Meet the Chairman

Marcel L. Groen

1254 Lenox Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Personal Information
Marcel was born November 2, 1945 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is the son of late Rabbi Nardus & Sipora Groen.  Marcel’s mother (Sipora), at the age of 93, continues to speak at schools to share her life as a Holocaust Survivor.  Marcel and his family came to America when he was 9 years old.  Marcel is married to Bernice Groen.  They have four children:  Marlon, Jennifer, Rachel and Justin, and have 9 grandchildren.  Marcel has three brothers:  Leo, Ruben, David, and one sister, Deborah.

J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1970
B.A., Temple University, 1967
Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1963

Political Experience
Active in the Democratic Party for over 40 years.  Past Finance Chair of the Bucks County and Montgomery County Democratic Parties.  Chairman of Montgomery County Democratic Committee since 1994.  During that time, the County, third largest in Pennsylvania, went from a major Republican County to a solid Democratic County. Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee since 1994.  Member of the Democratic National Committee since 2000.  Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012).

Professional Background
Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, one of the top 100 law firms in the Country.  Works out of the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania office.  Diverse practice in which he counsels clients on governmental relations, public-private partnerships, real estate, business and corporate matters, family law and municipal and administrative law.  Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Marcel was the founding partner of Groen, Laveson, Goldberg & Rubenstone in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for 20 years.  Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association.

Professional Experience
Member of the Hearing Committee, District II Disciplinary District for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  Served on the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 2004-2010.

Civic Involvement
Marcel’s community involvement includes service as:

Board of Directors Montgomery County Community College  Board of Trustees; Former Vice President of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, PA; Currently on the Board of Trustees of Beth Sholom; Former President of Philadelphia Organization for Rehabilitation and Training (ORT); Former Vice President of Solomon Schechter Day Schools; Board of Directors of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors of Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation; Board of Directors member of the Asian Federation of the United States;  Former Chair of the Bucks County International Trade Council; Formerly Pennsylvania’s general counsel to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission; Former President of Bucks County Jewish National Fund (JNF); Former Solicitor for Falls Township, Bristol Township, Lower Southampton Townships, the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority and the Bristol Township School District; Former Member of the Bucks County Teen Pregnancy Task Force.

Honors and Awards
Selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine (2006, 2007); Named as one of “Pennsylvania’s 100 Most Influential Politicos” by PoliticsPA and Politics Magazine (2008 and 2009); Selected as one of Pennsylvania's 14 "Best County Chairs," by PoliticsPA (2011); Named “Best Chairman by both Democratic and Republican Parties” by PoliticsPA and Politics Magazine (2013); Man of Year Awards from Philadelphia ORT and Bucks County Jewish National Fund.