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Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll Elected Shareholder

York, PA (January 2015) – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll has been elected a member of the firm.

Mieke concentrates her legal practice in the areas of business and corporate law, real estate, municipal and school law, and non-profit law. She assists her non-profit clients through the process of forming an entity, structuring a board of directors, drafting by laws, and obtaining tax-exempt status. For her municipal clients, she routinely drafts ordinances, resolutions and contracts, and advises council members, elected and appointed officials and employees in matters such as open meeting laws, planning, zoning, and other land use issues, personnel, Right-to-Know law, and other matters.

She received her J.D. in 2005 from the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University where she was a recipient of the IOLTA fellowship. An active supporter and participant in numerous civic and social organizations, Mieke, currently serves on the Board of Directors for witf. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Crispus Attucks and the YWCA.

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CGA Welcomes Legal Administrator

CGA Law Firm welcomes Kerri L. Cassel as the firm’s legal administrator.   She brings over 20 years of legal management experience to the firm in the areas of finance/accounting, human resources, network administration and facilities management.

Kerri previously served as the legal administrator for Hartman Shurr Valeriano, a mid-sized general practice law firm in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Franklin and Marshall College and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance from St. Joseph’s University.

A resident of Berks County, Kerri resides in Lower Heidelberg Township with her husband and two children.  A member of the board of directors, she serves on the Berks Equine Council.

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CGA Law Firm’s Family Law Practice Recognized

York, PA (September 2014) – The family law practice group at CGA Law Firm has been recognized as one of the top in Central Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal.

The list, published on September 5, 2014, identified the number of family-law practitioners within the law firm and the percentage of workload that involves family law matters.  CGA was the only firm in York to be ranked in the top five.

CGA Law Firm’s family law department, headed by Attorney Thomas D. O’Shea, has four attorneys and two paralegals handling the legal needs of individuals in family and domestic matters.  With over 70 years of combined legal experience, the family law attorneys at CGA are seasoned litigators experienced in handling divorce cases involving contested child custody, child support and equitable distributions.  They are also experienced in representing complex cases involving businesses, significant assets, international issues and appeals.

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Retired Senior State Trial Judge John C. Uhler Joins CGA Law Firm

York, PA (September 2014) – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that John C. Uhler, who stepped down as Senior Judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas in August, has joined the firm. As a member of CGA’s litigation department, Judge Uhler will focus his areas of practice on complex commercial litigation, estate litigation, Orphans Court matters, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as an accredited mediator.

Prior to his election to the trial court bench in 1989, Uhler was in private practice, litigating a range of civil matters including trademark, antitrust, security fraud, tax litigation, and white collar crime, in addition to handling Orphans Court matters and estates. Uhler served as the District Attorney for York County from 1978 to 1982, and was a federal prosecutor, opening the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg in 1972.

As a state trial judge, Uhler presided over complex civil and criminal matters, and juvenile court proceedings for over two decades, prior to assuming senior judge status in 2010. From 1996 to 2001, he served as President Judge and Orphan’s Court Judge.  As an active member of the Conference of Pennsylvania State Trial Judges, Uhler served for years on the State Trial Judges Ethics Committee, which responds to and issues advisory opinions on judicial ethics matters raised by common pleas judges and judicial candidates.

Uhler, during his tenure as juvenile court judge, made outstanding contributions to the welfare and futures of at-risk youth and their families throughout the Commonwealth.  In 1998, Uhler formed Pennsylvania’s first juvenile Mental Health Court program, JUMP, which was recognized by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission’s Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court Operated Program of the Year Award in 2005. Governor Ed Rendell appointed Judge Uhler to the State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision in 2009. In the wake of investigations around the juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County, the State Senate appointed Uhler to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice to develop appropriate recommendations for reform.

Uhler is also founder and chairman of the award-winning York County’s Truancy Prevention Initiative, which brings together the school districts, Children and Youth Services, social services agencies, probation officers, parents and the courts to address truancy, its impact on delinquency and high school drop outs. The York County Youth Truancy Reduction Program has become a model for the Commonwealth. For his distinguished advocacy on behalf of children and youth, Uhler was honored with the Child Advocate of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee in 2011. The Pennsylvania Legal Services Network awarded Uhler the PLAN Excellence Award in 2014 for his work in support of those served by the civil legal programs of the network.

He is recipient of many other distinguished awards in York County, including recipient of the Elected Official of the Year 2009 by the York County Chamber of Commerce and Crispus Attucks Aunt Lovie Jamison Award in 2004. He also received the Salvation Army’s Years of Outstanding Service to the Community Award   and the United Way’s Community Builder Award in 2011.

CGA law firm is proud to welcome Judge Uhler, a distinguished member of the bench, bar, and community.

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CGA Attorneys Appointed County Solicitors

York County Recorder of Deeds, Randi Reisinger, has appointed attorney Frank H. Countess to be solicitor to the Recorder of Deeds office.  Frank is chair of CGA’s Real Estate department, a licensed real estate broker, and a licensed title agent.

York County Coroner, Pamela Gay, has appointed attorney Timothy J. Bupp to be solicitor to the Coroner’s office.  Tim is chair of CGA’s Estate Planning department, is an Accredited Estate Planner, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and also serves as solicitor for seven municipalities.

Richard Konkel and Eric Suter Named Partners

York, PA (July 2014) – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorneys Richard K. Konkel and Eric Suter have been made partners of the firm. “Both attorneys have made significant strides in their legal practices and we are excited they have joined our leadership team,” said Jeffery L. Rehmeyer II, firm president.

A graduate of Widener University School of Law, Richard K. Konkel concentrates his legal practice in the areas of domestic law, estate planning and administration, and real estate law. He advises individuals and families on life changing events from the purchase of a new home to planning for one’s estate. He also counsels individuals in emotionally challenging and complex family law matters, such as divorce, equitable distribution,child custody and support.

An historian and genealogist, Richard serves on the boards of directors for the York County Heritage Trust and the Southcentral Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. He is an avid musician, serving on the board of directors for the York Symphony Orchestra where he is also a member of the orchestra and plays the cello.

Eric Suter focuses his legal practice on representing businesses in complex civil litigation, shareholder disputes, minority shareholder freeze-outs, anti-trust, intellectual property, copyright, and construction litigation. An experienced litigator, Eric has represented Fortune 10 corporations before state and federal courts in complex class action and government-initiated litigation along with advising Fortune 10 corporations on domestic and international regulatory matters.

He received his J.D. in 1998 from the University of Colorado School of Law.

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Joining the Movement

York, PA (June 2014) – Shareholders at CGA Law Firm have announced the firm is joining the movement in offering a City Homeownership Incentive Program to employees.  As of July 1, 2014, full-time employees purchasing their first home and living in the City of York will receive a financial grant for 15% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $10,000.

“As a company, and as individuals, we are collectively excited about all of the continuing revitalization efforts in Downtown York that materially improve the quality of life for those of us who live and/or work here every day,” said attorney Frank C. Countess.

Since the firm’s beginnings in 1989, CGA Law Firm has been an active supporter and partner in a number of the revitalization projects throughout the city.  From MarketView Arts to the Parliament, a revolution is taking place in downtown York.  “CGA encourages employees to get involved and to become active in the local community,” said Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, president. “With the Homeownership Incentive, the firm is encouraging employees to not only get involved but to also live and work in downtown York.”

CGA Law Firm is committed to the vitalization of downtown York.  Members with the firm serve on the downtown board of directors for the American Red Cross, Better York, Crispus Attucks Association, José Hernandez Hispanic Center, Junior Achievement, the Redevelopment Authority, the Salvation Army, the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, the York Area Housing Group, YorkArts, the York County Community Foundation, the York County Economic Alliance, the York County Food Bank, and the York Symphony Orchestra.

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Attorney Leanne M. Miller Graduates Leadership York Training Program

York, PA (May 2014) – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Leanne M. Miller has graduated from Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program (LTP).  The graduation ceremony was held on May 21 at The York Jewish Community Center. This year’s class represented a wide variety of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and institutions from throughout York County.

Leanne M. Miller counsels individuals and families through life changing events that at times may be emotionally challenging and require legal representation.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, estate planning and administration, elder law and bankruptcy.  In the community, she is a member of the board of directors for the York County Children’s Advocacy Center and PIRC.  She is also a member of the York County Juvenile Probation Office – Red Lion Youth Aid Panel.

LTP is a nine-month, experiential course that educates participants about York County history and community issues. Participants discover their style and learn to work effectively with others by fine-tuning their leadership skills, enhancing their knowledge, and receiving guidance in choosing and applying for a board, elected, or appointed position. LTP provides access to additional opportunities for partnerships and new business relationships.

Leadership York’s mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts over 2,700 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to over 200 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. Leadership York is the primary resource for developing inspired leadership for our changing community. For more information, visit www.leadershipyork.org.

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Local Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

York, PA (May 2014) – For a ninth consecutive year, attorney Lawrence V. Young has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in the state, an honor in which no more than 5 percent of the lawyers receive in the state.  We are also pleased to announce that attorney Andrew M. Paxton has been selected to the 2014 list of Rising Stars.  This is an accomplishment achieved by no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

Lawrence V. Young, an attorney and shareholder with CGA Law Firm, limits his legal practice to bankruptcy.  He is one of only 20 consumer bankruptcy specialist throughout the Commonwealth to be certified by the American Board of Certification.  He is also one of the two Trustees appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to review all consumer bankruptcy filings for the Middle District of Pennsylvania that originate from York and Adams counties. In 2013, Young was recognized by the York County Bar Association with the Outstanding Member Award.

Andrew M. Paxton, a shareholder with CGA Law Firm and chair of the business law practice group, is a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and businesses providing counsel through all stages of operations from starting a business, to financing, protecting intellectual property, obtaining licensing, expanding the business, to successfully exiting when the time is right.  As a business advisor, he also provides businesses with innovative strategies on tax planning, financing, drafting and reviewing contracts, and real estate transactions.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority and serves as a volunteer and committee member for the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

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. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The list of attorneys selected appears in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine and the Philadelphia magazine.  For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

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Jon C. Countess 1934 – 2014

In Memoriam

Jon C. Countess
1934 – 2014

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of our founders, Jon C. Countess.

About Jon C. Countess

Born in Huntsville, Alabama on September 26, 1934, Jon attended the University of Alabama following his high school graduation then transferred to Auburn University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. Shortly after, Jon came to York to work as a mechanical engineer for York Borg-Warner.  During his employment with York Borg-Warner he was called to serve in the military; he served in the army artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Upon return from military service he resumed his profession at York Borg-Warner where he was then transferred to Chicago and various offices throughout the United States.

Traveling across the country was not everything Jon had planned for his future.  He returned to the York area and attended Dickenson School of Law.  Jon excelled at law school, graduating second in his class.  He passed the Pennsylvania Bar with the highest score at Dickinson School of Law and the 13th highest in the state.  He knew practicing law was the ideal career for him.  He enjoyed solving problems and interacting with people.

In 1964, Jon began his 50 year law career with Laucks & Monroe where he was an associate attorney for three years.  Shortly after, in 1967, he was named a partner in the firm.  Over the years, he continued to build his legal practice primarily in municipal law, business, real estate, and estate planning and administration.  In 1989, Jon along with Gary M. Gilbert and Peter R. Andrews formed their own firm, Countess Gilbert Andrews, known today as CGA Law Firm.

An active supporter and participant in the community, Jon served on numerous civic, social, and business organizations throughout his career.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Social Services, Lutheran Social Services, the York Symphony Association and the York County Bar Association.  He was Chairman of the Attorneys Section of the United Way of York and on the Board of Governors for the York Country Club.  Jon also served as President of the York County Republican Men’s Club and the Lafayette Club.