Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Christine Hall McClure

cmcclure@kmgslaw.com

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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, 1976, J.D.; Cum Laude
  • Chatham College, 1973, B.A.; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association, President (2002), Board of Directors (2000–2003; 1992–1994)
  • Erie County Bar Foundation, President
  • Pennsylvania Bar Insurance Fund and Trust Fund, Trustee (2008-present); Secretary (2010-present)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Task Force to Recommend Revisions to the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct (2012), Board of Governors (1999–2002), House of Delegates, Women in the Profession Commission
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Vice President (2006–2007); Secretary (2008–present)
  • Penn Attorneys Title Insurance Co, Board of Directors (2002–2003)

Ratings

Ms. McClure has more than 35 years of experience, having practiced previously in the Erie firm of McClure & Miller, LLP. She served in numerous leadership capacities of the Erie County Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Foundation, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Her practice includes estate planning, representation of borrowers or lenders in business transactions, general business counsel, and municipal law.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Won a precedent setting case in U.S. Supreme Court that determined a certificate of deposit is not a security and is therefore not subject to antifraud provisions
  • Arranged for the world-renowned ceramic artwork of a Benedictine Monk to be sold through a private gallery with the proceeds going to a branch of the Boston Foundation which helps assist struggling artists
  • Successfully argued an appeal before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of a school district establishing the correct seniority date to be used in a teacher suspension
  • Successfully represented a school district before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upholding the suspension of a professional
  • Successfully defended before the Pa. Commonwealth Court an appeal from a township’s denial of a request by a landowner for a curative amendment to its zoning ordinance
  • Successfully represented a Bank before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in a petition to set aside a sheriff sale

Awards & Honors

  • "Women Who Achieve" Award, PNC Bank

Speaking Engagements

  • Firm's Municipal Law Symposium

Community & Professional Service

  • Ball Pavilion, Inc., Director and Board Chairman
  • Pennsylvania Bar Insurance Fund, Secretary
  • Pennsylvania Bar Trust Fund, Secretary
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Secretary
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Erie County Bar Foundation, President
  • Springhill, Board of Governors
  • Asbury Communities, Governance Committee
  • Arts Erie, President (2008)
  • Brevillier Village Foundation, Past Vice President
  • Chatham College, Board of Trustees, Former Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Personnel Committee, Member
  • Library Committee, Member
  • Wellness Committee, Member

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