News & Notes

WALSH PANCIO PARTNER JOE WALSH OBTAINS $11.3M VERDICT FOLLOWING NON-JURY TRIAL IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

September 2022

Walsh Pancio congratulates founding partner, Hon. Joseph Walsh, who served as the lead trial counsel for the Plaintiff in the matter of Elliott Greenleaf PC v. Richard Demarco. The Montgomery County lawsuit involved competing claims to an $11.3 million referral fee for a personal injury settlement.   Both parties filed Declaratory Judgment Actions seeking a Court declaration of their entitlement to the referral fee.

Following a non-jury trial before the Honorable Richard P. Haaz and post-trial submissions by the parties, the Court issued a written decision finding in favor of the law firm of Elliott Greenleaf and against its former employee, attorney Richard Demarco.

The Court ruled that Elliott Greenleaf was entitled to receive the entire referral fee of $11,330, 804 pursuant to a legally enforceable referral fee agreement with the law firm who settled the catastrophic injury case several years prior.   The Court also found that Richard Demarco was not a party to that referral fee agreement and did not have an equitable or legal interest in the referral fee.  The law firm who settled personal injury case agreed that it owed a referral fee and had held the amount in escrow pending the outcome of this case.

The case represents an important decision applying well-settled law pertaining to the enforceability of referral fee agreements between attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Attorney Jason Edwards Published in Montgomery Bar Association Sidebar

July 2022

Walsh Pancio Attorney Jason Edwards was recently published in the Montgomery Bar Association Sidebar Summer 2022 Issue. As a recent graduate of the Montgomery Bar Association’s 2021 Leadership Academy, Jason had the opportunity to have a conversation with Montgomery Bar Association President Sarinia M. Feinman, Esquire about her focus on wellness and the bar association’s wellness initiatives.

THE HONORABLE JOSEPH P. WALSH APPOINTED TO THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE OVERSIGHT BOARD

April 2022

Congratulations to our own Hon. Joseph P Walsh who was just appointed to serve on the Nominating Committee for the Montgomery County Public Defenders’ Office Oversight Board.  Judge Walsh was selected to serve on this Committee along with four other community leaders.  The Nominating Committee was established by the Board of Commissioners for Montgomery County based upon the Analysis and Recommendations of the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University.  The Committee will assist in the recommendation, nomination, and selection of candidates for the position of Chief Public Defender for Montgomery County.  Judge Walsh is honored to be appointed to this very important Committee and have the ability to work with such a prestigious group of community leaders. 

Attorney Joe Walsh Appointed Chair of Montgomery County Board of View by President Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio

Montgomery County President Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio recently re-appointed the Honorable Joseph P. Walsh Chair of the Montgomery County Board of View for a three (3) year term effective January 23, 2022.

The Montgomery County Board of View is appointed by the Court to assess the value of the condemned property at the time of the taking if the Condemnor and Condemnee are unable to agree upon the just compensation for the property being taken pursuant to Montgomery County Local Rule 953.

The Board of View is comprised of a realtor and engineer who sit and hear evidence and ask questions of witnesses if necessary. As Chair, Joe Walsh serves as the hearing Judge. Following the close of evidence, the Board deliberates. All three members participate in the deliberations and have an equal vote. Following their deliberation, a Final Order and Decision is entered of record by the Board.

Joe Walsh is grateful to have been selected by the President Judge and looks forward to working with the members of the Board of View.

WALSH PANCIO ATTORNEYS ELECTED AND APPOINTED TO LEADERSHIP ROLES WITHIN THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION FOR 2022

On January 7, 2022, Walsh Pancio attorneys were once again proud to participate in the Montgomery Bar Association’s (“MBA“) Annual Business Luncheon, which was held in-person at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA after being held virtually for the first time in 2021.

The firm congratulates Immediate Past Jacqueline Reynolds on a tremendous year in charge of the MBA. The firm also congratulates newly installed President Sarinia M. Feinman on her position and looks forward to a terrific year under President Feinman’s direction.

Continuing the firm’s dedication to and strong relationship with the MBA, Walsh Pancio attorneys are privileged and honored to serve in multiple leadership capacities and on several committees and sections within the organization:

  • The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh, past President of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section, will continue to serve as Co-Chair of the MBA’s influential Government Relations Committee.

  • Past MBA President Bruce Pancio will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the Counci of Past Presidents and the MBA’s important Judiciary Committee.

  • Past Young Lawyers Section Chair Mike Lyon has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the MBA Trial Lawyers Section and Chair of Law Reporter Committee and will continue to serve out his term as a Director on the MBA’s Board of Directors. Mike will continue to serve on numerous MBA committees including the MBA’s Bench Bar Committee, Executive Committee, Federal Court Practice Committee, Fee Dispute Committee, and Rules of Civil Court Committee.

  • Chelsea Dearden has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Women in the Law Committee. She will continue to be an active member in numerous MBA committees including the DEI Committee, Liberty and Law Committee, Solo/Small Firm Practice Committee, and Rules of Civil Court Committee. She will also remain an active member of the Young Lawyers Section.

  • Jason Edwards has been appointed to serve at Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section and Co-Chair of the Membership/Development Committee. He will continue to be an active member in the MBA’s Solo/Small Firm Practice, Children and the Law, Criminal Defense, Pro Bono, Real Estate, and Rules of Civil Court Committees.

Both Jason and Chelsea were also selected to serve on the MBA’s Ad-hoc Wellness Committee as a result of their work with the Leadership Academy in 2021 which focused on wellness within the legal community.

The firm’s attorneys will also remain active members of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers Section.

The firm is grateful for these opportunities to serve the MBA. and looks forward to a terrific year.

WALSH PANCIO ATTORNEYS SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION FOR 2021

January 2021

On January 8, 2021, Walsh Pancio attorneys were once again proud to participate in the Montgomery Bar Association‘s (“MBA”) Annual Business Luncheon, which was held virtually for the first time. The firm congratulates Immediate Past President Patrick Kurtas on a tremendous year in charge of the MBA. The firm also congratulates newly installed President Jacqueline Reynolds on her position, and looks forward to a terrific year under President Reynolds’ direction.

Continuing the firm’s dedication to and strong relationship with the MBA, Walsh Pancio attorneys are privileged and honored to serve in multiple leadership capacities and on several committees and sections within the organization:

– The Honorable Joseph P Walsh, past President of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section, has been re-named as co-chair of the MBA’s influential Government Relations Committee, and will again serve on the MBA’s Pro Bono Committee and Government Relations Committee.

– Past MBA President Bruce Pancio will serve as Vice Chair of the Council of Past Presidents, and has also been re-named to the Nominating Committee, Bench Bar Committee and Managing Partners Committee. He will also continue serving on the MBA’s important Judiciary Committee.

– Past Young Lawyers’ Section chair Mike Lyon will continue his second year of a three-year term on as a Director on the MBA’s Board of Directors. He was also -appointed as a member of the MBA’s Executive Committee, Law Reporter Committee, and Fee Dispute Committee.

Chelsea Dearden was selected for the MBA’s prestigious Leadership Academy. She was also re-appointed to the Steering Committee of the MBA’s Women in the Law Committee and will serve as a liaison within the Young Lawyers Section.

Jason Edwards will join Chelsea as a member of this year’s Leadership Academy. He will also serve again on the MBA’s Solo and Small Firm and Criminal Defense Committees, and as a liaison within the Young Lawyers’ Section.

The firm’s attorneys also will remain active members of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section.

The firm is grateful for these opportunities to serve the MBA. and looks forward to a terrific year.

Joe Walsh Appointed to the Federal Bar Association’s Access to Justice Task Force

October 2020

The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh was recently appointed as a member of the Access to Justice Task Force by W. West Allen, President of the Federal Bar Association.

Joe Walsh will serve for a term ending September 30, 2021.

The focus of the task force will examine ways in which the Federal Bar Association can increase access to justice in the federal courts for all litigants.

The task force was created by the Honorable Michael J. Newman in 2017. “Access to justice, put simply, means that all litigants have equal access to the federal courts, and that barriers to such access are removed,” said Judge Newman when he announced the task force.

Joe Walsh is grateful to have been selected by the President Allen and looks forward to working with all members of the Committee.

Mike Lyon Appointed as Judge Pro Tempore (JPT)

Walsh Pancio attorney Mike Lyon was recently appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore (JPT) for the Dispute Resolution Center of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County (Philadelphia, PA).

As a JPT, Mike will conduct pre-trial settlement conferences in an effort to assist parties in reaching amicable resolutions to cases prior to trial or further court proceedings. Mike’s appointment as a JPT continues and enhances the firm’s well-established Arbitration and Mediation practice.

In addition to Mike, Walsh Pancio attorneys Joseph P Walsh and Bruce Pancio are frequently called on by plaintiffs, defendants, commercial entities, individuals, families, estates, and their attorneys to assist in resolving disputes of many different types. The firm continues to utilized enhanced videoconferencing technologies to conduct alternative dispute resolutions remotely.

For more information on Walsh Pancio’s Arbitration and Mediation practice, as well as our other practice areas, please visit our Web site.

To schedule an arbitration or mediation, or other dispute resolution proceeding, contact any of our attorneys or the office.

Walsh Pancio Attorneys Participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee’s Annual Diversity Summit

On October 7, 2020, Walsh Pancio LLC was honored to participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee’s annual diversity summit. For the first time, the PBA/MBC partnered with the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) to deliver a virtual day of programming dedicated to collaborative and innovative methods of promoting diversity within the profession of law and in society as a whole. The Honorable Joseph P Walsh was privileged to be a panelist in the session during the Summit entitled “Tough Talks and Crucial Action,” a series of three, candid, TED-style talks exploring the responsibilities and challenges associated with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion from a variety of perspectives. Judge Walsh, alongside his wife, Nancy O’Connor Walsh of tbdNOW, LLC, spoke of their individual and shared experiences as diversity allies both through the MBA and in their community. The panel was very well-received and appreciated by a number of attendees. Several firm attorneys also assisted as small group facilitators after Joe and Nancy’s panel. We will update this page if pictures, video, or links from the Summit become available for further viewing. Walsh Pancio congratulates the PBA/MBC and MBA on an interesting, important, and insightful programming and thanks all for the privilege of participating!

Joe Walsh Selected by the President Judge to Serve on Jury Trial Committee for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas

August 2020

The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh is honored to have been selected by the Honorable Thomas DelRicci, President Judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, to serve on the ad hoc Jury Trial Committee.

The Jury Trial Committee has been tasked with developing Jury Trial protocols for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas so that this vital Court function can resume during these precarious times as the threat of COVID-19 persists.

Safety is priority in Montgomery County. The Committee will formulate and implement protocols to ensure the safety of the jurors, witnesses, courthouse staff, attorneys, and presiding judges while at the same time allowing litigants to have their day in court.

Judge DelRicci selected Joe Walsh to serve on the Jury Trial Committee along with a group of Montgomery County Judges, Court Administration, the District Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender, and Jury Marshalling.

Joe Walsh is grateful to have been selected by the President Judge and looks forward to working with all members of the Committee.

Joe Walsh Appointed as Solicitor to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and to the Montgomery Township Municipal Sewer Authority

February 2020

The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh and the firm are honored to have been recently named as solicitor to the Montgomery County Sheriff and separately was named as solicitor to the Montgomery Township Municipal Sewer Authority. Joe and the firm will counsel both organizations with respect to a wide variety of legal matters and issues.

For the Sheriff, the firm looks forward to assisting the office in organizing and conducting the monthly Sheriff’s sales held in the Montgomery County Courthouse, and in reference to a number of permitting, service, and regulatory issues that regularly arise in the office’s daily operations.

For the MTMSA, the firm will advise on matters of personnel, real estate, employment, litigation, and various other issues that arise within the Authority’s purview.

We are grateful to have been appointed to these positions and look forward to our partnerships with these great organizations.

Mike Lyon Appointed to Montgomery Township Zoning Hearing Board

February 2020

In keeping with the firm’s dedication to community service, Walsh Pancio attorney Mike Lyon has been appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board of Montgomery Township, where he has resided for the past nine years. As a member of the Board, Mike will join his fellow Board members in considering applications for relief from the township’s zoning ordinance and appeals from the zoning officer’s determinations on the same. A past member of Montgomery Township’s Planning Commission, Mike looks forward to continuing to serve his township and its residents in this new role.

Walsh Pancio Attorneys Elected and Appointed to Leadership Roles within the Montgomery Bar Association

January 2020

Walsh Pancio attorneys are proud to be active and involved members of the Montgomery Bar Association, the pre-eminent association of attorneys in Montgomery County. Continuing the firm’s proud tradition, we are thrilled to announce that our attorneys have been elected and appointed to a number of positions within the MBA for 2020:

– The Honorable Joseph P Walsh, a former President of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section, has been re-appointed as the Chair of the MBA’s Pro Bono Committee and as Co-Chair of the Government Relations Committee.

Bruce Pancio, past President of the MBA and former chair of the Nominating Committee, has been re-appointed to the MBA’s prestigious Judiciary Committee, Bench Bar Committee, and will serve on its Council of Past Presidents.

Mike Lyon completed his term as Young Lawyers’ Section Chair and was elected to a three year term on the MBA’s Board of Directors. He was also appointed as an officer of the Law Reporter Committee and was selected as a member of the MBA’s initial Leadership Academy 2.0 edition.

Chelsea Dearden was re-appointed to the Steering Committee of the MBA’s active and growing Women in the Law Committee, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020. She was also named the Young Lawyers’ Section liaison to the MBA’s Diversity Committee.

Jason Edwards was named the Young Lawyers’ Section liaison to the Membership Committee. He was also appointed to the MBA’s award winning Solo/Small Practice Committee, Criminal Defense Committee, and Rules of Civil Court Committee.

All Walsh Pancio attorneys will also continue to be active members of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section.

The firm is thankful for the opportunity for its attorneys to take active roles within the MBA and looks forward to a great year!

Walsh Pancio is a Proud Participant in the Montgomery Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s Winter Food Drive

December 2019

Consistent with the firm’s dedication to its community and proud history of service, Walsh Pancio was proud to assist the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Montgomery Bar Association in their winter food drive to benefit Manna on Main Street in Lansdale. Together with a number of firms, professionals, individuals, and other organizations, our attorneys and staff pitched in to make a substantial donation of non-perishable food, toiletries, and essential items. This in turn will benefit Manna’s outreach to hundreds of in-need individuals and families in the North Penn area, where Walsh Pancio is also proud to call home.

Attorneys Mike Lyon and Jason Edwards were honored to assist YLS Community Outreach Director and firm friend Tim Knowles in delivering the full allotment of items for donation to Manna on December 20, 2019.

Joe Walsh Appointed to Access to Justice Task Force for the Federal Bar Association

October 2019

In October, the Honorable Joseph Walsh was appointed to the newly formed Access to Justice Task Force of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). The task force is composed of a group of attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal profession who will work to promote justice throughout the federal courts and system. In addition to serving on the FBA’s task force, Joe will continue to serve as the proud chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee.

The attorneys at Walsh Pancio remain committed to serving their communities in order to ensure that justice is dispensed efficiently, effectively, and with the utmost equality.

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