OWM Lawyers Huddle Up: Firm
Reorganizes to Better Serve Clients
When the 13 lawyers of O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C., held a firm
retreat recently, the lawyers tackled the subject of how to deliver better
service to their clients. A decision was made to do something different—even
unheard of in the firm’s 50-year history as one of the largest firms serving the
What was it? Rather than staying an amalgamation of individual lawyers
practicing under one firm’s name—the firm decided to reorganize itself
internally into 8 client service teams that are made up by the lawyers AND staff
who practice in the particular area. Those teams and their new chairs are:
• PROBATE/ESTATE ADMINISTRATION: John
A. Koury, Jr., Kathy A. Rands
• ESTATE PLANNING/TAX: John A. Koury,
Jr., James C. Kovaleski
• BUSINESS LAW: Gary L. Stein, Joseph
• ELDER LAW: Kathleen M. Martin, Jamie
• FAMILY LAW: Victoria S. Hollister,
David A. Megay
• LITIGATION (Civil & Criminal):
Richard D. Linderman, Jamie V. Ottaviano
• MUNICIPAL/LAND USE: Henry T. Zale,
Michael B. Murray, Jr.
• REAL ESTATE: David A. Megay, Michael
B. Murray, Jr.
Why do this? According to Managing Partner, John A.
Koury, Jr., “we wanted to make sure that we would be providing clients with
counsel and service from a dedicated group of lawyers, paraprofessionals and
other members of our staff—all trained in a particular area of law and who live
and breathe the problems and solutions our clients have and want on a daily
basis. By becoming teams, we will be able to share not just knowledge about the
law and best practices—but also ideas on how we can better provide personalized
and unique service to every client for the lowest rates possible.”
According to David A.
Megay, the Partner who oversees the firm’s Phoenixville office, “With the
advent of accounting firms, law firms and other professional organizations being
able to offer specialized, practice-specific insight to clients, the best
practices that we as a firm want to—and will—offer require that we, too, offer
such practice-specific insight to our clients.” Combined, of course, with “good
old-fashioned practical lawyering,” Megay was quick to add.
“Really, it’s a win-win,” opined Michael
B. Murray, Jr., the firm’s newest lawyer and the Co-Chair of the
Municipal/Land Use and Real Estate groups. “A well-coordinated team can handle
complex transactions. By becoming teams, we will be able to share not just
knowledge about the law and best practices—but also ideas on how we can better
provide personalized and unique service to every client for the lowest rates
O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C., is one of Montgomery County’s oldest
and largest law firms representing individuals and families, municipalities,
banks, charitable organizations, small businesses and corporations in
Southeastern PA and New Jersey. With offices in Pottstown and Phoenixville, the
firm strives to be an outstanding advocate for its clients and a dedicated
member of the communities we serve. Clients are encouraged to call John A.
Koury, Jr., or any practice group leader to discuss how OWM
Law may better serve them now and in the years to come.
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David A. Megay, Esq. and James C. Kovaleski, Esq., speaking at SCORE business planning seminars on 11/7/11 (contact SCORE at 610-327-2673).