14B — May 30 - June 12, 2014 — Green Buildings — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


G reen B uildings Concentrations in energy, health and safety law Environmental law firm MGKF celebrates 25 years

HILADELPHIA, PA — In 1989, Joseph M. Manko , Marc E. Gold and Bruce S. Katcher foresaw a growing need for environ- mental services and wanted to create a firm culture that pro- duced the highest quality legal work, offered ancillary consult- ing services, and fostered an inclusive business model and civic involvement. To do so, they ventured out on their own, with a group of seven associate attorneys, including current managing partner Robert D. Fox , and opened a stand-alone environmental law practice. Nowknownas Manko, Gold, P

Katcher & Fox (MGKF) , the firm has expanded its original environmental and land use umbrella to include an ac- tive litigation practice as well as concentrations in energy, health and safety law. “Work- ing in this field is interesting, challenging and always evolv- ing. Since the environment is our overall focus, we stay on top of the emerging issues and challenges that confront our clients,” said Gold. MGKF also holds the firm to business principles that meet evolving global sustainability practices —from the firm’s high performance green office space to its daily office operations. Recently, MGKF moved its Bala Cynwyd headquarters of- fice from the fifth to the ninth floor at 401 City Ave. During the move they used the US Green Building Council ’s Leadership in Energy and En- vironmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System as a guide for sustainable de- sign and construction. MGKF is the first law firm in the Phila- delphia region to achieve Gold level certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors for its office space. “Our LEED-certified office space is a reflection of our practice, firm culture and busi- ness operations,” Fox said. The firm’s sustainability efforts also won them the First An- nual Law Office Sustainability ProgramAward of the Pennsyl- vania Bar Association’s (PBA) Pennsylvania Lawyers United for Sustainability (PLUS) Pro- gram and the Lower Merion Township Environmental Ad- visory Council’s 2014 “Go for the Green” Commercial Award. The firmhas been recognized as one of the region’s “Top Workplaces” by the Philadel- phia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com since 2011. n

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