Bridget E. Montgomery, a member at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, presented the third in a series of seminars titled “Trial Practice and Advocacy in the Federal Middle District of Pennsylvania” on November 1 at the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Williamsport, Pa.

Montgomery presented the seminar with Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The CLE course was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.


Glenn S. Gitomer, chair of the litigation department and shareholder of McCausland, Keen & Buckman, was the program planner and speaker at a program titled “The Libor Scandal” on October 25 at the 21st annual meeting of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association in Austin, Texas.

PIABA is a national organization of attorneys dedicated to promoting the interests of public investors in securities and commodities arbitrations.


Jonathan Hugg, a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong, presented “Avoiding Legal Malpractice” on October 24 at the Bradford County Bar Association.

Hugg is a member of the firm’s commercial and corporate litigation practice group. He concentrates his practice on commercial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on financial institution, regulatory enforcement, municipal and lender liability matters.


Three attorneys joined Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano.

• Christopher C. Cara joined the firm as an associate in the workers’ compensation department. He earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

• Allison Eberle-Lindemuth joined the firm as an associate in the Social Security disability department. Eberle-Lindemuth received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

• Andrew Ruder joined the firm as an associate in the Social Security disability department. Ruder graduated with a J.D. from Rutgers University.


Three attorneys joined Pepper Hamilton in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

• Justin A. Rick joined the firm as a staff attorney in the commercial litigation practice group. Rick received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

• Ryan P. Stewart joined the firm as an associate in the construction litigation practice group. Prior to joining Pepper Hamilton, Stewart was an associate with Thorp Reed & Armstrong.

• Stefanie L. Brennan joined the Pittsburgh office as an associate in the real estate practice group. She formerly was resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office and concentrates her practice on commercial real estate and land use matters.

Elected and appointed

Robert M. Cox and Grace M. Deon were named to the management committee at Eastburn and Gray.

Cox is a shareholder in the firm’s business and corporate law, education and school law, and litigation practice groups.

Deon is a shareholder in the firm’s employment, civil litigation and school law practice groups. 


Photo Caption: Kenneth N. Nigon, a shareholder of RatnerPrestia, accepted the 2012 American Intellectual Property Law Association Project Award at the annual meeting October 25. The award recognizes Nigon’s service to AIPLA, particularly in his service on the America Invents Act Committee of Experts. The purpose of the Committee of Experts was to determine a common framework for the rules regarding the new post-grant proceedings that would be supported by all of the organizations.