Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott welcomed member Frank R. Emmerich Jr. to the its Philadelphia office and litigation division.

He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, specifically in matters involving disputes related to closely held businesses, contract claims, trade secrets and unfair competition, restrictive covenants and intellectual property.

Emmerich is a fellow of the Academy of Advocacy of Temple University Law School and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia. He earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Elected and Appointed

Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin announced that state Rep. Timothy Briggs was named Democratic minority chairman of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.

Briggs is a member of the real estate, land use and municipal departments at Hamburg Rubin. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. Briggs worked in private legal practice and public service for more than fifteen years.

He represents the 149th Legislative District in Montgomery County and serves on the transportation committee, finance committee, professional licensure committee and state government committee.

Briggs also serves as a director and treasurer of the James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation, which provides scholarships, stipends and internships to Pennsylvania students who express an interest in state government.


Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano attorney Casey Schweppenheiser was selected to serve on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s workers’ compensation bench bar committee.

Prior to joining Pond Lehocky, Schweppenheiser was a law clerk for Judge Arthur L. Zulick of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas, where she drafted opinions and orders and conducted legal research in various areas of the law including foreclosure, employment discrimination, land use appeals, tort/negligence actions and criminal prosecutions.

She continues to be active with the young lawyers division of the Monroe County Bar Association.

Schweppenheiser is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and focuses her practice exclusively on Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law.


The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel is set to hold a CLE program titled “Hearsay in the Courtroom” on Feb. 19 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Philadelphia, beginning at 12:30 p.m. One substantive CLE credit is offered. Price is $90, which includes lunch.


Antheil Maslow & MacMinn is scheduled to host a roundtable breakfast for regional manufacturers featuring employment law partner Patricia Collins on March 7th, 8:30-10:00 a.m., at the Bucks County Bar Association.

The program will include employment law updates impacting manufacturers; discussion of pain points and strategies with other local manufacturers; and a question and answer segment with a legal adviser, fellow manufacturers and advisers to the industry.

Topics include hiring; discipline and termination; overtimes rules and violations; sexual harassment training, practices and procedures for managers; and retention and recruitment strategies for a “well workplace.”


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