Posternock Law to form McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick PC.

Mr. Detrick graduated from Rutgers School of Law Camden in 1980 and was admitted to the bars of New Jersey and of the United States District Court the same year. He has been representing South Jersey residents in a variety of legal matters for more than 25 years.

Mr. Detrick has lived in Burlington County, NJ all his life. He is passionate about the community and is actively involved in many civic and community organizations.

Legal Practice:

Family law and divorce

Personal bankruptcy

Planning and zoning

Municipal court matters

Real estate

Wills & estates


New Jersey Bar Association member

Burlington County Bar Associations member

Association of New Jersey Planning Officials member

Community Involvement:

Whitesbog Preservation Trust Treasurer

Southampton Township, Burlington County, NJ Past Solicitor for the Zoning Board of Adjustment 15 years

Southampton Township Planning Board, Past Solicitor, nine years

Pemberton Area Basketball League Past Treasurer

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