Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Andrew K. Stutzman is moderating a panel of eight federal and state judges for "Views From the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Class Certification, Arbitration, the Evolution of the Law, Settlement Considerations, the Latest Plaintiff Theories, Emerging Defense Strategies, E-Discovery, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Litigation, Asset Valuation Issues, MERS and Questions of Loan Ownership, and More" at the American Conference Institute's Consumer Finance Class Actions and Litigation Conference today in Chicago.

The event will share defense strategies for in-house and outside counsel on navigating class action litigation and government enforcement actions in the consumer finance industry.

Stutzman chairs Stradley Ronon's mortgage and lending litigation practice group.

He focuses his litigation practice in the financial and lending industries.


Thomas P. Dwyer joined Pepper Hamilton as a partner in the corporate and securities practice group.

Geoffrey D. Schwartz, who worked with Dwyer at Blank Rome, also joined the firm as an associate in the corporate and securities group.

Both reside in the Philadelphia office.

Dwyer focuses his practice on advising and executing mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions.

He also serves as outside general counsel to a number of emerging, middle-market and public companies.

Elected and appointed

Michael Shaffer of Shaffer & Gaier was appointed to the board of trustees for the Bala House Montessori School in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Shaffer focuses his practice on representing individuals who have been injured both on and off the job representing many families for wrongful death, and individuals who have suffered severe vehicle accidents; traumatic brain injuries; severe burns; paralysis; and other types of catastrophic and career-ending injuries.


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PHOTO CAPTION: Marla K. Conley and Denny Shupe of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis were recognized as the 2013 recipients of the Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award and Community Service Award, respectively. The awards are presented annually to a firm attorney or staff member who has a distinguished record of pro bono service. Conley has devoted more than 1,000 hours to more than 40 pro bono matters in almost five years. Shupe's recent community service has been focused on helping to create and ensure the success of the nonprofit organization New Leash on Life USA. Pictured, from left, are Conley, firm Chairman David Smith and Shupe.