Is there natural gas located under your property?

If you live or own land in Northeastern Pennsylvania, there is a possibility that your property sits on the Marcellus Shale – one of the largest natural gas reserves in the country. If you own property in Bradford, Susquehanna, Tioga, Potter, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna or Wyoming Counties, you probably have been hearing a lot about gas development in your area and its possible impact on you and your family. You may have questions like:

Property owners have been coming to us for years to get answers to these very legal questions – and for good reason. They know we can help.

Our Gas and Leasing Development Group is made up of some of the finest lawyers in the state whose singular goal is to help affected landowners secure the most favorable leasing and development agreements possible with gas companies and to protect their property rights and value. To us, it is all about the result.

Time is Fleeting: Learn Your Rights!

Two factors are driving the rush for gas exploration in Bradford, Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties. First, new technologies have recently been developed to extract gas from deep bedrock. Second, there is a huge and understandable national desire to find alternative energies domestically. These factors have combined to make Pennsylvania one of the leading states in the nation for natural gas exploration. Now more than ever, you need to know what to do.

How we can help. NOW

Our Group has the depth, knowledge and experience to:

We are not aware of any other law firm in the state that offers a multi-pronged approach at assisting property owners. The gas companies have high powered lawyers working for them. We want to be working for you. Please contact Merle Ochrach or any member of the team now at 215-661-0400.

Gas Leasing and Development Group Team Members

Doug Zeiders has been with the firm for nearly 30 years and chairs the Litigation Department. He is responsible for overseeing all litigation matters handled by the firm and has experience, knowledge and resources that will be used to handle conflicts of litigation related to oil, gas and mineral rights, leasing disputes and other property rights concerns. Click here to read more…

Jon Samel, for the past 30 years, has successfully combined his practical experience in business law, estate planning, asset protection planning, real estate law and financing matters with a detailed technical knowledge of tax law to assist hundreds of clients in Pennsylvania. Jon has substantial experience in the area of preparing agreements which are designed to minimize taxes and preserve wealth. Click here to read more…

Merle Ochrach has been practicing real estate law for over twenty years. She represents landowners with regard to oil and gas leases. She helps them determine appropriate ownership, works through title issues and negotiates leases to protect the long term interests of the property owner. Click here to read more…

Mark Himsworth is a litigation partner who for more than twenty years has been protecting the rights of property owners. Mark is the go-to attorney to mount effective strategies when fights over natural gas rights arise. In a recent court case, Mark was successful at securing the rights of a property owner whose royalties from natural gas rights at least doubled. Click here to read more…

Steve Hann is the Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law practice. He has over 20 years of experience in every facet of a wide ranging environmental law practice. Steve provides clients with experienced counseling to property owners on leasing, environmental and regulatory compliance issues associated with the aspects of real estate transactions, and more. Click here to read more…

Educational Presentations

Members of the GLAD team routinely speak to members of the community on various aspects of the Shale’s impact on landowners, realtors, surveyors, businesses and more. If you or your group would be interested in having a member of our team come talk to you, please contact Merle Ochrach at 215-661-0400 or MOchrach@HRMML.com.

The Environmental Law practice at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin consists of experienced attorneys in all facets of environmental law and has grown from a local Suburban Philadelphia practice to one that represents clients throughout Pennsylvania. The Firm’s Environmental Law practice is led by Steven A. Hann, a well known environmental law practitioner in Pennsylvania, particularly with respect to environmental issues involving municipal entities and complex water quality-related matters. Mr. Hann has over twenty years of experience as an environmental law practitioner. The Firm’s Environmental Law team also includes William G. Roark who also focuses his practice on environmental litigation matters. In addition, as a result of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin’s depth in the practice areas of litigation, real estate and business law, the Environmental Law team can utilize these resources, as such issues arise in environmental matters.

Environmental Litigation
Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin represents clients in all aspects of environmental litigation at the federal and state court levels, before administrative hearing boards and local government bodies. Our lawyers have handled government enforcement proceedings; permit appeals; challenges to established TMDLs; soil and groundwater contamination suits; appeals of municipal wasteload management and sewage facilities planning decisions; land use and zoning disputes; toxic tort claims; resolution of cost allocation issues; storage tank actions; and the prosecution and defense of private party actions under various environmental laws. Clients include businesses, individuals and numerous Pennsylvania municipalities and municipal authorities.

Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin provides a wide range of counseling on current and emerging federal and state regulatory and compliance issues related to air and water quality/pollution control, land use, solid and hazardous waste management and occupational safety and health. Our lawyers advise clients on a broad array of environmental permitting issues (air, NPDES, pretreatment, stormwater, wetlands, landfill, radiation protection, solid and hazardous waste), government reporting obligations, waste disposal and site remediation requirements and the regulatory process under federal and state voluntary cleanup programs. In addition, guidance is provided on numerous land use-related issues involving water and sewer service; municipal wasteload management; sewage facilities planning and regulation; stormwater management; wetlands and natural resources; and erosion and sediment control.

Environmental Due Diligence: Transactional Matters
Environmental compliance must be examined in connection with most business and real estate transactions. Our attorneys scrutinize proposed business and real estate transactions and counsel clients on the environmental implications of these transactions, including evaluation of lender requirements, the economic aspects of such transactions and the identification and management of environmental risk. We also guide clients through the complex regulatory maze for both property development and the redevelopment of environmentally impaired and brownfield properties.

In the course of such a review, our attorneys often work closely with environmental consultants on the review and assessment of technical documents.

Municipal Environmental Issues
Our attorneys have developed a specific expertise in environmental matters affecting municipal authorities and municipalities. We represent these entities in environmental litigation matters and routinely advise them on the numerous environmental regulations and policies unique to them. Our attorneys are experienced in issues involving water and sewer service; NPDES permitting and enforcement; wasteload allocation; pretreatment; TMDLs; municipal wasteload management; sewage facilities planning and regulation; wet weather issues (including SSOs and CSOs); storm water requirements; wellhead protection; and the public water supply. In addition, our attorneys have drafted and amended various ordinances for use by municipal entities in the areas of municipal authority enforcement, pretreatment and waste disposal. We also routinely advise municipal entities on emerging environmental and land use legislative and regulatory developments at the federal, state and local levels, and prepare written comments on behalf of such entities on government regulatory and policy initiatives.

Personal injury law covers a wide range of cases including injuries resulting from car and truck accidents, environmental conditions, occupational exposure to harmful substances such as asbestos, work injuries, medical malpracticenursing home negligence, product liability, and many other types of injuries.

Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin injury attorneys are widely recognized for their acumen in personal injury law. Our attorneys have been published in this area of law and have lectured extensively. We are active members of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Our attorneys have tried hundreds of jury trials throughout the state – including one case that resulted in one of the highest jury verdicts ever recorded in Montgomery County.

Our personal injury group is well known for their professionalism, trial skills and collective jury verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars. Beyond recovering money for their clients, their goal is justice in having professionals and companies stop committing negligence and injuring people like you.

Our personal injury law firm is proud of the extent to which our lawyers work in preparing case work that can include pre-trial focus groups and/or mock trials. It also involves working with national jury psychologists to ensure that the opportunities for favorable injury settlements are optimized. While most personal injury claims are settled short of a full jury trial, only by being prepared to try cases can we assure the maximum compensation for the injured people we represent.

We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front charges. We only collect a fee if we collect compensation for you.

Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation for personal injury cases. Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Learn more about how our lawyers can help with your personal injury case.

Your rights if you are injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania are determined by legislation called the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. This is the basic (but still very complicated) law that applies to motor vehicle insurance in Pennsylvania.

There are two types of auto insurance coverage you can purchase in Pennsylvania. One is known as the “limited tort option,” and the other known as the “full tort option.”

If you have selected the limited tort option or if you are bound by someone else’s selection of limited tort, you are precluded from bringing an action for non-economic damages (frequently known as your pain and suffering) unless you either exceed one of the thresholds or fall within one of the exclusions. The most common threshold is known as a “serious injury,” which is defined as a personal injury resulting in death, permanent and serious disfigurement or serious impairment of a bodily function.

If you elected the full tort option (or are considered as having a full tort option for some other reason under the statute), you then may bring an action for all of your injuries, including your pain and suffering.

At Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, our auto accident attorneys are fluent with the lingo of insurance documents and can help you understand your rights as well as the limitations of your insurance. Our lawyers have tried hundreds of auto, truck and motorcycle accident cases throughout Pennsylvania – including one car accident case that resulted in a high six-figure verdict. Our lawyers have also settled car accident cases in excess of one million dollars.

We employ private investigators who can be dispatched quickly to the accident scene. We also hire accident reconstructionists both for determining the fault as well as the crashworthiness of the vehicle. Our team of paralegals are experienced in providing the support services to our lawyers and obtaining the medical records and other data that is necessary to prove your case. Our lawyers are skilled in the jury selection process and have experts on board to testify.

Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation for personal injury cases. Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

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Our lawyers try medical malpractice cases throughout eastern Pennsylvania, including injuries and deaths resulting from delayed diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, errors in surgery, OB/GYN malpractice, birth injuries and defects, drug injuries, and misprescribed drugs.

Our medical malpractice lawyers are fluent with medical records and lingo to help you understand what constitutes medical malpractice and your rights to compensation. Our team of paralegals and nurse consultants are experienced in providing the support services to our lawyers and obtaining the medical records and other data that is necessary to prove your case. Our lawyers are skilled in the jury selection process and have medical experts on board to testify on your behalf.

While we are always prepared to go to trial, many medical negligence cases can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. Many hospitals have become interested in resolving cases of medical negligence quickly and efficiently instead of having a knock-down, drag-out battle of court litigation.

Our medical malpractice team is led by Steven Barrett, an attorney well known for his professionalism, trial skills and collective jury verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars. Beyond recovering money for his clients, his goal is justice in having professionals and companies stop committing negligence and injuring people like you.

Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation for personal injury cases. Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Our lawyers are seeing more and more cases of nursing home negligence in eastern Pennsylvania, including bed sores or decubitus ulcers, malnutrition, dehydration, overdosing of medication, repeated trips to the emergency room, and other signs of neglect or abuse.

Nursing home negligence is a serious health issue that deserves to be investigated. Bed sores resulting from a patient being allowed to remain in a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time without being repositioned can become infected and can even cause death.

If you think your parent or loved one is a victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, contact us. If the case passes our initial review, we will obtain nursing home and medical records. Our lawyers will have the documentation reviewed by nursing home consultants who are very familiar with the medical care and physical attention that nursing home residents should receive. If we find violations of nursing home regulations, we will get the state of Pennsylvania involved to correct those conditions. Our lawyers will also do a background check of the nursing home to find out if it is currently operating under a consent decree with the state of Pennsylvania for past violations.

The goal of our investigation is to find out if there is anything the nursing home is not doing correctly and properly. Not every case of injury is the result of abuse or neglect, and we never charge clients for the expenses of investigating the case unless we make a financial recovery.

Our nursing home negligence team is led by Steven Barrett who is known for his professionalism, trial skills and collective jury verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars. Beyond recovering money for their clients, their goal is justice in having professionals and companies stop committing negligence and injuring people like you.

Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation for personal injury cases. Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Criminal prosecution can have devastating results on your life, both now and in the future. Regardless of the severity of the alleged crime, the defense lawyers at HRMM&L have the experience and the resources that afford each individual the best opportunity for a favorable outcome. Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully tried hundreds of cases in front of judges and juries in Eastern Pennsylvania, handling all types of criminal cases including assault, drug possession, DUI charges, embezzlement, burglary, sex crimes, juvenile delinquency and homicide.

Our criminal defense department is led by Ethan O’Shea, who for years served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County, prosecuting criminals on charges ranging from simple assault to homicide. All of our criminal defense lawyers enjoy the well earned respect of judges and prosecutors, making HRMM&L more effective in protecting the rights of defendants.

Juvenile law cases involve criminal charges against a person under the age of 18. While juvenile law is focused on rehabilitation, the Pennsylvania juvenile court system can make dispositions, including detention and sentencing in a residential facility that could have a devastating effect on your child’s future. The immediate involvement of a juvenile law attorney can minimize those consequences and in many cases prevent a matter from proceeding to juvenile court.

The defense attorneys at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin handle all types of juvenile cases, including underage drinking, shoplifting, drug possession or distribution, burglary, theft, sexual assault, and weapons charges. Our attorneys understand the juvenile justice system and have an excellent reputation with judges. Our reputation is that of lawyers who know the law, use ethical boundaries, and serve as effective advocates for our clients’ rights. One of our attorneys is a former assistant district attorney who prosecuted criminal defense cases in Pennsylvania for five years.

A juvenile charged with a crime has the same constitutional rights as an adult. For example, a minor does not have to make any statement to police without a lawyer present. If your child has been arrested or contacted by police, you should tell them not to say anything until they have received a lawyer’s advice. Otherwise, they could unknowingly say or do things that will make it harder to obtain a favorable disposition of their case.

Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Criminal prosecution can have devastating results on your life, both now and in the future. Regardless of the severity of the alleged crime, the defense lawyers at HRMM&L have the experience and the resources that afford each individual the best opportunity for a favorable outcome. Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully tried hundreds of cases in front of judges and juries in Eastern Pennsylvania, handling all types of criminal cases including assault, drug possession, DUI charges, embezzlement, burglary, sex crimes, juvenile delinquency and homicide.

Our criminal defense department is led by Ethan O’Shea, who for years served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County, prosecuting criminals on charges ranging from simple assault to homicide. All of our criminal defense lawyers enjoy the well earned respect of judges and prosecutors, making HRMM&L more effective in protecting the rights of defendants.

What results do you want from divorce?

At Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, we firmly believe in achieving results by protecting our client’s interests – whether marital property, spousal/child support, or child custody. It is the result that matters to our team of family lawyers led by Douglas I Zeiders, who is considered to be among the top family lawyers in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

The family lawyers at HRMM&L have been handling divorce cases in Montgomery County and Eastern Pennsylvania for over 35 years. Our lawyers are known and respected among family court judges and domestic masters (who are attorneys appointed by the court to handle family law cases). Our reputation is that of lawyers who listen to our clients while strongly advocating for our client’s rights and the results our clients wish to achieve.