Elected and Appointed

Mark J. Foley was elected to the Philadelphia Orchestra Association‘s board of directors.

Foley is a partner in Cozen O’Connor‘s Philadelphia office and is a member of the firm’s board of directors and chair of its labor and employment department, concentrating in the representation of management in employment and labor matters.

Speakers

Pamela C. Brecht, a senior associate with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, presented at the National Employment Lawyers Association‘s fall 2013 seminar “Shining the Light on Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims” in Washington, D.C.

Brecht participated on the panel, “Using the False Claims Act to Change Corporate Conduct.”

The panel discussed a variety of policy perspectives, including whether the federal government’s enforcement should include civil charges.

Brecht focuses her practice on state and federal qui tam litigation and complex federal litigation. She resides in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel partner Michael E. Bertin presented at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law‘s Family Law Society’s career panel.

Bertin is chair of the family law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a frequent author and lecturer on family law topics.

Events

Adrienne R. Straccione, a senior accountant at Wouch Maloney & Co., volunteered at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House guest chef program Nov. 3.

The program was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Straccione, along with other PICPA Greater Philadelphia chapter volunteers, prepared breakfast for approximately 15 families staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Saul Ewing attorneys and in-house counsel partnered with Philadelphia VIP to sponsor Corporate Pro Bono Day.

The event gave small-business entrepreneurs who otherwise cannot afford legal fees an opportunity to get free legal advice.

The entrepreneurs were also enrolled in a 10-week business development course through the Women’s Business Development Center in Philadelphia, another sponsor.

Prior to the pro bono sessions, six Saul Ewing attorneys presented a free CLE course, “An Introduction to Legal Issues for Entrepreneurial Businesses.”

Additions

Sarah T. Damiani, Melissa M. Green and Alexis Rossman Madden joined Conrad O’Brien as associates.

All three associates are based in the firm’s main office in Philadelphia.

Damiani represents businesses and individuals in a range of matters involving complex commercial litigation, as well as class actions, intellectual property and insurance coverage matters.

Green represents executives and businesses involved in white-collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations.

Madden represents businesses and individuals in premises liability and products liability litigation. •