Michael A. Klimpl Retires as Bucks County Solicitor – Returns Full Time to Antheil Maslow & MacMinn

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn is pleased to welcome Michael A. Klimpl back to full time practice with the firm.  Mr. Klimpl has been serving full time as the Bucks County Solicitor since 2012, and was an assistant Solicitor from 1984 until his appointment as Solicitor in 2012, representing 34 years with the Solicitor’s Office.

As County Solicitor, Mr. Klimpl oversaw all litigation brought by and against the county, and provided counsel to its leaders on a broad swath of legal issues confronting county government – everything from contract law to personnel and labor questions.

Commissioners’ Chairman Robert G. Loughery praised Klimpl for providing clear-headed legal advice that always transcended partisan politics.

“Above all of that, you cared deeply for Bucks County, and that is what made you stand out,” Loughery said. “You have a lot of institutional knowledge, and you can’t put a price on that.” Michael Klimpl will resume his full time practice with the firm in the areas of Real Estate, Municipal Law, Zoning and Land Use, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Estate Administration and Transactional Law.

Jordan Yeager Announces Campaign for Bucks County Court of Common Pleas

DOYLESTOWN, PA, January 10, 2019—Jordan Yeager has declared his candidacy for judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Yeager, recognized as one of the Commonwealth’s Super Lawyers, will run on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 2019 nonpartisan primary.

The Bucks County Court of Common Pleas covers all of Bucks County and serves as the trial court for all civil, criminal, family and probate matters. The court also hears appeals from certain state agencies and all local governments.  Yeager has decades of experience arguing a broad range of the types of cases that come before the Common Pleas court  as well as the dozens of other trial and appellate courts around the Commonwealth.

“I’m running for judge because I believe deeply in our national promise: justice for all,” said Yeager.

For the past 26 years, Yeager has fought to protect the constitution’s guaranteed freedoms and promise of equal rights. The grandson of an immigrant and the son of a Naval officer, Yeager was raised with a deep belief in American values. His career was influenced by uncles from both sides of the aisle: one was a high-profile civil rights lawyer; the other ran for Congress as a conservative Goldwater Republican.

In 2013, Yeager achieved a landmark victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, winning the first case in history declaring a state law unconstitutional because it violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians. The law at issue in the case was Act 13, which took away local zoning authority over fracking. His advocacy is credited with breathing life into the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Rights Amendment and ushering in a new era of environmental jurisprudence.

As a partner at Doylestown- and Yardley-based Curtin & Heefner LLP, he chairs the law firm’s Public Sector, Environmental and Appellate practice groups and serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His current focus includes the areas of appellate litigation, zoning and land use, municipal law, and environmental and constitutional law, where he is a nationally recognized litigator. Yeager has trial-court experience in 23 counties throughout Pennsylvania and serves as solicitor and special counsel to municipalities across Bucks County and the state. Nockamixon Township, Solebury Township and Doylestown Borough are among the Bucks County municipalities he serves.

Yeager was raised in Upper Bucks County, graduated from Palisades High School and lives in Doylestown with his wife, Kathy, their daughter Colette (a student at Tufts University), and their dog, Zoie. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Bar Association and serves as the Founder and Chair of the Association’s Appellate Section. His legal work has been featured in the books “The Green Amendment” and “Amity and Prosperity.”

“Every person deserves a fair hearing in our courts. Every person deserves a judge who will listen, who will be truly open-minded and even-handed,” Yeager said. “For too many of our neighbors, our national promise of justice for all remains a dream. I’m running for judge to help make that dream a reality.”

You can find more information on Yeager at his campaign website: yeagerforjudge.com.


Jordan Yeager



Eastburn and Gray PC Elects New Shareholders

Doylestown, PA – Eastburn and Gray, P.C. is pleased to announce that Michael E. Peters and Michael T. Pidgeon have been elected shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2019. 

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. He serves as General Counsel to the Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors Association. Mr. Peters is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and The George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Pidgeon litigates business and estate cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he has extensive experience representing clients at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts.  These matters include contract litigation, shareholder disputes involving breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, actions seeking equitable relief, cases involving real property or commercial leases, and employment restrictive covenant and trade secret cases.  He also represents executors and other interested parties in will contests, estate insolvencies, and other estate and probate litigation.  Mr. Pidgeon is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and received his J.D. from its law school in 2004.  He also obtained a Certificate in Estate Planning from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law.

“Throughout their time with the firm, Mike Peters and Mike Pidgeon have demonstrated leadership, camaraderie, exceptional knowledge and proficiency in the law and a resilient commitment to providing outstanding client service,” said D. Rodman Eastburn, Chief Operating Officer of Eastburn and Gray.


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.

Jeremy A. Whalen joins Curtin & Heefner LLP

Curtin & Heefner LLP is pleased to announce that Jeremy A. Whalen has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Firm’s Property Damage Department. 

Jeremy Whalen, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association concentrates his practice on insurance defense.  Mr. Whalen is a 2017 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Mr. Whalen, who will practice out of the Firm’s Yardley office, has experience which includes coverage issues and the defense of insurers both in and out of court.  He will be defending insurers in breach of contract and bad faith claims.

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.

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher Welcomes New Attorney

(PERKASIE, Pa.) Grim, Biehn & Thatcher of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased to welcome attorney William D. Oetinger to the firm. A resident of Hatboro, Pa., Oetinger received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Temple University. His areas of practice include general litigation, criminal law, and municipal law.

“We are very pleased that William has joined our firm,” said Gregory E. Grim, CEO, Grim, Biehn & Thatcher. “His knowledge and experience will serve our clients well.”

Prior to joining Grim, Biehn & Thatcher, Oetinger worked as an assistant public defender in Bucks County, Pa., where he represented indigent defendants in all aspects of criminal proceedings.

About Grim, Biehn & Thatcher
Grim, Biehn & Thatcher has been providing trusted legal counsel, practical, commonsense advice and values-based business solutions to clients since the firm was founded by Webster Grim in 1895. The firm represents clients in the areas of Business, Commercial and Tax Law; Litigation; Family Law; Criminal Law; Landlord/Tenant Law; Municipal/Zoning Law; Personal Injury Law; Wills and Estates; and Real Estate Law. The firm prides itself on the following commitments it makes to its clients:

Responsibility – Recognizing that the firm is in a service business and that clients expect and deserve timeliness and responsiveness. This priority is imbedded into the firm’s culture and values.

Trust – Representing clients in a skillful and honest manner; taking ownership of every action in its dealings with clients and others with unyielding integrity.

Diligence – Providing the best service with confidence about what the firm does and always working hard to deliver quality service with the client’s goals and best interests in mind for each legal matter.

Value – Striving to pool talents and resources to better serve clients and minimize unnecessary costs and expenses, thus providing increased value to its clients.

For more information about Grim, Biehn & Thatcher visit www.grimlaw.com.

High Swartz Welcomes New Commercial & International Attorney

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (January 2019) – Full-service law firm High Swartz is pleased to announce that Nik Zitev, Esq. is joining the firm. Zitev concentrates his practice on complex commercial, business and international matters.

Nik’s comprehensive experience includes large scale business control disputes, fiduciary and director liability, arbitration, and international disputes involving individuals and corporations. His international background provides a foundation to quickly adapt to diverse teams and shifting circumstances to provide a broad and deep understanding of critical issues in resolving disputes and efficiently promoting client’s business interests.

Prior to joining High Swartz, Nik represented clients as a litigation attorney at a prominent international law firm with offices in Philadelphia  and Moscow, Russia. Nik obtained his undergraduate degree in International Business from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania before attending Villanova University School of Law. He is fluent in Russian and will be a valuable addition to High Swartz. 

About High Swartz: 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 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 highswartz.com.

Supreme Court Board and Committee Vacancies

There are currently five vacancies on Pennsylvania Supreme Court boards and committees and they have been posted on the UJS website.

The first vacant position is on the Disciplinary Board. Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar and be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.

The second vacancy is on the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure and experienced in juvenile law practice in Pennsylvania, including dependency and delinquency matters.

The third and fourth vacancies are on the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board. One available position is for a lawyer-member while the other is for a non-lawyer member. Lawyer applicants should be knowledgeable about the practice of federal or state law in Pennsylvania and about a lawyer’s duties to clients. Non-lawyer applicants should have an interest in supporting public trust and confidence in the legal profession.

The final vacancy is on the Board of Law Examiners. Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar or jurists. In addition, applicants should be knowledgeable about law school curriculum, legal practice and attorney ethical obligations. Please note that law school faculty may not serve on this Board.  Additionally, applicants should not apply for a membership position if, during that position’s term of service, they will have immediate family members who will be taking the bar examination or seeking membership in the Pennsylvania Bar.

Applications are due by Jan. 31, 2018.

We are asking your assistance by letting your constituents know about these vacancies.

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Thank you,

Stacey Witalec

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Curtin & Heefner Partner Bonnie Stein appointed as a member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession

Partner Bonnie Stein has been appointed annually as a Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession since it was established in 1993.  The Commission analyze the current status of women in the legal profession and identify barriers that prevent women from full participation in the work, responsibilities and rewards of the profession.  Recommendations are made to the PBA Board  of Governors and House of Delegates for possible action to solve identified problems.  Members of the Commission develop educational programs to address discrimination against women lawyers and unique problems women encounter pursuing professional careers and mentor young women entering the legal profession.

Bonnie is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Section and of the Property Damage Section. Her areas of concentration include civil litigation with an emphasis in various aspects of insurance, including coverage and bad faith claims, first party property and casualty claims. Ms. Stein often assists individuals with disability and health insurance issues. Recognized as an authority in the fields of property damage and bad faith, Ms. Stein was defense counsel in many cases which have shaped the practice of bad faith case law in Pennsylvania. She has successfully tried cases for civil insurance fraud to verdict and has served as a bad faith expert. She has litigation experience in federal and state courts and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court.

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.

Announcement from Don Petrille, Bucks County Clerk of the Orphans’ Court

Due to the implementation of the AOPC’s Guardianship Tracking System, the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court has modified its fee bill in the following manner:

1.       Annual Reports (electronically filed) – No Charge

2.       Annual Reports (paper filed) – $ 75.00

3.       Inventory (electronically filed) – No Charge

4.       Inventory (paper filed) – $75.00

The fee changes are effective December 17, 2018.  Kiosks are available within the office of the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court for those who need online access.  Fee wavier applications continue to be available for indigent cases.

Contact Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, Don Petrille dpetrille@buckscounty.org or Second Deputy, Trish Bernsteel pabernsteel@buckscounty.org with any questions.