Houston Harbaugh Announces 2017 Executive Committee and Officers

February 6, 2017 | Houston Harbaugh today announced the election of its three-member Executive Committee and Officers. On the Executive Committee are: John M. Hartzell, Jr., Samuel H. Simon, and Alex W. Thomson. Officers of the firm will include Thomson, who will serve as President; Hartzell as Treasurer; and Heidi Rai Stewart as the firm's Secretary. The Executive Committee, which is responsible for the overall management of the firm. Officers are elected annually by the Firm's directors.

John M. Hartzell, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration, and chairs the firm's Estates and Trusts practice. With prior experience as a Certified Public Accountant, John leverages his knowledge of tax law for businesses and individuals in preparing estate and gift tax plans, and works with business owners on their succession planning matters. Additionally, John counsels landowners with oil and gas interests on their tax and estate planning challenges. John is skilled at using sophisticated estate planning techniques to minimize federal and state death taxes, and to transfer wealth in a controlled and efficient manner. He received his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University; an MBA from Clarion University; and a bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Samuel H. Simon concentrates his practice on commercial/business litigation, and chairs the firm's Litigation Practice. He regularly represents clients in the construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and wholesale/retail/ distribution industries, as well as individuals in matters such as breach of contract disputes, negligence, restrictive covenants, civil rights, construction litigation, and environmental litigation. Simon also represents architects and engineers in such matters as faulty design specifications and design negligence. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron where he was a member of the Law Review, and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Alex W. Thomson concentrates his practice in the area of business law, and chairs the firm's Business Law practice. He represents a wide range of business clients from start-ups to publicly traded companies in a diverse set of industries from steel to software. He has counseled clients in numerous corporate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Thomson has assisted clients in obtaining both public and private financing for their businesses, including venture capital financing. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh where he was a member of the Law Review. Thomson also earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Heidi Rai Stewart concentrates her practice in the area of estate planning and estate and trust administration. Her work in these areas extends to Special Needs planning and Long Term Care planning, including Elder Law. Stewart also regularly represents clients in Orphans' Court matters such as Will contests, guardianships, and actions relating to undue influence, and breaches of fiduciary duty. She also is accredited to represent clients in Veteran's Administration proceedings. She received her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, from Carlow College.