A message from the BCBA President:
Remarkable peers are members of the Bucks County Bar Association
This year marks a very exciting time for lawyers in Bucks County. For the first time in the association’s history we have partnered with a media source to highlight county attorneys who go way “above and beyond” in their commitment to their communities, their profession, and society as a whole.
We applaud the Herald’s creativity in establishing different categories to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the good works and character of “Lawyers Among Us.” Many of us in the profession knew of the remarkable peers with whom we work and interact, but few outside of our association knew of our unsung heroes: mentors, coaches, teachers, multi-talented musicians, artists and authors.
We hope you enjoy reading about these outstanding citizens and lawyers. We also hope you come away with a positive impression about these individuals, and the association and profession they represent. Please also note that the Bucks County Bar Association (and the Bar Foundation) also prides itself in the good works it does for the community, through various endeavors, including its Pro Bono work, Lawyer Referral Service, Traffic School, and advocacy for various causes dedicated to bettering our county, our Commonwealth, and our nation, promoting access for all to the justice system at each of those levels.
If you want to learn more about the Bar Association, its work, opportunities, and/or its members, please feel free to visit our website at: www.bucksbar.com, or call the Association’s office, at 215-348-9413.
David J. Truelove, Esq.
BCBA President, 2017
Back Row (left to right): Sarah Eastburn, John Fioravanti, Jr., Stuart Wilder, Marshal David, Jordan Yeager, Frank Guarrieri, Matthew Weintraub, and Dean Arthur.
Front Row (left to right): Keila M. Wilder, Barbara N. Lyons, Judith Algeo, Sandra A. Romaszewski, Marijo Murphy, Theresa M. Golding, and Joanne M. Murray
Curtin & Heefner LLP Donates Thanksgiving Baskets
Curtin & Heefner donates twenty baskets to those in need. Attorneys and staff donated all the necessities for a Thanksgiving Feast and filled twenty baskets to be delivered to families in need. The Firm donated twenty turkeys and twenty pumpkin pies to go along with each basket.
Curtin & Heefner has been working with the Bucks County Opportunity Council for the past fourteen years to help make this a great holiday for these families. For the past three years the Firm has also donated baskets to FACT- Bucks County.
The Firm invites our staff and their families to help organize these baskets as it allows our children to know the true meaning of being thankful and giving.
About Curtin & Heefner LLP: Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of value-added service. The firm’s storied history ranges from the U.S. Congress to local governments, from the area’s emerging businesses to some of the nation’s largest corporations, banks and insurers. The firm is prominently ranked among the top 100 in size in Pennsylvania, and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the nation, providing creative problem solving, thoughtful counseling, aggressive advocacy, and the highest ethical standards. That rich history and versatility are the foundation from which Curtin & Heefner adds value today … and to which it is committed to doing so into the future.
Erin K. Aronson, Esq. Speaks at Divorce Seminar in November 2017
Doylestown, PA – Erin K. Aronson, Esq. spoke at a divorce seminar in Doylestown on November 14, 2017. The seminar was entitled, “Career Transitions in Divorce” and Ms. Aronson discussed employment related matters as they relate to an individual’s professional career including hiring practices and employment contracts.
Ms. Aronson practices in the areas of Labor and Employment, Real Estate and Banking law at Eastburn and Gray, PC. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where she was Managing Editor of Symposia for Villanova Law Review. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Aronson’s career focused on public service in both state government and politics.
cBridge is a group of professionals who work together to serve the needs of those who are in transition through the process of divorce. cBridge members educate each other about the divorce and recovery process, so they can each serve their clients better. To learn more about cBridge or to register for a future event, please visit http://www.cbridgesupport.com/.
Erin Kernan Aronson, Esq.
The tradition of excellence at the law firm of Eastburn and Gray, P.C. began nearly 140 years ago and continues today. With law offices in Doylestown, Bucks County and Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, our experienced attorneys provide high quality legal services throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a full service firm, Eastburn and Gray attorneys practice in diverse areas of the law, effectively meeting the needs of the firm’s clients.
To learn more about our firm, our practice areas and our attorneys, please visit our website: www.eastburngray.com.
Attorney Michael J. Torchia Recipient of the Honorable Joseph M. Nardi Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Rutgers Camden School of Law
(Huntingdon Valley, PA: November 21, 2017) Renowned employment attorney, Michael J. Torchia, will be awarded the Honorable Joseph M. Nardi Jr. Distinguished Service Award from Rutgers Camden School of Law. The award, which will be presented on November 30th at Rutgers University Camden commemorates the life and accomplishments of the Honorable Joseph M. Nardi Jr., a highly respected retired Superior Court judge, former Camden Mayor, and 1956 graduate of the Rutgers Camden School of Law who passed away in 2003. Mr. Torchia, is a proud alumnus of Rutgers Camden School of Law, class of 1991 and is a member of its adjunct faculty along with other distinguished alumni in its Trial Advocacy course. Since his graduation, he has served in various roles in its Alumni Association including Chancellor from 1998-2000.
Mr. Torchia is a managing member of the 27 attorney firm Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC in Huntingdon Valley, PA. He has practiced employment law since his graduation from Rutgers Camden School of Law in 1991. He routinely and successfully represents local, regional, national, and international businesses of all sizes in state and federal courts throughout the country on a variety of litigation matters. He has been the attorney in several important employment law decisions in the state, including a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision. Mr. Torchia has an extensive “workplace investigations” practice, hired by other attorneys to conduct sexual harassment and discrimination investigations and to testify about his findings, and serves as an expert witness in workplace investigations. He speaks extensively on employment law topics and emerging legal issues. He works with human resources professionals to accurately provide preventative strategies and practical advice.
Michael J. Torchia, Esq.
Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC is a business law firm with offices in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. With 27 attorneys the firm services its clients in the areas of business/corporate, commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, real estate litigation, employment and labor, business transactions, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, health care, intellectual property, data breach and cyber security, non-profits, mediation and arbitration.
Curtin & Heefner LLP turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In the words of one of our partners, Allan Goulding “ The disease might steal their hair, or sap their strength, but it did not take away their spirit. It seemed that it could not touch their soul. Their determination is why I think that this disease will be beaten. If not completely eliminated, a treatment or cure will be found. Their courage has been inspiring. It has pushed me, family members and friends past our worries and concerns to do a little something to help, or remember and honor them. This seems like one of those opportunities.”
With matching donations from partner Allan Goulding and Curtin & Heefner, over $2,500 was raised and will be donated to Susan G. Komen. The Firm will continue to support this fight in the name of Mary Beth Huff, our friend and co-worker who lost this battle last year.
Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is proud to announce that Attorney Lisa Gaier, of Quakertown has been elected Magisterial District Judge for Bucks County’s Magisterial Court in Richland. Gaier will be sworn in on December 29thand begin serving on the bench in January, 2018. Gaier will remain Of Counsel with the firm. Lisa Gaier practices family law and estates and trusts with the firm, counseling individuals and families to address their legal needs.
Lisa Gaier, Esq.
Volpe and Koenig, P.C. Announces Recipients of 2017 IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund $20,000 Grants
PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 14, 2017) – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia, PA, and Princeton, NJ, announced today that the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Welcoming the Stranger have been awarded grants through its 11th Annual IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund (“IPromise”) competition. Checks were presented to the PAWS on November 8, 2017, and to Welcoming the Stranger on October 21, 2017. Established in 2007, IPromise helps two qualifying Greater Philadelphia or Princeton area non-profit organizations each year, advancing their work by awarding $20,000 grants. This year, organizations dedicated to animal welfare and community development were invited to apply. To date, Volpe and Koenig, P.C. has awarded more than $400,000 in IPromise grants.
PAWS is dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Through its three no-kill shelters and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS works to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Melissa Levy, executive director at PAWS, commented, “We are honored to receive this incredible show of support from Volpe & Koenig. As a 2017 IPromise Charitable Giving Fund winner, PAWS will be able to save and serve more of the animals who need us most. Doing so depends entirely on the generosity of the community, so we are grateful to welcome Volpe & Koenig as a lifesaving partner. Together, we are bringing Philadelphia one step closer to becoming a no-kill city. IPromise funding will support PAWS in its efforts to build a containment center for animals with infectious but treatable diseases, and enable them to take in more rescue animals.
Volpe and Koenig, P.C. presented a $20,000 IPromise check to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Standing from left to right is: Tamara Smith, Rich Island, Volpe and Koenig Shareholder John C. Donch Jr., Angela Peterdi, Volpe and Koenig Executive Director Beth A. Collins, PAWS Executive Director Melissa Levy, Volpe and Koenig Co-Founder C. Frederick Koenig III, Allison Lamond, and Jake Gordon. Kneeling in front: Sara Davidson.
Welcoming the Stranger provides free classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), computer skills and U.S. citizenship exam preparation to adult immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia metro region. Since 1999, Welcoming the Stranger has taught more than 3,500 students from 100 different countries with the help of paid teachers and volunteers. Meg Eubank, Welcoming the Stranger’s executive director, said, “Welcoming the Stranger is honored to be chosen as the 2017 IPromise Charitable Giving Fund winner for the community development grant from Volpe and Koenig, P.C. These funds will help us to meet the many needs of our new immigrant and refugee neighbors in the Philadelphia metro region as they find their footing in a new country. Our programs strive to help immigrants and refugees get the educational opportunities and resources needed to become productive, contributing members of the community. We send our heartfelt thanks to the Volpe and Koenig team for supporting our work.”
Welcoming the Stranger Photo: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. presented a $20,000 IPromise check to Welcoming the Stranger. Students from Syria, Colombia, Liberia, South Korea, Russia, Guinea, Ukraine, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China, Iran, Japan and Brazil stand with Volpe and Koenig Co-Founder C. Frederick Koenig III [second from the left] and Welcoming the Stranger Executive Director Meg Eubank [fifth from the left].
Applications for 2018 IPromise grants will be available next June on the firm’s website.
About Volpe and Koenig, P.C. – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm’s attorneys, agents and technical advisors have expertise in a wide range of industries and serve a diverse roster of U.S. and multinational clients. For additional information, please visit www.vklaw.com.
Jackson, Cook, Caracappa & Scott, P.C. is pleased to announce that Douglas R. Praul has joined the firm Of Counsel. Mr. Praul served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig in 1974- 75, and joined the Bucks County Court Administrator’s Office in 1978. Mr. Praul served as the County’s Court Administrator from 2005 until his retirement last year.
Mr. Praul plans to focus his private practice in the area of business formation with an emphasis on tax exempt non-profit entities, along with estate planning and administration.
Mr. Praul graduated from Yale University in 1970 and earned his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1974. He is an active member of the community, having served on the Board of Directors of Youth Services of Bucks County, Inc., Today, Inc. and Pen Ryn School in Fairless Hills. Mr. Praul also serves as a chairperson for the Bristol Township Youth Aid Panel.
Jessica Pritchard, Family Law Chair at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn is a Humanitarian Award honoree of the Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation. The Foundation was founded to help young families facing tragic or unexpected loss with the goal of assisting with grants to alleviate the immediate financial burdens encountered when tragedy strikes.
Jessica Pritchard, Esq.