H. Jeffrey Brahin, ESQUIRE presented a webinar to the Greater Bux-Mont Chamber of Commerce

H. Jeffrey Brahin, ESQUIRE presented a webinar to the Greater Bux-Mont Chamber of Commerce on “Covid-19 Commercial Leasing Issues.” Topics included were potential defenses to default actions by landlords such as Force Majeure, Co-Tenancy and Casualty clauses, as well as common law defenses of Impossibility of Performance and Frustration of Purpose. Negotiating strategies for both landlords and tenants were discussed as well.

Mr. Brahin focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation, as well as real estate and corporate transactional work.

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher Attorney Patrick Armstrong Appointed Solicitor for Derry Township

(PERKASIE, Pa.) Grim, Biehn & Thatcher of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased to announce that Patrick Armstrong, Esq. has been appointed to serve as Solicitor for Derry Township, Pennsylvania, located near Hershey Pennsylvania.  This appointment was effective in April 2020. Armstrong is a member of the firm’s municipal practice group and has been with the firm since 2004. 


Armstrong represents townships, planning commissions and individual clients in a wide variety of municipal and land use matters. He has extensive experience in appellate, zoning, litigation and real estate law.  Armstrong also represents companies and individuals in employment law and workers’ compensation claims. He has been recognized for his work in the legal community in both Law and Politics Magazine in 2006 and 2007 and in Philadelphia Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

“Patrick is a lawyer who has served our clients well,” said Gregory E. Grim, CEO, Grim, Biehn & Thatcher.  “We know he will bring that same level of dedication to his work as Derry Township Solicitor. We are very proud of his dedication and hard work and pleased that Derry Township has placed their trust in Patrick.”


“I am honored to be a part of the Derry Township government and I am looking forward to working with them on a wide variety of legal issues,” said Armstrong.


Armstrong is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University.  He is a member of the Philadelphia and Bucks County Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Solicitors.  

Darwin IP Advisors engaged to secure access to strategic audio/video CODEC patents.

 David Shoneman (immediate past Chair of the BCBA IP Section) is pleased to announce that Darwin IP Advisors (www.darwinipadvisors.com) successfully participated and contributed to the completion of a strategic intellectual property transaction related to the current and next generation audio/video CODECs.  This complex strategic transaction between a Japanese multinational electronics company and an American-based NASDAQ 100 / S&P 500 international company was completed by successfully proposing alternative and creative compromises.  

 This represents the tenth successful strategic transaction that Darwin IP Advisors was able to close since its formation in 2016. Leveraging 35+ years of engineering and legal experiences, Darwin IP Advisors operates at the intersection of business, technology and law to identify paths to a commercially successful transaction.  We look forward to helping you achieve your commercial objectives.

Petrelli Previtera Announces Bi-Annual Scholarship Campaign

Petrelli Previtera, LLC, a leading family law firm in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is proud to provide a bi-annual $1,000 scholarship to help students achieve their goals of furthering their education. Eligible applicants for the fall 2020 scholarship must be currently attending or planning to attend a college, university, or law school during the fall 2020 academic semester, and they must be in good academic standing. To enter, students must submit a 500-word essay on the prompt provided at https://www.petrellilaw.com/scholarship/, where additional criteria and application details are also available.

David Shoneman selected to IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Darwin IP Advisors (www.darwinipadvisors.com) is proud to announce that David Shoneman (immediate past Chair of the BCBA IP Section) was selected to be included as part of the Intellectual Asset Management IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2020.  In 2016, Mr. Shoneman launched Darwin IP Advisors, an advisory, consulting firm operating at the intersection of business, technology and law after a successful career as a licensing executive and intellectual property attorney in the licensing business unit of Technicolor/Thomson/GE-RCA.  He was instrumental in (i) securing over 4B$ of acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures, strategic alliances and business development initiatives, (ii) acquiring more than 5000 patent assets and (iii) launching more than 15 new licensing programs. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Shoneman spent ten years as a product development manager/project engineer at United Technologies Corporation.

Drivers License Expiration Dates Extended Until May 31

While Governor Wolf closed all Pennsylvania Drivers License Centers under his initial emergency order, the extension of the order until April 30 has impacted many Pennsylvanians who have drivers licenses (individual and commercial licenses) that have expired since the Centers closed on March 16 or will expire before April 30.

All license holders can renew their licenses through the online services system operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  For those individuals who do not have access to a computer or reliable internet service to renew a license, the Department has extended the expiration date for all drivers licenses, photo ID cards, and learner’s permits that were scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30 until May 31.

Bucks County Bar Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunities

The Bucks County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bucks County Bar Association, is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for 2020. Throughout the year, the Foundation holds several events in support of the Thomas E. Mellon, Jr. Scholarship and the William Penn Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to Bucks County residents pursuing a career in law or a related field. Eligibility requirements include a record of academic excellence and a strong commitment to public service.  Additional criteria along with application details for the scholarships can be found at https://www.bucksbar.org/bar-foundation/bcbf-scholarship/

The Mission of the Bar Foundation of the Bucks County Bar Association, consistent with its charter and as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, is to promote and support programs, organizations, and individuals throughout Bucks County who are engaged in activities designed to foster respect for the rule of law, the advancement of rights, liberties and protections under the law, as well as activities which have as a principal purpose the advancement of social justice for the individuals, families and communities of Bucks County.

Updates – Bucks County Bar Association

The BCBA takes great pride in taking appropriate steps to ensure the health and wellness of our members and staff. We are constantly updating our efforts to continue to serve our members in a safe manner. Along those lines, we have made the following changes to our normal operations which will remain in place until April 1:

The BCBA building will be closed to outside visitors until at least April 1. During this building closure, we will not be able to accommodate depositions, client meetings, and other room rentals.

BCBA staff and operations will continue via remote means. Division, section, and committee meetings may be scheduled to be conducted via GoToMeeting. Greg will coordinate with chairpersons for meeting sign-in information.

Scheduled CLEs may also still occur via GoToMeeting. The BCBA staff will contact the presenters for future CLEs to determine the viability of this option.

The BCBA online CLE catalog is always available at https://bcba.vocalmeet.com/home/. Attorneys may obtain 6 of their annual 12 credits via remote delivery.

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service will continue to operate during this period. Signage will be posted on our door to direct any walk-in clients to call our Lawyer Referral phone number.

Traffic school registrations will be postponed to a later date.

We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates to the membership as meetings and CLEs are scheduled or postponed. The staff will also continue to update the website with further calendar changes.


Other updates:

  1. The following meetings are already scheduled to occur via GoToMeeting:
    1. IP Section CLE on March 18th at 8:30am.  (This CLE will occur via Zoom)
    2. Board of Directors meeting on March 18th at 4:30pm.
    3. Pro Bono Committee meeting on March 19th at 4pm.
    4. WLD meeting on March 24th at 4pm.
  2. The Family Law Section CLE Ethics, Professionalism and Civility in Family Law Practice scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, has been postponed until later this year.
  3. The Criminal Law Section Updates on Sentencing CLE scheduled for Thursday, March  19, 2020, has also been postponed until later this year.
  4. The Solo and Small Practitioner Section for March 25th is postponed to a future date.
  5. From the Bucks County Department of Corrections: Anyone entering the facilities will receive a no touch temp scan. Anyone with a fever will be denied entry.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dan or Greg.


Daniel M. Keane, Esq

President, BCBA



Greg Nardi

BCBA Executive Director

greg.nardi@bucksbar.org | T: 215-348-9413

Bucks County Bar Association
135 East State Street
Doylestown, PA  18901

Sweet Stevens to Present PAPSA Conference Finale

New Britain, PA Four attorneys from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams will present the final session of the 2020 Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Service Administrators (PAPSA) conference on April 1-3, 2020 at the historic Genetti Hotel & Suites in Williamsport, PA. The closing session, the Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar, is named for a founding partner of the law firm and is considered a highlight of the conference. It is a full day program to be held on Fri., April 3.

Now in its 19th year, the Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar will feature attorneys Jane M. Williams, Sharon W. Montanye, Thomas C. Warner and Leslie A. Collins. They will share information on recent court decisions that affect special education and pupil services.

This year’s PAPSA conference theme is Pupil Services Administration: Welcome to the Major Leagues.  PAPSA is the only organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania specifically devoted to issues concerning pupil services programs in schools. Members of the organization have supervisory or administrative responsibility in fields such as counseling, health, psychology, home and school visitation, social work, special education, gifted education and student assistance. For more information, visit papsa-web.org.