Speakers

Blank Rome partner Nicholas C. Harbist presented at the Seton Hall University School of Law‘s Healthcare Compliance Certification Program on the topic, “The Perils of Dealing With Whistleblowers Under the False Claims Act.”

The program, hosted June 11, focused on the interaction between the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act with the federal and state criminal laws, and addressed how companies can protect their interests in the face of whistleblower claims.

Harbist practices in Blank Rome’s Princeton, N.J., and Philadelphia offices and concentrates his practice in complex litigation.

Elected and Appointed

Stewart J. Eisenberg, co-founder and senior partner of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

As part of his membership, Eisenberg will aid the organization in its mission to preserve and promote the right to a civil jury trial provided by the Constitution’s Seventh Amendment and educate the public about the history and value of this constitutional provision.

Gaetan J. Alfano, a name partner of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners for a three-year term.

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners is empowered by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. It is sanctioned to recommend the admissions of people to the bar and the practice of law.

The board is also responsible for recommending rules pertaining to admission to the bar.

Alfano is co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice group.

Flaster Greenberg shareholder Philip Kirchner was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as a member of the court’s Advisory Committee on Expedited Civil Actions.

The goal of the committee is to achieve speedier justice at a lower cost without sacrificing due process and fairness to litigants.

Kirchner is chair of the litigation department at Flaster Greenberg, concentrating his practice on resolving business disputes, including complex litigation of all types of business issues in both the federal and state courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Additions

Jonathan Sacks joined the Jacobs Law Group.

Sacks’ primary areas of practice are complex commercial litigation, complex civil litigation, corporate and transaction law, and labor and employment matters.

Announcements

Each year, The Legal publishes a listing of Pennsylvania’s minority- and women-owned firms in PaLaw magazine. If you work at a minority- or women-owned firm, contact Ben Seal at bseal@alm.com or 215-557-2368 to receive a one-page survey and be included in the list. •

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young welcomed eight summer associates to the firm as part of its 2013 summer program. The nine-week experience gives students the opportunity to work on challenging, real-world legal assignments while enjoying the collegial culture of the firm. Pictured, from left, are summer associates Shawn Hendricks, Miranda Sturgis, Adam Gross, Cheri Williams, Andrew Esler, Chelsea Biemiller, Hilary Hannan and Hayley Reese.