Margaret "Mieke" Driscoll

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Mieke Driscoll focuses her legal practice in the areas of business and corporate law, real estate, municipal, education law and non-profit law. She is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm and serves as co-chair of the Education Law and Business Law groups. A graduate of the Dickinson School of Law, Mieke brings a great deal of experience with her, both in law and in life. She was raised in York and is a graduate of York Catholic High School. Mieke has always actively supported various community efforts and programs. Her strong ethic of service to others extends beyond her community to her clients, as well.

Prior to law school, Mieke dedicated a year of her life to full-time volunteer service with Holy Cross Associates, a post-graduate program that offers participants the opportunity to integrate their faith through service, simple living, spiritual discovery and community action. In Oregon, she lived and worked in a shelter serving homeless and indigent people, helping them to focus on bettering themselves and valuing their lives. Mieke has brought that ethic of service into her professional life. She has a keen awareness of external perceptions and uses her legal knowledge, coupled with her commitment to meeting client needs, to guide her in building strong relationships based on trust and integrity.

Mieke assists her non-profit clients through the process of forming an entity, structuring a board of directors, drafting bylaws and obtaining tax-exempt status. She also provides counsel to these organizations to ensure they meet and maintain state requirements and complex IRS regulations as a tax-exempt organization, including annual reporting and corporate and tax filings.  

When representing her municipal and education clients, Mieke’s objective is clear - to help them achieve their missions as public servants. She represents her clients assertively, but also remembers that they have a mission to perform. Mieke routinely drafts ordinances, resolutions and contracts. She also advises council members, elected and appointed officials, and employees in matters including open meeting laws, planning, zoning and other land use issues, personnel, Right-to-Know Law and other matters.

Mieke handles the following types of matters on behalf of her business, municipal, non-profit and real estate clients:

  • Residential and commercial real estate settlements and dispute resolution
  • Representation before zoning hearing boards and other local governmental agencies for land use matters
  • Municipal solicitor
  • Entity formation, specializing in non-profit formation and tax exempt status
  • Contracts, leases and asset purchases
  • Counsel non-profit organization in mergers, including the drafting of memorandums of understanding, due diligence, petitioning the court for approval and filing merger documentation with the Department of State

She is skilled in serving as solicitor and/or assisting her education clients with:

  • Adjudication of tax assessment appeals
  • Land development and construction management
  • Land acquisition and negotiation
  • Eminent domain
  • Special counsel for student discipline maters
  • Contract negotiations
  • Compliance with Right-to-Know and Sunshine Act
  • Policy Development
  • Special Education compliance
  • Employment matters

Mieke lives in York with her husband and their three children. She supports and participates in numerous civic and social organizations. Currently, Mieke serves as the chair of the WITF Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Directors for the York County Food Bank. She is also a former president of the YWCA Board of Directors and served as the secretary for the Crispus Attucks Association’s Board of Directors. In 2008, she was recognized by the YWCA of York as a Young Woman Who Makes A Difference. Mieke is dedicated to giving back to her community and is passionate about improving the lives of others.

Mieke Driscoll is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm and co-chairs the Education Law group. She brings a great deal of experience with her, both in law and in life. Mieke was raised in York and is a graduate of York Catholic High School. She and her family have always been active in supporting various community efforts and programs. Mieke's strong ethic of service to others is indicative of her upbringing. She now extends that commitment to service beyond her community to her clients, as well.

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Education and Honors: 
• J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University - 2005
- IOLTA Fellowship recipient
- Member - Appellate Moot Court Board
• Certificate - Alternative Dispute Resolution and Advocacy, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University - 2005
• B.A., University of Notre Dame, cum laude - 1998
Bar Admissions: 
Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations: 
WITF, Board of Directors, Chair
York County Food Bank, Board of Directors
YWCA York, Board of Directors, Former President
Crispus Attucks, Board of Directors, Former Secretary
YWCA York, Junior Board of Directors, Former President
IOLTA Fellow - Mid-Penn Legal Services
Public Interest Advocate - Miller Center for Public Interest, Carlisle, PA

Articles

  • 02.04.16

    Ready or not, TRID (Truth in Lending - Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosures) is fully integrated into all residential real estate transactions involving residential mortgages, effective for all transactions inked after October 3, 2015. TRID does not apply to commercial real estate loans or cash deals.

  • 02.03.16

    We at CGA have been following an important and interesting story in which the DA launched an investigation in Lancaster County in response to a Sunshine Act Violation. While no findings were made by the DA at this time and no charges will be brought, it is important to understand what this board did wrong in the eyes of the press and the DA (and what avoided prosecution at this time).

  • 12.16.14

    Right to Know Requests can create a lot of uncertainty (and work!) for the administrative staff tasked with responding to them and the area of tax information is no exception. When tax collectors directly receive Right to Know requests it can likewise create confusion about what is and is not required to be produced. This article will help to provide your district with basic information about responding to such records requests.  

  • 11.21.14

    Municipalities may be able to expand their use of recreational fees collected in lieu of  land dedicated for recreational purposes during the land development process.  On September 24, 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 1052 what is known as Act 135 of 2014.
     

  • 03.12.14

    Recent cases have marked a shift in the way the Courts view the provision of transportation by public school districts and provide clarification to previously unanswered questions regarding transportation as provided in the School Code. In particular, the recent decisions pertain to circumstances in which parents have shared 50/50 custody of children both within the same school district and in two separate school districts. As a result, we advise that you review existing transportation policies and protocols, and make adjustments accordingly.

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