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Cheers to 40 Years with

Joseph A. Malley, III, Esquire
Inquiring minds want to know ...
Tell us, Joseph A. Malley, III, Esquire, do you
believe it has been 40 years? How about your
start in the practice of law? What continues to
motivate you after 40 years? Please do share
some of the highlights of your past! Indeed, a
great support system you have at Malley Law,
how does one find success in keeping close
those that support you?

meeting, the client wrote me a check for $100. I was stunned.
I had won the lottery, married Farrah Fawcett, and Notre Dame
had won the national championship all in one! I actually felt a
bit of remorse wondering to myself, what I could possibly do to
earn $100?
The highlights of my career have included the following:
the first time I won the Bench/Bar tennis tournament, I did so
with my great friend, Rolfe Marsh. Back then, winning the
tennis tournament was a big deal, as there were frequently 30
to 40 participants; many of whom were Judges and outstanding
attorneys. Winning the tournament two years ago with Judge
James Nilon also provides a bittersweet memory.
My first professional highlight was winning a criminal jury
trial in Montgomery County. My father and I were invited to
attend a dinner the evening after the not-guilty verdict and I can
still hear the applause of the family as I walked into the dining
room. I can also remember the expression of pride on my father's
face.
As most of the Bar Association members know, my son
served honorably in Iraq as a combat medic in the Army. Patricia
Coacher, Esquire, of our Bar provided a special moment in child
support court. My son had just returned from his deployment and
before I began argument on my case, Trish asked the Court for
indulgence and announced to the audience that my son had just
landed safely in the United States. I was overwhelmed by her
gesture.

Pictured (L to R, bottom row): Michele Yates, Marirume
Adami, Tracey Mutz, Kathy Ferrante, Victoria Price. Top row:
Dana Ingham, Esq., and Joseph A. Malley, Esq.
It is indeed hard to believe it has been forty (40) years. It
seems like yesterday that I was awed to be in the presence of
Judge Catania and equally dismayed at the rulings of Judge
Bloom. I started practice as a public defender earning $7,800 per
year. Naturally, at that time, that was more money than I could
possibly spend as I was living at home; the son of an Italian
mother who basically provided everything. A six-pack of beer
was $1.00 and a gallon of gas was $.25; what more would a guy
need?
At the urging and mentoring of Chuck Proctor and Dave
Lang, I began a private practice and took an immediate interest
in civil litigation. I vividly remember meeting my first client in
the Delaware County Courthouse library, and at the end of our

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A more bread and butter highlight to my career occurred
approximately five years ago. After long and arduous
negotiations on a catastrophic injury matter, our case was
finally listed for binding arbitration. My staff had prepared an
exquisite presentation, however, the defense counsel pre-empted
my presentation by announcing that there would be no further
negotiation because they were tendering their full, substantial
policy limit. By the time I made it back to my office, the
champagne was on ice and a memorable evening ensured.
W hat keeps me going after forty (40) years is that I still
genuinely enjoy what I do. I have a tremendous support staff
and we still like one another. I teasingly tell people that I have
an entirely female staff, for which I am not sure is a blessing or
a curse. I also tell my clients that my staff just makes sure that I
look good and shoves me out the door.
Anyone who has personally visited my office knows that I am
a collector of all things Jiminy Cricket. Maybe his words best
describe why I remain motivated to hit the ground running after
forty (40) years of practice, "when you wish upon a star your
dreams come true."


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