Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli LLC (BCGL) is proud to announce the hire of Michael Hilliard as an associate attorney in the firm’s financial services department where he will support team members in all matters relating to bank lending, debt restructuring, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, corporate governance and general business. Hilliard is originally from Homer City, Pennsylvania and relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the opportunity to join the BCGL team.
“Michael’s in-depth background in accounting and auditing combined with his legal expertise will make him an incredibly valuable member of our financial services department,” said Brett Jackson, financial services partner. “We’re honored to have a such a talented professional join our team.”
Hilliard has experience in business law, contract law, collections, estate administration, estate planning, employment law and family law. He also has extensive background in accounting and finance due to his experience as a financial and operational auditor in the steel, banking, wealth management and financial management industries. He most recently served as associate attorney at a firm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
“As a new resident of Lancaster County, I’m looking forward to getting involved in this incredible community and becoming a part of the BCGL team,” said Hilliard. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work side-by-side with innovative leaders in the legal industry.”
Hilliard is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in law from Duquesne University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University. He is a member of the Westmoreland County Bar Association, and has served on the Westmoreland County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Westmoreland County Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Committee, Westmoreland County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Committee, and Westmoreland County Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee. He is also a recent inductee to the 2017 Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame for football.
BCGL is proud to announce the promotion of Dana Panagopoulos of Lititz, Pennsylvania to partner. Panagopoulos is a life-long resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and has served as an attorney with the firm’s Trust, Estate and Elder law group since its founding in July 2012. As partner, she will be actively involved in guiding the future growth and direction of the firm.
“Dana’s expertise, insights and strong commitment to her clients has helped BCGL grow into the reputable and trusted firm that we are today,” said Stacey Brubaker, managing partner. “We are extremely excited to announce Dana as a partner and we’re looking forward to her increased engagement in guiding this firm to achieve even greater success in the future.”
In addition to serving as partner, Panagopoulos will also continue to serve clients as an attorney in the firm’s Trust, Estate and Elder law group where she focuses on serving as a counselor and litigator for a number of clients, including estate administrators, trustees, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, charities, and guardians to assist them in matters related to their role as a fiduciary or beneficiary. She also regularly assists clients with the development, implementation and administration of estates and estate plans and medical assistance planning.
“I’ve been inspired by the great vision of our founding partners since our first day in business, and I’m proud to say that what BCGL has accomplished in its first five years has well exceeded all expectations,” said Panagopoulos. “BCGL is a firm that is deeply committed to its clients, team and community, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Panagopoulos is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She earned her doctorate in law from Villanova University and her bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall. She is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Lancaster County Estate Planning Council, American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lancaster Bar Association, and serves as editor of the Lancaster Law Review. She also volunteers her time as a board member of the Manheim Township Educational Foundation, and as a member of the Stewardship Committee for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.