Saxton & Stump welcomes attorney and shareholder Robert Pontz

LANCASTER, Pa., June 25, 2024 — Saxton & Stump is excited to announce that Robert W. Pontz has joined the firm as a shareholder and the chair of its Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group and member of the Business and Corporate and Banking and Financial Services Groups working out of the firm’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania office. Pontz has over 35 years of experience as a corporate attorney working with banks and businesses on all aspects of creditors’ rights, commercial lending and workout arrangements. He’s represented clients in hundreds of bankruptcy cases, including Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 designations, and has tried cases in federal and state courts.

Barry A. Solodky, the immediate past chair of the Saxton & Stump Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group, remains with the firm and continues to serve clients and will collaborate closely with Bob to serve the firm’s clients and grow this area of practice.

“Bob is a well respected and well known corporate attorney in central Pennsylvania and we are excited to welcome him to the firm” Saxton & Stump CEO James W. Saxton said. “Throughout his 35-year career, Bob has been one of the Lancaster area’s most highly regarded attorneys in the areas of bankruptcy. Having Bob join the firm, with Barry here to support through what will be a seamless transition, is a benefit to the clients of the group and the firm.”  

Pontz and Solodky have known each other for years, with mutual respect and even handling cases on opposite sides of the aisle. They have also collaborated on public presentations on bankruptcy law updates for the Lancaster Bar Association as recently as December.

“I’ve known Bob for decades, and he’s the perfect attorney for this position,” Solodky said. “He’s dealt with every kind of bankruptcy case you can think of, and he’s an even better person. It will be great to work with him, and our group’s attorneys echo that sentiment.”  

Pontz is well-known in the region not just as an attorney, but as a champion for his community in several leadership positions throughout Lancaster County. He is a member of the executive board of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and also serves as the organization’s vice president of leadership & governance. He is the vice president of the Rock Ford Foundation Board of Trustees, a group dedicated to preserving and interpreting the southeast Lancaster County home and 33-acre property of Edward Hand, adjutant general to George Washington during the American Revolution. He is also an elder and he has served as a member of the youth ministry team at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church in Quarryville.

“Saxton & Stump has spent the last decade growing into one of central Pennsylvania’s largest and most recognized full-service law firms,” Pontz said. “I’ve collaborated with many of the firm’s attorneys in cases and presentations and always respected their talent and experience. This is a great opportunity for me and my clients, who now have access to Saxton & Stump’s vast resources of attorneys and professionals.”

Saxton & Stump’s strategic growth outlook

With 200 professionals, including over 110 attorneys, Saxton & Stump’s innovative model continues to attract highly talented and experienced attorneys, driving the growth of the law firm and its affiliate companies nationwide.

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