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Law firm Pillar+Aught expands office space, attorney roster

A mock-up of Pillar+Aught's office at 4201 E. Park Circle in Lower Paxton Township. The building is the former home of Facilities Planning & Architects. - (Photo / File)

A firm that set out six months ago to change the business of law is getting bigger.

Pillar Aught has added two attorneys to its original nine-lawyer roster and recently leased an additional space at its Lower Paxton Township office, the firm announced last week.

Pillar Aught started in February after the nine founding partners and one paralegal, all formerly of Harrisburg firm Rhoads & Sinon, decided to launch a firm they hoped would emphasize collaboration between attorneys and flexible pricing for clients.

The firm has since added two more Rhoads & Sinon attorneys: Steve Moniak, who joined in April, and Angela McGowan, who started this week. 

Moniak has a background ranging from business litigation to insurance law and is now part of Pillar Aught’s financial institutions practice. McGowan, whose experience includes cases related to the oil and gas industries, will lead Pillar Aught’s real estate practice.

McGowan watched with interest when her nine Rhoads & Sinon colleagues left the firm in February to start Pillar Aught. As time passed, she grew interested in what the firm described as a collaborative approach to law, where attorneys’ desks are together in a single large room as opposed to in individual offices.

“I’m just attracted to that really innovative model,” she said. “I think that this is really where the business world is heading.”

Pillar Aught also recently leased an additional 4,000 feet of office space to accommodate new attorneys, additional support staff and training space for clients.

“We’ve been humbled and energized by the support of our clients since starting the firm,” co-founder and principal Todd Shill said in a news release. “We’re enjoying consistent growth by continuing to provide our clients with unrivaled expertise in our practice areas, cutting edge technology and ultra responsive service. Angela and Steve enable us to offer even more depth and greater expertise, particularly to our business clients.”

Jennifer Wentz
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