Legal services concerning: negotiation, drafting, execution, recordation, and enforcement of conservation easements; general land use issues, including zoning, subdivision, land development, stormwater management, and natural resource protection; ordinance and regulation drafting; representation before municipalites, zoning hearing boards, Commonwealth agencies, and Federal agencies; litigation and enforcement; boundary disputes and other real estate litigation; general legal representation.Conservation Transaction Attorneys Land Use Attorneys Planning Title Work
I am a shareholder at Grim, Biehn & Thatcher and have been with the firm since 2000. Prior to that, I clerked for the Honorable Susan Devlin Scott of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. I have extensive experience in municipal law, as well as, appellate, zoning, litigation, and real estate law. My practice is primarily focused upon municipal work, and I am currently the Solicitor for Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County. In addition, I have worked for Bedminster, Plumstead, Warwick, New Britain, and Upper Makefield Townships in Bucks County in conjunction with my firm's representation of these municipalities. As a municipal solicitor, I have been involved in negotiating conservation easements with landowners; drafting easements and associated documents; overseeing the sale or transfer of easements; and enforcing easements. I received my B.A from Haverford College and my J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
Agricultural Security Areas
I have worked with several Townships in Bucks County to create, expand, and re-assess their Agricultural Security Areas.
Agricultural Protection Zoning
I have written and defended numerous Ag. Protection Zoning Ordinance provisions.
Environmental Advisory Council
I have written and reviewed ordinance provisions establishing EACs. I have represented EACs.
Local Regulation for Historic Preservation
I have written and reviewed zoning ordinance provisions concerning Historic Preservation and worked with HARBs.
I have prepared numerous easements for municipalities for donations and as a part of a purchasing program.
I have written and reviewed such ordinance provisions.
Steep Slope Ordinance
I have written, reviewed, and defended such ordinance provisions.