Community Involvement

A commitment to community is a core value embodied by the attorneys and staff of MacDonald Illig. Through our substantial donations of time and financial assistance, we strive to enrich the lives of our neighbors in Erie and throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.

We regularly serve leadership roles in the region's charitable and civic organizations. MacDonald Illig is also highly visible in the legal community, endeavoring to raise the bar for legal services in our region through pro bono work and Bar Association involvement.

Since our inception more than a century ago, MacDonald Illig has remained committed to community service and involvement.

Attorney S. Craig Shamburg Receives Award for Service to Mercy Hilltop Center

On April 22, 2015, MacDonald Illig associate Craig Shamburg has received the distinguished Eleanor Sivillo Award from the staff of the Mercy Hilltop Center. This award is given to those who have generously donated their time for the good of the Center, its staff and members. Mr. Shamburg has served on the Board of Trustees of the Mercy Hilltop Center since 2013.

MacDonald Illig Receives 2014 Governor's Community ImPAct Award

On May 30, 2014, MacDonald Illig was awarded a Governor's Community ImPAct Award. MacDonald Illig received its Community ImPAct award for being a company that exemplifies the tenet of "doing well by doing good." The winners of this award show a sustained commitment to the growth and development of their employees and the communities in which they do business. Through substantial donations of time and financial assistance, MacDonald Illig strives to enrich the lives of its neighbors in Erie and throughout the northwestern Pennsylvania region. The attorneys and staff of MacDonald Illig regularly serve in leadership roles in the region's charitable and civic organizations. From acting as board members to volunteering their time and resources, the community activities of the attorneys and staff of MacDonald Illig have resulted in a substantial positive impact on the quality of life in the Erie region.

For more information, visit www.newPA.com/impact-awards.

GIA 2014 Winners

MacDonald Illig Recognized as Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of the Year

MacDonald Illig was recently recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northwest PA Chapter. This award is given to businesses, corporations, foundations and/or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic commitment to their community.

MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton's commitment to community is a core value exemplified by the attorneys and staff of the firm. Through substantial donations of time and financial assistance, we strive to enrich the lives of our neighbors in Erie and throughout northwestern Pennsylvania. The people of MacDonald Illig regularly serve in leadership roles in the region's charitable and civic organizations. Since the firm's inception more than a century ago, MacDonald Illig has remained committed to community service and involvement.


MacDonald Illig Contributes to Educational Improvement Funds at Area Nonprofits

In early 2011, MacDonald, Illig, Jones &Britton LLP made financial contributions to support educational improvement funds at 15 area not-for-profit organizations. As in years past, the contributions were made through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

The funds were distributed among 15 organizations located within Erie County, Pennsylvania, including the Barber National Institute , WQLN Public Broadcasting , Sarah Reed Children's Center , Arts Council of Erie , Erie Philharmonic , Erie Playhouse , Erie Times-News , Erie Art Museum , Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System , Foundation for Free Enterprise Education , Fairview School Foundation , General McLane Foundation , Inner-City Neighborhood Art House , Mercyhurst College , and Perseus House Charter School of Excellence .

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's EITC program provides for the funding of scholarship organizations, educational improvement and prekindergarten inititiatives.

MacDonald Illig Contributes to Educational Improvement Funds

In early 2010, MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLPmade a substantial financial contribution to support educational improvement funds at 14 area nonprofit organizations through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

The funds were distributed among 14 organizations located within Erie County, Pennsylvania, including the Barber National Institute , WQLN Public Broadcasting , Sarah Reed Children's Center , Arts Council of Erie , Erie Philharmonic , Erie Playhouse , Erie Times-News , Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System , Foundation for Free Enterprise Education , Fairview School Foundation , General McLane Foundation , Inner-City Neighborhood Art House , Mercyhurst College , and Perseus House Charter School of Excellence .

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's EITC program provides for the funding of scholarship organizations, educational improvement and prekindergarten initiatives.

MacDonald Illig Attorneys Partner with Nonprofit Partnership for Quarterly Presentation Series

MacDonald Illig is partnering with the Nonprofit Partnership, a membership-based program that provides education, training, and tools to strengthen local nonprofit agencies, to provide quarterly presentations on topics ranging from Intellectual Property matters to Labor & Employment issues. The first presentation, "Intellectual Property, Collaborations, and Third Party Contracting" was conducted in early June 2010. The next seminar, "Hot Topics in Nonprofit Human Resources", is slated to take place on September 17, 2010 at the Jefferson Educational Society located at 3207 State Street, Erie, PA. To register for this seminar or to learn more about the Nonprofit Partnership, visit their website at www.TheNonprofitPartnership.org .

MacDonald Illig Contributes to Scholarship Funds

In early 2010, MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton LLP made a substantial financial contribution to support scholarship funds at nine elementary and secondary schools through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

The scholarship funds were distributed among nine schools located within Erie County, Pennsylvania, including:

Cathedral Preparatory School
Community Country Day School
Erie Day School
Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC)
Luther Memorial Learning Center
Mercyhurst Preparatory High School
Villa Maria Elementary
Villa Maria High School
St. Luke School

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's EITC program provides for the funding of scholarship organizations, educational improvement and pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Warner Appointed Chairman of Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership Board

At its August 13th meeting, the Board of Directors of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership appointed Russell S. Warner as its new Chairman. Mr. Warner succeeds James A. Schaffner of the accounting firm of Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C.

Mr. Warner has been a member of the ERCGP Board since 2006, and has previously served as a member of ERCGP's Executive Committee and Chairman of its Nominating Committee.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership was formed in2002 through the merger of the Erie Conference on Community Development, the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce and Erie Insight. ERCGP'sfocus is to attract, retain and expand business and to advance transformational initiatives in the region.

To read the full press release, click here .

Lauer Receives Award from Mercy Center on Aging

MacDonald Illig attorney John Lauer, a partner and member of the Firm's Trusts & Estates, Tax and Business Transactions groups, recently received the Eleanor Sivillo Honor Roll Award from Mercy Center on Aging.

The Sivillo Award is reserved for individuals who have shown exemplary generosity to the Center. Mr. Lauer received the award in recognition of the time and effort he has dedicated to the Center as a Trustee for the past five years.

The Mercy Center on Aging, a multipurpose senior center, provides a focal point where older persons can come together for a variety of activities, services and programs.

To learn more about Mercy Center on Aging, please visit their website at www.mercycenteronaging.com .

MacDonald Illig Makes Substantial Contribution to Scholarship Funds for Area Educational Organizations

Contribution to Scholarship

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Contribution to Scholarship


Erie, PA, January 27, 2009: MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton LLP today announced the awarding of scholarship funding to eight schools in Erie County through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

The scholarships are distributed among the following schools in Erie County:

Cathedral Preparatory School
Community Country Day School
Erie Day School
Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC)
Luther Memorial Learning Center
Mercyhurst Preparatory High School
Villa Maria Elementary
Villa Maria High School

“We are proud to support these educational initiatives in Erie County,” said Russell S. Warner, managing partner of MacDonald Illig. “At a time when many parents and students are struggling with financial commitments, the attorneys at MacDonald Illig felt it was critical to continue investing in our children and the future of our community.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's EITC program provides for the funding of scholarship organizations, educational improvement and pre-kindergarten initiatives.

D'Silva Selected as Chair of InnovationErie: Design Competition 2010


Intellectual Property attorney Jonathan D'Silva played a vital role as a judge in the InnovationErie Design Competition 2009, and has been selected to serve as Chair of the 2010 event. MacDonald Illig is proud to have sponsored the inaugural InnovationErie Design Competition held in 2009 and is pleased to support the event again in 2010.

About InnovationErie Design Competition

The inaugural design competition held in 2009, organized by professionals in the science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design (SAM & ED) industries, emerged as product design competition allowing people in northwest Pennsylvania to showcase their product ideas, with the possibility of taking them to the next level: the marketplace. The competition sought ideas for products that can be manufactured in the Erie region.

Competition partners for 2010 include MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, StARTup Incubator, Edinboro University, Erie Art Museum, Penn State Erie - the Behrend College, the Plastics Technology Center, the Behrend Innovation Center, and Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University.

For more information about InnovationErie, please visit their website at www.InnovationErie.net.



MacDonald Illig Attorney Receives Pro Bono Award

Jennifer Brostmeyer Hirneisen was awarded the Erie County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award at the 2008 annual Law Day luncheon. The award is given each year to a private practice attorney who has made a significant commitment to pro bono representation of low-income clients with civil cases in Erie County. Attorney Hirneisen provided 110 hours of free legal service to low-income clients in Erie County in 2007. She devoted the majority of her hours to a foreclosure action in which she negotiated a settlement that permitted her client to remain in a home at a reduced interest rate.

Attorney Hirneisen is an associate practicing in MIJB's Business and Transactional, Family Law and Real Estate practice groups.