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Samuel C. Totaro Jr.

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Partner

Phone: (267) ***-****  
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Local Address:  Doylestown , Pennsylvania , United States
Curtin & Heefner LLP
250 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Morrisville , Pennsylvania 19067
United States

Company Description: Curtin & Heefner LLP, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1932 by Willard S. Curtin, who served the county as both...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Juris Doctor degree
    University of Memphis
  • Bachelor's Degree , Chemistry
    Ursinus College
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Samuel Totaro to speak at the ...
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Samuel Totaro to speak at the National Business Institute's Symposium on Adoption Law
Samuel Totaro, Chair of the Adoption and Family Law Group, will speak at the National Business Institute's Symposium on Adoption Law on August 16, 2013 at the Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia. Totaro will speak about "What to Do if Something Goes Wrong", which will include issues of contested adoptions, third party challenges, and
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Samuel C. Totaro, Jr., a Curtin & Heefner LLP partner in the Adoption and Family Law Section, was recently a guest lecturer at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Totaro spoke to the Ursinus College pre-law class on the "Emerging Liability of Adoption Agencies and Attorneys in Disclosure of Health Related Information", which is commonly referred
ANA Partners: Legal Council-Adoption Home Study Process
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Samuel C. Totaro, Jr., Esquire - www.curtinheefner.com
Samuel C. Totaro, Jr., Esquire serves as Legal Counsel to prospective adoptive parents working through ANA Adoptions in building their family. He is also a well respected adoption litigation expert helping families throughout the country.
Sam has served as President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and was on their Board of Samuel C. Totaro, Jr., Esquire serves as Legal Counsel to prospective adoptive parents working through ANA Adoptions Directors for many years. He continues to be an active member of the Academy, and he is also a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Sam is a former member of President Reagan’s White House Task Force on Adoption and also served as an advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Uniform Adoption Act Committee. Sam is consistently named as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer� in the field of adoption. He has successfully completed over 4,000 domestic adoptions over the past thirty-eight years and continues to appear on television and radio as a guest expert on adoption issues. Sam was awarded the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award in Washington, D.C. in 2005, being recognized for his lifelong commitment to adoption.
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Samuel C. Totaro Profiled in Ursinus Magazine
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Samuel C. Totaro Profiled in Ursinus Magazine
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Samuel C. Totaro Profiled in Ursinus Magazine
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Sam Totaro is naturally compassionate and warm-hearted. Yet to do his job well, he has to distance himself emotionally from his clients. And this doesn't come easy considering he and his wife, Andrea adopted two children of their own, Juliana and Christopher. They know too well the emotional terrain of adoption that families must weather.
"When friends and clients find out I have adopted children, everybody asks is this why I went into this field," says Totaro. "I handled a couple hundred adoptions before my wife and I adopted. But my own life does affirm my decision to work in this field and makes me happy to know how much I am helping people."
Totaro didn't plan to become a lawyer after graduating from Ursinus with a degree in science. His career began in the chemistry lab, but the outgoing future litigator soon realized he wanted more day-to-day interaction with people. He went to law school at the University of Memphis and graduated in 1974. His first job landed him back in Philadelphia as a law clerk in an Orphan's Court, which handled adoptions. After he finished his clerkship, the firm Sutton and Lewis hired him to continue his adoption work.
Totaro's father, who was a minister in The Assemblies of God Church, instilled in his son the importance of helping people. Local church leaders soon realized they could trust and rely on Totaro when young women in their congregations, who were unexpectedly pregnant, sought advice on adoption.
"Most of these women were going through a difficult time and it was great that I could ease the burden of their journey for them," Totaro says, now an Elder in his Presbyterian Church.
Totaro works for Curtin and Heefner in Doylestown and also does extensive work for non-profit organizations, such as the Silver Springs Martin Luther School, a private residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed and challenged children, where he is chairperson of the Board of Directors.
"Sam has such a level-headed mind and he listens and cares about each and every person he works with," says Bob Madonna, a Silver Springs board member who turned to Totaro for the adoptions of his own two children. "Sam has such a level-headed mind and he listens and cares about each and every person he works with," says Bob Madonna, a Silver Springs board member who turned to Totaro for the adoptions of his own two children.
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In the late nineties, Sam and Andrea co-founded the adoption agency, ANA Adoptions, where Andrea is the Director and Sam serves as legal counsel. Around the time ANA Adoptions opened, Totaro took on a case that became nationally known and eventually the subject of the 1998 Lifetime movie, A Change of Heart.
Totaro was helping Keith and Kimberly Lussier adopt a little girl, Brittany, from Korea in 1994.
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Totaro took Lussier's case to court to help him fight for his daughter.
"Keith was from Buffalo and the court case took place in Bucks County so the poor guy, who just lost his wife and had his daughter taken away from him, was sleeping in a hotel room," says Totaro. "My wife and I decided to have him move in with us during the trial. As a result, we became like brothers."
"There is no façade with Sam," says Andrea.
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"Keith said to me, if this was going to go on for a year or so, he couldn't rip Brittany from her new home," says Totaro.
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"It was the most amazing day to reunite this father with his daughter," says Totaro. "It made everything I do worth it. Today I'm still good friends with Keith and Brittany is a thriving young lady. Although many of Totaro's cases aren't as high profile, he still makes a difference in each and every one of his client's lives. He works on many "standard" adoptions, but he also specializes in adoptions gone wrong.
Totaro was lead counsel on the Gibbs vs. Ernst case, in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court established the right of adoptive parents to be compensated for failure of adoption agencies to fully disclose all relevant information to the adoptive parents before adoption. The case was cited by over 20 Supreme Courts in other states.
"Sam is extremely well-regarded and is the perfect blend of competence and compassion," says Karen Burrill, a 1969 Ursinus graduate and Director of the Child and Home Study Associates Adoption Agency, who has worked with Totaro on countless adoptions. "Sam is extremely well-regarded and is the perfect blend of competence and compassion," says Karen Burrill, a 1969 Ursinus graduate and Director of the Child and Home Study Associates Adoption Agency, who has worked with Totaro on countless adoptions.
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Totaro is working on another high-profile adoption case that has led him back to the talk shows. But whether in or out of the spotlight, he simply wants to do the work he feels called to do.
"Helping these people is our life," he says about he and Andrea.
ANA Adoptions Discusses PA Adoption Issues | ANA Adoptions
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Recently, ANA's Executive Director, Andrea Totaro, and Sam Totaro, ANA's attorney, met with two members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep.
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Legal Corner - by Samuel C. Totaro
Samuel C. Totaro, Jr. | Adoption & Family Law | Curtin & Heefner LLP
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Samuel C. Totaro, Jr.
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Samuel C. Totaro, Jr.
Partner, Adoption & Family Law, Litigation and Estates, Trusts & Tax
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Samuel C. Totaro, Jr. was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Kendall Shoyer, Orphans' Court of Philadelphia County.
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Samuel C. Totaro, Jr. is best known for his accomplishments in the field of adoption law and related adoption litigation. He has participated in over 4,000 adoptions of children, representing adoptive parents, birth parents and adoption agencies. Mr. Totaro was lead counsel in Gibbs v. Ernst, in which the PA Supreme Court established the right of adoptive parents to be compensated for failure of adoption agencies to fully disclose all relevant and material information in their possession to the adoptive parents prior to adoption. This case has been cited by over 20 Supreme Courts in other states as controlling law.
In addition, Mr. Totaro has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Phil Donahue Show, Court TV, the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, and the NBC Evening News, as well as local television and radio shows.
Honors/Awards
Mr. Totaro has been a recipient of Distinguished Service Awards from the National Council on Adoption, Washington, D.C. and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; recipient of the U.S. Congressional Angel in Adoption Award (2005); recipient of the Mark E. Goldberg Community Service Award by the Bucks County Bar Association (2004), and was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters through a peer-review process, as published annually in Philadelphia Magazine. Mr. Totaro was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to the Committee to revise Pennsylvania's Adoption Code.
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Mr. Totaro held the offices of Past Treasurer and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Bucks County Bar Foundation, Past Director of the Bucks County Bar Association, Past President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and former member of President Ronald Regan's Special White House Task Force on Adoption. In addition, he served as Advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law during the drafting of the Uniform Adoption Act, and on the Bucks County Chapter of American Inn of Court.
Charitable, Community and Civic Involvement
Mr. Totaro is Chairman Emeritus of the Silver Springs-Martin Luther School board (a private residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed and challenged children). He is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Buckingham, PA.
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