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In The News

April 2017 Client Sightings

After more than two decades of helping families in the Upper Bucks County area of Pennsylvania secure mortgages on their homes, Pixie Bachtell bids adieu to Penn Community Bank, but not before training her successor Melissa Thornton to continue supporting bank customers in the same manner.


Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the French International School of Philadelphia hosted the Beyond Borders Gala at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The event brought in Michel Charbonnier, Consul General of France and Honorary Chair of the event, along with more than 300 others from the school’s community of parents, faculty, staff and alumni to praise the school’s accomplishments.


Ryan Hancock of the Philadelphia labor, employment and workers’ compensation firm Willig, Williams & Davidson was quoted in an article titled, “Ban-the-Box Laws Reduce Role of Criminal Records in Hiring,” published in Bloomberg BNA Legal News regarding the use of how criminal records affects the hiring process for employers.


High Swartz, LLP family law attorney Melissa Boyd participated as a moderator at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section Winter Meeting. Held in Philadelphia from January 13-15, Boyd led the discussion on, “Secret of Support Remedies.” Boyd also served as faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Family Law event titled, “Child Custody: Practice Ready Skills in a Flipped Classroom,” held in February.


Daniel Hines was recently hired by Penn Community Bank as Commercial Relationship Manager and Vice President. Hines’ role will be providing financing to businesses of all sizes, including for working capital, equipment financing and various real estate investments. 


The Legal Intelligencer noted that firm partners, William L. Myers, Jr. and Steven M. Lafferty of Myers Lafferty Law Offices, have pledged $50K to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House which serves the families of critically ill children being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


In addition, Philadelphia attorney William L. Myers, Jr. can now add book author to his resume with the recent publication of his debut crime novel, A Criminal Defense. The novel came out on April 1 and moved up to the No. 1 ranking on Amazon for the Kindle Store and the Mystery, Thriller & Suspense categories.


Attorney Matthew Olesh from the Philadelphia office of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry has been named chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Comprised of attorneys 37-years-old and under or practicing less than three years, the YLD is overseen by an executive committee that Olesh will lead. The more than 45-member executive committee helps direct the business and activities of the division including oversight of community service, mentoring, and professional outreach.


Long-time board member of Penn Community Bank Walter H. Cressman was honored with the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Outstanding Director Award. The honor is given to those directors who have guided businesses through phases of change and positive growth. Read about Cressman’s 37-year career on the bank board.


Penn Community Bank celebrated the opening of its 23rd branch office in Warminster with a Family Fun Day. Festivities included food trucks offering snacks, kids activities, prizes and giveaways, while a local radio station broadcast the event. 


Penn Community Bank received the Bucks County Community College’s ‘Community Award,’ at a ceremony held at the college’s campus in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The award acknowledges the steadfast commitment to the college over the years.


While attending the yearly conference of the Legal Marketing Association, Jasmine Trillos-Decarie, Chief Business Development Officer of Stoel Rives LLP, discussed the firm’s new website design on a three-person panel entitled, “Website Development War Stories: Devising Solutions to Counter Adversity” during a break-out session at the convention.


In other Stoel Rives LLP news, the firm has increased its nonprofit law services with the hiring of Saskia de Boer as partner. She provides counsel to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including public charities, private foundations, Alaska Native Corporations, trade associations, and business corporations.

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