Six Join WolfBlock In Harrisburg, PA

Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 01:00



WolfBlock has announced a significant expansion of its Harrisburg, PA office with the addition of six attorneys from Reed Smith. Four partners and two associates from Reed Smith's Harrisburg office will join WolfBlock this month, bringing the office's complement to 11 attorneys.


The six attorneys, Mark A. Fontana, Robert B. Hoffman, Dino A. Ross, Renee C. Mattei Myers, Michael McAuliffe Miller and Anne Lehman, will more than double the number of attorneys in WolfBlock's Harrisburg office and increase the scope of services offered by adding a presence in the Bankruptcy, Employment Services and Health Law Practice groups.


In a strategic decision to redirect its presence to other markets, Reed Smith elected to exit the Harrisburg region. According to a WolfBlock statement, though offered the opportunity to relocate to other Reed Smith offices, the six attorneys opted to remain in the Harrisburg area and found WolfBlock to be a strong match for their respective practices.


"This is an excellent group of skilled attorneys who will complement our existing practices and strengthen our presence in the Harrisburg market," said Mark L. Alderman, WolfBlock chairman.


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WolfBlock also has announced that Monique Y. DeLapenha has joined the firm as counsel in the Philadelphia office. She joins the firm's Real Estate and Government Assisted/Affordable Housing Practice groups and will concentrate her practice in municipal finance and affordable housing finance.


Ms. DeLapenha joins the firm after completing a one-year commitment as general counsel-real estate development for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She is experienced in structuring and closing all aspects of mixed-finance/ multi-family housing development transactions as well as transactions in which equity is generated from low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt debt and federal HOPE VI and other public housing funding sources. Ms. DeLapenha also has substantial experience as transactional and bond counsel in a wide range of transactions, and has negotiated and drafted preliminary and final official statements, trust indentures, bond purchase agreements and short- and long-term tax-exempt and taxable debt obligations.