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Pennsylvania and Delaware “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Recognize Gawthrop Greenwood Attorneys

West Chester, PA – May 17, 2016 – Five attorneys from the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC have been recognized as tops in their fields in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, selects outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. “Rising Stars” lists from the publishers of Super Lawyers magazine recognize top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. John E. D. Larkin and Stephen J. Olsen have been chosen for the 2016 Pennsylvania “Rising Stars” list, and P. Kristen Bennett has been chosen for the 2016 Delaware “Rising Stars” list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected each year to receive this honor.

Kristen Bennett has been named to the Delaware “Rising Stars” list in the Tax category for four consecutive years. She joined Gawthrop Greenwood’s Wilmington, DE office in 2013 and focuses her practice on estate planning and administration and trust administration, including probate, estate tax returns, income tax returns, post mortem tax planning, and other administration issues. A frequent speaker on such topics as estate planning, estate tax and special needs planning, she also provides counsel on taxation and tax planning for businesses.

A member of Gawthrop Greenwood’s litigation and criminal law departments, John E. D. Larkin has been named to the Pennsylvania “Rising Stars” list in the Business Litigation category. This is the third consecutive year he has been named to the list. Civilly, he focuses his practice on financial and insurance matters. His published works have appeared in law journals at the Georgetown University School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, the University of Florida Law School, and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, as well as in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Quarterly and At Issue publications.

2016 marks the fifth time that Stephen J. Olsen has been named to the Pennsylvania “Rising Stars” list in the Estate & Probate category. Olsen concentrates his practice in the areas of estate & trust administration, estate planning taxation, and business transactions. Author of numerous articles, he has gained recognition as an authority on tax law, offering commentary for local media. He is currently assisting in the preparation of supplements and the new edition of the seminal tax procedure treatise, IRS Practice and Procedure (Rev. 2d ed.) (WG&L 2002), written by Michael Saltzman and Leslie Book.

Robert F. Adams and George C. Zumbano have been chosen for the 2016 Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers” list. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Robert F. Adams, whose designation is in the practice area of Land Use/Zoning, has been named to the “Super Lawyers” list for the eighth time. For many years he has represented commercial and residential real estate developers in complex land development projects, and he has served as solicitor for numerous townships, municipal authorities and zoning hearing boards across Chester County. He has lectured on a wide range of municipal topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. A skilled mediator practicing in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Adams has guided a broad array of civil disputes to successful resolution since 2003.

This is the sixth consecutive year that George C. Zumbano has been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list in the Business Litigation category. He represents businesses, individuals, and institutions in business and litigation matters, and practices in the fields of commercial & business litigation, personal injury and malpractice litigation, employment and personnel matters, business law, estates & trusts litigation, education law, and alternative dispute resolution. Zumbano has obtained multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in commercial litigation, malpractice, and personal injury cases in state and federal courts, and is often selected by judges or other lawyers as a mediator or arbitrator in matters involving construction disputes, personal injury suits, insurance claims, employment disputes and real estate matters.


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