Ten Eastburn and Gray Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2018 Pennsylvania SuperLawyers

Doylestown and Blue Bell, PA – Ten attorneys from Eastburn and Gray were selected for inclusion in the 2018 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

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

Kellie A. McGowan
Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate
Rising Stars; 2012 to 2017
SuperLawyers; 2018

Michael T. Pidgeon
Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate
Rising Stars; 2014, 2015, 2017 to present

Zachary A. Sivertsen
Land Use/Zoning, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, Civil Litigation, Real Estate
Rising Stars; 2018

Joanne D. Sommer
Schools & Education, Employment Litigation: Defense
SuperLawyers: 2016 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 and 2013 to 2014
SuperLawyers; 2015 to present

SuperLawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 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. Click here to read more about SuperLawyers’ methodologies. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit www.SuperLawyers.com.

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.

3 High Swartz Family Law Attorneys Coordinate/Present at the PBI Family Law Institute

3 High Swartz Family Law Attorneys Coordinate/Present at the PBI Family Law Institute

Mary Cushing Doherty planned the course and Melissa M. Boyd and Elizabeth Early were presenters

Norristown, PA, May 15, 2018– High Swartz partner, Mary Cushing Doherty, helped coordinate the course for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Family Law Institute, held at the CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia. Melissa M. Boyd, also a partner at High Swartz, acted as faculty for the Family Law Institute. Boyd spoke on “Secret of Support Remedies,” the session offered 1.5 substantive CLE credits and focused on what goes on behind the walls of Domestic Relations offices in Pennsylvania. Topics included federal and state regulations, the ways in which arrearages are handled, and whether bank accounts can be seized or licenses suspended as part of support enforcement. Attorney, Elizabeth C. Early, presented case law updates on divorce.

The 13th Annual Family Law Institute has become a respected tradition for family law practitioners in Pennsylvania. The conference presented live in Philadelphia, was also simulcast to numerous locations across the state, provided the latest legal developments and domestic relations practice hints.   Mary Cushing Doherty has served as a co-Course Planner for all 13 Family Law Institute programs, and the three years of the Family Law Potpourri predecessor program.

A former member of the Board of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute,  and former Chair of the Family Law Sections of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association, Doherty has more than 35 years of legal experience in the area of family law. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of marital dissolution and family law issues including divorce, child support, visitation, custody, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreement asset protection, complex property division and more. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Villanova University School of Law.

Melissa M. Boyd is a partner with High Swartz LLP. She concentrates her practice on family law including, but not limited to, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She has dedicated much of her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families.

Elizabeth C. Early focuses her practice at High Swartz on family law, including divorce, child custody, support, equitable distribution, pre and post-nuptial agreements and abuse matters. She is known for handling each of her client’s cases efficiently and with empathy and attention to detail.

About High Swartz LLP: 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.

Sarah A. Eastburn, Esq. to Speak at May 2018 cBridge Seminar

Sarah A. Eastburn, Esq. to Speak at May 2018 cBridge Seminar

Doylestown, PA – Sarah A. Eastburn, Esq. will serve as a featured panelist at a free divorce seminar hosted by cBridge in Doylestown on May 22, 2018. The seminar is entitled “Financial Impact of Divorce” and the panel will discuss the short and long-term financial implications associated with a divorce.

Ms. Eastburn’s professional practice at Eastburn and Gray, P.C. includes Wills, Trusts and Estates, Litigation and Taxation. She frequently advises clients at all stages of estate planning including wealth transfer, asset protection and succession strategies. She earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, and her LL.M in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

cBridge is a group of professionals who work together to serve the needs of those who are in transition through the process of divorce. cBridge members educate each other about the divorce and recovery process, so they can each serve their clients better. To learn more about cBridge or to register for this event, please visit http://www.cbridgesupport.com/.

Douglas M. Wayne speaks at the Bucks County Bar Association Marathon CLE Day

Douglas M. Wayne speaks at the Bucks County Bar Association Marathon CLE Day

Doylestown, PA, May 8, 2018– High Swartz attorney, Douglas M. Wayne spoke at the Bucks County Bar Association Marathon CLE Day on Workers’ Compensation Case Law and Legislative Update.  Mr. Wayne presented with Angie Lorenz of Griesling Law.

Mr. Wayne’s  practice includes workers’ compensation defense, personal injury, contract, real estate, employment law and general civil litigation. He was previously a workers’ compensation claimants’ counsel, Social Security advocate, and civil litigator in Pennsylvania since 1993 and in Bucks County since 1995.

Doug is a longstanding member of the Bucks County Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation section. He is co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section. Doug participates in Continuing Legal Education seminars in the area of workers’ compensation law. He also has experience in unemployment law and has appeared before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

About High Swartz LLP: 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.

ChambersUSA 2018 Ranks Three Eastburn and Gray Land Use and Zoning Attorneys

ChambersUSA 2018 Ranks Three Eastburn and Gray Land Use and Zoning Attorneys

Blue Bell and Doylestown, PA – Eastburn and Gray announced today that ChambersUSA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual guide identifying top attorneys and law firms in the U.S., ranked 3 Eastburn and Gray attorneys in its 2018 edition. John A. VanLuvanee, Marc D. Jonas, and Julie L. Von Spreckelsen have been recognized by Chambers USA 2018 in the field of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.

For the fifth consecutive year, Mr. VanLuvanee and Mr. Jonas have been included in Chambers rankings. Both also serve as co-chairs of the firm’s real estate, land use and zoning practice group. For the third consecutive year, Ms. Von Spreckelsen has been named a Noted Practitioner.

Mr. VanLuvanee handles zoning, subdivision and land development matters, as well as real estate transactional matters, for both developers and property owners. His clients include national builders and developers, as well as many regional and local builders and developers. For more than 35 years, he has served as counsel to the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties. During his career, Mr. VanLuvanee has been involved in many significant, precedent-setting land use cases decided by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan Law School.

In addition to his recognition by Chambers, Mr. Jonas was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Litigation in Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia Area and 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia Area, by Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Jonas has distinguished experience in real estate, land use, municipal law, representing individuals, businesses, institutions, non-profit organizations and municipal boards. He has appeared in Pennsylvania state and federal courts in land use and real estate matters and has testified as an expert witness in the Courts of Common Pleas of Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. Mr. Jonas is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He previously served as Chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

Ms. Von Spreckelsen has been representing commercial and residential real estate developers, businesses, individuals, and distinguished institutional clients in real estate law, including zoning, subdivision, land development and municipal-related matters for more than 15 years. She frequently represents clients in front of municipal bodies and state courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Von Spreckelsen is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Dickinson School of Law.

Chambers and Partners have published guides to the legal profession since 1990. With a team of over 170 full-time researchers in London, Chambers identifies and ranks the world’s best lawyers and law firms based on in-depth, objective research. To learn more, please visit the ChambersUSA website, https://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/usa/5.

 

VanLuvanee Jonas Von Spreckelsen
 John A. VanLuvanee, Esq.  Marc D. Jonas, Esq. Julie L. Von Spreckelsen, Esq.

Denise Bowman Joins Board of UWBC

Denise Bowman Joins Board of UWBC

Denise Bowman, a Partner with the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP in Doylestown, has joined the Board of Directors of the United Way of Bucks County.  Ms. Bowman was added to the board at the organization’s Annual Meeting on Friday, May 4th.

United Way of Bucks County is dedicated to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.  To advance the greater good, UWBC focuses on three key issues:  access to a quality education, a stable income, and good health – the building blocks of a great life.

Denise Bowman is a partner in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation practice groups. A highly experienced and effective negotiator and litigator, Ms. Bowman brings an impressive skill set and strong strategic advocacy to every client engagement. Her focus on business and commercial services has afforded her a comprehensive understanding of the complex forces at play across multiple industry sectors.

Volpe and Koenig, P.C., Recognized in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

Volpe and Koenig, P.C., Recognized in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 3, 2018) – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Ewing, NJ, has once again been recognized by Chambers USA as an intellectual property law leader. In the 2018 Chambers USA rankings, Volpe and Koenig earned recognition for its “strong reputation in patent prosecution and particular expertise in electronics and computer science matters” and for its “strengths across the life sciences and automotive spaces.”

As part of the nomination process, Chambers and Partners conducts anonymous interviews regarding the firm’s reputation and services. A client interviewee is quoted as saying, “They are very strong technologists with the ability to quickly grasp different technologies as is needed with patent filings and prosecution work.”

Firm President Jay Halt said, “Philadelphia is home to many high quality IP practitioners. However, only a select few have been chosen to be included in the Chambers and Partners rankings. As the largest boutique IP firm in the area, we are proud to be selected and have our commitment to providing exceptional service recognized in the field.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition, Volpe and Koenig Co-Founder Anthony S. Volpe is once again ranked for his work in intellectual property law. Chambers USA noted that Volpe is regarded as “terrific lawyer” who is “adept at handling patent matters” and “regularly takes on both the litigation and prosecution of patents, as well as inter partes and post-grant proceedings.”

The 2018 Chambers USA rankings are based on an investigation conducted by more than 170 researchers and editors at Chambers and Partners, a British publisher of directories ranking the world’s leading law firms and lawyers. The rankings are compiled using objective evaluations based entirely on merit. For more information, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.

About Volpe and Koenig, P.C. – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm’s attorneys, agents and technical advisors have expertise in a wide range of industries and serve a diverse roster of U.S. and multinational clients. For additional information, please visit vklaw.com.

Smith, Salzer Serve as Faculty for 2018 Family Law Institute

Smith, Salzer Serve as Faculty for 2018 Family Law Institute

 Doylestown, PA – Williams Family Law partners Susan J. Smith and Robert J. Salzer served as faculty members at the 2018 Family Law Institute, hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The program was presented live on April 17 and 18 at the CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia and simulcast live to 18 locations throughout Pennsylvania.

The duo, along with two members of the judiciary, participated in a panel discussion entitled “Things We Do Wrong in Custody Litigation – 6 Keys to Trying Custody Cases.” The discussion both recaps and builds on a previous seminar the group presented earlier this year at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section 2018 Winter Meeting in New Orleans.

Susan Smith is widely considered one of the top divorce and child custody attorneys in 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.

Salzer, who holds an LL.M in Taxation, focuses his practice on financially complex, high net worth family law matters, including divorce, alimony and spousal support, equitable distribution, child support, child custody, and marital agreements. In 2017, Salzer published “Stress-Free Divorce,” one in a series of books on divorce and related issues.

To learn more about the firm, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com. 

Vacancies Posted for PA Supreme Court Board

There are currently two vacancies on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court board and they have been posted on the UJS website.

The first is a position on the Disciplinary Board. This applicant must be a member of the Pennsylvania bar and knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.

The second is also a position on the Disciplinary Board. This position is for a non-lawyer elector.

Applications are due by May 31.

The 2nd Annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference

The 2nd Annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference

The 2nd Annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference is being held at Bucks County Community College, Rollins Center Gallagher Room, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown on Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:30am to 3:30pm.  The conference is sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Business Studies Department.

The Peaceable Kingdom Conference is the only conference whose goals are to: respect animals’ emotions and intelligence; increase our reliance on plant-based foods; be kind to Earth, its inhabitants, and ourselves; and, strengthen the human-animal bond.  There is a $30 per person registration fee; and pre-registration is required due to limited seating.  The registration fee includes a vegan lunch catered by CulinArt Group and a donation to the American Anti-Vivisection Society.  The student registration rate is $20 per person.  Register online at http://tickets.bucks.edu/2nd-annual-peaceable-kingdom-conference.  Seating is limited so register today!  The first Peaceable Kingdom Conference sold out.

The featured speakers and exhibitors are prominent community leaders in animal welfare, agriculture, rescue, science, spirituality, and social justice.  The Peaceable Kingdom workshops emphasize the conference goals, invite participants to examine their personal relationship with animals, and encourage participants to be open to adopting plant-based eating in small ways.

Everyone in the general public of all ages, vegans and non-vegans alike, are welcome to attend.  Participants can expect to hear thought-provoking topics from Sue Leary, American Anti-Vivisection Society; Crystal Miller-Spiegel, Chimp Haven; Rachel McCrystal, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary; Chris Little Simcox, Esq, Bucks County Community College; Ann Lewis, Humane Society of the United States; Sheryl Lori, PhD., Canisius College and University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work; and Jonina Turzi, Lancaster Farm Sanctuary.

The conference exhibitors, also focused on the conference goals, share information with participants on how to save bees, take active steps towards a plant-based diet, purchase humane products, encourage empathy, and support animal rescues. Conference Exhibitors include the Humane Society of the United States, Bucks County SPCA, Jewish Veg, The Barn Nature Center, American Anti-Vivisection Society, Central Bucks East High School Save the Bees Club, The Peace Center, Tabby’s Place, and the Lancaster Farm Sanctuary.

For more information and to register for the conference, email chris.simcox@bucks.edu.

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