Cozen O’Connor member Margaret Gallagher Thompson was recently appointed chair of the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. The committee responds to developments in Orphans’ Court procedure and reviews current rules governing statewide practice and procedure, recommending new rules as necessary. The committee also responds to appropriate inquiries and suggestions made by lawyers, trial and appellate judges and justices, court officials and personnel, and the public.
Thompson is the vice chair of the private client services practice group. She provides expert advice regarding tax and estate planning to high-net worth individuals and charitable organizations, and counsels family-owned businesses regarding the development and implementation of business succession plans. A member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia bar associations, Thompson is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel for which she serves on the Asset Protection Committee. She serves on the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and is a volunteer with the Homeless Advocacy Project and Aid for Friends.
Thompson earned her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University (B. S., magna cum laude, 1974) and a graduate degree from Ohio State University (M.A., magna cum laude, 1979). She earned her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989) where she served as executive editor of the Temple Law Review.