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Documentation for 2019 Bench Bar Conference in Washington D.C.


Please be on the look-out for information regarding the 2019 Bench Bar Conference in Washington D.C.


Instructions for Admission, June 10, 2019

A completed application consist of a typed first and second page of the application, a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Court of the State where the attorney has been practicing for the past three years (only one is needed) and the $200.00 application fee.

Some items to keep in mind when submitting your application.

•             Make checks payable to the Supreme Court of the United States and date them for June 10, 2019.

•             All signatures on the second page of the application; applicant and sponsors, must be original and must be on the same sheet.

•             Only the “Certification, Statement of Sponsors, Oath of Admission” sections need to be signed for group admissions.

•             The deadline to submit your application and supporting documents back to Ray Bridgeman at the BALC is April 24, 2019.  Please submit your packet only once fully completed.  You can drop packet off at the BALC Building, 1114 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18102 or you can mail it (Attn: Ray Bridgeman) but must be received by the close of business, April 24.  This is limited to the first 50 Applicants.


Please submit this with your packet as your cover:

Attorney Name:

Name of your 1 allowed guest for the ceremony:




Application Instructions



Former Army JAG Corps Attorney Joins Local Law Firm

Contact: Erin Yaworski
Tel: 610-625-2100


Former Army JAG Corps Attorney Joins Local Law Firm
Thomas Harper is proud to call the Lehigh Valley his new home

ALLENTOWN, PA, February 5 – Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo (CFAR Law) is excited to announce the addition of Thomas Harper to their firm. Thomas, who is a former Army JAG Corps Attorney, will join the firm and will handle Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases.

Originally hailing from North Carolina, Thomas Harper attended college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science. Thomas then attended Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, NC, where he graduated cum laude in 2010.

Thomas has a long history of service to the nation, having originally enlisted as a Private in the Army Reserves in 2003. After completing the Army ROTC program, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2007. He entered active duty service as an attorney in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps). From 2012 until 2013 he served as an operational law attorney while stationed overseas in Afghanistan. He will now carry on his service to our country in the Army Reserves.

When asked why he thought Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo was a good fit, he had this to say. “Three things stood out to me about Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo almost immediately.  First and foremost was the firm’s commitment to serving the people of the community.  After having the honor of defending the interests of soldiers, retirees, and their families during my time in the Army, I was highly interested in a position that would let me do the same for people in the community.  Second, the firm’s stellar reputation was a big draw.  Although I’m new to the Lehigh Valley, I quickly realized how highly the firm is regarded, both for the work it does on behalf of clients and for being a great place to work.  Finally, everyone has made me feel like family from day one, which has gone a long way to reaffirming that I absolutely made the right choice in joining them. “

For over 30 years, the attorneys at Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo have been helping personal injury victims and those seeking Workers’ Compensation claims. Whether you have suffered an injury because of a serious car crash, slip-and-fall accident, workplace accident, medical mistake or any other catastrophic event, we understand the difficulties you face and we will do everything possible to help you. We are here for you, no matter what your legal needs are.

The Firms dedication to the community is seen in everything we do. All of our attorneys, paralegals and staff are involved in numerous charitable organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley and it’s important to us that we support them, because without these organizations, the community we live in would be a very different place.


Riedel, The Wine Glass Company

In Case You Missed the Wine Tasting presented by Riedel, The Wine Glass Company:

Event Host, Jamie Newman, did a fantastic job informing members of the importance of various glassware.

As part of the special Riedel wine event from January 11th, we are offering a limited time promotion to BALC Members. Members will receive 30% off MSRP for most Riedel wine glasses and Nachtmann crystal. Please keep in mind, a portion of all orders will benefit the Bar Association.  All orders should be submitted by Tuesday, January 23rd through Ray at or 610-433-6204 x15.  Items will be available for pick up at the BALC office on or around February 10th.  You will be notified by email when your order arrives.

Also, as a valued member and attendee at the Annual Bar Association dinner this past week, Via One Hope Wines has extended their event pricing through the end of the week.  Please visit for event pricing which gives you 30% off retail. Special pricing of $169 for a case of 12 or $99 for 6 is being extended for BALC Members until 1/26/18.  The wine club is also exclusively available through the link.  Reminder: 10% of all sales benefit the Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund for the BALC Holiday Campaign. Please email with any questions.

Attorney Sign Up for Lawyer Referral Service

2018 Lawyer Referral Service

If you are interested in LRS participation, please return the Application along with the appropriate fee as noted below.   All checks should be made payable to: LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE.

2018 LRS Application

The registration fee for BALC MEMBERS is $75.00 per year; this includes membership on two (2) referral panels and subpanels. Each panel is bolded and you may choose as many subpanels as you like, covered under the panel price. You may elect to participate in more than two panels at an additional cost of $30 each.

1 PANEL:                              $75.00                   4 PANELS:                            $135.00

2 PANELS:                           $75.00                   5 PANELS:                            $165.00

3 PANELS:                            $105.00                 6 PANELS:                            $195.00


Modest Means Program and Application

Thank you for your interest in the Lawyer Referral Service. In addition to LRS, please consider volunteering to serve those less fortunate members of our community with your expertise by also enrolling in the MMP portion of the Referral Service.

North Penn Legal Services was established to assist the area’s low income families in legal matters. In order to provide relief to the families who do not qualify for their services, The Bar Association of Lehigh County implemented the Modest Means Program (MMP) a few years ago, which aids those families in a slightly higher financial bracket of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

We need your help to ensure that those who need access to justice get access to justice! By utilizing this program, our goal is to pay back our community with the highly specialized services only attorneys can render. Many citizens are in need of legal assistance and do not have the means necessary to hire an attorney. By volunteering to serve those less fortunate members of our community with your expertise, the Modest Means Program will help those citizens in achieving their legal goals.

Our program offers client services at reduced rates provided by our attorneys. The initial consultation fee is still  collected, as with all Lawyer Referral clients. However, any services rendered beyond the initial consultation, are at a reduced rate. The clients are screened by the LRS staff to determine eligibility. The client will also be instructed to sign a waiver stating their financial information is deemed true and accurate, however if the attorney determines otherwise, they will be charged regular attorney fees.

The cost for attorney members to enroll in the MMP program is $50 for the year.

Download the MMP application here.


Bar Association of Lehigh County Holiday Assistance Drive 2017

Bar Association of Lehigh County Holiday Assistance Drive 2017

Dear Bar Association Member,

The Bar Association of Lehigh County has started the Annual Ask for the Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant. This year’s theme is “Veterans Programs” and this year’s recipients will be Valor Clinic Foundation and the Semper Fi Fund.

We are proud to remind all lawyers that the Bar Association of Lehigh County has conducted an Assistance Program to benefit area 501c3 organizations to provide much needed assistance to our surrounding communities for many years.  This program has raised over $215,000 throughout that time and distributed these funds to many deserving area organizations.

This year to assist these organizations, we are asking each lawyer to give generously to help support those in our local community.  Remember, these contributions stay in the Greater Lehigh Valley area.

The Program is administered through the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  The Foundation will acknowledge all gifts for tax purposes.

We will recognize all those nonprofit organizations receiving funds as part of our Law Day celebration in May.

Past years’ contributions went to the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, Dream Come True, The Lehigh Valley Zoo, Community Bike Works, The Victory House, Angel 34 , Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley and many more.

Please help by sending your check today, payable to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and mail to:

Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18101

or Donate Online Here


Thank you for your generous donation!

Kristin Noonan Hutchins, Esquire, Community Service Committee, Chair and Ray Bridgeman,  Executive Director, BALC

New Public Access Policy by Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted a policy effective January 6, 2018, governing access statewide to appellate and trial court case records.  As society, and the courts, evolve from a paper-based system to a digital, online system, there are increasing concerns about access to private information, such as Social Security numbers, financial records, driver’s license numbers, medical records, etc.

There are two choices available on how best to implement this policy when pleadings/documents are filed. The Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County is requesting the input of all the members of the Bar Association of Lehigh County.  Please review the information below and then access the survey to choose which option you prefer and reply by August 22, 2017.

1) View the Supporting Documentation Here

2) Take the survey here

Nick Nanovic Elected President of the Estate Planning Council of Lehigh Valley

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
515 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 502
Allentown, PA 18101
Contact: Cady J. Darago
Marketing Manager
(610) 391-1800 x2216

July 5, 2017


Nick Nanovic Elected President of the Estate Planning Council of Lehigh Valley

Allentown, PA (July 5, 2017) – The law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to announce that  R. Nicholas Nanovic, a Member of the Firm, has been named President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley for 2017-2018.

The Council, founded in 1967, is affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, offering continuing education and networking opportunities to assist members in best serving their clients through estate planning strategies and engaged client interaction within a multi-disciplined approach, while adapting to the ever-changing tax, technology, trends, and deliverables applicable to estate planning services.

The President, elected at the Annual Meeting, serves as chief executive officer of the Council for a one-year term.  The Council votes based on representative diversity from each of the member categories, including Attorneys, Accountants, Insurance or Financial Advisors, Trust Officers, and Planned Giving or Development Professionals.

A resident of Allentown, Nanovic focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning and administration, and business law.  His practice is focused in Pennsylvania, although he is also licensed to practice in New Jersey and Florida.  He has extensive experience in drafting estate planning documents including wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, revocable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs), charitable lead trusts (CLATs and CLUTs), charitable remainder trusts (CRATs and CRUTs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs).  Nanovic advises clients on asset protection planning through the proper titling of property and establishment of limited partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).  He handles all aspects of estate administration including probate, obtaining an inventory of the assets, management of estate assets, distributions to beneficiaries, protection of executor when making decisions on handling estate debts and assets, preparation of estate fiduciary income tax returns, and preparation of the Pennsylvania inheritance tax return.

Nanovic’s tax practice is focused on personal income taxes, business taxes, and gift and estate taxes.  He also helps individuals and businesses negotiate their tax liabilities with the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.  He also assists in the formation of business entities including corporations, S corporations, LLCs, and partnerships; advises clients on how to properly structure the governing documents; and interprets pre-existing governing documents to help clients understand their rights and obligations for their roles in the business.

Nanovic has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for less than 10 years, reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He is currently a board member and Immediate Past Vice President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley.  He is President of the Notre Dame Club of Lehigh Valley.  While in law school, he interned for the Small Business/ Self-Employed division of the Internal Revenue Service in the Miami, Florida, office and was actively involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, serving as one of the project’s leaders for two years.  Nanovic earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2008 and his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Miami School of Law.  He earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.


Please visit online at for more information.

Nancy Conrad Appointed to Hearing Committee for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


Nancy Conrad Appointed to Hearing Committee for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


June 9, 2017

Nancy Conrad, Partner and Chair of the Labor and Employment and Education Groups, has been appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Disciplinary District II. Her three-year term begins on July 1, 2017.

In her role on the Hearing Committee, Nancy will hear and review files concerning attorneys located within District II. The goals of the Disciplinary Board are to protect the public, maintain the integrity of the legal profession and to safeguard the reputation of the courts. Under the Disciplinary Board, each of the four districts in Pennsylvania has a Hearing Committee composed of a three-member panel.

Nancy has more than 20 years of experience representing businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in all aspects of workplace disputes. She defends all types of employment actions, including the defense of federal and state discrimination claims, wrongful discharge claims, whistleblower claims, employment contract matters and restrictive covenant cases. Nancy has particular experience representing colleges, universities and schools in matters related to faculty, staff and students. Beyond litigation, Nancy counsels employers in all aspects of workplace issues.




Nancy Conrad
3701 Corporate Parkway, Suite 300 | Center Valley, PA 18034-8233
Direct 610.782.4909 | Fax 610.782.4935 |

Attorney Timothy T Stevens Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum


Date: June 3, 2017

Del Mar, California


Attorney Timothy T Stevens Named To Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum


Timothy T. Stevens

Davison & McCarthy, PC

645 Hamilton Street, Ste 510

Allentown PA 18101

Telephone: 610.435.0450

Firm website:


The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Timothy T. Stevens of Allentown PA has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 5000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the


P.O. BOX 2684 DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA 92014 TEL 858.792.6100



Million Dollar Advocates Forum and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement. Mr. Stevens has been approved for membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Timothy T. Stevens is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law. He manages the firm’s civil litigation practice with a focus on complex commercial litigation, personal injury, employment and healthcare law, fiduciary and Orphans’ Court litigation.

For further information regarding membership and qualifications, see The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum was established in 2007. There are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (established 1993) who may have had multi-million dollar cases but who have not applied for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum although they may be qualified. Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is not intended to imply that a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum may not have had multi-million dollar cases.


P.O. BOX 2684 DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA 92014 TEL 858.792.6100