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Saxton & Stump’s Matthew W. Rappleye and Ashley B. Nichols were invited speakers at a continuing legal education seminar for the Lancaster Bar Association.

During their presentation, “Preserving Claims for Appeal,” Rappleye and Nichols discussed how to preserve claims for appellate review during a civil trial.

Rappleye is a shareholder who concentrates his practice on health law, health care litigation, insurance coverage issues and appellate and post-trial advocacy.

Nichols is an associate attorney who concentrates her practice on business and commercial litigation in the areas of construction, labor and employment, and appellate and post-trial advocacy.


High Swartz partner Thomas D. Rees presented a CLE talk for Bryn Mawr Trust titled “Navigating Student Discipline in 2018.”

The session focused on how educational institutions are and should be handling student discipline issues in 2018.

Rees discussed the most serious rule violations at schools and colleges, the stakeholders in the discipline process, and the key legal and procedural issues in a discipline case.

Rees heads High Swartz’s litigation and employment practice.


McNees Wallace & Nurick welcomed associate Jacquelyn A. Kunkel to the firm’s corporate and tax practice group.

Kunkel will practice in the firm’s Harrisburg office with a focus on taxation and business planning.

She has experience helping individuals resolve tax disputes with the IRS, providing federal, state and international tax planning advice in M&A transactions, and assisting with entity formation.

Prior to joining McNees Wallace, she worked at a large accounting firm in the international and M&A tax groups.

Elected and Appointed

Katherman Briggs & Greenberg personal injury and wrongful death attorney Brian Strong joined the Mount St. Mary’s University pre-law advisory board.

Previously, Strong joined the York County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and tried numerous jury trials.

After his tenure as a prosecutor, he began his career as a civil litigator representing his clients on a variety of issues.

He has been a member of Katherman Briggs since 2002 and since that time has focused exclusively on cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.


Barley Snyder partner Shawn Long has transitioned into the role of chair of the firm’s construction industry group.

Long takes over for partner Maria Di Stravolo Elliott, who had been the chair of the group for most of last year and served before that as the group’s co-chair for 10 years.

Di Stravolo Elliott continues to be the chair of the firm’s real estate practice group.

The construction industry group works with clients such as business owners, developers, architects and engineers, construction managers and contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, specialty contractors, insurers, and others in the industry.


The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division presented its Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award to Joel C. Seelye of Hollidaysburg during the state association’s annual meeting awards luncheon.

The award is named in memory of a young Philadelphia lawyer committed to providing legal services for low-income people and to offering law-related educational programs to students.

It is presented to a Pennsylvania young lawyer who, through his or her personal and professional conduct, reminds lawyers of their professional and community responsibilities.