David B. White, founding member of Burns White, was one of two individuals named as this year’s Distinguished Alumni by Duquesne University School of Law.

White was scheduled to receive the award April 19 at the 61st annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner.

White, who was nominated by his peers, was selected by the university for his distinguished achievements in the legal profession.

Edward G. Lanza, an associate at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, received an Alumni Diversity Award for Leadership in the Legal Profession from the Student Bar Association’s diversity committee of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Lanza is the first-ever recipient of the alumni award, presented at the inaugural Diversity Banquet and Awards Ceremony on April 6.

Lanza is resident in the firm’s Harrisburg office and a member of the firm’s diversity committee.


Joseph W. Gramc and Patrick C. Manning of Goehring, Rutter & Boehm addressed the real property section of the Allegheny County Bar Association on tax sales.

The presentation reviewed tax sales in Allegheny County, including sheriff’s sales and the city of Pittsburgh’s treasurer’s sales.

Gramc works extensively on behalf of municipalities in the collection of municipal claims, taxes and liens.

Manning focuses his practice on municipal creditors’ rights and tax collection matters.

Stevens & Lee attorneys Richard J. King and Daniel J. Hennessey presented at the fifth annual Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Spring Institute in Philadelphia on April 10.

King and Hennessey discussed new payment/reimbursement models, such as ACOs, bundled payment initiatives and value-based purchasing, which have evolved from the health care reform regulations.

King concentrates his practice in health law with emphasis on federal and state regulatory compliance and third-party reimbursement.

Hennessey focuses his practice on health care matters including tax, regulatory, corporate and transactional issues.


Felicity Sara Hanks joined Hill Wallack as an associate in the employment and labor practice group.

Hanks will concentrate on employment, labor, municipal and school law, and related litigation. She will work from the firm’s Yardley, Pa., office.

Hanks represents private and public entities as well as financial institutions, businesses, and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment.

Brian Gondek joined Frankel & Kershenbaum as of counsel to the firm.

His work at Frankel & Kershenbaum includes assisting families and individuals with their estate planning and probate needs.

Gondek will also assist the firm’s clientele in any civil matters that may arise, such as contract disputes or real estate transactions.


Robert A. Korn and Karin Corbett, members of the construction law group of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein in Blue Bell, Pa., are contributing authors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s recently published Pennsylvania Construction Law: Project Delivery Methods, Execution, and Completion.

They authored the chapter titled "Tort Actions Arising on Construction Projects," which focuses on tort claims against the design professional and others involved in the construction process.

The Legal won’t be asking for official nominations until early June, but it’s time to begin thinking about outstanding attorneys under the age of 40 in Pennsylvania to nominate for The Legal’s "Lawyers on the Fast Track."

Keep them in mind, because when The Legal begins accepting nominations, your insight will play a key role in helping highlight the excellent work attorneys are doing across the state.