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Arthur J. Kania Dean Mark C. Alexander
Vice Dean Michael Risch
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Candace Centeno
Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development Teressa Ravenell
Associate Dean for Finance, Administration & Strategy Bo Connell
Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations Edward Stephen

Emeritus Professors

Donald Bersoff 
John Cannon
John Dobbyn
Abraham Gafni
John Hyson
Don Llewellyn
Howard R. Lurie
James Edward Maule
Michael Mulroney
John F. Murphy
J. Willard O'Brien
Leonard Packel
Anne Poulin
Frederick P. Rothman
Dveera Segal
Walter John Taggart

Legal Research Instructors

Adjunct Faculty


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.

Samuel J. Arena, Jr. is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, where he has concentrated his practice on insurance law, fidelity law, and surety law for over 36 years.  A leader in Stradley Ronon’s Insurance Practice Group, and the Chair of the firm’s Fidelity and Surety Practice Group, he represents insurance companies nationally in complex insurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and fidelity and surety matters.  Mr. Arena is a graduate of Ursinus College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude (1979) and Villanova University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude (1983).  At Villanova, Mr. Arena was an Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Arena is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel and has been actively involved in the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and Litigation Section throughout his legal career.  He has held a variety of leadership positions within TIPS, including serving as a member of Section Council (the Section’s governing body), Chair of the Book Publishing Editorial Board, Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee.  Mr. Arena also has served on the TIPS Financial Committee, TortSource Editorial Board, Long Range Planning Committee, Task Force on Strategic Alliances, Task Force on Insurance and Corporate Counsel Involvement, and Task Force on Corporate Governance Institute.  In 2019, he received the American Bar Association’s Martin J. Andrew Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law.

Mr. Arena has been a frequent speaker, panelist, author, and program chair on current insurance coverage law, fidelity law, and surety law topics.  As an Adjunct Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, he created and teaches Advanced Insurance Law: Coverage Disputes with Professor Chaim Saiman.

Caleb Arnold currently serves as Immigration Counsel for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Caleb brings almost two decades of experience as both a lawyer and non-lawyer and has worked as both a public defender and immigration attorney. In their current position, Caleb advocates for fairness and justice at the intersection of the criminal and immigration legal systems by advising the over 300 attorneys at the DA’s office on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and proposing just alternatives, as well as by serving as a liaison for immigrant victims, and by engaging in training and outreach. Caleb received their B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and their Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law.


Environmental Appeals Judge Aaron P. Avila

Judge Avila has substantial litigation and management experience in matters arising under federal pollution control and natural resource statutes. Prior to joining the Environmental Appeals Board, Judge Avila served first as a staff attorney and then as an Assistant Section Chief in the Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. During his tenure in the Appellate Section, Judge Avila litigated and supervised civil and criminal appellate matters involving major federal environmental and natural resource statutes before the courts of appeals and the Supreme Court on behalf of the United States and its agencies. Judge Avila presented oral argument in more than 30 appeals. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Judge Avila was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco, California and before that he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Judge Avila’s work has garnered him numerous awards and recognitions, including the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Excellence and EPA's Silver Medal for Superior Service Award.

Judge Avila earned his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree (Political Science and Civil Engineering) from Stanford University. He was admitted in 2000.


Daniel E. Bacine, partner in Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, is a graduate of Temple University (B.S. 1967) and of Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1971), where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  Mr. Bacine has been practicing in the area of securities class and derivative actions, and corporate litigation generally, for more than 45 years.  He was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1971, and is also a member of the bars of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Bacine is 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 lead or co-lead counsel in various class actions, including, inter alia, In re American Travelers Corp. Securities Litigation, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; In re IGI Securities Litigation, in the District of New Jersey; Kirschner v. CableTel Corp., in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Lewis v. Goldsmith, in the District of New Jersey; Rieff v. Evens (Allied Mutual Demutualization Litigation), in the District Court for Polk County, Iowa; Crandall v. Alderfer (Old Guard Demutualization Litigation), in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and In re Harleysville Mutual, in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.

Mr. Bacine served as senior plaintiff’s counsel in Becker v. BNY Mellon Trust Co., N.A., in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a class action case that resulted in several important decisions delineating the duties of indenture trustees to bondholders: 172 F. Supp. 3d 777 (E.D. Pa. 2016) (denying motion for summary judgment); 2016 WL 6397415 (E.D. Pa. October 28, 2016) (reconsideration denied); 2016 WL5816075 (E.D. Pa. October 5, 2016) (granting class certification). He was senior counsel at the trial of the Becker matter, which settled just before closing arguments.

Mr. Bacine is an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and an adjunct lecturer in law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, teaching courses in class actions and complex litigation.  He also sits as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, hearing disputes involving the securities industry, and has chaired numerous FINRA arbitration panels since 2000.


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.  Mr. Bailey received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, and his J.D. from Villanova University Law School.


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.


Ronald N. Brown, III is counsel 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.


John Benson Carle is a U.S. Immigration Judge for the U.S. Department of Justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch appointed Judge Carle to begin hearing cases in June 2016. Judge Carle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Juris Doctor in 1993 from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. From 2007 to May 2016, Judge Carle served as an assistant chief counsel for the Office of the Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security. From 2000 through 2007, Judge Carle served as an assistant district attorney for the City of Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. From 1995 through 2000, Judge Carle served as an assistant district attorney for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, in Buffalo, N.Y. From 1993 through 1995, Judge Carle served as an associate attorney for Magner, Love & Morris PC, in Buffalo, N.Y. In 2013, Judge Carle joined the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law where he serves as an adjunct professor. Judge Carle is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.


Brian Carroll is the 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. He has twice received the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Carroll served as an Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Carroll 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. He received his BA degree from New York University and J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School. In addition to holding the certified internal auditor designation, Mr. Carroll is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York (inactive). He is also licensed as a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania. Mr. Carroll has published dozens of legal articles, including “Judicial Approaches to Discerning Investment Advisers Status under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940,” 1 Austrian Law Journal 99 (2015); “Investment Advisers: The Bounds of Regulatory Authority and Private Causes of Action,” Vol. 10 No. 10 The Investment Lawyer 17 (October 2003) and “Witness Recantation – How Does It Affect a Judgement of Conviction?” 35 New York Law School Law Review 593 (1990) (co-author).

Mr. Carroll has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (The Law of Investment Management, SEC Enforcement and Securities Litigation and Enforcement), Delaware Law School, Widener University (Securities Regulation) and Rutgers University School of Law (Problems in Corporate Disclosure and Securities Fraud). In addition, he has appeared as a guest lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Graz, Graz, Austria, Temple University School of Law and University of Maryland School of Law.


Amy Gershenfeld Donella is a Senior Attorney with the Federal Capital Habeas Project. Following law school, Donnella worked as a litigator, teacher, in house attorney, and government attorney. She began representing death-sentenced clients as a volunteer in Georgia the early 1980’s.  She continued her capital defense work as a sole practitioner while raising her four children. In 2008, Donnella left private practice to serve as an assistant federal defender for the Federal Community Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Capital Habeas Unit. Donnella has continued representing death-sentenced prisoners in all stages of their post-conviction litigation in state and federal court, in end-stage litigation and clemency, and in resentencing, ever since. She has argued capital cases before the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals with some good results and some spectacular defeats.  In 1997, she co-authored "Racial Attitudes and the Death Penalty," Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 1997, 1468-1487, a subject on which she has continued to lecture. In 1999, she won sentencing relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Collier v. Turpin, 177 F.3d 1184 (11th Cir. 1999), and was recognized in 2001 by the Georgia criminal defense bar for her work helping to get the electric chair declared unconstitutional in Georgia. In April, 2015, she won a new trial for a client convicted on the basis of false DNA evidence. In 2017, she obtained a grant of clemency from President Obama for an intellectually-disabled death sentenced client. Donnella received her B.A. in 1976 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her J.D. in 1979 from the Harvard Law School.


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.


Nancy Frandsen has been practicing trademark law for over 33 years.  Nancy has guided clients not only through the core areas of trademark and copyright counseling and portfolio management, but also through the more complex areas of the practice, including enforcement before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Nancy's in-depth knowledge of her clients' businesses, from individual entrepreneurs to major corporations, has enabled her to support and advance their unique objectives and goals and has led Nancy to be ranked for over ten years by Chambers USA as a "Leading Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Law, where she has been described as a "tough experienced leader" (Chambers USA 2015).  She has also been recognized by World Trademark Review WTR1000 for many years, having been described as “smart, dedicated and passionate,” with “meticulous attention to detail….”  Nancy is co-author of What the General Practitioner Should Know About Trademarks and Copyrights (6th Ed), published by ALI-ABA. Nancy is also the course planner of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, a two-day seminar on the hottest topics in IP law, which she has planned and co-chaired since its inception in 2007.


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.


Laura Genovese practice focuses on providing trademark, copyright, trade dress, domain name, and internet advice, including prosecution and enforcement. She develops and oversees implementation of strategic plans for businesses. She also counsels and represents clients in litigation matters before the courts and inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has initiated and defended proceedings before domain name arbitration panels under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Ms. Genovese has been involved with the Philadelphia Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. since its formation in the early 1990's, rising to Chapter Chairman in 1999. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. from 2002 to 2005.  A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she received her MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 1989.


Gary S. Glazer was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November, 1991. He has served as a trial judge in the Criminal and Civil Divisions, hearing a wide variety of matters in both jury and non-jury settings. He has presided over capital and non-capital homicides, serious criminal offenses, medical/legal malpractice cases, class actions, administrative appeals, real estate cases, tax cases and general civil litigation. Judge Glazer is currently Supervising Judge in the Commerce Court in the Court of Common Pleas overseeing complex commercial litigation. In December, 2011, he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as the Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Traffic Court. He was placed in charge of a multiyear effort to reform a court which was beset by institutional corruption on a massive scale and which was ultimately reorganized into an efficient, modern and honest institution now known as the Traffic Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Prior to the bench, Judge Glazer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia for over ten years. He served as chief of the Fraud Section, where he supervised and prosecuted complex fraud and judicial corruption matters. Judge Glazer also engaged in the private practice of law in Philadelphia and Chicago.

In 2005, Judge Glazer was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to lecture(in French) at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature in Paris, France concerning the American judicial process and has also lectured in Russia, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and Belarus. He is an adjunct instructor in Trial Practice at Villanova University Law School.

Judge Glazer is a graduate of Ohio State University (cum laude and with distinction) (1972) where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University (1975).


Richard Goldberg is a Partner in the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith in the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, helping victims of cybercrime prepare for and respond to data breaches.  Prior to his move to the private sector, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for over 27 years in the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia.  During his time in that office, he served as Chief of Trials, supervising all criminal trials, and, in separate appointments,   Chief of the Economic Crime Section, the Narcotics Section, and the Major Crimes Section (violent crimes and terrorism).  During this time, as Crisis Management Coordinator, he served as chief law enforcement attorney for the Republican National Convention, the Papal visit, and the Democratic National Convention when they occurred in Philadelphia.

He also served for over twenty years as one of the Department of Justice’s specially trained Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section prosecutors.  He was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to the City University of Hong Kong and a Wasserstein Fellowship from Harvard Law School.  He has received two Director’s Awards from the Department of Justice, the Chief Postal Inspector’s Award, and several citations from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Director of the United States Secret Service, and other agencies.

He taught courses on Advanced White Collar Crime, Identity Theft, Trade Secrets, Advanced Evidence, National Security Event Preparation, Crisis Management, Protest Preparation and Response, and both Basic and Advanced Criminal Advocacy for the Department of Justice at the national prosecutor’s school in South Carolina and in various locations around the country.

Before joining the federal government, he worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Investigations Division, Chief of the Motions Unit, and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Trial and Law Divisions.  He is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center.


John C. Goodchild III's litigation practice focuses on restructuring and distressed situations. He represents fiduciaries, professionals, and trustees in actions relating to breach of duty, especially in matters concerning insolvency and with regard to defaults in securitizations. He represents sponsors and plans in connection with employee benefits matters relating to distressed situations. He counsels and represents financial institutions with regard to consumer-facing practices relating to default and collections. He represents secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy litigation. 

John is co-founder and lead coordinator of the Morgan Lewis Trial Academy, an intensive weeklong trial training program for the firm’s most senior associates. He serves as the Chair of the firm's Fiduciary Review Committee. As an adjunct faculty member of the Villanova University School of Law, he teaches a course on "Computer Applications in Litigation."


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.


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.


Diane Apa Hauser, Esquire is a Partner with the law firm of Paisner Litvin LLP, a Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania based firm which focuses exclusively on labor law, employment law, and employee benefit matters. Ms. Hauser’s practice includes a wide breadth of labor and employment law matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, EEO agency proceedings, FMLA, Title VII, ADA and wage and hour issues.

Ms. Hauser has served as chief negotiator in multiple collective bargaining negotiations. She has represented clients in both the public and private sector in numerous labor arbitrations, and has participated in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the EEOC, and various state agencies. She has counseled companies on compliance issues, including sexual harassment investigations, discipline and terminations, wage and hour issues and non-compete matters. Ms. Hauser regularly drafts employment agreements and policy manuals, and has conducted training sessions for management and hourly employees. She has served as a trustee on a several multi-employer pension and health Taft-Hartley Funds.

Before joining Paisner Litvin, Ms. Hauser was Director of Labor Relations and Employment Counsel for Acme Markets, Inc., a corporation with a retail and distribution workforce of more than 15,000 employees. Ms. Hauser also served as General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for, a start-up technology company. She also was an attorney in the labor and employment groups of the Philadelphia law firms of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling and Pepper Hamilton.

Ms. Hauser is a magna cum laude graduate of Villanova School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Villanova Law Review. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia. Ms. Hauser is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.


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.

Mr. Homyk was recognized on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2016, and has been listed in World Trademark Review 1000—The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals from 2017–2019 and IAM Strategy 300—The World’s Leading IP Strategists from 2017–2018. Mr. Homyk is also a member of the Law Firm Committee of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”).

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. He received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, and his J.D. from Villanova University Law School (cum laude).


Rosalind T. Kaplan is a plaintiff’s attorney and was formerly a shareholder in the firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow and Young, P.A. and later was a member of the firm of Jarve, Kaplan & Granato, LLC. She practices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in the areas of complex personal injury law, including medical malpractice, construction site accidents, premises liability and products liability.

Ms. Kaplan earned her B.A., cum laude, from Brooklyn College; her M.A. (English) degree from the University of Maryland and J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Temple Law Review.  From 1977 to 1978, she was law clerk to the Honorable J. Sydney Hoffman, Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Since 1993, Ms. Kaplan has been adjunct faculty at Villanova Law School where she teaches civil pretrial practice. She has also taught trial advocacy at Temple Law School and the Academy of Advocacy. She regularly teaches at Temple Law School’s LLM in Trial Advocacy Program and for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).  Ms. Kaplan  served for many years  on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association of Justice, where she chaired the Education and Amicus Curiae Committees and currently is on the Editorial Board of The Verdict. She teaches at various Continuing Legal Education programs, writes amicus curiae briefs, serves in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Pro Tem program. and is involved in several pro bono matters


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.



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.


Dale Larrimore is senior partner of Larrimore & Farnish, LLP, focusing his practice areas on personal injury or disability claims, motor vehicle insurance and premises liability claims, negligence, wrongful death litigation, 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 attorneys and judges at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. He is the author of Pennsylvania Rules of the Road, volume 13 of West’s Pennsylvania Practice Series and is a frequent lecturer in CLE programs on automobile law and civil practice and procedure. His other publications include Problems and Solutions Regarding Local Rules of Civil Procedure in the Courts of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania [26 Widener L.J. 25 (2017)]. He was an adjunct professor at Temple Law School from 1998 to 2014 where he taught Pennsylvania Civil Procedure. He has been teaching the same topic at Villanova Law School since 2010.

Mr. Larrimore serves on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and received the George Douglas Amicus Curiae Award in 2003 and the For Justice Service Award in 2015 from that organization of trial attorneys. He also serves on the Editorial Board of The Verdict, a publication of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. 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. From 1976 until 2015 he was the Pennsylvania director and regional vice president of BARBRI, helping over 75,000 applicants pass the Pennsylvania or New Jersey bar examinations. He is an active member of the Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court and is currently serving as President of the Inn.

Rachel Lee practiced criminal law in the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society in Manhattan and the Bronx. Prior to that, she was at a small boutique firm that specializes in white collar criminal crime in Manhattan. She currently practices intellectual property law in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.



Sherry Lemonick is currently Manager at Sherry Lemonick, LLC. 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.



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.


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.


Mr. Lim is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDRA), a biotechnology company focused on rare diseases including those in oncology, a position he has held since 2018.    

Prior to joining Idera, he served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel – U.S. at Incyte Corporation, a biotechnology company with approved products for a rare type of cancer and several investigational compounds being evaluated for a variety of oncologic conditions.  In this role, he had responsibilities for overseeing the company’s U.S. legal function, and matters relating to U.S. public policy.  He also served as the Company’s Global Chief Compliance Officer, where he had global responsibility overseeing the company’s compliance department and quality assurance.  Prior to joining Incyte, he served as Associate General Counsel at ViroPharma Incorporated, which was acquired by Shire, plc in 2014.  While at ViroPharma, he provided legal advice on global regulatory and compliance issues across a broad range of issues relating to regulatory, clinical trials, product 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.  Mr. Lim began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lim is a 1996 graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Villanova Law Review.  Mr. Lim graduated from the University of Rochester in 1992 with a B.A. in history.  Mr. Lim currently serves on the Board of Directors at Life Sciences of Pennsylvania. 


Ms. Martin is an Assistant Federal Defender 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.


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. 




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.




Msgr. Mesure is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He received his J.C.D. from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law.


Msgr, Mesure is currently the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Coordinator of Archdiocesan Planning Initiatives, and Pastor, Saint Matthias Church, Bala Cynwyd.  He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

His past experience with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia includes assignments as pastor of parishes in Philadelphia, Bensalem, and Conshohocken; various assignments within the Office for Clergy; and work in the Office for Child and Youth Protection.


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 America, Mr. Momjian is co-author (with his late father, Albert Momjian) of Pennsylvania Family Law Annotated, published by Thomson/Reuters and currently in its twelfth edition. He writes and lectures frequently about trends in domestic relations, with a special emphasis on biotechnology's impact on family law. 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, American Law Reports, 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 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.  Mr. Momjian is a current member of the Domestic Relations Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth’s Joint State Government Commission.


Travis P. Nelson is a partner in the Philadelphia Office of Holland & Knight, 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.


Vince Nicastro is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Big East Conference. He previously served as the Associate Director of the Moorad Center, lending his knowledge of athletics and experience at Villanova to the education and improvement of the Center.  Nicastro also served as Director of Athletics at Villanova from 2000 to 2015.

As the Director of Athletics, Nicastro was responsible for leading a Villanova Athletics Department that demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence both in competition and in the classroom.  Villanova won 30 conference championships during his tenure, including 15 Big East titles alone in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.  At the national level the Wildcats won national championships in women’s cross country (2009, 2010) and football (2009) while also crowning 10 individual national champions.

Achievement in the classroom also remained a priority under Nicastro’s leadership. During his time as AD, Villanova student-athletes consistently earned composite GPAs above 3.1, while earning national recognition for graduation and NCAA academic progress rates.  During the 2013-14 academic year Jessica Wamala from women’s basketball became the third student-athlete in Villanova history to be named a Rhodes Scholar.

Nicastro was also active both inside and outside the University, serving on many key committees. He was a member of the Villanova University President’s Cabinet and the University’s Administrative Budget Committee.  Nicastro was also a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance and currently serves on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He has served as the chair of the Big East Conference Finance Committee, the Big East Conference Athletic Directors Executive Committee and the Big East Conference Championships and Competition Committee.

A 1987 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting,  Nicastro earned his MBA from St. Joseph’s University in 1994. Nicastro and his wife Liz reside in Drexel Hill, Pa., with their twin sons, Jake and Casey.


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

Ms. DeFusco has served 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 Co-founder and President of the Board of Directors 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, 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 and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Ms. DeFusco teaches trial advocacy at both Temple University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.  She teaches nationally and locally for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). 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, and the Gideon Award in recognition of dedication to the principles of equal access to the criminal court system, and efforts to improve the quality of indigent defense.

John J. O'Malley is a shareholder at Volpe and Koenig, P.C. and chairs its Trademark/Copyright Practice Group. He focuses his practice on advising clients on strategies for building brands and developing and protecting U.S. and international trademark portfolios.  He also counsels clients on a wide range of IP matters, including IP litigation, privacy and data security, IP due diligence for banks, investment companies, venture capital and private equity investors; negotiating intellectual property agreements, and counseling start-up and emerging companies in cost effective strategies to protect key IP assets. Mr. O’Malley received his B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from The George Washington University and he received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.  


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.



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.


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.


James J. Rodgers is a Partner at Dilworth Paxson LLP in Philadelphia and Chair of the Firm’s Antitrust Practice Group. He litigates complex commercial cases, including trial and appeals in such areas as antitrust, intellectual property, insurance coverage, and securities, including class actions and bankruptcy matters. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, private companies, public entities, and individuals in a wide range of disputes including merger litigation. He has advised on antitrust aspects of M&A transactions and pre-merger notification filings. Mr. Rodgers has tried cases throughout the United States in federal and state courts. He is a former chair of the Antitrust Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Rodgers is also former chair of his law firm’s ethic committee.

Mr. Rodgers received his BA in Political Science from Fordham University in 1972 and his JD cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1975.

Mr. Rodgers is extensively involved in alumni activities for his undergraduate alma mater, rsity. He has acted as President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Fordham Alumni, and he served as a Vice President of the Fordham College Alumni Association. Mr. Rodgers is a founding member of the Executive Board of the Fordham Rowing Association, the alumni support group for men’s and women’s rowing programs at Fordham. Mr. Rodgers previously served as President of the Board of the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation, dedicated to helping young people, primarily students in the Philadelphia School District, to realize their potential by providing books, computers and other services and programs to enrich their educational experience. He is a member of Crescent Boat Club, and represents the club as a delegate to the Board of the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia.


Lee Rosengard spent his 41-year legal career at Philadelphia-based Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, retiring as a litigation partner in December 2017.  He has decades of experience trying and settling cases, both as a litigator and as an ADR provider.  He was an early proponent of ADR, and in the mid-1990’s established Stradley’s groundbreaking Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, which he chaired.  He was formerly chair of Stradley’s Litigation Department and was the firm’s General Counsel for more than 20 years.  He is a member of the CPR Institute Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel.  He chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in 2006.

In 2018, Mr. Rosengard founded Rosengard ADR,, where he provides Alternative Dispute Resolution services as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator.

Mr. Rosengard received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his J.D. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is also a lecturer, teaching Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods in the Master-in-Law program.

Mr. Rosengard was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® consecutively from 2004 to his Stradley retirement.  For over 20, years he was Museum Counsel for Please Touch Museum®, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia.  He is a former Trustee of Congregation Rodeph Shalom and for 21 years was a faculty member in its Religious School.  He is an Eagle Scout.

Zalman Rothschild holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he was Julis-Rabinowitz Fellow, an MA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University, and a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies and Religion from New York University. He has been a Tikvah Scholar at the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law, a Fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a Faculty Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, a Nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center of Stanford Law School, and a Fellow at the Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. His scholarship has appeared in various publications, including Columbia Law Review. He has worked at a major law firm in New York City and is currently clerking on the Third Circuit. 


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.



Judge Sánchez became Chief Judge of the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on August 1, 2018. He has served as a federal judge for over fourteen years and follows the Honorable Lawrence F. Stengel as the 15th Chief Judge of this district. He is the first Hispanic to lead the Court in its 229-year history. After a career with Legal Aid and the Public Defender’s Office of Chester County, Judge Sánchez was elected to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas in 1997. He served as a Judge there until President George W. Bush nominated him to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Sánchez was inducted to the federal bench on July 9, 2004. Judge Sánchez graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York City. He received his B.A., cum laude, from City College of the City University of New York and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Benjamin R. Jones Award for his commitment to humanity and the law.


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.


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.




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.


LEE S. SPORN is Of Counsel with the NYC law firm Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP in its Intellectual Property Law practice, where he focuses on clients in the luxury goods, fashion and retail industries. He is an internationally renowned intellectual property and corporate lawyer and a leader in the fashion and retail law industry.  Mr. Sporn has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, having recently retired as Senior Vice President - Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, where he was at various times responsible for its legal, human resources, store design, construction and facilities departments.  Prior to joining Kors in 2003, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Kasper A.S.L., Ltd., then owner of the Anne Klein and Kasper brands, and prior to that Lee was at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation for 11 years, where he served as Vice President, Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel, responsible for worldwide intellectual property enforcement, licensing and a wide variety of commercial and compliance matters.  He was instrumental in the creation and direction of the FAME Center (Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment) at Cardozo Law School, where he was a Professor from Practice.  Mr. Sporn is a contributor to Fashion Law, A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives & Attorneys (Fairchild Books, 2014), and was the co-editor of the seminal treatise Trademark Counterfeiting (Aspen Law & Business, 1999).  Lee is a past Chairman of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and served on its board of directors and executive committee for over a decade, and in May of 2016 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Luxury Law Awards in London.


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.


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.  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;” “Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Lessons on Liabilities, Liens and Litigation;” "Legally Green: Reconciling Restrictive Covenants with Eco-Friendly Practices in the Community Association;"  "Sticks and Stones: Dealing with Defamation in the Community Association" and "Staying on Top of the Issues in the Over-55 Community Association."  Mr. Sugarman earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law. 

Larry L. Turner is a Partner in Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP’s Labor & Employment Practice, co-lead of the Firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Task Force, and a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.  Mr. Turner’s practice focuses on counseling and litigation involving trade secret protection, restrictive covenants and various employment matters involving independent contractor issues as well as discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims.  He advises clients on trade secret protection strategies and restrictive covenants and has served as lead trial counsel in numerous litigation actions across the country to enforce and challenge noncompete, nondisclosure, and nonsolicitation agreements as well as trade secret and various types of employment matters.  He also counsels employers on corporate diversity initiatives, including best practices and litigation avoidance.  Mr. Turner tries cases in U.S. state and federal courts involving unfair competition claims, claims under title VII of the Civil Rights Act, state antidiscrimination laws, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  He works extensively with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as companies in the financial services industries.  A frequent speaker, his topics include enforcing and challenging noncompete covenants, independent contractor issues, and avoiding risks associated with diversity programs.  Mr. Turner serves on the Board of Overseers of the William Penn Charter School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  He is also a Board Member of the Williamson College of the Trades. 

Mr. Turner is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits, as well as all state and federal courts in Pennsylvania.



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.

Seth Weber, Esquire has been a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for approximately 41 years.  After receiving his B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, Weber attended Temple Law School in Philadelphia and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.  He then began his public service legal career in the Bucks County Public Defender Office, and then as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.  Weber then was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia for 26 years, having earned the position of Supervisor of the Allentown Satellite Office for the 10 year period before leaving that office. During his federal career, Weber investigated and prosecuted cases working with the FBI, DEA, EPA, IRS, ATF and other federal agencies.  In his career as a trial attorney, he has personally tried over 150 jury trials as lead attorney, all of which involved State or Federal criminal offenses in a variety of cases including drug conspiracies, drug gangs, environmental crime, varieties of white collar crime, such as public corruption, RICO, mail fraud, wire fraud, government fraud, etc., in addition to violent crimes including gun crimes and armed bank robberies.

From November 2011 through November 2016, Weber volunteered his time through the Bucks County Legal Aid Office, as a volunteer (pro bono) attorney to represent victims of domestic abuse and violence.  He appeared in court each Wednesday to handle cases of Protection From Abuse.  In recognition of his pro bono efforts, Weber received both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Bucks County Bar Association Pro Bono Awards for 2014.

Weber is currently an Adjunct Professor at DeSales University where he has taught in the Criminal Justice Department since 2013.  He has taught in the graduate Master’s in Criminal Justice Program having taught courses in “Issues in Criminal Law” and “Ethics in Criminal Justice.”  He also teaches in the DeSales undergraduate Criminal Justice Program having taught courses in the “Criminal Justice Senior Seminar,” “Drugs and Crime,” “White Collar Crime,” “Environmental Policy and Law," “Constitutional Law,” “Ethics in Criminal Justice,” and “Law in America.”

Since 2018, Weber has been an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University teaching an undergraduate course each Spring Term in “Environmental Law.”

Benjamin M. Willis is a contributing editor for Tax Notes Federal and Tax Notes International. He has worked in PwC’s national mergers and acquisitions and international tax services groups, designing and implementing inbound and outbound cross-border transactions for multinational firms, and as an attorney-adviser in the Treasury Office of Tax Policy. He also worked as a senior technical adviser in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, as a senior corporate tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, and as leader of the corporate tax group in BDO’s national office. He writes the column Willis Weighs In. He received his JD from New England Law Boston and his LLM from Boston University School of Law and specializes in corporate taxation.  



Professor Wilson earned her law degree, masters of taxation law, and B.A. from Temple University.

Prior to joining Villanova School of Law, Professor Wilson has been an adjunct professor of law, an assistant clinical professor, and the director of the Center for Community Nonprofits at Temple University Beasley School of Law.  At Temple, she has taught nonprofit law and business law, while also working for nonprofit clients working with the Center for Community Nonprofits and counseling entrepreneurs in the Temple University Business Incubator.

Professor Wilson also has her own practice in which she handles estate law issues, nonprofit consulting, tax counseling for business entities, and other business-related matters.  She has also been a legal columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune, and has lectured on business law and estate planning.


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.



Professor Zucker, a partner with Weir & Partners LLP in Philadelphia, concentrates his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He litigates 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 and participated as an instructor and judge in its 2019 Trial Academy.  Zucker is national co-chair of the ABA’s Commercial & Business Litigation Committee and treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association, having previously served as Board Chair and Secretary. Zucker was appointed by the chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association to the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, having previously served on its investigative division. Zucker also focuses on alternate dispute resolution, serving as a private arbitrator and mediator, a distinguished 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 and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Dean's Distinguished Fellows

Villanova Law is bringing to campus renowned scholars in a range of areas of law, leadership and business through the new Dean’s Distinguished Fellows program. Among the leading academics in their respective fields, the invited Fellows will teach select courses, lead seminars and give lectures as part of their multiyear relationship with Villanova.


Jonathan Klick

Jonathan Klick, Dean's Distinguished Fellow


Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law


George Mason University (JD and PhD in Economics)

University of Maryland (MA in Economics)

Villanova University (BS in Economics)

Specialty Areas:

Law and Economics

Notable Scholarship:

Published in The Journal of Economic PerspectivesThe Journal of Law & EconomicsThe Journal of Legal StudiesThe Stanford Law ReviewThe Columbia Law Review and The University of Chicago Law Review

Jonathan Klick’s work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behavior using cutting-edge econometric tools. Specific topics addressed by his work include the relationship between abortion access and risky sex, the health behaviors of diabetics, the effect of police on crime, addiction as rational choice, and how liability exposure affects the labor market for physicians, as well as a host of other issues.

Judge Joel H. Slomsky

Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Dean's Distinguished Fellow


Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


New York Law School (JD)

Brooklyn College, City University of New York (BA)

Judge Slomsky was a Special Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Philadelphia Strike Force from 1970-1973. From 1974 to October 2008, he was in private practice, primarily as a criminal defense attorney representing clients in state and federal court, before the grand jury, at trial and on appeal. While in private practice, Judge Slomsky was admitted to practice in many venues, from the Supreme Court of the United States to many Courts of Appeal and District Courts. He was a member of numerous Bar Associations and was a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Judge Slomsky has guest lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple and Rutgers Law Schools. While an Editor of the Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, he wrote several articles covering topics such as money laundering, financial reporting crimes and the federal sentencing guidelines.


Kellye Testy

Kellye Testy, Dean's Distinguished Fellow


President and CEO, Law School Admission Council


Indiana University at Bloomington (JD and BA in Journalism)

Specialty Areas:

Business and Corporate Law


Law Schools and Legal Education

Leadership in the Legal Profession

LGBTQ Rights

Notable Scholarship:

Published in Washington Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Law & Contemporary ProblemsLaw & Policy, California Law Review and Northwestern Law Review

A respected scholar, teacher and administrator, Kellye Testy focuses her research and scholarship on contracts, corporate governance, business entities, leadership and access to justice. She is known throughout academic and legal communities for her dedication to the rule of law and its commitment to justice and equality. A leader in legal education, she was the Toni Rembe Dean of the University of Washington School of Law from 2009 to 2017 and the president of the American Association of Law Schools in 2016.