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.

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.

Kevin E. Monastra has over 15 years of experience in defending insured and self-insured entities in a variety of litigation matters including claims for construction defect, construction site accident, design professional liability, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents. Mr. Monastra has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and Federal court in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has also participated in and tried numerous AAA commercial and construction arbitrations. He serves as a Judge Pro Tempore settlement master and arbitrator with the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Matthew P. Donelson is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware office. Mr. Donelson is an experienced litigator, having tried hundreds of cases in various state and federal courts in the past 20 years. In addition, Mr. Donelson has successfully briefed and argued motions before various state courts in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Donelson concentrates his practice on insurance defense, premises liability, employment discrimination claims, and toxic torts.

Mr. Donelson represents numerous Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts as well as at the administrative level. He defends employers in labor and employment matters including claims involving Title VII; ADA and ADEA claims. He has frequently been a panelist at various seminars involving Employment Discrimination topics. In addition to representing large businesses, Mr. Donelson also represents non-profits, providing counsel on pending litigation, potential future litigation and breach of contract claims.

Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Ms. Donelson was a partner in a large law firm, where he gained valuable litigation and trial experience. He was also an Assistant Prosecutor in New Jersey, prior to entering private practice.

Mr. Donelson is licensed to practice law in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Jacob P. Guerra is a current associate attorney and former paralegal at Margolis Edelstein’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office. He has handled a broad range of civil litigation matters at the firm, including premises liability, automobile, products liability, professional negligence, and family law.

Prior to joining the firm, Jacob worked as a law clerk at a plaintiff’s firm in Pittsburgh, where he assisted attorneys in worker’s compensation, social security, and personal injury cases. While he primarily does defense work at Margolis Edelstein, his prior experience working at a plaintiff’s firm has provided him with a broad perspective of both sides of civil litigation. He also spent the summer of 2019 working as a judicial intern for the Honorable Gregory L. Taddonio in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Jacob earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Duquesne University School of Law in 2021. During law school, he excelled particularly in his Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Classes, earning two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for receiving the best grade in his class for two subsequent semesters. As a result, he was asked to become a Teaching Assistant (TA) for LRW in his second year of law school. As a TA, he helped teach new law students legal research and writing in and out of the classroom and provided them feedback on their written assignments. He also participated in Duquesne Law’s Urban Development Practicum, providing attorney-supervised legal work to disadvantaged citizens and organizations.

Prior to law school, Jacob earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Writing from the Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

Mary A. Shahverdian is an associate attorney in the Margolis Edelstein’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office, where she handles a broad scope of civil litigation matters, including automobile, toxic tort, and premises liability. Mary also has experience in family law, including divorce. Above all, Mary is passionate about employment law, and has worked on matters related to restrictive covenants, workplace harassment, Title VII discrimination, and other issues that frequently arise in contentious employee-employer relationships.

Prior to joining the firm, Mary was a parent advocate attorney for Allegheny County in juvenile dependency court, where she represented mothers and fathers in the foster care system who were striving for reunification. During this experience, Mary practiced strong oral advocacy for her clients in various courtroom proceedings—a skill that she continues to apply to her work at Margolis Edelstein.

Mary earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, Mary was a member of the Journal of Law and Commerce and served on the executive board as the Lead Articles Editor. In addition to her participation with the Journal, Mary also served her school as a Student Admissions Ambassador—doing her part to guide the next generation of Pitt Law grads. While in law school, Mary worked to advance the public interest in a variety of ways, including criminal defense, labor union contract negotiations, and Section 1983 claims.

Prior to law school, Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Rizzlyn M. Melo is an associate in the General Liability Practice group in our North Jersey office, where she handles a wide array of matters involving insurance coverage, employment actions, dram shop liability, construction litigation, premises liability, and copyright infringement.

Rizzlyn earned her law degree from the Villanova University School of Law, where she served as a Managing Editor of Outside Articles in the school’s Environmental Law Journal. During her tenure, Rizzlyn published her article, We Didn’t Start the Fire… Did We? Analyzing Why California Can’t Seem to Extinguish Its Worsening Wildfire Problem.  Prior to joining the firm, Rizzlyn served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey B. Beacham, J.S.C., where she was able to gain valuable insight into the civil litigation process.