Melanie Wender Becomes Trustee of the Bucks County Bar Foundation
(Doylestown, PA) Williams Family Law attorney Melanie J. Wender has been appointed to the board of the Bucks County Bar Foundation (BCBF). As the charitable arm of the Bucks County Bar Association, the foundation works to support programs, organizations and individuals who work toward social justice in Bucks County.
The group’s activities include contributions to such organizations as Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Doylestown FISH, Tabor Home, Network of Victims Assistance and the Lenape Valley Foundation. The BCBF has also presented programs on the law in local elementary schools and provided scholarships to area students.
“I am really excited to be a part of the foundation’s efforts,” said Ms. Wender. “It is behind some really great work being done in our region, and Williams Family Law has long made a pledge to improve the communities we serve through volunteering our time.”
Wender concentrates her practice in all aspects of Pennsylvania divorce and family law in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. She is familiar with all issues surrounding the complexities of divorce, including equitable distribution, custody and support.
Williams Family Law provides matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal matters. The Williams Family Law practice centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.
Susan Maslow Participated in ABA Business Law Spring Meeting
Susan Maslow, Vice-Chair of the ABA Business Law Section Working Group to Draft Human Rights Protections in Supply Contracts, participated as Program Chair and one of six panelists in a CLE program at the ABA Business Law Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Friday, April 13, 2018 entitled “Protecting Human Rights in Supply Chains: Moving from Policy to Action.” Speakers included practitioners in private firms, industry representatives from multibillion-dollar international businesses, and academics. The program focused on the Working Group’s draft of a report with model contract clauses to protect the human rights of workers in international supply chains. The hope is that adopting the suggested text in supply contracts, purchase orders, and delivery documents will be more effective at preventing the kind of abuses that have recurred with horrifying frequency over the last few years, resulting in hundreds of deaths and countless injuries. The CLE program and materials include research and summary of recent and pending litigation in the context of violations of employee human rights, forced labor and child labor, domestically and abroad. The program drew on the knowledge and skill of those who have worked in the area, with perspectives from private practice, in-house lawyers, and law professors. The Working Group has been gathering feedback on the current draft of the report and model clauses and took the opportunity to gather more input from other business practitioners at the CLE program. The Working Group held a session following Friday’s program to discuss and digest the comments, to finalize the report and clauses, and to form a plan of national implementation.
Eastburn and Gray Welcomes Jennifer Donaldson
Doylestown, PA – Eastburn and Gray proudly announces the addition of Jennifer Donaldson to the firm’s Litigation and Education and School law practice groups. She will work out of the firm’s Doylestown office.
Ms. Donaldson has been representing school districts and their employees in all aspects of school law including special education matters for nearly fifteen years. She is additionally called upon to provide in-service trainings and presentations on a variety of school law topics and has presented CLEs at the Annual School Law Conference at Lehigh University and PBI’s Exceptional Children’s Conference. She routinely fields questions and counsels school administrators on various regulatory compliance issues and she also is a fierce advocate in litigation matters where she represents school districts in special education administrative due process hearings. Additionally, she has vast experience handling special education appeals in federal courts and she has also successfully argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Jennifer is a skilled attorney and a tremendously talented acquisition for Eastburn and Gray,” said Rod Eastburn, President and Chief Operating Officer of the firm.
Ms. Donaldson earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Barristers and the National Appellate Moot Court Competition Team. She earned her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College majoring in Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind. Prior to her career in private practice, Ms. Donaldson was an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia District’s Attorney’s Office.
Philadelphia Business Journal Honors Eleanor Gerhards
in Its 2018 40 Under 40 List
Warrington, PA – April 9, 2016 – Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Eleanor Vaida Gerhards on being named to the coveted 40 Under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The annual list recognizes current and future leaders across various industries in the region. Gerhards was selected out of hundreds of nominations.
A partner in the firm and co-chair of Fox’s Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice Group, Gerhards leads a team of more than 40 attorneys in 21 offices who represent franchise and distribution companies in industrial, retail, food, entertainment, service, technology and home-based businesses.
She currently chairs the International Franchise Association (IFA) Philadelphia Women’s Franchise Network, a group of business professionals dedicated to boosting the success of women in the franchise industry. She also serves on the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising Program Steering Committee and is a Certified Franchise Executive, a designation received from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, an academic branch of the IFA’s Educational Foundation.
Active in the local business and legal community, Gerhards is a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, various chambers of commerce and serves on the Budget (Finance) Committee and Bylaws Committee of the Bucks County Bar Association.
A frequent author and speaker on business and franchise matters, Gerhards contributes to the firm’s Franchise Law Update blog, which focuses on the regulatory aspects of franchising as well as diverse topics such as business finance, employment, litigation and the protection of intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights.
Gerhards is recognized as a Franchise Legal Eagle by Franchise Times magazine (2016, 2017, 2018) and was named to Super Lawyers’ 2017 “Rising Stars” list.
Eleanor Gerhards, Esq.
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Elizabeth Fineman Becomes Partner at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn
Elizabeth J. Fineman has been named a Partner of the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP. According to Managing Partner, Bill MacMinn, “Liz is a an impressive lawyer, her work ethic, skill and professionalism make her well deserving of Partner status with AMM”
Ms. Fineman concentrates her practice on domestic relations matters and handles a variety of issues, including divorce, child support, alimony/spousal support, marital taxation, equitable distribution and child custody matters. She has handled many high-income support cases and complicated divorce matters involving an intricate knowledge of both family law and complex tax and financial issues. Ms. Fineman holds an LL.M. in taxation.
Jeffrey Brahin presented a program last month at the Greater Bucks-Mont Chamber of Commerce on “Does your Corporation Really Protect You? Piercing the Corporate Veil.” The program focused on different ways that a creditor or plaintiff can attempt to obtain a judgment against a shareholder, director or officer of a business, and what a business can do to help to protect itself.
Mr. Brahin has a general business and real estate practice, focusing on both litigation and transactional matters.
Jeffrey Brahin, Esq.
Vacancies Posted for PA Supreme Court Committees and Boards
There are currently two vacancies on Pennsylvania Supreme Court committees and boards and they have been posted on the UJS website.
The first is a position on the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure and experienced in state appellate practice in Pennsylvania.
The second is a position on the Minor Judiciary Education board and that appointee must be a member of the Bar of this commonwealth. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the practice and procedure in the magisterial district courts, as well as the curriculum and coursework that is required of the certifying program for prospective minor court judges.
Applications are due by April 30.
Don Veix Re-elected Chairman of Plumstead Planning Commission
Don Veix, a Partner of the Firm, was re-elected Chairman of the Plumstead Township Planning Commission at the Commission’s reorganization session. The Planning Commission is responsible for the administration of all subdivision and land development activity, the land preservation program including an $8 million open space bond, the Plumstead Township Agricultural Security District, and general grants programs. Don has been a member of the Commission for over 20 years.
With over thirty years of experience, Don concentrates his practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Estate Litigation, Real Estate & Land Use. He has served as legal counsel to a number of municipal zoning boards, where he gained extensive experience in all phases of land development, both commercial and residential.
Starting April 9th, the back parking lot of the BCBA will be partially unavailable as work is being done on the patio. There will be some parking, but it will be limited.
It will take approximately 2 weeks (or more) to complete the patio work, and we’ll update you when the work is finished.