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Richard (“Dick”) T. Abell’ is a civil trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience  representing design professionals, contractors, building owners and individuals in claims involving construction and design disputes, commercial claims, contractual disputes, bodily injury and property damage claims, and other events. He has successfully represented design professionals against claims involving construction failures and increased construction costs and delays due to asserted design or contract administration errors, owners seeking compensation for construction-related damages and delays, developers and municipalities in  land development and code compliance matters, and contractors/subcontractors sued for contract breaches and alleged defective work.   Dick has litigated cases in jury trials, bench trial and arbitrations before federal courts, multiple Pennsylvania county courts, and appellate courts.


Dick’s overriding approach is to reach a result that meets his client’s needs in an expeditious and cost-effective manner, with litigation being merely one of several available tools to reach that objective. Where possible, he successfully resolves disputes through mediations and direct negotiations to expedite a resolution, to save client costs, to assist in keeping disputes private, and to preserve ongoing business relationship of his clients.


Dick serves as an arbitrator selected by attorneys from other firms to resolve disputes outside of the court system.


Dick received his B.S. in 1972 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was designated as an MIT Scholar. In 1975, he received a J.D., with honors, from the law school of the University of Pennsylvania.


Dick is a past president of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association.  In his free time, Dick volunteers at a local community food pantry and plays duplicate bridge.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1975


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1975