Zerbe & Young Selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

CGA Law Firm is pleased to share that Attorneys Anne E. Zerbe and Lawrence V. Young have been selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. This is Zerbe’s second consecutive year and Young’s 13th consecutive year of being included on the list. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state were chosen.

Anne E. Zerbe is a shareholder at CGA Law Firm and chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department where she concentrates her practice on employment law. She provides practical and common sense advice and risk management for employers. Anne has successfully defended clients at all levels of proceedings, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Eastern District Court and Middle District Court, the EEOC, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and Department of Labor. She represents business clients and health care clients in local, state and federal employment matters. Anne works closely with her clients to train and counsel them on effective practices for mitigating employment law claims. She is a certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute and holds an AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.® Anne has been included on the prestigious “Women of Influence” and “Forty Under 40” lists by the Central Penn Business Journal. She was also named as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. Anne is committed to serving the community in which she lives and works and serves as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA, Children’s Home of York and the York County Bar Association.

 Lawrence V. Young is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm and chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring Department. He focuses his practice on consumer bankruptcy matters, Chapter 11 and corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring and workouts. Larry is certified as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification, and is one of only 25 others who have this designation throughout the Commonwealth. He is also the solicitor for Manchester Township. Larry has held an AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1994. He is a past president of the York County Bar Association, the York County Bar Foundation, the Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association and Central Pennsylvania Legal Services. Larry has been an active member of the Pro Bono Committee of the York County Bar Association since 1993, serving as Committee Chair for much of that time. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Member Award from the York County Bar Association. In 2016, Larry was recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award. This award celebrates the pro bono accomplishments of Pennsylvania attorneys who have provided significant legal services to those in need and is given annually to only one attorney in the Commonwealth.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. The list of selected attorneys appears in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine each May.

CGA Law Firm Elects Attorney Zachary E. Nahass a Shareholder

CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Zachary E. Nahass has been elected a member of the Firm.

CGA Law Firm’s president, Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, notes, “Zach has been a dedicated, hard-working and insightful attorney for the CGA Law Firm since the day he joined us. He is a skilled advocate for his clients, especially in litigation matters.” He adds, “Zach is also an involved member of our community. We look for him to continue to help and to impact others as a shareholder and owner of the Firm.”

Attorney Nahass focuses his legal practice in the areas of business law, labor and employment law, civil litigation, immigration law and education law. He counsels local businesses and entrepreneurs on issues from start-up through succession, including choice of corporate entity, employment matters, acquisitions, regulatory compliance and licensing.

Attorney Nahass offers counsel to school districts on a variety of issues, including labor and employment matters, student discipline and special education compliance.

In the event of litigation, he offers representation to individuals, businesses and school districts in various administrative and judicial forums.

Attorney Nahass received his Juris Doctorate from The American University, Washington College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire. He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, he owned a successful private practice in Maryland. Attorney Nahass also spent several years as a litigation associate in a boutique firm in the District of Columbia.

Attorney Nahass serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams County and York Art Association. He also assists Leadership York as a Community Ambassador for the Future Leaders Program and is attorney advisor for the Red Lion High School Mock Trial Team.

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Founded 51 years ago, CGA Law Firm’s team of 35 attorneys and 35 professionals offers depth of experience, passion and skill to businesses, individuals, municipalities and school districts. Practice areas include:

  • Bankruptcy & Debt Restructuring
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Elder Care, Estate Planning & Administration
  • Education Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law

CGA Law Firm prides itself on its commitment to community. The Firm supports a wide variety of charitable, cultural, educational and civic organizations throughout South Central PA with charitable donations, volunteer involvement and pro bono services.

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Employers Brace for Uptick in Harassment and Discrimination Claims: Making Sure Your Organization is Ready

It is impossible to avoid the headlines, which for months have been dominated by claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination filed against high-profile figures – from Hollywood to the halls of Congress. Experts say it is inevitable that these newsworthy complaints, and the conversations they have touched off, will have a significant and lasting impact on employers in far less visible sectors.

As a result, employers large and small are taking stock of their current culture, policies and protocols to ensure that they are taking all necessary precautions to protect their employees and their businesses, and we are encouraging our clients to take proactive steps now to avoid being caught unprepared for complaints in their organizations.

So it’s time to dust off the handbooks and review and update your policies addressing harassment and discrimination complaints – and given the urgency surrounding these issues, it is not enough to simply email the new policy, obtain a “read receipt” and hope for the best. In order for these policies to be effective, employers need to provide interactive training to ensure that managers and employees understand the policies, know what legally prohibited harassment is (and is not), and have a clear understanding of reporting and response protocols.

The type of training you provide is also key – online training and pre-recorded videos aren’t enough – managers and employees need to have the opportunity to engage, ask questions and receive expert advice in order to understand the law and policies and avoid issues. Taking these important steps sends a clear message to employees, clients and customers that you take harassment and discrimination concerns seriously – and substantially reduces the risk of having your organization end up in the headlines – or in the courtroom.

Concerned leaders will be making this a priority in the New Year for their organizations, and your experienced employment law team at CGA is here to help. Contact Attorney Christine Nentwig to discuss how CGA can assist with drafting clear and effective policies and delivering interactive training programs for your managers and employees that are tailored to your business and your budget.

CGA Partnered with York SHRM for Half-Day Seminar in March

CGA Law Firm is proud to have partnered with the York Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer a half-day seminar on Tuesday, March 14 from at the Country Club of York. Labor & Employment attorneys Anne E. Zerbe, Zachary E. Nahass and Christine Nentwig served as facilitators. Four sessions were offered, including lunch and a session with nationally recognized SHRM presenter, Margaret Morford.

 

CGA Law Firm Boosts School, Municipal and Labor & Employment Law Groups with Addition of Sean A. Fields

Attorney Sean A. Fields recently joined CGA Law Firm in York, PA. He brings over 12 years of experience and expertise in School Law, Municipal Law and Labor & Employment Law to CGA. During his 12-year career practicing school law with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), he successfully worked with superintendents, school directors, and solicitors on a variety of legal issues including student discipline, extracurricular activities, employment matters, taxation, and constitutional rights. He is skilled in drafting school district policies, analyzing statutes, writing briefs and providing legal training to school leaders at every level.

Sean has experience dealing with the Sunshine Act, Right-to-Know Law, competitive bidding, and Ethics Act issues. In addition, he is skilled in reviewing and developing employment policies and providing training to clients so they can mitigate risks. He is experienced in dealing with hiring practices and employment discrimination. Sean has worked specifically with school districts on issues involving employee discipline and employee rights. He is also an accomplished presenter and author.

Sean is a graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University and Northern Kentucky University. He is admitted to the United States Middle District Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University and Harrisburg Area Community College.

According to CGA Law Firm president, Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, “Sean was a valuable resource while he served as counsel at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He was insightful and helpful on a variety of school law issues, including employment and discipline. Sean’s knowledge on the laws governing public meetings and public records is impeccable. We are happy that Sean has joined us at the CGA Law Firm, adding to our depth in both the school and municipal law departments.” He notes, “Sean is an interesting and humorous individual, in addition to being a terrific lawyer.”

CGA Law Firm is comprised of 29 attorneys advising individuals, businesses, municipalities and school districts throughout South-central Pennsylvania on their legal needs. Focused on what is important to their clients and the outcomes they want to achieve, the attorneys at CGA listen and provide sound advice in order to reach their clients’ personal and business goals. Practice areas include:

  • Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Rights
  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Domestic & Family Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use & Development
  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Municipal Law
  • Military Law
  • Real Estate
  • School Law
  • Taxation

Additionally, CGA Law Firm prides itself on its commitment to community. The firm supports a wide variety of charitable, cultural, educational and civic organizations throughout South Central PA with charitable donations, volunteer involvement and pro bono services.