Kevin B. Acklin
Partner, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl
Practice Profile: As a lawyer in the firm’s corporate practice group, Kevin leads the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice, in particular with respect to private equity and venture capital transactions.
He advises a variety of clients on various corporate matters, including debt and equity financings, securities, technology, emerging company formation and growth, and corporate governance issues.
Leadership Activity: Kevin is a member of the firm’s management committee, chair of its corporate practice group since 2011 and chair of its pro bono committee.
He is a member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, on the board of directors of Community Human Services, the Downtown Pittsburgh YMCA, Reading is FUNdamental, and executive director of RenewPittsburgh.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Kevin logged more than 500 hours of pro bono activity last year. He worked on protection from abuse representation through Neighborhood Legal Services. He helped Project Coffeehouse and Burgh Bees, among others, in nonprofit development around the community.
Kevin also worked on community 501(c)(3) formations, minority small-business development and taught at the Community College of Allegheny County.
Experience: Current employer: 2010-present; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius: 2006-10; K&L Gates: 2004-06; Ropes & Gray: 2002-04.
Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2001; Harvard College, A.B., 1998.
Alexis K. Arena
Associate, Flaster Greenberg
Practice Profile: Alexis focuses her practice on trademark counseling and litigation, online trademark enforcement and Internet disputes. She advises clients on protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights online, including the resolution of domain name disputes and matters concerning e-commerce, online speech and conduct and related intellectual property issues.
She has experience representing companies and individuals in commercial litigation matters involving a range of industries, and practices in state and federal courts in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Leadership Activity: Alexis serves on the associates committee, technology committee and social media policy development committee at Flaster Greenberg and was on the associates committee at McCarter & English. She was a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Justinian Society from 2009-11.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Alexis is a board member of City of Hope’s Philadelphia chapter, a nonprofit working to fight cancer. She volunteers regularly as a member of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network, where she has been a board member and chair of the membership committee since 2010.
Experience: Current employer: April 2008-present; McCarter & English: September 2005-April 2008 and June-August 2004.
Education: Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2005; Chatham College, B.A., 2002.
Joseph A. Arnold
Member, Cozen O’Connor
Practice Profile: Joe is a member in the firm’s global insurance group. He focuses his practice in insurance coverage litigation and currently leads the food contamination and product recall practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s food and beverage industry team.
Joe has substantial experience with food contamination and product recall coverage cases, significant asbestos insurance coverage cases and construction defect coverage cases. His clients include Chubb, ACE and Munich Reinsurance Group.
"I first met Joe 10 years ago when he was a summer associate here at Cozen O’Connor," said William Patrick Shelley, chair of the global insurance group. "Since that summer, Joe has become an integral member of our global insurance group."
Leadership Activity: At the firm, Joe is head of the global insurance group’s food contamination and product recall practice group, founder and editor of Food Recall Monitor, marketing lieutenant for the food and beverage industry team and litigation assignment coordinator for the summer associate program.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Joe represents dependent children through the Support Center for Child Advocates. He has been a board member since 2005 of the Lupus Foundation of America’s tri-state chapter and was chairman of the board from 2009-11. He currently serves on the board as chair emeritus. Joe also organizes Cozen O’Connor’s participation in the Philadelphia Bar Run, which supports the Support Center for Child Advocates.
Experience: Current employer: 2002 (summer associate), 2003-04, 2005-present; Law clerk, U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: 2004-05.
Education: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2003; Penn State University, B.S., 2000.
A. Elizabeth Balakhani
Practice Profile: Liz has extensive experience handling complex litigation matters, particularly mass torts, products liability and class action litigation for pharmaceutical clients. She is currently involved in the defense of major pharmaceutical companies at various stages of litigation in federal and state courts, including multidistrict litigation and coordinated state court litigation.
Upon joining the firm in 2005, "Liz was quickly spotted by partners for her leadership and professionalism, as well as her ability to relate to others on all sides of a case, including clients, fellow Dechert lawyers and opposing counsel," said Ben Barnett, chair of Dechert’s products liability and mass torts practice group.
Leadership Activity: At the firm, Liz has managed groups of more than 10 associates and paralegals in coordinating thousands of products liability cases pending nationwide in recent mass torts involving Vioxx and Seroquel. She has served as a writing mentor to multiple younger associates and regularly presents at training programs for such associates on topics including motion practice, deposition skills and keys to success.
Liz is a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court’s hearing committee, charged with presiding over attorney disciplinary hearings.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Liz’s pro bono involvement includes assignments from Community Legal Services, Philadelphia VIP, the ACLU and more. In Myers v. Diehl, she secured for her client a favorable settlement before trial in a civil rights action against Allentown police officers arising out of the use of excessive force.
In Zubeda v. Ashcroft, Liz represented a Congolese woman in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals. The appeal resulted in a precedent-setting decision in favor of the client, as well as the client’s release from prison after nearly three years of incarceration.
Experience: Current employer: January 2005-present; Hoyle, Fickler, Herschel & Mathes: September 2001-January 2005.
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2001; Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1998.
David J. Bird
Associate, Reed Smith
Practice Profile: David has specialized in appellate litigation since joining Reed Smith in 2003. He routinely briefs and argues appeals in federal and state courts and handles dispositive motions at the trial level. His experience in the U.S. Supreme Court includes the preparation of certiorari petitions, oppositions to certiorari petitions, and amicus briefs filed at the petition stage and on the merits.
"He has a natural ability to think on his feet that serves him well, even in front of the most difficult appellate judge or justice," said Reed Smith partner James C. Smith.
David appeared twice before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past year. The first time was in a pro bono case when he successfully argued against the Federal Aviation Agency. The second was in a case addressing whether federal regulations regarding railroad equipment maintenance supersede state regulations.
Leadership Activity: David is a contributing author to the Third Circuit Bar Association’s newsletter since 2009.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: David invested 395 hours of pro bono time in 2011. He helped represent plaintiff Stanmore Cooper in Cooper v. FAA, in which the HIV-positive pilot filed a Privacy Act suit against the government.
Experience: Current employer: 2003-present.
Education: University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2002; University of Chicago, A.B., 1997
Associate, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Practice Profile: Rachel is in the corporate and finance and intellectual property practice groups, and concentrates her practice on emerging companies, technology services, software licensing, general corporate matters and the formation and governance of nonprofit organizations.
"Rachel has developed a unique expertise in the nonprofit arena, which has allowed her to take a leading role in servicing these clients as well as attracting new clients to the firm in this field," said Schnader partner Albert S. Dandridge III.
Leadership Activity: Rachel is president of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and serves on the diversity committee, recruiting committee and diversity task force at Schnader. She is commissioner of the Police Advisory Commission of Philadelphia and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s business law section’s executive committee. Rachel is also a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s board of governors and e-commerce and cyberspace committee.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Rachel’s pro bono work in 2011 included merging two youth mentoring organizations, obtaining permanent residency for a client by filing a Violence Against Women Act petition and securing bank refinancing for a Philadelphia concert venue. She is on the board of directors of Turning Points for Children, a nonprofit that supports families in raising safe, healthy and educated children. She also spearheads Schnader’s Halloween and Christmas parties for Caton Village, a nonprofit facility that supports female substance abusers and their children.
Experience: Current employer: September 2006-present.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2006; Lincoln University, B.S., 1999.
Owner, Law Offices of Jeffrey Campolongo
Practice Profile: Jeffrey’s work is devoted to counseling employees, working professionals and small businesses in employment discrimination and human resource matters. He also counsels aspiring and established artists and entertainers regarding various legal issues arising in the entertainment and media industries.
He specalizes in issues regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Leadership Activity: Jeffrey is a board member of Esperanza USA’s employer’s advisory council since 2008 and a panel member of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts since 2002. He was a council member for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s civil litigation section from 2011-12 and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s board of governors and former chair of its public interest section.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: The work Jeffrey does is largely influenced by his mother, who was wheelchair-bound after a stroke nearly three decades ago, according to his colleague Christian Petrucci, inspiring his advocacy in employment issues. His pro bono efforts included more than 100 hours last year, including time spent with the National Employment Lawyers Association, where he has been a member since 1998, advocating on behalf of employee rights issues. He also handles pro bono cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Plaintiff’s Employment Law Panel.
Experience: Current employer: November 2002-present; Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, October 1998-October 2002.
Education: Widener University School of Law-Delaware, J.D., 1998; Villanova University, B.A., 199
Former attorney, First Judicial District
Practice Profile: Suzan is a labor, procurement and litigation attorney for the FJD, Office of the Court Administrator. The Office of the Court Administrator is responsible for the overall management of the Philadelphia trial and municipal courts, including the Court of Common Pleas, Family Court and Traffic Court. With 125 judges and 2,400 employees in four locations throughout Philadelphia, the primary duties of the office include employment for the FJD, policy development and coordination of court department operations. In addition to providing legal assistance to court and business operations, Suzan has also been appointed to serve as a hearing officer for the FJD Office of Court Compliance to enforce court orders, including payment for restitution, violation fees, court costs and bail forfeiture judgments.
Leadership Activity: In March, Suzan was named an Office of Court Compliance hearing officer. While working for Judge DiNubile, she managed the remaining Philadelphia mass tort breast implant cases and supervised legal interns.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Suzan has done pro bono work for the Homeless Advocacy Project and West Philadelphia High School. Suzan has served as co-chairwoman of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s pro bono and community service committee. She is also a member of the bar association’s scholarship committee and chairwoman of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania’s nominations committee. Suzan is a council member to the Friends of the Red Cross Leadership Council for Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is also a board observation program fellow to Philadelphia VIP through the Philadelphia Bar Association’s board fellowship program. In February, Suzan trained Philadelphia school district principals on reporting procedures for bullying and harassment.
Experience: Current employer: March 2012-present; Law clerk, Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph I. Papalini: September 2008-February 2012; Law clerk, Court of Common Pleas Judge Victor J. DiNubile Jr.: September 2001-August 2008.
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2001; Cornell University, B.A., 1997.
Member, McNees Wallace & Nurick
Practice Profile: Kim heads up the education law group and practices in the litigation group at McNees Wallace.
She represents universities, colleges, school districts, charter schools and other providers of educational services. She regularly provides counsel on matters involving student and faculty rights and compliance with federal and state laws. Kim assists educational institutions with policy development and provides training on liability risk avoidance. Kim has extensive experience with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Campus Security Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Kim also represents educational institutions in litigation.
Kim’s litigation practice focuses on business disputes and estate and fiduciary matters. She represents corporations and business owners in disputes involving contracts, warranties, real estate and business torts. Kim also represents estate executors, trustees and other fiduciaries in matters involving duties to beneficiaries of estates and trusts.
Leadership Activity: Since 2008, Kim has served as chairwoman of her firm’s education law group. She has been a member of the firm’s ethics and conflicts committee since 2000. From 2006-11, Kim served as president of The PROGRAM, It’s About Change, and had been on the board since 2004.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Kim is a volunteer with Mid-Penn Legal Services, assisting with the representation of tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. She has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, United Way of the Capital Region and Tri-County Association for the Blind. Since 2010, Kim has been a committee member to the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Experience: Current employer: October 1999-present.
Education: Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1997; St. Vincent College, B.A., 1994.
Staff attorney, Community Legal Services
Practice Profile: Kathleen has worked in CLS’s family advocacy unit since 2006. She is part of a team that helps parents involved with the child welfare system maintain custody of or reunite with their children. She specializes in cases involving incarcerated parents. She helps parents identify problems, obstacles and opportunities to create a strategy for maintaining or regaining custody. She also assists clients in getting access to the services they need to give their families a safe home. Kathleen was recently named a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow, and through that fellowship began work in 2011 on a project titled "Reducing Barriers to Reunification for Children of Incarcerated Parents."
Leadership Activity: Kathleen is working to bring together the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and Philadelphia Prison System to implement a new policy and practice guide for social workers handling cases involving children with incarcerated parents. From 2008-10, Kathleen was a supervising attorney at CLS. She is a board member of New Directions for Women.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: From 2008-10, Kathleen served as chairwoman of the anti-shackling committee of the Working Group to Enhance Services to Incarcerated Women. She is still a member of the working group. Kathleen is a member of the Dependent Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup in the Office of Children & Families in the Courts, which is a committee within the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts. From 2009-11, Kathleen was a member of the statewide Legislative Advisory Committee on Children of Incarcerated Parents. Kathleen spearheaded the passage of the July 2011 Healthy Birth Act in Pennsylvania. It bans the shackling of women in prison while they give birth.
Experience: Current employer: September 2006-present; Our Place: October 2005-August 2006.
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 2003; St. Mary’s College of Maryland, B.A., 1999.
Associate, Sacks, Weston & Petrelli
Practice Profile: Abbie concentrates her practice on cases involving simple and complex divorce, spousal support, child support, custody, parental rights, adoption, prenuptial and partnership agreements.
"Abbie has an uncanny ability to make a difficult family law matter more bearable for her clients who are typically going through a difficult time," Sacks Weston name partner Thomas J. Petrelli Jr. said. "Abbie is quickly emerging as a leader in the area of family law."
Leadership Activity: In 2010, Abbie was chairwoman of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She had also served on the association’s board of governors, public interest law section and the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention. Since 2008, Abbie has been on the Philadelphia VIP board of directors.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: As part of her work with the Young Lawyers Division, Abbie organized the Comedy Night fundraiser from 2007-2010. She created Legal Advice Live!, a free, in-person ask-a-lawyer event. She created the Young Lawyers Bootcamp: Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Young Lawyers and Law Students. Abbie organized the Harvest for the Homeless clothing drive from 2007-10. She also mentored law students.
Experience: Current employer: March 2009-present; Law clerk, Judge Ann M. Butchart of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: March 2007-March 2009; Homeless Advocacy Project: January 2005-December 2006.
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2004; University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2001.
Practice Profile: Jennings has broad general litigation, appellate advocacy, and antitrust experience. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of matters, including: antitrust litigation; general commercial litigation; contract disputes; civil RICO litigation concerning the international oil trade; sovereign debt litigation; tobacco personal injury claims; class action certification; multidistrict litigation; the Federal False Claims Act; shareholder derivative litigation; First Amendment freedom of expression and the Establishment Clause.
George G. Gordon, chairman of Dechert’s antitrust practice, said Jennings "truly has the ‘full package’ of lawyering skills — keen analytical ability, strong written and oral advocacy skills and clear, mature judgment."
Leadership Activity: Jennings has been a member of his firm’s litigation intelligence team and its summer associates committee. Jennings is the director of Dechert’s veterans’ affairs pro bono practice.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Jennings founded and managed the Philadelphia Initiative for Haitian Children, which served the local Haitian-American community in helping respond to the 2010 earthquake. Jennings has also assisted New Orleans residents who lost their homes and jobs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has done work for the Homeless Advocacy Project among other pro bono activities. Jennings is the founder and coach for the Bryn Athyn Summer Soccer & Popsicles program.
Experience: Current employer: August 2005-present.
Education: University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2005; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., 1999; Duke University, B.A., 1994.
Eric G. Fikry
Associate, Blank Rome
Practice Profile: Eric concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation. He frequently counsels clients on gaming law and licensing, employment law, restrictive covenants and business divorces. As a member of the consumer financial services team, Eric regularly represents lenders and financial institutions in a variety of consumer finance litigation matters in federal and state court. He is experienced with motions practice, oral argument, the discovery process, trial practice and post-trial work.
"Eric has been instrumental in developing our firm’s national gaming practice, which includes representation of many of the top gaming operators in the country," Blank Rome attorney Grant S. Palmer said.
Leadership Activity: Eric is chairman of Blank Rome’s commercial litigation group’s diversity team and is a member of the firm’s diversity committee. He is also vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s gaming law committee. Within the New Jersey State Bar Association, Eric is co-chairman of the diversity committee and chairman of the casino law section, for which he had previously served as vice-chairman and legislative coordinator. Eric is currently the secretary of the Camden County Bar Association and will eventually assume the position of president. He also has held numerous positions within the Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Eric has handled various fee arbitration matters pro bono through his role as arbitrator and then panel chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court District IV fee arbitration committee from 2007 through 2011.
Experience: Current employer: July 2008-present; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel: September 2000-July 2008; White and Williams: November 1997-August 2000; Gallagher Reilly & Lachat: August 1996-October 1997.
Education: Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1996; New York University, B.A., 1993.
Roman T. Galas
Associate, Ansa Assuncao
Practice Profile: Roman conducts a diverse, nationwide civil litigation practice, which includes transportation, products liability, commercial and tort litigation. The clients he represents include an international motor carrier, and automotive, industrial, elevator and consumer products manufacturers in the defense of wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims across the country.
"I am always happy to hear when Roman has been assigned to one of our cases," UPS litigation counsel Michael R. Butler said.
"In his almost three years with the firm, Roman has earned our deepest trust with his diligent, sharply focused and meticulous research, writing, argument and critical strategic thinking in the several high-value cases to which he has been assigned," Ansa Assuncao attorneys said.
Leadership Activity: Roman was the coordinator of his firm’s December 2010 entry into the Eastern District of Pennsylvania pro se prisoner civil rights panel and has managed the firm’s engagements through the program. He also assists his firm in recruiting young associates, particularly former federal law clerks.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Roman is a member of the Reef Association board of the Waterfront Square Condominium.
Experience: Current employer: Sept. 2009-present; Law clerk, U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Strawbridge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: 2007-09.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2007; University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 2004.
Natalie F. Hrubos
Associate, Duane Morris
Practice Profile: Natalie represents and counsels management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. Her litigation experience ranges from single-plaintiff employment discrimination cases to multi-state wage-and-hour class and collective actions. Natalie also counsels and trains management on a wide range of employment law matters, including wage-and-hour compliance, personnel policies and procedures and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Leadership Activity: Natalie is a member of the legal advisory board for the legal services department of the Mazzoni Center. She is also a member of the planning committee for the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Through her participation in the National LGBT Bar Association, Natalie is a member of the planning committee for the Transgender Law Institute at the annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Since law school, Natalie has handled legal name changes and gender marker corrections on a pro bono basis for more than 50 low-income transgender and gender variant people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She volunteers each year at the walk-in legal clinics at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Natalie also serves as pro bono employment law counsel to the Interfaith Working Group.
Experience: Current employer: January 2012-present; Greenberg Traurig: April 2011-January 2012; Littler Mendelson: October 2009-April 2011.
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2009; Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2006.
Matthew D. Janssen
Associate, Pepper Hamilton
Practice Profile: Matthew’s litigation practice, in federal and state courts, has involved many types of complex business disputes, including commercial disputes, professional liability claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims and franchise disputes.
Pepper Hamilton partner Stephen Harvey said Matthew "has worked on numerous important cases with his level of responsibility increasing consistently to the point where he has been working independently virtually all of the time, taking a lead role at trial, and handling appeals."
Leadership Activity: Matthew is a member of Pepper Hamilton’s diversity liaison committee and is co-manager of the firm’s bimonthly legal clinic for homeless women at a North Philadelphia shelter. He had previously been a member of the firm’s summer associate committee.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Matthew spends hundreds of hours a year on pro bono matters. He currently represents a death row inmate in regard to Post Conviction Relief Act proceedings. Matthew is also co-counsel to a class of inmates in a federal class action against the Philadelphia Prison System regarding overcrowding. In 2010 and 2011, Matthew was on the Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s young lawyers committee. He is an at-large member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s public interest section executive committee.
Experience: Current employer: September 2004-present; Law clerk, New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Virigina A. Long: September 2003-August 2004.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2003; Colby College, B.A., 2000.
Benjamin F. Johns
Associate, Chimicles & Tikellis
Practice Profile: Ben’s entire practice is devoted to litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust, securities and consumer fraud class actions. Ben is a member of the firm’s case development group, and is responsible for identifying and assessing potential new cases.
Ben has presented oral argument before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation several times, and has also argued motions to dismiss, for class certification and for summary judgment.
"Ben’s legal acumen, analytical ability and writings are top notch," Chimicles & Tikellis attorney Morris M. Shuster said. "Our clients have significantly benefited from Ben’s participation in advocating for their causes."
David Rudovsky worked with Ben on two major pieces of prisoners’ rights litigation and said Ben’s "research, writing and analytical skills were superb."
Leadership Activity: Since 2008, Ben has been a member of the firm’s case development group. He is also an executive committee member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: From 2006 through 2011, Ben was a head coach in the Narberth Basketball Summer League. He currently interviews applicants and prospective students on behalf of his alma mater, Washington and Lee University.
Experience: Current employer: August 2005-present.
Education: Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2005; Penn State Harrisburg, M.B.A., 2004; Washington and Lee University; B.A., 2002.
Kimya S.P. Johnson
Associate, Cozen O’Connor
Practice Profile: Kimya focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She handles state and federal employment discrimination claims under Title VII, FMLA, ADEA and the ADA, retaliation actions, ERISA claims, WARN Act litigation, and executive contract issues, among others. She also counsels employers with regard to human resources matters and has actively represented clients on a pro bono basis.
"From defending employment discrimination lawsuits, to investigating workplace complaints, to negotiating labor disputes, rendering legal advice or drafting the myriad documents, policies and manuals required for a 21st century workforce, Kimya exhibits the highest commitment to our clients," Cozen O’Connor labor and employment practice chairman Mark J. Foley said.
Leadership Activity: Kimya is co-chairwoman of Cozen O’Connor’s diversity committee and will lead the committee in 2013. She is also on the firm’s Women’s Initiative/Cozen Moms steering committee and is on the recruitment committee.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Kimya has represented pro bono a preschool in a discrimination complaint and a church in an employment discrimination case. She has also assisted the Lebanon County Humane Society in transactional work and drafting its employee manual. Kimya works with the Bright Hope Baptist Church on ministries serving women, children and the homeless. She is on the Spectrum Committee of the American Red Cross’ Southeastern Pa. chapter. In 2011, Kimya was inducted as a member of The Links Inc., a social service organization for professional black women. She coordinated the group’s childhood obesity program.
Experience: Current employer: 2008-present; Alston & Bird: 2003-2007.
Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 2002; Columbia University, M.A., 1999; Spelman College, B.A., 1996.
Sean P. Kilkenny
Shareholder, Friedman, Schuman, Applebaum, Nemeroff & McCaffery
Practice Profile: Sean is chairman of the firm’s municipal law practice. He is recognized for his expertise in municipal, land development, real estate, municipal finance and zoning law.
Sean has represented both municipalities and developers in solving complex zoning and land development matters in the Philadelphia suburbs. Sean currently serves as solicitor for Whitemarsh Township, the Municipality of Norristown, East Norriton Township and Jenkintown Borough. In addition to numerous private developers, Sean also represents the members of Laborers Local 135, Norristown, PA.
Leadership Activity: Aside from chairing the firm’s municipal law practice, Sean has been on the firm’s executive committee since 2011. Sean is a former chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association’s municipal law committee and former vice president of its Young Lawyers Division. He is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Sean is the president of the Jenkintown Borough Council and a board member of the Hiway Theatre. Since 2003, he has been either a member or president of the Veterans of Foreign War Jenkintown. Sean has been a member of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia since 2007.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams knows Sean from their work in the Army’s 153rd Legal Support Organization in Norristown.
"He always went out of his way to help soldiers with all of their legal needs, from small things such as preparing a will, to complex, personal and often difficult matters such as hearings before administrative separation boards," Williams said.
Experience: Current employer: 2004-present; U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp: 1999-2003 (active duty), 2004-present (reserve duty).
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1998; University of South Carolina, M.P.A., 2001; Villanova University, B.A., 1995.
Amy S. Kline
Partner, Saul Ewing
Practice Profile: Amy represents reinsurers and cedents in litigation and arbitration. She has tried cases in federal and state courts, arbitrated matters before private arbitration panels, and argued before federal and state courts of appeal.
In collaboration with the members of the firm’s insurance practice, Amy publishes the Reinsurance Redux, a monthly "redux" on developments in the law of reinsurance and arbitration.
Amy is also an adjunct professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, where she teaches civil pretrial practice and a course on judicial externships.
"It is a further testament to Amy’s abilities that, in many instances, she assumes the role of lead counsel surpervising the work of attorneys much more senior than her and all of which have nothing but respect for her leadership, guidance and skills," Saul Ewing partner Nathaniel Metz said.
Leadership Activity: From 2009-11, Amy served on the firm’s women’s development initiative steering committee. She is currently on Saul Ewing’s attorney evaluation committee and had been on its hiring committee.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Amy is a member of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts corporate partners’ board of directors. She has served as a moot court competition judge for Villanova Law and as a member of the law school’s alumni association board of advisors. Amy is on the law committee of ARIAS U.S., the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, a nonprofit that promotes improvement of the insurance and reinsurance arbitration process.
Experience: Current employer: September 2001-present; Law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morton I. Greenberg of the Third Circuit: 2000-01; Law clerk to U.S. District Judge James M. Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: 1999-2000.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1999; Boston University, B.A., 1996.
Associate, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz
Practice Profile: Katharine’s practice focuses on defending publishers, broadcasters and other media companies against defamation, invasion of privacy and other civil claims, as well as against subpoenas directed to journalists, including subpoenas seeking to unmask anonymous online speakers. She advocates for public access to government records and proceedings, for free speech rights of participants in public dialogue and protects clients’ intellectual property rights. Katharine also assists in internal client investigations and provides pre-publication review.
Katharine brings to her law practice considerable international experience. In 2011, together with an international team of attorneys, Katharine represented the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Media Rights Institute and Index on Censorship in their intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in a case involving the free expression rights of Azerbaijani youth activists. She also assisted in the preparation of comments submitted on behalf of several leading U.S. media companies to the British Ministry of Justice and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill regarding proposed libel law reforms.
Leadership Activity: Katharine is a member of her firm’s IT and pro bono committees.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Since 2009, Katharine has served on the board of directors of Teenshop, a Philadelphia-based program designed to empower at-risk girls ages 13-18. She coordinates the group’s summer leadership conference. In each academic year since 2008, Katharine has mentored a Philadelphia high school student interested in a career in the law as part of her work with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Public Interest Task Force.
Experience: Current employer: 2008-present; The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative: 2007-08; Law clerk to U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard of the Southern District of Florida: 2004-06.
Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2003; University of Iowa, B.A., 1997.
Partner, Reed Smith
Practice Profile: Shannon participates in the litigation of matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and has significant experience in a wide variety of substantive areas of law, including antitrust, defamation and First Amendment law, employment discrimination, financial services, enforceability of noncompetition agreements, wage-and-hour class actions, contract claims and business torts. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in the banking, transportation, retail, telecommunications and food manufacturing industries, among others.
Leadership Activity: Shannon is an adviser in Reed Smith’s associate career advancement program, CareeRS. She is co-leader of the firm’s food initiative, which assists food clients with regulatory, litigation and transaction matters. Shannon also mentors more junior lawyers and interviews potential summer associates. From 2011-14, Shannon will serve as the vice chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law civil practice and procedure committee. She was the committee’s young lawyer representative from 2010 to 2011.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Shannon is on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Theatre Workshop and the Fairmount Community Development Corp.
Experience: Current employer: Oct. 2005-present; Law clerk to U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: 2003-2005; Dewey Ballantine; 2002-2003.
Education: College of William and Mary School of Law, J.D., 2002; College of William and Mary, B.A., 1997.
Associate, Babst Calland
Practice Profile: Sean works in the firm’s environmental services and energy & natural resources groups. Sean’s practice involves counseling clients on a variety of federal and state regulatory issues related to coal mining, as well as conventional, coal bed methane, Marcellus, and other unconventional shale gas well development, production, midstream activities, storage and transportation. He counsels these clients on a wide range of environmental matters, including water withdrawal and disposal, erosion and sediment controls, air and water permitting, and other issues related to the disposal of produced fluids and other wastes generated by these industries. In addition, he regularly handles industrial wastewater, waste management and storage tank issues, as well as site reclamation and remediation. Sean also has experience with environmental transactions, including due diligence activities and the river basin commissions located in Pennsylvania.
Leadership Activity: Sean is chairman of the energy and natural resources associate group and a member of the firm’s recruiting committee.
Experience: Current employer: November 2008-present; McNees Wallace & Nurick: September 2006-October 2008.
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 2006; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 2001.
Partner, Oliver Price & Rhodes
Practice Profile: Karoline is a trial and appellate advocate and has represented a broad range of clients in both state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Her practice includes general civil litigation, commercial litigation, education law, civil rights, labor and employment and personal injury.
"Besides her service to the bar and community, Karoline is also a dedicated advocate for her clients," Scranton, Pa.-based attorney Daniel E. Cummins said. "In her 10 years of private practice, she has developed an impressive slate of clients and has appeared in almost all levels of state and federal trial and appellate courts."
Leadership Activity: Since July 2010, Karoline has served as the head of her firm’s technology committee and is responsible for implementing the use of online calendaring systems and developing the firm’s uniform electronic filing system. In September 2011 she became president-elect of the Federal Bar Association and in 2007 served as the president of the Lackawanna County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division. She has served on a number of committees within the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Karoline is co-chairwoman of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce women’s network committee and is on the board of that organization. She is also on the board of Serving Seniors Inc.
Experience: Current employer: August 2002-present; Law clerk to Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge Trish Corbett: 2001-02.
Education: Tulane University, J.D., 2001; Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1998.
Associate, Volpe and Koenig
Practice Profile: Aneesh concentrates his practice on counseling, litigation and prosecution in the areas of patents, trademarks and copyrights. He focuses on strategic patent prosecution including re-examination and reissue, as well as portfolio licensing, acquisition and due diligence. His patent prosecution experience focuses on electrical devices, wireless systems, medical devices and software for both domestic and foreign clients.
Leadership Activity: Aneesh is chairman-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and is the Philadelphia Bar’s liaison to the South Asian Bar Association. He is currently on the executive committee of the North American South Asian Bar Association and served as co-chairman of that group’s 2012 convention. Aneesh is the Zone 1 YLD chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Aneesh is a board member for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and has volunteered since 2008 at the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Experience: Current employer: 2007-present.
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M., 2012; Rutgers School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2007; University of Florida, B.S./M.S., 1999.
Martha “Frannie” Reilly
Associate, Fox Rothschild
Practice Profile: Frannie counsels nonprofit clients on corporate governance, corporate policies/best practices, compliance issues and affiliations and alliances. She also provides education and training to nonprofit board members on their fiduciary obligations and duties.
In addition, Frannie works with clients on mergers, sales and acquisitions for both established and emerging growth companies. She advises clients in the areas of commercial contracts, corporate governance, employment agreements, noncompetition agreements, stockholder agreements and nonprofit corporation formation and operation.
In the public finance capacity, Frannie serves as bond, borrower, institution and underwriter’s counsel to clients, including issuers, colleges, universities, schools, health care institutions, state agencies and investment banking firms.
Leadership Activity: Since 2009, Frannie has served as a mentor to associates joining Fox Rothschild.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Frannie spends a number of pro bono hours helping start-up nonprofit organizations to incorporate. She is a volunteer and mentor for Philadelphia VIP, where she had served as co-chairwoman of its engagement committee. She has been a "big sister" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Frannie has also led her firm’s efforts in the Sunshine Foundation’s annual Walk for Dreams. She had also served as president of the Foundation for Wallingford-Swarthmore Schools.
Experience: Current employer: September 2004-present.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2004; Lehigh University, B.A., 1998.
Associate, Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz
Practice Profile: Angelica handles a range of family law matters for the firm. Her clients range from high-net-worth individuals to indigent clients. Along with litigating cases, Angelica specializes in financial analysis, including income calculations, support and equitable distribution.
Leadership Activity: For the past four years, Angelica has managed the interviewing and hiring process for new associates at her firm, vetting candidates before making recommendations to the partners.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Angelica has spent more than 100 hours a year on pro bono work. She’s has taken on cases for Pittsburgh-area Neighborhood Legal Services and North Hills Community Outreach. She is on the board of directors of Stepping Stones Children’s Center and serves on the advocacy committee of the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Angelica is also a charter member of Toastmasters International.
Experience: Current employer: January 2008-present; Wiley Lenox Colgan Marzzacco, September 2006- November 2007.
Education: Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2006; University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 2000.
Associate, Chimicles & Tikellis
Practice Profile: Matthew’s practice is devoted to litigation, with an emphasis on class actions involving automotive defects, consumer protection, defective products and false advertising. He is a member of the firm’s case development group and is responsible for identifying and assessing potential new cases. He has a particular focus and knowledge of automotive class action cases against vehicle manufacturers.
Leadership Activity: Aside from his work on business development, Matthew oversees mentoring junior associates, new case development and individual case management along with his general litigation responsibilities.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Matthew has spent hours working pro bono on behalf of clients at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. He has worked on SeniorLaw Center projects and has served as a volunteer trial instructor and judge in Widener School of Law’s trial advocacy program.
Experience: Current employer: 2008-present; Lewis Law Firm: 2004-08; York County Office of District Attorney: 2002-04.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 2008; Widener University School of Law-Harrisburg, J.D., 2002; Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1999.
Brian P. Seaman
Associate, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
Practice Profile: Brian focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, products liability and catastrophic injury matters. He has defended many cases involving diverse legal claims and fact patterns, representing clients in arbitrations, mediations and hearings. Brian has acted as defense counsel in a variety of commercial disputes, in copyright matters and in matters involving religious organizations and cemeteries.
Leadership Activity: Brian founded the associate business development committee at Stradley Ronon in 2010 and still serves as its co-chairman. He is or has served on the firm’s associates committee, diversity group, hiring committee and maternity/part-time task force.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Aside from representing clients pro bono, Brian serves on a number of boards. He is a member of the board and chairman of the young audiences development committee for the Wilma Theater. He is co-founder and managing director of Mazeppa Productions, a Philadelphia-based musical theater company dedicated to bringing provocative theater to the city during the time of year there are few cultural events. Brian is on the board of Narberth Theater. He has volunteered at The William Way Community Center, an LGBT community center serving the Philadelphia region. He is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. Brian represents Stradley Ronon in the firm’s work with the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and attends the Lavender Law Conference on Stradley Ronon’s behalf as a member of the National LGBT Bar.
Experience: Current employer: 2003-present.
Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2003; University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2000.
Partner, Duane Morris
Practice Profile: Wendy practices in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, creditors’ rights, commercial finance, secured transactions and international commerce. She represents financial institutions, insurance companies, trade creditors, lessors, liquidating trustees and debtors in debt restructurings and in all aspects of a bankruptcy case. Wendy has served as counsel to insurance companies providing prepetition and/or post-petition insurance coverage to debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases and has advised mortgagees and assignees of nonresidential leases in large Chapter 11 cases. She has also advised clients regarding structuring security arrangements and managing risks prior to and during the bankruptcy of a relationship party.
"Wendy has demonstrated excellence in both bankruptcy court litigation and transactional matters ­— and these combined skills set her apart from other lawyers and make her an outstanding bankruptcy lawyer," Duane Morris partner Margery Reed said.
Leadership Activity: Since 2005, Wendy has served as a member of the firm’s recruitment and retention committee. She has also served as a summer program coordinator and as a member of the firm’s associates committee.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Wendy is a founding member and officer of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, an organization of lawyers and other professionals dedicated to networking and education within the bankruptcy professionals community. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s professional guidance committee. From June 2009 to June 2010 she served as vice chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section’s secured transactions and international insolvency committee.
Experience: Current employer: September 2002-present.
Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2002; University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, M.A., 2002; Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1998.
Associate, Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby
Practice Profile: Wendy devotes her practice to the defense of workers’ compensation and general liability matters on behalf of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators. Prior to joining Weber Gallagher, Wendy worked as a paralegal at several Philadelphia law firms.
Leadership Activity: Since 2006, Wendy has served as a mentor to the firm’s summer interns and younger associates. She joined the diversity committee in 2012.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Wendy has done work for the SeniorLaw wills clinic. She has been on the board of directors for Dignity Housing, a nonprofit housing organization in Philadelphia, since 2010. Wendy is co-chairwoman of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s new board observation program, run through the Young Lawyers Division. The program pairs young lawyers with Philadelphia legal service organizations to participate on their boards for one year. From 2011-12, Wendy was chairwoman of the YLD lunch and learn committee.
Experience: Current Employer: August 2005-present.
Education: Roger Williams University, J.D., 2005; Pennsylvania State University, Paralegal Certificate, 2002; Albright College, B.S., 1999.
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Practice Profile: Alison’s practice is focused on the representation of companies and individuals in all aspects of complex civil litigation, criminal investigations and compliance and regulatory matters. She has defended clients in civil litigation and criminal investigations alleging antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act violations, health care fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud and other various business frauds. Alison also counsels clients on the development, implementation, evaluation, and auditing of internal anti-corruption compliance and ethics programs. She has advised companies in a variety of industries, including retail, infrastructure, life sciences, transportation and IT.
J. Gordon Cooney Jr., head of Morgan Lewis’ Philadelphia office, said Alison is an impressive and dedicated attorney who "shines as a top white-collar litigator within the field." He said she is on top of decisions from the U.S. DOJ and the SEC, making her "invaluable" to other partners at the firm.
Leadership Activity: Alison serves on the firm’s office recruiting committee and is involved in the firm’s associate mentoring program. Since 2007, she has been a hearing committee member on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Since August 2011, Alison has served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania SPCA. From 2005 to 2008 she was on the board of the Inglis Foundation, where she served as chairwoman of the strategic planning committee and member of the CEO search committee.
Experience: Current employer: June 2007-present; Ballard Spahr: 2003-07.
Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2003; St. Peter’s College, M.A., 2000; Rutgers University, B.A., 1998.
Tony J. Thompson
Associate, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
Practice Profile: Tony has represented plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings, on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters. The clients Tony has represented range from international corporations to sole proprietorships to individuals. He has handled cases involving breach of contract, commercial landlord-tenant disputes and collection matters. He has defended and prosecuted construction claims for additional compensation for extra work, delays and disruptions and has assisted contractors in filing mechanics’ liens to protect their ability to recover payment for their work.
Leadership Activity: Tony is a member of Meyer Unkovic’s diversity committee. He was a founding member of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s diversity collaborative and has or is serving on a number of the bar association’s committees. Tony is a board member and treasurer of Proliance Solutions Inc., a court reporting and litigation support services company.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Tony is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Pittsburgh and has served as a board member or chairman of the Rainbow Kitchen Community Services from 2009 to the present. He is on the board of directors for Small Seeds Development Inc., which assists single mothers raising black males between the ages of 8 and 15. He is a member of the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America, providing camping opportunities to youth in urban communities. Tony also serves as a mentor in the Urban Pathways Charter Schools mentoring program, BAAM.
Experience: Current Employer: 2007-present.
Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2006; Washington & Jefferson College; B.A., 2003.
Cheryl A. Upham
Member, Cozen O’Connor
Practice Profile: Cheryl is a member of the tax practice group at Cozen O’Connor, where she focuses her practice on corporate tax law, including state and local income/franchise, sales/use, property, payroll and realty transfer taxes, as well as corporate income, franchise and sales tax restructurings. She has also worked extensively on issues involving Pennsylvania state and location taxation of charitable organizations. She has appeared before various state and local courts and administrative appeal boards on both audit defense and refund issues.
Dennis L. Cohen, chairman of Cozen O’Connor’s tax group, said Cheryl has provided planning and guidance on some of the largest real estate and corporate transactions the firm has handled. Aside from being impressed with her knowledge of state and local tax law, Cohen said Cheryl is one of the most reliable attorneys he has ever worked with, always available to help with a matter.
Leadership Activity: Cheryl has been involved with the hiring committees at both Cozen O’Connor and Wolf Block, partic ipating in recruiting efforts at her alma mater. From 2014 to 2015, Cheryl will serve as secretary to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s state and local tax committee.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Cheryl is a previous ex-officio board member of the Kensington South Community Development Corporation. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cheryl served for four years on the Special Olympics’ May Games management committee. She participates in a number of public service events through Cozen O’Connor.
Experience: Current Employer: 2009-present; Wolf Block: 2004-09; PricewaterhouseCoopers: 1998-2004.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 1999; Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1997; Villanova University, B.A., 1994.
Erik F. Williams
Partner, Saul Ewing
Practice Profile: Erik focuses his practice in the area of commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis in site acquisition, finance, construction and leasing matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients, from small entrepreneurs to large institutions. Most recently, Erik has provided legal counsel to clients in the pharmaceutical, retail, health care, education, hospitality, golf and residential development industries.
Saul Ewing partner Frederick D. Strober said Erik "has distinguished himself as a master transaction facilitator in commercial real estate projects, particularly those involving health systems." He said Erik has a "calm and laser-focused demeanor."
Leadership Activity: Erik served as chairman of Saul Ewing’s summer program in 2010 and 2011, which led to his being named hiring partner at the firm in 2012.
Pro Bono and Civic Work: Since 2011, Erik has served as vice president of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. He has been a member of the board of directors of the JAG Fund for Brain Tumor Research since 2004. Between 2008 and 2010, Erik was the president of the board for Elfreth’s Alley Museum Association. And from 2006 through 2010 he was a member of the board of ACE Mentors of Philadelphia, a nonprofit that provides mentoring and scholarship to disadvantaged teenagers pursuing careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industries.
Experience: Current Employer: September 2001-present.
Education: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2001; Cornell University, B.A., 1997.