High Swartz is pleased to announce that Mark R. Fischer, Jr. has been elected a partner at the law firm.
Mark R. Fischer, Jr. joined High Swartz in 2009 and has focused his practice primarily on representing businesses in breach of contract, payment collection, construction defect, and consumer protection disputes throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
“We are pleased to welcome Mark as the newest partner at High Swartz” said High Swartz Managing Partner Joel D. Rosen. “ His hard work and dedication to his clients and the firm make this a well-deserved achievement. It’s my pleasure to personally congratulate Mark and look forward to his continued growth at High Swartz.”
“Over the years here at High Swartz, I’ve developed great relationships with my fellow attorneys and our staff, and I really appreciate all that they have done to help me get to this point in my legal career” states Mark Fischer. “This is truly a wonderful place to practice law and I am honored to become a partner at this fine law firm.”
Mark also represents local municipalities, property owners, and individuals in zoning and land development matters, local code enforcement proceedings, real estate disputes, business transactions, and general civil litigation.
Mr. Fischer attended college at Widener University and obtained his law degree from Villanova University. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top-rated civil litigation attorney and serves as Chair of the Montgomery County Law Reporter Committee.
Doylestown, PA – Grace M. Deon, Esq. served as a panelist at the 2019 Bucks County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference where she discussed employment law issues in the #metoo era. The seminar took place on September 27, 2019 at the Seaview Hotel in Galloway, New Jersey. Included in the discussion were 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. Additional panelists include Tiffanie Benfer, Esq., the Honorable Linda K. Caracappa and the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe.
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
High Swartz LLP is pleased to announce that Elizabeth C. Early along with 5 others were appointed to the Subcommittee on Support which serves and reports directly to the Montgomery County Family Justice Advisory Board.
The Family Justice Advisory Board (FJAB) of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the second board of its kind in Pennsylvania, was established by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in October of 2018. The Board makes recommendations to the Court, public policy boards and agencies that affect family law in Montgomery County.
Elizabeth C. Early is a family law attorney whose practice areas include divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution and protections from abuse. Liz also serves as a court-appointed counsel and guardian for minor children. Liz serves as a court appointed arbitrator in Montgomery County and also accepts private mediations and arbitrations in family law matters. Earlier this year, Liz completed an intensive training program to become a licensed parenting coordinator. Parenting coordination in Pennsylvania is a tool available to parties in contentious custody cases that aims to help those involved resolve minor custody disputes without repeated trips to the court.
“I am excited to be a part of this dynamic and enthusiastic group, says Liz Early. Under the guidance of the Family Justice Advisory Board, we hope to improve the support process where necessary and increase accessibility to the support court system.”
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Courts today released Pennsylvania Justice – Understanding the Courts, a fast-paced, animated video that describes the role and work of the courts.
“Facilitating access to justice and protecting the rights and liberties of individuals is the highest priority of Pennsylvania’s courts,” said Court Administrator of Pennsylvania Tom Darr. “The video serves as a refresher on the role and structure of the courts, while enhancing the civics and government curriculum taught to secondary-education students across Pennsylvania.”
Developed and produced by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the four-minute video is aimed at a broad audience including high-school students, potential jurors or anyone looking for a greater understanding of the Pennsylvania judiciary.
The video details the role of the courts in a democracy, the structure of the Pennsylvania court system including jury service and how various types of cases advance through the system.
Using animated graphics and case examples, the video highlights each level of Pennsylvania’s court system including:
- Supreme Court
- Superior Court
- Commonwealth Court
- Court of Common Pleas
- Magisterial District Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Court
The video simplifies the seemingly intricate organization of Pennsylvania’s judiciary and its appeals process.
Doylestown, PA – Judy Hayman, Esq. is an approved Parenting Coordinator by the Bucks County Family Court after having completed all requisite training under Pennsylvania’s new rule which went into effect on March 1, 2019.
The Parenting Coordination program was reinstated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and allows the Court to appoint a parenting coordinator to resolve parenting issues arising from the custody order issued in a case. The Parenting Coordinator may address issues such as transitions between households; variations from the parenting plan for special events; school issues; child-care arrangements; extra-curricular activities; and other matters related to implementing the parenting plan. The Parenting Coordinator is a trained facilitator appointed by the Court to foster communication and agreement conducive to the best interests of the children.
Ms. Hayman is a Shareholder in the firm’s Family Law practice group. She has more than ten years of experience in all aspects of family and matrimonial law, including child custody, divorce, equitable distribution, pre-nuptial agreements, property settlement agreements, protection from abuse, and child support. In addition to traditional litigation representation for family law issues, Ms. Hayman provides alternative dispute resolution services to clients and she is trained in Collaborative Law and Mediation.
Ms. Deon discussed the youth, family and community benefits derived from after school programs similar to the one offered by QCC known as “The Drop”. Some of the benefits include a reduction in youth drug use and criminal behavior; improved school performance, behavior and attendance; and added support for those suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
“The Drop” is staffed by volunteers between 3:00 and 6:00pm three days a week and it provides a safe haven and welcoming, supportive environment for area youth to enjoy positive peer interaction and age appropriate recreational activities.
As a board member of “NAMI” and a member of a forum assembled by D.A. Weintraub focusing on grandparents raising their grandchildren due to the opioid epidemic, Ms. Deon noted that local educators, counselors and grandparents have another valuable resource through “The Drop.”
Ms. Deon is a shareholder and member of Eastburn and Gray’s management committee and has practiced law for 27 years. Her practice focuses on Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. She previously served as the President of the Bucks County Bar Association. She has resided in Bucks County for 42 years, and for more than three decades, she has actively participated as a board member and fundraiser for numerous non-profit agencies throughout Bucks County.
Doylestown, PA – Partner Robert J. Salzer of Williams Family Law, P.C. was a featured presenter recently at “Riding the Waves of Life: Divorce, Custody, and Support in an Ever-Changing World,” at the “CLE Down the Shore” event hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
In the program, Salzer and a panel of attorneys from firms around the region addressed support, custody and divorce in both case law and practical application for attorneys and legal professionals. Panelists included Kelly Fazzini of Hangley Aronchick, Eileen Murphy of Berner Klaw & Watson and Aaron Weems of Fox Rothschild. The discussion was moderated by Jonathan Hoffman of Cozen O’Connor.
An experienced trial attorney, Salzer focuses his practice on financially complex, high net worth family law matters including alimony/spousal support, divorce, equitable distribution, marital agreements, child support, child custody and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. He is a co-author of “Stress-Free Divorce,” a book designed to help anyone considering or in the midst of a divorce identify and overcome common obstacles to as smooth a resolution as possible. He is a frequent presenter on issues involved in family law.
Attorney Peter J. Smith, who is a Member at Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC was recently appointed to the Bucks County Community College Foundation’s (BCCCF)
Board of Directors.
Established in 1982, the BCCCF works with local, regional, and national supporters to create partnerships and raise funds, assistance, and awareness in support of both new and existing educational opportunities.
With locations in Chalfont and Huntingdon Valley, Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC serves it’s clients in the areas of business/corporate, real estate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, trusts and estates, employment and labor, workplace investigations, mediation and arbitration, health care and non profit law.
Kardos, Rickles & Hand welcomes Associate Joseph M. Ramagli. Mr. Ramagli is a young, energetic advocate for his clients, concentrating specifically in the areas of family law (divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution), estate planning and administration, and real estate law. Mr. Ramagli exudes compassion and empathy for his clients, utilizing his legal acumen to achieve results.
Mr. Ramagli is also a licensed Realtor®, representing buyers and sellers in the home buying/selling process. Mr. Ramagli’s experience and vast knowledge of the real estate sales process gives him a unique and unmatched perspective in assisting clients in real estate law matters.
Mr. Ramagli is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association – Family Law Section. He generously offers his legal services as a pro bono attorney through Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Ramagli is a member of the Lower Bucks Networking Association, allowing him to provide his clients access to a vast network of trustworthy professionals that may be able to assist them in other aspects of their life.
Mr. Ramagli earned a Bachelor of Arts on Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and his Juris Doctor from Villanova University.
Mr. Ramagli enjoys life in the Lower Bucks County community with his wife, a school teacher, their two children and dog.
Community and Charitable Activities:
Relay for Life of Fairless Hills (2014-2018)
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Pro Bono Legal Services, Volunteer (2018-present)
Grandparents’ Custody Rights
Marital Settlement Agreements
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Spousal Support/ Alimony Pendente Lite
Estate Planning and Administration
Last Wills and Testaments
Powers of Attorney
Representation of Buyers and/or Sellers
Pennsylvania Seller’s Disclosure Act disputes
New Jersey , 2012
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2014
The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. Journalism, 2009
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2012
Associations and Memberships:
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
Bucks County Bar Association, Member
Lower Bucks Networking Association, Member
Bucks County Association of Realtors, Member