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Janet M. Dery

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Banking Attorney in Fort Washington, PA

Starfield & Smith, P.C.
1300 Virginia Drive, Suite 325
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: 215-542-7070
Fax: 215-542-0723
Email: Janet M. Dery
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Banking, Business/Corporate, Real Estate
Attorney Profile

Janet is a Partner in the firm and has been with Starfield & Smith since its inception.  She has taken her corporate law background and used it to assist small businesses and lenders with various aspects of their business, including commercial lending, government guaranteed lending, mergers and acquisitions, real estate sales, contracts, and agreements.  Her peers have repeatedly voted her a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” as published in Philadelphia Magazine.   

In her commercial law practice, Janet is a closing attorney for various lenders nationwide, ranging from large national lenders to small community banks and credit unions, and assists the Associates of the Firm with their loan files.  Her responsibilities include: preparing and reviewing loan files for conventional,SBA 7(a)and 504 loans, many of which involve multi-jurisdictional issues and collateral; conferring with loan processors and in-house counsel; and drafting, analyzing and negotiating loan documents.  She has closed hundreds of government guaranteed commercial loans through theSBA 7(a)and 504 loan programs and numerous conventional commercial financing transactions.   She also assists lenders in servicing their loans and reviews government guaranteed loan files after default to assist lenders with their guarantee purchase submissions.

In her corporate law practice, Janet assists a number of small businesses in a variety of contexts.  She advises on corporate governance and assists clients in all aspects of corporate transactional law, including the formation/incorporation of businesses and drafting, reviewing and negotiating various documents for business entities, which documents include interest-holder agreements, resolutions, corporate minutes, purchase agreements, and leases.

About Janet M. Dery

First Admitted: 2002, Pennsylvania

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2002 and Maryland in 2013
  • Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of National Association of Development Companies
  • Member of National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders


  • SuperLawyers Pennsylvania Rising Star 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Madison Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals, 2008

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Approved closing attorney for the SBA 504 loan program

Educational Background

  • State University College of New York at Oneonta, B.A., Widener University School of Law, J.D.

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • National Association Of Development Companies
  • National Association Of Government Guaranteed Lenders
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Office Location for Janet M. Dery

1300 Virginia Drive
Suite 325
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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