Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law are pleased to welcome associate attorney Christina Cozzetto to the firm. Cozzetto will focus her expertise on the practice areas of criminal defense, family law, estate planning, real estate, landlord/tenant matters, and civil and commercial litigation.
A Huntington, New York native, Cozzetto earned her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 2014. Before that, she pursued a double major at Brown University, earning a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Economics in 2010.
“Listening, communicating, and problem-solving are Christina’s strong suits,” said Weber Kracht and Chellew partner and chief financial officer, Richard C. Howard, Jr. “She takes the time to listen to her clients and to truly learn about them and their concerns, successes, and frustrations and has a knack for bringing a calming influence over difficult situations.”
Cozzetto adds, “The law can be a complicated and terrifying thing for many people. I strive to clarify and simplify. Hearing a client say, ‘I understand much more now’ is a wonderful thing.”
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Cozzetto is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association.
Learn more about attorney Christina Cozzetto and Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law by visiting http://www.wkclaw.net/.
Four attorneys from Williams Family Law, P.C. have been named to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Founder and Managing Partner Jeffrey M. Williams and Associate Lynelle A. Gleason were named to the Super Lawyers list, a designation awarded to just 5 percent of the attorneys in the state. Associates Melanie J. Wender and Shauna L. Quigley were named to the Rising Stars list, awarded to just 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state.
Jeff Williams has been selected to Super Lawyers annually since 2005. He primarily handles complex high net-worth divorces, alimony/spousal and child support issues, and custody cases. As the legal representative for a non-birth mother, Williams successfully litigated one of the first significant same-sex child custody cases in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
2019 marks Lynelle Gleason’s Super Lawyers debut. She has spent her legal career in Bucks County, representing local families in Pennsylvania family law and estate law. She works with her clients through all phases of negotiation, and if necessary, litigation. She drafts wills and trusts and administers estates, and also offers customized mediation services.
Melanie Wender and Shauna Quigley have each been selected to Rising Stars for the second consecutive year. Wender handles all issues surrounding the complexities of divorce, such as equitable distribution, custody and support. Quigley’s work encompasses family law, divorce, support, property distribution, child custody, and protection from abuse.
After receiving her B.B.A. from James Madison University and her law degree from Syracuse University, Megan initially served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Raymond F. McHugh of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Megan then served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor cases through all stages of the criminal justice system, and was a team member of the Special Victims Unit, where she specialized in prosecuting crimes involving sexual assault. Megan was also the coordinator for the Youthful Offender Program at the District Attorney’s Office, which was diversionary program for first-time non-violent youthful offenders.
Megan will be focusing her practice in the areas of family law and criminal defense, where she will represent individuals in the areas of divorce, custody, support, protection from abuse, DUI/DWI, general criminal defense and traffic offenses. Megan is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Grim, Biehn & Thatcher of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased announce that Peter Nelson, Esq. has been appointed to serve as Solicitor for the Schwenksville Borough Authority effective July 10, 2019. Nelson is a Shareholder in the firm’s municipal department and has been with the firm since 2000.
While Nelson’s specialty is municipal/land use and appellate matters, he also represents individual clients in a wide variety of general matters and various types of litigation. He is dedicated to his clients and strives to provide them with effective and efficient legal representation. Nelson resides in New Britain Borough, Pa.
“Peter Nelson is a key member of a group of legal professionals at Grim, Biehn and Thatcher devoted to the representation of municipalities, zoning hearing boards, and municipal authorities in the area of municipal and land use law,” said David Caro, Shareholder and CFO of the firm. “We are extremely pleased that Peter has been appointed to be Solicitor for the Schwenksville Borough Authority. We are very proud of his dedication and hard work as well as the confidence that Schwenksville has invested in Peter and our firm.”
“I am looking forward to working with the Authority’s staff and officials on the wide variety of legal issues facing the Authority,” said Peter Nelson.
In addition to being a member of the Philadelphia and Bucks County Bar Associations, Nelson is a member of the Bucks County Association of Township Officials, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Solicitors, and the Pennsylvania Township Solicitor’s Association.
|Carla Risoldi announces the formation of samaggikaranam divorce & custody mediation, llc and also that she has been approved as a parent coordinator by the Bucks County Court after completing both the 40 hour Divorce and Custody Mediation program as well as the 21 hour Parenting Coordination Training program, both at Good Shepherd Mediation In Philadelphia. July 1, 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of Risoldi Law Offices, LLC, originally called The Law Offices of Carla V. Risoldi. Ms. Risoldi founded samaggikaranam in 2018 to assist clients who opted to mediate rather than litigate their divorce and custody disputes. The word “samaggikaranam” means “peace-making” in the ancient Pali language.|
High Swartz Law Firm of Montgomery and Bucks Counties is proud to announce that 17 attorneys have been named 2019 Top Lawyers by Main Line Today. The list includes 3 attorneys from its Bucks County office in Doylestown.
Main Line Today is a Southeastern Pennsylvania regional magazine focusing on the communities of the western suburbs of Philadelphia and surrounding Counties. The Best Lawyers of Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County are nominated through peer balloting then vetted through Main Line Today’s editorial process.
Below is the full list of High Swartz Top Lawyers from Main Line Today in 2019.
Melissa M. Boyd – Divorce Law
David J. Brooman – Environmental Law
Kevin Cornish – Civil Litigation
Mary Cushing Doherty – Divorce Law
Elizabeth C. Early – Divorce Law
Mark R. Fischer Jr. – Civil Litigation
Linay Haubert – Workers Compensation Law
Arn Heller – Real Estate Law
Stephanie A. Henrick – Trusts & Wills
Gil P. High, Jr. – Municipal Law
William F. Kerr – Real Estate Law
Thomas E. Panzer – Workers Compensation Law
Thomas D. Rees – Labor Law
Joel D. Rosen – Business Law
James B. Shrimp – Labor Law
Richard C. Sokorai – Civil Litigation
Kathleen M. Thomas – Municipal Law
Harrisburg, PA – Acknowledging long-standing issues with existing state systems, Governor Tom Wolf by executive order announced that an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians begins today.
“Today is the beginning of a process to acknowledge Pennsylvania, over the past few decades, has failed to maintain our systems to protect and help our most vulnerable residents, and that must change,” Gov. Wolf said. “We’ve heard and seen the horror stories. Many stem from a government too eager to serve the needs of institutions and too reluctant to serve the needs of people. I am taking executive action to make changes that will stop the system from failing Pennsylvanians most in need of our protection and care. This process builds on and incorporates important reforms passed and proposed by the General Assembly, and begins what I hope to be a productive but honest conversation about how we can move forward to protect Pennsylvanians and put people first.”
Governor Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” Executive Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform, maintained by the governor’s office with an executive director that includes a new Child Advocate position and integrates the Long-term Care Ombudsman; and a Council on Reform, including 25 voting members appointed by Gov. Wolf, to support this effort by looking at protecting vulnerable populations from three perspectives: prevention and diversion, protection and intervention, and justice and support.
Both the Council on Reform and the Office of Advocacy and Reform will identify reforms needed for Pennsylvania to better protect and support individuals relying upon services and assistance from the commonwealth.
“I want to be clear that I am not disparaging the hardworking and frankly underpaid and underappreciated workers within this system,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is not their fault and the failures are not of their making. But we’ve had a series of incidents in our commonwealth that have revealed inadequacies in the system’s ability to protect and uplift Pennsylvanians in vulnerable situations.”
The Council on Reform held its first meeting immediately following the announcement. The council is charged with reporting its findings from today’s and subsequent meetings to the governor by Nov. 1 after seeking input from various stakeholder groups.
In addition, Gov. Wolf is tasking state agencies with the following directives:
- Pursue bold reductions in institutionalization of children and adults and transition to home- and community-based services in conjunction with reducing placements in child residential treatment facilities, nursing homes, and child congregate care settings;
- Institute more direct and timely referral processes to investigative authorities to reduce abuse and increase accountability for institutional bad actors;
- Establish Pennsylvania as a trauma-informed state to better respond to the needs of people who have had adverse childhood experiences;
- Issue guidance standardizing the time period to establish a plan of correction following the identification of a violation by a provider licensed by the commonwealth; verifying timely compliance with and implementation of a plan of correction; and taking licensing action against a provider that does not timely comply with a plan of correction;
- Use data and analysis to identify high-risk providers for additional oversight;
- Implement a statewide child welfare case management IT system;
- Launch an enterprise licensing and incident management IT system to be shared across multiple human services and health departments to increase data sharing;
- Use LEAN to identify opportunities for efficiency in child welfare administrative functions;
- Update Older Adult Protective Services mandatory reporter training;
- Commission a study on the financial impact to Pennsylvania due to financial exploitation of older adults; and
- Establish sustainable housing and long-term services and supports for individuals exiting the corrections system with nursing facility level-of-care needs.
Council of Reform members and the perspective they represent on the council include:
- Academic Representatives: Jennie Noll and Cindy Christian
- County and City Official Representatives: City Council Member Cherelle Parker; Court of Common Pleas Judge Kim Berkeley-Clark; CCAP Deputy Director Brinda Penyak; Local Law Enforcement Tony Minimum; Juvenile Probation Officer Susan Claytor.
- Advocate Representatives: Child Advocate Kari King; Senior Advocate Bill Johnston-Walsh; Disability Advocate Nancy Murray; Victim Advocate Susan Higginbotham; LGBTQ Advocate Todd Snovel; African American Advocate David Dix; Asian American and Pacific Islander Advocate Niken Astari Carpenter; Latino Advocate Maria Teresa Donate; Women’s Advocate Randi Blackman Teplitz.
- Provider Representatives: Provider Association President Richard Edley; Provider Association Executive Director Diane Barber; Provider Association Executive Director Rebecca May-Cole.
- Health Care Representatives: Pediatrician Phil Scribrano; Geriatrician Namita Ahuja; Psychologist Stacey Rivenberg.
- Community Representatives: Young Adult Haundray Muir; Veteran Living with a Disability Chris Fiedler; Senior Mary Bach.
In addition to governor-appointed members, Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries or their designees as non-voting members of the Council include:
- The Secretary of Human Services or designee – Teresa Miller
- The Secretary of Health or designee – Carolyn Byrnes
- The Secretary of Aging or designee – Robert Torres
- The Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs or designee – Jennifer Smith
- The Secretary of Education or designee – Pedro Rivera
- The Secretary of Corrections or designee – George Little
- The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency or designee – Charles Ramsey
- The Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police or designee – Robert Evanchick
- The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania or designee – Mark Schindler
- The Victim Advocate or designee – Jennifer Storm
- The Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges Commission or designee – Richard (Rick) Steele
“In addition to the executive order I signed today and the steps by my administration, I will pursue extensive regulatory and legislative actions with input from the General Assembly,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with our legislators, many of whom have worked hard to advance these important issues, and to making announcements on progress with these actions in the coming months.”
Friedman Schuman, PC, a Montgomery County law firm, takes pride in recognizing that one of their attorneys, Greg B. Emmons, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of “Bucks for Kids”, a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization existing since 1991. The organization provides enrichment grants to foster children under the supervision of Bucks County Children and Youth to cover expenses for art, music, sports, camps, clothing and special needs that are not covered by the County of Bucks or are not within the budget of the Foster Parents. In the past Mr. Emmons and his wife were Foster Parents for Bucks County Children and Youth and were founders of the “PJ’s for Kids” program which collects new pajamas and other personal needs items for foster children. Mr. Emmons will focus his efforts while serving on the Board of Directors on events and fundraising.
New Britain, PA – Six new attorneys recently joined the education law firm of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams.
- Christopher A. Bambach represents school districts in matters of special education and student services throughout Pennsylvania. Previously, he worked in complex and general civil litigation in Pennsylvania and Mississippi.
- Justin D. Barbetta brings extensive litigation experience and represents clients in matters involving tax assessment appeals, civil rights violations and employment discrimination. Previously, he practiced criminal defense law at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
- Andrea Lynne Cola focuses on civil rights defense, special education and student services. Prior to joining the firm, Andrea was an attorney for the School District of Philadelphia in its Special Education Unit.
- Maria B. Desautelle represents school entities, primarily in the area of special education. Prior to joining the firm, Maria served as a mediator and complaint investigator with the New Jersey Department of Education – Office of Special Education.
- Jason D. Fortenberry advises school entities on special education issues, Section 504 matters, Americans with Disability Act violations, and other disability discrimination claims. Previously, he was an attorney at a legal service agency in Pennsylvania and for the State of New Jersey, Office of Administrative Law.
- Austin J. Soldano represents clients in matters involving tax assessment appeals, civil rights violations and employment discrimination. Previously, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
Elizabeth J. Fineman, a Partner with the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP in Doylestown, Bucks County has been selected as one of 11 Pennsylvania lawyers named to the Bar Association’s Leadership Institute. Candidates had to demonstrate leadership ability and commitment to attendance and participation in the program. The membership experience for selected attorneys begins with the Young Lawyers Division Summer Summit in State College on July 24 – 26th.
Fineman practices exclusively in family law 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 involving an intricate knowledge of both family law and complex financial issues.