Sandra A. Romaszewski Receives Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Verdina Y. Showell Award for Her Service to Wills for Heroes ProgramNovember 18, 2013 – Press Releases
Sandra A. Romaszewski, an attorney with Fox Rothschild LLP, was the recipient of the 2013 Verdina Y. Showell Award for her service to the Wills for Heroes program, run through the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.
The Verdina Y. Showell Award recognizes outstanding community service and commitment to the Wills for Heroes program, which provides free wills and other estate planning documents to Pennsylvania’s emergency responders.
Romaszewski serves as the voluntary coordinator of the Wills for Heroes program in Bucks County. She developed a manual that helps lawyer volunteers use the software program that formats the wills and additional legal documents for participants. Romaszewski also recruits volunteers, many from Fox Rothschild as well as Peirce College’s paralegal program and other local paralegal programs, to help with events.
“Thanks to Sandra’s commendable efforts, the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania has provided peace of mind to many first responders and their families,” said Robert Datorre, chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. “With a will and other estate planning documents in place, these first responders and their families know their wishes are known and will be followed.”
“Like Verdina Showell, Sandra places a high priority on providing free legal services where they were needed most,” said Daniel McKenna, an attorney currently serving on the board of the national Wills for Heroes Foundation. “We applaud Sandra for being a model volunteer and for helping to expand the program in Bucks County and additional Pennsylvania counties.”
Romaszewski received the award at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #5, located at 11630 Caroline Road in Philadelphia, PA, 19154.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Romaszewski. “The Wills for Heroes program does such important work in our communities, and it is humbling to know that our hard work is making a difference in the lives of our emergency responders and their families from whose services and sacrifices we benefit daily.”
Named one of the leading corporate attorneys in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA, Romaszewski focuses her practice in corporate, insurance and international matters for public and private companies, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and private placements, corporate governance, joint ventures and insurance regulatory matters. Her experience includes forming, dissolving and qualifying companies; ensuring corporate clients are in compliance with statutory requirements; and drafting and negotiating stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, merger agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, distribution agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements and office lease agreements.
Romaszewski received her J.D. from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Temple University.
Pictured from left to right are Dan McKenna (a Ballard attorney who is on the Board of the Wills for Heroes Foundation and one of the PA Program Directors for Wills for Heroes), Verdina Showell’s mother, Gertrude Showell, Sandra Romaszewski, attorney with Fox Rothschild and award recipient, Dr. Nakiya Showell (Verdina Showell’s daughter), and Lisa Shearman (a trusts & estates attorney from Hamburg Rubin and the other PA Program Director for Wills for Heroes).