Attorneys

Paul Bucco

Managing Partner

Paul is a founding partner of Davis Bucco. With more than 30 years of experience as a civil lawyer, Paul has focused his expertise on construction, labor law and general commercial litigation. He has represented all construction industry participants, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, material and equipment suppliers, architects, engineers and sureties. Paul has substantial experience in the construction and commercial arbitration process as an attorney, arbitrator and mediator. During his 30 years of practice, Paul has extensive labor relations experience representing management in both non-union and union workplace environments. He has been a Master in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County for municipal construction industry matters.

Paul has served as a solicitor to the Associated Builders and Contractors, Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association, Office of Housing and Community Development Delaware County (commercial and residential divisions), Resilient Flooring Association and Concrete Cutting Association.

Paul is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Association, Delaware County Bar Association Eastern PA Chapter and the Montgomery County Bar Association.

Email me: paulbucco@davisbucco.com

David Makara

Partner

Dave is a partner of Davis Bucco Makara & Dorsey, having joined the firm in 2006. Dave has practiced in Pennsylvania since 1996, primarily representing clients in business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Dave worked with a general practice firm in Luzerne County, PA where, in addition to handling commercial litigation matters, he represented parties in civil litigation. Dave thereafter worked with a Philadelphia defense firm, where he practiced in the Architects, Engineers and Contractors Liability Department.

Email me: dave.makara@davisbucco.com

John Dorsey

Partner

John is a partner of Davis Bucco Makara & Dorsey, with nearly twenty years of litigation and transactional experience in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. His practice focuses on construction, real estate and commercial matters. John comes to Davis Bucco after previously serving as in-house counsel at the Keating Building Company and the Tutor Perini Corporation where he managed over $1 billion in subcontractor procurement as well as owner-contractor agreement negotiations, public procurement, litigation and corporate
matters.

John, in addition to construction litigation and transactional experience, has a background in zoning and land use as both a former public official and attorney.  He has also represented clients on corporate formation and operation matters, including entities providing medical and other professional services. Additionally, John has extensive labor relations experience in negotiating project labor agreements, litigating ERISA/fringe benefit audit disputes, Unfair Trade Practices and other labor issues.

John is a member of the Adjunct Faculty for Drexel University’s Construction Management Program.

Email me: jdorsey@davisbucco.com

GABRIELLE SEARLE

Associate

Prior to becoming an associate at Davis Bucco Makara & Dorsey, Gabrielle worked as a judicial clerk in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas—Criminal Division for nearly four years. During most of her tenure as a judicial clerk, Gabrielle was also a full-time law student at Rutgers Law School where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar. Working as a clerk while attending law school allowed Gabrielle to develop her practical legal skills in the workplace while contemporaneously learning abstract legal theory and doctrine in the classroom.

During the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018, Gabrielle served as a Marshall Brennan fellow and taught constitutional law to high school students in Camden, New Jersey. As a law student, Gabrielle was involved with Hunter Moot Court, Domestic Violence Project, and Environmental Law Society.

Gabrielle graduated magna cum laude from Philadelphia University in 2015, earning a B.S. with high honors in environmental sustainability and law and society. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Gabrielle worked as a chief marketing officer and public relations coordinator for a health startup.

Gabrielle is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Email me: gabrielle.searle@davisbucco.com

PATRICK BLAIR

Associate

Patrick graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He served as a Staff Editor of the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law. He received Temple’s First-Year Scholar Award and worked as a mentor for incoming law students through Temple’s Academic Core Enrichment Program

After graduating from Temple, Patrick was hired by the National Park Service, where he advised on issues related to the development and construction of buildings and infrastructure within the national parks. Following NPS, Patrick became a civil trial attorney, representing clients in a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, immigration, trust and estates, products liability, and workers compensation. Patrick currently focuses his practice on commercial litigation, commercial real estate, and construction law.

Patrick grew up in the Philadelphia area and currently lives in Delaware County with his wife and two children.

Email me: patrick.blair@davisbucco.com

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