Williams Family Law Now Offering Mediation Services

Doylestown, PA – Bucks County law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is now offering customized mediation services in divorce and custody cases through attorney Lynelle A. Gleason, who received accreditation through the Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia.


Mediation is a confidential process where the mediator does not take sides, but instead serves as a neutral third party to ensure both sides in a dispute have a voice and together reach a mutually-agreeable solution. Topics that may be effectively addressed by mediation include parenting arrangements, property division, alimony/spousal support, taxes, equitable distribution and other financial concerns.


“Mediation can often be less time consuming and less expensive than going to court,” said Williams Family Law founder Jeffrey M. Williams. “We have found that couples who are able to communicate and are willing to work together really benefit from this personalized approach. When that happens, the divorce process is significantly less stressful, because each party is empowered to be part of the solution.”


Lynelle Gleason, recognized for her work in Family Law in the 2019 edition of “Best Lawyers,” handles a variety of family law matters, including divorce, child support, alimony, spousal support, equitable distribution and child custody. She is also experienced in estate law, such as the drafting of wills and trusts, and the administration of estates. She is a member of the Attorney Psychologist Group, a select group of child custody evaluators and domestic relations attorneys that focuses on best practices regarding important child custody issues such as the use of a psychologist and therapist during the family law process.


Williams Family Law is a premier family law firm that provides individuals with matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal matters. The family law attorneys also provide guidance and representation in alternative dispute resolution forums, handling mediation, arbitration and custody dispute resolution. The practice at Williams Family Law centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. The firm prides itself on leadership within the profession and a strong record of success. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.

Inaugural Philadelphia Bar Association Law Firm Risk Management CLE Scheduled for March 20, 2019

Date and time: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm; Registration and lunch begins at 12:00 noon. To register, go to https://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CLE

Location: Philadelphia Bar Association

Details: Law firm crisis expert and chair of the chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s new Law Firm Risk Management Committee, Gina Rubel, will present a two-hour CLE, Not If, But When: Planning For The Crisis That Will Strike Your Law Firm. Law firms of all sizes will benefit from this program which addresses important law firm practice management issues.

Rubel says, “In life and business, reputation is everything. It only takes one misstep to cause irreparable damage to a law firm and its attorneys. And it’s not if, but when because life happens, mistakes happen and crises happen to law firms of all sizes and areas of practice.”


In this program, Rubel will address:

  • Potential crisis situations which can cause serious damage to the firm’s reputation and revenue.
  • The elements needed for a viable crisis communications plan
  • Working through the six stages of a crisis: scenario-style
  • Things the firm can do to manage its reputation before, during and after a crisis


An attorney and law firm PR expert, Rubel leads Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., an agency supporting law firm growth through integrated legal marketing, public relations, reputation management, and content marketing. She regularly is called upon by law firm leaders for high-stakes public relations, media training, crisis planning, and incident-response support, including high profile litigation media relations. In addition, she is listed among Lawdragon’s top 100 consultants and strategists to the legal profession, worldwide.


The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Firm Risk Management Committee is responsible for advising the organization’s members on preparation and management of 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.


Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. is an integrated and strategic law firm marketing, public relations and crisis management agency in the Philadelphia market. The certified woman-owned agency provides strategic planning, marketing, public relations, crisis management, trial publicity, business development, content marketing, and social media services to law firms nationwide. For more information, visit www.furiarubel.com.

Pa IOLTA Board 2018 Annual Report

Dear Friends & Colleagues,


The Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board is pleased to share its 2018 Annual Report. Please distribute to your members as appropriate.


Since the inception of the Pennsylvania IOLTA program, we have been committed to supporting the delivery of free civil legal aid to low-income Pennsylvanians. In support of our mission, the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board makes annual grants to more than thirty legal aid organizations and each of Pennsylvania’s nine law schools. The full list of grantees begins on page 13.


Of special interest to the legal community, the IOLTA Board’s new Unclaimed and Unidentifiable Funds Program is featured on page 8. Additional information about the program may be found on our website at www.paiolta.org/unclaimed-funds/.


Thanks to volunteers from the private bar, legal aid is able to accept more clients and change more lives for the better. A special note of appreciation is due to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation for its exceptional administration of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. At a time when increasingly high levels of student loan debt make a commitment to public service extremely difficult, the LRAP makes it possible for legal aid organizations to retain the best and brightest attorneys.


Going forward, we will continue to seek out creative and cost efficient partnerships across the legal community that will maximize the impact of our grants. We look forward to exploring ways to continue to support our bar association partners in meeting our shared goal of equal access to justice for all.


If you have any questions about the work of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board, please do not hesitate to contact me at Stephanie.Libhart@pacourts.us or 717-238-2001.





Stephanie S. Libhart

Executive Director

Pennsylvania IOLTA Board

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania




Mark Cheramie Walz to Speak at PETE&C Conference

New Britain, PA Partner Mark Cheramie Walz of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams is a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a multi-day summit for educational, networking and award programs focused on technology in the educational field. Attendees come from a variety of perspectives: teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. The event will be held February 10-13 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.


Cheramie Walz’s session, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 A.M., is entitled “Making Sense of the COPPA Law.” In it, he will provide a detailed analysis of COPPA – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act – and what it means for educators in the classroom as they adopt apps and websites subject to the law. The session will also help educators know when parent permission is required and how to streamline that process.


Cheramie Walz dedicates his work to the use of technology in education and advising practical solutions that reduce liability while harnessing the benefits of new technology. He also leads the firm’s education technology practice, which advises more than 100 school districts and intermediate units on all aspects of technology including 1:1 devices, data security, social media use, website accessibility, and the use of drones in education.


For more information on the event, click here.


Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, LLP was formed in 1995 by nine experienced education lawyers who created the first private law practice in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to Education Law. Since then, the firm has grown to 16 attorneys who represent over 290 school and municipal entities as Solicitors or as Special Counsel in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania.

Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law Welcomes Associate Attorney Macy T. Laster

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.

Laster considers it her duty to provide counsel for good people who find themselves in bad situations. “Clients know they can count on me to solve their legal issues. Whether it is a minor issue such as a parking ticket or a larger concern where the client is facing a felony charge, my clients turn to me to take something that may seem to be irreparable and find a resolution.”

“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.

Laster earned a B.S. in Education & Public Policy with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus. While there, she was named to the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honors Society and served as the head of the Undergraduate Board of Pennsylvania State University Conference on Civil Rights.
Macy T. Laster, Esq.

Curtin & Heefner LLP Announces its New Management

Curtin & Heefner LLP is pleased to announce that Maureen Carlton and Kyong Growney have joined Ernest Closser and Frank Guarrieri in the management of Curtin & Heefner LLP.

Under Mr. Guarrieri’s twenty five plus years of management, the Firm has a history of leadership within the legal profession, in government and in the region, as it continues to grow with offices in Yardley, Doylestown, New Hope and Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Princeton, New Jersey. The formation of the Management Team has strengthened the administration and operations of Curtin & Heefner LLP, while at the same time maintaining its established foundation of a high quality legal practice.

Frank Guarrieri continues to serve as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section and Chair of the Personal Injury Section. He has consistently been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
Ernest Closser continues to serve as Chair of the firm’s Business & Municipal Finance Section. He is qualified bond counsel and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers. Maureen Carlton serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Section. She has over 30 years of experience in real estate law, banking, financing and related transactions. Kyong Ha Growney serves as Chair of the Employment & Labor Law Section. She focuses her practice on employment, employee benefits, labor and school law issues.

Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of valued-added service. The firm’s storied history ranges from the local governments to the U.S. Congress, from the area’s emerging businesses to some of the nation’s largest corporations, banks and insurers. The firm is prominently ranked among the top 100 in size in Pennsylvania, and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the nation, providing creative problem solving, thoughtful counseling, aggressive advocacy, and the highest ethical standards. That rich history and versatility form the foundation from which Curtin & Heefner adds value today … and to which it is committed into the future.

Patricia Collins Presents Employment Law Program for Attorneys

On January 31st, Employment Law Partner Patricia Collins of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, presented an online continuing legal education webinar “Employment Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility” offered by Celesq, Attorneys Ed Center.  This seminar reviewed the ethics issues that arise for employment attorneys in representing organizations.  The program identified risks for attorneys resulting from close involvement with the operations of the client.  Topics examined included:  negotiating employee contracts, drafting policies that impact client contact, termination or resignation of client contracts, attorneys as fact witnesses, attorneys as investigators, and maintaining professional distance.

Andrew P. Griffin joins Curtin & Heefner LLP

Curtin & Heefner LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew Griffin has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Firm’s Real Estate Department. Mr. Griffin, who will practice out of the Firm’s Yardley office, is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association concentrates his practice on various areas of civil litigation, including real estate disputes, school law, tax assessment appeals, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation. Mr. Griffin is a 2014 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.


Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of value-added service. The firm’s storied history ranges from the U.S. Congress to local governments, from the area’s emerging businesses to some of the nation’s largest corporations, banks and insurers. The firm is prominently ranked among the top 100 in size in Pennsylvania, and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the nation, providing creative problem solving, thoughtful counseling, aggressive advocacy, and the highest ethical standards. That rich history and versatility form the foundation from which Curtin & Heefner adds value today … and to which it is committed into the future.


“Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. As both a former prosecutor who fought zealously to make sure that those guilty of committing crimes were brought to justice and as a lawyer who has defended those accused of committing criminal acts, I have served as an advocate on both sides of the criminal justice system.”


Serpico is a former Chief Deputy District Attorney of Bucks County serving under Alan Rubenstein. He is past President of the Bucks County Bar Association. As a criminal defense attorney, he represented hundreds of individuals and families in both Juvenile and Adult court. For the past 25 years, in addition to his criminal defense practice, Serpico has also focused on Wills and Estates, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation.


Serpico has a long record of community involvement, including six years as a member of the Central Bucks Family YMCA Board of Directors, in which he also served as Chief Volunteer Officer. He was also a six-year member of the Bucks County Children and Youth Advisory Board. Serpico has served on the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Community Conservatory of Music. He coached baseball and basketball teams for Doylestown Athletic Association and has continued to serve for the past fifteen years as a Cantor and Pre-Cana Marriage Counselor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown.


“I believe that I am uniquely qualified to be a judge on our Court. I recognize that anyone seeking a position on the Bucks County Bench has to meet the high standards set by a tradition of excellent jurists, and I intend to meet that standard if I am so fortunate as to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas this year.”