Lisa M. Rhode
Lisa became associated with Gadsden Schneider & Woodward LLP in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Lisa was the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Lois E. Murphy in the Orphans’ Court of Montgomery County, previously serving in that same role for the Honorable Calvin S. Drayer, Jr. Before her clerkships, she was an associate with the firm of Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, P.C., and prior to that, an associate at Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. Before moving to Pennsylvania in 1992, Lisa worked in the Cincinnati office of the Columbus-based firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1990, her L.L.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 2000 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987.
Lisa’s practice is focused on estate and trust administration, Orphans’ Court litigation and estate planning. In addition to this practice, Lisa serves as counsel for the Supreme Court Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee, where she assists in the drafting of rules and forms for estate administration, Orphans’ Court and Register of Wills practice, guardianships and adoptions. She was formerly an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program at Villanova School of Law where she co-taught a course on Probate Practice and Procedure.
Lisa is the author of the Supplement to the Pennsylvania Probate Estates and Fiduciaries Code Annotated, providing legislative, case law and procedural updates to all of the statutory provisions of the PEF Code. She has lectured at the Estate Law Institute in Philadelphia and at the State Trial Judges Conference. Lisa is a member of the Executive Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association as well as a member of the Probate and Tax Sections of both the Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations and the Elder Law Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association.