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Amy Bentz

Amy Bentz has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Surety Claims Institute.

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Bentz Law Firm, P.C. has once again been included in the 2019 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Rankings.

David Barton Elected President Judge of Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline

(Harrisburg, Pa.) -- Bentz Law Firm attorney David Barton, who has also served in the Pennsylvania judiciary for 21 years, has been elected President Judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline. Barton was appointed as a judge on the court in May, 2015, by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

"Public confidence in our judges and justices is essential if our judicial system is to fulfill its role in our system of government. The Court of Judicial Discipline helps to maintain this confidence. I'€™m deeply gratified that my colleagues on the Court have elected me to serve as President Judge," Barton said.

Established by the Pennsylvania Constitution, the Court hears and decides cases filed by the Judicial Conduct Board alleging judicial misconduct involving every commissioned and senior judge who serves in the state judiciary.

Leonard Spagnolo Awarded Martindale-Hubbell's Silver Client Champion Award

Len Spagnolo has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's Silver Client Champion Award for 2018, which recognizes attorneys for their commitment to the best in client service, as evidenced by a 5/5 rating for client satisfaction.

Bentz Law Firm

Bentz Law Firm, P.C. has again been included in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Rankings.

Amy Bentz is chairing a panel at the 2018 Fidelity and Surety Law Midwinter Conference for the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practices Section on January 26, 2018 in Washington DC where the panel will address Issues Affecting and Impacts of Arbitration on the Surety.

Len Spagnolo is a licensed Pennsylvania Real Estate Sales Agent, associated with Century 21 Frontier Realty, the top rated Century 21 agency in Western Pennsylvania. In addition to his 33-year law practice, Len is providing real estate services through Century 21 Frontier Realty throughout Western Pennsylvania as well as relocation services nationwide. Len is the only Century 21 Frontier Realty agent with an active law practice.

Count to 90 Before You Count Your Money

Len Spagnolo has written an article explaining how businesses can be required to return payments they received for goods and services they sold to customers who end up in bankruptcy. The article, entitled "Count to 90 Before you Count Your Money" contains information every business person must know to protect their business before their customers file bankruptcy. You can access the free article by Clicking Here.

Amy Bentz

Amy Bentz has been selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

Amy Bentz is rated AV Preeminent for 2018 by Martindale Hubbell

Amy Bentz has once again been rated AV Preeminent for 2018 by Martindale Hubbell which bestows the highest honors for legal ability and ethical standards.

Bentz Law Firm, P.C. has achieved an AV rating for the 15th consecutive year.

Len Spagnolo has once again been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, with a 5/5 Martindale-Hubbell client satisfaction rating.

(Erie, Pa.) -- Bentz Law Firm attorney David Barton received the John Jeffers Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Special Court Judges Association at its June 2017 annual judicial conference in Erie, Pennsylvania. The prestigious award, designed to recognize leadership and efforts in support of the professional association, is awarded annually to a Pennsylvania judge selected by the Association's governing board.

"I'm honored to be selected by so many respected judges for this award concerning my efforts for district judges across Pennsylvania,"€ Barton said. "As judges, we all have an obligation to work for the betterment of our judicial system and the citizens of Pennsylvania," he added.

John Jeffers Memorial Award

Bentz Law Firm attorney David Barton was quoted in the May 12, 2017 Lawyer's Journal, the publication of the Allegheny County Bar Association, concerning his involvement in the Supreme Court's recent approval of the Language Access Advisory Plan for the Pennsylvania court system.

Barton, a member of the group that drafted the plan, told the Lawyer's Journal that "The plan benefits litigants by ensuring they will have equal access to justice."€ He also advised that "advancing education of court system personnel and system-related personnel will prepare them to address [language access] needs. Judges will be better prepared and have much more knowledge of how to handle such cases."

Barton was also selected to serve on a newly created team that oversees the judicial system's efforts with language access, in order the ensure that the Pennsylvania judicial system complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as it relates to equal access to justice.

"Pennsylvania is the 10th most linguistically diverse state. Just over ten percent of our 12 million citizens speak a language other than English at home," Barton said.

Amy Bentz has once again been rated AV Preeminent for 2017 by Martindale Hubbell which bestows the highest honors for legal ability and ethical standards.

Amy Bentz

Amy Bentz has been selected to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and named a Rising Star for 2017.

2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers

Bentz Law Firm, P.C. has again been included in the 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Rankings, which were published on November 2nd on the U.S. News Best Law Firms website.

Amy Bentz Selected as Program Chair

Attorney Amy Bentz has been selected to be the Program Chair for the Surety Claims Institute Conferences for the years 2017 and 2018.

Barton Works to Complete Historic Loan For Faith-Based Lender

Bentz Law Firm attorney David Barton recently completed a historic New Markets Tax Credit refinancing of a large construction project for The Chicago Tabernacle of the Assemblies of God. Representing faith-based lender Heritage Investment Services Fund, Inc. (HIS Fund), Barton, along with HIS Fund special counsel David A. York, attorneys for U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation, and attorneys for the Chicago Tabernacle of the Assemblies of God, recently completed the refinancing of nearly Nine Million Dollars in debt which permitted the Chicago Tabernacle to take advantage of an additional $1.5 Million in investment.

This new investment was made possible by federal and state laws involving New Markets Tax Credits designed to spur investment in economically distressed communities.

HIS Fund, based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is a national lender to Assemblies of God Churches, and the transaction is believed to be the largest for a Pennsylvania faith-based lender involving New Markets Tax Credits.

David Barton Appointed to Court of Judicial Discipline

David Barton was sworn in on June 5, 2015 as a judge of the Court of Judicial Discipline. Barton was appointed to a four year term by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The Court of Judicial Discipline has jurisdiction over all judicial officers in Pennsylvania and must hear and decide formal charges which are filed against a judicial officer.

Judicial officers include all magisterial district judges; judges of the Courts of Common Pleas, the Commonwealth Court and the Superior Court; and justices of the Supreme Court. The Court of Judicial Discipline has the authority to impose sanctions, ranging from a reprimand to removal from office, if the formal charges are sustained.

The Supreme Court appoints two judges, a magisterial district judge, and a non-lawyer. The Governor appoints one judge, two lawyers and one non-lawyer member. Barton's appointment fulfills the constitutional requirement that one of the eight member seats be a commissioned magisterial district judge, a position that Barton has held since 1996.

Amy Bentz to Speak at Surety Claims Institute Seminar

Amy Bentz has been chosen to speak at the Surety Claims Institute Seminar being held June 24, 2015 through June 26, 2015. The topic she will be speaking on is "Ethics: The Duties of a Surety Lawyer and the Ethical Traps in Keeping, Maintaining and Producing Electronically Stored Information."

David Barton Selected As Solicitor For Judicial Association

Bentz Law Firm attorney David Barton was selected to serve as Solicitor for the Sixth District of the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania. The Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania is recognized by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as representing the interests of Pennsylvania's 558 magisterial district and Philadelphia municipal court judges. The Association's sixth district encompasses Allegheny County and its 45 magisterial district judges. As solicitor, Barton will counsel and advise the Allegheny County association in various matters. Barton replaces Judge Dennis R. Joyce, who became solicitor for the statewide association in May.

Amy Bentz

Amy Bentz has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America listing in the practice area of Construction Law.

Leonard Spagnolo Appointed as a Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator in Federal Courts

Len Spagnolo has been appointed as a mediator and early neutral evaluator in two federal courts, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

 

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Areas of Practice

  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Emerging Companies
  • Employement Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Insurance Law
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Real Property Law
  • Surety and Fidelity Law