About Hanes for Register


About D. Bruce Hanes, Esquire:


In the summer of 2013, Mr. Hanes became a champion for marriage equality after he began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time ever in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today, thanks to the United States Supreme Court Case in Obergefell vs. Hodges, marriage equality is the law of the land.

Mr. Hanes was elected Montgomery County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Temple University Law School. Prior to becoming Register of Wills, Mr. Hanes was a sole practitioner focusing on general civil litigation.

Before starting his solo practice, Mr. Hanes was an associate in the firm of Shein & Brookman, P.A. and litigated asbestos, estates, commercial and realestate matters. Before entering private practice, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice and was a Hearing Officer for the Federal Employee Appeals Authority.

A student of the US Civil War, he has spoken to historical groups on the legal and political aspects of the conflict.

Mr. Hanes has taught real estate law and practice at Philadelphia Community College and at the Temple Real Estate Institute. He is currently an adjunct professor teaching Philadelphia politics/electoral law at Philadelphia University.

A US Army veteran, Mr. Hanes is involved in community, political and religious organizations. He is married to Rosemary (his bride of 44 years) and they have two adult daughters. In March he became a grandfather for the first time.


Hanes for Register
101 Greenwood Ave, Suite 500
Jenkintown, PA 19046

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  • bob cat
    commented 2013-11-06 21:31:15 -0500
    TY :)