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.
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 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!
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.
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.
On September 26, 2019, Mike Lyon served as a panelist for a new presentation to the Leadership Academy of the Montgomery Bar Association on the interesting issue of serving on the board of directors of a non-profit or charitable organization. Mike’s presentation continues a long history of service to the community that is central to the identity of Walsh Pancio and continues to inspire the firm.
Mike is a proud member of the Board of Directors at Manna on Main Street, a food distribution and hunger eradication organization in Lansdale, PA and also serves as a Director for the MBA. He shared his experiences as a director with both organizations and related tips for work-life balance, practice management, and best practices for attorneys serving on nonprofit boards. Mike served on the panel with a distinguished list of presenters, including David Zellers, the Director of Commerce for Montgomery County, PA, Kate Q. Williams, Esq., Associate General Counsel for the Merakey Foundation and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Scattergood Foundation, and Chinwe Onyekere, MPH, System Director for Health Equity and Designated Institutional Official at Main Line Health and a board member or chair at several organizations.
On September 18, 2019, the Honorable Joseph P Walsh served as a panelist for a special presentation and continuing legal education (CLE) seminar for the Montgomery Bar Association‘s (MBA) Trial Lawyers Section. Judge Walsh, along with fellow MBA member and Lansdale attorney Marc Steinberg, Esq., presented a comprehensive discussion of tips, strategies, and procedures to use (and not to use) during closing argument in civil and criminal trials.
Walsh Pancio is proud of its long partnership with the MBA, and Judge Walsh, as a past President of the Trial Lawyers’ Section, was particularly excited to have been asked to be a panelist for this panel. The presentation was extremely well-attended.
The program has now been available by the MBA for online CLE credit and download. A link to preview Joe’s presentation, and to purchase it for CLE credit, is here.
In March of 2019, Mike Lyon was privileged to be appointed as a Zone 9 Delegate to the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA). The House of Delegates is the PBA’s primary policy-making body, and controls and adopts the PBA’s official position on a wide range of issues affecting the law, statute, and legal issues throughout Pennsylvania. Only a limited number of attorneys are appointed from Montgomery County each year as delegates. Mike joins Bruce Pancio as firm representatives from Montgomery County, continuing the firm’s proud tradition of remaining active in bar associations and professional organization.
Walsh Pancio is proud to welcome Jason J. Edwards, Esq. to the firm. Jason will focus his practice on general casualty and liability defense, as well as commercial litigation, throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Risa Vetri Ferman of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Prior to his clerkship, he worked for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office in a variety of roles, and received two District Attorney Commendations. Jason is a 2015 graduate of Widener University’s Delaware Law School, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University in 2010. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, where he currently serves as Young Lawyers’ Section Liaison for Government Attorneys and is active in several committees and sections.
At the annual business meeting of Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) on January 11, 2019, Mike Lyon was elected as the Chair of the MBA’s Young Lawyers’ Section and will serve in that role for 2019. The Young Lawyers’ Section is comprised of any MBA member under the age of 35 years old, as well as any member who has been in practice for less than five years. As Chair of the Section, Mike will coordinate the Sections’ activities throughout the year and will promote the involvement of younger lawyers in professional, networking, and business development activities within the MBA. He will also represent the Section on the MBA’s Board of Directors for 2019.
At the annual business meeting of Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) on January 11, 2019, Chelsea Dearden was appointed as the liaison for MBA’s Young Lawyers’ Section to the MBA’s Women in the Law Committee and will serve in that role for 2019. The Women in the Law Committee actively addresses professional and personal issues affecting women who practice law and are members within the MBA. In her role, Chelsea will assist the Committee in planning programs and events for its members, and will represent the Young Lawyers’ Section’s interests and ideas in advocating to the Committee.
In December of 2018, Mike Lyon was elected to the Board of Directors of Manna on Main Street, a nonprofit organization in Lansdale, PA dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty in the greater Lansdale and North Penn area. Manna’s food pantry serves thousands of individuals in need every year, and reaches thousands more through its partnerships with other anti-hunger organizations and through many other services it provides. Mike was also appointed to Manna’s governance committee and will assist the organization in the appointment of new board members, officers, and volunteers to assist Manna in carrying out its’ mission. Mike’s appointment exemplifies the firm’s dedication to its community and commitment to service, a value that is central to its work both on behalf of clients and outside the office.
In September of 2018, the Honorable Joseph P. Walsh successfully completed training and study to become a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA). The AAA is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of dispute resolution services to litigants who elect to use its out-of-court processes. The process of becoming an arbitrator involved several days and hours of training, lessons, and interpersonal activities and events. Having been certified, Joe will hear and decide commercial, construction, and consumer matters that arise under the jurisdiction of AAA, or that parties elect to submit to AAA.