Ostroff Injury Law adds litigation attorney Diane M. Sodano, Esq.

Plymouth Meeting, PA, July 20, 2017Ostroff Injury Law is pleased to announce that Diane M. Sodano, Esq. has joined the firm as an attorney. Sodano has built an accomplished 25-year career as a litigation attorney representing plaintiffs in various types of personal injury matters, and as a law firm director responsible for assuring that firm clients receive the highest level of service and attention.

Ostroff Injury Law President Jon Ostroff said: “We are thrilled to add a lawyer with Diane’s great reputation and deep experience in personal injury. Diane is a savvy, experienced, respected litigator who will bring even greater depth to our team of litigation lawyers. Diane will also be managing the progress of many of our clients’ cases before they advance into litigation.” Ostroff added: “Her skills and experience are critical to our mission of excellence in client service and treating our clients as we would treat our own family. Her 15 years of experience independently managing a substantial personal injury practice at a well-respected Bucks County law firm makes her a great asset. Her previous 10 years working on the insurance side gives her the ability to anticipate defenses and see both sides of an issue.”

From 2002-2016, Sodano practiced civil litigation in Perkasie, Pa., and served the final two years as the firm’s Executive Director. Sodano is a graduate of Temple University (magna cum laude), and Temple University School of Law. She earned her law degree while working full-time in the insurance industry. Sodano is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Diane M. Sodano, Esq.

Jeffrey M. Williams Named President of AAML Pennsylvania Chapter

Jeffrey M. Williams Named President of AAML Pennsylvania Chapter
Williams Family Law managing partner leads statewide chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (July 2017) – Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is pleased to announce that Founder and Managing Partner, Jeffrey M. Williams, has been named president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Founded in 1962, the AAML is a national group of leaders in the practice area of domestic relations law. With 50 chapters and 1,600 Fellows nationally, it attracts pre-eminent family law practitioners across the country. Formerly the chapter’s president-elect, Williams was elected president at the organization’s summer meeting in July.

“Family Law in Pennsylvania continues to evolve and the AAML is committed to ensuring that the law is developed and implemented with integrity and empathy,” said Williams. “I am proud to lead the AAML Pennsylvania chapter and the pre-eminent family law practitioners of which it is comprised, and I thank my colleagues for this great honor.”

To become a Fellow of the AAML, an attorney must be highly skilled in the practice areas of divorce, drafting of marital settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuation, property valuation and division, alimony, litigation, child support and other complex family law matters. Fellows must have been in legal practice for at least 10 years and must demonstrate a focus on and leadership within family law, as well as pass difficult written and oral examinations.

The only AAML Fellow with a primary office in Bucks County, Williams is widely regarded as one of the top divorce attorneys in Bucks County and Montgomery County and one of the leading family law attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Williams’ courtroom instincts and honed litigation skills have made him a fixture in Philadelphia-area divorce law for more than 30 years.

Jeffrey M. Williams, Esq.

Jamie M. Jamison Joins Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP, a Bucks County-based full-service law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Jamie M. Jamison to the firm’s Family Law practice group.  Ms. Jamison practices exclusively in the area of family law where she handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, spousal support/alimony, child support, protection from abuse, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

 Jamie M. Jamison, Esq.

Elizabeth Fineman, of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn will teach course “Child & Spousal Support Basics” on June 29th for the PBI

Elizabeth Fineman, of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown, will teach a course on June 29th for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute entitled “Child & Spousal Support Basics.”   This is an educational program for family law attorneys seeking to learn more about case law, procedure and local practice from a faculty composed of seasoned practitioners and those who work in the family court system.  The program will be at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia, and simulcast throughout the area.

Elizabeth Fineman is part of the Firm’s Family Law Practice group.  She handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, including divorce, child custody and support, alimony/spousal support, equitable distribution, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Michael J. Savona, Esq. Elected President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County

Doylestown, PA – Michael J. Savona, Esq. has been elected President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. He has been an active Member of the Board of Directors of the organization since 2013.  He has served as Vice President of the Board since 2015.

Mr. Savona is a Shareholder and a member of the Management Committee at Eastburn and Gray. His legal practice includes matters related to land use & zoning, litigation, municipal law, and real estate. Throughout his career, he has served as solicitor to numerous municipalities and government agencies across the State of Pennsylvania. He routinely represents individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth in matters related to land and land use.

“It is and has been a privilege to work with every person who is affiliated with Habitat,” said Mr. Savona. “Our staff, volunteers and donors give generously and work selflessly to build new lives and new hope for our families. I am humbled to be a part of that work.”

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County is to build affordable homes, better lives, stronger families, and safer revitalized communities through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Bucks County. Visit www.habitatbucks.org to learn more.


     Michael J. Savona, Esq.

High Swartz Partner Named President of Central Chester County Rotary Club

High Swartz Partner Named President of Central Chester County Rotary Club
James B. Shrimp to lead local chapter of Rotary International

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (June 2017) – Full-service law firm High Swartz is pleased to announce that partner James B. Shrimp has been installed as president of the Rotary Club of Central Chester County, located in Lionville/Exton, Pennsylvania.  He is the chapter’s 29th president since its founding in 1988.

The club is a chapter of Rotary International, the mission of which is to bring together business and professional leaders at the community level to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace around the world.

In keeping with the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” Shrimp and the Central Chester County Rotary Club provide financial and volunteer support to nonprofits in Pennsylvania and around the world, including Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and the Chester County Food Bank, as well as Project CURE, the largest provider of donated medical equipment and supplies to developing countries worldwide, Operation Honduras, which builds schools and provides cataract surgeries in Honduras, and Rotaplast International,  which provides corrective cleft palate and lip surgeries throughout the world.

Shrimp’s passion for helping others also finds expression in his legal practice, which he focuses on employment and commercial disputes, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, and restrictive covenants.

“It is a critical aspect of being an officer of the court and citizen to give back to the community, and Rotary allows me to give back both locally and internationally,” said Shrimp.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Misericordia University before going on to earn his law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Don’t forget to renew your attorney license online before July 1st!

RENEW YOUR LICENSE WITH AOPC ONLINE

As of last year, the AOPC discontinued sending out mailings to remind attorneys to renew their licenses before July 1st.  All registration renewals are now being done online at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/AttorneyServices.aspx.  All attorneys must create an account in order to renew their licenses. 

The licensing fee payment can be made online with a credit card or the attorney can send a check to the AOPC to cover registration costs.  However, ALL REGISTRATIONS must be done through the website. On its website, the AOPC offers a tutorial to help lawyers navigate the registration process.  You can view that video by clicking here.

Please be sure to complete your registration renewal before July 1st to avoid late fees and penalties. 

Mary Cushing Doherty Honored with PBA Special Achievement Award

Mary Cushing Doherty Honored with PBA Special Achievement Award
Pennsylvania Bar Association recognizes High Swartz family law attorney’s tireless leadership in improving PA divorce law to reduce the harmful impacts on children

 NORRISTOWN, Pa. (June 2017) – The full-service law firm High Swartz LLP is proud to announce that family law attorney Mary Cushing Doherty has been honored with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Special Achievement Award, in recognition of her tireless assistance with meeting legislators to address reducing the harmful impact of divorce waiting periods on children.

As co-chair of the PBA’s Family Law Section special committee, Doherty worked toward passage of state legislation that would reduce the waiting time for no-fault, unilateral divorce in Pennsylvania from two years to one year. The effort, which took more than four years, culminated in the adoption of Act 102, which went into effect in December 2016.

The movement to shorten the waiting period to one year was rooted in studies on child development that found that the longer a family was in legal limbo, the more stress the children endured and the more their development was suspended. Reducing the amount of legal waiting time similarly reduces the amount of parental conflict and allows parents and children to focus on creating their new family dynamic.

“During my 35 years practicing family law, I have seen firsthand how the two-year waiting period for unilateral, no-fault divorces harmed families,” said Doherty, who leads High Swartz’s family law practice group. “The extended waiting period produced more tension between parents and forced the children to witness destructive emotional battles. A shorter waiting period enables children to begin the healing process earlier, which is healthier for everyone.”

Doherty focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, including divorce, child support and child custody, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreement asset protection, complex property division, and more. She earned a bachelor’s degree at University of Delaware and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its more than 27,000 members continue the association’s tradition of service to the profession and the public, while keeping current with changing legal standards and societal practices, quality of life issues, and evolving technology. The PBA’s Special Achievement Award is given annually to recognize those who have given their time and resources to advance the association and the practice of law in Pennsylvania.