Holly Filius named the Recipient of the Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement Award

April 20, 2011

Holly S. Filius, Managing Partner, of Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP in Lancaster, PA has recently been named the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence Awards program.

Filius received her B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law. She concentrates her law practice in Family Law, Adoption and Estate Planning. Filius joined the firm as an associate in 1998 and attributes her early success to hard work, a commitment to client service and integrity, which has earned her a solid reputation among her clients and the legal community. This success led to a partnership offer after only five years in private practice. Six years later in 2009, she was elected Managing Partner of the firm. Filius’ commitment to excellence and her leadership skills made her an ideal candidate for the position.

Filius has earned a reputation as one of the best Family Law attorneys in Lancaster. Over the years she has acted as a mentor to all of the young lawyers at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP. In addition to mentoring lawyers in her own firm Filius often makes time for law clerks and even lawyers in other firms who recognize her expertise and appreciate her professional and approachable demeanor.

Currently, Filius serves as President of the Board of Directors of the S. June Smith Center Foundation. She is active in numerous community and professional groups, has served on the Board of Directors of The Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association and as a member of the Women in Business Committee of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Filius’ career achievements are ones that stand out among both the men and women in her field. Under her leadership the firm has been able to successfully balance growth and caution in the midst of a struggling economy and position the firm for the future. As a long time resident of Lancaster County, she feels a commitment to her community and strives to make Lancaster county a better place to live and work.

The Women of Influence awards were created in 2010 to recognize midstate women leaders who are influential in their companies, industries and communities. In total, 28 local women business leaders will receive awards recognizing their outstanding leadership, integrity and accomplishments in the midstate’s business community at the Central Penn Business Journal’sWomen of Influence event on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Hilton Harrisburg. The award recipients will also be profiled in a special supplement to the May 20, 2011, issue of the Central Penn Business Journal. This list will also appear in the Business Journal’s 2012 Book of Lists publication.


The complete list of honorees and award descriptions are:

25 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE: Influential women leaders who have a solid reputation based on their experience, integrity and leadership, and have a proven track record of accomplishments.

Denise Marino Clelan, Co-Owner, The Clelan Companies

Debra B. Cohen, Executive Vice President & COO, Capital BlueCross

Kara M. Darlington, Associate Member of the Firm, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC

Patricia M. Doll, Owner, Publicity Works

Jennifer Kay Engle, Owner/Principal, jke marketing & communications

Jennifer Englerth, CEO, Family First Health

Lynn A. Fitzsimons, CPA, Partner, Walz, Deihm, Geisenberger, Bucklen & Tennis, P.C.

Randy Freedman, Executive Director, York Jewish Community Center

Patricia Gingrich, President/CEO, American Personnel Managers & Consultants, Inc.

Ann Marie Hall, Owner, FASTSIGNS of Lancaster

Deb Hodges, SVP of Operations, Triple Crown Corporation

Leigh A. Hurst, President/Founder, Feel Your Boobies Foundation & Say Something Big

Jane D. Koppenheffer, President and CEO, The Insurance Alliance of Central PA, Inc.

Holly Williams Leppo, AIA, Architect & Vice President, SMB&R, Inc.

Jo Ellen Litz, President/Owner/Commissioner, Swatara Watershed Association/Litz Company/County of Lebanon

Patricia A. Martin, Vice President, Human Resources Manager, Union National Community Bank

Michele M. McHenry, President, Laser Lab, Inc.

Renee C. Mattei Myers, Member, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Donna M. Newell, President, NTM Engineering, Inc.

Lisa D. Riggs, President, James Street Improvement District

Barbara A. Sindicich, CEO, Bituminous Paving Materials of York, Inc.

Kim R. Smith, Attorney/Partner, Hartman Underhill & Brubaker, LLP

Margaret L. Stauffer, CPA, CCIFP, Partner, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP

Cynthia A. Sudor, President/Owner, Cynthia A. Sudor Enterprises/Cynergy Marketing

Tina Weyant, Executive Director, World Trade Center of Central PA


Community Achievement Award: Presented to a woman who has dedicated a significant amount of time, energy and expertise to helping midstate community organizations thrive.

Presented to Aimée L. Urban, COO, Way Services Inc.

Woman to Watch Award: Presented to a woman, age 30 or under, who is stepping up to help shape the Central Pennsylvania of tomorrow.

Presented to Kristina A. Pae, Communications Associate, Harrisburg Academy

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a woman who has committed her life to making Central Pennsylvania a great place to work and live.

Presented to Holly S. Filius, Managing Partner, Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP