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Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer partner Charles P. “Chuck” Hehmeyer spoke at the international metabolic conference in Minneapolis, which was hosted by the Fatty Oxidation Disorders Family Support Group and the Organic Acidemia Association.

Hehmeyer spoke alongside D. Holmes Morton, a physician who specializes in genetic disorders of Amish and Mennonite children.

The two presented “Emergency Protocols for Children With Rare Diseases,” discussing the documentation families and medical professionals should have in place so that, in case of hospitalization, no time is lost in successfully treating the child.

Hehmeyer has represented families across Pennsylvania and nationwide who have a child with a metabolic disorder or inborn error of metabolism, securing many seven- and eight-figure recoveries when those children were severely injured by substandard hospital or physician treatment.


Ballard Spahr accepted the American Bar Association’s 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the firm’s formal pro bono program.

Since the inception of its program, Ballard Spahr lawyers have contributed more than half a million hours of pro bono work to individuals, organizations and causes.

Ballard Spahr also dedicates pro bono work to criminal justice reform, including death penalty, prisoner civil rights and expungement cases.

The firm’s pro bono efforts include long-standing community outreach programs, such as small business, estate planning and family law clinics.


Reger Rizzo & Darnall added Michael J. Needleman to the firm as a partner in the Philadelphia office.

Needleman will join members of the firm’s litigation, insurance, employment practices, and corporate and business services groups.

He has experience handling insurance defense, insurance coverage and employment litigation matters.

He practices in the U.S. district courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Needleman also practices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and has trial experience.


Susan Holmes from Jaffe and Dawn V. Sheiker, director of client relations at Morris James, spoke at the LMANE Philadelphia small/firm solo marketer shared interest group hosted by Conrad O’Brien.


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