Howland Hess O’Connell Partner Michael W. Cassidy Recipient of La Salle High School’s President Medal

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Michael W. Cassidy, a named partner at the Law Firm of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy & O’Connell, LLP, received the President’s Medal from La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Cassidy is a graduate of La Salle College High School, class of 1974. He received the medal during a dinner reception at his alma mater.



In selecting Michael Cassidy to be the 2016 President’s Medal recipient, Brother James Butler,
FSC, President of La Salle College High School, explained the selection of Mr. Cassidy as follows: Michael proposes to the school community an eloquent example of a La Salle graduate who used his college preparatory education to earn outstanding professional credentials, qualifications he has unselfishly used in the service of his alma mater since receiving them. Furthermore, Mr. Cassidy’s deep knowledge of zoning and land use law was cited as being of inestimable value to La Salle College High School as the school has undertaken several campus development and expansion projects in recent decades.


Regarding Michael’s outstanding professional credentials, La Salle emphasized Mr. Cassidy’s time served as Springfield Township Commissioner in the 1990s and as legal counsel of many years’ standing to La Salle College High School. There is no doubt that Michael has found numerous ways remain of service to his alma mater for more than three decades.


Howland Hess O’Connell congratulates Michael on this well-deserved achievement, and thanks La Salle College High School for selecting Mr. Cassidy as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Medal.


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Howland Hess O’Connell Attorney, Joseph Winning, Featured on University of Delaware’s Department of Communication Website

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Howland Hess O’Connell Attorney Joseph W. Winning was selected to be featured on the University of Delaware’s Department of Communication Website. The University of Delaware’s (“UD”) Department of Communication highlights alumni from an array of different professional fields to demonstrate to current and prospective Communication students what they can do with a degree in Communication from UD.

Mr. Winning graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While at Delaware, Joe worked in the Department of Communication and served as the Sports Director for the University’s student radio station, 91.3 FM WVUD. He graduated Summa Cum Laude. Click here to see the feature and find out more.

Joseph is admitted to practice law throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Howland Hess O’Connell congratulates Joseph on this achievement and thanks the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware for selecting him to be featured on its website.

Mr. Robert G. Hess, A Perfectly Good Man

Some good Philadelphia lawyers can never be replicated. Attorney Robert G Hess, a perfectly good man, died Thursday April 21, 2016, a few days short of 94 years old, leaving no mold for making another like him. Now the hundreds of people he touched will sorely miss him.

After a stint as a staff sergeant in the Signal Corps in World War II’s European Theatre, Mr. Hess, a graduate of Ursinus College, attended University of Pennsylvania Law School. There,Robert G. Hess he became a lawyer for all the right reasons – to help people, to solve problems, and to settle disputes. And he became successful at all three. The first in his family to become an attorney, Mr. Hess passed the Bar in 1948 and began working under Thomas Howland and Roger Melling, partners of a law firm in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. But after working in every type of law under the sun, he was drawn to the preparation of wills, settling estates, and helping clients to set up trusts.  He felt that in these areas he helped clients, particularly older ones, deal with important life issues. In his own words, “What I enjoy most is representing older people who at this point in their lives need guidance, and it’s not only legal guidance. It’s where to live, how to live. Sometimes you feel like a minister or a priest.”

Mr. Hess was well respected for his service within the legal and lay communities. He was a past chairman and member of the board of directors of Aria Health (formerly Frankford Hospitals) and the board of directors of the Aria Health Foundation (formerly Frankford Hospital Foundation and the Wesley Enhanced Foundation (formerly Evangelical Manor Foundation). He was instrumental in their growth. He was counsel to several retirement facilities and in his customary style, continually offered his services to those around him, especially in his own retirement community, for free. He was a member and past president of the Frankford Lions Club, Jerusalem Lodge F & AM, the Scottish Rite and Lulu Temple. He was also the recipient of the Frankford High School’s prestigious Alumni Pioneer Award for his accomplishments and contributions to the community. When he won, he quoted from Russell Conwell’s book, Acres of Diamonds. “It is said that you can find all of the wealth and riches you need in your own backyard. I pointed out that my [first] office was two blocks from the high school.”

By the way, Mr. Hess’s devotion to community service was carried into his final year. When he found out that apartment-bound people in his retirement building weren’t always getting their morning newspapers, as documented in his last short story, “The Paperboy,” he took it upon himself to sort and deliver 40-some newspapers every morning with the help of his walker.

One of Mr. Hess’s differentiators was his wife of almost 70 years, Alberta. She would continually accompany him on his many legal missions, whether it was serving divorce papers or to clients’ homes to witness the signing of their wills. Until last year, he was still working a few mornings a week, and she was still travelling with him. People familiar with the couple, knew them as nearly inseparable, sharing a fondness for Disney World, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The only time Mr. Hess could be found apart from his wife was on the golf course and in the kitchen, where he exercised his talent as a culinary expert, preparing her dinner.

Robert G. Hess, Esq. died April 21, 2016 of heart failure in Attleboro Village, Langhorne, PA. He was the devoted ‘Best Friend and Husband’ for 69 years to Alberta M. (nee Davis) Hess and the perfect father of Dr. Robert G. Jr., RN (Evi Eskin, MD), Bruce D. ESQ. (Jennifer), Mark D. (Judy), and Susan L. Hess.  He had nine grandchildren, two of whom predeceased him, including Jonathan M and Robert Hess, 3rd who died while serving in the US Coast Guard, and 5 Great-grandchildren.

Family, friends, and all organizations of which he was a member are invited to call Thursday, April 28 after 9:30AM and to participate in His Funeral Service at 11 AM at the Langhorne United Methodist Church, 301 E. Maple Avenue, Langhorne, Pa. 19047.  He will be interned at Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville, PA.  In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory to the Langhorne United Methodist Church (Roof Fund) at the above address would be very much appreciated by his family.

– Dr. Robert G. Hess, Jr.

Join Howland Hess O’Connell in Being Environmentally Friendly and Security Conscious!

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Shredding of papers which contain identifiers like dates of birth and social security numbers is paramount in protecting one’s personal information from identity thieves. The attorneys and staff at Howland Hess O’Connell make every effort to protect this information, and so should you!

Montgomery County is hosting a series of Paper Shredding Events for consumers only (no businesses). The closest shredding event to our offices in Montgomery County is scheduled for July 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon at Abington Junior High at 2056 Susquehanna Road in Abington, PA 19001

There is a two box limit per vehicle dropping off papers. Paperclips and staples are okay. All other binding material must be removed.

Our attorneys and members of our staff will also be taking advantage of two other recycling events provided to all county residents. Household Hazardous Waste Collections have been scheduled. The two nearest to our offices in Huntingdon Valley are May 14, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm at Temple University’s Ambler Campus off Butler Pike in Ambler, PA AND June 18, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm at Abington Junior High on Susquehanna Road. Almost any cleaner, paint, thinner, varnish, fuel, or other liquid that is hiding in your garage, basement or workshop can be safely disposed of at this collection. Also collected are fire extinguishers, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tubes, and thermometers.

Montgomery County is also hosting an event for collecting used automobile tires for recycling. There is an eight tire limit per vehicle dropping them off. The site is Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. The date of the event is Saturday, May 21, 2016. Tires will be collected from 9 am till noon.

Join Howland Hess O’Connell in protecting both your security and the environment!

Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland Hess O’Connell encourages all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.

Howland Hess O’Connell Attorney, Dennis Meakim, Elected as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association.

On Friday, January 8, 2016, Dennis Meakim of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy & O’Connell, LLP, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. The Montgomery Bar Association, or “MBA,” has 2,100 members. The Board is made up of the Officers, the Chairs of the Four Sections (Family Law, Probate and Tax, Trial Lawyers, and Young Lawyers), and the 15 members elected by the membership. Five of these fifteen members are elected every year to serve for a term of three years. Dennis is one of those five most recent elected Directors picked to serve for the next three years.

The Board of Directors of the MBA provides insight and direction to the officers of the organization. The Montgomery Bar Association includes over 60 Committees and Sections covering all aspects of the law and legal practice. The Board serves as a voice of the members and is the voting body for establishing policies and objectives of the organization.

Mr. Meakim had a busy day Friday. He was not only elected to the Board of Directors, but he was also appointed Co-Chair of the Sidebar Committee at the MBA. The Sidebar Committee puts together “Sidebar”, the award winning quarterly magazine of the Montgomery Bar Association. The magazine contains a mix of brief scholarly articles, practice tips, and announcements of the news and events most relevant to the membership of MBA.

Dennis’ practice focuses on family law, business law, and estate planning in the five county area (Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia) as well as Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey. He also practices in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury. Howland Hess O’Connell congratulates Dennis on this tremendous achievement.


About Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell, LLP.

The proud history of Howland, Hess, LLP dates back over 150 years, beginning in the historic Frankford section of Philadelphia. As a general practice law firm, our attorneys handle matters in the following legal fields: Criminal Defense and D.U.I., License Suspension, Personal Injury, Real Estate Transactions, Commercial Litigation, Business & Corporate Law, Construction Law & Litigation, Wills & Trusts, Estate & Tax Planning, Estate Administration, Litigation and Will Contests, Workers’ Compensation, and Zoning and Land Use.

With the multitude of legal fields covered, Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell, LLP is prepared to handle your legal issue today.

Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland, Hess and O’Connell encourage all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.