Board picks Philly lawyer as new so­lic­i­tor

Springfield Sun - - NEWS - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Eric_de­vlin on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » The Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers re­cently an­nounced that Shel­ley R. Smith is join­ing the county’s se­nior team as county so­lic­i­tor.

Smith served as city so­lic­i­tor un­der Philadel­phia Mayor Michael Nut­ter for eight years. Her an­nual salary is $150,856.

“Shel­ley will be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the county’s strong le­gal team and our se­nior staff,” said com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­woman Val Arkoosh. “Her wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence as so­lic­i­tor for Philadel­phia will help her hit the ground run­ning in Mont­gomery County.”

Smith is also a part­ner at Archer & Greiner, P.C., in Philadel­phia, where she han­dles lit­i­ga­tion, la­bor/em­ploy­ment and gen­eral coun­sel prac­tice for pub­lic and pri­vate clients. She has pre­vi­ously served as as­so­ci­ate gen­eral coun­sel, Reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs for Ex­elon Corp. and was of coun­sel at Bal­lard Spahr, LLP.

From 1992 to 2006, she worked for the City of Philadel­phia, where she as­cended from as­sis­tant city so­lic­i­tor for gen­eral tri­als to chair of the Cor­po­rate and Tax Group. She clerked for The Honor­able Robert N.C. Nix Jr., chief jus­tice of Penn­syl­va­nia, at the be­gin­ning of her le­gal ca­reer.

“Shel­ley has rep­re­sented gov­ern­ments, hos­pi­tals, large cor­po­ra­tions and non­prof­its. We are ex­cited that she is bring­ing her con­sid­er­able le­gal ex­per­tise here to Mont­gomery County,” added board Vice Chair­man Ken Lawrence Jr. “We have hired the best can­di­date to lead our team of nine at­tor­neys in the Mont­gomery County Of­fice of the So­lic­i­tor. We look for­ward to work­ing with Shel­ley.”

Smith earned her law de­gree from Vil­lanova Univer­sity School of Law and her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in crim­i­nal jus­tice from Tem­ple Univer­sity.

For­mer So­lic­i­tor Ray­mond Mc­garry stepped down from his post in Fe­bru­ary af­ter five years of ser­vice to re­turn to his law firm — Brown Mc­garry and Nimeroff — full time. Deputy So­lic­i­tor Josh Stein filled the po­si­tion in the in­terim.

Shel­ley R. Smith

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