Doylestown native and attorney, Tina Mazaheri, Esquire, Mazaheri Law, LLC, was recently awarded the Mark E. Goldberg Award by the Bucks County Bar Association at their annual meeting. This award is presented to a member of the Bucks County Bar Association who demonstrates a continuing commitment to community service outside the legal profession. To be chosen for this award, one must perpetuate personal relationships established with leaders of the religious, academic recreational and charitable segments of the Bucks County community by each of the following:
• Proven legal competence;
• Service; and
• Respect for the rule of law and the administration of justice.
As an active member of the Central Bucks community, Ms. Mazaheri has served as President of the Bucks County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bucks County Bar Association, for the past four years. Ms. Mazaheri also serves on the Boards of CB Cares Educational Foundation and the Doylestown Historical Society. She has also volunteered and contributed to enumerable local causes.
Ms. Mazaheri, with a Masters Degree in Trial Advocacy, and over twenty-five years of trial experience, focuses her practice on family law. She is a licensed Pennsylvania and New Jersey Real Estate Broker and serves as a Litigation Solicitor to the County of Bucks.
Ms. Mazaheri was previously honored by the Bar Association for her pro bono work by receiving the Arthur B. Walsh award.
Tina Mazaheri, Esq.
(PERKASIE, Pa.) Grim, Biehn & Thatcher of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased announce that Peter Nelson, and Colby Grim have been appointed to serve as Solicitors for Trumbauersville, Pa., effective October 17, 2019.
Nelson is a Shareholder in the firm’s municipal department and has been with the firm since 2000. His specialty is municipal/land use and appellate matters and he represents clients in a wide variety of general matters and various types of litigation. Nelson is dedicated to his clients and strives to provide them with effective and efficient legal representation. Nelson resides in New Britain Borough, Pa.
Grim is a fourth-generation Grim family member at the firm. Concentrating his practice in all areas of real estate law, Grim has experience in helping clients through countless purchase, sale and loan closings, making their transactions smooth, stress-free and efficient. In the ever-changing climate of real estate law and litigation, his expertise regarding landlord and tenant law is invaluable to those seeking guidance in residential or commercial leases. Grim also represents municipalities and zoning boards, which provides further depth to his professional advice.
“We are extremely pleased that Peter and Colby have been appointed to be Solicitors for Trumbauersville,” said Gregory E. Grim, CEO, Grim, Biehn & Thatcher. “We are very proud of their dedication and have the greatest confidence that they will both demonstrate to the people of Trumbauersville the highest levels of public service.”
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 embedded 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.
Peter Nelson – Peter Nelson, a Shareholder in Grim, Biehn & Thatcher’s municipal department, has been appointed Solicitor for Trumbauersville, effective October 17, 2019. Nelson has been with the Perkasie, Pa. firm since 2000 and resides in New Britain Borough, Pa.
Colby Grim – Colby Grim, a fourth-generation Grim family member at Grim, Biehn & Thatcher law firm has been appointed Solicitor for Trumbauersville, effective October 17, 2019. Grim has been with the Perkasie, Pa. firm since 2000 and resides in Bedminster Township, Pa.
David Hoffman, an authority on the practice of health law and corporate compliance, has decades of experience litigating high-profile matters in both the public and private sectors. He joins as Of Counsel, Barmak and Associates, LLC, a healthcare law firm that represents hundreds of skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States. The law firm is headquartered in West Windsor, New Jersey.
David is president of David Hoffman & Associates PC, a national consulting firm he established in 2005 that has expertise in law, policy, corporate compliance, and regulations that apply to healthcare delivery, patient safety, long-term care, and fraud. His firm assists some of the nation’s largest healthcare providers adhere to regulatory requirements designed to ensure patient safety through legal and clinical compliance. He has also consulted the U.S. Department of Justice regarding failure of care in institutional settings and has been appointed by state and federal authorities to serve as a Monitor for long-term care facilities.
Mr. Hoffman also serves as Practice Professor of Law at the Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where he specializes in patient safety and compliance. For over a dozen years, Professor Hoffman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, prosecuting healthcare fraud matters civilly and criminally. He led the first healthcare fraud prosecution in the district under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in a case involving multiple pharmacies and pharmacists, physicians, pharmaceutical drug representatives, and street dealers related to the illegal prescribing and distribution of opioids. As a prosecutor, Mr. Hoffman successfully brought civil and/or criminal actions against physicians, managed care organizations, nurses, pharmacists, drug manufacturers, personal care home operators, educational institutions, hospitals, and nursing homes. He also resolved allegations against the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s National Medical Center, and three researchers from a high-profile gene therapy study that resulted in the death of Jesse Gelsinger. The settlement featured a financial component of more than $1 million and led to systemic changes designed to protect participants in human research.
In both 1996 and 2001 he received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Department of Executive Office for United States Attorneys, in recognition of his work protecting the elderly from abuse and neglect. In 1999 and 2005 he received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Inspector General’s Integrity Award.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David served in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Previously, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.
Elected as a fellow for The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Mr. Hoffman is a former President and current Board Member of The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society.
After receiving his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he clerked for Judge Anthony J. Scirica in state and federal court.
David Hoffman, Esq.
Perkasie, PA – Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law are pleased to welcome associate attorney Macy T. Laster to the firm. A Bucks County native, Laster brings tenacity and experience to the firm’s practice area of Criminal Defense.
“Macy Laster is an ardent champion for her clients,” said Weber Kracht and Chellew partner and chief financial officer, Richard C. Howard, Jr. “Whether someone is facing charges ranging from traffic violations and DUI’s to misdemeanors and felonies, people can trust that she will actively seek the best possible resolution.”
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Laster received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2018, where she also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Law and Policy. A recipient of a merit-based academic scholarship, Laster excelled in her studies. She was a selected Senior Member of Syracuse University College of Law’s nationally renowned Moot Court Honor Society and was a finalist in various intra-collegiate trial competitions. Her emerging advocacy was apparent in her work as a Student Attorney in the Disability Rights Clinic offering free legal services to underserved communities. Laster also served as an Associate Editor of the Syracuse University College of Law Journal on Terrorism and National Security.
The House of Representatives returned to Harrisburg today to elect new members of leadership in both the Republican and Democratic Caucus for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. Due to retirements, vacancies existed in the following leadership positions:
- Majority Leader: Due to the retirement of Representative Dave Reed
- Democratic Whip: Due to the retirement of Representative Mike Hanna
- Democratic Chair of the House Appropriations Committee: Due to the retirement of Representative Joe Markosek.
The Republicans elected their Leadership this morning and the Democrats elected their Leadership this evening. Below is a chart of the 2019-2020 Leadership team and who currently holds those positions. We sent the Republican list earlier and have now included the Democrats.
I have attached for your review, brief biographies of the Democratic members who have been elected to these positions for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session (as you received the Republican members in our previous update).
Elected Members of House Democratic Leadership
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Richard Gmerek [mailto:RGmerek@ggrgov.com]
The Senate returned to Harrisburg to effectively wrap up legislative activities for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, which officially ends on November 30. Unlike the activities in the House of Representatives yesterday, the Senate’s internal caucus leadership elections did not provide the same level of excitement as the leadership teams for the upcoming session remained unchanged.
Additionally, Senator Joe Scarnati was selected as the President Pro Tempore Nominee, but an official vote will occur when the new 2019-2020 Legislative Session officially begins on January 1, 2019.
Please find below a listing of the Republican and Democratic Leadership Teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 Legislative Session. Elected Members of Senate Leadership 2019-2020 Legislative Session (002).
Richard Gmerek [mailto:RGmerek@ggrgov.com]
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.
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.
Winners who are Democrats are highlighted in Blue and Republicans in Red
Senator Casey defeated Congressman Barletta
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
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Begley Carlin & Mandio LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Aimee Schnecker to the firm’s Criminal and Municipal Practice.
Ms. Schnecker was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, where she received the St. Raymond of Penyafort Award for writing, was the Moot Court Vice President, and Secretary for the Woman’s Law Society. Ms. Schnecker earned a Bachelor of the Arts with a double major in English Literature and Business Management from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2014, where she was part of the NCAA Division I softball team, received the Steven J Rosen Writing Award, along with Ellis Award for Excellence in English Literature. Ms. Schnecker concentrates her practice in the areas of Municipal, School and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Begley Carlin & Mandio, LLP, Ms. Schnecker was a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond F. McHugh of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Ms. Schnecker enjoys playing softball and spends time teaching membres of the local YMCA about living a health lifestyle and fitness.