Patrick M. Hitchens, an associate at Fort Washington-based Timoney Knox law firm, spoke at Thursday’s Montgomery County Borough Association dinner meeting in Narberth.
Hitchens, of Upper Dublin Township, was guest speaker for his talk on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and related issues during the monthly meeting of the Montgomery County Borough Associations. The event was held at Evviva Restaurant, 1236 Montgomery Ave., in Narberth. The evening began with a cocktail hour featuring hors d oeuvres and cash bar.
The state’s Right-to-Know Law, which took effect in 2009, makes certain information accessible provided the requester submits proper documentation with a designated open records officer. In his legal practice, Hitchens advises municipal clients on compliance issues related to the Right-to-Know Law.
His practice also focuses on civil litigation and municipal law with an emphasis on real estate tax assessment and exemption appeals. He works with many of the firm’s municipal clients, including school district, local governing bodies and authority entities.
In addition, he advises municipal clients on zoning and procurement matters and contract review. Hitchens also represents municipal agencies in code and zoning enforcement matters before district courts and the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
A Berks County native, Hitchens serves as a commissioner on the Upper Dublin Historic Commission and spends his spare time serving other historic and land preservation groups.