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Our Attorneys

NatBarbera-wNathaniel A. Barbera


J.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1953

AB Catholic University of America 1950


Areas of Concentration

Litigation, Trusts and Estates, Business Law, Eminent Domain, Labor and Employment, Oil and Gas, Windmill

Married to Anne Repetti Barbera and is the father of five children: two medical doctors, one a lawyer, one a CEO of a manufacturing company, and one a schoolteacher.




JohnBarbera-wJohn J. Barbera


Georgetown University, J.D. 1961

Georgetown University, B.S. 1958

Areas of Concentration

Real Estate, Commercial and Residential, Title Insurance Agent, Business, Trust, Estate Planning and Probate Law, and General Practice







SamClapper-wSamuel D. Clapper


J.D. University of Chicago, 1971 cum laude

A.B. Susquehanna University, 1968 summa cum laude

Areas of Concentration

Municipal Law; Wills, Trusts & Estates; School Law; Real Estate; General Practice; Public Sector Labor and Employment Law

Honors and Awards

Order of the Coif, National Legal Honor Society

Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review 1970-1971

Law Clerk, Honorable (later, Justice) John Paul Stevens, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1971-1972

Professional Associations

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Past Executive Committee Member, Past President, Somerset County Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association

Other Activities

Past Member and Past President, Windber, PA Rotary Club

Member and Past President, Somerset, PA Rotary Club

Past Member, Board of Directors of Susquehanna University

Member and Past President, Susquehanna University Alumni Association

Past Member, Past President, and Emeritus Member, Susquehanna University Alumni Association Executive Board

Member, Past Lay President, Christ Casebeer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Somerset, PA and its Congregation Council

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

United States District Court, Western District, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County, Pennsylvania

JimBeener-wJames F. Beener


University of Michigan, J.D. 1971

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1968 magna cum laude,;

Areas of Concentration

Business Organization; Municipal Law; Mineral Law (Natural Resources); Estate Law, Elder Law; School Law; Real Estate Development

Honors and Awards

Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa

Activities and Interests

President/Director, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

President/Director, Somerset County Library

President/Director, Somerset County Federated Library System, Inc.

Director, Somerset County Campus Foundation for Allegany Community College

Parliamentarian, Allegheny Lutheran Synod

Member, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Attorneys Association (Bishop Appointed)

Past President/Director and Secretary, Lutheran Camp Association (Sequanota)

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Somerset County Bar Association

Past President/Director, Hidden Valley Foundation, Inc.

Past Member, Council Allegheny Synod of the Lutheran Church in Americ

Past Chairman, Financial Task Force (Allegheny Synod)

Past Member, Somerset County Subdivision Review and Revision Committe

Admitted to Practice

Connecticut Bar

Federal District Court (District of Connecticut)

Federal District Court (Western District of Pennsylvania)

United States Tax Court, Circuit Court of Appeals – Second Circut

United States Supreme Court; Past President, Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church

DanRullo2-wDaniel W. Rullo

Duquesne University, J.D. 1978

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1974

Areas of Concentration

Adoption, Appellate, Business Law, Contract Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Estate and Elder Law, Family Practice Law, Healthcare Law, Municipal Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, School Law, Unemployment Law, Workers’ Compensation Law

Honors and Awards

2007 University of Pittsburgh Letterman of Distinction, (Athletic Hall of Fame)

2005 PA Super Lawyer (represents top 5% of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania selected by peers; only Somerset County-based lawyer to receive designation)

2003 Solicitor of the Year – County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Professional History

Partner, Barbera, Clapper, Beener, Rullo & Melvin, LLP – General practice of law since 1978

Somerset County Solicitor for 26 years

Attorney for largest employers in Somerset County – Somerset Hospital and Somerset County

Solicitor of numerous school districts, townships, boroughs and authorities including Somerset County General Authority that constructed a $133 million state correctional facility in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Represented Cambria and Somerset Counties in forming the Cambria-Somerset Authority and negotiating the purchase of the Quemahoning, Wilmore, Hinkston and Border Dams from Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

Represented Somerset County Coroner during the Flight 93 event and was appointed as Somerset County’s representative to the Flight 93 Task Force and nominating chairman for the Federal Advisory Commission.

Activities and Interests

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Mount Aloysius College

Executive Committee, Finance, Mount Aloysius College

Former Parish Council President, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Somerset

Former Member Parish Finance Council – Lector, Eucharistic Minister

Admitted Pennsylvania and Federal Courts

Former Executive Committee Somerset County Bar Association

Past President Somerset County Bar Association

Past President of the Somerset County Little League

Past President of the Somerset Exchange Club

University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association

Pitt Varsity Letterman Club

Chairman of Lansberry Dinners, Boy Scouts of America

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association


VinceBarbera-wVincent J. Barbera


University of Notre Dame, B.A. 1978 magna cum laude;

University of Notre Dame J.D. 1981, mock trial competition team

Admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1981

Areas of Concentration

Civil Trial, Personal Injury, Contracts, Business Litigation, Corporations, Environmental, Workers’ Compensation, Products Liability, Real Estate Litigation

Member of the Bar of the following Courts

U.S. Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Courts Western District of PA and Middle District of PA

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Past Notable Achievements and Case Decisions

PA Supreme Court victories in the following

Walker v. Darr Construction

Gardner v. Erie

Hughes v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Professional Memberships

Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Somerset County Bar Association

Community Service Work

Somerset County Workshop Governing Board member

Rotary Club of Somerset member 26+ years and past President

St. Peter Catholic Church – active in Pre-Cana, youth and other activities

Independent Foundation for Altoona-Johnstown Diocese – President

Somerset County Bar Association – past President and executive board member

Personal Information

Married; Father of six children: Vincent (Attorney), Nathaniel (Mechanical Engineer), Stephen (Doctor and Army Captain), Anne Christine (Teacher), Regina (Media Consultant), and Mark (student). Avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman; member of sportsmen’s clubs, NRA and 4-H shooting sports instructor; local 4-H Club Leader 14 yrs; recipient of Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, 2013

MattMelvin-wMatthew G. Melvin


Duquesne University, J.D. 1980

Boston College, B.A., cum laude, 1977

Areas of Concentration

General Litigation; Real Estate, Commercial and Residential; Business Organization, Planning and Litigation; Trusts and Estate Planning and Administration; Natural Resources; Personal Injury; Contracts

Past Notable Achievements

Law Clerk, Honorable Murray H. Falk, Special Trial Judge, U.S. Tax Court, 1980-1981

Professional History

Partner, Barbera, Clapper, Beener, Rullo & Melvin, LLP

Solicitor, Somerset County Register of Wills

Title Insurance Agent, First American Title Insurance Company

Activities and Interests

Advisory Board of the Somerset County Community Fund

Board Member/Treasurer of Birthright of Somerset, Inc.

Past President of Somerset County Bar Association

Past President/Director of Exchange Club of Somerset

Past President of St. Peter’s Pastoral Council

Past Board Member and Coach, Somerset Youth Basketball Association

Past 4-H Leader

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


PatSvonavec-wPatrick P. Svonavec


J.D. Ohio Northern University, 1987 with distinction;
B.S./B.Ad.-Accounting West Virginia University, 1983

Areas of Concentration

Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Business Litigation, Domestic Law, Real Estate Law

Honors and Awards

Phi Kappa Phi

Member Willis Society

Ohio Northern University Law Review 1986-1987

Professional History

Partner of Barbera, Clapper, Beener, Rullo & Melvin, LLP – General Practice of Law since 1988

Solicitor, Confluence Borough Municipal Authority

Somerset County Clerk of Courts Office

Activities and Interests

Past Chairman, Somerset Kids & Kountains in Need, Inc.

Past President Rockwood Rotary

Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member of the Somerset County Bar Association 

Executive Committee, Somerset County Bar Association

Member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Member of Knights of Columbus Council 10814

MelanieBarbera-wMelanie R. Barbera


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 1981

Seton Hill College, B.A. 1978









CraigSperlazza2-wCraig J. Sperlazza


2010 J.D., Duquesne University, cum laude

2005 B.S. Finance, Duquesne University

Areas of Concentration

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Commercial Law, Products Liability, Construction Law, Bankruptcy, Real Estate Litigation

Honors and Awards

Duquesne Business Law Journal Junior Staff, published author [see Publications]

Recipient of Legal Writing and Research Certificate

Recipient of Outstanding Oral Argument Award

Recipient of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction’s Excellence for the Future Award

Professional History

Law Clerk, Frankovitch, Anetakis, Colantonio and Simon, Weirton, Wheeling and Chester, WV

Corporate Credit Loan Financial Analyst, Huntington Bank (formerly Sky Bank)

United States Air Force Active Duty, Honorable Discharge

Activities and Interests

Coach, American Youth Soccer Organization


Case Note, The United States Bankruptcy Code Stamp-Tax Exemption, §1146(a), Does Not Apply to Transfers Executed Before the Plan is Officially Confirmed Under Chapter 11: Florida Dept. of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc., 11 Duq. Bus. L.J. 79 (Fall 2008)

MikeBarbera-wMichael P. Barbera


Villanova University School of Law, J.D. 2011

     2011 Mock Trial Team

2009 Summer Study Abroad, Rome, Italy

University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Economics, 2007, magna cum laude

Areas of Concentration

Energy Leasing, Personal Injury, Business Law (Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Organization, etc.), Products Liability, Condemnation, DUI, Appellate Practice, General Litigation

Professional Associations

Somerset County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Activities and Interests

Somerset Area Jaycees

Somerset Hospital Auxiliary Sporting Clays Shoot, 2012, 2013

Jennerstown VFD Sporting Clays Shoot, 2013

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania