John K. Fiorillo Elected to the Chester County Bar Association's Board of Directors

John K. Fiorillo, Partner and Shareholder at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, PC, has been elected to the 2012 Chester County Bar Association's Board of Directors.  Mr. Fiorillo concentrates his practice in matters involving commercial litigation, creditor's rights, bankruptcy and tax assessments, representing individuals and locally owned and operated businesses as well as Fortune 500 Companies.


John K. Fiorillo

 

UTBF Supports The Semper Fi Fund

UTBF Trusts and Estates Chair Dave Frees and Tom Foster, CEO of Foster Web Marketing, pose in Washington DC near the Pentagon and  just before the Marine Corps Marathon. Dave and UTBF donated funds to sponsor wounded runners and to help our wounded warriors through the Semper Fi Fund. 100% of funds donated are used to support the cause thanks to donors and hundreds of volunteers. If you're interested in supporting our wounded veterans and their families contact Dave at 610-933-8069 to get more information.

 


Nine UTBF Attorneys Named 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees is pleased to announce that seven of the firm's attorneys have been selected as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2014. Two additional attorneys were named as 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Stars. The lists appear in the June 2014 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. Each year only 5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive the Super Lawyers honor. The UTBF attorneys named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list are:



Brian D. Boreman


William J. Burke, III


John K. Fiorillo


Stephan P. Lagoy

 



Andrew D.H. Rau


Donald C. Turner


Thomas R. Wilson
 

 

Rising Stars is a listing of premier attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania receive the Rising Stars honor. The UTBF attorneys named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list are:



Denise C. Werkley


Amanda J. Sundquist

 


Kim Venzie Appointed to the Board of the Chester County Solid Waste Authority

Kim Venzie has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners to serve on the Board of the Chester County Solid Waste Authority ("CCSWA"). The CCSWA, established by the Chester County Commissioners in August of 1984, is the owner and operator of the Lanchester Landfill in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. The CCSWA is responsible for the design and implementation of solid waste planning activities and providing the County with a stable, economic and long term option for solid waste management. Kim will be serving on the CCSWA Board through June 30, 2015. All board members are appointed by the Chester County Commissioners and are volunteers who serve without compensation or benefits.


Kimberly P. Venzie


Nancy Glidden Elected to Board of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators

Nancy Glidden has been elected to a two-year term as a Director of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators ("PCM"). The members of the PCM elected Nancy at their Annual Meeting and Conference held in Harrisburg, PA on April 25 - 26th. The PCM works closely with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and other organizations within the Commonwealth to advance the use of mediation for dispute resolution. The PCM strives to increase the use of mediation through education, increasing the demand for qualified practitioners, and providing a network for professional development.


Nancy J. Glidden


Denise Werkley Named to the Penn State Great Valley Advisory Board

Denise Werkley, partner at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Penn State Great Valley. The Advisory Board is composed of business and education leaders from the region and influences the curriculum and services offered by Penn State Great Valley.


Denise C. Werkley


Amanda Sundquist is Co-Chair and Panelist at the American Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division Fall Conference

Amanda Sundquist was the co-chair and a panelist for the continuing legal education program "Introduction to Legal Issues Related to Bullying" at the American Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division 2013 Fall Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Amanda lectured on legal obligations that schools and other entities may have with respect to bullying and harassment and practical guidance for preventing, investigating and resolving allegations of bullying. In particular, Amanda focused on the intersection of bullying under state law and harassment under federal law and schools' resulting obligations. Amanda focuses her practice in the areas of municipal, land use, zoning and school law.


Amanda Sundquist


UTBF Sponsors Exton Chamber of Commerce Education Luncheon

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees was pleased to join the Hankin Group in sponsoring the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce Education Luncheon on September 17th, organized by the Business and Education Partnership Committee. Amanda Sundquist, associate at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, has been an active member of the committee for over two years and assisted with the organization of the luncheon. The event was held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit and attendees had the opportunity to sample cuisine prepared by the technical college high school's students and to tour the facilities after the luncheon. Amanda Sundquist and Ryan Trifelitti attended the event.


Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorneys Named to "2013 Top Lawyers" List by Main Line Today Magazine

Four attorneys at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees were recently named to the 2013 Top Lawyers list by Main Line Today Magazine. The annual list of top local attorneys, as chosen by their peers, appeared in the August 2013 issue.

William J. Burke, III was recognized in the area of real estate law. Mr. Burke is a founding member of the firm and has been practicing law in Chester County for over twenty-five years. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, corporate and business acquisitions, and general business.

Brian Boreman was recognized in the area of labor law. Mr. Boreman focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. He has significant experience representing clients in employment and labor-related disputes, including defense of discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, as well as counseling employers on the implementation of employment policies.

Theodore Claypoole was recognized in the area of business law. Mr. Claypoole primarily represents businesses, tax-exempt entities, lending institutions and residential real estate developers.


William J. Burke

Brian Boreman

Theodore Claypoole

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson was recognized in the area of personal injury. Mr. Wilson joined the firm in 2011 but has been practicing in Chester County for over thirty years. Mr. Wilson focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, products liability, civil litigation and mediation.


Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorneys Recognized by SuperLawyers® Magazine

Numerous attorneys from Unruh Turner Burke & Frees have been named as 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers® Magazine. Donald Turner, William Burke, III, John Fiorillo, Stephen Lagoy, Andrew Rau and Thomas Wilson were named as Super Lawyers for 2013. The Super Lawyers selection process is a multiphase process whereby candidates are evaluated on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania are recognized as Super Lawyers.



Donald C. Turner


William J. Burke, III


John K. Fiorillo


Stephan P. Lagoy


Andrew D.H. Rau


Thomas R. Wilson

 



Theodore Claypoole
Theodore F. Claypoole has been named as a Rising Star for the 4th consecutive year. As part of the selection process, outstanding attorneys who are under 40, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, are nominated by their peers. The list is then vetted through an attorney led research team to ensure a diverse and well-balanced list. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania are named Rising Stars.

Dan Dwyer's Articles Published in Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly

Dan Dwyer published the first of two articles on corporate governance disputes entitled "The Rights of Shareholders, Limited Partners and Non-Managing Limited Liability Company Members in Corporate Governance Disputes: Derivative Actions in Pennsylvania" in the April 2013 issue of The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly. The article informs officers, directors, shareholders, limited liability company members and limited partners about how derivative claims (i.e., claims related to management and/or minority shareholder member oppression) are asserted and defended. To read this article, follow this link. A second article dealing with remedies and their limitations will follow. Dan is a member of the firm's litigation group and has extensive experience representing clients in corporate governance disputes.


Daniel Dwyer Appointed to ARC Community Trust of Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Daniel Dwyer, an attorney at Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the ARC Community Trust of Pennsylvania (ACT PA). Dan also serves as the Secretary to the Board as well as the Chairman of its Personnel and Compensation Committee. ACT PA is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports people with disabilities and their caregivers by assisting in the articulation of long-term care plans, educating people with disabilities and caregivers on how to protect Medicaid, SSI, and other income-based benefits and by administering Special, Social and Supplemental Needs Trusts.


Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Supports "College to Career-What's YOUR Game Plan" Event

Amanda J. Sundquist was one of the presenters for the Resumes That Rock workshop at the College to Career-What's YOUR Game Plan event at the Downingtown Area School District on April 17, 2013. Ms. Sundquist is a member of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce's Business and Education Partnership Committee, which facilitated the event. The firm was an event sponsor and was represented by Ryan Trifelitti. Ms. Sundquist's areas of practice include school and municipal law and land use and zoning. Mr. Trifelitti's practice is focused in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions and business organization.

 


Stephen P. Lagoy Presents Workshop for the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators

The Pennsylvania Council of Mediators held their 2013 Annual Conference, April 19th and 20th in Harrisburg. During the meeting, Stephen P. Lagoy, along with June Appell, presented a workshop entitled "Developing a Voluntary Mediation Program". Mr. Lagoy is a partner and shareholder at the firm and is co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Chester County Bar Association.


Stephen P. Lagoy's Article Appears in Philadelphia Bar Association Newsletter

Stephen P. Lagoy authored an article "Mediating Estate Disputes" which appeared in the February, 2013 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Newsletter. Mr. Lagoy is a partner at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees and co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Chester County Bar Association. He regularly serves as mediator or neutral arbitrator for parties involved in civil disputes.


Local Attorney David M. Frees III - Serving The Greater Chester County Community

UTBF Partner and Chairman of The Firm’s Trust, Estate, & Wealth Preservation Section – David M Frees III, JD - Teaches Local Non Profit Leaders Skills of Influence and Leadership
 
The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation recently formed an educational program for non profit leaders.  The program, Community Health Leadership Academy, trains these community volunteers on leadership in an intensive program taught by locally and nationally known instructors. 
The participants then apply their new-found knowledge by developing community service projects that will benefit the greater Phoenixville community.
 
Frees, who was selected to teach the topics of influence, persuasion and leadership, presented a two hour program on Friday, January 18, 2013.
 
“These are dedicated and smart non profit leaders.  It was an honor to be able to help them to further develop their already strong and productive leadership styles” said Frees.
 
“I know that they’re smart from their great questions and participation and I know that they are dedicated since they sat through a two hour program starting at 8:00 am.”
 
Frees, who has written books on the topics of communication, persuasion, and influence was selected because he regularly writes and presents on these topics and he grew up in Phoenixville and Chester County. David Frees and his family have been involved in local philanthropy and charitable work for four generations. In fact, Frees’ daughter Jamie Frees, now a grad student in anthropology and archeology, was one of the founders of the Chester County Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Programs while a student at Great Valley High School.
 
Frees, who has served as a past Chair of the Chester County Community Foundation, and who teaches lawyers, mediators, corporate and academic audiences, brought all of this experience to the Foundation’s new program. 
 
According to Dr. Louis Beccaria, President & CEO of the Foundation “Thanks to Dave Frees.  This was a great program. This Academy is designed to grow future Champions of the Community, and with now ninety-eight graduates the program is having a positive impact on the greater Phoenixville community”.
 
For more information on the Community Health Leadership Academy please contact Lynn Pike Hartman, Vice President-Program, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation at 610-917-9890 or LPHartman@pchf1.org.
 
For more information about having David Frees speak at a corporate or other event, contact Lisa Snyder – Director of Client Experience and Media Relations at Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees at lsnyder@utbf.com or 610-933-8069.
 
  

Anthony T. Verwey Honored by the Board of Commissioners of Chester County

Anthony T. Verwey, Partner at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, was recently honored by the Board of Commissioners of Chester County with a Citation for his service as a member of the Chester County Workforce Investment Board. The Chester County Workforce Investment Board matches the skills and expertise of the citizens of Chester County to the needs of the businesses and employers. Over the past three years Mr. Verwey has served as a member of the Governance Committee providing guidance and helping to transition the Board into an active organization in the community. Mr. Verwey focuses his legal practice at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees on Municipal, Zoning and Land Use Law, School Law, Attorney Ethics and Litigation.


UNRUH TURNER BURKE & FREES RECOGNIZED AS A TOP LAW FIRM BY FORTUNE MAGAZINE

Top Law Firm by Fortune MagazineUnruh, Turner, Burke & Frees has been selected for inclusion in Fortune magazine's  "Top Ranked Law Firms" for 2013 for the second consecutive year.  Martindale-Hubbell was asked to identify  U.S. law firms of 21 or more attorneys, where at least one out of every three firm attorneys received the prestigious AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating.  Less than one-half of one percent of the firms considered made the grade.

An attorney's AV Preeminent rating is determined by peers in the legal community who have experience with that attorney.  Attorneys who receive an AV Preeminent Rating are considered to have the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability by their peers.


What Can You Do To Protect Your Heirs From Losing An Inheritance In a Divorce or Law Suit?

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of The Society of Financial Services Professionals got some new ideas and powerful solutions from trust estate and wealth preservation attorney David M. Frees III of Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees.

Frees addressed the group recently at the Villanova Conference Center and also covered some of the time sensitive issues of gifting at the end of 2012, the possibilities for a new federal estate tax law, and how advisors can help their clients to navigate these uncertain times.

According to Frees, "There are a number of very powerful trusts that can be used to protect your surviving spouse and other heirs not only from excessive estate taxes, but also from law suits, creditors, and from the negative effects of a divorce."

"Many clients worry more about a son, daughter or a grandchild losing his or her inheritance to a divorce than they do about the estate taxes. And, with a 52% divorce rate, we understand why. Most clients are delighted to find that there are things that they can do to prevent this loss of inheritances."

Frees who is author of Enhanced Estate Planning and The Ten Most Common Mistakes Executors Make and How To Avoid Them, provided copies of these resources to the advisors in attendance.

For your own free copy of either report or for the CD version, call Lisa at 610-933-8069 and mention this article.


Eagles and Redskins Football Great Brian Mitchell and Our Own David M. Frees III Share The Stage at National Legal Conference

Probate Trust and Wealth Preservation Section Chair, David M. Frees III, recently presented a program for lawyers from across the country on developing exceptional and client focused services and ethical legal marketing.

Frees, who speaks regularly on trust, estate, and asset protection, is sought after by attorney groups, universities and businesses and associations for his educational and entertaining programs on legal topics as well as programs on his books related to marketing, and influence.


Trust, Estate and Wealth Preservation Partner David Frees and Football great Brian Mitchell Appearing Together in Arlington Virginia

Brian Mitchell -one of the best, if not the best, kick return specialists in the NLF who also has a reputation for excellence as a speaker, was the keynote speaker for the conference. 

 “It was great getting to chat with B Mitch and to spend some time with him. His Key Note speech was inspirational and substantive. All the attorneys came away with actionable ideas to better serve our clients,” observed Frees.

“I had a hard time following Mr. Mitchell.” But this was a great group of attorneys dedicated to ethically marketing their firms and to developing services that are truly valuable to their clients.”

Frees, whose practice receives hundreds of referrals each year, spoke on how firms earn the trust and respect of clients and advisors who then send their friends, family members and their own clients for estate planning and for advice as executors and trustees.

“We represent three generations of a number of families, and we represent a number of lawyers and other professionals. It’s an honor and we try to earn that trust from all of our clients.”

Mr. Frees can be reached at 610-933-8069.


Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees partner, David M. Frees III, Reveals Why Trust Protectors, Special Trustees, and Estate and Trust Mediation May Be The Future of The Best Estate Planning Options

Probate Trust and Wealth Preservation Section Chair, David M. Frees III, recently presented a program for trust and estates attorneys entitled Trust Protectors and Special Trustees.  

 
The attorney CLE (Continuing Legal Education) program, presented for NBI (National Business Institute), was a chance for lawyers nationwide to learn more about the uses of trust protectors, independent trustees, and alternative dispute resolution as ways of making irrevocable and sophisticated trusts more flexible and to avoid disputes between and among family members over the generations when these trusts can be in place.
 

David M. Frees, III
 
Mr. Frees, who practices trust and estate law and serves as a mediator of family estate disputes, has become a respected presenter nationally on these topics.  In particular, regarding the use of mediation and arbitration clauses in wills and trusts to minimize family disputes and to quickly and inexpensively solve them when they do occur.
 
"Using trust protectors and special trustees allow us to make longer term trusts more flexible without sacrificing the divorce and law suit protection that many clients are seeking." And, according to David, "If you worry about the costs of disputes and divisions between family members, the use of special trustees can help families to avoid these disputes and, when they do occur, arbitration and mediation clauses in wills and trusts can really minimize the costs and destructive impact of family disputes."
 
Mr. Frees can be reached at 610-933-8069.

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorneys Named 'Top Lawyers' by Main Line Today Magazine

Ten attorneys at the Chester County based law firm of Unruh Turner Burke and Frees were recently named as Top Lawyers in the August 2012 issue of Main Line Today Magazine. The rankings were based on the attorneys' Avvo ratings, which are determined by peer endorsements, experience, education, training, research, publishing and awards. Recognized were:

Founded in 1990 by Ross Unruh, Donald Turner and William Burke, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees has been committed to providing clients with the highest quality legal representation since its formation. The firm has more than tripled in size and has significantly expanded its areas of practice over the years. Presently the firm is comprised of 21 attorneys whose practice areas include commercial litigation, commercial transactions, creditors' rights, estate and trust planning and administration, general business, labor and employment law, real estate transactions, personal injury, criminal defense, taxation, and zoning and land use.


Nancy J. Glidden Presents CLE on Compulsory Arbitration

On June 27, 2012, Nancy J. Glidden, of counsel, at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees presented a CLE program for the Chester County Bar Association on the topic of compulsory arbitration.   Ms. Glidden is a member of the Chester County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.  She works in the firm's West Chester office, where her areas of practice include commercial litigation, arbitrations, and mediations.


Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees and the Frees Family Support the Chester County Community Foundation

UTBF partner, past Chairman of the Foundation, and current Chairman of the firm's Trust, Estate and wealth Preservation Section David M. Frees III was a Silver Sponsor of the Chester County Community Foundation and also served as the returning auctioneer of the Charity's popular live auction event at the CCCF Gala held June.

Frees' family has created a fund under the foundation and his parents, brother and late sister are also all supporters. Frees' daughter Jamie was also president of Youth Philanthropy when she was a student at Great Valley High School.

The gala helps to support the foundation and all of it's projects. The foundation, serves many valuable functions in Chester County philanthropy including the creation of Donor Advised Funds for families that want to create endowed charitable funds at all levels.


David M. Frees, III

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine

Super Lawyers® magazine has once again recognized multiple attorneys from Unruh Turner Burke & Frees. William J. Burke, III, David M. Frees, III, John K. Fiorillo, Stephen P. Lagoy, Andrew D.H. Rau and Thomas R. Wilson were named as Super Lawyers® for 2012. The Super Lawyers® selection process is a multiphase process whereby candidates are evaluated on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania are recognized as Super Lawyers®.

For the third consecutive year Brian D. Boreman, Theodore F. Claypoole and Denise C. Werkley from the firm were named as Rising Stars. The selection process includes asking lawyers to nominate the best attorneys who are under 40, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. The list is then vetted through an attorney led research team to ensure a diverse and well-balanced list. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania are named Rising Stars. Unruh Turner Burke & Frees was founded in 1990 with a commitment to provide clients with the highest quality legal representation. The firm has more than tripled in size since its formation and has significantly expanded its areas of practice. Currently the firm is comprised of 21 attorneys whose practice areas include commercial litigation, commercial transactions, creditors' rights, estate and trust planning and administration, general business, labor and employment law, real estate transactions, personal injury, criminal defense, taxation, and zoning and land use.


Stephen P. Lagoy Selected by the ABA to Serve in National Mediation Competition

Stephen P. Lagoy, a partner at Unruh Turner Burke and Frees, P.C., was selected by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution to serve as a mediator in the Representation in Mediation National Competition held in Washington, D.C. on April 18 and 19. The competition brought together teams of students from law schools around the country who qualified for the National Competition by winning at the regional level. The competition was held in conjunction with the 14th annual spring conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Lagoy is co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Chester County Bar Association and is a mediator and neutral arbitrator in the firm's West Chester office.


David Frees Speaks To The State Wide Pennsylvania Council Of Mediators On Improved Communication, Persuasion and Neuro Science in Mediation

The Pennsylvania Council Of Mediators recently held it’s annual statewide conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where Unruh, Turner Burke and Frees partner David Frees presented the key note address on Neuro-Science and Mediation. 

Frees, who chairs the firm’s Trust, Estates and Wealth Preservation Section, is also a nationally known speaker on the topics including Estate Planning, Mediation, and Persuasion and Influence. 

According to David, “It was a real honor to speak to the PCM Conference. Mediators are people dedicated to helping parties to come together and resolve their differences without resort to the time, expense, and potentially destructive pressures of litigation. This is especially important in the areas of family business and estate disputes.” 

Frees added “It was a pleasure to present some of the cutting edge neuro science on how we communicate and persuade and to show how this knowledge can be applied to help people who have chosen mediation.” 

For more information about mediation and alternative dispute resolution of trust, estate, and family business issues, Mr. Frees can be reached at 610-933-8069.


Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Raises Money to Prevent Child Abuse and Fight Cancer

On February 11, 2012, Thomas Wilson and James Dalton, attorneys at Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, PC, helped raise money to prevent child abuse and battle cancer by attending the inaugural Romance in the Dance Valentines Gala which Unruh Turner Burke & Frees sponsored.  This event was held at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pennsylvania.  The event featured cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and open dancing, as well as the opportunity to dance with local ballroom professionals.  

With over one hundred attendees and nine featured dance couples, the event raised over $10,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Exchange Club of West Chester Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Thomas Wilson and his wife, Sally, at the 2012 Romance in the Dance Valentines Gala.

 


Trust, Estate and Wealth Preservation Section Chairman, David M. Frees III Speaks On Mediation of Will Trust and Probate Disputes at Bryn Mawr trust's CLE Events

David Frees gave two well attended continuing legal education presentations for Bryn Mawr Trust. The audience included trust and estate attorneys, mediators, as well as Bryn Mawr Trust Company's Chairman and CEO, Ted Peters, who is also on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

The information presented by Mr. Frees included a new concept being promoted by David throughout the country.  This novel new idea suggests the inclusion of mediation clauses and other protective clauses and practices such as the use of trust protectors in estate planning documents to avoid disputes and to protect and preserve family wealth.

We are conditioned to think dispute resolution has to be combat. Mr. Frees highlighted effective alternatives, why mediation and ADR matters and what you need to know to protect your own estate and legacy from family disputes and divorce of your heirs.

David is Chairman of the firm's Wealth Preservation Section and is a member of the firm's Mediation and Arbitration practice group.


John K. Fiorillo Elected to the Chester County Bar Association's Board of Directors

John K. Fiorillo, Partner and Shareholder at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, PC, has been elected to the 2012 Chester County Bar Association's Board of Directors.  Mr. Fiorillo concentrates his practice in matters involving commercial litigation, creditor's rights, bankruptcy and tax assessments, representing individuals and locally owned and operated businesses as well as Fortune 500 Companies.


John K. Fiorillo

Douglas L. Kaune speaks at Hoover Financial Advisors

Douglas L. Kaune recently presented an educational seminar to a group of advisors and clients from Hoover Financial Advisors, P.C.  By clicking the play button below, you can listen to the following Elder Law and Estate Panning topics addressed at the speaking engagement:

 

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  • Protecting the family home from nursing home spending
  • Using Irrevocable Trusts to protect assets from divorce, creditors and long term nursing care spending
  • Medicaid asset protection and related gifting rules
  • Six Often Neglected Elder law Tools
  • Proper Titling Of Assets For Asset Protection
  • The use of multi-generational estate planning.

You can read more about these and other Elder Law and Estate Planning topics by searching the many articles or requesting one or more of our free reports available at PA Elder Law Solutions.com. The free reports can be accessed by signing up on the www.paelderlawsolutions.com website.

If you would like to have an opportunity to learn more about Pete Hoover and the great services offered at Hoover Financial Advisors, P.C. please call Pete at 610 651 2777 or see the firm's website at www.petehoover.com.


The Top Three Estate Planning and Estate Tax Questions - Affluent Clients are Asking - Right Now

On Wednesday  October 5, 2011 David Frees, Chairman of the Trust, Estate and Wealth Preservation Section of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees appeared with past Governor Ed Rendell at an event sponsored by the wealth advisory and investment banking firm Raymond James.

When asked to summarize his remarks, Dave Frees said "I summarized the three questions my smartest and savviest clients are asking and what we're doing about these issues."

Question 1:  Does the federal estate tax still matter since there is a five million dollar exemption?
Frees explained to the audience that clients with over $1 million dollars in assets and life insurance remain exposed to the federal estate tax which is set to become a major problem again by the end of 2012 unless congress acts. And, he noted that the top rate in 2013 will return to 55%.

According to Frees, "Because the law is uncertain, and the tax is so high, you want to build the maximum flexibility into your planning.  Wills done even a few years ago should be reviewed with your counsel. If you have an old A?B trust, consider a disclaimer trust and discuss that approach with your attorney"

Frees also explained that families and individuals with significant wealth need to consider lifetime gifts, GRATS and other techniques now before the law falls back to the $1 million dollar level at the end of 2012 or Congress makes it even worse by eliminating wealth transfer techniques.

Question 2:  Can I protect my heirs from losing an inheritance in a divorce?
Frees also told the audience that the most popular advice he gives clients is how to use Beneficiary Controlled Trusts and related concepts to protect their heirs from losing an inheritance to divorces or frivolous law suits.  "Most clients have never been told that this is even an option.  And, with a divorce rate of over 50% many clients, especially those families that have experienced a divorce, are anxious to protect assets from future divorces."

Question 3:  Can Pennsylvania families still protect assets from a spend down for nursing home care?

According to Frees, even affluent families still worry about the very high costs of nursing home care.  Accordingly, Frees covered two or three of the most powerful tools for protecting family assets while also making sure that the senior generation is well treated and well cared for.

"Not every family can afford long term care coverage – or at least the best types of coverage.  For that reason, we also teach families how to use Medicaid trusts including a new and very powerful tool the Medicaid defective grantor trust.  By combining the best techniques for each family, it is possible to protect assets and the quality of life and care for the older generation."

If you would like a copy of David Frees new report entitled: Enhanced Estate Planning please call 610-933-8069 to request it and a copy will be mailed to you directly.
 

 


Thomas R. Wilson Joins Unruh Turner Burke & Frees

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C. is pleased to announce that Thomas R. Wilson has joined the firm as counsel to the litigation group.

Mr. Wilson brings over 36 years of litigation experience in the areas of product liability, personal injury, contracts, business disputes, construction litigation and real estate.  The depth of Mr. Wilson's experience and respect in the trial community is evidenced by his Certificate in Civil Trial Advocacy from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and positions as a fellow with both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer© from 2004 through 2009, Mr. Wilson has extensive trial experience in the areas of complex personal injury including safety and automobile crash worthiness.  He has successfully taken on numerous cases against automobile and product manufacturers, representing severely injured persons and the estates of those who have lost their lives as a result of a defective product.

Mr. Wilson holds the highest rating for a lawyer from Martindale Hubbell ®- AV Preeminent and he is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for the Top Trial Lawyers in America.

His experience in real estate is extensive, including serving as a municipal solicitor, president of a title abstracting company and counsel for a major realtor in the Philadelphia area.  He has a wealth of real estate litigation experience including several major cases involving residential and construction defects and zoning and development issues.

More recently he has received a certificate for completion of more than 40 hours of training in conducting mediation for the litigation case of Pepperdine University in California.  He has served as arbitrator and mediator on many occasions.

Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees is proud continue its commitment to client service through Tom Wilson's addition to the firm
 


Lagoy and Frees Present "The Biology of the Brain: Understanding Decision-Making in Mediation"

Stephen Lagoy and David Frees presented "The Biology of the Brain: Understanding Decision-Making in Mediation" at the Chester County Bar Association Custody Mediation Seminar, September 9, 2011.

 


Lagoy Attends Penn Conference on Clinical Neuroscience and Society

Stephen P. Lagoy attended the Penn Conference on Clinical Neuroscience and Society held July 22-24 at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.  The conference, which focused on advances in neuroscience and related ethical, legal and societal issues, was hosted by Penn's Center for Neuroscience and Society.  Lagoy is a shareholder at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees and co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Chester County Bar Association.  He regularly serves as mediator or neutral arbitrator for parties involved in civil disputes.


Six Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorneys Recognized by SuperLawyers® Magazine



John K. Fiorillo, Andrew D.H. Rau and David M. Frees, III, were named as Super Lawyers for 2011 by Super Lawyers® magazine. Only five percent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania are recognized as Super Lawyers®. Mr. Fiorillo is a commercial litigator concentrating his practice in creditor's rights, bankruptcy and tax assessments. Mr. Rau's practice focuses in the areas of municipal and school law, real estate, zoning and land use, as well as governmental law. Mr. Rau currently serves as both lead counsel and special counsel for school districts, townships, boroughs and zoning hearing boards throughout Chester County. Mr. Frees heads the firm's Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Section and co-chairs the Elder Law Solutions section of the firm.

Also recognized were Brian D. Boreman, Denise C. Werkley and Theodore F. Claypoole, who were each named as 2011 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® magazine. Rising Stars is a listing of premier attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania are named Rising Stars. Mr. Boreman concentrates his practice representing employers in the areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Werkley practices in the areas of banking, real estate, commercial transactions and business organizations. Mr. Claypoole's practice focuses on commercial transactions and business organizations, land use and construction, real estate and tax exempt organizations.


Chairman of UTBF's Trust Estate and Wealth Preservation Section Interviewed

David Frees, Chairman of Utbf's Trust Estate and Wealth Preservation Section was interviewed in Chicago this week by Mara Glazer on how to bring more value to clients and the issues of influence and communication with clients. David regularly speaks on these and related trust, estate, and estate planning issues facing families and individuals.

Rau Appointed to Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates

Andrew D.H. Rau, Partner and Shareholder at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, has been appointed a voting member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates, representing Zone 9, which includes all of the suburban counties surrounding Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery). The House of Delegates is responsible for setting and administering the policies of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


Lagoy and Sundquist honored at Chester County Bar Association's President's Dinner

Stephen P. Lagoy and Amanda J. Sundquist of Unruh, Turner Burke & Frees, P.C., West Chester, were honored at the Chester County Bar Association's President's Dinner on March 3, 2011. Lagoy, Co-chair of CCBA's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, received the Chester County Bar Association Service Award, in recognition of his work in establishing the association's voluntary mediation program which was launched in January. Sundquist received the YLD Service Award for her service as Chair of the association's Young Lawyers Division.

Frees and Lagoy Speak at Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution in Philadelphia

Dave Frees and Steve Lagoy gave a presentation at the January meeting of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution in Philadelphia. The program, "Neurobiology and its Effect on Problem Solving in Conflict", focused on neuroscience and its applicability to the mediation process. Both Dave and Steve are members of the firm's Mediation and Arbitration practice group. Steve is also Co-chair of the Chester County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.


Sundquist guest on Legal Talk

On January 4, 2011, Amanda J. Sundquist was a guest on Legal Talk, a legal talk show that airs every Tuesday at noon on WCHE 1520 AM. Miss Sundquist discussed school law with the host, Peter Hart, Esquire, and answered questions from callers. Miss Sundquist’s practice is focused in the areas of school law, municipal law, and land use and zoning law.

Lagoy Attends Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute

Stephen P. Lagoy attended the American Bar Association's 8th annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 11 and 12. The program featured a distinguished faculty and interaction with leading mediators and mediation advocates. Lagoy is a shareholder at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, P.C., a member of the firm's Mediation Group, and co-chair of the Chester County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Donald C. Turner Completes Mediation Course

Donald C. Turner recently completed "Strategic Approaches to Mediation", an intensive professional skills program for mediators, conducted by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law and the Vermont School of Law. Mr. Turner is a member of the firm’s litigation group. He also serves as a private mediator and arbitrator, he is a member of the Association For Conflict Resolution and the founding President of Commercial Disputes Solutions.

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Sponsor Land Use Seminar

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees recently sponsored a Land Use Seminar organized by the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association. The Land Use Seminar was held at the Villanova Conference Center on Friday, October 8th. Land Planners, attorneys, engineers and decision-makers attended the Seminar which focused on Smart Growth practices. Kimberly P. Venzie, Esquire of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees and Ray Ott, Jr. of Ray Ott & Associates gave a presentation on form base zoning and the process of incorporating comprehensive planning changes into zoning ordinances.

UTBF Partners Speak at Bench Bar Conference

Andrew D.H. Rau and Brian D. Boreman, were speakers at the 2010 Chester County Bar Association Fall Bench Bar Conference held on October 7 – 9, 2010 at the Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford Springs, PA. Mr. Rau, whose practice is focused in areas of municipal and zoning law, real estate and land use, and school law, authored and presented, "Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law: Recent Cases & Legislative Developments." Mr. Boreman, whose practice is focused in areas of Labor and Employment Law, authored and presented, "Three Things You Need to Know About Employment Law in this Economic Environment."

Sundquist named as Theta of Note

Amanda Sundquist was featured as a "Theta of Note" in the Autumn 2010 issue of the Kappa Alpha Theta Magazine. Amanda currently serves as the Philanthropy Chair for the Kappa Alpha Theta Delaware Area Alumnae Chapter.

Phoenixville Federal offers Smart Women Seminar

PHOENIXVILLE — Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust is hosting a "Ghouls' Night Out," the second in a series of free seminars designed just for women, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Conference Center, 564 Nutt Road in Phoenixville. Featured speaker is from the law firm of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees. The speaker will take an informative and fun look at the topic of death and dying, and what you can do to anticipate it. Topics include how to plan for incapacitation, naming as an executor (not executer), and trusts.

Women of all ages are invited to join in this fun and informative evening of wine-tasting, finger foods, and door prizes. Dessert will be provided by Cakezilla of Swarthmore. Reserve your spot today by calling 610-935-8304. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, go to www.phoenixfed.com.

Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust is committed to educating the communities they serve on pertinent financial issues. The community bank, in operation since 1912, has offices in Phoenixville, Kimberton, Royersford, Collegeville and Limerick.

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Unruh Turner Burke & Frees named 2010 Business of the Year

THORNBURY — The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday recognized a borough law firm and a banker with a love of history for their work in the community. Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees is the chamber's 2010 Business of the Year. [read more]

Anthony T. Verwey Addresses Southern Chester County Chamber

Anthony T. Verwey, principal, was the featured speaker at the September 10, 2010 Member's Breakfast of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce. His presentation, "Zoning for Business" included information on general zoning and how zoning laws can affect business owners. For a copy of Verwey's presentation, click here.

Claypoole, Sundquist & Werkley Named as 'Lawyers on the Fast Track' for 2010

Three attorneys, Theodore F. Claypoole, Amanda J. Sundquist, and Denise C. Werkley were recently named as "Lawyers on the Fast Track" for 2010 by the Legal Intelligencer, the nation's oldest law journal. The designation is awarded annually to thirty attorneys who represent the next generation of attorneys in Pennsylvania. This year, Theo, Amanda and Denise were the only three attorneys from Chester County who were awarded this designation.


Theo Claypoole concentrates his practice in the representation of business, tax-exempt entities, and developers, sellers, and purchasers of commercial and residential real estate, including new or existing small to mid-size businesses, land development and construction companies, and commercial landlords.

Amanda Sundquist focuses her practice in the Municipal, Land Use and Zoning, and School Law practice areas, and counsels both private developers and individual homeowners on a variety of development issues.

Denise Werkley counsels small and large business and entrepreneurial clients with respect to various business issues, contract drafting, financing, real estate, and structuring, negotiation and closing complex acquisitions and divestitures.


David Frees and Steve Lagoy featured in Pennsylvania Council of Mediators Article

David Frees and Steve Lagoy are featured in an article appearing in the Summer 2010 edition of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators "Report for Members and Friends." The article, "This is Your Brain in Mediation" is based on a workshop on neuroscience and mediation presented by Dave and Steve at the Council's 2010 Conference. The workshop was designated as a conference highlight. Access the complete article here.

David M. Frees Elected to Board of Directors of the Chester County Community Foundation

The Board of Directors of the Chester County Community Foundation has elected four new members to the board. Frank Brewer of Douglassville, David M. Frees III of Phoenixville, Dr. James A. Orsini of Unionville and Greg R. Weisenstein of West Chester begin their board service this month. [Read Entire Article]

Ten Attorneys Name to Top Lawyer in Main Line Today Magazine

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees is pleased to announce that ten of the firm's attorneys were named as Top Lawyer in the August 2010 edition of Main Line Today Magazine. The Top Lawyer designation is awarded annually to the top 15 attorneys in 15 practice areas. The following attorneys were named this year:

Business Law: William Burke, Theo Claypoole, Don Turner, and Denise Werkley.

Elder Law: Doug Kaune.

Labor Law: Brian Boreman.

Personal Bankruptcy: John Fiorillo

Personal Injury: Stephen Lagoy

Real Estate: Ross Unruh and Denise Werkley.

Trusts, Wills and Estates: David Frees.

For a complete listing of all attorneys and practice areas, seeMain Line Today Magazine.


Anthony T. Verwey Named Principal

Anthony T. Verwey was recently named as a principal of Unruh Turner Burke and Frees, PC. Mr. Verwey had been Of Counsel to the firm since 2006. He concentrates his practice in municipal law, land use and planning, school law, legal ethics, and administrative law.

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Welcomes New Associate

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees is pleased to welcome Kristen Wetzel Ladd as an Associate at the firm. Ms. Ladd concentrates her practice in creditors' rights and bankruptcy, asset recovery, loan workouts, mortgage foreclosures, confession of judgments, contract disputes, garnishments, replevin actions, levies, and preference actions. She represents institutional lenders in state and federal courts, as well as in forums involving alternative dispute resolution.

Ten Attorneys Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyer List

Ten attorneys at the firm were named to the Super Lawyer or Rising Star list in the June 2010 edition of Philadelphia Magazine. The attorneys named to the Super Lawyer list include: Don Turner, Bill Burke, David Frees, John Fiorillo, and Steve Lagoy. Theo Claypoole, Brian Boreman, Denise Werkley, Chris Turner and Kim Venzie were all named to the Rising Star list. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of Thomson Reuters. To view the firm's Super Lawyer listing, click here.

Stephen P. Lagoy and David M. Frees speak at Mediator Conference

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, Steve Lagoy and David Frees, were co-presenters at the 2010 Annual Conference for the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators.  Their workshop, "Neuroscience and Mediation: How understanding the Brain Helps Mediators Resolve Disputes,"  was be a non-technical introduction to how the brain works and the application of that knowledge to the mediator's role.

Trial Run Earns Recognition Award

On February 26, 2010, the Chester County Bar Association received a County Bar Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for the Trial Run 5K event.  The Trial Run was co-founded by Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees attorney Anthony Verwey, who has also co-chaired the event for the past six years.  If anyone is interested in participating in the Trial Run on June 26, 2010, please refer to the event’s website: www.Trialrun5K.com.

Denise Werkley Presenter at Pharma CareerCure

Denise C. Werkley, Esq. was a featured workshop presenter at the Pharma CareerCure event at the Valley Forge Convention Center on February 17, 2010. The evening event was attended by more than 250 pharmaceutical company executives in job transition. Ms. Werkley presented three sessions on the legal issues associated with starting up your own business. She is a principal at the law firm of Unruh Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C. in West Chester, Pennsylvania and concentrates her practice in business transactions, banking and real estate matters.

Chester County Mock Trial

In February, 2010, the Young Lawyers Division of the Chester County Bar Association held its annual District 1 Mock Trial Competition. Chair of the Division, attorney Amanda Sundquist of Unruh Turner Burke & Frees served as District Coordinator and was responsible for organizing and running the competition. Two other UTBF attorneys coached competing teams. For the third year, James Dalton advised the Bayard Rustin High School team which competed in the district finals and Anthony T. Verwey advised two teams from Bishop Shanahan High School.

William Burke and Daniel Dwyer served as judges for the competition. Other UTBF attorneys served as jurors, including Daniel Dwyer, John Fiorillo, Nancy Glidden, Shannon Reilly, Christopher Turner, Don Turner and Kimberly Venzie.

For more information about the Young Lawyers Division Statewide Mock Trial Competition, click here.

Ross Unruh Continues to guide client

Ross Unruh, acting as special solicitor for East Goshen Township, continues to guide the Township through the conditional use hearing process for a development proposed at the intersection of Boot Road and Greenhill Road in East Goshen Township, Chester County, PA. For more information on the development, read this article in the Daily Local News.

Amanda Sundquist appointed to Chester County Bar Association Post

Amanda J. Sundquist was recently elected as Chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Chester County Bar Association. A graduate of the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law and Bucknell University, Ms. Sundquist concentrates her practice in Municipal and School Law, and Zoning and Land Use Law. She began her one year term in December, 2009.

Werkley Speaker at Two Local Events

Denise C. Werkley, Esquire, principal of the law firm of Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, P.C., was a workshop presenter on Saturday November 14, 2009 at the Chester County Women’s Commission conference entitled “Women Mean Business”. The conference was devoted to providing practical advice and guidance for potential entrepreneurs. Ms. Werkley was part of a panel on Business Basics which included legal, accounting and financial advisors. The Chester County Women’s Commission was created by the Commissioners of Chester County on December 13, 1993 to identify and advance the diverse needs and interests of the women of Chester County.

Ms. Werkley also recently presented a workshop at the Women in Business Expo hosted by the Women’s Referral Network of Chester County. The workshop, entitled "Sustaining Business Relationships," focused on practical tips for building business and client relationships, and for maintaining those relationships throughout your career and was co-presented with Suzanne Jackson, CPA of the accounting firm Stephano Slack. The Women’s Referral Network promotes business opportunities for and among women. Ms. Werkley is the immediate past-president of the WRN and their 2009 Business Woman of the Year.

Ms. Werkley concentrates her law practice in real estate and commercial and business transactions.


John Fiorillo to address Weichert Fall Fest Sales Rally

John K. Fiorillo, partner, will serve on a panel at the Fall Fest Sales Rally 2009 sponsored by Weichert Financial Services on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, NJ. The panel will discuss the ins and outs of short sales and how to find short sale opportunities for an anticipated audience of over 150 realtors.

Burke and Rau named Top Lawyers

William J. Burke, III, and Andrew D.H. Rau were both named as Top Lawyers in the August 2009 issue of Main Line Today Magazine. Burke and Rau join a select group of Main Line attorneys who were nominated by their peers. "To be selected for this recognition by my fellow attorneys makes being a Top Lawyer quite an honor," said Burke. Burke also received this designation in 2007.

Burke and Rau, both shareholders in the Chester County law firm of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, practice in the areas of real estate, municipal, school, zoning, commercial transactions and taxation.

To view Mr. Burke's biography, click here.

To view Mr. Rau's biography, click here.


Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorney helps with Trial Run

Anthony Verwey recently served as co-chair of the 5th Annual 5K Trial Run to benefit Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. To view an article about the Trial Run in the Daily Local News, click here.

Attorneys Named Superlawyers

William J. Burke, III and Donald C. Turner, both shareholders of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, PC, were named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers(R) in the June, 2009 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. Selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, and only 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected to be named in Super Lawyers. The list of Super Lawyers also appears in the June, 2009 edition of Philadelphia Magazine. Both Mr. Burke and Mr. Turner were named as Top Lawyers by Main Line Today in the April 2007 edition of Main Line Today Magazine.

To view Mr. Burke's biography, click here.

To view Mr. Turner's biography, click here.


Brian D. Boreman elected section chair

Brian D. Boreman, a principal at Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, has been elected co-chair of the Employment Law Section of the Chester County Bar Association. The Employment Law Section was created to facilitate the exchange of information on a variety of employment-related topics between attorneys who represent both employers and employees. Mr. Boreman concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law.


Denise C. Werkley honored as Businesswoman of the Year

Denise C. Werkley, principal, received the Businesswoman of the Year Award from the Women's Referral Network of Chester County at their annual dinner on April 30, 2009. Ms. Werkley concentrates her practice in real estate and commercial and business transactions. She has been actively involved with the WRN for 9 years and was the organization's president from 2006 to 2008.

For more information on the WRN and their annual awards, click here.


UTBF Attorneys Participate with High School Mock Trial Competition

On February 19, 20, 25 and 26, 2009 the Young Lawyers Division of the Chester County Bar Association held its annual District 1 Mock Trial Competition. Chair-Elect of the Division, UTBF attorney Amanda Sundquist assisted with the organization and execution of the competition and served as bailiff. Other UTBF attorneys participating included, Daniel Dwyer who served as a juror and James Dalton and Nancy Glidden who coached the Bayard Rustin High School team. The Bayard Rustin team advanced to the second round of District competition.

For more information about the Young Lawyers Division Statewide Mock Trial Competition, click here.


David Frees serves as charity auctioneer

David M. Frees, III, recently acted as auctioneer for the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce 2009 Community Charity Ball. For more information on the Charity Ball, click here.


Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Sponsors Newspapers in Education

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees is proud to be a sponsor of the Daily Local News Newspaper in Education Program during the 2008-2009 school year. The Daily Local recognized all participants in its March 2, 2009 edition. The Newspaper in Education program's mission is to promote and support the use of newspapers as an educational resource. For more information about the program, go to www.dailylocal.com/nie.


Theodore Claypoole named to Board

Theodore F. Claypoole, principal at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber promotes local business interests in the western part of Chester County and seeks to facilitate communication among its members. Claypoole joined Unruh Turner Burke & Frees in 2002, and concentrates his practice in Commercial Transactions and Business Organizations, Land Use and Construction, Real Estate, and Tax Exempt Organizations.


Stephen P. Lagoy elected section chair

Stephen P. Lagoy has been named co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Chester County Bar Association. A graduate of the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University Law School, Lagoy serves as a mediator and neutral arbitrator for parties involved in personal injury, commercial, and Orphans' Court litigation.


David Frees featured in Chester County Business to Business

David M. Frees, III, was featured in the November, 2008 edition of the Chester County Business to Business Magazine. To view the article in its entirety, click here.

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Denise C. Werkley named as principal of Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, PC

Denise C. Werkley was recently named as a principal of Unruh Turner Burke and Frees, PC. Ms. Werkley had been an associate of the firm since 2005. She concentrates her practice in commercial transactions and business organizations, real estate and trademarks and copyrights.


Amanda J. Sundquist appointed to Chester County Bar Association post

Amanda J. Sundquist was recently elected as Chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Chester County Bar Association. A graduate of the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law and Bucknell University, Ms. Sundquist concentrates her practice in Municipal and School Law, and Zoning and Land Use Law. Ms. Sundquist currently serves on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center. She will begin her one year term in December, 2008.


Stephen P. Lagoy Completes Mediation Course

Stephen P. Lagoy has successfully completed “Mediating the Litigated Case”, an intensive professional skills program for mediators, at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Lagoy is a member of the firm’s litigation group. He also serves as a private mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution.


Daniel P. Dwyer earns advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania

Daniel P. Dwyer earns advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania

Daniel P. Dwyer, an attorney with the West Chester law firm of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C., has been awarded the Master of Government Administration degree by the Fels Institute of State and Local Government at the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on economic development issues. A graduate of Villanova University and Temple University School of Law, he joined Unruh Turner Burke & Frees in April 2003 after practicing commercial and environmental law in Philadelphia for six years. He presently counsels clients, both public and private, in construction, real estate, economic development and commercial matters


Unruh Turner Burke and Frees praised in Phoenixville News column

Unruh Turner Burke and Frees praised in Phoenixville News column

August 1, 2007

Skip Lawrence, writer for the Phoenixville News, praised Unruh Turner Burke & Frees in his July 8, 2007 column for the firm’s on-going work as Phoenixville Borough Solicitor. Specifically, Lawrence highlighted two challenges to Borough Council decisions that were successfully defended by Unruh Turner Burke & Frees in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Lawrence said, “The decisions rested on the clarity and care with which the Borough’s cases were argued. The legal arguments won the decisions.” To view the full article, please click here.

Unruh Turner Burke and Frees has been Phoenixville Borough Solicitor since January 2006.

Article reprinted with permission of Phoenixvillenews.com


Unruh Turner Burke Frees attorneys named 'Top Lawyers' by Main Line Today magazine

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Attorneys Named as “Top Lawyers”

Four partners of Unruh Turner Burke and Frees, a 20-attorney firm based in Chester County, were recently named as Top Lawyers in the April 2007 edition of Main Line Today magazine. Chosen by their peers, Donald Turner, Bill Burke, David Frees, and Steve Lagoy joined a select group of 70 attorneys located throughout the Main Line.

Bill Burke, a founding member of the firm, was named Top Lawyer in the Real Estate Law practice area. Bill concentrates his real estate practice in representing privately held commercial and residential developers, including representing clients in structuring and carrying out tax-deferred like kind exchanges or real estate, as well as structuring and creating residential and commercial condominiums and planned communities.

Donald Turner, also a founding member of the firm, focuses on Real Estate Law and Litigation, with an emphasis on resolution through mediation. His designation in the Real Estate practice area solidifies the firm’s strength in the real estate sector. Don is also the founding president of Commercial Dispute Solutions, a non-profit formed to provide mediation and arbitration for a variety of commercial solutions.

David Frees concentrates his practice in the area of Trusts and Estates, with particular attention to wealth and asset preservation. David’s twenty-plus years of experience attracts business people and professionals looking for personalized and strategic solutions to their estate planning. He is a frequent lecturer in the areas of trust and estate planning and administration, charitable giving, communication and presentation skills both locally and nationally.

Steve Lagoy was named Top Lawyer in the Personal Injury Litigation practice area. Steve joined the firm in 2002 and continues to serve his clients with over 30 years of experience. In addition to his expertise with Personal Injury cases, services to his clients include business formations, real estate transactions, commercial litigation, and mediation.

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