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Attorney Kathryn Lyons joined Petrelli Previtera Schimmel. Lyons will be primarily working in the family law firm’s Princeton, New Jersey, office.

Lyons practices in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, visitation, child and spousal support, property distribution, paternity and post-degree litigation.

Prior to joining Petrelli Previtera, Lyons worked at a family law firm in Illinois, where she initially joined as a law clerk. Upon receiving her law license in November 2012, she became an associate attorney. 

Elected and Appointed

Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin announced that John C. Rafferty Jr., an attorney with the firm, was appointed as a member of the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for a term expiring Dec. 1, 2021. Rafferty rejoined the firm in 2019 after serving four terms as the Pennsylvania state senator for the 44th District.

Rafferty served as the chairman of the Senate transportation committee, vice chairman of the judiciary committee and member of the appropriations, consumer protection and professional licensure and law and justice committees. He previously served on the Pennsylvania commission on crime and delinquency and in 2013 was appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate to serve on the Pennsylvania commission on sentencing.

Rafferty was a member of the Methacton school board from 1980 to 1984. After serving on the Methacton school board, he was elected to serve as a member of the Lower Providence Township board of supervisors. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association.


Pennsylvania construction and real estate law firm Horn Williamson announced that is was certified as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

The certification validates that a business is at least 51-percent owned by a woman and that management and daily business operations are controlled by at least one woman business owner. Certification requires an in-depth review of the business that confirms ownership, documents effective handling of the business, identifies documentation of capital contribution and/or expertise, and determines U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status of the owner.

It is a project of the WBENC, the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the United States and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. The firm’s attorneys handle all aspects of construction claims and commercial disputes, representing business owners, developers, contractors, material suppliers and homeowners.  

Horn Williamson assists clients with an array of construction matters, including contract review and negotiation, scopes of work, change orders, delays, mechanics’ liens and payment disputes. The firm drafts and negotiates contracts, assists with project documentation and claims, and provides construction accident defense, representation during OSHA investigations, ERISA litigation and more.  


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