Doylestown, PA – Grace M. Deon, Esq. recently participated as a guest lecturer for law students enrolled in Temple University Beasley School of Law’s prestigious Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical Honors Program which includes weekly chambers and classroom components. Ms. Deon was part of a panel discussion lead by the Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg about a variety of employment law topics, with an emphasis on litigating such claims before federal courts.
Ms. Deon is a Shareholder, President and CEO of Eastburn and Gray, PC and her law practice includes Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. A resident of Northampton Township and a past President of the Bucks County Bar Association, Ms. Deon is the first woman to lead a major law firm headquartered in Bucks County. She has been an attorney with the firm for nearly 30 years and served on its management committee for the past nine.
Curtin & Heefner LLP partner Timothy Szuhaj not only produced, but was a panelist for the recent webinar “Staffing in the Time of COVID” presented to the franchise owners of the AtWork Group, an award-winning national franchisor of staffing services with 75+ locations in 28 states. Due to the webinar success, an expanded version will be produced for the general public.
Tim is a member of the Staffing, Recruiting and Workforce practice group. Tim counsels his Staffing Industry clients in all aspects of their business, including counsel regarding growth
strategies, mergers and acquisition, intellectual property issues, operational issues, indemnity and risk management issues, and the structure and content of SaaS, Employment, Phantom Stock, MSA, VMS and PEO agreements. He is a frequent contributor to legal and business publications and lectures across the country on emerging issues affecting the Staffing Industry.
Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of valued-added service. The firm’s storied history ranges from the local governments to the U.S. Congress, 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 form the foundation from which Curtin & Heefner adds value today … and to which it is committed into the future.
Doylestown, PA – Attorneys and staff from Eastburn and Gray proudly observed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday by volunteering their time to assemble 100 personal care kits for the food pantry at the Family Service Association of Bucks County (FSA).
Eastburn and Gray attorney Mark S. Cappuccio is a member of the Board of Governors of FSA. “I have seen first-hand how this organization provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Mr. Cappuccio.
Family Service Association of Bucks County is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit celebrating more than 65 years in the Bucks County and surrounding communities. For nearly seven decades, FSA has been improving the lives of children and families, doing whatever it takes to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. For additional information FSA, please visit https://www.fsabc.org/.
New Britain, PA – Four new attorneys have joined the practice of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP, expanding the firm’s talent base in education law.
- Bethany O’Neill Byrne, associate, manages Right-to-Know inquiries and Tax Assessment Appeals. She is a graduate of Villanova University and Widener University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Laura Heller Isenberg, associate, handles Civil Rights Defense, Employment Discrimination, Special Education and Student Services. Fluent in both Spanish and Hebrew, Isenberg is a graduate of Grinnell College and the Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania.
- Suzanne Pontious, associate, works in Civil Rights Defense, Special Education and Student Services. Pontious is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and District of New Jersey.
- Tammy J. Schmitt, associate, handles Civil Rights Defense, Special Education and Student Services. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Temple University and a J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts of Eastern and Middle Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The family law attorney and parenting coordinator has also been elected treasurer of the Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Section for 2021.
High Swartz is pleased to announce that Elizabeth C. Early has been elected partner at the firm. Ms. Early joined High Swartz in 2015 and focuses her practice primarily on divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution, pre and post-nuptial agreements and abuse matters.
Liz became a Montgomery County parenting coordinator in 2019. Parenting coordination in Pennsylvania is a tool available to parties in contentious custody cases that aims to help the parties resolve minor disputes in custody without repeated visits to the Court. In 2019, Liz along with 5 others were appointed to the Subcommittee on Support which serves and reports directly to the Montgomery County Family Justice Advisory Board . The Board makes recommendations to the Court, public policy boards, and agencies that affect family law in Montgomery County.
Ms. Early is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association and a frequent speaker and writer on family law issues at the local and state levels.
Liz has been listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer “Rising Star” as well as Best Lawyer in America© for Family Law. Locally she has been recognized as a “Top Attorney” by both Montco Happening Magazine and Bucks Happening Magazine.
The merger allows High Swartz of southeastern Pennsylvania to establish a presence in the state of New Jersey.
Glen-David Schwarzschild has an active general commercial law practice, consisting of both transactional and commercial litigation matters. His practice concentrates in the areas of real estate tax appeals, land use, small business representation, commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and related matters. Glen will continue to practice out of the new High Swartz office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Glen brings to High Swartz an established real estate tax appeal practice both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has successfully represented local, regional, and national corporate property owners and national property tax consulting firms, including Fortune 500 companies, and national real estate investment trusts.
“High Swartz’s reputation in the legal community and its ability to provide me with resources and support will allow me to grow my law practice, and maintain and develop relationships with my current and prospective clients.”, says Mr. Schwarzschild.
Glen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1979. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in 1985. Glen is admitted to practice in federal and state court in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania, and before the United States Supreme Court. Outside of the office, Mr. Schwarzschild looks forward to mentoring business students at the University of Delaware in the Fall semester.
Perkasie, PA – Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law are pleased to welcome associate attorney Kathryn Liebhaber to the firm. Liebhaber will focus her work on the practice areas of Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Administration, and Family Law.
A Bucks County native, Liebhaber earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Liebhaber served as a certified legal intern through the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Family Law Clinic, where she represented indigent clients in family law matters. After law school, Liebhaber was a law clerk for the Honorable David W. Addy in the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Following her clerkship, she went on to practice family law exclusively for over ten years in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. During that time, she represented clients in all aspects and phases of family law cases, including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, Protection from Abuse, grandparent rights, and the unique needs of LGBTQ clients.
Liebhaber also was frequently appointed as an arbitrator in Carbon County for a variety of civil matters. Due to her extensive experience in family law, she served as the Divorce Review Officer for the Honorable Daniel K. McCarthy, Interim Judge for the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County.
“Kathryn is driven by her desire to make a positive impact on the lives of her clients. Her straightforward approach and thorough preparation instill her clients with confidence that she will be a dedicated and zealous advocate on their behalf,” said Weber Kracht and Chellew partner Michael Kracht.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Liebhaber is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association.
Learn more about associate attorney Kathryn Liebhaber and Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law by visiting http://www.wkclaw.net/.
Doylestown, PA – Henry E. Van Blunk, Esq. was appointed to serve on the Commerce Court Task Force as a representative from the Civil Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (“PBA”). The Task Force was formed by the Business Law Section of the PBA in the Spring of 2020 to work on the possible development of a state-wide business or commerce court, both at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Van Blunk has been an active participant in the PBA and looks forward to taking on this expanded role.
Mr. Van Blunk is a Shareholder at Eastburn and Gray, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, where he practices in the firm’s Business/Corporate and Litigation practice groups. He represents entrepreneurs, mature businesses and government bodies in business and corporate law, commercial litigation, banking law, labor law, real estate law, and public finance.
The PBA Section on Civil Litigation seeks to further the development of the law and procedures related to civil litigation; to stimulate and extend the study of these fields of the law; to cooperate in obtaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters concerning the law and procedures related to civil litigation; and to simplify and improve the application of justice in these fields of law. The PBA’s Section on Business Law includes the development and practical working of the law of this Commonwealth and of the United States, relating to banks and banking, to other business and nonprofit corporations, partnerships and associations, to the law relating to mercantile and commercial transactions, including the fields of bankruptcy, insolvency and receiverships and of business regulation law. To learn more about the PBA or these section, please visit www.pabar.org.
High Swartz business attorney Don Petrille has been invited to serve on PA Auditor General-elect Tim DeFoor’s transition team. Mr. Petrille will be serving on the Legal Review segment of the team which will examine the status and scope of pending litigation and the extent of the auditor general’s authority. The team will also determine a legal strategy for the office, review existing legal staff, and pending human resource issues.
“I’m anxious to apply my knowledge of state, county and municipal governments to the legal issues faced by the auditor general’s office during a time of transition. Intergovernmental relations, between governmental branches, and within our state’s political subdivisions are significant issues. My combination of courtroom and business experience will serve the team well”, stated Mr. Petrille.
The auditor general’s transition team consists of five segments which will examine audits, performance audits, legal review, communications & government relations, and personnel & administrative operations. Mr. DeFoor is the former Dauphin County Controller who will succeed the current auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, who is term limited. Auditor general-elect DeFoor is the first person of color elected to a statewide row office.
As a Doylestown attorney, Mr. Petrille represents businesses through all phases of their development, starting with initial organization, through the operational stage, eventually ending with sale, merger, acquisition or dissolution. Don also advises clients on methods of wealth preservation, business succession planning, and purchase, sale, financing, leasing and improvement of real estate.
JEFFREY BRAHIN presented a seminar entitled “Confessions of Judgment – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” at the 2020 PBI Real Estate Institute on December 4, 2020. This seminar was a comprehensive overview of confessions of judgment, including the drafting and negotiating of the cognovit clause, entering, and executing the judgment, petitions to strike and open the judgment, and appeals. Practical strategies were discussed regarding negotiations, notices, discovery, stays of execution, etc. Comprehensive forms are included with the seminar.
This is fifth time that Mr. Brahin has been requested to present at the PBI Real Estate Institute.
Mr. Brahin focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation, as well as real estate and corporate transactional work. Mr. Brahin represents a wide variety of companies and individuals in litigation matters including landlord-tenant litigation, litigation regarding options, adverse possession, partition, foreclosures, mechanics liens, actions to quiet title, condominium litigation, rights of first refusal and the Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act. He also represents numerous entities in commercial litigation matters which include covenants not to compete, trade secret disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, commercial debt collection and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection law matters.