Attorney Thomas B. Bellwoar, Esquire
In 1992 he was hired as a prosecutor for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office where he tried a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony cases including murder, rape, assault, robbery, theft, drug delivery and possession. (In 1993, he was assigned to a relatively simple case involving a dispute between neighbors. The attorney representing the defendants was a young sole practitioner named Stan Luongo. The two lawyers struck up a long lasting friendship that would eventually lead the foundation of their firm, LUONGO BELLWOAR LLP).
Tom left the DA’s Office in 1997 and began a legal practice that initially focused on representing people charged with criminal wrongdoing. His former position as an Assistant District Attorney provides him with valuable insight into the inner workings of the court and criminal justice system that he employs every day when handling cases. Tom represents citizens in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Berks Counties as well as Federal Court in Philadelphia who have been arrested, cited, questioned, investigated or charged in connection with a crime. He is a member of the Chester County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Since 1998 he has been a select member of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel of attorneys handling serious cases in Federal District Court in Philadelphia.
Over the years, Tom’s practice has shifted and evolved into representing victims of crime in civil lawsuits. He has successfully sued nursing homes, apartment complexes, bars, restaurants, hotels, religious institutions, and individuals who enable criminal activity resulting in physical and emotional injury to others. Tom’s tireless dedication to helping victims obtain justice has resulted in multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients against several national and international companies and forced change in the way they do business. Tom is a member of the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association (NCVBA) and has been a presenter on their behalf at the Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Pennsylvania symposium for victim advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors. The event was co-sponsored by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, The Office of the Commonwealth Victim Advocate, The PA Coalition Against Rape, and the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Tom is also a regular attendee and contributor to the NCVBA annual conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and most recently, Orlando.
Tom also practices in the area of Property Tax Assessment Appeals. He has been successful in reducing property taxes for hundreds of home owners and businesses in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties.
In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Main Line Today recognized Tom as a top attorney.
Tom Bellwoar lives in the West Chester, PA area with his wife, and their two children.
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