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June Essis, partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Fineman Krekstein & Harris, spoke as part of a panel at the national Defense Research Institute trucking law conference in Chicago.

She spoke with a panel of in-house counsel and trucking professionals on the future of the trucking industry with the implementation of new technological advancements including collision mitigation systems, how the advancement of technology is changing the role of counsel and its effects on the insurance industry.

Essis has more than 25 years of experience litigating a variety of insurance defense claims throughout Pennsylvania.

She has experience representing trucking companies and truck drivers in accident-related claims alleging personal injury, catastrophic loss and property damage.

She also handles statutory violations and Vehicle Code violations on behalf of many truck drivers.


Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Craig R. Blackman and counsel Jana M. Landon presented at Convocation 2018, a risk management conference for Catholic leadership, on May 23 in Minneapolis.

Blackman and Landon’s presentation, “Cyber Threats & Basic Security: Planning for Protection & Insurance Issues,” discussed cyber threats for religious institutions, including identifying and quantifying cyber incidents, understanding the implications, building a cost-effective management plan, and evaluating cyber insurance to cover any potential losses.

Blackman is co-chair of the firm’s insurance practice and cyber insurance group.

Landon is co-chair of the cyber insurance group and data breach team at Stradley Ronon.

Elected and Appointed

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel attorney Brian S.S. Auerbach was named to the board of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

He was elected during the organization’s Year-in-Review meeting on May 10.

Auerbach joins Panitch Schwarze attorney John D. Simmons in leading the organization. Simmons is the immediate past-president of the board.

Founded in 1923, the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association is one of the oldest IP law organizations in the country.

It brings together lawyers and law student affiliates to promote the development and understanding of intellectual property law through regular meetings, sponsored CLE opportunities and amicus briefs.


The Public Interest Law Center elected two new board members at its annual meeting on May 17.

Leigh Ann Buziak, partner at Blank Rome, was elected to the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Center.

Buziak concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Kartik Patel, associate at Tactix Real Estate Advisors, was elected to the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Center.

He has advised many clients in their commercial real estate needs in various industries, from high-profile law firms and pharmaceutical companies to legal, nonprofit and public interest firms.


Edward A. Corma was the recipient of the 19th annual Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award, presented at the law firm of Capehart Scatchard on May 10.

The award recipient graduated from Rutgers Law School in Camden on May 17.

The Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based firm presented Corma with a $2,500 award in recognition of his exemplary legal writing and research abilities.

The firm offers this award to a graduating Rutgers law student on an annual basis in honor of the late Blaine E. Capehart.