Williams Family Law Attorneys Selected to 2020 Super Lawyers

Doylestown, PA –  Four attorneys from Williams Family Law, P.C. have been named to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, a designation awarded to just 5 percent of the attorneys in the commonwealth. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating system that recognizes attorneys who consistently hold themselves to the highest professional standards.

  • Founder and managing partner Jeffrey A. Williams has been listed annually on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list since 2005. This year, he also was selected to the list of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia.
  • Partner Susan J. Smith was named to the Super Lawyers list for the fifth time in 2020.
  • Associate Lynelle A. Gleason was selected for the second consecutive year to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.
  • Associate Shauna Quigley was named to the Rising Stars list, a designation awarded to just 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state. She has been on the Rising Star list annually since 2018.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Super Lawyers are evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement. Candidates are eligible for the Rising Stars designation if they are age 40 or younger or have been in practice 10 years or less.

Kellie McGowan Appointed Member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of PBA

Kellie McGowan was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA). This section of the PBA is an association of Real Estate and Estate attorneys, ranging in experience levels from the most experienced and top attorneys in the Commonwealth to the newest members of the Bar, all of whom are interested in sharing and expanding their knowledge about these areas of practice.

Kellie leads the firm’s real estate team in Bucks County. Her practice focuses on real estate transactions, financing, and zoning and land use matters. Kellie represents businesses, financial institutions, and individuals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in financing transactions, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial real estate matters, including sales, acquisitions, and leasing.

Williams Family Law Attorneys Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyers of 2020

Three attorneys from Williams Family Law, P.C. have been named to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyers. Jeffrey M. WilliamsSusan J. Smith and Robert J. Salzer were each recognized for their work in family law.

Since 2005, Lawdragon has published guides to the most elite U.S. lawyers. The Family 500, its “first-rate collection of the nation’s best advisors for divorce, separation, asset division and custody issues” was assembled through submissions, journalist research and editorial vetting from a board of peers.

Williams Family Law founder and managing partner Jeff Williams primarily handles complex and high-income divorces. He successfully litigated one of the first significant same-sex child custody cases in Pennsylvania.

Susan Smith has practiced family law for nearly a quarter of a century and established herself as one of the top divorce and child custody attorneys in both Bucks County and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Robert Salzer, who has a master’s degree in taxation, 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.

Williams Family Law 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. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.

Grace M. Deon, Esq. Named Member to Two PBA Committees

Doylestown, PA – Grace M. Deon, Esq. was recently named a member of two committees at the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), including the PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee and the PBA Federal Practice Committee.

Ms. Deon, in addition to serving as the President and CEO of Eastburn and Gray, PC, specializes her legal practice in the areas of Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. She previously served as the President of the Bucks County Bar Association.

Please visit https://www.pabar.org/public/committees to learn more about the PBA and these committees.

H. Jeffrey Brahin is pleased to announce that he has been named a Super Lawyer for 2020 in the specialized areas of Business and Civil Litigation.

Super Lawyers is a Thompson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers for more than 70 practice areas. To be rated as a Super Lawyer, attorneys must be nominated by his or her peers.  The nominees are then selected by a research team at Thompson Reuters based upon factors such as professional achievement, verdicts and settlements, honors and awards, pro bono and community service efforts, and scholarly lectures and publications. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania are selected to receive this honor. The Super Lawyers list is published in Philadelphia Magazine and nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Brahin has been named a Super Lawyer for the fourth year in a row.

Mr. Brahin represents corporate, real estate and individual clients in litigation matters involving covenants not to compete, trade secret disputes, breach of contract and collection matters, commercial and real estate litigation, commercial landlord-tenant matters, wage and hour litigation, evictions, mechanics’ liens, and injunctions. He also assists clients in transactional matters such as entity formation, shareholders and partnership agreements, leases, finance documents, mergers and acquisitions, business and real estate purchases and divestiture, and contract drafting. His practice also involves litigation and real estate issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including force majeure clauses in contracts and leases, and the defenses of impossibility of performance and frustration of purpose.

Mr. Brahin also has an active mediation and arbitration practice in the areas of commercial litigation, contract disputes, significant personal injury cases, and commercial landlord-tenant matters.

Eight Eastburn and Gray Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2020 Pennsylvania SuperLawyers

Doylestown and Blue Bell, PA – Eight attorneys from Eastburn and Gray were selected for inclusion in the 2020 Pennsylvania SuperLawyers list. The lawyers with this distinguished recognition include:

Grace M. Deon

Employment & Labor, Schools & Education, General Litigation
Rising Stars; 2005 to 2007
SuperLawyers; 2013 to present

Mark D. Eastburn

Real Estate, Criminal Law
Rising Stars; 2020 to present

Sarah A. Eastburn

Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Tax: Consumer
Rising Stars; 2017 to present

Marc D. Jonas

Land Use/Zoning, Government/Cities/Municipalities, Real Estate
SuperLawyers; 2004 to present

Kimberly Litzke

Family Law
Rising Stars; 2005
SuperLawyers; 2013 to present

Zachary A. Sivertsen

Land Use/Zoning, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, Civil Litigation, Real Estate
Rising Stars; 2018 to present

John A. VanLuvanee

Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate
SuperLawyers; 2008 to present

Robert R. Watson, Jr.

Construction Litigation, General Litigation, Government/ Cities/Municipalities
Rising Stars; 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
SuperLawyers; 2015 to present

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about SuperLawyers’ methodologies,visit https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit www.SuperLawyers.com.


Jennifer Donaldson, Esq. Named Member to Three PBA Committees

Doylestown, PA – Jennifer Donaldson, Esq. was recently named a member of three committees at the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), including: PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, PBA Appellate Advocacy Committee, and the PBA Children’s Rights Committee.

Ms. Donaldson is an attorney at Eastburn and Gray and her practice includes school law, special education law and litigation. She has been representing school districts and their employees in all aspects of school law for nearly fifteen years. She routinely fields questions and counsels school administrators on various regulatory compliance issues and she also is a fierce advocate in litigation matters where she represents school districts in special education administrative due process hearings. Additionally, she has vast experience handling special education appeals in federal courts and she has also successfully argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Two From Furia Rubel Named LAWDRAGON Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (June 2020) – Furia Rubel is proud to announce that Gina Rubel, CEO, and Jennifer Simpson Carr, director of business development, have been recognized by LAWDRAGON among the 2020 LAWDRAGON Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting. Based in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Rubel and Carr work with a team of legal marketing and public relations experts as well as clients in 24 states.

“It is an honor to be named to LAWDRAGON’s 100 leading global legal consultants and strategists,” said Rubel. “I have enjoyed 18 years of counseling lawyers on strategic communications, media relations, crisis communication, public relations and marketing, and I learn something new every day. I’m thrilled to be listed among our peers.”

Rubel is a lawyer, leader and entrepreneur who is called upon by law firms for high-stakes communications including high-profile litigation media relations. She has been named a Woman of Distinction by The Legal Intelligencer and Philadelphia Business Journal and included among Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and SmartCEO magazine’s Brava Award winners. In 2019, Rubel published her third book, Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers, 2nd Edition. A graduate of Drexel University and Widener University School of Law, Rubel and her family live in Bucks County, Pa.

In 2002, Rubel founded Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., an award-winning PR and marketing agency that became a leading professional services communications boutique. She continues to lead the agency, which has been listed as the No. 1 legal marketing and public relations agency by The Legal Intelligencer and New Jersey Law Journal and has been listed among the top three legal marketing, crisis communications, and public relations agencies nationwide and in the Midwest by The National Law Journal.

Carr is a business development and digital marketing expert. She leads relationship management and tracks market and emerging trends. Carr supports the agency’s client value proposition and establishes a competitive advantage for the agency and its clients, winning new business, and implementing strategies that impact long-term business objectives. In addition, Carr serves as the producer for the firm’s widely acclaimed podcast, On Record PR.

“I am thrilled to join LAWDRAGON’s Global 100 Leaders list,” said Carr. “I credit much of my success to the mentors I have been fortunate to have during my time at AmLaw 200 and mid-market law firms in New York, New Jersey and the mid-west. I am thankful for the opportunity to work at Furia Rubel where I continue to grow in legal marketing.”

Carr is a frequent speaker at national events and regularly contributes to legal publications. In 2019, she was named a top 50 Twitter account that attorneys should follow. As an active member of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), Carr has served in several leadership positions and currently is a Director-at-Large on the LMA Northeast Regional Board. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from East Stroudsburg University, a Graduate Certificate of Marketing from The University of Texas at Dallas, and earned a Mini-MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Carr and her family reside in New Jersey.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Adopts PBA-supported Rule of Professional Conduct Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination in the Practice of Law

HARRISBURG (June 9, 2020) – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has made an addition to its Rules of Professional Conduct to prohibit harassment and discrimination in the practice of law, making reality a request by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

New subsection (g) of Rule 8.4 makes it professional misconduct for a lawyer in the practice of law to “knowingly manifest bias or prejudice, or engage in harassment or discrimination.” Comment [4] to the rule adds that “the substantive law of antidiscrimination and anti-harassment statutes and case law guide application of paragraph (g) and clarify the scope of the prohibited conduct.”

“We thank the Supreme Court for approving this much-needed rule that is consistent with the PBA’s longstanding policies,” said David E. Schwager, PBA president.

Schwager said that the PBA formalized its support for a rule amendment addressing harassment and discrimination in November 2016 when the PBA House of Delegates approved a recommendation given extensive consideration by the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and the Commission on Women in the Profession.

The rule as approved in its entirety by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is as follows:

Rule 8.4 Misconduct

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:

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(e) state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or
official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or
other law; [or]
(f) knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in conduct that is a violation of
applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law[.] ; or
(g) in the practice of law, by words or conduct, knowingly manifest bias or
prejudice, or engage in harassment or discrimination, as those terms are defined
in applicable federal, state or local statutes or ordinances, including but not limited
to bias, prejudice, harassment or discrimination based upon race, sex, gender
identity or expression, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual
orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status. This paragraph does not limit
the ability of a lawyer to accept, decline or withdraw from a representation in
accordance with Rule 1.16. This paragraph does not preclude advice or advocacy
consistent with these Rules.

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[3] For the purposes of paragraph (g), conduct in the practice of law
includes participation in activities that are required for a lawyer to practice law,
including but not limited to continuing legal education seminars, bench bar
conferences and bar association activities where legal education credits are

[4] The substantive law of antidiscrimination and anti-harassment
statutes and case law guide application of paragraph (g) and clarify the scope of
the prohibited conduct.
[[3]] [5] A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law
upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d)
concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law
apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law.
[[4]] [6] Lawyers holding public office assume legal responsibilities going
beyond those of other citizens. A lawyer’s abuse of public office can suggest an inability
to fulfill the professional role of lawyers. The same is true of abuse of positions of private trust such as trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, agent and officer, director or manager of a corporation or other organization.


Source: Pennsylvania Bar Association, 100 South Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Sweet Stevens Celebrates 25 Years

New Britain, PA The first private law practice in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to education law, Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP, is celebrating its 25th year in practice. The firm was founded June 1, 1995 when nine attorneys left a larger, well-established firm to start a new firm dedicated solely to education law.

“The intent,” said founding partner Ellis H. Katz, “was to create the best education law practice in the state and foster a working environment of mutual respect and camaraderie. Now, a quarter of a century later, we are 21 attorneys strong and have advised some 300 school entities over the years.”

Sweet Stevens provides services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding regions through three offices in Bucks, Dauphin and Luzerne Counties. The firm has represented schools, school districts, vocational/technical schools, intermediate units and municipal entities in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania. Several attorneys also are licensed in New Jersey, including one who previously worked for the NJ Department of Education.

“The firm has grown hand-in-hand with the legal issues affecting Pennsylvania’s schools,” according to managing partner Sharon W. Montanye. “We remain on the cutting edge of litigating issues affecting education in Pennsylvania.”

The attorneys of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP work in areas of civil rights defense, educational technology, labor/employment matters and investigations, special education, student services, tax appeals, and more. For more information, visit www.sweetstevens.com.