Fox Rothschild Names New Office Managing Partners and Department Chairs in Pennsylvania, Florida and Delaware

April 1, 2010 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce it has appointed five new office managing partners and three new department chairs, effective April 1. Assuming the roles of office managing partner in their respective offices are: Joseph Kulunas, West Palm Beach; Mark Morris, Philadelphia; Neal Levitsky, Wilmington; Adam Silverstein, Bucks County, PA; and Michael Maransky, Montgomery County, PA.

Additionally, Robert W. Gundlach Jr. of Bucks County will succeed Mark Morris as chair of the Real Estate Department; Craig L. Finger of Philadelphia will serve as the administrator of the Real Estate Department; and Michael McBratnie of Chester County, PA, will succeed Steven C. Levitt as co-chair of the Tax & Estates Department.

“The firm looks forward to the leadership each of the new office managing partners and department chairs will bring as the firm continues to grow and thrive,” said Mark Silow, administrative partner of Fox Rothschild. “Office managing partners and department chairs are essential to the firm’s growth strategy and the services we provide to our clients. Fox Rothschild is dedicated to accommodating the expanding needs of our clients by continuing to attract top-flight legal talent, and we fully trust our new appointees to help fulfill these goals.”

The office managing partner is charged with overseeing and managing the day-to-day office operations in addition to serving on the firm’s Executive Committee, which sets overall firm policy. Kulunas assumes the role in West Palm Beach; Morris assumes the role in Philadelphia from Scott Vernick; Levitsky assumes the role in Wilmington from Gregory Williams; Silverstein assumes his role in Bucks County from Susan Smith; and Michael Maransky assumes the role from Marc Davis in Montgomery County. Fox Rothschild rotates its office managing partners on a three to five year basis.

Kulunas is a board-certified estate planning and probate lawyer who focuses his practice in tax and estates, estate planning and federal tax controversies. He is an active member of the American and Florida Bar Associations, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section and American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

A frequent lecturer, Kulunas has spoken before numerous professional organizations and frequently authors a number of professional articles on estate planning and taxation. He earned his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law, his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and his B.S. from Florida State University.

Morris’ practice involves a range of real estate matters, including acquisitions, development, leasing and finance. He has significant experience representing clients in commercial lending and general corporate transactions, with a particular emphasis on the industries of hospitality, shopping centers and offices. Morris’ other leadership roles in the firm include serving as co-chair of the Hospitality Practice and as the former chair of the firm's Real Estate Department.

Morris serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania and is a member of the United Way Leadership/Special Gifts Section. He has written and spoken extensively on matters of interest to executives in the hospitality industry, as well as to shopping center owners and tenants. In addition, Morris has taught at the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1983 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1980.

Levitsky practices all aspects of civil, commercial and construction litigation in the state and federal courts in Delaware. He represents regional and national clients including subcontractors and suppliers; creditors’ committees and liquidating trustees in his bankruptcy practice; broad-based financial institutions and insurance carriers in his litigation practice; Delaware Child Advocacy Program; and commercial collections.

Levitsky is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Delaware State Bar Association and Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. In 1981 he earned his J.D. from the University of Miami, and in 1978, earned his B.A. from the University of Delaware.

Silverstein handles a broad range of business-related litigation matters with an emphasis on probate litigation and represents corporate and individual fiduciaries in estate and fiduciary litigation matters throughout Pennsylvania. Silverstein handles matters involving disputes over estate administration, powers of attorney, guardianships and trusts. Silverstein speaks regularly on the topic of Orphan’s Court litigation and has been a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual Estate Law Update program. He also has extensive experience litigating matters involving sureties, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and commercial lease disputes.

In addition to his serving as a council member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Silverstein recently served on the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley. In 2001, he earned the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for excellence in legal writing, and in 2002, received the Arthur B. Walsh, Jr. Pro Bono Publico Award from the Bucks County Bar Association. Silverstein earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law and his B.A. from Syracuse University.

Maransky’s practice involves a broad range of matters, many of which are tax related, including estate and gift tax planning; estate and trust administration; resolution of tax controversies; and federal income tax planning for businesses and their owners. He also counsels businesses and business owners on commercial matters such as business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions and real estate acquisitions and dispositions.

A frequent speaker, Maransky presents to professional, civic and community groups on various topics related to his practice. In addition, he holds memberships in the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery County Estate Planning Council. Maransky graduated with his LL.M. in Taxation and his J.D from Villanova University School of Law in 2001 and 1995, respectively, and earned his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.

Gundlach concentrates his practice in the field of real estate law. He handles all types of real estate related transactional work, including acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing and a good deal of development work. He also has an active practice representing clients to obtain zoning and subdivision/land development approvals in Pennsylvania and matters involving real estate litigation, including mortgage foreclosure work and deeds in lieu of foreclosure. In addition to serving as the chair of the Real Estate Department, Gundlach also serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Zoning and Land Use Group.

Gundlach is a recognized authority in the field of real estate law and a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He recently served as program chair for PBI’s Land Use Institute. Gundlach currently serves as a life director on the Homebuilders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties and is also involved in numerous real estate related trade organizations including ICSC, Tri-State Realtors Commercial Alliance, Homebuilders Association of Chester/Delaware Counties, Building Industry Association of Philadelphia and the Urban Land Institute. Gundlach was a former member of the Bucks County Planning Commission and the Bucks County Open-Space Task Force.

Finger has a transactional-based real estate practice and a general corporate practice. His experience includes representation of real estate investors, real estate investment trusts, businesses and medical practices in a wide variety of real estate acquisition, development and financing transactions; lenders in real estate financing and construction lending matters; and landlords and tenants in retail, office, commercial and industrial leasing transactions.

Active in the community, Finger is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association and International Council of Shopping Centers, Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware. While attending Fordham University School of Law, Finger was a member of the International Law Journal. Finger earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1995 and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992.

McBratnie’s practice involves a broad range of tax, estate and trust matters, including tax planning, estate planning, wealth preservation, estate administration, trust administration and Orphans’ Court practice. He provides a full spectrum of services to his clients, including commercial and residential real estate developers, automobile dealerships and manufacturing companies. He also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

A certified mediator for the American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution Services Worldwide, McBratnie speaks frequently to professional, civic and community groups on topics in estate planning, business succession planning and wealth preservation. He is on the board of directors for Brandywine Health Foundation as its secretary. McBratnie earned his LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law, his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and his B.A. from Villanova University.

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