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Sweet Stevens Announces Retirement of Ellis H. Katz


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New Britain, PA – Citing his numerous contributions to school law over four decades, Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP has announced the retirement of founding partner Ellis H. Katz, effective December 30, 2022.

“Ellis has devoted his career to the advancement of school law in Pennsylvania, utilizing his relentless energy and remarkable talent on pivotal issues affecting our public schools, staff and students,” said Managing Partner Sharon W. Montanye. “He has led with professionalism, integrity and a sincere passion to make a difference.”

Katz has participated in hundreds of contract negotiations and bargaining sessions, advancing important issues including coordinated bargaining and subcontracting. He has been successful in establishing favorable rulings and precedent that help school entities throughout the state.

“Ellis is a precedent-setting attorney who has had a profound impact on school law in our state,” said Managing Partner John G. Audi. “From unfair labor practices to discrimination matters and school discipline, Ellis has addressed some of the most pivotal issues affecting our schools.”

Katz has been recognized as an authority on both private and public sector labor law, has lectured widely and had been published in national and regional labor law journals. He taught graduate classes in labor relations at Penn State University and he served as the Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board from 1981 to 1983.

“When I graduated law school all those years ago, I could not have imagined such an extensive and fulfilling career,” noted Katz. “I am truly grateful for this incredible law firm, of which I am immensely proud.” 

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 23 attorneys who represent over 290 school and municipal entities as Solicitors or as Special Counsel in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania.