Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center chief executive officer Abbie R. Newman was the speaker at Post & Schell’s annual reception celebrating Women’s History month on March 22.

Held in Post & Schell’s Philadelphia conference center, the event honors and celebrates the contributions of women throughout history and in contemporary society.

Elected and Appointed

Brian M. Robinson was promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office.

He is a member of DLA Piper’s litigation and regulation practice, where he represents a broad range of clients in class actions and complex commercial litigation matters focusing on consumer protection laws, trade secret litigation and business torts.


Spector Gadon & Rosen is set to add George Vinci as a named member in January 2019, the firm will then be Spector Gadon Rosen & Vinci.

In addition to being the chairman of the firm’s insurance and professional liability practice groups, Vinci focuses his practice on civil litigation with a strong emphasis on professional malpractice, employment and insurance coverage disputes.


Dilworth Paxson added Tiana Butcher Walters as a partner and Nicole N. Lai as an associate. Walters counsels companies at all stages: through formation, financing, expansion and sale.

She supports companies in their day-to-day operations by advising on corporate governance obligations, negotiating commercial contracts and reviewing periodic securities filings.

Walters also supports companies as they expand to new markets, streamline resources, acquire new technologies and access capital through mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, investments and private placement transactions.

She also counsels investors in negotiating private debt and equity investments.

While her experience encompasses all aspects of litigation, Lai concentrates her practice in the area of patent litigation, with a focus on Hatch-Waxman litigations and medical device cases for Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Dilworth, Lai was an associate with Sidley Austin where she provided copyright, trademark and patent advice to artists and inventors.

Lai has prepared provisional patent applications, drafted office actions, license agreements, conducted copyright and trademark searches and advised clients on how to avoid potential intellectual property litigation.

She also has knowledge of trade secret law and has published and presented on the topic.


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