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Elected and Appointed

Mannion Prior’s Karl Prior was elected a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Prior concentrates his practice in Orphans’ Court and fiduciary litigation, including will contests, trust and estate disputes and attorney fee and fiduciary commission matters.

He has served as an expert in, and regularly lectures and presents bench and bar seminars on fiduciary litigation, including evidence, expert testimony and standards of proof.

He has tried matters to jury verdict and bench decision in federal court, the Civil Division of Pennsylvania’s Court of Common Pleas, and in the Orphans’ Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.


John T. McGrath Jr. was named managing attorney of the Moosic office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.

Marshall Dennehey’s Moosic office has 23 attorneys and approximately 26 support staff.

McGrath joined Marshall Dennehey in 1997 and became a shareholder of the firm in 2004.

A member of the casualty department, he currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s automobile liability practice group and as the casualty litigation supervisor for the Moosic office.

He focuses the majority of his practice on the defense of automobile liability matters, having litigated over a thousand cases to conclusion.

He is also experienced in the areas of premises liability and medical malpractice defense.


Kristen A. Olson-Gaia joined law firm Tucker Arensberg as an associate in the Pittsburgh office.

Olson-Gaia is a member of the corporate group and focuses her practice on estates and trust law including focusing estate planning and estate administration.

Olson-Gaia works with families and individuals to assist in the development of a complete estate plan, including financial and health care powers of attorney, as well as living wills.

Prior to joining private practice, Olson-Gaia was a law clerk to York County Court of Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook.


Michael A. Luongo joined Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin as an associate.

He will practice primarily in the areas of business litigation as well as assist clients with personal injury matters.

For the last six years, Luongo has served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.

While in law school, Luongo served as a summer law clerk to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi.

He is a 2010 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Camden.


Raphael, Ramsden & Behers celebrated 25 years of providing services in family law.

The Pittsburgh boutique law firm represents clients who are facing all types of family law issues.

Founding partners Robert Raphael, Mary Sue Ramsden and Carol A. Behers have practiced together for 20 years.


Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Luzerne County won the 35th annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, which took place at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg on March 23 and 24.

They also won the 2011 PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.

The Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School mock trial team is composed of students Corey Bohn, Shailee Desai, Jillayne Gumbs, Molly Leahy, Meghna Melkote, Philip Ouellette and Morgan Price.

The teacher coaches are Adam Carlisle, David Johnson and Caroline Reppert. The attorney advisers are Paul Galante and Zach Watkins.