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Deb Werner Celebrates 10 Years with CGA

access_time Posted on: January 30th, 2023

Although she began her CGA career on the Real Estate legal team, Deb found herself in Estate Planning when a long-time employee announced their retirement plans. While working in Estate Planning, Deb discovered she had an interest and aptitude for the work in this practice area. In Estate Planning, Deb assists attorneys in preparing trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, as well as meeting with clients. In the Real Estate department, she helps with agricultural conservation easements, which protect tracts of land from development.   Deb enjoys the workload because she has always squeezed diverse and interesting activities into her… read more »

Understanding Charter Schools

access_time Posted on: January 23rd, 2023

In 1997 the Pennsylvania legislature passed the Pennsylvania Charter School Law, and charter schools were established. Forty-six states have a charter school law, and charter schools have become a major factor in public education. This article will answer some basic questions about charters. According to the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, as of the spring of 2022, there are roughly 7,700 schools and campuses serving more than 3.4 million students across the U.S. Pennsylvania has almost 200 charter schools that serve about 1 75,000 students. There are two basic structures. First, a charter school can be located in a… read more »

Barb Ross: Over Four Decades of Service

access_time Posted on: January 20th, 2023

Barb Ross has been an indispensable part of the CGA Municipal Department for over 40 years! She is a paralegal specializing in Municipal Collections and Foreclosures. In her day-to-day work at CGA, Barb plays an integral role in the delivery of legal services to individuals and groups. She has an advanced understanding of the legal system and can go beyond administrative tasks and assist with more detailed work. Barb has formed strong friendships with her colleagues and they rely on her extensive knowledge. When asked about Barb, Municipal Law Chair Attorney Devon Myers-Kolomick said “Barb is a tremendous resource to… read more »

New Appointments and Honors – January 2023

access_time Posted on: January 19th, 2023

Frank H. Countess was elected Chair of the Board of Directors for the York Country Day School. Frank was named one of the 300 Life Members of the York County Agricultural Society, which runs the York State Fair, the oldest state fair in the United States founded in 1765. Frank was also recently appointed to his third successive 4-year term on the York City Redevelopment Authority Board by Mayor Michael J. Helfrich and the York City Council, and was also elected to his second 4-year term on the York County Land Bank Authority Board of Directors by the York County… read more »

CGA Law Firm Welcomes Paralegal Sean McNally

access_time Posted on: January 13th, 2023

Municipal Paralegal Joins CGA Law Firm Sean T. McNally is CGA’s most recent addition to the municipal legal team. He has over six years of experience as a paralegal with a focus in areas as diverse as business formation and elder law. At CGA, he is looking forward to narrowing his practice specifically to municipal law. A Penn State alumnus, Sean earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. His undergraduate coursework taught him to think critically about current and historical social issues, research and analyze empirical data, and develop ideas to improve the social world. His favorite classes at… read more »

Attorney Wilson Presents “The Mayor, the Chief, and the Law: Best Practices for Avoiding Civil Lawsuits”

access_time Posted on: November 25th, 2022

Attorney John R. Wilson Presented “The Mayor, the Chief, and the Law: Best Practices for Avoiding Civil Lawsuits”at the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association on Tuesday, November 22nd. His partners for this presentation included Attorney Jim Nowalk and Mayor Ron Harris. The webinar provided information to borough and city mayors regarding the respective roles of the two in the context of a municipal policing. Specifically, the mayor’s role as the elected and accountable “head of the police department” and the police chief’s role as the boots-on-the-ground law enforcement professional with years of police experience. John’s portion of the webinar summarized the… read more »

CGA Law Firm Hiring Associate Attorneys

access_time Posted on: October 5th, 2022

CGA Law Firm, one of the most highly rated and civic-minded law firms in South Central PA, is hiring two full-time associate attorneys. CGA seeks a Litigation attorney with one to three years of experience to work in commercial and other civil litigation, and a Family Law attorney with a minimum of two to seven years of experience to handle family law matters, including divorce, support, custody, adoptions, prenuptial agreements, guardianships, and PFAs. Candidates must be comfortable in a moderately large private practice and be able to work in a team environment. Submissions from interested parties will be strictly confidential…. read more »

CGA Law Firm Wins the MidPenn Legal Services Award

access_time Posted on: September 23rd, 2022

Photo courtesy from MidPenn Legal Services Photo courtesy from MidPenn Legal Services Attorney Larry Young accepted the MidPenn Legal Services award on behalf of CGA Law Firm on September 22nd, 2022. The MidPenn Legal Services Award was given “for the many years of working with MidPenn to assist marginalized communities in York County”. Our dedication to justice for all is integral to our Mission and CGA Law Firm is proud to accept this award. Curious about what other awards CGA Law Firm and our attorneys have won? Go to our Awards and Recognition page here: https://www.cgalaw.com/awards-and-recognitions/

CGA Law Firm Welcomes Paralegal Mollie Bolton

access_time Posted on: September 14th, 2022

Mollie comes to CGA Law Firm from the York County District Attorney’s Office where she worked as a Paralegal in the Special Crimes Unit. The Special Crimes Unit handles pre-charge through post-sentencing of all sex crimes prosecuted by the Office of the District Attorney. She found the work challenging, constantly changing, and intellectually stimulating and took pride in protecting the community and upholding its values. During her four years at the District Attorney’s Office, Mollie saw people at crossroads in life. Mollie was attracted to Estate Planning because she wanted to help families solve problems before they become problems. She… read more »

The Central Penn Business Journal has Selected Devon Myers Kolomick, Attorney at CGA Law Firm as a Forty Under Forty Recipient

access_time Posted on: September 12th, 2022

Forty Under Forty recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in the Central Pennsylvania area. Honorees, chosen by the editors and publisher of the Central Penn Business Journal, were selected based on professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change. A listing of honorees can be found on the CPBJ website. “The 2022 Forty Under 40 honorees represent the future of Central Pennsylvania. They have achieved professional success and are making significant contributions to our community and inspire change,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Central Penn Business Journal. “We at the… read more »