Lucille Ann BongiovanniOf Counsel
1815 E Passyunk Ave, First Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148
Lucille A. Bongiovanni graduated from Rutgers University Law School in Camden, New Jersey, in 2010, She practiced at a small, prominent Atlantic County litigation firm for several years, focusing on criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, and municipal law. She then practiced at a small, reputable Camden County litigation firm, honing her skills in the same areas. Through these avenues, she was lucky enough to have some of the best litigation attorneys in the area as mentors in the earliest stages of her legal career.
Before attending Rutgers Law School, Lucille obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 2005, majoring in Metropolitan Studies. As Chair of Outreach/Community Empowerment for the Rutgers Camden Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, she was integral in starting the NLG Prison Project, a program which taught re-entry skills to inmates at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, organizing a book drive in conjunction with Philadelphia’s Books Through Bars program, and coordinating a weeklong program of events for Death Penalty Awareness Week. She also participated in the Rutgers Street Law program, teaching juvenile offenders at Harborfields Youth Detention Facility in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and training other law students to teach in detention facilities. As a Marshall Brennan Fellow, she taught Constitutional Law to students at a Camden High School and coached a team of students at the first annual Marshall Brennan National Moot Court Competition in Philadelphia. As a member of the Rutgers Juvenile Justice Clinic, she represented juvenile offenders in Superior Court. For her work in these and other areas, she received a Rutgers School of Law Pro Bono Award in 2010.
In the time she has been practicing, Lucille has gained immeasurable, diverse experience in all areas of criminal, family, and civil litigation. She has tried multiple domestic violence, municipal court, and civil trials and evidentiary hearings, handled numerous appeals at both the State and federal level, and has argued before the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. She has represented clients with family law matters, including divorce, custody and child support matters, She has participated in the preparation of complex federal racketeering trials and multi-defendant federal drug cases, and has successfully handled state criminal and municipal court cases, including DUI/DWI, in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Lucille takes pride in being accessible to her clients, both literally -- by taking and returning phone calls and emails -- and figuratively, by remaining down-to-earth, honest and realistic in dealing with clients, adversaries, and courts. She recognizes that she is often meeting and getting to know clients during the toughest times in their lives, and her goal is to get them through those times as painlessly as possible.