John A. Sergovic, Jr.
John is an attorney with more than 42 years of experience with real property, civil litigation and corporate law. John is a skilled trial lawyer who handles civil litigation in the Delaware State Courts. He has been licensed to practice in Maryland since 1973 and in Delaware since 1974. John earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University in 1970 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland in 1973. He is currently a member of the Sussex County Bar Association and the Delaware Bar Association. John was recognized in the November 2015 issue of Delaware Today as one of Delaware’s Top Lawyers. John strives for higher levels of professional excellence.
Shannon Carmean Burton
Shannon Carmean Burton (formerly Shannon D. Carmean) has been a member of the Delaware Bar since 2003. Shannon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College in 1999 and her juris doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 2003. Shannon was recognized in the November 2010 issue of Delaware Today as one of Delaware’s Top Lawyers. During law school, Shannon served as a law clerk for her now partner, John A. Sergovic, Jr., at Sergovic & Ellis, P.A. focusing primarily on civil litigation related to real property disputes. After graduating from law school in 2003, Shannon served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable E. Scott Bradley at the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, in and for Sussex County. In 2004, Shannon entered into private practice and joined John A. Sergovic, Jr. as an associate attorney at Sergovic & Ellis, P.A. In 2007, John and Shannon formed Sergovic & Carmean, P.A. Shannon welcomed shareholders, David J. Weidman and Seth L. Thompson, in February 2012 to form the expanded firm, Sergovic, Carmean & Weidman, P.A. In 2016, Shannon welcomed shareholders Shannon R. Owens and Deirdre A. McCartney to form Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. Shannon’s practice primarily focuses on real estate settlements and land use matters. In the office, Shannon is affectionately referred to as the traveling lawyer since she is constantly on the move to handle real estate closings. Shannon is a member of the Sussex County Bar Association, the Delaware Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court and is an affiliate member of the Sussex County Women’s Council of Realtors and the Sussex County Associate of Realtors. In 2011, Shannon was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. In addition, Shannon presently serves as the Secretary of the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court. Shannon also serves as attorney guardian ad litem for children in foster care through the Office of the Child Advocate and has received certification as an Educational Surrogate Parent. Born and raised in Cape May, New Jersey, Shannon currently lives in Millsboro, Delaware with her husband, step-sons and mother. In her free time, Shannon enjoys jogging, spending time with family and friends, playing with her dogs and participating in outdoor activities.
David J. Weidman
David J. Weidman was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia in 1967. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B. A. in History, 1989), George Mason University (Masters of Public Administration, 1993) and the University of Tennessee College of Law (J. D. 1996), where he was a member of the Law Review and author of two published scholarly articles. Dave was admitted to the Delaware Bar and the U. S. Court for the District of Delaware in 1997 after he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable William S. Lee and T. Henley Graves in the Delaware Superior Court between 1996 and 1997. Prior to joining Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. as a shareholder, he was a partner in Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher for twelve years. Dave is a member of both the Delaware Bar and the Sussex County Bar Associations, and he focuses his practice on litigation in all Delaware Courts in the following areas: business litigation, property litigation, family law, estate litigation, homeowners’ association and condominium law, corporate governance and construction litigation, including mechanic’s liens.
Deirdre O’Shea McCartneyLinkedIn
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 real estate, estate planning, and elder law.
She is a former chair of the Elder Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, a member of The American Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, immediate past president of Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council, and the Terry Carey American Inns of Court where she currently serves on the Executive Committee. Deirdre also serves on the Board of the ACTS Legacy Foundation, Board of Commissioners of the Georgetown Public Library, serves as the special events for the University of Delaware Kent and Sussex County Alumni Club, is the Board of Ambassadors of the Beebe Medical Foundation, a member of the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health Planned Giving Committee, and a member of the Beebe Charitable Gift Planning Advisory Council.
Shannon R. Owens
Shannon R. Owens, Esquire has been a member of the Delaware Bar since 2003. Shannon obtained her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina as a visiting law student from 2002-2003. Shannon received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and was a member of the University’s Honors Program. In 2011 she was admitted as an attorney and counselor before the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to entering private practice, Shannon served as a judicial law clerk to all three Sussex County Family Court judges, the Honorable Kenneth M. Millman; the Honorable Peter B. Jones; and the Honorable John E. Henriksen. Shannon primarily focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning (including the preparation of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), estate and trust administration, elder law (including guardianships and Medicaid matters), and real estate. Shannon is a member of the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council, and the Delaware and Sussex County Bar Associations. Shannon is proud to serve on multiple committees for Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, which is named after her late father, Jack F. Owens. Shannon is Vice President of Next Gen South, a non-profit organization created by and directed by local professionals dedicated to raising funds for causes affecting residents of Kent and Sussex Counties. Shannon is a frequent lecturer on various estate planning and elder law matters and currently teaches an estate planning course for the Delaware Tech Continuing Education Program. Previously, Shannon served as an adjunct professor for the education law course for Wilmington University’s doctoral program. In 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, based upon the votes of her peers, she was named as a Top Delaware Lawyer by Delaware Today magazine. She lives in her hometown, Georgetown, Delaware.
Elizabeth L. Soucek
Elizabeth Soucek, Esquire, known to her friends and family as “Bliss”, is an associate attorney with Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. Elizabeth is a lifelong resident of Milford, Delaware and a graduate of Milford Senior High School (2004). She practices in a variety of areas, including landlord/tenant law and general civil litigation, but specializes in the area of family law, handling divorce, custody, child support, guardianship, and adoption matters. She has been a member of the Delaware Bar since May of 2011. Elizabeth is a member of the Delaware Bar Association and the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court. She serves as the Secretary for the Sussex County Bar Association. Prior to joining Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. as an associate (2012), Elizabeth worked as an associate for the firm of Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher (2011). She earned her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Point Park University (2007), where she graduated with honors and in the top ten percent of her class. While at Point Park University, Elizabeth was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and she volunteered her time to several community service organizations including Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pittsburgh. She went on to earn her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law (2010), where she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Association and an active participant in the Pro Bono Society. Upon graduation, she received the Family Law Award from the Virginia State Bar Association, as the graduating student who showed the most promise and potential in the practice of family law. During law school, Elizabeth completed an internship with Sussex County Family Court in the summer of 2008, and a clerkship with Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher in the summer of 2009. Following law school, she served for a year (2010-2011) as a Judicial Law Clerk with Sussex County Family Court for the Honorable Kenneth M. Millman, the Honorable Peter B. Jones, and the Honorable John E. Henriksen. Elizabeth currently serves as an attorney for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Sussex County for children in the Delaware foster care system. She also volunteers as an attorney guardian ad litem (GAL) through the Office of the Child Advocate. Elizabeth spends her evenings teaching dance for Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) in Milford, Delaware, where she shares her passion for the arts with her students. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Rachel Bleshman is an associate attorney at Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. Rachel joined the Delaware Bar in 2014 and the New York Bar in 2015 after graduating from Tulane University Law School. At Tulane, Rachel was a Dean’s Scholarship Recipient and served as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. Rachel also earned the Tulane 34 Award for academic excellence, service, and leadership. Following graduation, clerked for the Honorable Kenneth M. Millman of the Sussex County Family Court from 2013 through 2016. Rachel then served as a Staff Attorney for Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. specializing in victim immigration law. Prior to law school, Rachel worked in public policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce from 2007 through 2009 and the Office of the Vice President as a Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs from 2009 through 2010. Rachel is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Sussex County Bar Association.
Harold W.T. Purnell, II
Mr. Purnell specializes in Estate and Trust Law. He represents a wide range of clients with diverse needs. His practice includes planning for minimizing Federal and State estate, gift and generation-skipping taxes.
It also includes asset protection and planning involving income farming and family businesses, same-sex couples and also charitable gifting. He represents clients with guardianship and elder care needs. He also advises regarding both pre-mortem and post-mortem planning.
His estate and trust administration practice includes preparation of documents to open domestic and ancillary estates, preparation of filing of inventories and accounting, preparation of Federal and State estate tax returns, and preparation of gift tax returns. He represents clients wishing to transfer situs of trusts to Delaware and terminate trusts.
Mr. Purnell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from Delaware Law School in 1980. Mr. Purnell subsequently earned his Latin Legum Magister (LLM) in taxation from Villanova Law School in 1983. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association (past Board member), Sussex County Bar Association (past President), Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council (Board member, past President) and Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware (Advisory Board). Mr. Purnell was admitted to the Delaware Bar and U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in 1980 and the U.S. Tax Court in 1989.
Mr. Purnell is a Board member for the Lewes Historical Society, Advisory Board member for the Delaware Community Foundation, past Board member and past Commodore for the Lewes Yacht Club, past Board member and past President of the Lewes Yacht Club Foundation and past Board member and past President of the Georgetown Millsboro Rotary Club.
George B. (Buck) Smith
George B. (Buck) Smith, Esquire, is a practicing Delaware attorney since 1982. 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 (now M & T Bank) 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, 1031 exchanges, estate planning, estate administration, elder law, Medicaid planning and business sales and planning. He was Of Counsel with the law firm of Smith McCartney & Owens, LLC, in Georgetown, Delaware, and which merged into the Georgetown, Delaware, firm of Sergovic Carmean & Weidman, P.A. in 2016, where he is Of Counsel. He is also a Manager of SOPB Exchangors, LLC, a qualified intermediary company that facilitates IRS Section 1031 like kind exchanges. Buck is a member of the Delaware Bar Association and the Sussex County Bar Association, He is a former member of the Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council (President 2009-2010), the St. Andrew’s School Alumni Association Board (President 2013-2015), the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences (President of the Board of Directors 2009) and was a founder and former Treasurer of The Jefferson School, Georgetown, Delaware, and former Secretary of Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Clarksville, Delaware.
Daniel J DeMott
Daniel was born and raised in Sussex County, Delaware.
Daniel is a 2009 graduate of Seaford High School. He attended the University of Delaware and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2013 after spending his first two years studying Elementary Education.
Following undergraduate studies and a year of soul-searching, Daniel enrolled at the Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2017, graduating as a Dean’s List student.
Amber is a native of Sussex County Delaware, residing in Laurel with her husband James, and her daughter Madeline. Amber is a graduate of Lighted Pathway Christian Academy. She attended Delaware Technical and Community College before working at the law firm of Procino Wells, LLC in Seaford, Delaware as a receptionist. In 2012, Amber was hired by Shannon R. Owens, Esquire as a Legal Assistant and today continues to work for Shannon R. Owens, Esquire. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Christine (Chris) Lewis
Chris is a native of Sussex County Delaware, residing in Bridgeville with her husband Bob, their family and Belle and Sasha. Chris is a graduate of Seaford Senior High School. She attended Delaware Technical and Community College before working at the law firm of Tunnell & Raysor, P.A. in Georgetown, Delaware as a file clerk. In 1989, Chris was hired by John A. Sergovic, Jr. P.A. as an Administrative Assistant in the litigation department and today continues to work for John A. Sergovic, Jr. Chris is very active in her Church, Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, Delaware. In her spare time she and her husband enjoy camping and spending time outdoors.
Ginger was born and raised in Lewes, Delaware. She is a 1979 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. After graduating, she enrolled in the administrative secretarial program at Delaware Technical and Community College wherein she graduated in the class of 1981. She worked as a legal secretary until 2000. At that time, she tried a new adventure in opening and operating a men’s clothing store in downtown Lewes. After closing that store in 2004, she took some time off and in January 2011, she joined our law firm as a receptionist. She has been married to her husband, Jack, for almost 30 years. They have one son, John, who lives in Florida. Ginger enjoys spending time with her family, entertaining, going to the beach, fishing, bird hunting, and shooting sporting clays.
Heather is originally from central Indiana but has called Georgetown home for over 10 years. Heather is a 1996 graduate from Brown County High School. After graduation, Heather worked for many years in management in the hospitality industry before embarking on her career in the legal field. Heather has worked in the legal field in both Indiana and Delaware supporting attorneys in a number of legal areas before focusing her attention on estate administration. Heather resides in Georgetown with her husband, a police officer for the Town of Georgetown, and her two children Raiden and Rider. In her free time, Heather enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Jen is a Sussex County native who graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2001 and from Delaware Technical and Community College, magna cum laude, in 2005. She began working at Sergovic & Ellis, P.A. in 2004 while still attending college full-time and joined Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. in 2007. Jen is legal assistant to Shannon Carmean Burton. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and going to the beach.
Real Estate Paralegal
Born and raised in Sussex County, Joan grew up in Long Neck, before marrying and moving to Georgetown, the County Seat, for 25 years. Joan now resides in Milton with her husband and daughter. A graduate of Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, she studied at Delaware Technical and Community College before beginning her career in the legal field at the Law Firm of Tunnell &Raysor in 1976. During this time, she began working with John Sergovic in the real estate department. In 1988, Joan followed Mr. Sergovicto John A. Sergovic, Jr. P.A. as his real estate paralegal and has continued with the firm, now known as Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney& Owens, P.A., for a forty year career in real estate.
For seven years, Joan was on the adjunct faculty staff of Delaware Technical & Community College teaching the administrative side of a course in Real Property law. Joan is an affiliate member and maintains the website for the Sussex County Women’s Council of Realtors. She was a volunteer with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce for over 12 years as well as a Board Member of the Historic Georgetown Association. In addition, Joan volunteers with the Sussex County Return Day Committee. In 2010, Joan was named the Georgetown Chamber Volunteer of the Year. Joan enjoys volunteering with local non-profits, working in her greenhouse and spending time with her family, especially her husband of 40 years Lloyd “Sonny” Tyndall and her grandchildren, Austin, Liam and Ella.
Lynsey was born and raised in Georgetown, DE, graduating from Sussex Central High School in 2010, and from Delaware Technical Community College, cum laude, in 2013 with her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. Lynsey joined Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. in 2014 and is the Paralegal to Elizabeth L. Soucek and Family Law Paralegal to Rachel Bleshman, Esquire. Lynsey resides in Georgetown with her black lab, Dixie. In her free time, Lynsey enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Maria A. Anderson
Administrative Assistant (Real Estate)
Maria was raised in Millsboro, DE until middle school, when her family moved to Seaford DE. Maria graduated High School in 1997. She then moved to Laurel, Delaware where she has lived for the last 10 years. Maria attended Delaware Tech College and graduated on the President and Deans List in May 2010 with her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate in Office Administration. Maria was hired by Shannon Carmean Burton, in October of 2013 as an Administrative Assistant in the Real Estate Department of Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. Maria has two sons Trevon and Rodney. In her spare time Maria likes to cook, have family gatherings, and traveling with her husband Carl whom she has been married to for 10 years.
Maryna lives in Selbyville, Delaware. This is quite a distance from birthplace of Belarus, Europe. Her journey began in 2005 when she graduated from Gomel State University in Belarus with a Degree in teacher of foreign languages. That same year she moved to the United States and later became an American citizen. In 2014 she graduated cum laude from Delaware Technical Community College with her Associates Degree in paralegal studies. Maryna joined Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. in 2016 and is currently legal assistant to David Weidman. She lives with her fiancé, Ehren, who shares her love for traveling. Maryna also enjoys yoga and spending time with her family and friends.
Jodie born in Pennsylvania, but settled in Greenwood, DE, seven years ago and happy to call Greenwood home. Jodie after graduating from Indian River High School in 1981; married Larry in 1982 traveling with him while he was in the military living in Italy, as well as many other places. She and her husband also lived in Jamaica as missionaries for 16 years prior to attending Delaware Technical & Community College graduating in 2010 with an Associates of Applied Science in Office Administration and with a Paralegal Certificate. While attending Delaware Tech, Jodie received many scholarships and made the President’s List. Jodie has worked as a Paralegal for the past seven years, in two law firms and for the State of Delaware prior to joining SCWM&O. She is administrative assistant to Deirdre McCartney. Jodie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons taking mini vacations making lasting fun family memories.
Eileen was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eileen has over thirty years of experience as an estate and trust paralegal. Prior to moving to southern Delaware, Eileen worked for the estates and trust department of an AM 100 law firm. Since 2005, she has served as an estate and trust paralegal to Harold W.T. Purnell, II assisting with estate planning and estate administration matters.
Wanda was born and raised in Havre de Grace, MD. She graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic School in 1969 and attended Havre de Grace Senior High School graduating in 1973. She moved to Georgetown in 1978 and started her title searching career training at Ticor Title in 1986 and First American Title Company. Wanda has spent the last 20 years title searching for the Law Offices of Moore & Rutt and Ellis & Szabo, respectively. She joined Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens part time in September 2017 and became full time in November 2017. She lives in Georgetown with her husband, Bob, and their fur baby, Kai. She enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids, doing crafts, playing big bingo and going to quarter auctions.
Sue was born in Tampa, FL, moving to Northern Delaware nine months later. She graduated from John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE, and married John Gambacorta, Jr., the following year. They spent two years living in Connecticut while John was in the U. S. Navy. After moving back to Wilmington, DE, they had and raised their daughter, April in the Bear, DE area. During those years, Sue worked for 17 years at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, P.A. in Wilmington, DE.
They relocated to Sussex County in 2004, settling in the Long Neck area. In Sussex County Sue has spent 10 years working in the legal field for two firms before joining Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. Sue enjoys spending time with her family and boating and going to the beach.
Real Estate Coordinator
Ashley lives in Greenwood, Delaware. She was born in Dover, Delaware, a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School and attended Wilmington University where she obtained her Bachelors in legal studies. When she is not working, Ashley enjoys running races with her dad, going to the beach, playing music, and being with her friends. Her dream is to live peacefully by the beach with her cat and future husband.
Alison was born in Havre De Grace, Maryland but soon after moved to Georgetown, Delaware where she was raised. She graduated from Sussex Central High School in 1995. After graduation she was hired as a runner/receptionist at Sergovic, Ellis & Shirey. It was there she learned hands-on the ins and outs of estate planning and estate administration.
Alison went on to work for the State of Delaware for a couple years as an Administrative Assistant and she also served as a Clerk Supervisor in the Sussex County Register of Wills Office for four years. Alison joined the firm in July of 2017 coming full circle to work with a lot of the same people she had years before. She now resides in Millsboro, Delaware with her husband, Doug, and her children, Austin, Abby, Sydney and Chloe. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and baking.