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Thirteen Attorneys from MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2020

The law firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys Shaun B. Adrian, J. W. Alberstadt, Jr., James M. Antoun, W. Patrick Delaney, John Draskovic, David E. Holland, Kimberly A. Oakes, Nicholas R. Pagliari, Lisa Smith Presta, Mark J. Shaw, Roger H. Taft, James B. Toohey and Russell S. Warner, partners at the Firm, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Shaun B. Adrian, a senior partner at MacDonald Illig in the Firm’s Estates and Trusts Group, is recognized for his work in the area of estates and trusts planning and administration. Mr. Adrian concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship proceedings, elder law and long-term care planning. He has presented to professional and community groups on estate planning and probate, planning for families with special needs children, long-term care planning and planning for the elderly.

J. W. Alberstadt, Jr., Co-Chair of MacDonald Illig’s Banking and Real Estate Group, is recognized for his work in the area of real estate law. Attorney Alberstadt concentrates his practice on residential and commercial real estate, economic development, and conventional and tax-exempt financing. He provides legal services to individuals, business and non-profit entities, lending institutions, municipal authorities and economic development agencies. Mr. Alberstadt is listed in the Bond Buyers Municipal Market Place Guide® as nationally recognized bond counsel.

James M. Antoun, Chair of MacDonald Illig’s Health Care Group, is recognized for his work in the area of health care law. Mr. Antoun advises hospitals, clinics, physicians, dentists and other health care providers on a wide variety of health law matters including physician and hospital agreements, physician employment contracts, physician compensation arrangements, group practice formation and governance, federal and state regulatory compliance, and peer review, credentialing, disciplinary and fair hearing matters.

W. Patrick Delaney, Chair of MacDonald Illig's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the areas of commercial litigation and construction litigation. He has spent his entire legal career litigating disputes in state and federal courts as well as arbitration tribunals. His practice is concentrated in the area of commercial litigation, including such matters as contract claims, shareholder or partner disputes, construction claims, property damage claims, business torts, and Uniform Commercial Code disputes. Mr. Delaney is a regular author on issues relating to business disputes and is frequently asked by other counsel to mediate or arbitrate those types of claims. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

John W. Draskovic, Chair of MacDonald Illig's Workers' Compensation Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the area of Workers' Compensation. Also a member of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group and Labor and Employment Practice Group, Mr. Draskovic represents individuals and businesses in a variety of matters, including Workers' Compensation and employment related claims. He has twice served on the Board of Directors of the Erie County Bar Association and has served as the Chair of the Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section in 2011 and 2018.

David E. Holland is co-chair of MacDonald Illig's Real Estate Practice Group and is recognized for his work in the area of real estate law. He has a broad practice including residential and commercial closings and leases. He frequently litigates upset and judicial tax sales in the various counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is often involved in the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania regarding appeals of tax sale cases. Mr. Holland is a title insurance agent for First American Title Insurance Company.

Kimberly A. Oakes, Chair of MacDonald Illig’ s Family Law Department, is recognized for her work in that area of Family law including divorce, alimony and spousal support, child support, adoption, child custody and visitation, domestic violence, paternity, as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Attorney Oakes handles cases via litigation and collaboratively. She is a trained mediator.

Nicholas R. Pagliari, Chair of MacDonald Illig's Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Attorney Pagliari’s practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, bankruptcy related litigation and collection matters. He primarily represents corporate debtors, secured creditors, chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees, and other entities involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Attorney Pagliari is also an approved mediator in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Smith Presta, Chair of MacDonald Illig's Insurance Litigation Group, is recognized for her work in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants. Ms. Presta handles complex, multi-party litigation, including malpractice cases, breach of contract matters, fiduciary disputes, and the defense of employment claims. She regularly appears in federal and state court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration tribunals. Ms. Presta is a Past President of the Erie County Bar Association and a frequent speaker and author on issues of substantive law and trial practice.

Mark J. Shaw, Chair of MacDonald Illig's Government Services Practice Group, is recognized for his work in that area of the law including environmental litigation, compliance, and permitting matters. Attorney Shaw is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Environmental and Energy Law Section Council. Attorney Shaw also handles complex commercial litigation cases in the federal and state courts and serves as Solicitor of Millcreek Township. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Roger H. Taft, past Chair of MacDonald Illig's Labor and Employment Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the area of commercial litigation. A senior trial lawyer at MacDonald Illig, Mr. Taft concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and employment litigation and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Taft is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, is admitted to the bars of several federal trial and appellate courts, and represents clients in federal and state courts throughout the country.

James B. Toohey, a partner at MacDonald Illig, is recognized for his work in the area of real estate law. Mr. Toohey represents and advises individuals, businesses and developers in a wide variety of real estate, oil and gas, and corporate matters. He also has extensive experience in representing commercial and real estate lenders in business and real estate loans.

Russell S. Warner, the Managing Partner of MacDonald Illig, is the founder and former Chair of the law firm's Environmental Law Practice Group, and is recognized for his work in the area of environmental law. His practice includes representation of businesses, economic development organizations, real estate developers, financial institutions and municipal entities regarding environmental and business matters. Mr. Warner has served as the President of the Erie County Bar Association.


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