Ready to Engage
Through preparedness, perseverance, and a genuine passion for the work, the legal team of Kardos, Rickles & Hand helps clients overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges.
by Jennifer Updike

“We’re very good at what we do, and we prove it every week.” 
So says Kevin L. Hand describing the attorneys in the Bucks County law firm of Kardos, Rickles & Hand P.C. Rather than boasting, he’s simply responding to a question about the firm’s success in helping clients overcome legal issues involving family law, criminal law, and personal injury. The firm’s perseverance, preparation, and attention to detail helps to achieve a favorable resolution for each client. 
The partners are Mel Kardos, Marc I. Rickles, and Kevin L. Hand. The firm’s associate attorneys include Marisa M. Perini, Joseph M. Ramagli, and Abigail F. Tuttle, all of whom practice family law. All the attorneys share a common devotion: to do what’s right for the client. 
“The best family law attorneys understand that there are many different aspects to a divorce,” Hand says. “Good lawyers are adept at several of those aspects. That description applies to every one of our attorneys. Marisa has an amazing understanding of the support component associated with divorce. Joe understands real estate and bankruptcy law better than most family law attorneys, which gives us insight into those parts of a divorce. Abby was a DA for years, and her background has been a huge plus for her clients and for us as a firm. Her ability to research and develop pleadings is second to none.” 
Such diversity of experience enables the attorneys of Kardos, Rickles & Hand to collaborate and inject each other’s perspective into a particular fact pattern, which is an advantage not all law firms enjoy. 
“Reese, Abby, and Joe may have three completely different perspectives on the same set of 
facts,” Hand says. “If something unique or difficult occurs, we’re able to come together as a team and brainstorm. It’s tough to put that kind of value into words.
“Most of the attorneys in our firm are in Court several days a week,” he continues. “In Court, your case hinges on how well you have prepared and your attention to detail. Every time we go to Court, we presume there is going to be a hearing and prepare accordingly.” 
Kardos, Rickles & Hand attracts individuals who fit a certain mold. They possess a sharp mental focus, self-discipline, and other traits that cannot be taught. For everything else, the firm’s three partners provide invaluable mentorship. 

Rooted in Understanding 
Most law firms tend to use buzzwords such as honesty, integrity, compassion, and preparedness. Hand suggests his firm uses those terms, too, but they are much more than marketing catchphrases to attract new clients. Rather, those qualities are foundational and woven into the firm’s DNA. 
“This is a competitive business, and a lot of lawyers will tell a client what they want to hear,” he says. “It’s our obligation to give the client reasonable expectations. They must be told what will happen based on the facts of the case. Otherwise, you’re cheating yourself, and the client.” 
Hand still finds the work as challenging, engaging, and rewarding as he did when he started practicing law. He says the firm enjoys helping people through difficult times, whether it’s navigating the chaotic waters of divorce or finding a resolution to a life-changing criminal matter. Furthermore, he suggests KRH is proud to say many of their past clients have become lifelong friends. 
“Everyone who works at this firm genuinely likes the work they do.” 

Kardos, Rickles & Hand P.C. 
626 S. State Street 
Newtown, PA 18940 
(215) 968-6602 

Photograph courtesy of Kardos, Rickles & Hand P.C. 

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life magazine, July 2021.