About james f. berardinelli



University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA, Juris Doctor, May 1993

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, B.A., History/Political Science, magna cum laude, May 1990  


James F. Berardinelli, LLC  

Managing Attorney (April 9, 2012 – present) Solo practitioner with primary emphasis on homicide and major felony trials in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia District Attorney's Office

Assistant District Attorney, Homicide Unit (January 7, 2007 – April 9, 2012).  Prosecuted homicide cases in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.

Assistant Chief, Special Investigations Unit (June 20, 2005 – January 7, 2007). Supervised investigation and prosecution of municipal and police corruption cases in Philadelphia, and approved and supervised wiretap investigations.

Assistant District Attorney (1995 - June 20, 2005).  Prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia and Municipal Court of Philadelphia.  Briefed and argued appellate cases before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Special Assistant United States Attorney (2000-2001, Jan. 2006-Jan. 2007).  Prosecuted federal cases involving identity theft, wire fraud, mail fraud, municipal and police corruption, and organized crime.

The Hon. Frank J. Montemuro, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, PA, Law Clerk (1993‑1995).  Reviewed petitions for allocatur, prepared bench memoranda on pending cases and decisions, reviewed circulating opinions, and prepared drafts of opinions.  


2002 ‑ Director's Award, U.S. Department of Justice, For Superior Performance by a Special Assistant United States Attorney

Dean's List - 8 times (Juniata College, August 1986-May1990)