Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, and elder law and special needs law firm with locations in State College, Williamsport, Wyalusing and Wysox, Pa., has been named to Pennsylvania Business Central's Fifty to Follow Women-Owned Businesses, an annual list of the top 50 women-owned organizations in its coverage area. Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was founded by Attorney Julie Steinbacher, CELA, LLM, in 2002 in Williamsport. It has since grown from a single office to four, and also counts two other women as partners in Attorneys Jenna Franks and Kathleen Yurchak.
This marks the third straight year and the sixth time in the last eight years that the law firm has appeared on this annual list. SGY also was named to the "Fifty to Follow" list of women-owned businesses in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022. The list appears each June in PA Business Central's Women in Business special edition. Readers of the publication submit nominations from communities across its 23-county readership, and the final list is chosen by a blue-ribbon panel. The final list represents both large and small, and well-established and start-up organizations.
Prior to founding the firm, Julie was a social worker in a long-term care facility, where she saw first hand the consequences of not properly planning for one's second half of life, and all of it's possible occurances, both likely and unlikely. As an attorney, her goal, and that of the law firm, is to bridge the gap between legal services and the aging network. With that goal in mind, the law firm hosts in-person and virtual seminars every month about issues and topics that affect those who are aging. For a schedule of upcoming such events, visit our seminar page.
Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Widener University School of Law and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation. She also earned her LL.M. in Elder Law and Estate Planning from Western New England School of Law, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), one of only 94 in Pennsylvania, and one of just three in northeastern quadrant of the state stretching from the Poconos and west to State College. Julie is also one of only 68 Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in the state, with Attorney Amos Goodall being one of the others.
Attorney Kathleen Yurchak has been practicing law in Centre County since the 1980s, and along with Attorney Goodall, founded the law firm of Goodall & Yurchak in State College in the 1980s. That firm was acquired by Steinbacher Law in 2015, and the combined firm became Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak. Her primary area of practice is estate administration. Kathleen was named to PA Business Central's Top 100 People in each of the last two years.
Attorney Jenna Franks joined SGY in 2017 as an associate attorney after beginning her law career in Florida, where she attended law school and remains licensed to practice law. She became a partner of the firm in 2022, and has been a Super Lawyers rising star in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Jenna has also co-authored, along with Julie, the 2021 and 2022 Supplements to the Pennsylvania Trust Guide: A Handbook for Trustees and Their Advisors.
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