Fox Rothschild hosted a panel discussion sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia on July 31.

Marcy Hart, a partner in the firm’s real estate practice, was joined by senior vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle Lauren Gilchrist and Anne Bovaird Nevins, senior vice president of marketing and business development at PIDC.

Their discussion focused on investment in certain designated census tracts nationwide and how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted the “Opportunity Zone” program.

Panelists outlined the designations of the zones, the availability of the tax incentives and how to leverage the tax benefits in real estate transactions.


Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein’s Kevin G. Amadio is a scheduled moderator and speaker for a Montgomery bar CLE.

The Montgomery Bar Association is set to present, “A Statutory Renovation of Construction Contracting: The 2018 Amendments to PA’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act” at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 4.

The CLE will provide a review of the background, context and effort of the amendments to Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act.

Amadio is a partner in Kaplin Stewart’s construction and commercial litigation group.

Prior to joining Kaplin Stewart, Amadio was a principal at Venzie, Phillips & Warshawer.

His practice at Kaplin Stewart includes real estate and construction transactional matters, construction litigation including contract claims, liens, construction-related statutes, insurance coverage, and surety bonds, and complex commercial litigation.


McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys Jennifer Will, Jon Andrews, Chris Knarr and Kathy Pape are slated speakers at the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs on Thursday at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.

Will is co-chair of the McNees Wallace labor and employment group and practices in the public sector group.

Andrews is co-chair of the real estate group and practices in the eminent domain, oil and natural gas and pipeline and oil/gas infrastructure groups.

Knarr is a land planning specialist in the McNees Wallace real estate group focused on assisting commercial and residential clients and other landowners in a variety of matters before municipal planning commissions, governing bodies and zoning hearing boards.

Pape practices in the firm’s government relations, public finance, financial services and public sector groups.


Kellie A. McGowan of Eastburn and Gray is set to serve as faculty for a full day Pennsylvania Bar Institute real estate seminar on Aug. 16 in Philadelphia.

The panel will discuss topics related to buying and selling residential property, including an introduction to some key issues often encountered in practice.

McGowan is a shareholder and practices in the real estate, land use and zoning, and banking practice areas at Eastburn and Gray.

She represents clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in residential and commercial real estate matters.

McGowan also represents clients in land use matters.

Elected and Appointed

Gross McGinley promoted Adrian K. Cousens to partner.

Cousens has litigation and trial experience before state and federal courts, including appellate courts, across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

He focuses his practice in casualty claims and defense of bodily injury matters, construction site accidents, multiparty construction defect cases, environmental/toxic tort claims, products liability claims, coverage litigation and complex general liability claims involving serious injury or death.