Faculty Profiles

Professor Michael Risch Teaching From Podium


Arthur J. Kania Dean John Y. Gotanda
Vice Dean Michael P. Moreland
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Christine G. Mooney
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

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

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: dbacine@barrack.com

As partner in Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, Mr. Bacineis an experienced civil litigator in both the federal and state courts, having tried jury and non-jury securities and other commercial cases, including cases involving disputes between securities brokerage firms and their customers. He has been appointed lead or co-lead counsel in various securities and consumer class actions. Mr. Bacine is an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law and an adjunct lecturer in law at Villanova University School of Law, teaching courses in class actions and complex litigation.

Mr. Bacine also sits as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, hearing disputes involving the securities industry. Mr. Bacine is qualified to sit as the chairman of FINRA arbitration panels, and has chaired numerous FINRA arbitration panels since 2000. He also serves on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Bacine received his B.S. from Temple University and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: jberner@bkwfamily.com

Joni Berner is the founding and managing partner of Berner Klaw & Watson LLP, which was named a top 100 women-owned business in 2013 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. A seasoned family law attorney and Super Lawyer, Joni concentrates her practice on collaborative law and mediation cases. She is a past chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section and remains active with various local, state and national bar associations to this day.

Joni is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Law Professionals and the Collaborative Law Affiliates of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Joni received her self-designed B.A. in political science and international affairs from Cedar Crest College, she completed the International Politics Program from American University, and then she received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

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: fbuck@rawle.com

Fred B. Buck has been a litigator and trial lawyer for over thirty years.  He has represented clients in high exposure cases in many diverse areas of the law including general negligence, product liability, professional liability, commercial motor vehicle, and construction site accidents. In 2011, Mr. Buck was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the most prestigious legal associations in America. The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

Mr. Buck was also elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2010. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University, cum laude, and J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Mr. Buck served a two year clerkship with the Honorable J. William Ditter Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following his graduation from law school.

Email: abyrd@shb.com

April Byrd practices in the firm’s Business Litigation & Corporate Services Division where 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. 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, and she currently serves as co-chair of the Minorities in the Profession Committee with the Philadelphia Bar Association and as a member of the Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, cum laude, and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, magna cum laude.

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: claussp@pepperlaw.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@yanesmccarty.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: james.dinnage@usa.dupont.com

Having practiced law for over 30 years both in England and the United States, James Dinnage is currently part of the Special Counsel and member of the Business Division at Eckert Seamans. His practice groups include mergers and acquisitions, corporate and financial transactions, business counseling, and international. Prior to joining the firm, he served as mergers and acquisitions counsel with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. He also served as General Counsel and Secretary with other affiliates including DuPont Performance Elastomers LLC and Invista Inc. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Cambridge and graduated from Institut d’etudes europeennes, Universite libre de Bruxelles with distinction in European law, politics and economics. He also works as an adjunct faculty member at Widener Law School teaching In-house Counsel Skills.

Email: jdonovan@rawle.com

John T. Donovan is currently a partner at Rawle and Henderson, concentrating his practice on premises liability, product liability, catastrophic injury, toxic tort and construction law matters. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has also been designated Liability Catastrophic Injury Counsel for a major international insurance carrier. Mr. Donovan is a member of The Philadelphia Lawyer’s Club and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and he has been elected one of Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He received his B.A. from Lafayette College, cum laude, and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh where he was elected class vice president.

Email: michael@drossnerlaw.com

Prior to opening Drossner Law, Michael Drossner worked for a premier white-collar litigation boutique in Philadelphia. He was responsible for representing clients during all stages of government investigations and proceedings as well as conducting trials in both federal and state court. Before entering private practice, he worked in the public sector as a staff attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Mr. Drossner tried hundreds of cases to verdict and represented thousands of other individuals charged with offenses ranging from forgery and credit card fraud to robbery and attempted murder. He received his B.A. from Penn State University Park campus, his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where he was honored with Villanova Law School’s Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and his Masters’ Degree in Trial Advocacy (LL.M.) from Temple University Law School.

Email: isabel.duffy@merck.com

Isabel Duffy is the current Managing Counsel at Merck & Co. Previously, she worked as Associate General Counsel for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. She received her B.A. from Bucknell University, her MFA in Film Production from University of Southern California, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: cforer@eckertseamans.com

Charles Forer has been practicing civil and commercial litigation for over 30 years, representing a variety of companies, organizations, and individuals, including pharmaceutical companies, drug wholesalers, surety companies, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, insurers, condominium unit owner associations, and synagogues.

As an arbitrator and mediator, Mr. Forer has resolved hundreds of business, personal injury, employment, commercial, real estate, construction, products liability, and franchise disputes. He also regularly counsels businesses, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and individuals on the effective use of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Forer was selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the practice area of Business Litigation, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Arbitration/Mediation. He was named Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year for 2015” in Philadelphia. The “Lawyer of the Year” distinction is reserved for only a single lawyer in each specialty area of the law in each community. He is a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, and he has taught for more than twenty years at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Forer received his A.B. from Vassar College, cum laude, and J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude.

Email: kevin.flannery@dechert.com

Kevin Flannery is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who represents clients in complex patent and trade secret cases across a wide spectrum of technology areas. He has extensive experience as lead trial counsel in patent cases involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronics, computer software, and consumer products. Mr. Flannery has been recognized as a preeminent intellectual property lawyer by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal, acknowledging leading international patent lawyers. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his B.S. in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and 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: douglas_gaston@comcast.com

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: jgoodchild@morganlewis.com

John C. Goodchild III is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Business and Corporate Litigation Practice. His practice focuses mainly on commercial contract and credit disputes, business tort litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and real estate litigation. Additionally, Mr. Goodchild is a member of the faculty of, and serves as one of two course coordinators for, the Morgan Lewis Trial Academy, an intensive week-long trial training program for the firm’s most senior associates. He was listed Chambers USA: America’s Leadings Lawyers for Business 2009 – 2014. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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: 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: jordan.lavine@flastergreenberg.com

Attorney at Flaster Greenberg, Jordan A. LaVine concentrates his practice on trademark, copyright and unfair competition, strategic counseling, litigation, licensing, and prosecution matters. He was recently named by the World Trademark Review as one of the top three attorneys in Pennsylvania for trademark prosecution, strategy, and counseling. Mr. LaVine handles matters involving trademarks, trade dress, product configuration, unfair competition, trade secrets, copyrights, false advertising and Internet related intellectual property issues. He represents a wide range of clients of all sizes, from large companies like The New York Times to individual start-up companies. He was selected to Best Lawyers in America in the field of trademarks and copyrights 2013-2014 and has been named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” for many years. Mr. LaVine received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

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: kslewis215@yahoo.com

The Honorable Kathryn Streeter Lewis was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission on June 28, 2013. Judge Lewis served for over 20 years as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She presided in all 3 Divisions of the First Judicial District, Family, Trial and Orphans Court. During her tenure in the Trial Division, she presided over jury and non-jury trials of criminal cases including major felonies and homicides, non-capital and capital. She has served as the Executive Director of Homemaker Service of the Metropolitan Area, Inc., and she has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including: The Haverford School, Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors, Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Alliance, etc. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: rlichtenstein@morganlewis.com

Robert J. Lichenstein is a partner in, and the former leader of, Morgan Lewis’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice. Mr. Lichenstein provides counseling on all facets of executive compensation and employee benefits, including equity and incentive compensation, employment retention and severance arrangements, qualified retirement, etc. He also provides benefits and executive compensation advice relating to transactional matters. Mr. Lichtenstein is a member of the board of Women Against Abuse, a former director of a now-sold NYSE company, the chair of its governance committee, a former board member of a private manufacturing company, and the trustee (and controlling shareholder) of an investment management business. He received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and his LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

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.

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: 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: rmcmonigle@postschell.com

Richard L. McMonigle, Jr. is a Principal in the Insurance Law Department of Post & Schell PC. He advises national clients on significant insurance coverage and claims compliance matters, and defends individual and class action cases involving complex coverage issues, alleged bad faith, policy holder fraud, and life, health and disability claims. He is the author of the only treatise on bad faith law in Pennsylvania, Insurance Bad Faith in Pennsylvania, now in its 14th edition. Prior, he was a former prosecutor in Philadelphia and Delaware County where he tried to verdict as lead counsel over 50 major jury and many non0jury matters in state and federal courts. He received his B.A. from Dickinson College and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, cum laude.

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: 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: 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: taokeefe@mercosurconsulting.net

Thomas Andrew O’Keefe is the President of San Francisco-based Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., a legal and economic consulting firm that assists companies with their strategic business planning for South America as well as advises Latin American firms exporting to the United States.  He is also the Chair of the Western Hemisphere Area Studies program at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., which trains U.S. diplomats and other U.S. government personnel before they are posted abroad.  

Mr. O’Keefe is a dual national of the United States and Chile.  He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and fluent in French and Portuguese.  He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University, and received his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.  Between his second and third years at VLS he worked for the Chilean Human Rights Commission in Santiago during the Pinochet dictatorship.  Following graduation, he worked for the legal departments of the Chilean Human Rights Commission and the Vicaría de la Solidaridad (the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Santiago).   He also worked as an associate for a number of years at the Wall Street law firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn and the Boston-based Gadsby & Hannah before returning to study at the University of Oxford, where he received an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies (History and Economics) in 1992.  He has taught courses on Western Hemisphere economic integration, the Political Economy of the Southern Cone countries of South America, and Energy and Climate Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and most recently at Stanford University.

Mr. O’Keefe is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on regional economic integration, globalization, energy security, climate change, and international human rights.  He is the former Managing Editor of Focus Americas, an analytical review of business and legal developments throughout the Western Hemisphere.  He is also the author of Latin American Trade Agreements as well as Latin American and Caribbean Trade Agreements: Keys to a Prosperous Community of the Americas.

During his career, Mr. O’Keefe has worked on USAID and World Bank funded projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In addition, he has been the recipient of Fulbright fellowships to teach international trade law and do research in Argentina and Peru.  Between 1993 and 1996 he was Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on International Human Rights and was active in the District of Columbia Bar’s Committee on Human Rights in the mid-2000’s.

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: pressmanm@mlhs.org

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: srennie@frof.com

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: 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: tcoletta@orblaw.com

Daniel Ryan is a partner at O’Brien & Ryan and focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial litigation, corporate law, health care law, medical device, mass tort and pharmaceutical litigation, nursing home and long-term care litigation, and professional liability. He has served as liaison counsel for plastic surgeons in the silicone breast implant litigation, and as lead counsel for neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons in the orthopedic bone screw litigations. Mr. Ryan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation extended to the top one percent of trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism and civility. He also currently serves as Vice President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was voted an “Awesome Attorney” by Suburban Life Magazine in 2012. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.     

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@msn.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: robert.seiger@ogletreedeakins.com

Robert Seiger is a Shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Ogletree Deakins. His practice focuses on the representation of employers in all aspects of immigration law and compliance. 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: ssnitman@blankrome.com

Shaun Snitman is an associate at Blank Rome LLP, where he focuses his practice in the area of business and corporate law, with a concentration on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. Mr. Snitman also advises clients with respect to their business operations, commercial transactions and general corporate matters. Prior to practicing in the U.S., Mr. Snitman worked at a leading Israeli law firm in Tel Aviv.  He is fluent in Hebrew. Mr. Snitman is actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono initiatives, representing numerous Holocaust survivors in connection with their applications to participate in the German Ghetto Work Payment Program. He also serves as a board member of Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia and is an active member of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter. He received his LL.B. from Bar Ilan University – The Faculty of Law.

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@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: jstoviak@saul.com

John Stoviak, partner at Saul Ewing LLP, handles high-stakes litigation for business, energy and environmental clients in courts throughout the United States, and he represents colleges and universities in delicate governance matters and issues. He is also the Environmental Civil Litigation chair for the firm. Mr. Stoviak was selected as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental law” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, and he was named to The Best Lawyers in America list in Environmental Litigation from 1993 to the present. He is the current chair of the Board of Trustees as the Haverford School, and he is a member of the ABA Section of Litigation. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Penn State The Dickinson School of Law, where he was the Projects Editor of the Dickinson Law Review.

Email: ssugarman@suglaw.com

Mr. Sugarman is the founding principal of the law firm of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates where 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 and has been featured as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" in Philadelphia magazine every year since 2007. A former 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. A frequent lecturer at the local and national levels on real estate and community association matters, Mr. Sugarman has presented numerous programs for CAI, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Business Institute, National Constitution Center and other leading educational institutions, and he regularly serves as an expert witness on community association matters brought before Pennsylvania’s Courts and Legislature. 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: jwolters@mnat.com

Jeff is a member of the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group, which specializes in providing advice on corporate transactions. Jeff’s work involves counseling on all Delaware law aspects of a transaction, and often involves advising boards of directors and board committees, including independent committees appointed to negotiate mergers or other significant transactions such as those in which directors or large stockholders may have a conflict of interest. Jeff also provides formal legal opinions on Delaware corporate law and related matters.

Email: swoods@phillyvip.org

Sara L. Woods, Esq. serves as the Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP. Before joining VIP Sara worked as a staff attorney at Women Against Abuse Legal Center and the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County. She received a B.A. with honors from the Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, and a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University. After graduating from Penn State, Sara worked as a counselor and advocate at Delaware County Women Against Rape. Sara is a proud member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she co-chairs the DLSC’s Pro Bono and Resource Committees. She is an active volunteer with Women's Way, where she previously served on the Board of Directors as the Board Secretary. She is also the Past President of the Lion's Paw Alumni Association Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Crime Victims Law Project.

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.