Lisa M. Rhode
Lisa became an associate with Gadsden Schneider & Woodward LLP in 2012. Drawing on her prior years as a law clerk, she primarily practices in the area of fiduciary litigation, reviewing Accounts and preparing petitions, responsive pleadings, and objections. She also has represented petitioners in uncontested guardianship proceedings. Several times, Lisa has been appointed by the court as administrator in litigious, complex estate administrations and as guardian ad litem in trust matters. Outside of the courtroom, Lisa has a thriving estate planning and estate administration practice. In addition, she has represented philanthropic individuals and non-profits at every stage from formation to dissolution.
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, at Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. She received her L.L.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 2000, her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1990, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987.
Lisa is the author of the Supplement to the Pennsylvania Probate Estates and Fiduciaries Code Annotated, providing legislative, case law and procedural updates to the statutory provisions of the PEF Code. She also has written several articles published in the Fiduciary Review and the Newsletter of the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. She has lectured throughout the Commonwealth, including at the State Trial Judges Conference and the Estate Law Institute in Philadelphia. Lisa is a member of the Executive Committee of the Probate Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also is a member of the Probate and Tax Sections of both the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations and the Elder Law and Women in the Law Committees of the Delaware County Bar Association.
Lisa served as counsel for the Supreme Court Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee from July 2006 to June 2018. She assisted in drafting of rules and forms for estate administration, adjudication of Accounts, guardianships and adoptions. She formerly was an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program at Villanova School of Law where she co-taught a course on Probate Practice and Procedure.