James N. Rooney is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area. He grew up in Lafayette Hill and graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in 2012. James attended Millersville University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in History in 2016. While he attended Millersville, James was a member of the Millersville Men’s Soccer Program and a PSAC Scholar Athlete.
Following graduation James attended Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, graduating in May of 2019. While at Drexel, he interned with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office assisting with client interviews and performing legal research for the attorneys. He also worked at a small personal injury firm handling discovery issues and pre-trial motion practice. James was also part of the Drexel Law School’s Federal and Appellate litigation clinic. His caseload with the clinic included working affirmative asylum cases and criminal appeals working alongside the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office.
James served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Darlene J. Pereksta in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Trenton. During this time, he assisted with jury selection, drafting numerous memoranda, drafting court orders, and draft opinions. He also performed criminal legal research, drafted Post-Conviction Relief Orders, reviewed criminal expungement petitions, and acted as a mediator for the Special Civil and Small Claims court.
After his clerkship, James worked for Legal Aid of Southern Pennsylvania in their Housing Division in Chester County, Pa. James would represent individuals facing eviction at Magisterial District Court in Delaware County. He has experience negotiating with Landlords and opposing counsel to quickly resolve claims involving rent, housing damages, and issues regarding their lease.
James joined Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark, L.L.P. as an associate in 2021 to work across all of MMD&C’s diverse practice areas. He is the head of MMD&C’s Landlord/Tenant residential practice. James is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and Philadelphia bar, and he lives in Lafayette Hill with his fiancé Sarah.