Deirdre O’Shea McCartney
She is a member of the bars of the State of Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Tax Court. A graduate of the University of Delaware (BAAS International Relations) (Advanced Honors Certificate) and the Widener University School of Law (J.D.), graduating magna cum laude. While at Widener she served on the Delaware Law Symposium Journal and was awarded the President’s Award. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a Wolcott Fellow for the Delaware Supreme Court for Justice Randy J. Holland and a judicial law clerk for the Sussex County Superior Court for the Honorable Richard F. Stokes. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, real estate, and landlord tenant. She is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council, and the Terry Carey American Inns of Court where she currently serves on the Executive Committee as Administrator. She resides in Georgetown, Delaware with her husband, Jason, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Salisbury University and her sons, Donavan and Callan.
Ellen J. Feinberg
A native New Yorker, Ellen J. Feinberg is a 1976 cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and a 1979 graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Ellen previously practiced law in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was admitted to practice law in Delaware in 1990. Locally, she previously practiced with The Law Office of Gregory W. Williams and joined her current firm as a partner in 2005. She concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, estate planning, homeowners and condominium association law and debt collection.
Additionally, Ellen volunteers her services as a legal consultant to the Board of Directors of a local non-profit organization and is an active Affiliate member of the Sussex County Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors.
Richard E. Berl, Jr.
Richard E. Berl, Jr. has been a member of the bars of the State of Delaware and the United States District Court for 30 years. He is a graduate of Archmere Academy, the University of Delaware (B.A. in Political Science in 1976), and the Delaware Law School (J.D. in 1979). He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk and as a Deputy Attorney General before going into private practice. He currently serves as the firm's managing Partner and maintains a litigation, business and real estate practice. For the past ten years he has also served as Assistant Sussex County Attorney. Rick has been a member of the Board of Bar Examiners, the American Judicature Society, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court. He is a past President of the Sussex County Bar Association, and past Vice President of the Delaware State Bar Association. Rick is also a past President of the Lewes Little League, and serves as a member of the Bylaws Committee for the Rehoboth Country Club.
George B. (Buck) Smith
George B. (Buck) Smith, is both an attorney and an inactive Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Tax Court. A graduate of St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware, the University of Delaware (B.Sc. Accounting), and the Widener University School of Law (J.D.), Buck worked for the Internal Revenue Service for eleven years, first as a Revenue Agent, then as a District Conferee, and finally as an Appeals Officer. Buck joined the law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1982 and was the tax partner in the Georgetown, Delaware, office of the firm from 1989 through October 1994. He was a Vice President and Southern Trust & Private Banking Division Manager in the Personal Financial Services Department of Wilmington Trust Company from November 1994 through June 1996. Buck resumed the private practice of law in Georgetown, Delaware in July 1996, concentrating in real estate, income tax planning, estate planning, estate administration, elder law, Medicaid planning and business sales and planning. He is the founding partner of the law firm of Smith Feinberg McCartney & Berl, LLP, a four-attorney firm with offices in Georgetown and Lewes. He is also a Manager of SOPB Exchangors, LLC, a company that facilitates like kind exchanges of real estate. Buck is a member of the Delaware Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council (President 2009-2010), the Beebe Medical Foundation Board of Advisors, PUMH Foundation, Inc. and the St. Andrew’s School Alumni Association Board. He is the former President of the Board of Directors of the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences, was a founder and former Treasurer of The Jefferson School, Georgetown, Delaware, and former Secretary of Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Clarksville, Delaware. Buck lives in Bethany Beach, Delaware with his wife, Cathie.