Bucks County Attorney Carl Maio Receives The Joan Fullum Irick Award

Bucks County Attorney Carl Maio Receives The Joan Fullum Irick Award

Carl Anthony Maio, Esquire, partner and senior counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP received a distinguished award from the International Association of Defense Counsel at its annual meeting in July, 2017 held in Quebec City, Canada.  The International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC) most distinguished and prestigious honor, “The Joan Fullum Irick” award was presented to Mr. Maio for his legal efforts internationally and nationally in matters involving corporate business of insurance and reinsurance matters.  Recently Mr. Maio produced and presented the program, “Business of Insurance and Reinsurance in a Low Carbon Economy” in Hamilton, Bermuda presented to executives of insurers and reinsurers along with their counsel representing five continents.  Mr. Maio has been in practice 45 years and has been a member of the IADC for 35 years serving in many capacities on governing standing and substantive law committees internationally.

High Swartz Awards Scholarship to High School Graduates

High Swartz Awards Scholarship to High School Graduates

Full-service law firm funds $5,000 scholarship in memory of law firm partner’s late spouse


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (September 2017) – Full-service law firm High Swartz is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of its James F. Doherty Scholarship, awarded to the child or grandchild of a full-time High Swartz employee. This year’s co-winners are Sophia Dantzic, daughter of attorney Douglas Wayne, and Jennifer Keyser, daughter of legal assistant Patty O’ Donnell.

Both students will use the $2,500 scholarship towards tuition at a 4-year college. Keyser, originally from Lower Providence Township, is attending West Chester University majoring in Public Health. Dantzic, originally from Doylestown, is attending Bennington College in Vermont.

The scholarship honors the memory of law firm partner Mary Cushing Doherty’s late husband, James F. Doherty. An employee with Penn Color for 30 years, Jim was a proud chemist and a man of many passions. He loved the study of history, literature, language and more, and was avid bicyclist, competitive trivia master, and a natural humorist. For 30 years, the Dohertys served their church as pre-cana counselors, preparing couples for marriage.

“I am happy to see my husband’s passions celebrated each year with this scholarship,” said Doherty. “Jim valued learning and knowledge. He would be happy to know that Jennifer and Sophia are using this money to help further their educations and follow their dreams.”

Each year, High Swartz offers a scholarship of $5,000 in Jim’s name. It is awarded to one recipient or split evenly between two recipients. Recipients must be either a senior in high school or an older student in college or graduate school, who is planning on attending a trade school, college, or graduate school full-time at the beginning of the current school year.

Applicants are required to write an essay related to one of Jim’s passions. The applicants also are evaluated based on their community and volunteer activities. For more information about the scholarship, visit the firm’s website.


PHOTO CAPTION: Mary Cushing Doherty awards the James F. Doherty scholarship to Jennifer Keyser, of Lower Providence Township on August 28 at the High Swartz office in Norristown, Pennsylvania.


PHOTO CAPTION: Mary Cushing Doherty awards the James F. Doherty scholarship to Sophia Dantzic, of Doylestown Township, on August 28 at the High Swartz office in Norristown, Pennsylvania.


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 to www.highswartz.com.

Bucks County Family Attorneys Named Among 2018 ‘Best Lawyers in America’

Bucks County Family Attorneys Named Among 2018 ‘Best Lawyers in America’

Williams Family Law Founder Jeffrey M. Williams and law partner Susan J. Smith named among top family lawyers in United States


DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (September 2017) – Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is pleased to announce that Founder and Managing Partner Jeffrey M. Williams and Partner Susan J. Smith have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications.

Since it was first published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America has become widely regarded as a respected reference guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on detailed peer-review evaluations, and lawyers are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed. For the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers, 7.4 million votes were analyzed and more than 58,000 leading lawyers nationwide were named to the list.

“For more than a third of a century,” said Best Lawyers CEO Steven Naifeh, “Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession.” President Phil Greer added, “We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals.”

A seasoned family law attorney, Smith is widely considered one of the top divorce and child custody attorneys in Bucks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Recognized by ALM publications as a “Woman Leader in the Law,” she concentrates her practice on divorce, child custody, alimony and support, equitable distribution, and complex business valuation and asset investigation issues impacting high net worth clients

This marks Williams’ eleventh straight year being recognized as a Best Lawyer in divorce law. He is the only Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) with a primary office in Bucks County and serves as the President of AAML’s Pennsylvania Chapter. He also is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 100 attorneys nationwide.

Williams concentrates his practice on complex divorce, high-income alimony / spousal support, complex child support, and high-conflict child custody cases. Widely regarded as one of the top divorce attorneys in Bucks County, as well as a leading family law attorney in Pennsylvania, Williams has been selected by his peers as one of the “Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia for Matrimonial & Divorce Law” since 2004.

The standalone Best Lawyers magazine is distributed in more than 30 leading publications around the country, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. A digital edition also is available.


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, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal 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 questions@bucksfamilylawyers.com.



Discovery Motions Court Cancellation

Notice from the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas


All Members of the Bar:

Discovery motions court will not be held on Friday, October 6, 2017.

No alternative discovery motions court sessions will be held during the week of October 2-6, 2017.


Stephen G. Heckman, Esquire

Court Administrator

Michael E. Peters, Esq. Appointed to the Bucks County Community College Foundation Board

Michael E. Peters, Esq. Appointed to the Bucks County Community College Foundation Board

Doylestown, PA – Michael E. Peters, Esq. was recently appointed to the Bucks County Community College Foundation Board. In this capacity, he will be an advocate of Bucks County Community College and its Foundation and seek opportunities to promote the Foundation’s mission and vision to all Bucks County communities.

Mr. Peters represents 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 Bucks County Community College Foundation is dedicated to the betterment of life at Bucks County Community College. The Foundation creates partnerships in the community and raises funds to provide a quality of education to all interested and active learners and supports both new and existing educational opportunities.  To learn more about the Bucks County Community College Foundation please visit www.bucks.edu/foundation.

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First Time Ever BCBA Bench Bar Accredited Course for
PA Continuing Judicial Education

CLE Panels Include
Esteemed Bucks County Bench

Honorable Jeffrey L. Finley, President Judge
Honorable Rea B. Boylan
Honorable Robert J. Mellon
Honorable C. Theodore Fritsch Jr.
Honorable Diane E. Gibbons
Honorable Wallace H. Bateman
Honorable Robert O. Baldi
Honorable Gary B. Gilman
Honorable James M. McMaster
Honorable Raymond F. McHugh
Honorable Brian T. McGuffin
Honorable Jeffrey G. Trauger

Senior Judges  
Honorable Clyde W. Waite
Honorable John J. Rufe

Federal Judges
Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe
Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg
Honorable Linda K. Caracappa, Chief Magistrat

Whiskey Rebellion Themed Cocktail Reception

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