Jocelyn Mendez concentrates her practice on representing both public and private employers in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, hostile work environment, and wage & hour disputes.
Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Jocelyn was Associate Legal Counsel in the Office of Governor John C. Carney in Delaware. Her practice focused on several areas of law, including corporate, education, and clemency. Additionally, she gained experience drafting Executive Orders. While Associate Legal Counsel, Jocelyn also contributed to the COVID-19 Pandemic Response effort, preparing various State of Emergency orders.
During law school, Jocelyn worked as an intern at Cigna, served as clerk to the Honorable Judge Bret Binder of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, and interned at HELP:MLP, a medical-legal partnership at Widener University providing free civil legal services to individuals in low-income communities.
While at Widener University, Jocelyn served as both a Staff Editor and Articles Editor on the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. She was also the President of the Black Law Students’ Association and Vice-President of the Lantinx-American Law Students’ Association. A champion for equity, Jocelyn received her law school’s inaugural Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Jocelyn remains active in her law school community by serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and also as an alumni mentor for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and the Black Law Students’ Association.
Christine O. Agbelese is an Associate in our Philadelphia location where her practice is focused in the areas of Labor & Employment and Entertainment and New Media.
As an Associate in the Labor & Employment practice group, Christine’s work focuses on representing both public and private employers in the many aspects of employment litigation, including matters involving discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, reasonable accommodation, and breach of contract claims.
As an Associate in the Entertainment and New Media practice group, Christine addresses her client’s needs in this dynamic industry including those in the areas of music, television/film, digital media, technology, art, and fashion.
While in law school, Christine took part in the Temple Law’s renowned Integrated Trial Advocacy Program. Christine was honored for her exceptional dedication to public service with membership in the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society and for her extracurricular contributions by receiving the Lena L. Hale Award. After being elected President of the Temple Law School Black Law Students’ Association, she successfully received her Certificate in Litigation and Trial Advocacy. Christine also worked for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the Name-Change Project; and she earned valuable litigation experience working with the Defender’s Association of Philadelphia.
Kathryne Hemmings primarily concentrates her practice on representing employers in all aspects of employment law including sexual harassment, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination cases, wrongful discharge, Family Medical Leave Act, NJLAD, and Fair Labor Standards claims. She also counsels employers on workplace matters, including employment policies and handbooks, medical and religious accommodations, employment contracts, workplace discrimination, and other employment issues.
Kathryne also represents attorneys and law firms in defending professional liability matters. This includes a wide range of legal malpractice claims stemming from blown statutes of limitations and negligent handling of underlying matters, including employment cases, tax foreclosure matters, transactional matters, and personal injury cases.
Prior to joining the Philadelphia office of Margolis Edelstein, Kathryne served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Linda L. Lawhun, presiding criminal judge, serving the New Jersey Superior Court’s Criminal Division in Gloucester and Salem Counties.
Kathryne graduated with honors from Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. She was an associate editor of the Drexel Law Review and served as President of the nationally-honored American Constitution Society.
Olutola Adelugba, better known as “Joyce”, is an Associate in Margolis Edelstein’s Philadelphia office. Her practice focuses on a wide variety of litigation matters, including real estate, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, product liability and general liability claims.
Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia where she majored in English Literature and History. Joyce, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., was an active member of the Greek life community and served as President for UVA’s National Pan Hellenic Council.
Joyce has competed on the Negotiation Competition team, where she placed nationally in the top four at the ABA competition. Joyce also served on the executive boards for the Black Law Student Association, Public Interest Law Society and American Society for International Law.
Joyce is actively engaged in the legal community as a member of several local bar associations. She is an executive board member for the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Joyce also sits on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the Buck’s County Bar Association.
Damali K. Martin is an associate attorney in Margolis Edelstein’s Philadelphia office. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced civil defense work defending clients against premises liability, personal injury and construction defect claims. During law school, Damali participated in the University Disciplinary Review Committee and completed internships with a Japanese patent firm and the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office.
Prior to law school, Damali attended Drexel University where she was inducted into Phi Sigma Pi, a National Honors Society.
Damali currently sits on the board of the South of South Street Neighborhood Association (SOSNA), a non-profit civic group dedicated to the community and economic development of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia and co-chairs their Community Impact Committee.
Raphaella Poteau’s practice spans across multiple state and federal jurisdictions, focusing on a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters. Raphaella has experience representing individual clients to some of the world’s largest companies on a variety of issues including employment law, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, premises liability, and contract disputes. Prior to practicing law, Attorney Poteau clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. Cosgrove (ret.) in Luzerne County, PA.
While in law school, Raphaella was Vice-President of the Moot Court Honor Society, a Member of the Civil Rights Law Review, a Member of the Temple American Inn of Courts, and was inducted into the prestigious Rubin Public Interest Law Society.
Nicholas C. Kapsimalis joined Margolis Edelstein as an associate in 2022 as part of the firm’s casualty litigation department. Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Nicholas practiced in a personal injury firm, gathering experience while zealously advocating for his clients.
Nicholas earned his Juris Doctor from Widener-University Delaware Law. He graduated from Drexel University with a degree in History.
Nicholas is an avid sports fan, runner and lover of traveling the world. In his spare time, he serves on the Alumni Corporation Board of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity of his Alma Mater, Drexel University.
John Devlin is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Practice group in the Philadelphia office of Margolis Edelstein. John’s practice focuses on representing both public and private employers in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, hostile work environment, and breach of contract claims. While at Margolis Edelstein, John has also counseled clients on trademark and municipal law matters.
During law school, John worked as a law clerk for a Trenton, New Jersey based civil litigation firm and as a research assistant to Temple Law and University of Ribeirão Preto professors.
Elsbeth Koefer is a senior associate in the firm’s casualty litigation department. Elsbeth has years of experience defending insured and self-insured entities in premises liability, products liability, dram shop, motor vehicle liability and medical professional liability matters.
While in law school, Elsbeth served as a teaching assistant for first-year law students in the Legal Research and Writing Program. She was a recipient of the Shalom Moot Court Award, named to the Order of the Barristers, and was a finalist in the 2012 National Civil Trial Competition. Elsbeth also held multiple internships and externships, including positions working for the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Unit, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Terrence F. McVerry.
In her free time, Elsbeth enjoys watching Philadelphia sports and playing records with her family.
Stacy L. Montgomery Jr. joined Margolis Edelstein in April 2022. Specifically, he joins our department that handles insurance defense, premises liability, complex construction litigation and contract disputes, and automobile and trucking accidents.
Stacy began his career by opening his own criminal law practice. Stacy primarily represented criminal defendants who were accused of gun and drug possession, driving under the influence, and violation of a restraining order. Although a new attorney, Stacy gained a fair amount of pretrial and bench-trial experience, which comes from working on his own cases and working second chair on other criminal defense attorneys’ cases.
Stacy graduated Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in May 2021 and went on to pass the July 2021 Pennsylvania Bar Exam. He was a member of Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Law Review and Law Journal, simultaneously. He was also a LexisNexis representative on Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus.
Stacy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lincoln University in May 2014 where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.