Doylestown, PA – Michael J. Savona, Esq. has been elected President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. He has been an active Member of the Board of Directors of the organization since 2013. He has served as Vice President of the Board since 2015.
Mr. Savona is a Shareholder and a member of the Management Committee at Eastburn and Gray. His legal practice includes matters related to land use & zoning, litigation, municipal law, and real estate. Throughout his career, he has served as solicitor to numerous municipalities and government agencies across the State of Pennsylvania. He routinely represents individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth in matters related to land and land use.
“It is and has been a privilege to work with every person who is affiliated with Habitat,” said Mr. Savona. “Our staff, volunteers and donors give generously and work selflessly to build new lives and new hope for our families. I am humbled to be a part of that work.”
The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County is to build affordable homes, better lives, stronger families, and safer revitalized communities through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Bucks County. Visit www.habitatbucks.org to learn more.
Michael J. Savona, Esq.
High Swartz Partner Named President of Central Chester County Rotary Club
James B. Shrimp to lead local chapter of Rotary International
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (June 2017) – Full-service law firm High Swartz is pleased to announce that partner James B. Shrimp has been installed as president of the Rotary Club of Central Chester County, located in Lionville/Exton, Pennsylvania. He is the chapter’s 29th president since its founding in 1988.
The club is a chapter of Rotary International, the mission of which is to bring together business and professional leaders at the community level to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace around the world.
In keeping with the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” Shrimp and the Central Chester County Rotary Club provide financial and volunteer support to nonprofits in Pennsylvania and around the world, including Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and the Chester County Food Bank, as well as Project CURE, the largest provider of donated medical equipment and supplies to developing countries worldwide, Operation Honduras, which builds schools and provides cataract surgeries in Honduras, and Rotaplast International, which provides corrective cleft palate and lip surgeries throughout the world.
Shrimp’s passion for helping others also finds expression in his legal practice, which he focuses on employment and commercial disputes, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, and restrictive covenants.
“It is a critical aspect of being an officer of the court and citizen to give back to the community, and Rotary allows me to give back both locally and internationally,” said Shrimp.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at Misericordia University before going on to earn his law degree from Villanova University School of Law.
RENEW YOUR LICENSE WITH AOPC ONLINE
As of last year, the AOPC discontinued sending out mailings to remind attorneys to renew their licenses before July 1st. All registration renewals are now being done online at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/AttorneyServices.aspx. All attorneys must create an account in order to renew their licenses.
The licensing fee payment can be made online with a credit card or the attorney can send a check to the AOPC to cover registration costs. However, ALL REGISTRATIONS must be done through the website. On its website, the AOPC offers a tutorial to help lawyers navigate the registration process. You can view that video by clicking here.
Please be sure to complete your registration renewal before July 1st to avoid late fees and penalties.
Mary Cushing Doherty Honored with PBA Special Achievement Award
Pennsylvania Bar Association recognizes High Swartz family law attorney’s tireless leadership in improving PA divorce law to reduce the harmful impacts on children
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (June 2017) – The full-service law firm High Swartz LLP is proud to announce that family law attorney Mary Cushing Doherty has been honored with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Special Achievement Award, in recognition of her tireless assistance with meeting legislators to address reducing the harmful impact of divorce waiting periods on children.
As co-chair of the PBA’s Family Law Section special committee, Doherty worked toward passage of state legislation that would reduce the waiting time for no-fault, unilateral divorce in Pennsylvania from two years to one year. The effort, which took more than four years, culminated in the adoption of Act 102, which went into effect in December 2016.
The movement to shorten the waiting period to one year was rooted in studies on child development that found that the longer a family was in legal limbo, the more stress the children endured and the more their development was suspended. Reducing the amount of legal waiting time similarly reduces the amount of parental conflict and allows parents and children to focus on creating their new family dynamic.
“During my 35 years practicing family law, I have seen firsthand how the two-year waiting period for unilateral, no-fault divorces harmed families,” said Doherty, who leads High Swartz’s family law practice group. “The extended waiting period produced more tension between parents and forced the children to witness destructive emotional battles. A shorter waiting period enables children to begin the healing process earlier, which is healthier for everyone.”
Doherty focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, including divorce, child support and child custody, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreement asset protection, complex property division, and more. She earned a bachelor’s degree at University of Delaware and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its more than 27,000 members continue the association’s tradition of service to the profession and the public, while keeping current with changing legal standards and societal practices, quality of life issues, and evolving technology. The PBA’s Special Achievement Award is given annually to recognize those who have given their time and resources to advance the association and the practice of law in Pennsylvania.
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NORTH WALES, PA, June 12, 2017 – A Seminar entitled “Cosby and Kane: Lessons and Issues,” discussing the legal issues that arose in the Kathleen Kane and Bill Cosby cases, was taught by Steven F. Fairlie, of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C., The Honorable Matthew Weintraub, Bucks County District Attorney, and Leigh Narducci, Esquire at the 34th Annual Criminal Law Symposium held at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 8 – 9, 2017.
The Criminal Law Symposium is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and is an annual gathering of attorneys from across Pennsylvania. The Symposium offers various seminars to allow attorneys to share techniques and experiences amongst colleagues.
Steven F. Fairlie, Esquire has been designated a Pennsylvania “SuperLawyer” in both Personal Injury and Criminal Defense by Philadelphia Magazine and placed on their lists of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and the Top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Top Rated Attorneys in Philadelphia as published in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Legal Intelligencer; The National Advocacy for DUI Defense Top 100 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorneys; and is a holder of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” rating and Client Distinction Award, designating preeminent lawyers based upon legal ability, ethics, and client satisfaction. He has been rated a perfect 10.0/10.0 on AVVO.COM and is one of a just 35 attorneys in Pennsylvania to be named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2006. He currently is the Managing Partner of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. in North Wales, PA.
Steven F. Fairlie, Esquire
Partner Allan Goulding was a guest speaker at a seminar presented to Philadelphia Insurance Company at its offices in Bala Cynwyd PA on Friday, May 26, 2017. The seminar, entitled “The Present and Future of Concussion Litigation,” had several other presenters including Robert Wilder, Product Manager of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Lori A Sweeney, PhD, ATC, Director of Sports Medicine, Saint Joseph’s University, Brian Abaluck, M.D. Main Line Health Neurologist and several other attorneys. Allan’s topics of discussion included “Waivers and Releases” and “Litigation Preparation and Presentation” .
Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of value-added service. The firm’s storied history ranges from the U.S. Congress to local governments, 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.
Allan Goulding, Esq.
Bucks County Family Law Attorney Susan J. Smith Named Among Ten Leaders in Divorce Law
Williams Family Law partner is one of Bucks County’s leading divorce lawyers
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (June 2017) – Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is proud to announce that partner Susan J. Smith, Esq. has been named among Ten Leaders in the Greater Philadelphia area for Divorce Law.
Founded in 2002, the Ten Leaders Cooperative evaluates and promotes professionals in the areas of architecture, finance, the law, medicine, and technology. Members are inducted into Ten Leaders based on length of practice, focus of practice, and out-of-firm peer referrals.
Widely regarded as one of the top divorce attorneys in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Smith joined Williams Family Law as a partner in 2016, after years heading the Family Law group at Fox Rothschild’s Bucks County office in Warrington, Pennsylvania.
A graduate of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, Smith focuses her practice on family law and litigation. She grew up in Doylestown, graduating from Central Bucks High School West before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College and then to law school.
Recognized by ALM publications as a “Woman Leader in the Law” for 2015, Ms. Smith has been practicing family law for nearly a quarter century and has long since established herself as one of the top divorce and child custody attorneys in both Bucks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Bucks County Bar Association presented her with the “Woman of the Year” award in 2010 and she has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters multiple times.
Smith is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and represents clients primarily in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Bucks County Bar Association.
Williams Family Law, P.C. – Williams Family Law, P.C., is a premier family law firm based in Bucks County, Pa. The firm provides individuals with matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, domestic partnership and cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation and related matters. The family law attorneys also provide guidance and representation in alternative dispute resolution forums, handling mediation, arbitration and custody dispute resolution. The practice at Williams Family Law centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. The firm prides itself on leadership within the profession and a strong record of success. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com or email email@example.com.
Susan J. Smith, Esq.
Partner Kyong Ha Growney and her family, husband Mike and daughters, Riley and Devyn recently
participated with more than 30,000 people in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia.
Kyong and her family walked in memory of our own Mary Beth Huff and with the help of Curtin &
Heefner raised over $2,000.
Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of value-added service. The firm’s storied history
ranges from the U.S. Congress to local governments, 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.
Volpe and Koenig, P.C., Kicks Off 2017 IPromise™ Grant Competition
$20,000 Grants Will Be Awarded to Two Local Non-Profits
PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 1, 2017) – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Princeton, NJ, today announced the kick off of its 11th Annual IPromise™ Charitable Giving Fund (“IPromise”) grant competition. Established in 2007, IPromise supports qualifying Greater Philadelphia or Princeton area non-profit organizations by awarding $20,000 grants to two each year. This year, organizations dedicated to animal welfare or community development are invited to apply by visiting vklawipromise.com, reviewing official guidelines and submitting applications before July 31, 2017. Organizations must be at least two years old and headquartered in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Burlington, Camden or Mercer County to be eligible for an IPromise grant.
To date, IPromise has awarded $400,000 to grant recipients across six eligible categories that rotate each year. In addition to supporting organizations dedicated to animal welfare and community development, IPromise funding has also advanced work in the areas of arts and culture; education; health and human services and veteran services. Previous IPromise grant recipients include After School Activities Partnerships, Bethesda Project, BuildaBridge, Canine Partners for Life, Dress for Success of Mercer County, ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth, Girls Inc., Greater Norristown Police Athletic League, Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line, Kisses for Kyle Foundation, Last Chance Ranch, Mercer Museum, Mighty Writers, New Leash on Life USA, Operation Homefront, The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, St. Edmond’s Home for Children, Twilight Wish and Urban Tree Connection.
Said firm President Gerald “Jay” B. Halt Jr., “Each year, we are privileged to learn about the extraordinary work being done by non-profits across the Greater Philadelphia and Princeton communities. IPromise is about dreams and goals being realized, and our team is fully committed to opening doors that might otherwise remain closed for our grant winners.”
About Volpe and Koenig, P.C. – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm’s attorneys, agents and technical advisors have expertise in a wide range of industries and serve a diverse roster of U.S. and multinational clients. For additional information, please visit www.vklaw.com.