Lamb McErlane announces 2 new lawyers

The law firm of Lamb McErlane PC has announced that Helen J. Esbenshade and Alan P. Novak have joined the firm.

Esbenshade, who joins the West Chester-based firm as a partner, concentrates her practice in local government representation, zoning and land use, land acquisition and finance. She serves as an advisor to businesses, nonprofits, local governments, authorities and developers, advising both organizations and individuals. She serves as solicitor for numerous Chester County municipalities and municipal authorities and is the solicitor for the Chester County Economic Development Council.

She is a member of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry Government Affairs Council, the Chester County Bar Association and serves as chairman of the Advisory Council to Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon for Imagination Library Program. She annually has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Municipal Law since 2011.

Novak, who joins the firm as of-counsel, focuses his practice on business and municipal law, including zoning, real estate transactions, business and corporate formation, litigation, and government relations.

Novak serves as solicitor for numerous townships, boroughs and municipal authorities, as well as special counsel to the County of Chester. He is also solicitor of the Chester County Industrial Development Authority. Novak was well-known as the state chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Committee and previously served as Chester County’s GOP chair for eight years.

He is president of Novak Strategic Advisors, a government and public affairs firm based in Harrisburg, which offers comprehensive, strategic government affairs and grassroots solutions to real world business needs of clients. He is also a partner at the RooneyNovak Group, which helps organizations navigate the divisions in government to end stalemates and build consensus in order to achieve their goals.

"We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our municipal law and municipal finance practices with the addition of Helen and Alan," Lamb McErlane PC managing partner Joel L. Frank said in the release. "Their extensive municipal and financial background will expand our already robust municipal practice in Chester County and throughout the region.

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