Chili Cook-Off [at home]

Posted in: Uncategorized- Feb 01, 2011 Comments Off

We really enjoy a good bowl of chili, especially on a snowy winter night.  I had hoped to participate in the chili cook-off but there’s never enough time when you are building a new business! Plus I’m a supporting sponsor of the event!

Here is my favorite chili recipe.  It is a green chili made with tomatillos rather than tomatoes.  The framework for the recipe comes from a Hawaiian cookbook but I changed it substantially.  You’ll also notice that I don’t put in the amounts of any of the ingredients.  That’s because you just have to get the right feel and taste to it.  It should turn out savory as opposed to hot or spicy, but it should have a little kick.

This always did well in amateur chili contests, but it takes awhile to make so it’s not a pro competition chili.  It always won me plenty of beads though! Good luck and Mahalo!


1 large Pork loin

Diced Tomatillos (canned works, but fresh is better)

Herdez salsa verde (you can find this at Tito’s on the Square)

Canned roasted green chilies


Green bell peppers

Yellow onion

Lime juice

Kahlua (coffee works too, but the Kahlua is better)

Chili powder


McCormick’s lime pepper seasoning (I find mine in the big container at Sam’s Club)

Chicken stock

Vegetable oil



Sour cream

A day ahead of time, coat the loin with oil and rub in the lime pepper seasoning.  Let it marinate and warm up your grill.  Grill the loin on indirect flame until cooked through.  Remove from grill. On chili day, dice your green peppers, garlic and onions and put them in a large pot with some oil and sauté.  Add the diced tomatillos, salsa, roasted green chilies and chicken stock.  Simmer until the tomatillos are cooked down.  Spice up with the chili powder, cumin and lime juice.  Shred the pork and add to the pot.  Play with the ingredients until you find something that you like.  THEN add the Kahlua.  Cook until nice and thick.  Serve with shredded Colby and jack cheese, sour cream and cilantro.


Hills & Ridges

Posted in: Uncategorized- Feb 01, 2011 Comments Off

With Chambersburg’s Ice Fest in mind, as well as each Snowpocalypse that hits the mid-Atlantic each week, property owners and occupiers should be aware of the hills and ridges doctrine.

This is a doctrine of Pennsylvania premises liability law that can protect owners and occupiers of land from liability to entrants who slip and fall in accumulated ice. It is predicated on the assumption that in a climate like we have here, snow and ice tends to accumulate over time as a natural phenomenon.

Therefore, in the event of a storm, the landowner need not keep up with the snowfall, continually clearing sidewalks and parking lots as the snow is falling. This is especially true in the event of snowfalls as we have experienced in recent weeks. However, once the snow and ice begins to accumulate into hills and ridges, landowners must be aware of dangerous conditions.

Specifically, an entrant who slips and falls in the snow and ice can maintain a suit against the landowner if the entrant can show that a dangerous condition existed; that the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition; and the property owner failed to act within a reasonable period of time to remove the snow and ice once he or she had notice.

See Biernacki v. Presque Isle Condominium Unit Owners, 828 A.2d 1114 (Pa. Super 2003). The landowner should be aware that notice is actual or constructive i.e., the landowner knew or by reason of due care should have known of the existence of the dangerous condition. Obviously, the best way for the owner or occupier to protect itself is to make sure all ice and snow is cleared and not allowed to accumulate over time. To the extent that the owner/occupier has tenants or customers visiting the properties, all areas that such tenants or customers are expected to access should be cleared and not allowed to develop into hills and ridges.


Franklin County Bar Admits 17 New Members

Posted in: Uncategorized- Dec 10, 2010 Comments Off

Congratulations to Todd Sponseller and 16 additional members, who were admitted into the Franklin County Bar on 12.10.10.  Courtney Graham of Sponseller / Graham made the motion for Todd, as Uncle Tim was unable to be present.  Courtney

It was a special morning for our extended family, as Kristin Diller (our future sister-in-law) was also admitted.  Everyone enjoyed the ceremonial festivities.  Congratulations, fellow associates!


Claim & Delivery

Posted in: Uncategorized- Nov 09, 2010 Comments Off

Hello readers!  It has been several weeks since my last post and that is good indication that Todd Sponseller | Attorney has been humming along.  I have had numerous inquiries as to new business and even signed up a few new clients.  This has really expanded the variety of cases that I am working on right now and it is very exciting.  The other week I had the opportunity to file a specific type of action that I had never encountered in my experience in the practice of law.  Several of the other lawyers involved (all of whom had been practicing law longer than me) related that they had never done one either.

The action is called replevin (sometimes known as “claim & delivery”) and it is brought to recover the possession of a piece of personal property.  The plaintiff must plead as to the description of the property, its value and its probable location.  The court’s only concern in a replevin action is who has the title to and the right to possess the property.  If the plaintiff establishes his or her right and title to the property, the burden then swings to the defendant to demonstrate that title and possession is rightfully his.  In certain cases, where the plaintiff moves for a seizure, the sheriff may seize the property pending the outcome of the case. In those cases, the plaintiff will be required to post a bond with the prothonotary.  Upon the final determination of the action, the property is to be delivered to the successful party.

A replevin action may be helpful in cases where someone has taken or converted an irreplaceable piece of your personal property such as a family heirloom or an item of historical significance.  Typically such items are “priceless” to their owner, which makes an assessment of money damages impractical.

An action at replevin concerns ancient property law which is something that most lawyers study during their first year of law school and then never encounter again.  My case was interesting and I was able to learn something new, which is always worthwhile.  If you have an unusual case like a potential replevin or anything else, please contact me and I would be happy to discuss it with you.


Football Game Breakdowns & Old Jail Shakedown

Posted in: Uncategorized- Oct 15, 2010 Comments Off

Another week has gone by without a new post to the blog on my site.  I have been pretty busy organizing things here and signing up some new clients. But I know I have to get some posting done.  So in the interest of keeping at the top of Google’s list and keeping Todd Sponseller | Attorney in the Top of Mind Awareness, I’ll scribble out a few things.

First, Congratulations to the West Virginia Mountaineers for their smashing victory over the Bulls of the University of South Florida. It is our first Big East victory and a great start to conference play. Also, the energy of the crowd at Mountaineer Field was palpable even through the TV. This is a marked difference from the first game of the season against Costal Carolina. Way to Go! Keep up the LOUD NOISES!

Second, it is an event filled weekend here in Chambersburg. First, it is Homecoming for CASHS, so folks should try to head out and watch the Trojans take on our arch rivals from Carlisle. Also during the game, the National Honors Society will be having the Trojan Huddle- a tailgating tent. There will be refreshments (the kind you would expect on CASHS property), vintage yearbooks, and tours of the school’s new facilities. Please plan to stop by. Especially if you graduated in the late 1980’s, we were woefully under-represented last year!

Also, tomorrow is Apple Fest in downtown Chambersburg. I am not entirely sure what all is planned but I would expect that apple butter, apple cider, apple sauce and apple pies will somehow be involved. Also, I saw some antique steam engines rolling into town on flatbeds this morning, so if you like that kind of technology, come and check it out.

My friends at The Roy Pitz are also throwing their Shakedown at the Old Jail Saturday afternoon. There will hopefully be some Old Jail Ale and other Roy Pitz brews; BBQ from the Humble Grill; Tuscarora Winery; bluegrass music; tours of the jail, John Brown House, and the Roy Pitz Brewery. Also TODD SPONSELLER | ATTORNEY will be on hand to discuss your legal questions with you! You definitely want to check that out! (disclaimer: NOT legal advice, nor will it establish an attorney/client relationship with my firm). $20.00 per ticket for the Shakedown, you know what that means…

Also a quick thanks to the community at large for the overwhelmingly positive responses to the establishment of this firm. Lots of well-wishes, positive feedback and compliments on the website, billboards and other marketing efforts. THANK YOU!!!

The weather is looking good this weekend, so everyone get out and do something! Have a safe and fun weekend!


TS|A Campaigns: Billboards, Newspaper, Email & Social Medias!

Posted in: Uncategorized- Oct 07, 2010 No Comments

This will be a short one. I am traveling out of town tomorrow and will be gone for the weekend. Nevertheless, I wanted to bring my readers’ attention to a couple of things. First, there are a couple of billboards that have sprung up around town with my smiling visage on them.  At first, I wasn’t too thrilled about being on a billboard, but as a result of some convincing by my marketing guru, I took the plunge.  Be looking for them! Also, become a fan of TS|A on Facebook

The second item is that Todd Sponseller |Attorney will be featured in the new business spotlight in this Saturday’s Public Opinion.  Aside from the inclusion of my new law firm, the newest in Franklin County, PA, this is a great feature which showcases new businesses in the area, giving them the boost of that much-needed publicity. Check it out every Saturday!

Item three is that an email blast announcing the establishment of Todd Sponseller |Attorney went out to all the members of the Franklin County Bar Association with emails. I already got some words of encouragement from several members of the bar, which is awesome. I’ll try to get out some personal responses asap, but in the meantime, thank you very much!

Finally, WVU plays against UNLV in Morgantown on Saturday. I know nothing about UNLV, and I am not really sure how this match transpired, nor have I had time to do the research. Nevertheless, it will be on the BigEast Network and probably streamed online somewhere.  I’ll be listening on satellite radio. So Let’s Gooooo Mountaineers!!!!


The doors are open in downtown Chambersburg!

Posted in: News & Press Releases- Oct 01, 2010 No Comments

Well, a lot has happened since my last entry a week ago. The Mountaineers hung in against LSU better than I thought they would and succeeded in not getting entirely trounced by the Tigers.

More importantly however, TODAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010, TODD SPONSELLER | ATTORNEY GOES LIVE in downtown Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Sure, I have been meeting and signing up a few clients over the last month. But today, the doors are open. On my list- get some things filed in West Virginia and get my office here organized. The latter is a pretty daunting task. I have discovered over the last month that the establishment of a law firm is its own undertaking. I am sure that the years to come will provide me with quite the education in law practice management.

I am located at 223 Lincoln Way East, Suite A in Chambersburg, within the law firm of Sponseller/Graham. I do not yet have a phone or fax number, nor do I have a computer network. Right now, TS|A is lean and mean-run from a Dell laptop and an iPhone. As soon as I have that contact information, it will be posted here on my website as well as the FaceBook page for TS|A.

UPDATE:  TS|A law practice can be reached at: 717.446.0782 | phone and 717.446.0795 | fax.

In the meantime, I want to give a shout out to those who have helped get us to where we are – God, my wife Laura, our families, everyone who wrote notes or emails of encouragement when the website went live last week or following Monday’s friends and family email blast, those of you who called in congratulations, those of you who have offered suggestions and advice on going solo, 2nd Floor, Global Data, Sunset Metal Works, the law firm of Sponseller/Graham for the office space, and of course my clients, new and old. I definitely couldn’t have done it without you.


West Virginia Mountaineers

Posted in: Uncategorized- Sep 24, 2010 No Comments

Saturday night at 9 pm, the number 22 (AP) ranked West Virginia Mountaineers go up against the number 15 (AP) ranked Tigers of LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although the Mounties have managed to remain undefeated this season thus far, they have played teams that as of yet failed to appear in the top 25- Costal Carolina, Marshall and Maryland. Saturday, the will face the south’s most hostile audience- 93,000 Tigers fans in Tiger Stadium.

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My Office = Your Kitchen Table

Posted in: Uncategorized- Sep 24, 2010 No Comments

As I sit writing this blog entry in my “office away from my office” (my wife’s family business, Sunset Metal Works), I reflect on the last several weeks since deciding to establish my own practice. A lot has happened and it has happened fast.  One week ago, I still didn’t know exactly where for certain the physical location of Todd Sponseller | Attorney was going to be (I know now that I will be located at 223 Lincoln Way East, Suite A in Chambersburg). But that didn’t keep me from attending to my clients and addressing their needs, answering their questions.

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A Letter to My Clients

Posted in: Uncategorized- Sep 24, 2010 No Comments

I am pleased that I am establishing my law firm, Todd Sponseller | Attorney with several clients who elected to stay with me after my departure from the previous firm. If you have made it here and are reading this, I want you to know how proud I am that you have decided to stay with me. This is a very exciting time for me as I launch my own law practice, and there is a lot for me to do.  Nevertheless, I want to let you know that I am ready to continue my representation of you without interruption.

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