Seminar Taught: “The Law of Guns in Pennsylvania”

NORTH WALES, PA – November 13, 2018

A seminar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute entitled “The Law of Guns in Pennsylvania” was taught by Steven F. Fairlie, Esquire, of the North Wales law firm Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. The seminar was held in Philadelphia and was simulcast to over 20 cities in Pennsylvania.

The seminar explained the full cycle of firearms law under Pennsylvania and federal law from consummating a firearms transaction to using a firearm in a lethal force encounter involving the Castle Doctrine to the firearm’s ultimate lawful disposition.

For more information, contact Gina Rochford at Fairlie & Lippy, P.C., 1501 Lower State Road, Suite 304, North Wales, PA 19454, admin@fairlielaw.net, http://www.fairlielaw.net/

Melissa Boyd discussed family law at the Montgomery County Bar Association

Melissa Boyd (Norristown, PA), a family law Partner at High Swartz, was a speaker at the 11th annual Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section Toby L. Dickman Seminar on November, 9, 2018.

The seminar, entitled “Family Law 2.0: A Child Centered and User Friendly Approach,” focused on divorces and separations that may lead to child custody battles. The seminar focused on the legal steps to make it through the custody battle process as efficiently as possible, with the main goal being the relief of any unnecessary suffering for the child involved.

Melissa Boyd spoke with Judge Daniel J. Clifford and Gary Kline, the head of the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Section.

Boyd concentrates her practice on family law with a focus on, but not limited to, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, child custody and child support, equitable distribution, alimony and adoptions. She has dedicated much of her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families.

Boyd has been certified as a Family Law Arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was named among the 10 Leaders of Matrimonial Law in Philadelphia.

The Toby L. Dickman Seminar is held each year in honor of the late Toby L. Dickman, a former family law attorney and family court judge who passed away in 2007.

 

 

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, visit HighSwartz.com.

Eastburn and Gray, PC Welcomes Mark D. Eastburn, Esq.

Doylestown, PA – Eastburn and Gray proudly announces the addition of Mark D. Eastburn to the firm’s Criminal Defense, Litigation and Municipal Law practice groups. He will work out of the firm’s Doylestown office.

Between 2015 and 2018, Mr. Eastburn served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. While working for that office, Mark prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases as they progressed through the criminal justice system, often concluding with a trial before a jury or judge. Mr. Eastburn served as Chief of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“ARD”) program, which diverts first-time non-violent offenders from the criminal justice system. He was also a member of the Economic Crimes Unit, where he specialized in prosecuting white collar crime, including high value thefts and home improvement fraud.

Mr. Eastburn is a grandchild third removed from the founder of Eastburn and Gray, Hugh B. Eastburn. His father, D. Rodman (“Rod”) Eastburn, is the firm’s President and Chief Operating Officer of the firm. “Mark comes to the firm with a strong skill set that complements our existing business,” said Rod Eastburn.

Mr. Eastburn earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in New York and his B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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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.

2018 Unofficial Election Results

While the election results are still unofficial as there are still ballots that need to be tallied (i.e. overseas and military ballots) and the possibility of vote recounts (i.e., the 6th Senate District), please find attached the unofficial results for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and Senate races that were on the ballot.

2018 Midterm State Senate Winners 11.7.18

2018 Midterm State House Winners 11.7.18

Voter turnout was expected to be high…and it was in many areas of the Commonwealth…and that turnout brought some surprise results in the seats that the state Democrats were able to win in, primarily, Southeast Pennsylvania.  Regarding the races in the new Congressional Districts, Pennsylvania was fertile ground for national Democrats to pick up seats in order to wrestle control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  As a result, changes were anticipated.  Not to be overlooked in the Democratic victories in Congress is the fact that Pennsylvania’s 18 member Congressional Delegation will now have female members (4).

The only two statewide races on the ballot, Governor Tom Wolf (D) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D), did not produce the drama that the elections for State House and Senate, and U.S. House produced as both incumbents were easily elected.

While the Republicans have retained control in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate, their majorities were reduced.  For the upcoming legislative session, the Senate majority will decrease from 33-16 to 29-21.  However, a Special Election will need to be called in 2019 to elect a replacement for Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) once he takes his oath as the new U.S. Representative of the 14th Congressional District.  The Republican majority in the House of Representatives will decrease from 120-79 to 108- 95.  There are still some close results that could impact this final number.  Additionally, two Special Elections in Democratic Districts will need to be called in 2019 as a result of the reelection of former Representative Sid Kavulich, who passed away shortly before the General Election and was unopposed on the ballot, and Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) who was convicted of bribery leading up to the election and was unopposed on the ballot.

The attached chart reflects the individual races, but I have highlighted below the following information:  Pennsylvania House of Representatives races in which the control of the District switched, the Pennsylvania Senate races in which the control of the District switched, and the new members of the evenly split (9-9) Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions on this information.

Thanks,

Richard Gmerek
RGmerek@ggrgov.com

 


Winners who are Democrats are highlighted in Blue and Republicans in Red

U.S. Senate:

Senator Casey defeated Congressman Barletta


Gubernatorial:

Governor Wolf defeated former State Senator Scott Wagner

 

Congressional District (Congressional District: CD):

The Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation currently has a 9-9 split.

CD1: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R) defeated Scott Wallace (D)

CD2: Congressman Brendan Boyle (D) defeated David Torres (R)

CD3: Congressman Dwight Evans (D) defeated Bryan Leib (R)

CD4: State Representative Madeleine Dean (D) defeated David Daniel (R)

CD5: Mary Gay Scanlon (D) defeated Kim Pearl (R)

CD6: Christina Jampoler Houlahan (D) defeated Gregory Michael McCauley (R)

CD7: Susan Wild (D) defeated Martin Nothstein (R)

CD8: Congressman Matt Cartwright (D) defeated John Chrin (R)

CD9: Daniel Meuser (R) defeated Dennis Wolff (D)

CD10: Congressman Scott Perry (R) defeated George Scott (D)

CD11: Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R) defeated Jessica King (D)

CD12: Congressman Tom Marino (R) defeated Marc Friedenberg (D)

CD13: John Joyce (R) defeated Brent Ottaway (D)

CD14: State Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R) defeated Bibiana Boerio (D)

CD15: Congressman Glenn Thompson (R) defeated Susan Boser (D)

CD16: Congressman Mike Kelly (R) defeated Ronald Dinicola (D)

CD17: Congressman Conor Lamb (D) defeated Congressman Keith Rothfus (R)

CD18: Congressman Mike Doyle (D) won re-election running unopposed

 

State Senate (Senate District (SD):

SD10:  Steven Santarsiero (D) defeated Representative Marguerite Quinn (R) – D pick up

SD12: Maria Collett (D) defeated Stewart Greenleaf Jr. (R) – D pick up

SD26: Timothy Kearney (D) defeated Senator  McGarrigle (R) – D pick up

SD38: Lindsey Williams (D) defeated Jeremy Shaffer (R) – D pick up

SD44: Katie Muth (D) defeated Senator  Rafferty (R) – D pick up

 

State House (Legislative District: LD):

LD53: Steven Malagari (D) defeated George Szekely (R) – D pick up

LD61: Laura Hanbidge (D) defeated Representative Kate Harper (R) – D pick up

LD71: James Rigby (R) defeated Representative Bryan Barbin (D) – R pick up

LD74: Dan Williams (D) defeated Ambler Little Turner (R) – D pick up

LD76: Stephanie Borowicz (R) defeated Michael Hanna Jr. (D) – R pick up

LD143: Wendy Ullman (D) defeated Joseph Flood (R) – D pick up

LD146: Joseph Ciresi (D) defeated Representative Thomas Quigley (R) – D pick up

LD150: Joseph Webster (D) defeated Nick Fountain (R) – D pick up

LD155: Danielle Otten (D) defeated Representative Becky Corbin (R) – D pick up

LD157: Melissa Shusterman (D) defeated Representative Warren Kampf (R) – D pick up

LD158: Christina Sappey (D) defeated Representative Eric Roe (R) – D pick up

LD162: David Delloso (D) defeated Mary Hopper (R) – D pick up

LD163: Michael Zabel (D) defeated Representative James Santora (R) – D pick up

LD165: Jennifer Omara (D) defeated Representative Alex Charlton (R) – D pick up

LD167: Kristine Howard (D) defeated Representative Duane Milne (R) – D pick up

LD177: Joe Hohenstein (D) defeated Patty Kozlowski (R) – D pick up

LD178: Wendi Thomas (R) defeated Representative Helen Tai (D) – R pick up

Zachary A. Sivertsen, Esq. to Serve as Faculty at November NBI Seminar

Blue Bell, PA – Zachary A. Sivertsen, Esq. will serve as faculty at a NBI Real Estate seminar on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. The seminar is entitled, Top Challenges in Subdivision and Zoning, and Mr. Sivertsen will specifically discuss difficulties in the land subdivision process.

Mr. Sivertsen practices land use and zoning, real estate, litigation, construction, and municipal law at Eastburn and Gray. He works out of the firm’s Blue Bell, Montgomery County, and Doylestown, Bucks County offices. Mr. Sivertsen has appeared on behalf of clients before zoning hearing boards and municipal governing bodies in land development matters, zoning appeals, and applications for zoning variances. He has represented municipalities in litigation matters, drafted municipal ordinances, filed and responded to right-to-know requests, and worked with local historic architectural review bodies. Mr. Sivertsen has litigated matters on behalf of private and municipal clients before the courts of common pleas, magisterial district courts, Commonwealth Court, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court. He is a regular contributor to the firm’s popular Pennsylvania Real Estate and Municipal Law blog, www.pazoninglawyers.com.

To learn more about this seminar, including registration information, please visit www.nbi-sems.org.

 

 

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.

Williams Family Law Firm and Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2019

Doylestown, PA – Bucks County law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jeffrey M. Williams, Susan J. Smith and Lynelle A. Gleason have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law. Additionally, the firm itself was given a “Tier 1” ranking in Family Law in the Philadelphia region.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers uses peer reviews to select the top-rated attorneys in their fields in each geographic area. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Williams, the firm’s founder and managing partner, has appeared annually in the publication since 2008. He concentrates his practice on domestic relations, primarily handling complex divorce, high-income alimony/spousal support, complex child support, and high-conflict child custody cases. He is the immediate pasts 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. He has been selected by his peers as one of the “Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia for Matrimonial & Divorce Law” since 2004.

Recognized since 2018, Smith concentrates her practice on family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, alimony, equitable distribution of marital property, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, business valuation issues and asset investigation issues impacting high net worth clients. She is both a keen legal tactician and a stalwart courtroom advocate; her trial experience has earned her a reputation as force to be reckoned with in family courts in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Gleason, who makes her debut in this issue of Best Lawyers, handles a variety of family law matters, including divorce, child support, alimony, spousal support, equitable distribution and child custody. She is also experienced in estate law, such as the drafting of wills and trusts, and the administration of estates. She is a member of the Attorney Psychologist Group, a select group of child custody evaluators and domestic relations attorneys that focuses on best practices regarding important child custody issues such as the use of a psychologist and therapist during the family law process.

Williams Family Law is a premier family law firm that 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.

Eastburn and Gray Attorney Helps to Preserve Second Piece of Bucks County Legal History in Two Years

Doylestown, PA – A judicial portrait of the Honorable Henry Wynkoop was recently gifted to the County of Bucks by the Northampton Township Historical Society (“NTHS”).

The NTHS was the previous owner of the original framed oil painting by renowned artist Rembrandt Peale, circa 1812. Judge Wynkoop, born in Northampton Township on March 2, 1737, served on the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County from 1777 to 1789.  In addition to serving on the Court, he was a member of the Continental Congress, as well as a United States representative to the First United States Congress. The portrait of Judge Wynkoop will be displayed and enjoyed along with the other judicial portraits that grace the walls of the Bucks County Justice Center courtrooms.

Grace M. Deon, Esquire, a Northampton Township resident and pro bono counsel for the NTHS, served a key role in preserving this notable piece of Bucks County history. She collaborated with representatives from the NTHS, the Bucks County Historical Society (“BCHS”) and the County to complete the transfer of ownership to the County.

In 2016, during her tenure as President to the Bucks County Bar Association (“BCBA”), Ms. Deon was also a critical figure in preserving another important piece of Bucks County legal history. She assembled a team of volunteer craftsman to refurbish a fountain that had been previously located on the grounds of the 1812 Bucks County Courthouse. It took six months and dozens of hours but the fountain now graces the terrace of the Bucks County Bar Association for others in the community to enjoy.

“Safeguarding historic structures in our community fosters civic pride, tourism, economic development, neighborhood beautification and even sustainability when a refurbishment is also eco-friendly,” said Grace M. Deon, Esq. “Equally important is the conservation of historic artifacts that capture the culture and aesthetics of a time gone by.”

Ms. Deon is a shareholder and member of Eastburn and Gray’s management committee. She spends a considerable amount of her free time engaged in a host of philanthropic endeavors, including raising funds for local youth programs that educate children about art and historic preservation and appreciation. Her professional legal practice focuses on Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. She previously served as the President of the Bucks County Bar Association.

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, there will be an unveiling ceremony of Judge Wynkoop’s portrait in the Ceremonial Court Room of the Bucks County Justice Center.  The public is welcome to attend this momentous occasion. For additional information, please feel free to contact the Bucks County Bar Association by phone, (215) 348-9413.

 

 

 

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.

Michael Senoyuit Joins Curtin & Heefner LLP

Curtin & Heefner LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Senoyuit III has joined the firm in the Litigation and Insurance Law Sections and Criminal Defense Section.

Mr. Senoyuit is an experienced DUI trial lawyer that is dedicated to providing you with the utmost professional DUI representation. Since 1995, Mr. Senoyuit has been vigorously representing DUI clients. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Pennsylvania and has been awarded the AVVO Clients’ Choice Award and the “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award for the State of Pennsylvania for the fifth consecutive year. He adds his vast experience to Curtin & Heefner’s Criminal practice group.

For the past thirty years he has been litigating insurance defense cases and has tried to verdict over 2000 cases. He is an active Member of the National College for DUI Defense and a graduate of the NCDD Summer Session at Harvard Law School. Mr. Senoyuit is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Dayton School of Law.

Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of valued-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.

News from High Swartz | High Swartz named among 2019 ‘Best Law Firms’

Norristown, PA, November 1, 2018

High Swartz named among 2019 ‘Best Law Firms’ by U.S. News – Best Lawyers

High Swartz LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Norristown and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that it has been named a “Best Law Firm” for 2019 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, achieving a Tier 1 ranking in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area in the practice areas of Family Law, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law and Litigation – Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning and National Tier 2 ranking for Land Use and Zoning Law.

To be eligible for a Best Law Firm ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer included in The Best Lawyers in America©. Attorneys are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed. For 2019, 9 High Swartz attorneys were named among Best Lawyers:

Best Law Firm rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

The highest honor, a Tier 1 ranking, is based on a firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of its clients’ impressive 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.

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 HighSwartz.com.