KingSpry | 2021 Super Lawyers

KingSpry Congratulates Our 2021 Super Lawyers

Posted on May 19th, 2021

KingSpry is proud to announce that three of our attorneys, Donald F. Spry, II, John E. Freund, III, and Kirby G. Upright, LLM, CPA, have been named 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and two attorneys, Jonathan M. Huerta, and Ryan K. Fields have been named 2021 Rising Stars by Super Lawyer Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Honorees are listed in the June 2021 issue of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and at www.superlawyers.com.

Meet Our 2021 Super Lawyers

Donald F. Spry, II is a founding member of the firm. He chairs the Family Law Practice Group and is also a member of the Education Law Practice Group. As a Pennsylvania Bar Institute faculty member, he lectures frequently on family law and also lectures on education law for other organizations. He has written materials for PBI as well as for other seminars and has been a frequent guest on the television show American Law Journal.

A graduate of Moravian College, Mr. Spry earned his Juris Doctorate from University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In 2019, he was honored as a distinguished graduate of Moravian College at their Night of Stars event.

John E. Freund is a founding member of the firm and the chair of KingSpry’s education law practice group. Mr. Freund is one of Pennsylvania’s most experienced practitioners in education, employment, civil rights, and issues that affect local government and their insurers. As a leading education law attorney, Mr. Freund regularly represents public schools, private schools and colleges on a wide range of legal concerns in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and special education due process matters. He also serves as counsel to various regional and national educational organizations.

Mr. Freund graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University, where he was a member of the Villanova Law Review and winner of the Reimel Moot Court Finalist Award. In 2014, he received the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors’ Association President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement to School Law, and Mr. Freund has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2007.

Kirby G. Upright is a member of the firm who holds a Masters of Laws (Taxation) as well as being a certified public accountant. Mr. Upright takes particular pride in having been elected a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC), a prestigious organization to which only attorneys who meet certain exemplary standards are invited. He is one of only three attorneys in northeastern Pennsylvania and approximately 1500 ACTEC Fellows in the US. Mr. Upright is a frequent lecturer on matters of estate planning and administration and regularly serves as a faculty member of and has authored many articles for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute as well as other professional organizations. He is the past chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Estate Planning Council.   Mr. Upright has also contributed a chapter on estate planning for non-traditional couples and served as editor of the PBI text entitled “Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Clients in Pennsylvania”, 3rd edition.  Mr. Upright is listed in various Who’s Who publications as well as Best Lawyers In America.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Upright earned his Juris Doctorate from Akron University School of Law and a Master of Law degree in Taxation from Temple University School of Law.

Our 2021 Rising Stars

Jonathan M. Huerta is a partner with the firm, concentrating his practice in the areas of litigation and education law. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Foundations from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Huerta is the Zone 2 Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and a member of the board of the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley. He was named a “Future Leader of the Lehigh Valley” in 2019 by the Chamber’s Excellence in Business Awards.

Ryan K. Fields concentrates his practice in estate planning and estate administration law. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Music Industry, with a minor in Psychology, cum laude from Northeastern University.

Mr. Fields is a board member for the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and Family Connection of Easton. He also serves as the Lower Milford Township representative on the Board of Directors for the Southern Lehigh Public Library. Mr. Fields hosts the Planning Now video blog series, and has lectured for the National Bar Institute.