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Williams Family Law partner Robert J. Salzer presented at the 2018 Bench Bar Conference hosted by the Bucks County Bar Association.

Salzer spoke at a program titled “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: A Family Court Perspective,” participating in a panel that included Bucks County Family Court Judges Brian T. McGuffin, James M. McMaster and Jeffrey G. Trauger.

The session discussed last year’s tax code overhaul and its effects on separation, divorce and marital dissolution planning.


McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys Pamela Polacek and Matthew Pritchard, as well as specialist Kevin Murray, presented at the Northern Ohio & Western Pennsylvania Energy Management Institute in Akron, Ohio.

Polacek took part in a session offering insight on significant Pennsylvania regulatory and legislative developments, including the potential “nuclear bailout”, alternative ratemaking initiatives and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Combined Heat and Power policy statement.

In a separate session, Pritchard discussed significant FirstEnergy Ohio rate components, appeals of FirstEnergy’s energy efficiency and electric security plans, impacts from reduction in federal corporate income tax, and impact of FirstEnergy Solutions’ pending bankruptcy on utility rates.

Murray provided a session on PJM’s response to FERC’s resilience proceedings, changes to energy price formation and the latest PJM effort to address fuel security issues as part of PJM’s capacity market.

Polacek practices in the McNees Wallace energy and environmental practice group.

Pritchard also practices in the firm’s energy and environmental practice group and focuses on the counsel of large industrial and commercial customers with facilities in Ohio on energy and utility matters.

Murray is a technical specialist in the McNees Wallace energy and environmental practice group and is the executive director of the Industrial Energy Users-Ohio.

Elected and Appointed

Michael J. Blum, an attorney with Gross McGinley, was appointed to the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown.

The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown helps local young people achieve their full potential through programs related to character and leadership, education and career development, health and life skills, sports and fitness, and the arts.

Blum is a litigator, assisting in medical malpractice defense, general liability defense and criminal matters.

He also has a background in plaintiff’s personal injury and criminal defense.

Blum is a member of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, formerly serving as vice chair of the Young Lawyers Division.

Blum has also served as a coach and judge for high school mock trial programs.


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