OWM Newsletter
October, 2011


Attorney Spotlight

Joseph K. Koury, Co-Chair of OWM Law’s Business Law Practice Group, is a business lawyer who regularly drafts and reviews business agreements and documents for the personal and corporate clients whom he serves.  He also maintains a commercial litigation practice for clients that require judicial action. Additionally, Mr. Koury maintains an estate planning and estate administration (probate) practice. He has a juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law and a master of laws in taxation from Villanova University. Before embarking on a commercial litigation practice with a midsize business law firm located in Wilmington, Delaware, he clerked for a trial judge sitting in the State of Delaware's Superior Court in and for New Castle County.

Mr. Koury is active in the communities which OWM Law serves, and he holds leadership positions on the Boards of various local nonprofit organizations. He is married and lives in northern Chester County with his wife and two daughters.

Phone: 610-323-2800
Fax: 610-323-2845
Email: jkkoury@owmlaw.com

The material in this publication was created as of the date set forth above and is based on laws, court decisions, administrative rulings and congressional materials that existed at that time, and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinions on specific facts. The information in this publication is not intended to create, and the transmission and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship.


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 tri-county area.

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 K. Koury

•  ELDER LAW: Kathleen M. Martin, Jamie V. Ottaviano

•  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 possible.”

  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.


Read Legal Ease every other Sunday in the Pottstown Mercury.

Watch Legal Talk, brought to you by OWM, on PCTV, Tuesdays at 8:30 on Channel 28, and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on Channel 98, or on our website at www.owmlaw.com/legal_talk/legal_talk.php.

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).

O'Donnell,Weiss & Mattei, P.C.

41 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Fax: 610-323-2845

347 Bridge Street, Suite 200
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Fax: 610-917-9348