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Sweet Stevens Celebrates 25 Years

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New Britain, PA The first private law practice in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to education law, Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP, is celebrating its 25th year in practice. The firm was founded June 1, 1995 when nine attorneys left a larger, well-established firm to start a new firm dedicated solely to education law.

“The intent,” said founding partner Ellis H. Katz, “was to create the best education law practice in the state and foster a working environment of mutual respect and camaraderie. Now, a quarter of a century later, we are 21 attorneys strong and have advised some 300 school entities over the years.”

Sweet Stevens provides services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding regions through three offices in Bucks, Dauphin and Luzerne Counties. The firm has represented schools, school districts, vocational/technical schools, intermediate units and municipal entities in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania. Several attorneys also are licensed in New Jersey, including one who previously worked for the NJ Department of Education.

“The firm has grown hand-in-hand with the legal issues affecting Pennsylvania’s schools,” according to managing partner Sharon W. Montanye. “We remain on the cutting edge of litigating issues affecting education in Pennsylvania.”

Another way the firm sets itself apart is through its Pool Counsel service, a subscription-based offering where questions from school administrators are addressed by attorneys with the full subscriber base “pooled” on the emailed answer. Questions typically posed fall under any of several topics, such as training, policy, documentation, special education, student services, curriculum, instruction, civil rights, and educational technology.

“We are especially proud of Pool Counsel,” said John G. Audi, managing partner and head of the firm’s Pittston, PA office, leading the firm’s presence in northeast Pennsylvania. “Not only are we able to assist schools with on-demand answers when they need them, but subscribers are also given access to an online ‘resource room’ where all past answers are stored and accessible 24/7.”

The attorneys of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP work in areas of civil rights defense, educational technology, labor/employment matters and investigations, special education, student services, tax appeals, and more. For more information, visit