On Friday, January 8, 2021, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) held its Annual Business Meeting virtually. Over 200 members, legal professionals and community leaders attended the event which included the election of the MBA’s officers for 2021, an awards presentation to honor outstanding contributions to the MBA and community, as well as the installation of its new president, Jacqueline M. Reynolds, Esq., with the ceremonial passing of the gavel.
Ms. Reynolds is a member of the Health Care Liability Practice Group in the King of Prussia office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin. Throughout her 22-year career, she has provided legal counsel to physicians, physician practices, nurses, allied health professionals, hospitals and health systems. Ms. Reynolds handles cases throughout five Pennsylvania counties.
Ms. Reynolds received her Bachelor of Arts degree and paralegal certificate from Cedar Crest College, where she was also the recipient of the Butz Award as the member of the senior class who exerted the best influence in her college life and association. Ms. Reynolds worked for defense litigation law firms in Philadelphia before returning to school at the Temple University School of Law. She joined Marshall Dennehey in 1995 as a law clerk, and has remained with the firm since that time.
Ms. Reynolds resides in Fort Washington, PA with her husband and three children.
During her inauguration speech, Ms. Reynolds praised the accomplishments of outgoing President Patrick J. Kurtas, as well as past-presidents with whom she served and her fellow officers. She also acknowledged her colleages at Marshall, Dennehey, Wanter, Coleman and Goggin, namely Kate McGrath and Jack Warner, who encouraged her to join the Montgomery Bar Association when she joined the firm.
Ms. Reynolds implored members to actively participate in committees and sections and assured members that the MBA's role in providing continuing legal education, important networking and connection opportunities, and invaluable court news and updates will continue in 2021. Understanding that in the laundry list of priorities and responsibilities of an attorney, self-care tends to fall to the bottom. As such, she intends to focus on providing health and well-being programs for members during the year.
Ms. Reynolds concluded her speech by thanking her family, especially her husband John and three boys, Joseph, Nicholas, and Michael, whose love and support has allowed her to excel in her professional career.
For the 2021 Bar Year, Sarinia M. Feinman, Esq. of Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC in King of Prussia will serve as President-Elect; Justin A. Bayer, Esq. of Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer, LLP in Norristown will serve as Vice President; Lisa A. Shearman, Esq. of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, P.C. in Lansdale will serve as Treasurer; and Seth D. Wilson, Esq. of Morris Wilson, P.C. in Conshohocken will serve as Secretary.
Also of Note: Robert H. Nemeroff, Esq., of Friedman Schuman, P.C. in Jenkintown will also serve as President of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers Section, Andrew J. Levin, Esq. of DiFiore Levin, LLC in Conshohocken was named Chair of the MBA’s Young Lawyers Section, Aaron D. Weems, Esq., of Fox Rothschild, LLP in Blue Bell was named Chair of the MBA’s Family Law Section, and Lisa A. Shearman, Esq., of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, P.C. in Lansdale, will continue as Chair of the MBA’s Probate and Tax Section.
In addition to new leadership being appointed, the following awards were distributed:
Committee Co-Chairs Jimmy C. Chong, Esq. and Lauren A. Hughes, Esq. and Vice-Chair Evelyn Rodriguez Devine, Esq.