Judith A. Harris, a member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to serve as President of the Board of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) for the fiscal year commencing October 2016. The PSF, a professional company in residence at DeSales University, is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth and a professional, not-for-profit Theatre Company.
PSF enjoys an emerging national reputation for excellence. Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. PSF is summer home to many artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards. The Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year and honors the memory of its founder, Father J. Schubert, O.S.F.S.
Harris has over 29 years of experience in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning, estate administration, and taxation. In addition to creating estate plans from the most basic to the most sophisticated wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Harris’s areas of practice include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies and planning for business succession. Harris’s practice also includes charitable trusts and foundations; and representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She routinely handles the resolution of tax controversies for businesses and individual taxpayers before various divisions (Civil, Criminal, and Collection) of the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. These cases often involve the resolution of estate, business, and individual audits; or collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities. In her work as an estate planning attorney, Harris frequently structures the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations in order to minimize tax consequences. Harris earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991, her J.D. from American University in 1986, and her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.