CGA Law Firm Welcomes John S. Kennedy

CGA Law Firm is pleased to share that John S. Kennedy has joined the firm’s experienced Mediation Team, which includes retired judge John C. Uhler, Rees Griffiths and Jack M. Hartman.

Kennedy provides facilitative mediations, evaluative mediations or a combination of these styles. His practice focuses on mediation, arbitration and legal consulting.

Judge Kennedy served Pennsylvania’s 19th Judicial District for 22 years as a Trial Court Judge until his retirement in December 2017. He was assigned to the Court’s Trial Division where he handled a variety of civil, criminal and Orphans’ Court cases. Judge Kennedy also handled the Civil Motions Court for approximately seven years. During this time, he occasionally mediated cases for other judges and presided over settlement conferences.

As a Trial Court Judge, Judge Kennedy presided over a variety of both criminal and civil cases including numerous medical malpractice cases, products liability cases and capital murder cases.

In 1997, he helped establish the York County Drug Treatment Court, which was the second drug treatment court in the state at that time. In 2002, he aided in facilitating the first Reentry Court Program in Pennsylvania. This program helped establish a working relationship between the State Department of Correction, State Probation and Parole and County agencies to help incarcerated offenders reintegrate into society. He also spearheaded the expansion of the York County DUI Treatment Court in 2012. The program grew from 50 to approximately 150 participants in eight months.

In 2010, as a member of the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Judge Kennedy helped establish the York County Target 25 Program. This initiative changed how DUI cases were handled from arrest through sentencing. It relies on technology and the collaborative efforts of the district attorney’s office, local law enforcement, judges, the county’s DUI Court and probation/parole to curb repeat drunk driving. Target 25 has reduced the occurrence of pretrial recidivism for drunk drivers by over 90%.

In 2014 Judge Kennedy and Target 25 received the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association. He was also honored with the National Highway Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Life Savers Award in 2015 and the Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility in 2015.

Through a cooperative agreement with the American Bar Association and the NHTSA, he serves as a Regional Judicial Outreach Liaison in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Judge Kennedy has presented and served on panels for the American Bar Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies and various other state and local organizations.

He is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Judge Kennedy attended Eastern Kentucky University and received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He lives in York with his wife Beth. Judge Kennedy’s son is a Division 1 ski racer at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and his daughter is employed in the computer science industry in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

To contact Judge Kennedy, email him at jkennedy@cgalaw.com or call (717) 825-8302.

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.