Attorneys

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Theodore L. Brubaker, Esq.

Partner

tedb@bcgl-law.com

Education

Wesleyan University, B.A., 1993

University of Hartford, M.S., Accounting, 1994

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1998

Admissions

Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA

Membership and Affiliations

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lancaster Bar Association

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2005-2008, 2010

Community Involvement

New School Montessori, Board Member

Union Community Care, Past Board Member

Lancaster Country Club, Past President and Governor

Project Forward Leap, Past Board Member

Executive Committee 2015 U.S. Women’s Open

About

Ted is a founder and partner at BCGL and Chair of the Business Services Department. He engages and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit of his clients in all aspects of his legal representation. He serves businesses of all sizes and their owners in such areas as entity formation and governance, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financing, business counseling, tax, and succession planning. His experience with multi-generational businesses and his understanding of family businesses in Lancaster County enables him to provide thorough, insightful, and compassionate legal advice. Ted prides himself on the trust his clients place in him as an essential advisor in the business decisions his client’s encounter.

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Rory O. Connaughton, Esq.

Partner

roryc@bcgl-law.com

Education

Washington and Jefferson, B.A., 1992
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1996

Admissions

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District PA
U.S. District Court, Eastern District PA
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Membership and Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association

Community Involvement

North Museum, Board of Directors
Executive Committee 2015 U.S. Women’s Open

About

Rory Connaughton is a founding member of Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli LLC (BCGL) and a member of the Litigation and Employment Law Groups. Mr. Connaughton’s clients have included closely owned and publicly traded companies, family businesses, shareholders, construction companies, banks and other financial institutions, physician practices and healthcare providers, computer and technology companies and individuals.

Mr. Connaughton’s commercial litigation practice includes special emphasis on contract disputes, partnership and corporate governance disputes, injunction proceedings, land use and construction disputes and crisis management. He also represents clients in employment disputes including the enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of trade secrets, employee theft, the defense of discrimination claims and wage and hour cases.

Mr. Connaughton also counsels clients on corporate governance matters and he has worked with banks and similar institutions in the litigation of mortgage fraud claims, mortgage insurance disputes, inter-bank disputes, lender liability and in connection with governance and regulatory compliance issues. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Connaughton was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in recognition of his achievements in corporate and business disputes.
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Ryan C. Givens

Ryan C. Givens

Associate

ryang@bcgl-law.com

Education

Ursinus College, B.A., 2013

The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2016

Admissions

Pennsylvania, 2016

Membership

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Involvement

Lancaster Catholic High School Alumni Association
Demuth Foundation, Secretary, Board of Trustees

About

Ryan is a transactional associate in the firm’s Business Services Department. He works closely with business owners in all industries, assisting them with entity formation and governance matters, contracts, and acquisitions. Ryan enjoys helping his clients navigate complex issues to achieve their goals.

During law school, Ryan was an intern for the Honorable Jeffrey J. Reich of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas and judicial extern for the Honorable Albert H. Masland of the Cumberland County Orphans’ Court. A Lancaster native and graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, Ryan lives in Lancaster with his wife.

Jeffrey C. Goss, Esq.

Partner

jeffg@bcgl-law.com

Education

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, B.A., 1993, magna cum laude

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1996

Admissions

Pennsylvania, 1996

Massachusetts, 1996

U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA

Membership and Affiliations

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member of the National and Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Member of the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Bar Associations

Member of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Member of the Susquehanna Valley Planning Giving Council

Member of the Lancaster Estate Planning Council

Member of the Christian Legal Society

Community Involvement

Garden Spot Village, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

The Long Community at Highland/Presbyterian Senior Living, Board of Directors

Lancaster Science Factory, Board of Directors

Volunteer for the Wills for Heroes Program

Penn Legacy Soccer Coach

About

Jeff counsels his clients in estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, guardianship, Orphan’s Court proceedings and elder law. Jeff focuses on providing advice to clients who are entering retirement communities, who have questions about asset protection and medical assistance (Medicaid), and who are faced with adult guardianship matters. Jeff also counsels family members who have special needs on the set up of carefully drafted Supplemental and Special Needs Trusts to preserve entitlement to public benefits such as Medicaid and SSI. Jeff lives in Lancaster with his wife Lori and their two children.

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Brett D. Jackson, Esq.

Partner

brettj@bcgl-law.com

Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1998
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2001

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA

Clerkships

Honorable Michael Georgelis, Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas

Membership and Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2010-2015, Banking

Community Involvement

Economic Development Corporation of Lancaster - EDC Finance Board Member; Loan Committee Member
Lancaster County Youth Baseball League, President
Hempfield Youth Association - Past President; Travel Baseball Coach; Board Member
2004 Graduate of Leadership Lancaster - Core Class

About

Brett is a founding member of BCGL and a member of our Financial Services and Business Practice Groups. Brett has substantial experience in real estate finance, corporate finance and business transactions, regularly handling all types and sizes of commercial real estate financing, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, swaps and other derivative transactions, letters of credit, acquisition financing, floor plan financing, SBA financings, tax-exempt and syndicated financings.
Brett’s experience in financial and business transactions allows him to provide significant insight to his clients in structuring credit facilities, financing strategies, loan workout strategies, and the enforcement of remedies available to secured creditors.
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Mark E. Lovett, Esq.

Partner

markl@bcgl-law.com

Education

Yale University, B.A., 1981, Honors in History
Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, J.D., 1984

Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Membership and Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association

Community Involvement

Leadership Lancaster, Chair
First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, Elder and former Clerk of Session
Yale Alumni Schools Committee, member
PIAA Official and Basketball Coach

About

Mark is a founding member of BCGL and the senior member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His trial practice focuses on the representation of businesses in litigation matters ranging from premises liability defense to real estate, construction, contracts, business and fiduciary disputes. Mark has tried hundreds of cases to successful verdicts before judges and juries in state and federal court, and before arbitration panels in both the court system and private resolution venues. The breadth of his trial experience covers matters as diverse as premises liability, medical malpractice, banking/securities, motor vehicle, products liability, wrongful death/survival, labor, contracts, shareholder’s derivative and orphan’s court/fiduciary matters.
Many legal disputes can and should be resolved without litigation. Recognizing this, Mark has negotiated the resolution of many contentious matters before and after litigation has ensued, both informally and through alternative dispute resolution forums. When legal action or trial is not the best path, Mark’s objective is always to resolve disputes in the most appropriate and economic forum that will provide his clients with the best result.
Outside of his practice, Mark has always been involved in his community through various boards, most recently as the Chair of Leadership Lancaster and as an elder and clerk of session at his church. Always active in the athletic community, he has coached numerous basketball teams and is a PIAA referee. Mark lives in Lancaster with his wife and three children.
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Andrew F. Lucarelli, Esq.

Of Counsel

andyl@bcgl-law.com

Education

Franklin & Marshall, B.A.
Boston University Law School, J.D.

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
Massachusetts (inactive status)

Membership and Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association

Community Involvement

Lancaster Country Day School, former Board Chair, Life Trustee
Sertoma Club of Lancaster, former President and Board Chairman
Hamilton Club of Lancaster, former Board Member, Secretary, House Chair
St. John’s Episcopal Church, former Vestryman
National District Attorney’s Association, former member
United States Marine Corps Reserve, retired
Lancaster Triangular Invitational Golf Tournament, Co-Founder and Co-Tournament Director

About

Andy is a member of the Business Services and Financial Services Practice Groups at BCGL. He provides counsel and legal services to individuals, businesses, and financial institutions, primarily in matters relating to purchase and sale transactions, entity formation, documentation and maintenance, commercial and real estate financing (including swap, tax credit, mezzanine finance, and subordinated lending transactions), work-out and creditors’ rights, healthcare, and with a background in litigation, he continues to work proactively with clients and other BCGL attorneys in litigation and other matters personal to clients.

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Ryan S. MacDonald, Esq.

Associate

ryanm@bcgl-law.com

Education

Temple University, B.A., summa cum laude
Rutgers Law School, J.D.

Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States of America

Membership and Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association

About

Ryan is an Associate at BCGL. He is a member of the Litigation and Employment Law Groups. Prior to joining BCGL, Ryan was a Litigation Associate in the Healthcare Law, Insurance Law, and Commercial Litigation Groups at a Lancaster-based law firm. During this time, Ryan was involved in medical malpractice defense litigation, insurance coverage questions and disputes, and construction litigation. Ryan began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Aida Waserstein, State of Delaware Family Court.

While in law school, Ryan was an Associate Editor for Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion. He participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and The Honorable James Hunter III Moot Court Competition. Ryan was also a Teaching Assistant for First-Year Legal Analysis, Writing and Research and contributed to the Pro Bono Research Project, which offers free legal research services to public interest law practitioners, government agency attorneys and private attorneys for their pro bono cases.

Most recently, Ryan was selected as a Case Report Editor for the Civil Litigation Update, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section newsletter. Ryan lives in Lancaster with his wife and two children.

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John A. Mateyak, Esq.

Partner

johnm@bcgl-law.com

Education

Harvard University, B.A., 1992, cum laude
Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, J.D., 1995

Admissions

Pennsylvania

Membership and Affiliations

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association

Community Involvement

Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation, Member
Woodridge Swim Club, Board of Directors
Musser Park Civic Foundation, former Officer and Member
Hands on House, former Board Member

About

John is part of the Real Estate Department.

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Stacey Morgan Brubaker, Esq.

Partner

staceym@bcgl-law.com

Education

Mount Holyoke College, 1985-1987
Denison University, B.A., 1990
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1995

Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District PA

Membership and Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association

Community Involvement

Lancaster Bar Association, Judiciary Committee Member
Demuth Foundation, Past Trustee
Milagro House, Board of Directors, Past Member
Junior League of Lancaster, Past Member

About

Stacey is a founder and former managing member of BCGL. She is also a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business and Corporate Law Department. She provides advice and guidance in many aspects of real estate law to commercial, industrial, municipal and nonprofit clients. Her scope of services includes the development, acquisition, leasing, financing, construction, and sale of real estate.

Although Stacey works with clients at all stages of the development, she has particular expertise representing clients before planning, zoning and municipal boards to obtain subdivision and land development approvals, special exceptions, variances, conditional uses and other permits. When necessary, Stacey assists clients with drafting municipal ordinance provisions, challenging the validity of municipal ordinances and appealing decisions through the judicial process.

Stacey also works with individuals and businesses to facilitate the sale and transfer of Pennsylvania Liquor licenses. She regularly works with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and provides guidance on various liquor license matters. 

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Robert W. Pontz, Esq.

Partner

bobp@bcgl-law.com

Education

College of William and Mary, 1986, with honors
Washington & Lee, J.D., 1989, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District PA
U.S. District Court, Middle District PA

Membership and Affiliations

American Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
Middle District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Bar Association

Community Involvement

PA Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Council Executive Board and Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner Committee
Strasburg Swimming and Recreation Association, Board of Directors
Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, Elder and Youth Ministry Team

About

Bob is a founder and partner of the firm and a member of the Financial Services Group. Bob primarily serves banks and other businesses dealing with customers in financial distress. Bob counsels clients on all aspects of workout and forbearance agreements and has prosecuted and defended actions in the state and federal courts involving contracts, collections, residential and commercial foreclosures, replevins, confessions of judgment, real estate and personal property executions, garnishments and all aspects of loan enforcement.

Bob has more than 25 years of experience in the field of bankruptcy. Bob has represented both creditor and debtor clients in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases throughout Pennsylvania and regionally. Bob zealously pursues creditor interests in matters relating to claim litigation, relief from stay, exemptions, preferences, fraudulent conveyances, executory contracts, involuntary filings, dischargeability of debts and plan confirmation challenges. On the debtor side, Bob has taken satisfaction in helping businesses and individuals in financial trouble to obtain a fresh start and prosper. Bob has particular expertise in Chapter 11 reorganizations, a topic on which he has lectured frequently.

Bob resides in Strasburg, PA with his wife and two children. Bob is active in his community, serving on the Council Executive Board and Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner Committee for the Pennsylvania Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Board of Directors for the Strasburg Swimming and Recreation Association. Bob is an active member of Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an elder and member of the Youth Ministry Team. A lifelong musician, Bob sings with the Lancaster Symphony Chorus and supports a wide range of artistic endeavors.