Attorneys & Staff

Neil R. Gelb, Esq.

Mr. Gelb formed Neil R. Gelb, P.C. in 1992. He possesses 20 years of litigation and negotiation experience in personal injury matters in Pennsylvania. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Gelb is enthusiastically involved in the Philadelphia community. Mr. Gelb has worked with the City of Philadelphia to bring in championship boxing to the City’s Fourth of July Welcome America events over the past years, introducing luminaries such as Muhammed Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard. In 1995, Mr. Gelb was appointed by then-Mayor Ed Rendell to a member of his Commission on Gambling. Mr. Gelb is active in various charities such as the Ronald McDonald House, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Mr. Gelb received his law degree from the University of Miami and is licensed to practice in all Pennsylvania state, federal and appellate courts.

Peter Barnett
Peter P. Barnett, J.D.
Mr. Barnett, Neil R. Gelb, P.C.’s litigation manager, joined the firm offering over 33 years of experience in settling all types of personal injury claims. Mr. Barnett is the former Claims Manager and past President of the Philadelphia Claims Managers Council. Mr. Barnett is also a certified insurance expert in both state and federal courts. In fact, Mr. Barnett served as a plaintiff’s bad faith expert in the largest bad faith verdict in Pennsylvania history, Hollock v. Erie Ins. Exchange, 588 Pa. 231, 903 A.2d 1185 (2006). Mr. Barnett is a graduate of Boston College and Temple University School of Law.

Michael Ruggieri, Esq.

Mike brings over 25 years of personal injury litigation experience to the firm. As senior litigation counsel, Mr. Ruggieri handles all court matters. Over his career, he has recovered in excess of $10 million in combined settlements, verdicts and arbitration awards for his injured clients. Mr. Ruggieri also handles Worker’s Compensation,  Real Estate, Eminent Domain, and Estate matters.  He is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in PA and NJ, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his law degree at Villanova University and graduated college at Fairfield University. He is also a graduate of St. Joseph Prep. Mr. Ruggieri is a member of PA Bar Association and the PA Association for Justice.

Denisse Guevara

Ms. Guevara, Neil R. Gelb, P.C.’s office manager joined the firm after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Guevara is enjoying the opportunity to learn from such an experienced team of personal injury lawyers. She hopes to attend law school in a couple of years and to continue growing with the firm.

Adriana Mazza

Adriana is the most recent paralegal to join our office. As a soon to be law student and recent graduate of Portland State University in Oregon, she provides direct support to both clients and attorneys with research, discovery, records, and case management. Additionally, she offers her translation skills for our Spanish speaking clients.

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