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Saxton & Stump provides solutions for complex legal issues and partners with clients to create a roadmap for their success. We are committed to empowering clients by delivering five-star service and results-focused advice.

Attorney William Costopoulos joins powerhouse White Collar Defense team

We’re thrilled to welcome Bill Costopoulos, one of the top criminal defense lawyers on the East Coast. Bill brings experience handling complex, high profile criminal cases and will be working with our White Collar Defense team that includes former PA Deputy Attorney General Carson B. Morris as well as former judges Lawrence F. Stengel and Robert Graci. Click below to read more about Bill’s career and our capabilities:


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Firm News

Saxton & Stump attorney Erik Hume named Chair of Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18, 2021 — Saxton & Stump attorney Erik M. Hume was recently named Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. The section is PBA’s largest and focuses on the interests of real estate and...

William Costopoulos, region’s top criminal defense lawyer, joins Saxton & Stump

  HARRISBURG, Pa., June 9, 2021 — Criminal defense attorney William C. Costopoulos has joined Saxton & Stump in Harrisburg to bolster its White Collar Defense practice and support the firm’s Appellate and Post-Trial Advocacy and Attorney and Judicial Ethics...

John McBlain, prominent Delaware County real estate and development attorney, joins Saxton & Stump

  MALVERN, Pa., June 4, 2021 — Attorney John P. McBlain has joined Saxton & Stump, bringing more than two decades of real estate, municipal law and litigation experience. A native of Aldan Borough, McBlain has served in county and community leadership...

Saxton & Stump adds experienced legal marketer Amy Earnest to business development team

  HARRISBURG, Pa., May 28, 2021 — Saxton & Stump announced the addition Amy L. Earnest as a Business Development Strategist. Led by Jenna R. Wagner, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, the team now has 19 dedicated business development,...

Three attorneys join Saxton & Stump’s growing litigation team

LANCASTER, Pa., May 21, 2021 — Saxton & Stump recently welcomed three new associate attorneys expanding the firm’s litigation resources in Lancaster, Harrisburg and Malvern. Jaskirat Chhatwal represents clients in commercial disputes, white collar defense and...

Saxton & Stump continues to build team, adds real estate attorney Carol Verish Houck

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 4, 2021 — Attorney Carol Verish Houck has joined Saxton & Stump, bringing nearly 20 years of experience supporting clients with matters involving real estate, corporate and business law, and banking and financial services. Houck expands the...

Saxton & Stump CEO James Saxton named to Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ)’s Power 100

LANCASTER, Pa., March 25, 2021 — James W. Saxton was recently featured as one of the most influential people in central Pennsylvania by the region’s premier business publication. The inclusion recognizes the past six years of remarkable growth by Saxton & Stump as...

Saxton & Stump attorney Kiandra Steffy joins Lancaster Bar Association’s Board of Directors

LANCASTER, Pa., March 2, 2021 — Saxton & Stump attorney Kiandra D. Steffy has been appointed to the Lancaster Bar Association’s Board of Directors. She will serve in the role of Director at Large for the association where she is also Chair of the Diversity...

Former PA Deputy Attorney General Carson Morris launches white collar practice at Saxton & Stump

Lancaster, Pa., February 9, 2021 — Former Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General, Carson B. Morris, Esq., has joined Saxton & Stump to launch its White Collar Defense practice and support the firm’s Appellate and Post-Trial Advocacy team. He previously served at the...

Saxton & Stump adds three attorneys, including Kathy Pape, to reinforce business and tax law services

HARRISURG, Pa., January 29, 2021 — Kathy L. Pape, one of the region’s prominent business leaders and governmental affairs experts has joined Saxton & Stump. She, along with recent hires Elaine A. Stanko and Richard S. Calabrese, expand the firm’s business and...


Effective June 26, Pennsylvania law gives employees protected leave for organ donations

  Effective June 26, 2021, Pennsylvania’s Living Donor Protection Act (LDPA) provides job-protected leave to organ and tissue donors for purposes of donation surgery, as well as preparation and recovery. To qualify, employees must meet standard Family Medical...

OSHA issues new COVID-19 safety rules for health care sector employers

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will soon issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that mandates health care sector employers take certain actions to protect their employees and patients.

Higher education retirement plan settlements highlight need for regular compliance reviews

On May 21, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted preliminary approval of a $13 million class-action settlement agreement (the Settlement) between the Trustees of Columbia University’s Voluntary Retirement Savings Program (Columbia Plan or Plan) and affected plan participants. The Columbia Plan is a 403(b) plan, a type of qualified retirement plan similar to a 401(k) but sponsored by tax-exempt and government entities.

Two key labor regulators clarify rules for employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates and incident reporting

In recent weeks, both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised or issued new guidance related to COVID-19. The revisions are intended to encourage vaccination by removing potential liability for adverse outcomes from vaccination from businesses while retaining reporting requirements for work-related COVID-19 infections.

Pennsylvania increases gathering limits and State Registrar offers guidance for FEMA funeral benefits

On May 11, 2021, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that event and gathering maximum occupancy limits will be increased to 50 percent for indoor events and gatherings and 75 percent for outdoor events and gatherings effective Monday, May 17, 2021.

U.S. Department of Labor announces cybersecurity guidance for ERISA plans

On April 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), for the first time ever, released cybersecurity guidance for retirement plan sponsors, service providers, and participants. With approximately $9.3 trillion in retirement plan assets nationwide, it is important that retirement plan sponsors, trustees, and any other service providers with discretion or control over retirement plan assets (collectively, “fiduciaries”) review the DOL guidance and ensure that there are policies and controls in place to protect retirement plan assets from cyberattacks.

Responding to government investigations in the wake of Pennsylvania Attorney General’s escalation of criminal prosecutions in the construction industry

 The Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) and other Pennsylvania prosecutors have recently undertaken aggressive criminal enforcement actions targeting the construction industry. Last week, a large heavy highway and bridge contractor was charged with millions in...

Start date, application information and clarifications for FEMA funeral assistance program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will begin taking applications for its COVID-19 funeral assistance on April 12, 2021. All applications must be made by phone by calling 844-684-6333. The application call center will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST). Applicants will then submit supporting documentation online, by mail, or by fax.

Legislation and rulemaking to weigh in on

 Commercial billing for multiple properties served by a single meter Legislators are looking for comments from authorities on Rep. Dan Moul’s proposed HB 957 and are happy to hear real-life examples of how the proposed legislation will affect the public. This...

Does more money really cause more problems? A breakdown of “pay-when-paid” and “pay-if-paid” clauses

 Picture this: You were hired by a general contractor to serve as a subcontractor on a private construction project. You performed all of your work in a good and workmanlike manner. The project’s owner accepted your work and the materials you used. Despite these...

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