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.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently announced the 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings, and Stark & Stark has been recognized on Metropolitan Tiers 1, 2, & 3 in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
According to U.S. News & World Report, rankings are determined by a multitude of factors. First, data is collected from Best Lawyers ballots, which can only be completed by attorneys who are currently recognized by Best Lawyers. Then, all of the quantitative and qualitative data is combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm. Because firms are often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, they use a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially.
“We are truly honored to be recognized once again by U.S. News & World Report across a wide range of our practice areas,” said Managing Shareholder Michael Donahue. Everyone at Stark & Stark works extremely hard to serve our clients and our community. We are so humbled to receive this recognition by our clients and peers as a testament to our work ethic and commitment to outstanding service.”
According to Best Lawyers, “the 2021 rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and Best Lawyers. A firm must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers.”
Doylestown, PA – Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law received national recognition in the 2021 edition of “Best Law Firms,” as compiled by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. The firm received a Tier 1 position – the highest possible ranking – for Family Law in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Firms included in the Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with continually impressive ratings from both clients and peers. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Best Law Firm rankings have been produced every year since 2009, when Best Lawyers partnered with U.S. News & World Report to produce its first ranking report of nearly 20,000 U.S. law firms. Williams Family Law is proud to have been named among the Best Law Firms every year since 2012.
Earlier this year, all of the partners of Williams Family Law were also recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Jeffrey M. Williams, Susan J. Smith, and Robert J. Salzer were among the top 6 percent of private practicing attorneys highlighted in the report.
Elizabeth J. Fineman, a Partner of the Bucks County law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP, received a Special Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association at a virtual luncheon on Thursday, November 19th. The award recognizes Ms. Fineman for stepping up to fill a co-editor position of the PBA Family Law Section’s Pennsylvania Family Lawyer newsletter, one of the association’s largest section publications. Elizabeth Fineman practices exclusively in 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 involving an intricate knowledge of both family law and complex financial issues.
Doylestown, PA – Erin K. Aronson, Esq., an attorney in the firm’s Doylestown office, served as a presenter at LEGUS’ fall meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020. This year, the conference was held virtually. Ms. Aronson was on the panel entitled, “A Fresh Perspective, Advice From Young Lawyers, For Young Lawyers.” The seminar covered young lawyers perspectives and advice on important topics such as marketing, developing a practice area, the importance of mentorships and professional relationships, the practicalities of practicing law, and ethical considerations.
Ms. Aronson concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial transactional law, real estate, and employment law. She also represents school districts regarding issues of federal and state law. She routinely represents clients in various industries including business, banking, and education. She earned her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law where she was the Managing Editor of Symposia for Villanova Law Review.
LEGUS International is a global network of diverse independent law firms that has been serving its members and their clients for over 25 years. LEGUS provides a non-competitive environment between where members share information and collaborate to create strategies, processes and visioning to serve their clients and manage their business for success. To learn more, please visit www.leguslaw.com.
#The tradition of excellence at the law firm of Eastburn and Gray, P.C. began more than 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.
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High Swartz is pleased to announce that Michael B. Prasad has joined the firm as a member of the Family Law team. Practicing out of the Norristown office, Mr. Prasad is licensed in both PA and New Jersey.
Michael’s practice is focused on matrimonial matters including divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, and post-judgment matters.
“High Swartz represents a unique opportunity to learn from and contribute to a stellar team of dedicated professionals across multiple practice areas. The collective knowledge and experience, coupled with the firm’s clear commitment to it’s clients, ensures that when a client retains High Swartz they are going to get nothing less than the best possible representation and for me being able to be part of that was too much to pass up”, says Mr. Prasad.
At the onset of the divorce process, Michael states that he establishes client goals, discusses possible outcomes, and develops a sound strategy based on what is most important to the client. He understands that the transformative nature of the divorce process can extend over the course of several months to years. Most important to him is a dedication to passionate problem solving, negotiation, and a strong commitment to communication throughout the entire process.
Michael also commits his time and efforts to Philadelphia VIP which provides free legal representation including divorce and equitable distribution to Philadelphians who cannot afford to hire a family law attorney.
New Britain, PA – Partner Jane M. Williams of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP was a featured presenter at the 2020 conference of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC), a virtual program held in October, in collaboration with the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center. Titled “Advocating Equity for All Learners,” the event sought to connect families and professionals to share best practices and resources for students with disabilities and special health care needs.
Williams, along with attorney Liliana Yazno-Bartle, presented “Solutions to Challenges of Providing Virtual Special Education Services,” discussing the challenges that virtual instruction introduces into the special services mix and how students, teachers and parents can face and overcome them.
PACEC’s mission is to improve the education and quality of life for children who are gifted or require special education; the PEAL Center works with families, youth and young adults with disabilities to help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. Click here to learn more about the event or its sponsors.
With over 25 years in practice, Jane Williams is among the most experienced attorneys in Pennsylvania currently representing school entities in special education and student matters. She provides both proactive and defensive representation in all phases of special education litigation. She is a well-regarded speaker and consultant on special education and other education law-related topics, and is a past president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association.