Peter T. Commons

Pete represents individuals and families in estate planning, assists individuals and institutions with real estate transactions, and counsels fiduciaries of estates, trusts and institutions.

Pete represents numerous independent schools as general counsel.  He also represents heads of independent schools as personal counsel, negotiating employment agreements and advising on leadership issues.  In this capacity, Pete has worked with dozens of heads of school across the country, and lectures to groups of heads of school and aspiring heads of school.  

Pete earned his law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2005), and graduated from Middlebury College (B.A. 2001).

Pete is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York.




Katie joined the firm as an attorney in 2014 after working as the firm's lead paralegal in estate planning, estate and trust administration and tax matters.  She continues to focus her work in these areas, providing estate and organizational planning and tax advice to individuals, families, fiduciaries and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining the firm, Katie was a Registered Nurse, working in the field of oncology.

Katie earned her law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2014, Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif), where she attained the highest grade point average in her graduating class (receiving the Albert L. Bricklin graduation award).  She was also awarded Beasley, Theodore Flowers, Arthur Pomerantz, Louis Matkoff and Joseph W. Marshall merit scholarships and Joseph W. Price, III, and TASA graduation awards for achievement in the fields of taxation and evidence. She is a member of the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society. Katie also graduated from University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing (B.S.N. 2004, Summa Cum Laude) and from Middlebury College (B.A. 2001, High Honors, Magna Cum Laude).  

Katie is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.




Hal started Commons & Commons as a sole practitioner in 1973 after serving as partner of a major Philadelphia law firm. He has been practicing law on behalf of families and organizations in the community for over 40 years, with a focus on estate planning and administration of estates and trusts. 

Hal earned his law degree from Cornell University Law School (J.D. 1968), where he was Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review. He is also a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A. 1962). 

Hal is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York, and before the United States Supreme Court.





Hal carries a "Preeminant" Martinadale peer-review rating of 5.0 out of 5.0. (link)