Joellen Meckley, Esquire
I am not someone who can say that I always wanted to be a lawyer. There are no lawyers in my family - there was no one there to show me the ropes or promise me a position in the family firm some day. Instead, I am someone who only learned through working in another field that I had a passion for the law and had a profound desire to help others improve their lives in a way that only a lawyer can.
I graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1998, earning of B.A. in Psychology. As early as high School, thanks to a close relationship with my grandparents, I learned that I had a passion for working with older adults. I focused on that population throughout college and went directly from Michigan to Johns Hopkins University to earn a Masters Degree in Health Finance and Management. My intention was to become a licensed nursing home administrator so that I could be in a position to effect positive change in the lives of elderly living in long term care facilities. By the age of 24 I found myself in my first Administrator's position at a skilled nursing facility in Baltimore, MD. While I enjoyed my years working in health care administration, I found myself increasingly drawn to the legal aspects of my job and realized that I wanted to work more directly in helping families plan for the burden of long term care and the general challenges of aging. That is what lead me to law school and that passion for helping individuals and families copes with the challenge of later life is what drives my practice in Elder Law and Estate Planning.
I also come from a family of entrepreneurs, starting with my grandfather who started a successful business in the midst of the Great Depression - a business which was eventually passed down through two generations. And while I initially eschewed any opportunities to enter the family business myself, I learned through close observation what it takes to successfully run a small business. In particular, I understand the unique nuances of being in business with other family members, often from different generations. Those insights enable me to relate to and connect with my small business clients on a level very different from most attorneys whose only experience with family-owned businesses has been what they've learned sitting across from the business owner in their firm's conference room. I truly love the process of helping individuals start their own business, beginning with the initial consultation when we discuss you goals and develop a plan to meet them and continuing through the point where you have been up and running for several years and have moved on to using me as an outside "general counsel" simply helping things to stay on track.
I graduated from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2009 and have been happily operating my solo law practice since that time. During law school I worked as a summer associate at the Senior Law Center in Philadelphia and interned throughout law school with the Temple Elderly Law Project. My professional memberships include belonging to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, Lawyers with Purpose and the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Burlington County and New Jersey and American Bar Associations. I served on the Board of Directors for Positive Aging in Lower Merion from 2013 -2016 and have been actively involved in local chambers of commerce and associations.