Attorney Bios

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David W. Crossett, Esq.

David W. Crossett passed away suddenly on June 29, 2022. If you are a client of Mr. Crossett, we are working to transition your file to another attorney in our office. Feel free to call in with specific questions, and you will hear from us shortly.

David W. Crossett (“CROSS-it”) piloted multi-million dollar business disputes, briefed cases before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and fiercely defended clients’ First Amendment rights. Mr. Crossett had a competitive litigation mindset and provided Cornerstone Law’s clients with strategic solutions to their problems.

Well-rounded in his academic interests, Mr. Crossett finished 3rd in his class at Regent University School of Law where he was also an editor of the Regent Law Review. Before that, his studies included attendance at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  Whether serving as a counselor at a residential drug treatment center in New Hampshire, teaching at a high school for at-risk youth in Chicago, or working as executive director of an environmental recycling program in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Crossett’s passion for civic engagement and community development was always present in his work. Mr. Crossett was licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Crossett served as Chairman of the Elder Board at Fleetwood Bible Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania and loved cutting down trees and working with wood. He was also a devoted husband and father of four.

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Joel A. Ready, Esq.

Joel A. Ready (“REE-dee”) has handled million-dollar-plus personal injury litigation, overseen complex business mergers, and vindicated clients’ Constitutional rights. Licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, Mr. Ready’s practice combines business acumen and strategically-minded litigation solutions for clients.

Mr. Ready’s resume includes amici representation before the Supreme Court of the United States, a stint as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Virginia, an “Eagle Award” from a former United States Attorney General for his scholarship on the Law of War, and a Top 10 finish at Regent University School of Law. He has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from Thompson Reuters.

Before law school, Mr. Ready completed two masters’ degrees in theology at Liberty University and founded The Ready Media Company. Mr. Ready is also the editor of SCOPA Review, a website covering the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ready and his wife, Lena, live in Blandon, Pennsylvania, with their inexplicably red-headed son, Ezra.

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Anthony R. Distasio, Esq.

Tony Distasio (“dih-STASH-ee-oh”) has practiced for more than 35 years in Reading, making him one of the most experienced attorneys in the Berks Bar. Mr. Distasio’s practice has largely focused on banking law, bankruptcy, foreclosure, personal injury, estate administration and complex estate planning for those concerned about inheritance taxes.

He has represented national banks throughout the state, as well as community banks located in Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties. Mr. Distasio was hired as a consultant for the federal government’s examination of bank lending practices, and assisted in the creation of the Berks County mortgage foreclosure conciliation program.

His community service includes work as a founding trustee and past president of the Exeter Community Library, zoning hearing board member, foreclosure conciliator, bankruptcy mediator, and in other capacities with various charitable causes.

Mr. Distasio graduated Summa Cum Laude from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and finished in the top 20% of his class at Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University in Carlisle.

Mr. Distasio and his wife, Lori, a Super Lawyer in her own right, live here in Berks County. They enjoy golfing, hiking and traveling the world.

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Stephanie D. Rauch-Mannino, Esq.

Stephanie Rauch-Mannino (“ROCK-muh-NEE-no”) represents Cornerstone Law Firm’s clients on a variety of legal matters, bringing experience in education, estates, and family issues including adoption, custody, visitation and guardianship. Mrs. Rauch-Mannino is motivated to strengthen families and promote best outcomes for clients. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, she advocated for low-income individuals in Philadelphia in mortgage foreclosure, tax and child custody and has pursued justice with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. She received recognition in the First Judicial District of Philadelphia “Roll of Honor” for exemplary pro bono service.

Mrs. Rauch-Mannino graduated from Roger Williams University School Law School, and studied at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law as a Visiting Student. A proud Moravian College (now Moravian University) alumna, Mrs. Rauch-Mannino has served as a member of the college’s Leadership Council. An active member in her community, Mrs. Rauch-Mannino is a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley.

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Carl Carrero, Esq.

Carl Carrero (“CA-rare-oh”) began his legal practice with a concentration in insurance defense and workers’ compensation. He now represents clients in a variety of general civil litigation matters including personal injury and contracts. A lifelong resident of Berks County, Mr. Carrero also has served as an adjunct instructor in the Paralegal Studies program at Berks Technical Institute.

Mr. Carrero is a graduate of Villanova Law School, where he received the Deirdre L. Bailey Leadership Scholarship and the Juan and Felipe Silva Memorial Scholarship. While at Villanova, he served as a Spanish interpreter for the school’s legal aid clinic. Mr. Carrero also holds a graduate certificate in Strategic Communication from Purdue University.

Outside the office, Mr. Carrero is an avid writer, podcaster, teacher and published author. His writing and teaching focus on biblical matters. Mr. Carrero also serves as an elder of Hampden Mennonite Church, where he holds the office of treasurer. A dedicated volunteer, Mr. Carrero has lent his time to teaching mathematics to GED students and serving in a variety of local ministries. He also enjoys traveling, learning French, biking and running.