William Antheil Honored by Pennsylvania Bar Association for 50 Years of Membership

Founding Partner William Antheil of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP received the Pennsylvania Bar Association 50-Year Member Award at the Association’s Annual meeting on May 17th.  “It is hard to believe how much time has gone by since I first walked up Court Street in Doylestown.  There have been many changes in how lawyers do their work, but the core values of client focused service and advocacy have endured.  It has been my good fortune to do work that I love with and for people I respect” said Antheil of his many years of practice in the Central Bucks County legal community.   William Antheil practices Estate Planning and Administration and Business Law at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Lynelle Gleason is now Certified as PA Parent Coordinator

Doylestown, PA – Lynelle A. Gleason of Williams Family Law, P.C. is now a trained facilitator for Pennsylvania’s new parent coordination rules for child custody, which went into effect March 1, 2019. Gleason completed coursework in parent coordination at the Good Shepherd Mediation Program, a justice center in Philadelphia.

 

As a parent coordinator, Gleason will be able to address such issues as transitions between households, variations from the parenting plan for special events, childcare arrangements, extracurricular activities and other matters related to implementing a parenting plan. Parent coordinators must be licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania either as an attorney or mental health professional with a master’s degree or higher and have completed this specialized training.

 

“I applaud Lynelle on taking on this important element of the custody process,” said Williams Family Law founder and managing partner Jeffrey M. Williams. “This role is a key one in addressing conflict in dual-custody situations. She will be committed to proactively and effectively proposing solutions that will allow parents to resolve such issues without having to return to court.”

 

Gleason handles a variety of family law matters, including divorce, child support, alimony, spousal support, equitable distribution and child custody. She is a certified mediator in divorce and custody cases and is also experienced in estate law. She is a member of an Interdisciplinary 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.

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher Attorney Dianne Magee Receives Bucks YWCA Salute to Women Who Make a Difference Award

(PERKASIE, Pa.) Grim, Biehn & Thatcher of Perkasie, Pa., is pleased announce that Dianne Magee, Esq. received the Advocacy and Civic Engagement award from the YWCA Bucks County at their 28th annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference, held on May 16, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland, Pa. Magee is a shareholder and heads the firm’s estate department, where she brings a wealth of experience in the areas of elder law and all matters relating to estate planning, estate administration, adoption and guardianship. In addition, Magee has served as the Solicitor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging since 2000.
The Salute to Women Who Make a Difference honors female leaders who live and/or work in Bucks County. Each year, the YWCA Salute to Women recognizes women in Bucks County making exceptional contributions to their businesses, organizations, and their communities. Over the last 27 years, the YWCA has honored hundreds of women while raising much-needed funds to support their mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Magee is the immediate past president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, where she has served on the board of directors for the last 10 years, and she currently serves on the Bucks County SPCA board of directors. Magee also served for many years on the board of the Bucks County Women’s Fund, was president of the Bucks County Estate Planning Council, and has been a member of the board of directors of the Bucks County Bar Association, where she has chaired committees and a section and was a trustee of its foundation. “We take great pride in seeing members of our firm receive honors for their outstanding professional achievements and for making significant contributions to organizations in the communities we serve,” said Gregory E. Grim, CEO, Grim, Biehn & Thatcher. “We applaud Dianne’s dedication not only to her clients, but to the many organizations and boards for which she volunteers.”
Magee was nominated by her colleague Kristin Vogel, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Trident Plastics, Inc. for her contributions as an industry leader, mentor and volunteer for professional and charitable organizations throughout Bucks county. Vogel remarked, “I nominated Dianne because she inspires me to be a better person. Every day, she makes a difference in our community. Whether she is standing up to help our seniors through the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, helping clients navigate complicated family and estate matters, or working to improve the lives of families, children and pets through her work with the Penn Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bucks County SPCA, Dianne Magee is a Woman Who Makes a Difference.”

Eliminate Pennsylvania school property taxes? Expect fresh debate after new bills go out in July

Eliminate Pennsylvania school property taxes? Expect fresh debate after new bills go out in July

By FORD TURNER | THE MORNING CALL | JUN 10, 2019 | 7:36 PM | HARRISBURG

 

As some of the biggest and most-disliked bills of all — school property tax bills — arrive in mailboxes across Pennsylvania in July, the long-lasting conversation about eliminating that tax is expected to resume.

State Sen. David G. Argall, a Schuylkill County Republican, said Friday legislative discussions are likely in July and August, following a stretch in which there was little movement on the perennial issue.

“What the results will be on those, I don’t know,” he said.

School property tax bills totaling more than $14 billion statewide are issued after the July 1 start of the fiscal year. Senior citizens on fixed incomes are among those who have the most difficult time paying the tax, set locally by school districts and frequently increased.

 

Initiatives to repeal or replace the tax have been around for decades. Argall has introduced such legislation — which also would compensate for the billions in lost revenue with a variety of increases of other taxes — in each of the last three legislative sessions.

The last vote on one of those measures took place in 2015. A 24-24 tie in the Senate was broken by a negative vote by then-Lt. Gov. Mike Stack.

Argall’s current bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee in February.

The pending summertime discussions will be held by a working group that includes caucus leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly, according to Sen. Mike Folmer, a Lebanon County Republican and co-sponsor of Argall’s bill.

“Leadership is getting involved, which I think is a good sign,” Folmer said Monday.

But opposition to the tax changes has been widespread and deep.

Groups representing children, insurance agents, bankers, churches and the news media signed on to a 2015 memo from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry opposing that year’s bill.

While the chamber has not done a formal poll recently, members who have expressed concern about the latest proposal are “a diverse set of our membership,” said Alex Halper, director of government affairs for the chamber.

The chamber shares concerns about onerous property taxes, Halper said, but the current bill, Senate Bill 76, presents problems that outweigh those concerns.

Halper said it fails to address the “core problem” of the dynamics inflating the cost of public schools. And, he said, its heavy reliance on sales and other taxes would make school funding vulnerable to swings in the economy.

Those fluctuations, Halper said, would “put public education in a much more precarious position.”

One of the groups that remains opposed to tax shift legislation is Feeding Pennsylvania, which represents eight food banks affiliated with the national nonprofit Feeding America.

Executive Director Jane Clements-Smith said 82% of the people served by the food banks do not own real estate. Passage of the bill, she said, would mean that the vast majority of her constituents would pay more taxes on food and other items but receive no offsetting tax break.

She said the shift would burden people who are already struggling.

Since the 2015 vote, Argall said, several senators who voted in favor of the measure have retired or been defeated in elections.

State Sens. Pat Browne, a Lehigh Republican, and Lisa Boscola, a Northampton Democrat, did not respond to requests for comment. Browne and Boscola both voted in favor of the 2015 tax shift measure.

The trick in the summer conversations, Argall said, will be to come up with the right combination of offsetting taxes to garner 26 votes in the Senate and 102 in the House.

 

Folmer said a huge amount of effort went into the 2015 bill.

For example, he said, when an exception to the sales tax expansion was made for clothing sold for less than $50, questions of whether the clothing was on sale or involved a coupon or rebate had to be addressed.

That bill, Folmer said, was “ready for prime time” and was updated to produce the current bill.

In a written statement, co-sponsor Sen. John Yudichak, a Carbon County Democrat, said he was frustrated by the lack of progress this session.

Because of the stalemate, Yudichak said he and Bucks County Republican Sen. Robert Tomlinson are working on legislation that would expand a property tax rent rebate program that would relieve qualified senior citizens of at least some of their school property tax burden.

On Monday, the state Department of Revenue said the deadline for senior citizens and the disabled to apply for rebates on 2018 rent and taxes — including school property taxes — was extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

Last year, nearly 572,000 seniors and people with disabilities benefited from the program, department spokesman Dan Hassell said.

Harrisburg correspondent Ford Turner can be reached at 717-783-7305 or fturner@mcall.com

Ford Turner is Capitol correspondent and an investigative reporter for The Morning Call in Harrisburg. He has worked at news outlets in other states, but much of his career has been spent in Pennsylvania.

High Swartz Welcomes New Family Law Litigation Attorney

High Swartz, a full-service law firm with offices in Norristown and Doylestown PA,  is pleased to announce that Chelsey A. White Esq. has joined the firms’ family law and litigation practices.

High Swartz LLP has recently added Chelsey A. White Esq. to the firms’ family law and litigation practices. Chelsey is barred in Pennsylvania and most recently barred in New Jersey. She joins High Swartz after completing her judicial clerkship with the Honorable David R. Workman, Administrative Family Law Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County.

Prior to her clerkship, Ms. White nee Christiansen clerked at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. of Lansdale, Pennsylvania where she focused on litigation drafting and occasionally shared her legal knowledge on Legally Speaking, a local radio show. Prior to this position, Chelsey was a certified legal intern at Community Legal Services’ Family Advocacy Unit in Philadelphia where she drafted an appellate brief and the Bucks County Public Defender, Juvenile Unit where she represented juveniles in delinquency proceedings.

A graduate of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, Ms. White was honored with the Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Pro Bono Distinction award as well as the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Outstanding Student Award. She received the CALI Excellence Best Student Performance Award in Education, Inequality and the Law and Current Events in Law. Chelsey was the founding member of the Kline School of Law Family Law Society where she also served as president.

Chelsey attended Penn State University for undergraduate studies where she majored in Psychology and minored in Human Development and Family Studies. During her time at Penn State, she co-founded Boulevard, a community service program committed to serving the local and Penn State community, particularly through participation in THON. This work  in turn benefited the Four Diamonds Fund in its efforts to funding a cure for pediatric cancer.

Chelsey is committed to contributing to her community, particularly for the betterment of children. She is dedicated to children’s rights and hopes during her legal career to positively impact children and families.

Chelsey is native to the Philadelphia region and when not practicing law she is rooting for the Philly teams. An avid Penn State Football and Philadelphia Eagles fan, fall can be a particularly busy (and stressful) time. She is also a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, which she inherited from and shares with her father, a season ticket holder since 1984. Chelsey enjoys traveling and exploring National Parks.

Joseph A. Cullen, Jr has been selected as one of the Top 100 Philadelphia lawyers

 

Stark & Stark, a full-service law firm in Bucks County, is pleased to announce that Shareholder Joseph A. Cullen, Jr has been selected as one of the Top 100 Philadelphia lawyers across all areas of practice in the state of Pennsylvania.  Joe is the only Personal Injury attorney from Bucks County named to this Top 100 list.

Published in Philadelphia Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine, the Super Lawyers list is created using a rigorous, patented selection process involving evaluation by their selection department and peer review within the relevant areas of practice. Candidates cannot nominate themselves and cannot pay to be named Super Lawyers or to be named to the “Top” lists. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible and useful list of the best attorneys for consumers choosing lawyers to represent them.

As a member of Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group, Mr. Cullen concentrates his practice in the representation of plaintiffs in all aspects of personal injury litigation including motor vehicle accidents, dram shop litigation, trucking accidents, bus accidents, premise liability litigation, and medical malpractice claims, as well as nursing home negligence claims.

Joe has served as lead counsel or co-counsel on a series major jury trials and settlements. Among them are a $5,650,000 global settlement in a trucking accident case; a $1,500,000 settlement in a psychiatric malpractice case in which a teenager committed suicide following treatment at a psychiatric facility; a $1,350,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case on behalf of women against a vascular surgeon and orthopedic surgeon for failing to diagnose a post-surgical complication; and a $1,170,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident case involving a young man who was injured as a result of a drunk driver after several bars continued to serve the driver alcohol while he was intoxicated.

AMM Attorneys Selected for 2019 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars Listing

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn congratulates our 2019 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer and Rising Star Attorneys.

From the Family Law practice group, Jessica Pritchard, Elizabeth Fineman and Lisa Gaier were included.  Ms. Pritchard, Partner and department chair, was named a Super Lawyer for the fifth consecutive year, and was again included in the Top 50 Women in Pennsylvania. Rising Star Elizabeth Fineman, Partner, is being honored for the 7th time; Lisa Gaier was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star.

 

Stephanie Shortall, of the firm’s Corporate/Business Law department was named a Rising Star for the third consecutive year.

 

For more information about Super Lawyers’ methodologies, visit www.SuperLawyers.com.

Enrico DePaolis Joins Ostroff Injury Law with Dual Leadership Role

Ostroff Law is proud to announce the appointment of Enrico DePaolis as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Mr. DePaolis possesses a deep understanding of business management principles, brand marketing, process improvements, data analytics, and best-in-class technology strategies. These core strengths will be integral to Ostroff Law’s strategic goal of maintaining the firm’s status as an elite personal injury firm.

Ostroff Law has long established itself as a leader in the field of personal injury law, leveraging cutting-edge litigation and trial support technology to enhance its client case outcomes.

“In my dual leadership role with Ostroff Law, I will focus on enhancing existing business processes while leveraging the latest in technology to improve case outcomes and overall client experience.”, Mr. DePaolis said.

Mr. DePaolis brings more than 30 years of professional experience to the firm. Having built and managed many teams of business and technical resources, he has led some of the largest and most complex business transformations for major corporations in industries including life sciences, healthcare, insurance, and engineering. Most recently, Mr. DePaolis was CEO and Founder of cloudIMPACT™, a management and technology consultant firm with fortune 100 clients worldwide.

Earlier in his career, Mr. DePaolis managed large enterprise software and hardware development and product teams, winning industry awards and recognition for his successes. Industry titans such as Black & Decker, Pfizer, Dendrite International, and Secure Computing Magazine have recognized Mr. DePaolis’ and/or his companies with awards for peer mentoring, innovation, and excellence in product design and delivery.

Mr. DePaolis’ experience guiding billion-dollar enterprises through business and technology transformations will allow Ostroff Law to efficiently and seamlessly leverage cutting edge technologies in support of its core mission to improve outcomes for its clients.

“We look forward to working with Enrico as he enhances our client-lawyer communication practices and improves how our firm gathers and utilizes data,” said firm Founding Partner, Jon Ostroff. “His talents and knowledge will allow us to further build upon our extensive library of cases and experiences to drive success for our clients.”

About Ostroff Injury Law

For nearly three decades, Ostroff Injury Law has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured victims. The firm has fought for clients against negligent parties in lawsuits involving passenger and commercial vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents and medical malpractice. In the past three years alone (2016-2018), Ostroff Injury law has recovered more than $75 million for clients. In 2016, the firm received national recognition for its $17 million recovery for clients against Greyhound Bus Company after Ostroff proved during a six week trial that the company’s recklessness led to a massive highway bus crash in Pennsylvania.

Personal Injury Attorney Brandon Zanan Joins Ostroff Injury Law

Personal injury attorney Brandon Zanan has joined Ostroff Injury Law, a nationally-recognized firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Mr. Zanan received his law degree from Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he has served on the executive board of the Montgomery American Inn of Court. Mr. Zanan is a lifetime Pennsylvania resident and has been practicing law in the state since 2013. He focuses his practice on personal injury litigation involving motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, and other complex legal matters.

Mr. Zanan brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to the firm. In addition to his law degree, he has a Master of Science in Forensic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having concentrated his studies in anatomy and pathology, Mr. Zanan is familiar with analyzing medical records and understanding common injuries. His background gives him valuable insight as a personal injury attorney protecting his clients’ legal rights.

In addition, Mr. Zanan is the co-author of several treatises on Pennsylvania law. These important books are relied on by personal injury attorneys and judges across Pennsylvania. Mr. Zanan’s publications include Pennsylvania Damages, a text that guides attorneys in assessing the value of a personal injury case by injury type and venue throughout the entire Commonwealth, and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Annotated, a reference that includes all Pennsylvania Vehicle Code statutes and relevant case law analysis.

“Our injury law firm in Blue Bell continues to grow and attract some of the best attorneys in the region,” said Jon Ostroff, founder of Ostroff Injury Law. “The caliber of our attorneys is a great advantage to the clients we serve; we are delighted to welcome them.”

Current and potential clients can make an appointment at Ostroff Injury Law’s Blue Bell office at 518 E. Township Line Road, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Call (484) 351-0350 to schedule a meeting. To learn more about Ostroff Injury Law’s track record of success in personal injury law for 25+ years, visit www.ostrofflaw.com.