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Elected and Appointed

Mary-Jo Rebelo, a Burns White partner, started her three-year term on the judiciary committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Rebelo was elected to serve in this role by the general membership of the bar association, and joins a group of 23 other members responsible for rating, recommending and supporting qualified members for judicial offices and appointments in Allegheny County.

These recommendations are based on a thorough review of potential candidates’ character, temperament, professional aptitude and experience.

Rebelo is a partner in and co-chair of Burns White’s employment practices liability group. She is also a senior member of the firm’s business practices and litigation groups.


Gawthrop Greenwood partner Michael F. Merlie was named to the board of directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council in Exton.

With more than 20 years of experience concentrating his practice in local business and corporate law, as well as representing privately held and publicly held businesses of all sizes, Merlie’s practice includes organizing startups, negotiating and documenting venture capital transactions, and acquisitions and mergers.

His work also involves negotiating and documenting corporate formation documents such as shareholders’ agreements and limited liability company operating agreements, sale and purchase agreements, loan agreements, promissory notes, guarantees, leases and due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions.


Widener University Commonwealth Law School’s Commonwealth professor of business law Juliet Moringiello was named associate dean for research and faculty development.

In her new role, Moringiello is responsible for helping to raise the academic and external profile of the law school and its faculty.

She will establish strategic goals and objectives to institute and maintain recognition for the achievements of the faculty and law school.

Moringiello will also assist in the promotion of special program activities and help faculty members in finding opportunities to present and publish their work.

She will continue to teach business law.

Moringiello studies the relationship between federal and state law in bankruptcy as well as the impact of electronic transactions on commercial law.


Lamb McErlane partner Lawrence “Skip” Persick presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Association family law section’s summer meeting.

He presented on a panel regarding the intersection of children and youth cases with adult family court.

At Lamb McErlane, Persick resolves complex family law issues.

He represents clients involved in divorces, custody disputes, child support matters and adoptions.

He is a member of the PBA’s family law section council, co-chair of the family law section’s legislative committee, and a member of the Orphans’ Court Rules Committee for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.