Philadelphia, PA - (215) 587-9400
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Athena Pappas is  a partner with Deasey, Mahoney & Valentini, Ltd. She is originally from Buffalo, New York, and graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She received the John J. LaFalce Merit Scholarship for her education at Villanova University School of Law. She also participated in Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, representing low-income clients in various civil matters. Athena served as a summer law clerk for The Honorable Arnold New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, while in law school. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for an insurance defense firm, defending physicians and health systems in medical malpractice actions.

Athena is a leader of the firm’s Social Services and Human Services Claims’ department. Athena’s practice focuses on defending various types of social and human services organizations, ranging from foster care agencies, Community Umbrella Agencies (CUA), churches, religious orders, schools, day care centers, early education programs, colleges and universities, hospitals, summer camps, mental health providers (both inpatient and outpatient programs), residential treatment facilities, juvenile residential facilities and organizations serving disabled persons. Athena also represents a Philadelphia County municipal authority in various general liability claims.  Further, Athena has experience in representing licensed professionals in state board investigations, as well as counseling mental health providers in complying with privacy statutes and regulations when responding to subpoenas or when asked to testify on behalf of their patients.  She has been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Pennsylvania from 2010-2018. 

In her spare time, Athena enjoys reading and running. Athena volunteers for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Philadelphia Affiliate and was recently awarded the Annual Pia Miller Volunteer of the Year Award.


  • State University of New York at Geneseo (B.A. 2002, cum laude)
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 2005)


  • Deasey, Mahoney & Valentini, Ltd. (2009–Present)
  • Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer, LLP (2005–2009)
  • Civil Justice Clinic, Villanova University (2004)
  • The Honorable Arnold New, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, Summer Law Clerk (2003)

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Awards and Designations

  • John J. LaFalce Merit Scholarship (Villanova Law)
  • Super Lawyers PA Rising Star 2010-2018

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Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania (2005)
  • New Jersey (2005)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey (2010)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2014)

Practice Areas

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