Yardley Attorney Scott Fegley Announces Release of Debut Novel

Yardley attorney Scott Fegley’s debut novel, The Meaning of Home, will be available on Amazon.com in early December 2018 in both E-Book and paperback. It is a story told by a rescue dog, Charlie, part Pomeranian, part fox, from the domestic violence that ends his first family and nearly ends his life, through homelessness to his forever home.

Learn more about the book and meet Charlie on Scott Fegley’s author page at Facebook.com/Authorscottfegley.

Donate to the Bucks County Bar Foundation when you Shop on Amazon!

The Charitable Foundation of the Bucks County Bar Association is now registered as a charity option when you are shopping on Amazon.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to the charities selected by customers.

Instead of shopping on “regular” amazon.com, type in smile.amazon.com in your browser’s address bar.  Then before you check out you can select the Charitable Foundation of the Bucks County Bar Association for where your charity donation will be made!  It’s as simple as that!

 

 

 

Pennsylvania sees a recent increase in protection from abuse filings

HARRISBURG — Following a steady decline in the statewide number of new protection from abuse (PFA) filings, Pennsylvania has seen a 5 percent increase in PFA filings from 2014 to 2017. A PFA is a civil order that helps protect victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, dating partner or family member.

The infographic highlights 2017 PFA data including the statewide number of PFAs filed, the top 10 counties with the highest number of PFA filings and the percentages of PFA case outcomes. A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download at www.pacourts.us under Media Resources.

PA Courts InfoShare is a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.

Media contact:    Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331

Editor’s Note: View county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data via the PFA interactive dashboards on our website.

News from High Swartz | Melissa Boyd supports fight against gender discrimination with MCCWF

Melissa Boyd (Norristown, PA), a family law Partner at High Swartz, recently moderated a panel at the annual Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families (MCCWF) Awareness Event, an event focused on discrimination against women.

The MCCWF—created by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners—is a diverse group of women volunteers who serve Montgomery County communities and help aspiring women achieve their educational goals.

Their mission is to foster leadership, provide awareness of existing services, promote the development of resources, and advocate equal access to such resources in order to enhance the lives of women and families.

Each year, an event theme is drawn from the National Women’s History Project, with this years’ theme being, “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Honoring this year’s theme, the MCCWF celebrated women fighting not only against sexism, but also against the many intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women. Some of these include discrimination based on race and ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, non-binary and/or non-conforming gender express, veteran status, and many other categories

Boyd, a devoted family law lawyer, moderated a panel discussion with the Women’s Law Project, who was also honored for its devotion to protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls.

The panelists discussed recent trends, legislative action, and strategies to combat unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment in the workplace. They also identified national and local resources to help women fighting all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families (MCCWF).

 Melissa Boyd, Esquire

About High Swartz LLP: High Swartz LLP 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 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, visit www.highswartz.com.

Michael E. Peters, Esq. to Speak at 2018 PSTCA Convention

Doylestown, PA – Michael E. Peters, Esq. will deliver remarks to the Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors’ Association’s (PSTCA) Annual Conference on October 19, 2018, in York, Pennsylvania. Mr. Peters’ remarks will address current issues facing tax collectors throughout the Commonwealth, and provide an update on pending tax collector lawsuits.  Mr. Peters serves as general counsel to the PSTCA and frequently advises the association’s members on matters relating to real estate tax collection.

In addition to his efforts litigating cases on behalf of tax collectors across the Commonwealth, Mr. Peters represents municipalities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, as well as private commercial and residential clients before zoning hearing boards and municipal governing bodies in land development and zoning matters. He has appeared in courts of common pleas throughout the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Court in land use and municipal law litigation and appeals. Mr. Peters is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and The George Washington University Law School.

The purpose of the PSTCA is to unite collectors of real estate and all other taxes; to provide a means for dissemination of information and education on assessment and tax collecting practices; to engage in publishing constructive reports; and to cooperate with others interested in assessments and taxation. To learn more about the PSTCA, please visit their website, www.pstca.org.

Michael E Peters, Esq.

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.

Nominations are being accepted for the Mark E. Goldberg and William Eastburn III Awards. Deadline: November 4, 2018

The Mark E. Goldberg Award

The Mark E. Goldberg Award is presented to a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, including honorary members, demonstrating a continuing commitment to community service outside the legal profession.

The eligible candidate shall perpetuate personal relationships established with leaders of the religious, academic, recreational and charitable segments of the Bucks County community by:

  • Proven legal competence;
  • Honor;
  • Trust;
  • Service; and
  • Respect for the rule of law and the administration of justice.

 To nominate someone for this award, please send a letter outlining your reasons for nominating this person to the attention of Greg Nardi at BCBA 135 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

William H. Eastburn, III Award Qualification

 The purpose of the William H. Eastburn, III Award is to recognize the person or entity who has made significant contributions to the Bucks County system of justice.

The qualities of the recipient(s), who shall not be a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, shall be to:

  • Promote better understanding of our system of justice;
  • Encourage greater respect for law and the courts;
  • Stimulate a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights; Contribute to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; and Foster a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.

To nominate someone for this award, please send a letter outlining your reasons for nominating this person to the attention of Greg Nardi at BCBA 135 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Eastburn and Gray Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©2019

Blue Bell and Doylestown, PA – Eastburn and Gray shareholders Marc D. Jonas, John A. VanLuvanee, Kellie A. McGowan, and Mark S. Cappuccio have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Marc Jonas was previously named The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Litigation in Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area. This accolade followed Mr. Jonas’ recognition in the 2017 edition as the Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Marc has established a reputation as one of the preeminent land use attorneys in Pennsylvania with extensive experience in real estate, land use/zoning, and municipal law, representing individuals, businesses, and municipalities. Mr. Jonas serves as solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Boards of Towamencin, Upper Merion, and Lower Salford Townships and as special counsel for Straban Township in Adams County. Following his service in the United States Air Force Reserve, Mr. Jonas began his legal career as law clerk to President Judge James S. Bowman of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He is a previous board chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

Mr. VanLuvanee was previously named The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area. He also received this distinction in 2014. Mr. VanLuvanee has been continuously ranked in this publication for more than ten years. As one of Pennsylvania’s premier land use attorneys, he handles zoning, subdivision and land development matters, as well as real estate transactional matters, for both developers and property owners. During his career, he has been involved in many significant, precedent-setting land use cases decided by the Commonwealth Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court. For more than 30 years, he has served as counsel to the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties. He is an active member of the Legal Action Task Force and Judicial Task Force of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS) sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. VanLuvanee is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. McGowan was previously selected for The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018.  She is a shareholder at Eastburn and Gray where she has years of experience practicing in the firm’s Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning, and Banking practice areas. Ms. McGowan represents clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in a wide variety of commercial and residential real estate and land use matters, as well as banking transactions for notable regional and community financial institutions. Ms. McGowan has practiced real estate law for nearly 15 years and has participated in hundreds of real estate transactions. She has experience in all phases of transactional and land use law including: commercial and residential sales and acquisitions; commercial leasing; financing; commercial loan origination; zoning approvals; subdivision and land development entitlements; and residential foreclosures and short sales. Ms. McGowan earned her law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College.

Mr. Cappuccio is a shareholder at Eastburn and Gray where he practices tax assessment law, commercial litigation, real estate, and zoning and land use law. He represents individuals, businesses and municipalities in a variety of real estate matters including land use, zoning and condemnation cases. He is an experienced civil trial attorney with a wide breadth of industry knowledge in general commercial litigation matters and has extensive experience in litigating tax assessment cases. While he litigated for taxing authorities for approximately 25 years, several years ago the focus of his work shifted to the representation of numerous real estate entities and large corporations for whom he has litigated valuation cases extensively before the courts at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Cappuccio earned his law degree from Capital University Law School and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Delaware. This is the first year that Mr. Cappuccio has been included in this ranking system.

 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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.

Judge Joel H. Slomsky of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Takes Senior Status

Philadelphia, PA, October 9, 2018– Judge Joel H. Slomsky of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that he will take senior status effective October 9, 2018.  Judge Slomsky has served on the court since 2008.  Judge Slomsky was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 2008.  Prior to his taking the seat in the District Court, Judge Slomsky was in private law practice.  He served as a Special Attorney of the Criminal Division, Philadelphia Strike Force, United States Department of Justice, from 1971 to 1973.

Judge Slomsky will continue to serve on the District Court from the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia.

Mary R. LaSota Speaks on the Pitfalls To Avoid in Estate Planning

Norristown, PA, October 8, 2018– High Swartz attorney Mary R. LaSota recently presented “Pitfalls to Avoid in Estate Planning” to the Women’s Junior League of Philadelphia.  Some top pitfalls people tend to make when planning their estate include:  beneficiary blunders, naming specific assets in their Wills, naming the wrong person to act as your agent, hiring the wrong attorney to write your estate plan, leaving assets to minors, not planning for the death of a beneficiary, or failing to plan at all.  Each of these pitfalls will be discussed along with additional ones to avoid.

With more than 10 years’ experience, LaSota has built a reputation for providing estate planning for families and offering legal solutions for startups and entrepreneurs across Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. She focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration and tax law. She believes in empowering her clients with the knowledge to plan for and protect their family’s and loved ones’ future.

The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. To learn more about The Junior League of Philadelphia, please visit their website at https://www.jlphiladelphia.org/

Mary R. LaSota, Esq.

About High Swartz LLP: High Swartz LLP 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 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 towww.highswartz.com.

Second Annual Patent Infringement Litigation Event Hosted by Bucks County and Montgomery Bar Associations Welcomes Judges from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On October 4, 2018, at the Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales, PA, the Intellectual Property Law Sections of the Bucks County and Montgomery Bar Associations hosted Judges Mitchell S. Goldberg and Mark A. Kearney of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to discuss their perspectives on patent infringement litigation.  In this second annual event, the judges, along with panel members Patricia S. Rogowski, Esq. of Rogowski Law and Robert S. Silver, Esq. of Caesar Rivise, PC spent the evening providing insights, anecdotes, and practice tips on unique issues that arise during patent infringement litigation, including recent decisions in the law on venue from the U.S. Supreme Court.  The panel also discussed the roles of experts, possibilities of alternative dispute resolution, and the ability of juries to decide complex patent issues.  The judges concluded the event by offering some practice tips for the litigating attendants.  Frank Mazzeo, partner at Ryder, Mazzeo & Konieczny, LLC, delivered the introductions and served as moderator for the panel.  The event brought in many attorneys from the Bucks County and Montgomery legal bars to share in the experiences, advice, and reflections of the distinguished panel members on current developments in patent infringement litigation.  The event was graciously sponsored by the law firm of Caesar Rivise, PC.

by Denis Yanishevskiy