Elected and Appointed

Martin LLC attorney Maria Bermudez-Harris was voted chair-elect of the young lawyers division of the Philadelphia Bar Association by the group’s executive committee.

The division was established to promote and hone the interests of the bar association’s younger lawyers in the Philadelphia region through special forums for education, networking and community outreach.

Bermudez-Harris will assist in the overall direction and administration of those forums and, in 2015, assume the chair role.

She focuses her practice on Social Security and long-term disability.

Denise Werkley, a partner at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, was appointed to the advisory board of Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies.

The advisory board is composed of business and education leaders from the region and influences the curriculum and services offered by Penn State Great Valley.

John Huh, an associate at DLA Piper, was appointed to the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia as the ex officio representative from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Gaetan Alfano, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti and vice chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, was appointed as an ex officio member of the center’s board of directors.


Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Andrew K. Stutzman is scheduled to moderate a panel of federal judges at the American Conference Institute‘s 13th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement on Friday in Los Angeles.

Stutzman will moderate “Views From the Bench,” where judges from federal and bankruptcy courts around the country will discuss the latest trends involving residential mortgage and consumer finance litigation.

Stutzman chairs Stradley Ronon’s mortgage and lending litigation practice group, a team of professionals that resolves disputes involving consumer or commercial financial products or services.

Jennifer A. Brandt, a member of Cozen O’Connor‘s family law practice, appeared as a guest on Fox News‘ “The O’Reilly Factor” on Dec. 26.

Brandt discussed the case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead by neurologists after suffering complications from a tonsillectomy, but whose parents are fighting to keep her on life support.


Archer & Greiner addedfour associates to a variety of practice groups.

Charles J. Dennen, Jordan L. Fischer, Jose M. Sabalbaro and Stephen V. Torok all worked as summer associates at the firm in 2012.

Dennen practices in the firm’s environmental law group.

Fischer joined the estate and trust litigation group.

Sabalbaro practices in the commercial litigation group.

Torok joined the real estate tax appeal group, where he concentrates in local property taxation, eminent domain and state tax matters.


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