Stark & Stark Recognized in 2021 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently announced the 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings, and Stark & Stark has been recognized on Metropolitan Tiers 1, 2, & 3 in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

According to U.S. News & World Report, rankings are determined by a multitude of factors. First, data is collected from Best Lawyers ballots, which can only be completed by attorneys who are currently recognized by Best Lawyers. Then, all of the quantitative and qualitative data is combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm. Because firms are often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, they use a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially.

“We are truly honored to be recognized once again by U.S. News & World Report across a wide range of our practice areas,” said Managing Shareholder Michael Donahue. Everyone at Stark & Stark works extremely hard to serve our clients and our community. We are so humbled to receive this recognition by our clients and peers as a testament to our work ethic and commitment to outstanding service.”

According to Best Lawyers, “the 2021 rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and Best Lawyers. A firm must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers.”

Williams Family Law Named 2021 Best Law Firm

Doylestown, PA –  Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law received national recognition in the 2021 edition of “Best Law Firms,” as compiled by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. The firm received a Tier 1 position – the highest possible ranking – for Family Law in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Firms included in the Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with continually impressive ratings from both clients and peers. 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. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Best Law Firm rankings have been produced every year since 2009, when Best Lawyers partnered with U.S. News & World Report to produce its first ranking report of nearly 20,000 U.S. law firms. Williams Family Law is proud to have been named among the Best Law Firms every year since 2012.

Earlier this year, all of the partners of Williams Family Law were also recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Jeffrey M. Williams, Susan J. Smith, and Robert J. Salzer were among the top 6 percent of private practicing attorneys highlighted in the report.

AMM Family Law Partner Elizabeth Fineman Receives PBA Award

Elizabeth J. Fineman, a Partner of the Bucks County law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP, received a Special Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association at a virtual luncheon on Thursday, November 19th.  The award recognizes Ms. Fineman for  stepping up to fill a co-editor  position of the PBA Family Law Section’s  Pennsylvania Family Lawyer newsletter, one of the association’s largest section publications. Elizabeth Fineman practices exclusively in domestic relations matters and handles a variety of issues, including divorce, child support, alimony/spousal support, marital taxation, equitable distribution and child custody matters. She has handled many high-income support cases involving an intricate knowledge of both family law and complex financial issues.

Erin K. Aronson, Esq. Presents at International Law Firm Network Virtual Conference

Doylestown, PA – Erin K. Aronson, Esq., an attorney in the firm’s Doylestown office, served as a presenter at LEGUS’ fall meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020. This year, the conference was held virtually. Ms. Aronson was on the panel entitled, “A Fresh Perspective, Advice From Young Lawyers, For Young Lawyers.” The seminar covered young lawyers perspectives and advice on important topics such as marketing, developing a practice area, the importance of mentorships and professional relationships, the practicalities of practicing law, and ethical considerations.

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.

LEGUS International is a global network of diverse independent law firms that has been serving its members and their clients for over 25 years. LEGUS provides a non-competitive environment between where members share information and collaborate to create strategies, processes and visioning to serve their clients and manage their business for success. To learn more, please visit

#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.

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High Swartz Welcomes New Family Law Attorney

 High Swartz is pleased to announce that Michael B. Prasad has joined the firm as a member of the Family Law team. Practicing out of the Norristown office, Mr. Prasad is licensed in both PA and New Jersey.

Michael’s practice is focused on matrimonial matters including divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, and post-judgment matters.

“High Swartz represents a unique opportunity to learn from and contribute to a stellar team of dedicated professionals across multiple practice areas.  The collective knowledge and experience, coupled with the firm’s clear commitment to it’s clients, ensures that when a client retains High Swartz they are going to get nothing less than the best possible representation and for me being able to be part of that was too much to pass up”, says Mr. Prasad.

At the onset of the divorce process, Michael states that he establishes client goals, discusses possible outcomes, and develops a sound strategy based on what is most important to the client. He understands that the transformative nature of the divorce process can extend over the course of several months to years. Most important to him is a dedication to passionate problem solving, negotiation, and a strong commitment to communication throughout the entire process.

Michael also commits his time and efforts to Philadelphia VIP which provides free legal representation including divorce and equitable distribution to Philadelphians who cannot afford to hire a family law attorney.

Jane Williams Presents at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Event

New Britain, PA Partner Jane M. Williams of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP was a featured presenter at the 2020 conference of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC), a virtual program held in October, in collaboration with the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center. Titled “Advocating Equity for All Learners,” the event sought to connect families and professionals to share best practices and resources for students with disabilities and special health care needs.

Williams, along with attorney Liliana Yazno-Bartle, presented “Solutions to Challenges of Providing Virtual Special Education Services,” discussing the challenges that virtual instruction introduces into the special services mix and how students, teachers and parents can face and overcome them.

PACEC’s mission is to improve the education and quality of life for children who are gifted or require special education; the PEAL Center works with families, youth and young adults with disabilities to help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. Click here to learn more about the event or its sponsors.

With over 25 years in practice, Jane Williams is among the most experienced attorneys in Pennsylvania currently representing school entities in special education and student matters. She provides both proactive and defensive representation in all phases of special education litigation. She is a well-regarded speaker and consultant on special education and other education law-related topics, and is a past president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association.



Experienced Litigator Alex B. Heller Joins Wisler Pearlstine, LLP Firm

Blue Bell, PA, Nove 10, 2020: Wisler Pearlstine, LLP is pleased to announce that Alex B. Heller, an experienced commercial litigator, has joined the firm.  Alex, a Montgomery County native, is both an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Wisler, Alex was a partner at a national plaintiffs’ litigation firm and chair of the firm’s Shareholder Derivative Litigation Practice Group. While there, he successfully represented investors in federal and state courts across the country. Prior to that, Alex was an attorney at a Montgomery County law firm where his practice focused on commercial litigation and corporate counsel services. Before attending law school, he practiced as a CPA advising businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals.

At Wisler, Alex will assist the commercial litigation team in various types of business litigation matters while also providing general counsel services.Alex is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where he served as an associate editor for the George Mason Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from American University.

For 75 years, Wisler Pearlstine has provided effective, practical service to its clients through top-rated lawyers in their fields of expertise. The firm represents businesses and individuals throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in various types of corporate, real estate, land use and zoning, construction, commercial litigation, business, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration/mediation), banking, tax and estate planning, administration of estates and trusts, family law, education and municipal law and other related matters. For more information, please see

High Swartz Ranked in U.S. News – “Best Law Firms” List for 2021

High Swartz is pleased to announce it has received a “Best Law Firm” nod and has been recognized nationally in Real Estate Litigation and Land Use and Zoning Law for 2021.

To achieve a “Best Law Firm” ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer included on The Best Lawyers in America© list. Attorneys are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed. For 2021, 12 High Swartz attorneys were named among Best Lawyers and the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch List.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and Best Lawyers peer review.

National Tier 2 | Land Use & Zoning Law

National Tier 3 | Litigation – Real Estate

Metropolitan Tier 1 | Philadelphia | Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Land Use & Zoning Law, Municipal Law

Metropolitan Tier 2 | Philadelphia | Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law, Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants

Metropolitan Tier 3 | Philadelphia | Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 67,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.


High Swartz Welcomes Judith A. Algeo To Its Family Law Practice

High Swartz is pleased to announce that Judith A. Algeo has joined the firm as a member of the Family Law team. Practicing out of the Doylestown office, Ms. Algeo has established herself as one of Bucks County’s most distinguished Family Law attorneys.

“It is with a sense of real excitement that I join the High Swartz Domestic Relations Department. Their reputation for excellence in service to clients and dedication to the community is well know and I am delighted to be here,” say Ms. Algeo.

Judith A. Algeo brings years of experience  as a family law attorney in the Bucks County Area. She represents individuals in all matters of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support and alimony, and matters of equitable distribution. With her experience as an adoption attorney, Ms. Algeo handles both termination of parental rights matters and second parent adoptions. Judith was a family therapist in private practice before beginning her legal career.

Judith is a past president  of the Bucks County Bar Association (BCBA) and has served several terms on its Board of Directors. She is a past chair of the BCBA Family Law Section and a former chair of its Pro Bono Committee. You can find her frequently sharing her family law knowledge during CLEs for the BCBA.


Judy Hayman, Esq. Presents at PBI’s Family Law Institute October 2020

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Doylestown, PA – Judy Hayman, Esq. presented a CLE to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual Family Law Institute on October 27, 2020. Her seminar, “Creative Use of Retirement Assets and Primer on the Range of Atypical Retirement Assets,” discussed ways to obtain child support from retirement assets in situations where there is no income to attach.

Ms. Hayman is a Shareholder in the Doylestown office of Eastburn and Gray, PC. She focuses her practice on all family law-related matters including: child custody, divorce, equitable distribution, pre-nuptial agreements, property settlement agreements, protection from abuse, and child support. Ms. Hayman regularly litigates matters related to divorce, custody and support on behalf of her clients and is a trained mediator, collaborative divorce attorney and parenting coordinator. She is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and she is affiliated with the Family Law sections of each association. Ms. Hayman received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Delaware and her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

PBI is the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The Annual Family Law Institute is the PBI’s most popular family law event of the year. To learn more about the PBI, please visit PBI’s website,