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Brian H. Leinhauser obtains new Charter for Vision Academy Charter School on Appeal from the William Penn School District

Brian H. Leinhauser and Nicole C. Freiler obtain new Charter for Vision Academy Charter School on Appeal from the William Penn School District

Brian H. Leinhauser and Nicole C. Freiler represented Vision Academy Charter School in its bid to obtain a Charter from the William Penn School District.  After a difficult battle put up by the District, Mr. Leinhauser and Ms. Freiler successfully persuaded the Charter School Appeals Board in Harrisburg to grant a new charter to the School.  The MacMain Law Group will continue its work and assist Vision Academy as it prepares to open in September 2015 to serve the students of the William Penn School District.

Brian H. Leinhauser Elected Chairman of the Operating Board of the Community Y of Eastern Delaware County

Brian H. Leinhauser Elected Chairman of the Operating Board of the Community Y of Eastern Delaware County

Congratulations to Brian H. Leinhauser who was elected Chairman of the Operating Board of the Community Y of Eastern Delaware County.  The Community Y is a charitable association dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind and body and committed to being a positive part of family life by promoting the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

David MacMain and Matthew Connell Present at Prison Risk Workshop

David MacMain and Matthew Connell Present At Prison Risk Workshop

David MacMain and Matthew Connell presented at the Prison Risk Workshop hosted by the County Commissioners of Pennsylvania on November  6, 2014 in State College Pennsylvania.  David spoke about “The Prison Rape Elimination Act” and “Use of Force,” and Matt spoke on “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” as it affects County correctional facilities. The conference was attended by over 50 correctional and county officials from across Pennsylvania.

David MacMain and Charles Starnes Win at Trial

David MacMain and Charles Starnes Win At Trial

David MacMain and Charles Starnes successfully defended three police officers in a Section 1983 ‘excessive force’ claim brought by a plaintiff who was acquitted in the underlying criminal case of resisting arrest and assaulting the officers. The trial was held before the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After 3 days of testimony from 6 witnesses, the 11 person jury returned a verdict in favor of the police officers on November 13, 2014 in just under 1 ½ hours.

MacMain and Ambrose Present at Police Seminar

David MacMain and Tricia Ambrose Present At Police Seminar

David MacMain and Tricia Ambrose conducted a training session on October 17, 2014 for police supervisors from various departments from Lehigh and Northampton Counties, and hosted by the Bethlehem Police Department, that addressed legal developments and recent court decisions affecting police officers and agencies, preventing and defending civil rights lawsuits, and policy and operational issues.

Brian Leinhauser and Matthew Connell speak at County Commissioners Association Fall Workshop

Brian Leinhauser and Matthew Connell speak at County Commissioners Association Fall Workshop

Brian Leinhauser and Matthew Connell were speakers at the annual Fall Workshop of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg Pa. on September 25, 2014. Mr. Leinhauser presented on recent developments in labor and employment law which impact municipalities and public employers and the impact of social media in the workplace. Mr. Connell presented on supervisory and municipal liability in civil rights actions and hot topics impacting county prisons and Children and Youth agencies.

MacMain, Connell and Freiler Win at Trial

MacMain, Connell and Freiler Win At Trial

David MacMain and Matthew Connell, with pre-trial and trial support from Nicole Freiler, successfully defended two correctional officers in a Section 1983 ‘failure to protect’ claim brought by an inmate who was savagely attacked by an another inmate resulting in over 100 stitches to his face and neck. The trial was held before the Honorable Thomas O’Neill in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Plaintiff was represented by 3 lawyers from the 200+ lawyer Philadelphia office of The Dechert Law Firm. After 3 days of testimony from 7 witnesses, the 8 person jury returned a verdict in favor of the corrections officers in just under 2 hours.

Brian Leinhauser Published in Pennsylvania County News Magazine

Brian H. Leinhauser’s Article On Unions in the Public Sector Workplace Published In Pennsylvania County News

Brian H. Leinhauser had his article providing an overview of how to manage relationships with employees and unions in the public sector workplace published in Pennsylvania County News, a publication of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.  In the article, Mr. Leinhauser describes the various stages of the relationship between public sector employers, their employees and the unions that do or wish to represent the employees and describes appropriate parameters for conduct on the part of county officials with unions or unionizing employees to avoid unnecessary penalties from the PLRB or difficulties in the formation or bargaining process.

Charles Starnes Published in Summer Edition of Prime Watch

Charles Starnes Has Article Published In Summer Edition of PrimeWatch

Charles Starnes’ article titled “Social Media: Friend or Foe” was published in the  Summer edition of PrimeWatch – a quarterly publication of The Pennsylvania Municipal League which is circulated to municipal officials throughout the state. Starnes’ article addressed the impact of social media upon litigation, and suggested guidelines and policies that municipalities may wish to follow in this area.

MacMain and Leinhauser Named Super Lawyers

MacMain and Leinhauser Named Super Lawyers  (June 14, 2014)

David MacMain was named a 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of Civil Rights, and Brian Leinhauser was named a 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Star in the field of Labor and Employment. This is the ninth year David has received this honor, and fourth year that Brian has been honored.  Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis and represents the top 5% of all lawyers in a given practice field. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Only 2.5% of eligible lawyers are selected as Rising Stars.