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Two of Wolf Block’s practice group leaders will have a little extra help now that the firm has named new co-chairmen to the employment and intellectual property practices. Executive Committee member Jonathan Segal will join James Redeker as the co-chairmen of the employment services practice group. Partner John Nixon will remain in his role as vice chairman of the practice, which includes between 30 and 35 attorneys. Peter Wakiyama will serve as co-chairman of the intellectual property and information technology practice group along with Martin Raskin, who has led the practice on his own since joining the firm in 2006. “Jonathan and I have worked closely together for many years,” Redeker said. “His knowledge of employment law and his ability to work closely with clients has helped build this practice. His energy and creativity will help propel our forward-thinking practice to another level of innovation.” Redeker had joined Wolf Block a few months before Segal did in 1986 and has served as the chairman of the group pretty much ever since. Segal said Redeker asked him a few months ago if he would like to help lead the group. Segal said he views Redeker as not just a partner, but also a mentor and a friend, and was happy to work with him in leading the group. The firm’s employee benefits practice is technically under the umbrella of the employment services group, but Segal said the practice has its own subspecialties and, therefore, its own chairman under partner Warren E. Fusfeld. In Segal’s new role, he has two main objectives. In a legal world of revolving doors, he said he and Redeker want to focus on retaining the talented people they feel they have in the group. “We want to make sure our stars stay with us,” he said. Segal said he also wants to look to expand the types of services the practice offers without straying too far from its core strengths of litigation, labor relations, training and audits. His passion, and that of many of his colleagues, is the preventive side of the practice as opposed to the litigation side, Segal said. The group will also look for ways to expand. Segal said it’s no secret that Wolf Block is in merger talks, referring to Florida-based Akerman Senterfitt. He said that expansion could create an “incredible ability” for the practice to service clients in Florida. Aside from his employment law practice, Segal is also managing principal of the Wolf Institute, the training and educational arm of the employment services group. He said the institute is ahead of the curve in providing proactive, ancillary services to employment clients, and he would like to look into expanding that work. Segal concentrates his practice in preventive counseling, training and policy development for some of the nation’s largest employers. He also represents employers before government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. Segal has provided training on employment issues to federal and state judges around the country on EEO issues. Wakiyama brings a Philadelphia component to the leadership of the 24-attorney intellectual property group, given Raskin works out of the firm’s New York office. Wakiyama focuses his practice on computer law, information technology transactions, e-commerce and Internet-related matters, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, intellectual property licensing and agreements related to entertainment and the arts.

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