Additions

Sireen I. Tucker joined High Swartz’s real estate practice as an associate.

Tucker concentrates her practice in real estate and land use law, as well as municipal and governmental law.

She is a member of the Montgomery and Pennsylvania bar associations.

Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris hired attorney Michael L. Kemp.

Kemp’s practice focuses on commercial lending transactions.

Elected and Appointed

Denis E. Elliott became a partner in Kegel Kelin Almy & Lord.

She is chair of the firm’s labor and employment law group and a member of the education law group, where she focuses on tax assessment appeals.

Jason T. Confair was also named a partner.

He is a member of the firm’s corporate and business law group, real estate law group, and education law group.

J. Edmund Mullin, co-chair of the real estate and land use department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, was appointed by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas to be a master for the Tax Assessment Appeal Mediation Program.

The program was designed to reduce the large backlog of assessment appeal cases pending before the court.

Mullin has been practicing real estate and land use law for more than 40 years.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney promoted eight attorneys to shareholder, 12 to counsel and three to senior attorney firmwide, effective Feb. 1.

Promotions in the area include:

• Robert L. Burns, shareholder.

• William J. Moorhead, shareholder.

• Andrew J. Shapren, shareholder.

• Samantha L. Southall, shareholder.

• Jaime S. Tuite, shareholder.

• Christopher A. Amar, counsel.

• Patrick T. Casey, counsel.

• Ralph G. Fischer, counsel.

• Rose E. Isard, counsel.

• Erin J. McLaughlin, counsel.

• Lori W. Rooney, counsel.

• Jordan M. Webster, counsel.

• Jason P. Wrona, counsel.

• Alexandra P. West, senior attorney.

Andrew H. Ralston Jr., a partner at Gross McGinley, was elected as the chairman of the board of directors of the Velodrome Fund, a nonprofit foundation that manages and operates the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

Ralston focuses his practice on insurance and medical malpractice defense litigation, commercial litigation, zoning litigation and intellectual property litigation.

Announcements

Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano opened a new office location in Chester County, Pa.

The Malvern office is available for client meetings by appointment only and can be reached directly at 610-335-1111.

Pond Lehocky is also available via the firm’s main number at 215-568-7500.

In addition, the firm is opening an office in Scranton, Pa. •