Steve Lupin is the Managing Partner of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin and was named by the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers as the 2012 James P. Fox Trial Lawyer of the Year. Steve is a past President of the Montgomery Bar Association (2010) and is a past President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation (2012-2015), where he is a life fellow and member of the Stefan and Taxis circles. He currently serves as Vice President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation.
Steve is experienced in almost every aspect of personal injury, business and commercial litigation. With regard to personal injury, he has represented clients in motor vehicle accidents (car, truck and motorcycle), medical malpractice and products cases. In commercial litigation, he has rebuffed the challenge of the constitutionality of the Montgomery County Personal Property Tax Law (the Annenberg case) and has been in the forefront of obtaining a reduction of the equivalent dwelling unit as established by the Montgomery County Sewer Authority. Steve has represented many condominium associations involved in litigation, recently obtaining a significant settlement safeguarding a condominium association’s ownership of a clubhouse and all community amenities.
A partner with Hamburg Rubin since April 1981, Steve has vast experience in preparing and trying complex, high stakes cases and bet-the-house commercial litigation. In addition, he has teamed effectively with lawyers of prominent national firms, including Arnold & Porter, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody and Agnello, and others, to prepare commercial and business litigation cases for trial in Federal and State courts. As a result of his many accomplishments, he has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for the years 2005-2018 and as a Super Lawyer in the Corporate Counsel Edition for the years 2008-2014. Steve has served as President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a long-time member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association), and for the last thirteen years has authored a regular Commercial Litigation column in the PAJustice News. Steve has been twice appointed a Zone 9 Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. Recently, Steve was presented with the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Public Service Award. Steve is an active member and Past President of the Montgomery American Inn of Court. A graduate of Temple University School of Law (J.D. 1973), Steve received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 1970).
Steve is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society whose purpose is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Members are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.
He was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for the years 2013-2019. Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin has been selected as a “Best Law Firm” for the years 2015-2018 by U.S. News and World Report. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.
Steve was selected to the 2016, 2017, and 2018 lists as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Kathleen A. Maloles is a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. She counsels executors, administrators and trustees in effectively and efficiently administering simple to complex estates and trusts from inception to end. Kathleen utilizes her previous experience working in the Title Insurance Industry at DST Land Transfer, Inc. and the Law Offices of Harper J. Dimmerman, P.C. when representing clients with real property issues in conjunction with administering and settling decedent’s estates. Kathleen also represents clients in matters before the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court and New Jersey Superior Court.
Kathleen’s estate administration practice includes assisting clients with ancillary probate, preparing death tax returns, fiduciary income tax returns, as well as informal and formal court accountings. She has a proven track record of informally settling decedent’s estates, whether they be solvent or insolvent. Kathleen also has experience in settling decedent’s debts with creditors and abating interest and penalties assessed by the IRS. Prior to joining HRMM&L, Kathleen served as Chair of the Trusts & Estates Practice at Solomon Berschler, P.C. She previously was a partner at Lam & Maloles, LLC, and also headed the Estate Administration Department at a boutique firm specializing in Trusts and Estates Law in Center City Philadelphia.
A cum laude graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Psychology, Kathleen earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law. In 2009, she received an Estate Planning Certification through the Graduate Tax Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Kathleen was also named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars 2010 Edition. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
During her free time, Kathleen serves as Legal Counsel to the Board of Directors for the Philippine Medical Society of Greater Philadelphia and the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association, Tri-State. She also speaks about trusts and estates matters in various Filipino associations.
Kathleen is a resident of Haverford Township, Delaware County. She also enjoys spending her free time with her husband, son and daughter. Additionally, she volunteers for Wills for Heroes, the American Cancer Society and Wags Rescue.
J. Scott Maxwell started his legal career as a judge advocate with the United States Marine Corps. For the last 40 years, he has focused his practice on utility and municipal law, banking, finance and business law. Scott is recognized as a leader in the representation of municipal entities in the area of utility law. Scott is the East Region Solicitor of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association and speaks regularly at its annual convention, which hosts over 600 municipal authorities throughout the Commonwealth. Recently, he was awarded the Association’s William H. Markus Award of Excellence. It is the highest honor given by the organization and it recognizes Maxwell’s “distinguished service to the Municipal Authorities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and outstanding personal service to the PMAA.” Scott represents four municipal authorities (two since 1974) in the water and sewer sectors and is often sought out by authorities that he doesn’t represent to serve as a consultant due to his extensive knowledge of this area of the law. Scott’s practice also includes handling financial transactions involving the local banking community and municipal-bond underwriters. In addition to working on bond issues for his municipal clients, he has also represented lenders in tax-free financing of municipal, non-profit and manufacturing projects. Scott has qualified for and is listed in the Red Book as an attorney permitted to issue bond opinions. Active in the venture capital area, Scott has assisted clients in obtaining cable TV franchises, spotting fuel oil barges and acquiring foreign companies. He is a former member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, a past president of the Montgomery Bar Association and a past member of its Board of Directors. Scott obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Kevin McGrath is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Trusts & Estates Departments. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in both English Literature and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. 2010) and his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 2015). At Villanova, Kevin served as an Associate Editor for the Villanova Law Review and as a student attorney for the school’s Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic. He also completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Prior to attending law school, Kevin spent two years teaching middle school English and United States history as a member of Teach for America’s Houston, TX Corps.
Joseph J. McGrory, Jr. is Chairman of the Municipal Law Department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin, and a member of the Real Estate Department. He has 34 years of experience handling zoning, subdivision, land development and municipal law matters. Joe currently serves as Township Solicitor for Upper Merion Township, Limerick Township, Douglass (Berks) Township, West Vincent (Chester) Township, East Whiteland (Chester) Township, and West Conshohocken Borough. He has represented many townships in the past and he is currently special counsel to townships for difficult or complex cases. In the land use area, Joe has significant experience in cases involving power plants, quarries, mobile home parks, high rise complexes, a 2,000 unit complex, billboards, trash to energy plants and many other difficult land use cases. A past chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association Real Estate Committee, Joe has also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Joe is the past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has been elected as a voting member to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. A frequent lecturer on real estate law subjects, Joe has been called upon to speak several times at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Real Estate Institute and at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. In 1998, Joe formed the Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association and he continues to be its solicitor and a frequent speaker at its meetings. Joe has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers each year. A graduate of Delaware Law School, (J.D. 1983), Joe received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University (B.S. 1980).
Over the course of his career, Joe has participated in over 2,000 municipal meetings or zoning hearings in the following municipalities:
Abington Township, Bridgeport Borough, Collegeville Borough, Conshohocken Borough, Douglass Township, East Norriton Township, Horsham Township, Lansdale Borough, Limerick Township, Limerick Township Code Appeals Board, Limerick Township Industrial Development Authority, Lower Frederick Township, Lower Gwynedd Township, Lower Merion Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Lower Providence Township, Lower Salford Township, Marlborough Township, Montgomery Township, New Hanover Township, Norristown Borough, North Wales Borough, Pennsburg Borough, Perkiomen Township, Plymouth Township, Plymouth Township Zoning Hearing Board, Pottstown Borough, Royersford Borough, Salford Township, Schwenksville Borough, Skippack Township, Towamencin Township, Trappe Borough, Upper Dublin Township, Upper Frederick Township, Upper Gwynedd Township, Upper Hanover Township, Upper Merion Township, Upper Merion Township General Authority, Upper Merion Township Transportation Authority, Upper Merion Township Zoning Hearing Board, Upper Pottsgrove Township, Upper Providence Township, Upper Salford Township, West Conshohocken Borough, West Conshohocken Borough Code Appeals Board, West Conshohocken Municipal Authority, West Pottsgrove Township, Whitemarsh Township, Whitpain Township, Worcester Township
East Coventry Township, East Nantmeal Township, East Whiteland Township, North Coventry Township, Phoenixville Borough, Uwchlan Township, West Pikeland Township, West Vincent Township
Amity Township, District Township (Special Counsel), Douglass Township, Douglass Township Code Appeals Board, Exeter Township, Hereford Township (Special Counsel), Leesport Borough, Longswamp Township, Maidencreek Township, Maxatawny Township, Topton Borough, Washington Township
Doylestown Borough, Langhorne Borough, Milford Township, Perkasie Borough, Solebury Township, Upper Southampton Township, West Rockhill Township
Catasauqua Borough, Lower Macungie Township, Upper Macungie Township, Upper Saucon Township
North Manheim Township
In addition, Joe has served as Special Counsel for the following municipalities:
Borough of Bridgeport, District Township, Berks County, Hereford Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township Zoning Hearing Board, Lower Providence Township, and Montgomery County
J. Edmund Mullin co-chairs the Real Estate and Land Use Department of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. Practicing real estate, zoning and land use law for over 40 years, he has established a noted reputation in the areas of municipal and land use law in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Ed represents Fortune 500 companies as well as emerging businesses in industries ranging from oil producers through pharmaceuticals to retail businesses. He not only deals with townships and boroughs, but with PennDOT, DEP, and the county conservation districts for NPDES permits. Two of his major attributes as an advocate are first, his friendly relationships with municipal officials and staff and second, his ability to construct effective solutions without going through a lot of red tape. Long committed to serving the legal profession and real estate community, Ed serves as Chairman of the Joint State Government Commission charged with rewriting the real estate laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ed has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) and also as its Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President. He is a past chair of the MBA’s Community Outreach Committee, and a past President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation. Ed is also active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association where he is a member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Evaluation Commission as well as a retired member of the House of Delegates. He is a member of the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS), which is a group of approximately 200 attorneys nationwide who work with the National Association of Home Builders. Ed is also a member of the American Land Title Association’s Title Action Network, a group formed to communicate with legislators, statewide and federal, on issues affecting the land title industry. In addition, Ed is a Founding Member of the Irish-American Society and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Continental Bank, which merged into Bryn Mawr Trust Company. Ed received the Muhlenberg Award for Leadership from the Historical Society of Trappe and was named to the Hall of Fame of the Homebuilders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. He has been consistently named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list since 2004 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America 2014-2019. He was named the Best Lawyers®2019 Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia. “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions “are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.” Ed is a retired member of the Board of Consultors of Villanova University School of Law. He served for 20 years on the Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees, and was head of the Century Club Committee of the Muhlenberg House Restoration Project of the Trappe Historical Society. Ed is also on the Board of Trustees of Mercy Career & Technical High School and was Chairman of the Board at Saint Mary’s Villa. He received both his undergraduate (B.A. 1963) and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1966).
Paul Mullin is a Principal of the firm and a member of the Real Estate and Zoning Department, the Municipal Law Department, and the Medical Marijuana Department. Paul has represented and advised public and private clients in all stages of real estate transactions, including subdivision and land development, zoning, and the regulatory permit approval process. Paul’s diverse client base and background give him the understanding of all perspectives of a real estate transaction which permits him to recognize and troubleshoot potential issues to best serve his clients.
Paul has represented a variety of corporate, individual, and municipal clients in zoning and land use proceedings governed by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code in order to enable them to fully utilize their respective properties. Such representation has resulted in approvals and recommendations from not only the local governing bodies, zoning hearing boards, and planning commissions, but also state agencies involved in the development process, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Paul’s representation has run the gamut from obtaining land development approvals for a national hotel chain to obtaining zoning relief for a municipal water tank to obtaining pool variances for individuals. Paul has been able to advise his development clients on various liquor licensing matters, including liquor license transfers. Paul has further been able to advise his development clients with the ever changing stormwater management regulations, including the PCSM regulations applicable to NPDES permits.
In the area of municipal law, Paul currently serves as solicitor or special counsel to various municipal authorities and municipalities. He has advised his respective boards on personnel, employment, condemnation, litigation, procurement and Right-To-Know matters. He has developed a niche in areas governed by the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act, specifically sanitary sewer, and water related matters. He has advised his respective boards on state and federal regulatory permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters.
In the area of medical marijuana, Paul has advised his clients on the land use and zoning regulations governing medical marijuana facilities. To that end, Paul has assisted his clients obtain zoning and land development approvals for both medical marijuana growing/ processing facilities and dispensaries.
Nathan Murawsky is a Principal of the firm. Nathan has represented injured persons in personal injury matters for over twenty years, and has obtained significant settlements and verdicts in the representation of his clients. His experience includes cases involving auto accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, professional negligence, liquor liability, defective products and civil rights violations cases. Nathan has tried dozens of cases to verdict in courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Attorneys not only in the Philadelphia area but throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania refer their clients to Nathan due to his vast experience in the courtroom.
Nathan has also argued appeals before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Superior Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has lectured in the areas of automobile and premises liability law, estate issues in wrongful death cases, and the impact of social media and information technology in personal injury actions. Mr. Murawsky also served a three year term as an Executive Committee Member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division. As a result of his experience, knowledge, and reputation, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas approved Nathan to sit as a settlement master for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In this role, he presides over settlement conferences for major cases in the Philadelphia Court system. A graduate of Brandeis University (1992), Nathan earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1995.
Ethan O’Shea is a Principal of the firm and has been a member of the Litigation Department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin for 18 years. He currently chairs the firm’s Employment Law Group. His practice focuses on employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal law. Ethan has counseled corporate and individual clients on a variety of employment, commercial and criminal matters. Ethan also appears regularly before the PA Human Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has tried cases in the federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Ethan was a Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as a member of the Child and Sexual Abuse Unit and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases in the Court of Common Pleas. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, Ethan served as a Law Clerk for The Honorable Edward G. Biester, Jr., Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Ethan is a member of the Pennsylvania, Bucks and Montgomery Bar Associations. He has lectured for the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Montgomery Bar Association and People’s Law School concerning employment law and employment law. Ethan is secretary of the Montgomery Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section, chair of the Montgomery Bar Association Employment Law Committee, and past vice-chair of the Criminal Defense Committee. Ethan serves as Secretary of the Plymouth Community Ambulance Association, has been a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montgomery County and Bucks County, and has served as a board member for the Montgomery County Victim-Offender Conferencing program. A graduate of Bucknell University with a degree in International Relations (B.A. 1990), Ethan received his J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1993. In 2003, he attended the Academy of Advocacy of Temple University.
Merle Ochrach, a principal with the firm, has been practicing real estate, banking, and municipal law for over twenty years. Merle has represented numerous municipalities, municipal authorities (water and sewer and industrial development authorities), lending institutions, developers and homeowners. Merle represents a number of industrial development authorities with regard to tax exempt financing. Merle is listed in the Bond Buyer’s Red Book. Through the industrial developmental authorities she represents she is able to assist non-profit and manufacturing companies with tax exempt loans ranging in scope from several million dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars. Merle negotiates and settles commercial lending transactions and secures sophisticated financing for borrowers and represents banks alike.
Because of her in-depth knowledge of the requirements of local governments as well as the procedures for obtaining approvals and permits, she is sought after by developers and homeowners for help with a wide array of issues. Merle has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting commercial leases and has developed an expertise in addressing lease issues for retail, commercial and industrial centers. Additionally, she aids realtors with advice on problematic issues that arise in the course of a real-estate transaction. Merle is Solicitor of the Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA). Merle has been tremendously active in the Montgomery Bar Association, having served as a past member of its Board of Directors, a past Chairperson of its Real Estate/Land Use Committee, a past Chair of the Montgomery Law Reporter Committee and a past Chairperson of its Municipal Law Committee. Merle also served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania House of Delegates for the Montgomery Bar Association. Merle served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Development Corporation, a County organization that administers several State loan and grant funds. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1982), Merle received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law Camden in 1985.