Gina Rubel Philadelphia Bar Association Appointment

Gina Rubel Appointed Co-Chair of Law Firm Risk Management Committee by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Honorable A. Michael Snyder (Ret.)

Legal marketing and law firm crisis communications expert to lead the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Firm Risk Management Committee for the second year

PHILADELPHIA (February 2020) Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., an award-winning, integrated marketing and public relations agency, is pleased to announce that founder and CEO Gina Rubel has been appointed as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Firm Risk Management Committee by the Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), 2020 Chancellor. The committee advises the organization’s members on preparing for and managing law firm risks including cybersecurity, behavioral health, mergers and acquisitions, lawsuits, natural disasters, workplace violence and the myriad issues facing law firms and their clients today.

“I am delighted to have Gina continue to serve the Philadelphia Bar Association as the co-chair of the Law Firm Risk Management Committee. Gina and her co-chair, Mark G McCreary, the chief privacy officer of Fox Rothschild have the knowledge and experience to develop new programs and tap into helpful resources for law firms of all sizes,” said Judge A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), mediator and arbitrator at The Dispute Resolution Institute, adjunct professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, and the 93rd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

“I am honored to co-chair the Law Firm Risk Management Committee with Mark,” said Rubel. “New risks to law firms arise nearly every day, and I look forward to continuing to help members navigate today’s often uncertain waters and create plans to protect their businesses from harm.”

An attorney and law firm PR expert, Rubel supports law firm growth and profitability through integrated legal marketing, public relations, reputation and crisis management, and content marketing. She regularly is called upon by law firm leaders for high-stakes public relations, media training, crisis planning, trial publicity strategy, and incident-response support, including high-profile litigation media relations. She is listed among Lawdragon’s top 100 consultants and strategists to the legal profession worldwide, and her agency has been ranked No. 1 by the National Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, and other ALM publications.

Active in business associations and among her community, Rubel is a founding member of Women Owned Law for which she serves on the advisory board. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, and the Legal Marketing Association where she serves on the legal ethics and advertising advocacy working group. She also is active in The Justinian Society (Past Chancellor), The Justinian Foundation (Secretary & Treasurer), Philadelphia Public Relations Association, and Public Relations Society of America.

A graduate of Drexel University and Widener University School of Law, Rubel and her family live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Eastburn and Gray Observes MLK Day With Service Project

Doylestown, PA – Attorneys and staff from Eastburn and Gray proudly observed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday by volunteering their time at the Valley Youth House (VYH) shelter in Warminster on Monday, January 20, 2020. The team painted several rooms at the shelter.

Eastburn and Gray attorney Zachary A. Sivertsen is a member of the Board of Governors of VYH. “I have seen first-hand how this organization provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Mr. Sivertsen.

VYH does more than just provide homes for Pennsylvania’s vulnerable, abused and homeless youth. VYH partners with thousands of individuals each year to build a solid foundation for young people and their families. With dedicated street outreach, housing, counseling, skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, VYH empowers resilient young people in establishing promising futures. For additional information about Valley Youth House, please visit https://www.valleyyouthhouse.org/.

Photographed above are (from left to right): Rod Eastburn, Mark Eastburn, Nancy Gimbol, Zac Sivertsen, Grace Deon, Mike Peters, Kim Litzke, Sarah Eastburn, Dima Kourouchin, John Schaffer.

 

Hillary Moonay Co-Presents at BCBA’s CLE “2020 Family Law Update”

On January 21, 2020, family law partner Hillary Moonay will co-present at Bucks County Bar Association’s CLE, titled “2020 Family Law Update.” The panel will discuss the rules, statues, and case law that family law practitioners should know.

 

Hillary is a proven and trusted divorce attorney, who focuses her practice exclusively in the area of family law, where she handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony/spousal support, equitable distribution, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, mediation, arbitration, and related issues. Hillary contributed to the book, Slicing Up the Pie: Property Distribution in Pennsylvania, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press. She has been featured as a case note contributor for the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, has authored articles for The Legal Intelligencer, including The Impact of Social Media on Family Law Matters and Post-Retirement Benefits in Matrimonial Litigation, and frequently lectures on a variety of family law topics.

Maureen Burke Carlton, Esq., Curtin & Heefner LLP, receives Harriet M. Mims Award

The law firm of Curtin & Heefner LLP is proud to announce the Women Lawyers Division of the Bucks County Bar Association presented the Harriet M. Mims Award to partner, Maureen Burke Carlton, Esq., at its annual dinner in December. The award recognizes Carlton’s professional strength and integrity, as well as her leadership among both peers and aspiring young attorneys. Given to outstanding women attorneys, the award is named after the first woman member of the Bucks County Bar Association and first woman judge in Bucks County, Harriet Mims.

Among several colleagues nominating Carlton is recipient of the 2012 Harriet M. Mims Award, Bonnie Stein, Esq., of Curtin & Heefner. “Maureen is highly deserving of this award. Her work ethic and dedication to the community is impeccable.” Also nominating Carlton were Kyong Ha Growney, Esq., Charissa Liller, Esq., and Theresa Golding, Esq.

Award-recipient Carlton focuses on commercial and real estate law, including financing, zoning, leases, tax appeals, and land use. Carlton has over 30 years of experience advising sellers, buyers, and lenders in complex real estate and zoning/land use matters in Bucks County and the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. She also represents banking and financial institutions in commercial financing transactions. Carlton’s charitable, community, and civic involvement includes work with the Bucks County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Board of Bucks County Opportunity Council, and the Bucks County Historical Society.

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher Attorney Appointed to Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Procedural Committee

Dianne C. Magee of Bucks County Will Serve A Six-Year Term on the Committee

(PERKASIE, Pa.) Grim, Biehn & Thatcher, of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased to announce that attorney Dianne C. Magee, a member of the firm’s estate department, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee. Committee members serve for six years and Magee’s term began on January 1, 2020.

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is charged with reviewing the rules governing statewide practice and procedure in the Orphans’ Court and recommending new rules, as necessary.  Magee brings decades of expertise in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, adoption and guardianship to this appointment. Magee served for almost 20 years as the Solicitor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, the County agency which protects residents aged 60 or older from physical abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and abandonment.    In addition, she has been a certified mediator since 2006, with added credentials as a certified elder mediator since 2007, and appears on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas list of certified mediators.

“We are very pleased that Dianne has been appointed to the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee,” said Gregory E. Grim, CEO, Grim, Biehn & Thatcher.  “Her experience is well-suited for this appointment, and we know she will serve the committee well.”

Eastburn and Gray Elects Two New Shareholders

 

Doylestown and Blue Bell, PA – Eastburn and Gray, P.C. is pleased to announce that Erin Kernan Aronson and Sarah A. Eastburn have been elected shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2020.

 

Ms. Aronson concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial transactional law, real estate, and employment law. She also represents school districts regarding issues of federal and state law. She routinely represents clients in various industries including business, banking, and education. She earned her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law where she was the Managing Editor of Symposia for Villanova Law Review.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Eastburn’s professional practice at Eastburn and Gray, P.C. includes Wills, Trusts and Estates, Orphans’ Court Litigation, and Taxation. She frequently advises clients at all stages of estate planning including wealth transfer, asset protection, elder law, 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.

 

 

“We congratulate Erin and Sarah on this important and well-deserved professional achievement,” said D. Rodman Eastburn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eastburn and Gray.  “They bring remarkable legal skills, a strong commitment to client service and have contributed greatly to our firm’s culture. We proudly welcome them to the partnership.”

 

Sweet Stevens Adds Two Attorneys

New Britain, PA – Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, the first private law practice in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to education law, continues to expand with the addition of two new attorneys: Leslie A. Collins is of counsel to the firm, and Rose E. McHugh is an associate. Both concentrate their practices in the areas of special education and student services.

Previously, Collins was a staff attorney for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, where she counseled members, governmental officials and staff on matters pertaining to individuals with disabilities, special education, and other legal issues arising in the public educational setting. She was instrumental in drafting, reviewing and analyzing federal and state statutes, regulations and guidelines pertaining to these areas. Prior to that, she worked for the US Department of Education in Washington, where she also analyzed and drafted legislation, and prepared departmental recommendations for Congress on legislation affecting special education. Collins currently serves as a board member of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.

 

McHugh previously spent several years with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. Most recently, she was interim chief of the Juvenile Division, supervising the work of other attorneys and serving as liaison with members of the judiciary to efficiently adjudicate criminal prosecutions. Additionally, she worked in the Special Victims Division, investigating and prosecuting offenders charged with offenses against children. She also served as Mental Health Liaison and in the Narcotics Division.

Hillary Moonay to Present at Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section Luncheon Meeting

 

Obermayer Family Law partner, Hillary Moonay, will speak at the Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The program will be on multi-county practice.  Hillary will discuss family law proceedings and what to know if you are going to practice in Bucks County.

Hillary focuses her practice exclusively in the area of family law. She handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, such as divorce, child custody, child support, alimony/spousal support, equitable distribution, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, mediation, arbitration, and related issues.

 

 

Eastburn and Gray Ranks in Lehigh Valley Business 2020 Survey

Doylestown and Blue Bell, PA – With offices in Doylestown, Bucks County and Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Eastburn and Gray is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2020 Lehigh Valley Business Book of Lists. Eastburn and Gray was ranked the seventh largest law firm in the region based on the total number of local lawyers. Ranked firms are limited to those firms in or near Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill, Warren and Upper Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Eastburn and Gray’s origins date back to Aug. 14, 1877, when Hugh B. Eastburn was admitted to the Bucks County Bar, making it a 143-year old institution. Today, Eastburn and Gray has grown to an operation that includes 32 practicing attorneys, 24 support staff, more than 15 different areas of practice, two office locations in two different counties, and a team of lawyers who routinely represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eastburn and Gray attorneys are regularly recognized by their peers for inclusion in various legal industry rankings and listings.

To learn more about the survey or the publication, please visit the Lehigh Valley Business website, www.lehighvalleybusiness.com.

 

Hillary Moonay Presented at BCBA December Marathon CLE Day

Obermayer Family Law partner Hillary Moonay presented at Bucks County Bar Association Marathon CLE Day on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. She talked about the 2019’s important family law rules, cases and legislation.

 

Hillary focuses her practice exclusively in the area of family law. She handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, such as divorce, child custody, child support, alimony/spousal support, equitable distribution, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, mediation, arbitration, and related issues.

 

For more information about Hillary Moonay, please visit https://www.obermayer.com/our-team/hillary-j-moonay/.