Berman & Asbel, LLP

Berman & Asbel, LLP

Experienced Lawyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Firm Overview

When you need quality legal representation, turn to the legal professionals at the law firm of Berman & Asbel, LLP, in Media, Pennsylvania. Our approach is straightforward: everyone we represent is a high priority. We focus on providing premium legal services with a personal touch. We are ready to guide you through the often complicated, complex and confusing legal system.

Put Our Experience to Work for You

Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients resolve complicated legal issues:

-Bernard Berman is our senior attorney. He possesses more than 49 years of experience with a focus on family law, civil litigation, criminal defense and Social Security benefits.
-Stephen Asbel has provided sophisticated legal advice to clients in estate matters for more than 25 years. He now also offers guidance to same-sex couples in all family law and divorce-related issues.
-Kristina DeSenze brings a wealth of cutting edge knowledge to the table when handling complex cases in the areas of environmental, energy, animal, agricultural and other areas of the law.

Comprehensive and Tailored Representation

As a team, our attorneys are ready to represent you in legal matters involving:

-Family law and divorce: We offer a complete spectrum of family law services. We guide clients through the resolution of issues that stem from getting a divorce, such as child support, custody and visitation, complex property division, restraining orders, and potential relocation after divorce. Our services are highly personalized in these emotionally burdened cases. In addition, marriages of both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples are now equally recognized in Pennsylvania. Berman & Asbel, LLP, attorneys have remained up to date with changes in the law, and are now happy to offer guidance to same-sex couples who need help resolving a family law or divorce-related issue.
-Civil litigation: Berman & Asbel, LLP, has represented clients in diverse and complex litigation matters such as intellectual property disputes, fraternal organization liability, boundary and other real estate disputes, residential construction issues, decedent estate disputes and real estate tax assessments.
-Criminal defense: We aggressively represent our clients in all criminal matters, whether they are charged with first-offense DUIs, felonies or white collar crimes. We also help those who are eligible to clear their records through expungement.
-Estate planning and Social Security benefits: Our firm provides legal support for all of your estate planning, estate administration and elder law needs, including probate and estate administration, disability planning, estate tax planning, living trusts, medical directives/living wills, durable powers of attorney, guardianships, probate litigation and Social Security claims.
-Environmental and agricultural law: Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complex areas of environmental and agricultural law. Whether you need to incorporate and implement your new renewable energy project, negotiate leases for oil and gas development, or negotiate a lease or purchase agreement to begin a new sustainable farm, our experienced attorneys are ready to help.

Main Office

Main Office
20 West Third Street
P.O. BOX 625
Media, PA 19063




Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Family Law Lawyers

The breakup of a marriage and disputes over child custody are among the most difficult events that can happen to a family. When facing a divorce or other family law issues, having a lawyer on your side to protect your rights and the best interests of your family can help ensure you obtain the best possible outcome.

At the Media, Pennsylvania, law firm of Berman & Asbel, LLP, we have more than 75 years of combined experience handling family law matters. Our attorneys provide honest advice backed by an extensive understanding of Pennsylvania family law, which allows you to make well-informed, educated decisions throughout your case.

Contact our family law attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can assist you and your family.

Comprehensive Family Law Representation

Our family law practice is designed to help everyone, not just divorcing couples who are moving on to the next stage in their lives. We also represent unmarried couples, same-sex couples and other diverse families to address their unique needs.

Please speak with our divorce and family law attorneys today for help with:

-Premarital and post-marital agreements
-High net worth divorce
-Complex property division
-Child custody, visitation and child support
-Fathers' rights in divorce
-Paternity DNA testing
-Assisted reproduction
-Protection from abuse

The laws that regulate divorce, child support, spousal support and child custody are complex and can impact your life for years to come. With so much at stake, it makes sense to hire an attorney who knows Pennsylvania family law inside and out.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Not all divorce cases are adversarial, and many couples are able to discuss their situation to resolve their issues. In these instances, working together to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement through mediation or other forms of dispute resolution could be your best option. Our attorneys have a strong background in resolving complicated family law issues outside of the court system, which can save time and money, as well as give you more control over your final agreement.

Bernard M. Berman

Berman & Asbel, LLP

Bernard 'Bud' Berman is the senior partner of the firm. He focuses his practice in the areas of Family Law (divorce, property distribution, support, custody, relocation, pre-nuptial agreements), personal injury, and civil and criminal litigation. He has also represented many clients in Social Security Disability, real estate transactions, and business contracts. His role as General Counsel to The Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, a national organization, has taken him to many States in the US, as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom. Although his main focus is Delaware County and Philadelphia, he has tried cases in Chester County, Montgomery County, Northampton County, Berks County, Lehigh County, Lancaster County and Bucks County, in Local, State and Federal Courts. He has served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in commercial, securities and personal injury matters, and has tried his clients' cases before American Arbitration Association panels locally and in the New York area.

Raised in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, PA, Mr. Berman graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1958 and was Valedictorian. While at Upper Darby, he was in a number of theater productions, was an editor of The Acorn, the weekly school newspaper, was a member of the wrestling and tennis teams, and was voted 'wittiest'. He has chaired and worked on many Reunion Committees for the class of 1958. Mr. Berman then attended Swarthmore College, and graduated in 1962. At Swarthmore, he was Sports Editor of The Phoenix, the College newspaper, the varsity wrestler at 126 pounds for three years, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa national fraternity, president of the Inter Fraternity Council, chairman of the college's Men's Judicial Committee, and a member of the Little Theater Club. Following Swarthmore College, Mr. Berman attended Columbia Law School in New York City, from which he graduated in 1965 with an LLB. He later received a Juris Doctor from Columbia.

While at law school, Mr. Berman married Mona, his high school sweetheart. Married on June 7, 1964, they are celebrating 50 years of marriage. His civic and professional activities have included the Parks Commission of Nether Providence Township, Board of Directors of Congregation Ohev Shalom, President of the Simon Wolf Lodge and the Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware B'nai B'rith Council, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association, the Special Committee to Revise Rules of Civil Procedure, Lions Club and Jaycees. He is a member of the Court of Honor and is Past Grand President of the Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, a national college fraternity. He chairs the Risk Management and Insurance Committee for the fraternity. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of PSKP, Inc., a property holding and management non-profit organization. Mr. Berman is also a Trustee and former Officer of the Loveladies Harbor Organization and was charged with rewriting the Rules and Regulations concerning construction of boat docks and lifts, and preventing hazards to navigation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and currently serves as President of the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Mr. Berman is a founding member of Phi Sigma Kappa Properties, Inc., and a member of its Legal Committee.

Mr. Berman sails and races his 14 foot Catboat 'Cat Nip' on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey with Mona as his First Mate, assists Mona in keeping their garden on Long Beach Island beautiful, and plays tennis (his three-days-a-week doubles group is still going strong after more than 35 years). He and Mona have appeared together in theater productions of The Rose Valley Chorus and the Ohev Shalom Players.

Areas of Practice
Family Law
Civil Litigation
Criminal Litigation
Serious Accidents
Real Estate Transactions
Social Security Disability

Litigation Percentage
50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
Pennsylvania, 1965
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1966
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1966
Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1969

Columbia Law School, New York, New York
LL.B. - 1965
Columbia Law School, New York, New York
Juris Doctor
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Honors: Member, Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity
Honors: Inter Fraternity Council, President
Honors: Men's Judiciary Council, Chairman
Honors: The Phoenix, Sports Editor


Columbia Law School