Faculty Profiles

Professor Michael Risch Teaching From Podium


Arthur J. Kania Dean John Y. Gotanda
Vice Dean Todd Aagaard
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs April M. Barton
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs James C. Garvey
Associate Dean for Faculty Research Michelle Madden Dempsey
Associate Dean for Library Services
Vicenç Feliú
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration Jennifer Henfey

Visiting Professors

Emeritus Professors

Gerald Abraham
Lewis Becker
Donald Bersoff 
John Hyson
Don Llewellyn
Howard R. Lurie
Michael Mulroney
John F. Murphy
J. Willard O'Brien
Leonard Packel
Frederick P. Rothman

Adjunct Faculty

E-mail: jabramczyk@mnat.com

Mr. Abramczyk is a member of the Corporate & Business Litigation Group.  His practice focuses on litigation arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions and disputes relating to the governance and control of Delaware business entities.  Jon regularly represents major Fortune 500 corporations and advises boards of directors and special committees of directors on all aspects of Delaware corporation law, including defense of stockholder class and derivative actions, conflict transactions involving directors and controlling stockholders, and proxy contests.  He also has substantial experience litigating major commercial disputes in the Delaware Superior Court. He received his B.A. and B.S. in Health Care Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. cum laude from Tulane University School of Law.

Email: sanderer@momjiananderer.com

Dr. Anderer received his B.A. degree from Yale University, his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP/Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). His particular areas of concentration include divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, premarital agreements, child support, child custody, civil competency, psychological and neuropsychological damages, civil commitment, duty-to-warn and licensing complaints against mental health professionals.

Dr. Anderer writes and speaks frequently on issues involving psychology and law (particularly family law) and has organized numerous conferences designed to bring together judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals. One of the books he co-authored is the 2000 Supplement to Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony and contributed chapters on civil competency and child custody evaluations to the sixth edition published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Best Lawyers in America and Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers. He competes in Olympic distance triathlons.

Email: aaronavila@mac.com

Aaron P. Avila is an Assistant Section Chief in the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section.  Professor Avila earned his Bachelor of Arts and Science in Civil Engineering and Political Science from Stanford University and his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.  He was admitted in 2000.  Professor Avila's practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law.

Email: dbailey@bakerlaw.com

David Bailey focuses his practice on all aspects of patent law, with a focus on inter partes reviews and post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and patent litigation. He has appeared before the PTAB on several occasions and has argued before the Federal Circuit, as well as led several inter partes and ex parte reexamination proceedings. Mr. Bailey has also worked on trial teams representing a number of Fortune 500 technology companies in various technology areas, including the medical device and computer industries. Notably, he was a member of the trial team in Microsoft Corp v. AT&T Corp., decided by the Supreme Court. In addition, his practice includes client counseling, opinion drafting, patent portfolio management, licensing, and acquisition, in which he applies his focused legal knowledge to many technologies, including medical devices, chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery compositions, and computer software.  David is also co-leader of BakerHostetler’s Medical Device Group Business Team.  David Bailey received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, and his J.D. from Villanova University Law School. 

Mr. Banner was the Team President of Philadelphia Eagles, LLC (also known as The Philadelphia Eagles) since 2001 and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 2012. Mr. Banner oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise since 1994. Mr. Banner then served as Chief Executive Officer at Cleveland Browns, LLC until he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons in December of 2014 as Front Office Consultant. He has long been known as one of the NFL’s top executives. He serves as the co-chair of City Year Philadelphia's Board of Directors. He also serves as a Trustee of City Year, Inc. He has been a Director of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce since October 2011. Mr. Banner is actively involved in his community, having formed the nationally acclaimed Eagles Youth Partnership. Mr. Banner received his B.A. in Economics from Denison University.

Email: barberav@whiteandwilliams.com

Vince Barbera, an attorney at White and Williams LLP in Philadelphia, represents businesses of all sizes and pursuits, as well as individuals, in the litigation of commercial and business disputes in court and through arbitration.

He focuses his practice on prosecuting claims and defending clients in a wide variety of matters, including actions involving partnership and shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant enforcement and defense, real estate and property transactions, professional liability claims, defamation actions, intellectual property disputes, lender liability and consumer protection law claims, unfair competition and other business torts, judgment enforcement/collection and various contract-based disputes.  Vince has also assisted in the defense of religious institutions involving claims of abuse.  He has argued commercial cases before federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has tried both jury and non-jury commercial cases to verdict.  Vince has also successfully represented clients in appellate matters before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  Vince was selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" for Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine in 2014 and 2015.

Vince is actively involved in the Philadelphia legal community.  He is the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Justinian Society.  He provides pro bono legal advice and counsel through Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit legal services organization that offers legal assistance to artists as well as arts and cultural organizations. 

While in law school, Vince was a member of Villanova Law School’s National Trial Team where he competed in the final trial to win the 2008 Lone Star Classic, a national invitational mock trial tournament in San Antonio, Texas.

Email: Brian.Benjet@dlapiper.com

Brian Benjet is an accomplished business lawyer, litigator and bankruptcy practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience. He currently serves as Partner at DLA Piper.

He focuses on complex business and commercial litigation and government investigations, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring. Brian's litigation representations include healthcare, ERISA, outsourcing contracts and insurance disputes.

Brian assists public and private, US and multinational companies in designing and implementing risk-based compliance programs. These enterprise-wide programs include conducting risk assessments, drafting codes of ethics and related policies, and creating and implementing training programs. He provides advice on governance issues such as disclosing compliance issues to boards of directors, auditors, investors and potential M&A partners; crisis response; and litigation management topics, including issues related to FAS 5 loss contingency reserving.

Brian uses his extensive in-house experience and integrates this advice with other corporate functions, including operational risk, fraud and audit, helping to ensure compliance for the company in a manner that strengthens the business.

Email: rbramson@b-p.com

Robert S. Bramson is a partner in Bramson & Pressman, a law firm that provides legal services for licensing and selling patents and technologies, primarily in the computer, Internet, telecommunications, electronics and medical device industries.  He has been:

·         CEO of InterDigital Patents Corporation, a patent licensing company;

·         Vice President and General Patent and Technology Counsel for Unisys Corporation;

·         Partner and Head, Computer and Technology Law Group, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis; and

·         Licensing Counsel for Abbott Laboratories.

Bob is a Patent Attorney, holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.M.E.) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.B.) and attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

As an Adjunct Professor, Bob has taught courses in Patent Law, Computer Law, Licensing Law and Transactions and International Business Transactions at Temple University School of Law, Rutgers Law School - Camden, Georgetown Law Center and Villanova University School of Law during a period of over twenty five years.

Email: ron.brown@skadden.com

Ronald N. Brown, III is an associate in Skadden’s litigation practice. Mr. Brown represents corporations, directors and officers in litigation involving corporate governance matters and the federal securities laws. He has represented clients in hostile takeovers, proxy contests, mergers, tender offers, securities fraud suits, derivative suits, appraisal actions, and other corporate and commercial disputes. His practice also includes advice on the Delaware law of corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies in connection with mergers and other transactions. Mr. Brown received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University, graduating magna cum laude, and he received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, summa cum laude and as Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Email: MBullock@mercyhealth.org

As Senior Vice President, Government and Legal Affairs, Mark T. Bullock has been with Mercy Health System for almost 20 years serving as its General Counsel and chief government relations advocate. Mr. Bullock has been a practicing attorney for almost 30 years with 25 years specifically in the healthcare industry. Mr. Bullock manages and coordinates the legal services and healthcare advocacy efforts for Mercy Health System. He regularly meets with elected officials at all levels providing education on healthcare issues and advocacy on behalf of Mercy’s health care ministry. In addition to his advocacy activities, Mr. Bullock serves as Mercy’s General Counsel, providing legal counsel to the Board and management as well as managing legal services for the System and its affiliates.

Mr. Bullock received his B.A. from Villanova University and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Email: abyrd@shb.com

April Byrd is a Partner at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon.  She represents companies and individuals in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal matters. She regularly advises corporate clients on compliance programs and regulatory issues, and has managed numerous internal investigations and government enforcement actions on their behalf.

An experienced trial attorney, April has also litigated product liability matters involving pharmaceuticals and other consumer products. Her significant experience in tort litigation includes deposing fact and medical witnesses, developing expert witnesses, conducting evidentiary hearings and dispositive motions practice.

April previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Offices for both the Districts of Delaware and Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she successfully first-chaired a dozen federal jury trials to verdict in a variety of complex prosecutions, including political corruption, multi-jurisdictional drug conspiracies, money laundering and violent crime. She also successfully prosecuted more than 30 state court bench trials involving wide-ranging offenses.

As a federal prosecutor, April handled dozens of evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, contested sentencings, and several appeals, and worked extensively with fact and expert witnesses as well as with federal, state and local investigative agencies. In addition, she formerly served as a litigator in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice's Tort Branch where she defended high level tort litigation brought against the United States in various federal courts throughout the country.

April received her B.A., cum laude, from Swarthmore College and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: John.Carle@DHS.gov

John Carle is currently the Assistant Chief Counsel at US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Carle was an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County for five years and then an Assistant District Attorney in the city of Philadelphia for seven years. He is skilled in administrative law, immigration law, legal research, and legal writing. He received his B.A. in English from Binghamton University and his J.D. from the University of Buffalo.

Email: brianc484@aol.com

Brian Carroll is Senior Special Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Philadelphia Regional Office. Previously, Mr. Carroll served as a Senior Trial Counsel at the SEC. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Carroll served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Justice. He was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Frederic S. Berman, New York State Supreme Court, and Honorable Daniel H. Huyett, 3rd, United States District Court.

Mr. Carroll received his B.A. degree from New York University and J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School. In addition to holding a law license, Mr. Carroll is licensed as a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at numerous law schools and served as an adjunct professor of law at Villanova Law School and Rutgers Law School. Mr. Carroll is widely published on securities regulation issues.

Email: poclauss@icloud.com

Peter O. Clauss, University of Chicago AB 1955 and Yale Law School LL. B. 1958, practiced with the Philadelphia firm of Clark, Ladner, Fortenbaugh and Young for 38 years, serving as managing partner, chair of the business and commercial group and for the final 15 years as the senior partner, and then for 12 years as a senior partner, and then of counsel to the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, retiring in 2008. He has expertise in tax, employee benefits, corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. His particular specialties were large merger and acquisitions transactions, a number of them hostile and a number involving international transactions, particularly in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Japan. He arranged both private and public debt and equity financings for both privately held and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Clauss has served on a number of professional and substantive law committees of the Philadelphia and American Bar Associations and chaired many of these. He was a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has authored a number of legal articles. He was and still is a member of a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, and for years has been an active member and officer of numerous clubs, fraternal and civic organizations. He has been an adjunct professor at Temple Law School from 2008 to 2013 teaching mergers and acquisitions, a course he first taught at Villanova Law School from 2002 to 2012, and he continues to teach corporate contests for control at that latter institution.

Email: ardecaro@raynesmccarty.com

Roy DeCaro has tried more than 200 jury trials during his legal career, first as a prosecutor and now as a plaintiff's attorney. As a prosecutor, he persuaded juries to convict murderers, drug dealers, motorcycle gang members, organized crime figures, corrupt police officers, and corrupt public officials. As a plaintiff's trial lawyer, Roy has represented those who have been seriously injured or killed by others' negligence, including those injured due to medical error, unsafe products, or negligent drivers. He was named “Best Prosecutor” by Philadelphia Magazine in 1986.

For the past few years, Mr. DeCaro has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine, and has been ranked as one of the top 10 lawyers in Pennsylvania. Mr. DeCaro was selected by his peers for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America". Mr. DeCaro served on a panel appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to help correct systemic problems in the Philadelphia Police Department and most recently he has been appointed to a Blue Ribbon Commission to investigate systemic failings in the Philadelphia Criminal Justice System. He received his B.A. from Villanova University, magna cum laude, and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, cum laude. He was also a Rhodes Scholarship nominee.

Email: mdefusco@philadefender.org

Mary DeFusco, Esq., serves as Director of Training and Recruitment for the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  She is responsible for the recruitment and initial training of all new attorneys as well as the continuing legal education of experienced public defenders.

Ms. DeFusco serves as the Defender Association's representative on the Oversight Committees of the Philadelphia Treatment Court and the Project Dawn Court.  Ms. DeFusco, along with representatives of the Court and District Attorney's Office, was instrumental in the creation of these internationally renowned courts, which integrate drug treatment and sexual trauma recovery, with the criminal justice system. 

Ms. DeFusco is also a founding board member of Dawn’s Place, a unique program in Philadelphia, serving the needs of trafficked, pimped, and prostituted women.

Since joining the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 1982, Ms. DeFusco served as Deputy Chief of the Municipal Court Unit for eight years, and as a trial attorney for five years.  She received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1982. 

Ms. DeFusco teaches trial advocacy at both Temple University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.  She has taught nationally and locally for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 1991. Ms. DeFusco is on the faculty at the National Defender Training Project in Dayton, OH and she also teaches at the Pennsylvania Defender Trial Skills Training Program in Carlisle, PA.  Ms. DeFusco was a past recipient of the Cesare Beccaria Award for contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education.

Email: ddicarlo@wilmingtontrust.com

Donald DiCarlo Jr. joins Wilmington Trust, as a vice president and managing director, with more than 14 years of experience in the wealth management and legal fields. Previously, he served as director of tax and estate planning with The Vanguard Group in Malvern. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP. Mr. DiCarlo received his B.A. from Villanova University, a LL.M. degree in tax law from Temple University School of Law, and his J.D. from New England School of Law. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in Theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Temple University Law School’s Graduate Tax Program.

Email: amyzoegd@gmail.com

Amy Donnella is Senior Staff Attorney for the Federal Capital Habeas Resource Project. She has been representing death-sentenced inmates in their post-conviction appeals since 1983 at all stages of litigation in state and federal court.  From 2008 until 2015, she served as an Assistant Federal Defender at the Federal Defender Office, Capital Habeas Unit, in Philadelphia.  She received her B.A. in 1976 from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook and her J.D. in 1979 from Harvard Law School.  She has written and lectured on the issue of race as it pertains to the judicial system and death penalty jurisprudence.

Email: forman@BlankRome.com

Harvey Forman is currently Senior Counsel at Blank Rome LLP, having been a partner there for 30 years. Mr. Forman has more than 45 years of experience representing institutional lenders, including banks, commercial finance companies, mortgage companies, and insurance companies. He serves clients in areas such as asset-based financing and commercial lending; secured transactions and creditors' rights; loan syndications and participations; loan restructurings and workouts; lender liability prevention and defense; debtor-in-possession financing; bankruptcy and reorganizations. 

Mr. Forman served as co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Department for 10 years and has been a member of the Firm’s Management and Distribution Committees. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys. Mr. Forman has also lectured on numerous commercial lending topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other organizations as well as for client groups. Mr. Forman received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: bfraney@mankogold.com

Bryan Franey is an associate at Manko Gold firm and has experience in counseling and representing clients on a range of environmental and energy matters. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and transactional matters, particularly in areas of air and water quality, redevelopment, sustainability, permitting, energy efficiency, and renewable energy development. He was listed as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for environmental law in 2013. Mr. Franey received his B.S. from James Madison University, cum laude, and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, cum laude, where he was the co-founder and president of Villanova’s Environmental and Energy Law Society.

Email: dgastoniv@comcast.net

Douglas Gaston is currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast Cable, where he directs a team of attorneys and legal professionals who provide day to day support covering a wide range of subjects, including commercial contracts, content acquisition, customer service, litigation, marketing and advertising, patent prosecution, and privacy. Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Gaston was an associate in the Business and Finance Department of Morgan Lewis where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, municipal finance, and other corporate transactions. He is a member of the Villanova University Law School’s Board of Consulters, and he serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. He received his B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from Temple University and his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.

Email: gary.glazer@courts.phila.gov

The Hon. Gary S. Glazer is presently a judge of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. He was first elected to the court in 1991, and his current term expires in 2021. He is the former administrative judge of the now-defunct Philadelphia Traffic Court and was appointed with the merger of the Traffic Court’s duties to the Municipal Court. Before joining the court, Judge Glazer was an Assistant United States Attorney where he was chief of the Fraud section. He also spent time working as an attorney in the Philadelphia and Chicago areas. He received his B.A. from the Ohio State University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Email: richard.goldberg2@usdoj.gov

Richard R. Goldberg practiced in the Real Estate Department and was concentrated in the areas of real estate development, financing, leasing, and acquisition. He served as lender’s counsel for the financing and refinancing of office buildings, apartment complexes, and shopping centers, including the largest mall in New Jersey. Adept at structuring complex financing, Professor Goldberg represented lenders in providing secured credit lines to real estate investment trusts with properties located in multiple states, and in mezzanine loans and complex preferred equity structures.

Email: AGoranin@duanemorris.com

Aleksander J. Goranin is a partner in the intellectual property litigation group at Duane Morris LLP, focusing on trade secret, patent, copyright, trademark, and technology cases. His matters involve software, life sciences, biotechnology, industrial chemistry, and medical devices. In addition to trial work, Mr. Goranin has represented clients at the appellate level before the Third Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and other courts of appeal. He earned his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. in Economics and Government & Politics in 1997 from the University of Maryland.  Before entering private practice, he served as clerk for the Honorable Edward R. Becker, then chief judge of the Third Circuit.

Email: chris.harvey@hbbllc.com

Christopher M. Harvey is the managing member in the law firm of Harvey Ballard & Bornstein, LLC, where he heads up the estate planning and tax practice areas. In addition, he is the Of Counsel to the law firm of Harvey, Casterline & Vallini, LLP located in Columbia, SC. Mr. Harvey focuses in the legal transactions surrounding estate and tax planning. He frequently lectures around the country on these topics for accountants and attorneys earning Continuing Professional and Legal Education credit. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware, cum laude, and received his J.D. and Master of Laws in Taxation from the Villanova University School of Law, magna cum laude. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Email: mhelman@philadefender.org

Matthew Helman is an Assistant Defender in the trial division at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  He has been in that position since 2012 and handles representation of adult and juvenile indigent clients in criminal matters both involving both misdemeanor and felony charges.  Mr. Helman earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from The George Washington University in 2006 and his Juris Doctor from Villanova Law School in 2010. He was admitted in Pennsylvania in 2011. In law school Mr. Helman was a member of Villanova's 2009 Regional Championship Trial Advocacy Team and has been a coach for the Trial Advocacy Team since 2011. He earned the 2010 Excellence in Litigation award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies for his trial advocacy work in law school.  

Email: MHomyk@BlankRome.com

Matthew Homyk concentrates his practice in intellectual property matters (e.g., trademark, copyright, patent, IP litigation) and related business issues confronting companies and individuals in many industries, including fashion, e-commerce, social networking, insurance, musical instruments, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Homyk interned for the General Counsel of The Barnes Foundation, an educational institution dedicated to appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.  Outside of his work at Blank Rome, Mr. Homyk is a member of the Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board and Secretary of the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Philadelphia.  He received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, and his J.D. from Villanova University Law School.

Email: rosalindtkaplan@yahoo.com

Rosalind T. Kaplan practices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey in areas of complex personal injury law, including medical malpractice, construction site accidents, premises liability and products liability. Before joining Jarve Kaplan, she was formerly a shareholder in the law firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow and Young. Ms. Kaplan is on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, where she has chaired the Education Committee. She received her B.A. from Brooklyn College, cum laude, her M.A. from the University of Maryland, and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. She also teaches at Temple Law School’s LLM in Trial Advocacy Programs and the Academy of Advocacy.

Email: akline@saul.com

Amy Kline is currently a partner at Saul Ewing LLP, representing reinsurers and cedents in litigation and arbitration. She specializes in the areas of commercial litigation, higher education, and insurance. In conjunction with the members of the firm’s Insurance Practice, Ms. Kline publishes the Reinsurance Redux, a monthly ‘redux’ on developments in the law of reinsurance and arbitration.

Through her involvement as a member of ARIAS-US (Arias Law Committee), Ms. Kline has spoken as a panelist and participated in mock arbitrations for Arbitrator Training Workshops. She received her B.A. from Boston Univeristy, cum laude, with distinction, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: SEKoffs@duanemorris.com

Steven E. Koffs is a partner at Duane Morris LLP where he concentrates his practice on intellectual property, with emphasis on patent prosecution, opinions (patent invalidity and non-infringement, right to use) trademarks, copyright and trade secret protection. Mr. Koffs has authored hundreds of patents and patent applications in various technical areas, and he has performed detailed analysis of patent validity, infringement and enforceability issues for litigations and has counseled clients and drafted opinions in litigation and pre-litigation scenarios. He is a board member of the Benjamin Franklin Inn of the American Inns of Court, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, his graduate degree from Drexel University, and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

Email: dale.larrimore@gmail.com

Dale Larrimore is senior partner of Larrimore & Farnish, LLP, focusing his practice areas on personal injury or disability claims, motor vehicle insurance laws, products liability, negligence, wrongful death litigation, and worker’s compensation and workplace injury. He was admitted to U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.

Mr. Larrimore has an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a rating by his peers at the highest level of professional excellence. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he sits as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Court of Common pleas of Philadelphia. He is actively involved with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and is a member of the Hamilton Circle of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Mr. Larrimore received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. He is also an adjunct professor at Temple University, and he is a regional vice president of BARBRI, helping over 75,000 applicants pass the Pennsylvania or New Jersey bar examinations.

Email: sherrylemonickllc@comcast.net

Sherry Lemonick is currently Manager at Sherry Lemonick, LLC and Of Counsel at Love and Long Law. She provides business as well as legal guidance in all areas of corporate law including mergers, acquisitions, shareholder and joint venture agreements, employment agreements, venture capital and private equity financings, commercial lending, healthcare transactions, divorces, and trusts and estate matters. She has experience in both the private practice of law as well as the in-house arena having worked at Klehr Harrison, Harrison, Pepper Hamilton, and Blank Rome.

Ms. Lemonick has also served as counsel to the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she was responsible for all legal aspects of primary care network.  She received her B.S. from Boston College in accounting and finance and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: jlesovitz@citrincooperman.com

Joseph Lesovitz is is a partner in the Valuation and Forensic Services Group at Citrin Cooperman. He has 15 years of experience and specializes in calculating damages in complex commercial litigation and in providing financial consulting and forensic accounting services to attorneys, public and private corporations, insurance companies, and governmental agencies. He has served as a damages expert witness in federal and state courts. He has provided consulting and dispute services for cases involving complex commercial damages, lost profits analysis, intellectual property infringements, business valuations, economic damage calculations, and fraud investigations. Professor Lesovitz earned a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University and an M.B.A. in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University.

Email: rlichtenstein@morganlewis.com

Robert J. Lichtenstein counsels publicly and privately held enterprises in human resources, executive compensation, and employee benefits issues.  Bob handles complex matters involving equity and incentive compensation; employment, retention and severance arrangements; Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) compliance; and qualified retirement, pension, and profit-sharing plans as well as employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs); and related federal tax matters.  He represents clients before the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and US Department of Labor (DOL), and in litigation involving benefits disputes.

Bob advises on benefits and executive compensation issues that arise during mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, and spinoffs—including private equity transactions.  To date, Bob and his Morgan Lewis colleagues have experience representing senior management teams in more than 60 transactions involving leveraged buyouts and other acquisitions by private equity funds ranging in size from $100 million to more than $25 billion.

Bob also advises on the design and/or amendment of benefit plans and programs, including retention and severance arrangements for senior management, and the design and administration of cash incentive, severance, and equity programs.  He works closely with boards of directors, compensation committees, and administrators to address benefit plan fiduciary issues, compliance procedures, succession planning, and general governance matters.  He helps clients develop strategies to attract and retain executives, while also representing executives and management groups in employment and private equity matters.

He is a member of the board of directors for Women Against Abuse, is active with the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal.  He is also a former director and chair of the governance committee of a now-sold New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) company, a former board member of a private manufacturing company, and the trustee (and controlling shareholder) of an investment management business.

Email: stephen.liedtka@villanova.edu

Professor Liedtka is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Villanova University.  He previously taught at DeSales University and Lehigh University.  Professor Liedtka received his B.S. and M.S. from University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Email: bryant.lim@viropharma.com

Mr. Lim is the Chief Compliance Officer at Incyte Corporation, a biotechnology company with an approved product for a rare type of cancer and several investigational compounds being evaluated for a variety of oncologic conditions. Prior to joining Incyte, he served as Associate General Counsel at ViroPharma Incorporated, which was acquired by Shire, Plc in 2014. At ViroPharma, he provided legal advice on global regulatory and compliance issues across a broad range of issues relating to regulatory challenges, clinical trials, promotion, patient privacy, global anti-corruption/anti-bribery and drug safety. Prior to joining ViroPharma, Mr. Lim was Assistant Counsel at Merck & Co., Inc. where he focused his practice on FDA and other regulatory matters relating to the promotion, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Merck, he was an attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia.

Brian McBeth serves as a coach for the Villanova Trial Team and is a 2015 graduate of Villanova Law.  He currently practices as an Associate for Kilcoyne & Nesbitt, LLC, a medical malpractice firm which exclusively represents healthcare providers in medical negligence actions.  While at Villanova, Brian competed on the Trial Team during his second and third years.  As a 3L, he competed in the following competitions:  ABA Labor Law Competition (Champion of the New York Regional and National Semifinalist), TYLA National Trial Competition (Semifinalist of the Philadelphia Regional), and Capitol City Challenge (Semifinalist).  He also volunteers as an attorney advisor for the Lower Merion High School mock trial team. 

Email: james.mccartney@villanova.edu

The Rev. Dr. James J. McCartney, OSA, is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department of Villanova University and Adjunct Professor in its School of Law. He was Director of Philosophy Doctoral Studies from 2009 until 2013 and Chair of the Department from 1996 until 2001. From 2005 until 2008 he was Special Assistant to the Provincial for Development, Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova.   He teaches courses in bioethics, clinical ethics, bioethics and the law, the philosophy of medicine, and the philosophy of law.  He serves on the editorial board of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum. He is a priest and a member of the Order of St. Augustine, a worldwide religious community in the Roman Catholic tradition. On weekends he celebrates Mass at St. George in Glenolden, PA.

He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1981 and also has graduate degrees in cell and molecular biology (M.S., The Catholic University of America) and theology (M.A., Augustinian College). He has co-edited three books: The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life, Prometheus Press, 2006; Health, Disease and Illness: Concepts of Medicine, Georgetown University Press, 2004, and Concepts of Health and Disease, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Addison-Wesley, 1981. He has authored numerous articles and a book, Unborn Persons: Pope John Paul II and the Abortion Debate, Peter Lang, 1987. Two important articles of his deal with stem cell research: "Recent Ethical Controversies About Stem Cell Research" in Stem Cell Research, pp. 87-119, edited by James M. Humber and Robert F. Almeder, Humana Press, 2004 and "Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Respect for Human Life: Philosophical and Legal Reflections," Albany Law Review 65:3 (2002):597-624.  He also contributed a chapter in The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics entitled “Hospital Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultants.”

Before coming to Villanova University he lived in Miami, FL, from 1980 until 1988 where he was the Director of the Bioethics Institute at St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach and served on several ethics committees of hospitals and nursing homes in South Florida. He was also an Associate Professor of Humanities at St. Thomas University as well as Professor of Jurisprudence at its School of Law. He was also Professor of Moral Theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. From 1980 until 1985 he was Academic Vice President at St. Thomas University. Before he came to Miami he was a faculty member at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and a research associate at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He was honored by Esquire Magazine in December 1987 for his support and advocacy for persons infected and affected by AIDS and HIV in Miami-Dade County.

Email: Christy_Martin@fd.org

Ms. Martin is a Staff Attorney at the Federal Community Defender Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She worked within the Appeals Unit from 2006 to 2013 then returning in 2014 to the present.  From 1997 to 2006 Ms. Martin worked in the Trial Unit.

From 2013 through 2014 Ms. Martin worked as the Assistant Public Defender within the Montgomery County Public Defender Office in Norristown. She also worked the Trial Unit from 2013 to 2014.

Ms. Martin received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1997.

Email: trish@mccauslandlaw.com

Before joining McCausland & McCausland, LLC, Patricia A. “Trish” McCausland was an associate with Dechert LLP from 1999 to 2007 and Pepper Hamilton LLP from 2007 to 2009. She lectures frequently on social media issues as they relate to employment law, as well as on other employment and litigation topics. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children.

Ms. McCausland received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.A. from Tulane University, then obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, magna cum laude, where she served first as a staff member then as the Symposium Editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Email: cmeehan@morganlewis.com

Coleen M. Meehan is a partner and trial lawyer in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice, resident in the Philadelphia office. Ms. Meehan’s practice encompasses a variety of commercial and civil litigation, with particular emphasis on handling complex commercial litigation and business tort matters. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Meehan counsels clients in intellectual property matters, including false advertising, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, and unfair competition. Ms. Meehan runs the Philadelphia office’s pro bono program with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, and she also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children. She received her B.S. from Villanova University and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: Maranna_Meehan@fd.org

Maranna Meehan was licensed to practice law in 1989 in the state of Pennsylvania.  Professor Meehan is a part of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and the Federal Court Division Defender Association.

Email: mmomjian@momjiananderer.com

A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Momjian is co-founder of Momjian Anderer, LLC, a family law practice based in Philadelphia. His statewide practice encompasses all aspects of family law litigation and appellate advocacy. Listed in The Best Lawyers of America and Who's Who in American Law, Mr. Momjian is co-author (with his father, Albert Momjian) of Pennsylvania Family Law Annotated, published by Thomson/Reuters and currently in its tenth edition. He writes and lectures frequently about trends in domestic relations, with a special emphasis on biotechnology's impact on family law. A member of the Board of Editors of The Matrimonial Strategist since 1994, Mr. Momjian has published numerous articles on specialized aspects of family law, some of which have appeared in The National Law Journal, The American Journal of Family Law and Divorce Litigation. His articles on family law have been cited in numerous law reviews and journals, including The Yale Law Journal, The Virginia Journal of Social Policy, Law & Psychology Review, and Law and Inequality. Mr. Momjian is the recipient of many awards and honors for public service. Regularly listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, he has appeared as a guest on Larry King Live and The Today Show. An Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Mr. Momjian has lectured on family law and professional ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Villanova, and Widener Law Schools, as well as HIV-AIDS and the law at Rutgers-Camden Law School. In a landmark 2006 case, he successfully defended the constitutionality of the Grandparent Visitation Act before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Email: michelle.morgan2@usdoj.gov

Michelle L. Morgan is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she prosecutes primarily sex crimes involving minor and adult victims, including human trafficking, as well as public corruption offenses. Prior to that position, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. Ms. Morgan joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2002 as a Trial Attorney in the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington D.C.  She has lectured extensively to law enforcement in former Soviet countries regarding child exploitation and human trafficking matters. Ms. Morgan previously litigated patent infringement cases at Skadden, Arps, and served as a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a social worker for abused children in Philadelphia.   Ms. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian from Oberlin College in 1990, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Villanova University School of Law in 1997. She also completed the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

Email:  tnelson@reedsmith.com

Travis P. Nelson is a member of the Financial Institutions Group at Reed Smith, LLP, where focuses his practice on serving financial institutions, and other companies, and their directors and officers, in regulatory compliance (including consumer and non-consumer regulation), bank and bank holding company corporate governance issues, bank mergers and acquisitions, federal and state enforcement actions, internal investigations, and defense of financial services class action litigation. In addition, Mr. Nelson is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions Group.  Mr. Nelson is formerly with the Enforcement Division of the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department that regulates federally-chartered banks. He is a frequent writer and speaker on bank regulation, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Reed Smith Financial Services Regulatory Blog, editor-in-chief of the ABA’s Banking Law Committee Journal, and vice-chair of the Banking Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Mr. Nelson received his B.S. in Economics from Villanova University’s School of Business, and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America.

Email: nicolson@nicolsonassoc.com

Cheryl Nicolson is founder and manager of the firm Nicolson Law Group, where she focuses her practice on the representation of product manufacturers, retailers and companies involved in commercial transportation. In addition, she represents schools in all matters of school life and governance. Ms. Nicolson has been practicing law since 1989 and has represented clients in federal and state courts, courts of appeal and ADR proceedings. She is AV Rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. She has also lectured internationally on NFPA 921 and its impact on arson investigations and product liability litigation. She is a member of the NAMWOLF (National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms), the WBENC (National Women's Business Enterprise Certification), Defense Research Institute, National Association of Independent Schools, and the United States Figure Skating Association. She received her B.A. from Villanova University and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Email: wnormanpa@yahoo.com

Wendy Norman is Of Counsel in the Geyer Gorey Philadelphia office. She represents clients in antitrust and white collar criminal defense matters, government investigations, corporate compliance, internal investigations, and whistleblower litigation. Ms. Norman spent the majority of her career in white collar investigations and prosecutions, working for more than a decade as an investigative agent with the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation and then more than twenty years as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division in the United States Department of Justice. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice/Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.



Email: momara@stradley.com

Mike O’Mara is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on corporate disputes, business torts, securities fraud and other complex commercial matters. He chairs Stradley Ronon’s 65-attorney litigation department and also serves on the firm's board of directors. He has experience practice in commercial litigation, including merger and acquisition disputes; shareholder, partnership and derivative claims; class actions; ERISA claims; insurance; and commercial real estate disputes. He also serves as counsel to a number of nonprofit organizations, including religious, educational and health care organizations. Mr. O’Mara has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as one of Pennsylvania’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track”, and he was named by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a recognized practitioner on the 2014 Litigation: General Commercial list. He received his B.S. from James Madison University, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, cum laude.


Email: steven.patton@phila.gov

Steven Patton is an Assistant District Attorney in the trial division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.  He prosecutes a range of misdemeanor and felony cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas.  He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and Psychology from La Salle University and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.  In law school, he competed on both the Moot Court Board and National Trial Team, where he was a two-time national finalist in the American Bar Association Labor Law Trial Competition.  He is the recipient of the 2015 International Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Advocacy Award and the 2015 James Manderio Award for Trial Advocacy from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers’ Association.

Email: soneal@saul.com

Shanna L. Peterson is special counsel in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department with trial experience in federal and state courts. Shanna is also litigation counsel to an international electronic media retailer, for whom she prosecutes and defends breach of contract, fraud and commercial litigation claims. She has achieved favorable outcomes for clients by way of trial judgments, arbitration awards and negotiated settlements.

Shanna also represents clients facing large-scale investigations, including responding to governmental investigations. As a member of Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice Group, Shanna has played a key role in Saul Ewing’s representation of a major public university in responding to a Title IX compliance review by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Shanna has also represented this university in investigating and responding to preliminary findings made by the U.S. Department of Education as to the university’s alleged violations of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Her work for colleges and universities includes defending and advising them on critical issues of compliance, policy and liability, particularly those associated with Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, and student conduct matters.

Shanna has represented clients in commercial disputes for breach of contract, business torts, and fraud. She served as counsel in the defense of a Fortune 500 company and two former corporate officers in a six-month bench trial in New Jersey state court involving fraud and breach of contract claims, arising from a joint venture’s formation, operation and dissolution. She was actively involved in the representation of former corporate directors in a shareholder derivative lawsuit. Shanna was part of a team that served as counsel to the Independent Examiner in an SEC investigation into a Fortune 500 company’s accounting practices. Shanna has worked extensively in a multi-million dollar bankruptcy litigation matter and serves as counsel on litigation arising in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.

In addition to her state bar admissions, Shanna is admitted to practice before the U.S. Districts Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Shanna received her B.A. from the Catholic University of America and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law where she was also Editor-in-Chief of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

Email: sleepwake@comcast.net

Dr. Mark Pressman has been a Clinical Professor at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College for over 24 years. He is a licensed psychologist and a board certified expert in sleep and sleep disorders. Previously, he was the Directory of Sleep Medicine Services at Lankenau Hospital (1990-2013) and a Research Director at Sleep Disorders Center, Department of Neurology, The Medical College of Pennsylvania (1986-1989). Dr. Pressman is also a consultant and researcher on matters of scientific evidence that involve any aspect of consciousness, behavior or cognition including the effects of drugs and alcohol. He specializes is what is known as Forensic Sleep Medicine, for which he reviews cases, assists police forces and testifies in criminal cases for both the prosecution and defense. He has testified over the last 15 years in numerous states in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Canada. He received his B.S. in Psychology from George Washington University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.

Email: Sheldon.Rennie@state.de.us

Prior to being appointed as a judge for the Court of Common Pleas in New Castle County, Delaware in June of 2013, Judge Sheldon Rennie was a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP since 2001. He also worked as an associate for Pricket Jones & Elliot, PA. He is practiced in areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, civil litigation, and arbitration. Judge Rennie received his B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Long Island University and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: BMResnick@gmail.com

Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is an entertainment attorney practicing in Philadelphia, PA, USA.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for thirty years.  He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale/Hubbell; he has been named a “Pennsylvania Superlawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine/Law & Politics Magazine for 12 consecutive years; and he has been named one of Main Line Today's Top Lawyers for 2014 and 2015.  His law firm, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., has earned over 100 gold, platinum, multi-platinum, Billboard #1, MTV, Eurovision and/or BDS Certified Spin awards for deals negotiated and drafted on behalf of the firm’s clients, representing sales of over 130,000,000 records.

His firm’s clientele ranges across many styles and genres of talent, encompassing recording artists, songwriters, record producers, agents, managers, filmmakers, financiers, internet website designers and operators, professional athletes, etc.  Clients of the firm vary from “baby bands” and neophyte filmmakers to gold and platinum-selling recording artists, producers and songwriters, Grammy award winners, members of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, record labels, international entertainment businesses, and publicly-traded companies.  The firm regularly places client music in television programs, movies, and video games.

Email: Chambers_of_Judge_Eduardo_C_Robreno@paed@uscourts.gov

Eduardo C. Robreno was appointed to federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1992, and he assumed senior status on September 1, 2013. Judge Robreno was the first Cuban-American to become a federal judge in the United States. He served with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Philadelphia from 1978 to 1981. He then worked as a private practice attorney from 1981 to 1992 and served as a part-time Lecturer at Rutgers Law School from 1992 to 1996. He received his B.A. from Westfield State College, his master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.

Email: lrosengard@stradley.com

Lee Rosengard has been a commercial litigator for 35 years and is a current partner at Stradley Ronon. He serves as the firm’s general counsel, is chair of the ADR Practice Group and is former chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He is a member of the CPR Institute Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel and Large Complex Case Panel, and also serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Program. Mr. Rosengard chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in 2006 and he is still an active member. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2005, and he was also recognized as a preeminent AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is also a lecturer now.

Email:  lisa.sabatino@law.villanova.edu

Lisa Sabatino is an experienced attorney, knowledgeable in legal research and legal writing as well as civil and commercial litigation, westlaw, and arbitration. Previously, she was an attorney at Ahmad & Zaffarese, LLC from 2011-2012 and Of Counsel at Rawle & Henderson from 2008-2011. Prior to this, she was an associate at Pelino & Lentz from 2000-2008. Ms. Sabatino also worked as a Law Clerk in both the U.S. District Court and Chester County Court of Common Pleas. She received her B.A. in English and Business Administration from Penn State University and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.


Email:  chambers_of_judge_sanchez@paed.uscourts.gov

The Honorable Judge Juan Sanchez currently sits on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, nominated in 2003 by George W. Bush and confirmed in June 2004. Previously, he served as judge for the Court of Common Pleas, Chester County, Pennsylvania from 1998-2004. From 1983-1997, Judge Sanchez worked as an attorney for the County of Chester Public Defender’s Office and in private practice. He received his B.A. from City College of the City University of New York and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Email: david.santee@gmail.com

David Santee is currently a Trial Lawyer at The Law Offices of David S. Santee, where he focuses his practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury litigation. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Santee was an associate at Rawle & Henderson for three years and an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia for four years previous to that.

Mr. Santee also served seven years as the Director of Trial Advocacy Programs and Externships at Villanova University School of Law. He has written and spoken on various topics in civil and criminal litigation, with special interest in Evidence Law. In addition, he serves as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, where he teaches other lawyers how to try cases. He received his B.A in Sociology from Villanova University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Email: wcjseelig@gmail.com

Judge Todd B. Seelig has served as a Workers Compensation Judge for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia District since 1996. He is the current co-editor of the treatise, Barbieri, Pennsylvania Workers Compensation, and he currently serves on the editorial board of The Brief for TIPS. Judge Seelig has been active in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and American Bar Associations and has served in leadership positions for all. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Judges Professional Association from 2003-2007, and he is a former co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section. Judge Seelig is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker for CLE and bar association activities. He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.



Email: rseiger@constangy.com

Robert Seiger is a Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP. His practice surrounds the representation of employers in all aspects of immigration law and compliance. This includes representing employers in matters ranging from assisting employers with their visa and Permanent Resident needs for employees to developing a comprehensive immigration law compliance strategy. Additionally, Mr. Seiger has significant work experience assisting clients in the sports industry. He serves as an immigration counsel to several NHL franchises and additionally represents clients in professional football, baseball soccer and golf. He is a current member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he is editor of publications, and he was listed as a “Rising Star” by Law and Politics Magazine 2005-2007. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: judy.smith@usdoj.gov

Professor Smith has been an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania specializing in complex health care, tax, securities, consumer and financial frauds, corruption, terrorism, narcotics, and other federal crimes since 1980.  She has previously served as an adjunct professor at Drexel University School of Law and Rutgers University School of Law—Camden teaching advanced criminal procedure, criminal litigation, and Health Care Fraud and Abuse courses.  She has received numerous Department of Justice awards including the Director’s award and awards for her public service.   

Email: sspencer@morganlewis.com

Steven D. Spencer is the leader of Morgan Lewis's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and the leader of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Interdisciplinary Practice Group. His practice focuses on collectively bargained employee benefits plans. Mr. Spencer is a frequent speaker for the ABA and International Foundation of Employee Benefits. He was the former Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Employee Benefits of the Labor and Employment Law Section, and he has been listed Best Lawyers in America 2007-2014. He was also chosen as the winner of the Chambers USA “Awards for Excellence” for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2014). He received his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D from Columbia University Law School.

Email: Tomika.Stevens.Patterson@usdoj.gov

Tomika Stevens has been serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2008. Prior to that, she was an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius from 2006 to 2008. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: ssugarman@suglaw.com

Practice Areas: Community Association Law; Condominium Law; Real Estate; Commercial Litigation; Construction Litigation; Zoning and Land Use; Collection Law.

Mr. Sugarman is the founding principal of the law firm of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, with offices located in Berwyn, Philadelphia, Lancaster and Allentown, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  He concentrates his practice in the field of community association law, real estate and construction litigation.  Mr. Sugarman is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers and a past president of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley Chapter.  He is also a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and the American and Pennsylvania Association for Justice.  Mr. Sugarman has been awarded Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent peer review rating and has been featured as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" in Philadelphia magazine every year since 2007. A former and current chairman of CAI's Legislative Action Committee in Pennsylvania, Mr. Sugarman continues to participate actively in the review and drafting of amendments to Pennsylvania's legislation governing common interest communities, and his writings include the article, “Setting the Standard of Care in Premises Liability Cases,” published in CAI's Journal of Community Association Law.  Mr. Sugarman is an adjunct faculty member at Villanova Law School where he developed and teaches the course, “Condominium and Homeowner Association Law,” and serves as an expert witness on community association matters brought before Pennsylvania’s Courts and General Assembly.  A frequent lecturer at the local and national levels on real estate and community association matters, Mr. Sugarman has presented numerous programs for CAI, National Business Institute, National Constitution Center and Pennsylvania Bar Institute, including programs entitled “Assessing the Law of Assessments in Condominium and Homeowner Associations;” “From the Developer to the Association: Tackling the Transition in the Community Association;” “How the Uniform Planned Community Act Really Works;” “Dealing with Developers' Liabilities in Condominium and Homeowner Associations;” “New Issues in Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Conflicts and the Courts;” “Condos & HOAs from A to Z: Understanding the Basics;” “Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Lessons on Liabilities, Liens and Litigation;” and “Community Associations in the Courts: The Latest Judicial Decisions & Emerging Trends.”  Mr. Sugarman earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law.

Email: mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com

Michael G. Trachtman graduated with honors from both Dickinson College, in 1971, and the Villanova University School of Law. He served on the Villanova Law Review, in which he was published. Mr. Trachtman's practice focuses on business litigation, employment law, and counseling business clients on the avoidance of claims and liabilities. He has been appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County to serve as a Discovery Master in civil litigation, hearing and deciding courtroom arguments pertaining to discovery disputes. He is the author of What Every Executive Better Know About the Law, The Supremes' Greatest Hits: The 37 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life, and The Four Mistakes: Avoiding the Legal Landmines that Lead to Business Disaster. Mr. Trachtman is also the author of numerous articles published by business and professional organizations, and is a frequent lecturer to business and professional groups throughout the country on topics pertaining to the intersections between law and business.

Email: cvallen@citrincooperman.com

Colleen is a partner in the firm’s Valuation and Forensic Services practice and is based in the Philadelphia office. As an expert in the field of forensic and investigative accounting, Colleen has focused her attention on forensic and fraud investigations, the preparation of financial damage analysis and litigation support. Colleen is highly experienced in the analysis, investigation and review of financial documents. Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. Her education has been supplemented by various continuing education courses with an emphasis on fraud investigation, forensic accounting, financial analysis and business interruption. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

Email: svancelaw@comcast.net

Sheilah D. Vance, Esq.,  President and CEO of Vance Education Law Solutions, and Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President at Cheyney University, has an extensive background in education law at the K-12 and higher education level.  While maintaining a private law practice, Vance served as President and General Counsel of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity, a research, education and training organization that focuses on K-12 public school finance issues, located in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA.  Vance has published and presented extensively in the areas of public and legal education.  She has also worked as Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Project Manager for the American Cities Foundation Best Practices in Urban Education Project, Hearing Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Editor of Higher Education Publications for the National Education Association.  Vance has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Communications from Howard University.  Vance was employed at Villanova University School of Law (VLS) from 1998 – 2006, as a Visiting Legal Writing Instructor for two years before becoming Director and then Assistant Dean for Academic Support.   She has taught the Education Law Seminar at VLS since 2000.  In 2006, Vance received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, the local affiliate of the National Bar Association, for “exemplary service to the community through the practice of law” and “impressive personal accomplishments as an African American attorney.”  She is a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Board of Directors of Teach for America, Greater Philadelphia Region.

Email: sherry.vetterlein@law.villanova.edu

Sherry Kajdan Vetterlein is a business attorney and principal of GCC Services, LLC, a consulting firm providing outsourced general counsel services and general counsel to Burch Materials and Supplies Company in Malvern PA.  Sherry is also an Adjunct Professor at the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship at Villanova Law School.

Sherry was Assistant Corporate Counsel at Orthovita, Inc., in Malvern PA, a start-up purchased by Stryker Corporation, where she continued on as corporate counsel until December 2014, supporting its Research and Development, Clinical Trails, Technology, and Acquisition Groups.  Sherry also authored and led training sessions on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Off-Label Promotion, and Anti-Kickback Law training for U.S. and European distributors and sales representatives.

Before joining Stryker, Sherry was a Shareholder in the Business Department at Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney in Philadelphia, PA where her legal practice focused on sophisticated commercial transactions including, mergers and acquisitions, technology agreements, real estate, private equity, lending transaction, financial workouts and corporate reorganizations in the technology, healthcare and life sciences industries.

Sherry also served as Assistant General Counsel to SEI Investments, a public technology company, and has expertise in intellectual property and licensing.  Sherry’s diverse legal expertise coupled with value add business acumen has resulted in a broad spectrum of clients including, technology, industrial materials, medical device and healthcare companies, software development companies, manufacturing companies, commercial lenders and entrepreneurial businesses. 

Sherry is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and has successfully argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sherry received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Economics, with honors, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Email: MWeese@WilmingtonTrust.com

Marguerite joined Wilmington Trust in 2010 as a Senior Wealth Planner, where she focuses on developing customized wealth management strategies for prominent individuals, families and business owners throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  Previously, she was an associate in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ personal financial services group in their Philadelphia office.  Marguerite received her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law and a B.A. and B.S. from University of Maryland, College Park.

Email: ayanna_williams@fd.org

Ayanna Williams is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where she represents indigent prisoners on death row in their habeas corpus proceedings.  Ms. Williams earned her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Email: seth.williams@phila.gov

R. Seth Williams has served as the District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia since 2010, after an historic election in 2009 where he received more than 75% of the vote.  In, 2013, District Attorney Seth Williams was re-elected for his second term with 77% of the vote.  He is the first African-American District Attorney in both the city of Philadelphia and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Prior to becoming district attorney, Mr. Williams served as an Assistant District Attorney for 10 years.  In 2005, he was appointed Inspector General of the City of Philadelphia and served the city until 2008 when he left the office to join the law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.

The District Attorney is also an adjunct professor at Villanova and Temple law schools, a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army Reserve and sits on several Philadelphia-area boards.

Seth lives in West Philadelphia and of his many accomplishments, he is proudest of his daughters-Alyssia, Taylor, and Hope.

Email: andy.youman@klinespecter.com

Youman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He serves as a Board Member of the Public Interest Civil Litigation Fund, which provides funds for indigent litigants in civil cases pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Youman is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. In July 2010, he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Civil Procedural Rules Committee, which assists the high court in the preparation, revision and administration of the rules of civil procedure for the Common Pleas courts statewide.

Email: mzucker@weirpartners.com

Professor Zucker concentrates his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. He has litigated disputes involving high-level contract, corporate, real estate, banking, insurance, securities, distributorship, trade secret, bankruptcy, UCC and employment issues, as well as business torts, class actions, derivative litigation and “business divorces,” disputes among principals of closely-held entities. Professor Zucker has served as president, counselor and program chair of the law school’s American Inn of Court. Zucker was appointed by the chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association to the Investigative Division of the association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, on which he has served continuously since that time. Zucker serves as a neutral on the Commercial and Customer Account Panels of the American Arbitration Association and as an arbitrator and mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.