On January 12, 2023, Walsh Pancio attorneys were once again proud to participate in the Montgomery Bar Association (“MBA“) Annual Business Luncheon, which took place at The Country House at Bluestone Country Club in Blue Bell, PA.
The firm congratulates Immediate Past President Sarinia M. Fenman on a tremendous year in charge of the MBA. The firm also congratulates newly installed President Justin Bayer on his position and looks forward to a terrific year under his direction.
The firm is proud to announce that its Founding Partner The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh was installed as the Secretary of the MBA and will serve alongside MBA President Bayer, President-Elect Lisa Shearman, Vice President Seth Wilson, Treasurer Colin O’Boyle, and Executive Director Denise Vicario. He will continue his role as Chair of the MBA’s influential Government Relations Committee.
Founding Partner and Past MBA President Bruce Pancio will continue to serve as Co-Chair of the Council of Past Presidents and will continue to serve on numerous MBA committees including the Bench Bar Committee, Judiciary Committee, Managing Partners Committee, Membership/Development Committee, and Rules of Civil Court Committee.
Attorney Mike Lyon will serve as Chair of the Law Reporter Committee and Treasurer of the Trial Lawyers Section and will continue to serve on numerous MBA committees including the Bench Bar Committee, Federal Court Practice Committee, Fee Dispute Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Rules of Civil Court Committee.
Attorney Chelsea Dearden will serve as Co-Chair of the esteemed Women in the Law Committee and will Chair the Social Committee of the Young Lawyers Section. In addition to her leadership rules, she will continue to serve on numerous MBA committees.
Attorney Jason Edwards will serve as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section and Co-Chair of the Membership/Development Committee. In addition to his leadership rules, he will continue to serve on numerous MBA committees.
All the firm’s attorneys 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.