Brian S. Seal joined RatnerPrestia in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as counsel, practicing in patent litigation.

Seal was previously the managing attorney of Highbury Chapman, where he specialized in patent litigation covering telecommunications and electronics.

Seal has been a part of the D.C. Bar Association since 2001 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Litigation associate Sammy Sugiura Jr. and Medicare compliance associate Ciara F. Boice joined Burns White in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. The Philadelphia office hired Emily P. Morales to its workers’ compensation group.

Sugiura, a former assistant public defender, brings courtroom experience in criminal and civil matters to his litigation practice at the firm.

Boice is an attorney and a licensed registered nurse with general and surgical nursing experience, bringing an understanding of the health care industry to the resolution of Medicare issues that arise in workers’ compensation, general liability and Federal Employers Liability Act claims.

Morales concentrates her practice on workers’ compensation defense in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Announcements

Saul Ewing announced the relocation of its Pittsburgh office to One PPG Place downtown, following the firm’s expansion into the market in May.

The firm signed a five-year lease for its 12,000 square feet of space in One PPG Place. The contract includes an option to add additional space, if needed. The firm is actively looking to add attorneys in Pittsburgh.

Saul Ewing’s expansion into Pittsburgh brings its total number of offices to 11.

Promoted

John C. Stacey was promoted to partner at Kurtz & Revness.

Stacey has more than 10 years of experience handling commercial real estate and corporate matters, including the transfer, leasing and financing of commercial properties utilizing public tax credits and traditional debt/equity sources and representing small to midsized companies in industries handling general business matters, including start-up counseling, tax and succession planning, intellectual property protection and exploitation, employment-related agreements, vendor/supply agreements and joint ventures.

Elected and Appointed

Andrew Brandt was appointed as director of Villanova University School of Law‘s Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law.

Brandt brings more than 25 years of experience in the sports industry to Villanova, having worked as a lawyer, player agent, team executive, television analyst and national columnist.

In the position, Brandt will oversee the activities of the newly created center, advising and collaborating with the Villanova faculty on the sports law curriculum and programs at the law school. He will teach selected courses and seminars, manage speakers series and symposiums, coordinate a sports law internship program, and direct the creation of a website containing an online repository of sports law materials and industry news.

Attorney Jane G. Penny was appointed to serve on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for a three-year term. Penny previously served as a hearing committee member.

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, consisting of 13 members: 11 attorneys and two nonlawyers from across the state.

Penny, who started Penny Legal Group in 2010, is a defense attorney who concentrates her practice in defending clients during federal and state grand jury proceedings and Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations and enforcement proceedings.