Eight Eastburn and Gray Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2019 Pennsylvania SuperLawyers

Doylestown and Blue Bell, PA – Eight attorneys from Eastburn and Gray were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Pennsylvania SuperLawyers list. The lawyers with this distinguished recognition include:

Grace M. Deon

Employment & Labor, Schools & Education, General Litigation

Rising Stars; 2005 to 2007

SuperLawyers; 2013 to present

Sarah A. Eastburn

Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Tax: Consumer

Rising Stars; 2017 to present

Marc D. Jonas

Land Use/Zoning, Government/Cities/Municipalities, Real Estate

SuperLawyers; 2004 to present

Kimberly Litzke

Family Law

Rising Stars; 2005

SuperLawyers; 2013 to present

Kellie A. McGowan

Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate

Rising Stars; 2012 to 2017

SuperLawyers; 2018 to present

Zachary A. Sivertsen

Land Use/Zoning, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, Civil Litigation, Real Estate

Rising Stars; 2018 to present

John A. VanLuvanee

Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate

SuperLawyers; 2008 to present

Robert R. Watson, Jr.

Construction Litigation, General Litigation, Government/ Cities/Municipalities

Rising Stars; 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014

SuperLawyers; 2015 to present

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about SuperLawyers’ methodologies, visit https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit www.SuperLawyers.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.

To learn more about our firm, our practice areas and our attorneys, please visit our website: www.eastburngray.com.

SOUTHEAST PA NOW PAC ENDORSES JORDAN YEAGER FOR JUDGE

Doylestown, PA—May 9, 2019. The Southeast Pennsylvania National Organization for Women PAC has joined the growing list of organizations and elected officials who have endorsed Jordan Yeager for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County.

 

“Fighting for equal rights and justice for all has been the impetus for my entire career as a lawyer, and it’s why I want to serve as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. I have spent over 26 years fighting to protect the Constitution’s guaranteed freedoms, and I will continue to fight for those freedoms on behalf of all who come before the Court,” said Yeager.

 

Yeager’s 2013 landmark victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the first case in history declaring a state law unconstitutional because it violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians, as well as his continued focus on environmental law, have earned him the endorsements of environmental groups including Conservation Voters of PA, Food & Water Action, Sierra Club, and Clean Water Action.

 

Yeager was overwhelmingly endorsed by the Bucks County Democratic Committee with over 91% of delegates’ votes on the first ballot. He has also been endorsed by state officials including Senator Steve Santarsiero, Senator Maria Colett, Representative Tina Davis, Representative Wendy Ullman, Representative John Galloway, and Representative Perry Warren, and by Bucks County officials, including Commissioner Diane Marseglia, Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson, Prothonotary Judy Reiss, Controller Neale Dougherty, and Sheriff Milt Warrell. Former State Representative Helen Tai and Former Congressman Patrick Murphy have endorsed Yeager, along with former Democratic Congressional nominee Scott Wallace.

 

Yeager is seeking both the Democratic and Republican nominations to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas in the May 21, 2019 primary election. If nominated, he will take part in the general election on November 5.

 

You can find more information on Yeager at his campaign website: yeagerforjudge.com.

11 High Swartz Attorneys Named Among PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (May 9, 2019)High Swartz LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Norristown and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that  11 of its attorneys have been named among Pennsylvania’s 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Among the highlights are two inclusions on the 50 Top Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania list going to Melissa M. Boyd and Mary Cushing Doherty of the High Swartz Domestic Relations practice.

The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. High Swartz 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are listed below in alphabetical order.

Melissa M. Boyd: Has been nominated to her 5th consecutive Super lawyer list  preceded by 6 Rising Star distinctions. On top of her streak, Missy has been nominated to 3 Super Lawyers Top Lists in Pennsylvania. Those accolades are 100 Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania, 100 Top Lawyers in Philadelphia and 50 Top Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania. Missy is a partner and family law attorney with High Swartz and advocates in various areas including divorce, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody and child support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law.

David J. Brooman: 2019 marks the return to the Super Lawyers list for David. This is his 10th selection. As a land development and litigation attorney, David J. Brooman has more than three decades experience in zoning and land use development, as well as environmental law.

Kevin Cornish: Recently elected as a partner at High Swartz, Kevin receives his 8th Super Lawyers Rising Star selection. Kevin focuses his practice on commercial, civil, and contract & multistate litigation support. His clients include individuals as well as local, regional, and national businesses up and down the east coast.

Mary Cushing Doherty: This will be Mary’s 16th consecutive selection to the Super Lawyers list. Along with her distinction, she’ll join the 50 Top Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania list. With a distinguished record of professional and community service, Mary Cushing Doherty has more than 35 years of legal experience as a family law lawyer. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of marital dissolution and family law issues including divorce, child support, custody, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreement asset protection, complex property division, and is the chair of High Swartz’s Family Law practice.

Elizabeth Early: has been nominated to her third consecutive Rising Star selection. Her areas of specialization include divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution, pre and post-nuptial agreements, parenting coordination and abuse matters. Liz also serves as court-appointed counsel and guardian for minor children.

Mark R. Fischer: Mark has been nominated to his second consecutive Super Lawyer designation. He focuses his practice primarily on representing businesses in breach of contract, payment collection, construction defect, and consumer protection disputes throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Gilbert P. High, Jr.: This will be Gil’s 14 section in a row. Gil’s impressive career is devoted primarily to the practice of municipal and Real Estate and Land Use Law. He regularly speaks on issues pertaining to municipal liability, particularly regarding the maintenance of the Urban Forest, a subject on which he has lectured nationally.

Thomas E. Panzer: This is Tom’s first and much-deserved selection to the Super Lawyers’ list. Thomas E. Panzer, a workers’ compensation attorney, joined High Swartz in 2016 as a result of a merger with McNamara, Bolla & Panzer, Attorneys at Law, a firm for which he served as Managing Partner. Mr. Panzer is active in his community and is currently the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Treasurer.

Thomas D. Rees: Elected to his 14th Super Lawyers list, Tom heads the firm’s Litigation and Employment Practice.  He focuses his practice primarily on employment law and private education law. In the education area, Tom represents a number of independent schools in the Philadelphia area, handling employment, student discipline, contract, and governance matters.

Joel D. Rosen: As High Swartz’s Managing partner, Joel has been a Super Lawyer since 2017. With more than 30 years of legal experience as a corporate law attorney, Joel Rosen’s areas of practice include franchise law, business and commercial law, employment law, trademark/copyright law and commercial leasing.

Brittany M. Yurchyk: High Swartz congratulates Brittany’s first nomination to the Super Lawyers’ list as a Rising Star. Specializing in alternative dispute resolution, Brittany concentrates her family law practice on  equitable distribution, child custody, child and spousal support, abuse and domestic relations.

How were the High Swartz Super Lawyers selected to the list?

Super Lawyers nominates the best attorneys using a unique selection process. Peer evaluations and nominations  are combined with independent research. Nominees are evaluated on 12 indicators from professional achievement through peer nominations. Nominations are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The Super Lawyers objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys on a national level that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. As an aid to those selecting a lawyer, Super Lawyers only selects outstanding local lawyers who are able to be retained by the public.

About High Swartz: High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm serving clients in the Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania from offices in Norristown and Doylestown. Established in 1914, High Swartz serves the needs of businesses, municipalities, government entities, nonprofits and individuals. With offices in Bucks County and Montgomery County, the full-service law firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support to individuals and business entities of all sizes across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, go to highswartz.com.

Thomas Donnelly and Elizabeth Fineman Presenters at 2019 BCBA Business Law Institute

Thomas Donnelly and Elizabeth Fineman of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP in Doylestown, PA will speak at the third annual Business Law Institute of the Bucks County Bar Association where they will discuss business issues in divorce and family law. The seminar will take place on May 14, 2019 at the Bucks County Bar Association in Doylestown. The discussion will include business control issues, the impact of agreements among business owners on Equitable Distribution and Support, as well as remedies and valuation concerns and strategies.

Thomas Donnelly is a business and commercial litigation attorney with a focus on complex business transactions and disputes.  Elizabeth Fineman practices exclusively in Family Law with extensive experience in complex high net worth individuals with complex assets and tax valuation issues.

The Bucks County Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active bar associations in the United States. Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Bar Association is dedicated to providing support and fellowship for the advancement of the legal profession.

Grace M. Deon, Esq. to Serve as Panelist at 2019 BCBA Business Law Institute

Doylestown, PA – Grace M. Deon, Esq. will serve as a panelist at the third annual Business Law Institute of the Bucks County Bar Association where she will discuss employment law issues in the #metoo era. The seminar will take place on May 14, 2019 at the Bucks County Bar Association in Doylestown. Included in the discussion will be the applicable federal and state laws governing  sexual harassment in the workplace, recommended employer policies and training, best practices for internal investigations of sexual harassment complaints, claims against high profile/executive level employees, how to address office romances and ethical and public relations implications specific to sexual harassment.

Ms. Deon is a shareholder and member of Eastburn and Gray’s management committee. Her practice focuses on Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. She previously served as the President of the Bucks County Bar Association.

The Bucks County Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active bar associations in the United States. Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Bar Association is dedicated to providing support and fellowship for the advancement of the legal profession. To learn more, please visit the Bucks County Bar Association’s website, www.bucksbar.org.

 

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.

To learn more about our firm, our practice areas and our attorneys, please visit our website: www.eastburngray.com.

Curtin & Heefner Partners Paul Cohen, Charissa Liller and James Esposito Attend Habitat Bucks County Benefit

Curtin & Heefner LLP recently sponsored the Hard Hats & High Heels Event to support Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. C&H Partner James Esposito, a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat Bucks, along with Partners Paul Cohen and Charissa Liller attended the annual event held at Spring Mill Manor. Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. The local event raises money and awareness to support Habitat’s mission.

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.

Jordan Yeager Proposes Satellite Courts to Increase Access to Justice

Doylestown, PA, May 6, 2019—Jordan Yeager, a candidate for judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, believes that too many Bucks County residents face unreasonable burdens in seeking justice, and if he is elected, he wants to do something about it.

Yeager advocates creating satellite courts in government and court buildings throughout Bucks County to make the justice system more accessible to all County residents. Video is an additional tool that could be used for increasing access to the court system.

“Residents throughout Bucks County may have to travel almost an hour to get to the County courthouse in Doylestown,” said Yeager. “This can be really tough for those who work full-time without flexible hours, juggle multiple jobs, have childcare or eldercare responsibilities, or have to depend on public transportation. We must find ways to improve access to our judicial system so that we are living up to our promise of justice for all.”

Increasing access to justice is the primary theme of Yeager’s campaign. He is seeking both the Democratic and Republican nominations to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas in the May 21, 2019 primary election. If nominated, he will take part in the general election on November 5.

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher Attorney Peter Nelson Appointed Quakertown Borough Solicitor

(PERKASIE, Pa.) Grim, Biehn & Thatcher of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased announce that Peter Nelson, Esq. has been appointed to serve as Quakertown Borough Solicitor, effective March 5, 2019.  Nelson is a Shareholder in the firm’s municipal department and has been with the firm since 2000.

In addition to maintaining a diverse practice in municipal/land use and appellate matters, Nelson also represents individual clients in a wide variety of general matters and various types of litigation. He is devoted 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 exclusively 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 CEO of the firm. “We are extremely pleased that Peter has been appointed to represent Quakertown Borough as their Solicitor. We are very proud of his dedication and hard work as well as the confidence that Quakertown Borough has invested in Peter and our firm.”

“I am very excited to work with the Quakertown Borough staff and elected officials on the legal issues facing Quakertown.  In addition, the Borough has numerous unique and interesting projects that I believe will be both enjoyable and challenging as I begin my tenure as solicitor.”

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.

About Grim, Biehn & Thatcher

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher has been providing trusted legal counsel, practical, commonsense advice and values-based business solutions to clients since the firm was founded by Webster Grim in 1895. The firm represents clients in the areas of Business, Commercial and Tax Law; Litigation; Family Law; Criminal Law; Landlord/Tenant Law; Municipal/Zoning Law; Personal Injury Law; Wills and Estates; and Real Estate Law. The firm prides itself on the following commitments it makes to its clients:

Responsibility – Recognizing that the firm is in a service business and that clients expect and deserve timeliness and responsiveness. This priority is embedded into the firm’s culture and values.

Trust – Representing clients in a skillful and honest manner; taking ownership of every action in its dealings with clients and others with unyielding integrity.

Diligence – Providing the best service with confidence about what the firm does and always working hard to deliver quality service with the client’s goals and best interests in mind for each legal matter.

Value – Striving to pool talents and resources to better serve clients and minimize unnecessary costs and expenses, thus providing increased value to its clients.

For more information about Grim, Biehn & Thatcher visit www.grimlaw.com.

Mt. Lebanon Lawyer Anne N. John to Serve as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

HARRISBURG (May 1, 2019) — Anne N. John of Mt. Lebanon, a private practitioner in Uniontown, will become president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) at the conclusion of the association’s Annual Meeting, May 17, in Lancaster.

The PBA has been recognized as the bar association most representative of Pennsylvania lawyers. John’s tenure as president will be guided by the PBA’s mission statement that includes promoting the administration of justice and cultivating cordial relations among the lawyers of Pennsylvania.

“As lawyers, we must be ever mindful to remain worthy of our leadership roles in our communities and properly discharge our obligations as members of the legal profession,” John said. “We, as the PBA, need to continue to offer our members the insights and the tools to properly manage their legal practices and their relationships with clients and their communities.”

John will be promoting the association’s committees, sections and community service projects to engage lawyers in all stages of their careers.

Soon after becoming president, John will launch the PBA Civility and Professionalism Committee to focus on improving collegiality and working relationships among legal professionals.

She also will create a PBA Legal Academics Committee to provide opportunities for the law school academic community to meet and exchange ideas focusing on the continued offering of high quality education for future lawyers.

“We are fortunate to have such a high quality of legal education in Pennsylvania,” said John. “This committee will provide a PBA home for the legal academics community.”

In addition, John will be revamping the PBA Plain English Committee into the Clear Communications Committee to address all forms of correspondence, including electronic media, and forming a work group to identify best practices to help lawyers transition into and out of the profession.

John is a longtime leader with organized bar associations at both the state and county levels.

At the state level, John will soon complete her term as the 2018-19 PBA president-elect and she served as the 2017-18 PBA vice president.

John served as secretary for the PBA Board of Governors from 2013 to 2016.

From 2009 to 2012, John served as a zone governor on the PBA Board, representing Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland County lawyers.

John served as co-chair of the PBA Shale Energy Law Committee from 2013 through 2018, and served as 2017-18 chair and 2016-17 co-vice chair of the PBA Review and Certifying Board. Since 2012, she has served as chair of the PBA House of Delegates Draft Committee.

John served as a member of the PBA Diversity Team at the time of its inception. She also served on the PBA Diversity Task Force and chaired the PBA Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee.

She served as the 2017-18 co-vice chair of the PBA Planning Committee.

She is a current member of and serves on the executive councils of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession and of the PBA Solo and Small Firm Section.

She is a member of the PBA Business Law Section, PBA Civil Litigation Section, PBA Family Law Section, PBA Federal Practice Committee, of which she serves on its executive council, PBA Finance Committee, PBA Investment Committee, PBA Judicial Administration Committee, PBA Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee, PBA Membership Development Committee, PBA Non-Dues Revenue Task Force and the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.

As PBA vice president in 2017-18, John served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), the education arm of the PBA. She has served as a PBI course planner and speaker for the continuing legal education on numerous oil and gas issues, including lease interpretation, groundwater contamination and litigation.

She is a Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the PBA, and serves on its Bylaws and Governance Committee and its Events Committee.

Since last year, John has represented Pennsylvania in the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

John is a Hearing Committee member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

At the county level, John served as the 2017 president of the Fayette County Bar Association and previously served as its secretary from 2006 to 2013 and served several terms on its Board of Directors.

Also active in her community, John is a former member of the boards of directors of Advantage Credit Counseling Services Inc., the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania Inc. and the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club.

John is a graduate of Dickinson College and Dickinson School of Law.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.

High Swartz Welcomes New Attorney Robert E. Gordon Esq.

Robert E. Gordon Esq. has joined High Swartz’s civil litigation practice and possesses comprehensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants over a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Robert has appeared in both state and federal courts throughout Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, and their surrounding counties. He has represented both individuals and large companies, and has helped to secure multiple six-digit judgments for his clients. Robert’s broad range of civil litigation experience has also involved him in personal injury and workers’ compensation matters.

Along with his civil and commercial litigation background, Robert is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has previously worked as a full-time patent attorney. Robert provided clients with patentability and infringement opinions, authored and prosecuted patent applications, and assisted his clients in protecting their ideas. Robert became interested in patents and intellectual property during his undergraduate years at Penn State. After graduation, Robert worked as an engineer prior to attending Widener University School of Law (now Delaware Law School).

Robert will be practicing in the civil litigation group out of High Swartz’s Doylestown office at 116 East Court Street. As a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley, Rob is very pleased to be working in Bucks County where he resides with his wife, two beloved cats, and new puppy. When not practicing law, you can find Robert supporting (and criticizing) the Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers, as well as the Eagles, who have somehow allowed Robert and his family to remain season ticket holders for over fifteen years.  High Swartz feels Robert will be a valuable addition to the firm as it looks to increase and expand its areas of practice.

About High Swartz: High Swartz is a full-service law firm serving clients in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania from offices in Norristown and Doylestown. Established in 1914, High Swartz serves the needs of businesses, municipalities, government entities, nonprofits and individuals. With offices in Bucks County and Montgomery County, the firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support to individuals and business entities of all sizes across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, go to highswartz.com.