Buckley Brion Attorneys Obtain Precedent-Setting Decision

On September 26, 2013, Buckley Brion attorneys successfully obtained a precedent setting decision for their clients in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an issue of first impression within the Third Circuit – whether the absolute priority rule applies to an individual Chapter 11 debtor after the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act (“BAPCPA”) of 2005, which amended the Bankruptcy Code.

Judge Fox held that the absolute priority rule still applies, explaining that “individual Chapter 11 debtors who fail to obtain the consent of an impaired class of creditors cannot retain prepetition non-exempt property unless the dissenting creditor class will receive distributions under the proposed plan equal in value, as of the plan effective date, to the amount of its claims.”

The dismissal of a Debtors’ bankruptcy case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania allows the firm’s clients to pursue their state law claims against the Debtors for the entire amount due and owing to them.

A copy of Judge Fox’s opinion can be obtained upon request.

Michael Gill Presents Seminar on P3 Funding Options To Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS)

Michael S. Gill, Esquire, was honored to join the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) on April 22, 2013 as a Presenter at the PSATS 91st Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Gill discussed Public Private Ventures with local government officials from across the Commonwealth.  P3s are an exciting funding option for services and infrastructure which were traditionally delivered solely by governmental entities.  Mr. Gill, who regularly counsels developers, government agencies and authorities and, in particular, transportation-related entities, devoted a large portion of his presentation to  Act 88 of 2012 pursuant to which Governor Corbett and the General Assembly established a statutory framework for Public Private Ventures for transportation projects.  For more information in this exciting development in Pennsylvania law, please contact Mr. Gill or any of the other Attorneys at Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer LLP.


Buckley Brion LLP Sponsors Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce Municipal Update Event

Buckley Brion LLP was proud to be a sponsor for the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce Municipal Update event on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Greg A. Vietri, Inc., in Sadsburyville.

Jeff Sommer, Kristin Camp, Sigmund Fleck, and Mike Gill were in attendance from the firm, and enjoyed hearing updates from County Commissioner Ryan Costello and Caln Township Manager Greg Prowant, as well as representatives from all of the hard working municipal representatives in  attendance.

Joseph E. “Skip” Brion Testifies Before Senate Appropriations Committee

Buckley Brion McGuire Morris & Sommer LLP Managing Partner Joseph E. “Skip” Brion testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee on February 26, 2013 regarding the Commonwealth’s Liquor Control Board. Mr. Brion was appointed Chairman of the LCB by Governor Corbett on November 1, 2011. While the role of the LCB is in flux in light of Governor Corbett’s efforts to privatize the LCB’s retail and wholesale operations, Mr. Brion received praise for his leadership from Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman. While noting that there is an inherent conflict with the Commonwealth both selling and regulating liquor, Corman declared, “You are doing a fabulous job.”

County GOP Nominates Jeffrey R. Sommer for Court of Common Pleas Judge

Buckley Brion McGuire Morris & Sommer LLP is proud to announce that Jeffrey R. Sommer was nominated as candidate for the position of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County by the Republican Committee of Chester County at its annual convention on February 22, 2013. Mr. Sommer was the first of two nominees selected.

In the 2013 general election, the voting public will elect two candidates to fill open judicial positions on the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County Common Pleas Judges. Mr. Sommer is an accomplished litigator whose vast knowledge of the law and dedication to fairness will serve the citizens of Chester County well. The lawyers and staff of Buckley Brion McGuire Morris & Sommer LLP are thrilled that the Republican Committee recognized that Mr. Sommer is the best candidate for the bench of Chester County.

Michael S. Gill Named to Board of The Hickman

Michael S. Gill, Esquire

Michael S. Gill, Esquire, recently joined the Board of Managers of The Hickman, a 121-year-old independent retirement community in West Chester,

Pennsylvania. Mr. Gill is a Partner in the law firm of Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer LLP. “The Hickman community welcomes Michael as a member of the Board,” said a spokesperson for the retirement community. “He will lend his array of talents to the guidance and development of The Hickman, and will help further its goal of providing excellent care to the residents of Chester County and the surrounding area.”

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Gill also serves as Chairman of the Chester County Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Early Intervention Advisory Board and as a Member of the West Chester Monthly Meeting of Friends. Organized in 1968, Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer LLP is engaged in all aspects of the practice of law. The Firm has a vast range of experience in litigation, transactional matters, municipal law, land use, eminent domain and environmental law, divorce, and estate planning and administration with four of the Firm’s eight partners having practiced together for more than twenty years.


Buckley Brion Attorneys Address Young Lawyers Division of PA Bar Association

Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer LLP attorneys ANDREW ECKERT, COLLEEN PRESTON, and ANTHONY BRICHTA recently addressed the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association at its 2012 Summer Meeting, July 27- 29, 2012 in Cumberland, MD. The panel discussed effectively working with clients as well as avoiding the most common pitfalls attorneys face early in their career.

Andrew Eckert, Colleen Preston and Anthony Brichta

Patrick Mintzer Elected President of The Board of Directors of The Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County

Patrick S. Mintzer

Patrick S. Mintzer, an attorney with the West Chester, PA law firm of Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer LLP was elected President of the Board of Directors fo

r the Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County, Inc., also known as Chester County Disability Services. Mr. Mintzer is also a trustee for Valley Forge Educational Services which assists children with learning challenges.

The Cerebral Palsy Association is a non-profit agency located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The organization serves individuals with disabilities who live in Chester County and surrounding areas. The organization is also known as Chester County Disability Services because its services extend beyond those individuals with Cerebral Palsy to include people with a variety of physical disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries and Multiple Sclerosis. The organization’s Children’s Early Intervention Program provides comprehensive services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and to people with brain injuries and Autism. All services aim to assist individuals to maintain their independence in the community.

Patrick Mintzer is an experienced litigator who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic injury cases. He has significant trial experience and has successfully resolved many cases on behalf of injured clients for amounts well in excess of a million dollars. His extensive experience in handling cases for both injured parties, as well as defendants, gives him a unique perspective in handling matters on behalf of all his clients. In 2011, he was voted a Top Lawyer in Main Line Todaymagazine.