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. Our firm has extensive experience in bankruptcy, family law and consumer fraud cases.

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 in bankruptcy matters, family law and consumer fraud cases. 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.

~Family Law - We assist clients who are looking to initiate divorce proceedings, as well as clients who have been served with divorce papers. We handle divorce-related matters, such as:
~Prenuptial agreements
~Collaborative divorce
~Child custody
~Child support/college support
~Paternity issues
~Alimony/spousal maintenance
~Parenting time
~Division of marital assets
~Post-divorce modifications

~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

~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.

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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
  • Willingboro
    Beverly Rancocas Road
    Willingboro,  NJ  08046
  • Philadelphia
    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

Marybeth F. Baron, Esq.

I graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1995. I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in which I could help people. The area of family law appealed to me. My first experience out of law school in the family law area was as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Wayne G. Hummer. Jr., family law judge, in the Court of Common Pleas in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This experience reinforced my interest in helping people, and I learned that every family law matter is unique in its own way, although the general issues of divorce, custody and child support were the common reasons that people were in the court system.

My practice has been almost exclusively dedicated to helping people with family law issues. After nearly 20 years working in this area, I have found that helping clients move forward with their lives in a non-adversarial process, such as Collaborative Law or Mediation, has been the most rewarding. I have trained extensively in both the areas of Collaborative Law and Mediation. I feel so strongly that the Collaborative Law Process is helpful to divorcing couples, that I co-founded the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group in 2010, which is a non-profit organization of trained collaborative professionals, who are educating the public about the Collaborative Law Process of settling divorce disputes outside of court. I was honored to serve as the Groups first President and I continue to serve on their Board. I am an active listener and having been through a divorce myself, I empathize with my clients and I work hard to offer realistic problem solving techniques and solutions to help my clients move forward in the most positive way.

Melanie M. Levan, Esq.

My primary practice areas are business collections, estate planning and administration, and land use/zoning, with additional focus on commercial and residential real estate.

I have been trained as a mediator, and use that training to efficiently resolve disputes on behalf of my clients. My philosophy in practicing law is to treat all parties with respect and fairness.

I am an alumnus of Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark. While in law school, I served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Womens Rights Law Reporter. After law school, I served as law clerk to the Honorable Judith A. Yaskin before moving into private practice. I am admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Moorestown has been my home since 1999. I am active in the Moorestown community, participating in the Moorestown Home and School Association, and, in 2011, I co-founded MooreKids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to low income children in Moorestown. In my spare time, I teach yoga at Yoga Path Studio in downtown Moorestown.

Diana R. Sever, Esq

I was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and have lived in the South Jersey area, since 1975; first in Cherry Hill and now in Moorestown with my husband and three active boys. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with a dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Foreign Languages and Literature. While at the University of Delaware, I eagerly participated in the University Honors Program, served on the Judicial Appellate Court and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate.

While at Villanova University School of Law, I served as Editor of Outside Works for the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and graduated in the top 20 percent of the 1994 class. Thereafter, I served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, the current Presiding Chancery Judge in Burlington County.

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Carrie Boyle

I am an associate attorney at McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick. I concentrate my practice in Bankruptcy, debt management, and asset retention/liquidation matters both in and out of court.

I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and a 2008 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ. While I was in law school, I maintained full-time employment with the Pennsylvania real estate developer the Goldenberg Group and was active in the Rutgers Law Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, which Project I now serve on the steering committee as a local Bankruptcy attorney. I am admitted in the District of New Jersey and Eastern District of Pennsylvania. I am currently a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

I enjoy my work representing both Debtors and Creditors in Bankruptcy actions, in Bankruptcy Chapters 7, 11 and 13. Additionally, I plan and participate in seminars through the state and local bar associations presenting topics concerning the current foreclosure crisis and Bankruptcy practice.

I enjoy playing the violin in my time-off and was a member of the symphony orchestra in Wilmington, NC. I enjoy reading for fun, but also to remain current on hot-topics being decided in the courts and in the government.

Lakshmi Roberta Roy

I received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in 1988. During that time I studied one year at the University of Florence, Italy. I then went on to attend New York Law School, where I obtained a Juris Doctor in 1993. During law school, I was fortunate to have the experience of interning with the Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas on the U.S. District Court in New York as well as the Court of International Trade. I also worked for a subsidiary of ASEA Brown Boveri. I was admitted to the bar in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1994.

My first experience out of law school was working as an associate with Deborah Shore Ruge, Esquire. There, I received extensive experience in the area of family law. I went on to work as an associate with Alan H. Schorr & Associates, where I continued practicing family law, and also concentrated in representing workers and their families in a variety of employment law actions, including workplace harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, wage and hour violations, Family and Medical Leave Act violations, whistleblower actions, unemployment hearings, and other matters. I now concentrate my practice in family law, employment law, consumer fraud, business disputes and other matters. I have a strong devotion and commitment to obtain equitable and just results for clients and their

I am fluent in both Italian and Spanish, a unique skill which has allowed me to represent many clients requiring that expertise.

Professional Affiliations

I am a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and its Employment and Labor
Law, Family Law, and Minorities in the Profession Subcommittees. I serve on the New
Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, Burlington Vicinage, and
actively participate in programs enriching the community. I am also a member of the
Burlington County Bar Association and its Civil Practice, Family and Employment Law
Subcommittees. I also serve as Co-Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee of the Burlington County Bar Association. Other memberships include the Camden County Bar Association, and the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court.

Community Activities

I volunteer with the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

I am a native of Delran, Burlington County, and reside there with my three amazing

Erwin D. Apell, Esq.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, Erwin D. Apell then established his law firm in Wrightstown, NJ. He later created a partnership with the late Dayton G. Hopkins, Esq. The new firm, named Hopkins, Apell and Forman, opened a second office in New Egypt, NJ.

In 1989, Mr. Apell welcomed a new partner to the practice, Paul C. Detrick, Esquire and subsequently his son Jeff. Until his firm merged with McDowell Posternock Law in September of 2014, Mr. Apell served as his firm's president. Apell & Detrick P.C. has long represented clients in a wide range of legal matters including real estate, estate planning, family law, personal injury accident cases and bankruptcy.

Mr. Apell was admitted to the NJ Bar in 1961, after graduating that year from the Case West Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Widener University in Chester, Pa. in 1958.

Legal Practice:

Real Property


Trust Law

Municipal Law


American Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association - NJBA Board of Consultors of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section former Chairman and

current Member

Burlington County Bar Association

Federal District Court of New Jersey

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement:

North Hanover Township, Springfield Township, Southampton Township and Plumsted Township, NJ Mr. Apell is the Former Prosecutor and Planning Board Attorney.

An active member of the New Jersey Bar Association.

Mr. Apell serves as a member of the Board of Consultors of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and is a former Chairman of that section.

Mr. Apell lectures, writes and is frequently quoted on topics relating to real estate and planning. He has also been featured on television as an expert on wills. He has also been retained as an expert witness in many court cases.

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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