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Meet the Newest Additions to our Board of Directors
Among his notable accomplishments, Marc Jonas
was named 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Land
Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area,
by Best Lawyers in America®. In addition to the
2017 Lawyer of the Year recognition, Marc has
been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®
in the field of Land Use and Zoning law and Litigation in Land Use
and Zoning law, 2012-present; selected for inclusion in Real Estate/
Land Use law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for
Business, 2014-present; selected by peers for inclusion in Pennsylvania
Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-present; and rated AV® Preeminent®
by Martindale-Hubbell. Marc has extensive experience in real estate,
land use, municipal law, and zoning matters, representing individuals,
businesses, institutions, non-profit organizations and municipalities.
He has practiced land use and real estate law for more than 30 years.
In his career, Marc has appeared in Pennsylvania state and federal
courts in matters involving land use and real estate law. Marc's diverse
practice has included the representation of developers of residential,
commercial, institutional, and religious land uses. He has represented
neighbors concerned about the impacts of certain proposed land
uses. He has been retained as an expert witness in an assortment of
legal matters, ranging from zoning to condemnation to family law.
He serves as Solicitor to Kennett Square Borough and Solicitor to
the Zoning Hearing Boards of Towamencin, Upper Merion and
Lower Salford Townships. He has been qualified as an expert witness
in zoning law in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery
County and has published articles in the Tri-State Real Estate Journal,
Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal, Township Solicitor, The
Legal Intelligencer, and The American Bar Association ABA Journal.
Marc served for 3 years as Chairman of the Board of the Montgomery
County Planning Commission between 2012 and 2014.
Founder and Managing Partner James F. Mannion
concentrates his practice exclusively on Orphans'
Court litigation, and is recognized as a leading
member of Pennsylvania's Orphans' Court Bar.
His practice includes fiduciary litigation, will
contests, trust disputes, estate litigation, guardianship proceedings
and litigation, fee and commission disputes, and non-profit/charitable
litigation. James has successfully litigated at the trial and appellate
court levels, and is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the United
States Tax Court Bar. He has served as lead counsel on numerous cases
of first impression, including the first reported decision recognizing a
claim for tortious interference with an inheritance under Pennsylvania
law, and the 2005 Pennsylvania Superior Court en banc decision in
W.W. Smith Trust. James is a member of the Joint State Government
Commission Advisory Committee on Decedents' Estate Law, and
serves as Deputy Counsel to The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's
Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee. James is a Fellow
of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC).
He lectures frequently on fiduciary litigation and Orphans' Court
matters, and has served as an expert witness in fiduciary litigation
matters. James has been included in the 2017 Edition of The Best
Lawyers in America©, an honor he has received for fifteen consecutive
years. James has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in

Trusts and Estates from 2003-2010, and in Litigation - Trusts and
Estates from 2011-2017. James earned his B.B.A. in Accounting in
1987 from Pace University. In 1990, he received a Juris Doctor with
Highest Honors from The George Washington University National
Law Center, where he was a member of The George Washington
Law Review, Moot Court Board, and Order of the Coif. In 1993, he
earned an LLM in Taxation from the Villanova University School of
In 2010, Jill Moffitt became a child advocate
for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project
(MCAP). As the Staff Attorney, she not only
represents abused and neglected children but
assists volunteer advocates with their cases. Ms.
Moffitt began her career as a contract attorney and spent time working
for a local family practice and several large firms on class action
lawsuits. She then moved to legal malpractice defense. In 2012, she
began practicing insurance defense, where she litigated motor vehicle
and slip and fall accidents and was successful in several motions and
Joan joined Marshall Dennehey in 1997. As a
member of the Health Care Department, she
concentrates in litigation involving hospitals,
nursing homes, long-term care facilities, residential
facilities, physicians, nurses and dentists, as well
as other health care issues. After spending a year in Jakarta, Indonesia
as a foreign exchange student, Joan attended LaSalle University, where
she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. She then attended
Widener University School of Law where she earned her juris doctor
in December 1986. Joan's legal education also included courses at
Notre Dame School of Law, London, England, and The Dickenson
Law School, Florence, Italy. Since completing her education, Joan
has focused her practice on the field of medical litigation. After
graduation, she first worked at O'Brien & Ryan, where her practice
concentrated on the defense of medical malpractice cases.
Barbara Smith is a Partner at McTighe, Weiss &
O'Rourke, P.C. She practices in several areas at this
small firm, including counseling clients on their
Estate and Trusts needs, Estate Administration,
and Contract interpretation; however, most of
her time is spent supporting the firm's Litigation practice. Prior to
passing the bar at age 47, Ms. Smith served as a Scout Leader, PTA
Director and Band Mom during her three children's school careers
while managing her husband's engineering's firm non-profit accounts
and working as a bookkeeper for a law firm. Despite years of absence
from school, she was able to successfully finish in the top 10% of
her law school class. Since graduating from Widener University
School of Law, Barb has been actively involved in the Montgomery
Bar Association including in the Women in the Law Committee
and Membership Committee. She has also been privileged to serve
as an Appointee on the Judiciary Committee and as a Trustee of the

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