Additions

Edward F. Murphy, a zoning and land use lawyer, joined Wisler Pearlstine as a partner.

Murphy’s addition enables the firm to open a Newtown, Pa., office, which will be the firm’s base of operations for Bucks County and Lehigh Valley.

Murphy practiced zoning and land use law as a partner with McBride and Murphy for more than 30 years.

Ross Currie joined Dinsmore‘s Philadelphia office.

He will practice in the corporate department and business restructuring practice group.

He focuses his practice on commercial finance, particularly on representing primary and special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities and other institutional clients in both transactional and litigation matters.

Speakers

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Kevin R. Casey is participating as a panelist at the 28th annual Intellectual Property Law Conference of the American Bar Association.

Casey chairs Stradley Ronon’s intellectual property practice group, is a member of the Mediation Task Force of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and chairs the task force’s mediation process subcommittee.

He collaborated on the task force’s report, titled "Effective Practices Protocol for Mediation of Patent Disputes," which is the subject of the task force’s panel presentation at the conference today in Arlington, Va.

David Stern, a partner at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, and Christopher Cara, an associate with the firm, are set to be guest lecturers in Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Judge Todd Seelig‘s workers’ compensation class at Villanova Law School on April 9 and April 16, respectively.

Stern and Cara will be discussing more in-depth practices related to settling workers’ compensation cases, such as: Medicare issues, subrogation, indemnity and relatedness to Social Security disability.

Leona Mogavero, of counsel in the bankruptcy department at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg, was a faculty member for the video webcast sponsored by the National Business Institute titled "Foreclosure, Short Sales and Loan Modifications — Compliance Update 2013."

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner Steven Pachman presented "Concussion: A Case-by-Case Approach … to Litigation" to hundreds of athletic trainers, health care professionals and others at the Matthew Gfeller Sports-Related Neurotrauma Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pachman discussed how coaches, athletic trainers, schools and school officials can better recognize and respond to concussions and other head injuries and minimize associated liability risk.

Pachman is a partner in the firm’s litigation department.

Elected and Appointed

Debra F. Fickler was appointed vice president and general counsel of Villanova University.

She will oversee all legal affairs for the university, advise the board of trustees, president and administrative officers on a variety of legal matters, and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet.

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig promoted G. Scott Vezina to partner.

Vezina practices in the area of litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice, products liability and aviation accidents.

Clarification

In the Wednesday article in The Legal  titled "Eight Judicial Candidates Rated ‘Not Recommended’ by Philadelphia Bar," it should have been stated that it was the understanding of judicial candidate Frank Bennett that the Philadelphia Bar Association requires at least 10 years of practicing law in order to rate candidates as "recommended," and that was why he did not participate in the process. The bar association states that it does not require at least 10 years of experience in order to rate candidates as "recommended." •