Saxton & Stump Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2020

LANCASTER, Pa., November 22, 2019 The 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” named Saxton & Stump a Tier 1 firm in Professional Malpractice Law – Defendant and Tier 2 firm in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Metropolitan Philadelphia. The firm was also ranked Tier 1 Litigation – Health Care in Metropolitan Harrisburg.

This marks the third consecutive year that Saxton & Stump has been ranked on the “Best Law Firms” list since the firm’s inception in 2015. U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® rank U.S. law firms based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field. The 2020 “Best Law Firms” list includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan-based practice areas. The rankings are widely recognized as among the most prestigious in the legal industry.

“We are proud to be recognized by our clients and peers for our work and we look forward to continuing to deliver legal and consulting services in an innovative fashion across all of our practice areas,” said James W. Saxton, CEO.

Saxton & Stump’s Healthcare Litigation and Mitigation attorneys collectively have decades of experience defending claims in state and federal courts and provide clients with thoughtful, aggressive and effective representation. Earlier this year, the firm’s attorneys James W. Saxton, and Steven D. Costello were recognized in the 26th edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Saxton was recognized for his work in Litigation – Health Care and Costello was recognized for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants. In addition, Erik M. Hume, Chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice was recognized for his work in Real Estate Law.


Continued Growth for the Law Firm

Saxton & Stump has added 14 attorneys in addition to 15 business professionals and six major practice areas since January. The firm also continues to grow its geographic footprint. In the third quarter, the firm’s Lancaster office expanded by about 30 percent, the Harrisburg office tripled in size and the Malvern office doubled in size.

Saxton & Stump is a full-service law firm serving individuals and businesses by providing legal and consulting services. The firm’s professionals apply strategic solutions and provide problem-solving support to help clients navigate legal issues and thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Eastburn and Gray, PC Selected For Inclusion In 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firm Survey

Doylestown and Blue Bell, PA – Eastburn and Gray, PC has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firm survey. The firm received a Tier 1 ranking in Philadelphia and a Tier 2 ranking in the National platform recognizing the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a 2020 ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

Earlier this year, Eastburn and Gray shareholders John A. VanLuvanee, Marc D. Jonas, and Mark S. Cappuccio were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 edition.

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Jeff Williams Presents CLE on High-Income Child Support Cases

Jeffrey M. Williams, founder and managing partner of Williams Family Law, recently presented a continuing legal education program on high-income child support cases. “How to Try a Hanrahan Case in Bucks County,” was held November 19th at the offices of the Bucks County Bar Association.

The program title references Hanrahan v. Bakker, a 2018 decision that changed the application of high-income child support guidelines in Pennsylvania. At issue in the case was a father who, after an extraordinarily profitable year, was ordered to pay over $50,000 per month in child support based on his income per state statutes, when the actual household child expenses amounted to just $2,000. Per the 2018 court decision, support orders will take into consideration not only parental income, but the actual needs of the children.

Williams is widely regarded as a top divorce attorney in Bucks County and one of the leading family law attorneys in Pennsylvania. His courtroom instincts and honed litigation skills have made him a fixture in Philadelphia area divorce law for more than three decades. He is the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 100 attorneys nationally. As the legal representative for a non-birth mother, Mr. Williams successfully litigated one of the first significant same-sex child custody cases in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Program on Special Needs Trusts with Elaine Yandrisevits

Estate Planning attorney Elaine Yandrisevits of the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown spoke on Special Needs Trusts at a program hosted by Firstrust Financial Resources.  The November 6th program, entitled “Understanding Government Benefits for a Special Needs Loved One” also featured speakers Jerel Ruttenberg & Brian C. Smith, of Firstrust Financial Resources, and was focused on best approaches to financial and estate planning for a family member with special needs, including the uses of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts.

Ms. Yandrisevits practices exclusively in the Estates and Trusts department at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts and estate administration and assists with fiduciary litigation matters. With a great deal of practical experience with special needs trust planning and guardianships, Yandrisevits is a frequent speaker on estate planning, estate administration, and special needs planning for continuing legal education and community organizations.

Denise M. Bowman Elected Common Pleas Court Judge

The law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown is proud to announce that Partner Denise M. Bowman was elected as Judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, November 5th.

With more than twenty years’ experience as a litigator in commercial and Orphans’ Court matters, Ms. Bowman has also represented a number of non-profit organizations, and is a trained mediator.

Throughout her career, Denise Bowman has been very active in her community, having served  on many non-profit boards and volunteered for various charitable organizations in Bucks County.

Jane Williams a Featured Presenter for Council for Exceptional Children Event

Partner Jane M. Williams of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP recently presented at a joint conference of two of Pennsylvania’s foremost organizations supporting students with diverse needs. “Promoting Resilience in All Learners” was the theme of the 2019 conference of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC), and the International Dyslexia Association, Pennsylvania Branch. The event was held October 18th and 19th at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken, PA.


Williams co-presented a session with fellow attorney Liliana Yazno-Bartle entitled “A School District and Parent Attorney Playing Nicely in the Special Education Sandbox: 10 Soft Skills to Facilitate Collaboration and Avoid Litigation.” The program discussed how due process hearings can be financially, physically and emotionally exhausting on all parties, and how parents and school districts can foster a mutually beneficial relationship through communication, collaboration and trust.


The PACEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards and professional development. The PBIDA is a non-profit organization that champions individuals with dyslexia and all students learning to read.


With over 25 years in practice, Jane Williams is among the most experienced attorneys in Pennsylvania currently representing school entities in special education and student matters. She provides both proactive and defensive representation in all phases of special education litigation. She is a well-regarded speaker and consultant on special education and other education law-related topics and is a past president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association.




Nominations are being accepted for the Bucks County Bar Foundation Award.


The Bucks County Bar Foundation Award

Newly established in 2019 by the Board of Trustees of the Bucks County Bar Foundation.

Nominations are being accepted for the Bucks County Bar Foundation Award.

Deadline: November 12th, 2019


The Bucks County Bar Foundation Award is presented to honor a Foundation supporter, who throughout his or her career has provided extraordinary service, including through support of the Bucks County Bar Foundation, to the mission of accomplishing access to justice for all.


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 or email at


High Swartz Recognized as a 2020 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

High Swartz Recognized as a 2020 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

 High Swartz of suburban Philadelphia recently received a “Best Law Firm”  nod while being recognized nationally in Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation for 2020. The firm’s recognition continued regionally in the Delaware Valley, as a Tier 1 firm in Family Law, Family Law Mediation, and Municipal Law.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and Best Lawyers peer review. High Swartz’s ranking was also aided in no small part by having  9 attorneys with a “Best Lawyers” distinction.

The highest honor, a Tier 1 ranking, is based on a firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of its clients’ feedback, the regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice areas have for the firm, and information that the firm provided to Best Lawyers via a survey.

National Tier 2 – Land Use & Zoning Law

National Tier 3 – Litigation – Real Estate

Metropolitan Tier 1 – Philadelphia – Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Land Use & Zoning Law, Municipal Law

Metropolitan Tier 2 – Philadelphia – Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law, Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants

Metropolitan Tier 3 – Philadelphia – Litigation – Labor & Employment, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Original article can be found here.

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. 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, please call 1-833-LAW-1914.


Friedman Schuman, PC, is pleased to acknowledge that it is once again being ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the 2020 edition of ”Best Law Firms” list for Metropolitan Tier 3, Philadelphia, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Friedman Schuman, PC, is pleased to acknowledge that it is once again being ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the 2020 edition of ”Best Law Firms” list for Metropolitan Tier 3, Philadelphia, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.   This ranking has special significance for Friedman Schuman as firms included on this list are selected for their consistently excellent ratings by clients and peers, making this recognition all the more meaningful.

Katz Receives Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in School Law

Citing his dedication and countless contributions to school law, the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association (PSBSA) presented Ellis H. Katz of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams with the 2019 President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement at the Solicitors Association School Law Workshop at the Hershey Hotel on October 16, 2019.

Each year, the association honors a practitioner who has contributed to Pennsylvania school law through achievement at the highest level of professional accomplishment, has donated remarkable energy and talent to the association, its members and Pennsylvania public schools, and whose generosity of spirit, expertise and fellowship reflect and promote the association’s strong tradition of collegiality.

Katz has represented over 100 school districts in Pennsylvania in matters ranging from day-to-day solicitor work to complex federal appellate work and litigation. He has participated in hundreds of contract negotiations and bargaining sessions, advancing important issues including coordinated bargaining and subcontracting. He has been successful in establishing favorable rulings and precedent that help the managerial school law community.

An authority on both private and public sector labor law, Katz also has lectured widely and is frequently published in national and regional labor law journals.  He has taught graduate classes in labor relations at Penn State University and he served as assistant counsel for the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board from 1981 to 1983. Katz is a former managing partner of Sweet Stevens who is now “Of Counsel” to the firm.