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Sweet Stevens Attorneys Honored as 2020 PA Super Lawyers

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New Britain, PA Attorneys from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP were selected to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, a research-driven, peer-influenced rating system that recognizes professional achievement. This year, the list featured Ellis H. Katz, of counsel to the firm, who has been named to Super Lawyers annually since 2009 and partner Thomas C. Warner, selected each year since 2015. Associate Jason D. Fortenberry was named to the Rising Stars list for the third year in a row.

Katz is an authority on private and public sector labor law. He represents school districts and municipalities, guiding clients on employee/student discipline issues, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitration. He has taught graduate classes in labor relations at Penn State University and has served as Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

Warner represents Pennsylvania school districts and entities in matters of special education litigation. He also provides in-service training to districts on defensible special education programming and confidentiality/disclosure issues involving education records. He is a frequent presenter on special education legal issues.

Fortenberry advocates for schools and districts on special education issues, including Section 504 matters, Americans with Disability Act violations, and other disability discrimination claims. Previously, he represented students and their families on such matters, and brings a dual perspective to these cases.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state, while Rising Stars recognizes 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state who are under the age of 40 or in practice for less than 10 years.

Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, LLP was formed in 1995 by nine experienced education lawyers who created the first private law practice in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to Education Law. Since then, the firm has grown to 20 attorneys who represent over 290 school and municipal entities as Solicitors or as Special Counsel in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania.