SWSF Law

OCEAN VIEW OFFICE
ADDRESS:

92 Atlantic Avenue, Unit B
P.O. Box 1398
Ocean View, DE 19970

GEORGETOWN OFFICE
ADDRESS:

4 N. Bedford Street
P.O. Box 10
Georgetown, DE 19947

Lawyers


WaehlerJAMES F. WAEHLER was born in New Jersey and is a graduate of Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J. Mr. Waehler received his B.A. from Virginia Military Institute in 1967, where he was awarded academic stars. He attended the Georgetown University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1970.
Mr. Waehler was admitted to the Delaware Bar in December, 1971. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk in the Delaware Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Waehler practiced in Wilmington, DE, for eight years as an associate and then partner with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. He also practiced in Georgetown, DE, for over twenty years as a partner/director with Tunnell & Raysor. Mr. Waehler is a member and past Vice-President of the Delaware State Bar Association and a member and past President of the Sussex County Bar Association. Mr. Waehler served 7 years in the Army Reserve and was the commander, with the rank of Captain, of a replacement company. He also served 16 years in the Delaware Air National Guard as the Staff Judge Advocate, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Waehler’s primary areas of practice are commercial transactions, banking law, creditors’ rights, landlord/tenant law, real estate law, municipal law, and general civil litigation. His clients include County Bank, Severn Savings Bank, FSB, the Town of Delmar, the Town of Laurel, 36 Builders, Inc./Insight Homes, Silverstock Builders, LLC, Bayshore, Inc., and numerous other business and individual clients.

Email: JWaehler@swsflaw.com

Schrider-FoxMARY R. SCHRIDER-FOX has been a Sussex County, Delaware, resident since the age of 10 when her family moved to Delaware from Tennessee. After graduating as valedictorian of her class from Indian River High School in 1992, she went on to Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she earned her B.A. degree in History and graduated magna cum laude and with honors. William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia for her Juris Doctorate degree was her next stop before returning home to Sussex County to begin practicing law in 1999. Since passing the Delaware bar in 1999, Ms. Schrider-Fox has enjoyed building a general civil practice, with a focus on homeowners' and condominium associations, municipal law, debt collection, and civil litigation. Her clients include the Towns of Millsboro, Selbyville and Fenwick Island, as well as Middlesex Beach Association, Natelli Communities, Inc., and numerous other association and individual clients.
During the Spring of 2008, Ms. Schrider-Fox became a founding member, together with James F. Waehler and Tempe B. Steen, of the law firm of Steen, Waehler & Schrider-Fox, LLC, located in Ocean View, Delaware. She resides in Ocean View with her husband Pete and spends as much time as possible enjoying Delaware’s beautiful beaches.

Email: Mary@swsflaw.com

TrifillisREBECCA L. TRIFILLIS was born in Lewes, Delaware and is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. Ms. Trifillis received her B.A. from the University of Delaware in 1996. She attended the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate Degree in May of 2000. While attending law school, Ms. Trifillis was a law clerk for the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office in Harrisburg, PA.
Ms. Trifillis was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 2000. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Judges T. Henley Graves, Richard F. Stokes and E. Scott Bradley, Delaware Superior Court, 2000-2001. Ms. Trifillis is a member and past Vice-President of the Delaware State Bar Association, a member and past President of the Sussex County Bar Association, and a member and past Treasurer of the Terry – Carey American Inn of Court. Ms. Trifillis served three years as an Associate Member of the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, and currently holds a position as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University teaching the Education Law course to doctoral candidates. She also held a position as adjunct faculty teaching Contract Law at Delaware Technical and Community College.
Ms. Trifillis’s primary areas of practice are family law (divorce, civil union dissolution, prenuptial agreements, property division, alimony, custody, child support, protection from abuse hearings), landlord/tenant law, real estate law, education law, municipal law, and general civil litigation. Her clients include the Bethany Beach Board of Adjustment, Short’s Marine, and numerous individual clients.

E-mail: Rebecca@swsflaw.com

JaneJane R. Patchell joins the firm as an associate. Jane worked for 18 years in the real estate industry as an Associate Real Estate Broker and
Pennsylvania State Certified Real Estate Appraiser before entering the practice of law. She provided expert testimony in state and federal courts and before various masters on a variety of real estate related issues. In her legal career, she has continued to concentrate on real estate matters.
Her practice is concentrated in the areas of Residential and Commercial Real Estate, including Real Estate settlements, Title Defects, Easements and Variances, Home Owner Association Law, Corporate Formation and Banking Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she received several awards including the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Female Graduate Award. She is actively involved in the Colonel David Hall Chapter of the NSDAR and the Kappa Delta Alumni Association.

Admitted:
2005, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
2006, State of Delaware
2015, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Law School: Duquesne University School of Law, 2004 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Member: Sussex County Bar Association, Delaware State Bar Association
Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University, 1982 (University Park, Pennsylvania), B.S. - Business Logistics
Email: Jane@swsflaw.com

MitchellSUSAN HUESMAN MITCHELL joins the firm of counsel. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of estates and trusts (both planning and administration), business and tax. She also counsels clients with respect to their IRC section 1031 real estate transactions, which allow a client to minimize or indefinitely postpone liability for capital gains taxes upon the sale of real estate.

Ms. Mitchell received a B.S. in civil engineering from Bucknell University, 1984, her J.D. degree from University of Maryland, 1997 and an L.L.M. (Masters) in Taxation from University of Baltimore School of Law in 2006. She is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Courts of Delaware and Maryland. She is also a member of the American, Delaware State, Maryland State and Sussex County bar associations.
Email: SMitchell@swsflaw.com