Pam Richardson has specialized in labor and employment law for her entire legal career. Pam currently serves as the Vice President, Chief Labor and Employment Counsel for American Water, the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Her responsibilities include providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of employment, labor and employee benefits issues. Additionally, Pam manages outside counsel with respect to pending litigations and provides training to human resource professionals and management employees on various employment and labor law issues. Pam also is responsible for creating American Water’s Diversity Corporate Summer Legal Internship Program, in collaboration with the Association of Corporate Counsel.
For the past two years, and prior to her promotion to Vice President, Chief Labor and Employment Law Counsel, Pam served as Director, Labor and Employment Law Counsel for American Water. Before joining American Water, Pam worked as a Labor and Employment Law Associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Prior to that, Pam served as a labor and employment law attorney with both public and private sector employers.
Pam currently serves as a Board Member for the American Red Cross Southwestern New Jersey Chapter.
Pam received her J.D, cum laude, from Catholic University in Washington, DC and her bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA. Pam is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and Hispanic National Bar Association.
Amy Farris is the In-House Attorney at PAREXEL International. Prior to working in this role, she was an Associate at Duane Morris LLP. Amy acquired her law degree from The American University Washington College of Law.
Marisa Tilghman is Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at Vanguard and leads the legal team responsible for supporting Vanguard’s global finance division. Prior to joining Vanguard, Marisa was in the Litigation group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, PA prosecuting Economic Crimes, and prior to attending law school worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit practice. Marisa received her B.B.A. from Temple University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Ms. Watson is the President and Managing Shareholder of the Firm. She has been litigating asbestos matters since 1999, and joined our firm in 2000. She handles general insurance defense, asbestos and toxic tort litigation, products liability and premises liability matters. She is part of the National Coordinating Counsel Team for a supplier of asbestos- containing products and in her role she oversees all aspects of those matters .
Due to the strong profile she has developed in the asbestos litigation community, Ms. Watson serves on the sub-committee for asbestos cases that manages all cases pending in Western Pennsylvania and determines the expert witnesses to be retained by the joint defense group. She also serves on the defense liaison committee that regularly meets with the judges handling the asbestos docket to discuss amendments to the case management order.
Ms. Watson regularly defends suppliers, equipment manufacturers, contractors and employers in asbestos related matters in Pennsylvania. She oversees all cases handled by our Pittsburgh office, as well as handling all negotiations on behalf of our clients there. In addition to her trial experience, she is actively involved in working with insurers and clients to determine baseline discovery to be used nationally in the defense of asbestos related lawsuits. She has an active trial docket and has tried several asbestos cases to verdict in Allegheny County.
As Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank, Tia is primarily responsible for providing practical legal guidance to the Wealth Management business and ensuring that the Bank is protected legally and reputationally - all while enhancing the client experience on every interaction and being a valued partner and trusted advisor to the business.
Tia joined JPMorgan August of 2000. Prior to joining the JPMorgan, Tia was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice. Before that, Tia was a Probation & Parole Officer with the Delaware Department of Correction.
Tia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, a Master of Business degree from Wilmington University, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law. She is a Member in Good Standing of the Pennsylvania State Bar.
In her free time, Tia enjoys cheering on her favorite thee sport (football, basketball, and baseball) athlete, her son Tyler. Tia lives in Delaware with her husband and son.
Ms. Cicali is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Ricoh USA, Inc. In this position, Ms. Cicali leads the Corporate and Transactional team in Ricoh’s Legal Department, which is comprised of approximately 14 attorneys and contract management professionals. With approximately 20 years in the legal profession, she was most recently General Counsel for Canada and Assistant General Counsel for Axalta Coating Systems, LLC. She earned her J.D. from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, in 2009.
Ms. Cicali lives in Chester County with her husband and five children. She enjoys volunteering in her spare time with her family.
Nicole Pérez-Lengel is a Member in the Philadelphia office of Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC. She focuses her practice on the areas of premises liability, products liability, municipal law and motor vehicle liability. Nicole regularly defends retail, restaurant and municipal clients, as well as premises owners and product manufacturers, against claims filed in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as other states across the country via pro hac vice admission.
Nicole graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2004 with a B.A. in International Politics and a Minor in International Studies. While at Penn State, Nicole served on the Communications Committee of the Penn State Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon (THON), where she and her fellow students and alumni helped to raise over $3.5 Million for the Four Diamonds Fund for cancer research. Nicole was also the recipient of the Burton-Waller Academic Scholarship.
After Penn State, Nicole attended Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, where she graduated with her J.D. in 2007 and was the recipient of the Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono service. During her time at Villanova, Nicole served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. Nicole also worked as a certified student attorney in the Villanova Clinic for Refugee and Emigrant Services (C.A.R.E.S.), where she successfully obtained political asylum for a refugee family under persecution. Also during law school, Nicole served as an extern for the Honorable Albert John Snite, Jr. in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and was chosen by the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association to serve a one-year federal externship with the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Nicole also participated in the Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law “Lawyering Together” program, where, as a student-attorney, she assisted with the defense of a high-profile federal RICO action.
Prior to joining Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC, Nicole worked for a large international defense firm in Philadelphia, where she handled cases in the areas of products liability, toxic tort, environmental law, premises liability, disability insurance and ERISA. Nicole was involved in all aspects of discovery and trial preparation and frequently prepared state and federal dispositive motions in cases alleging product defect, breach of warranty and claims of exposure to asbestos. In the field of asbestos litigation, Nicole has represented numerous companies in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, including equipment and component part manufacturers, as well as railroad and aviation companies in cases involving FELA claims and governmental contractor issues. Additionally, Nicole drafted a successful Petition for Allocatur to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the “any exposure” theory in asbestos litigation, where the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the holding of the trial court and entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants.
Nicole also prepared appellate briefs to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was successful in obtaining the dismissal of a large biomedical client in a high-profile case involving allegations of genetic defect. She also assisted in the successful defense of a two-week catastrophic injury products liability trial, in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Nicole is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing tennis.
Royce Warrick is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Solenis. She is responsible for managing the company’s legal and governance matters, and for partnering with the Solenis business team to enhance growth.
Prior to joining Solenis in 2014, Warrick served as assistant general counsel and global corporate legal director overseeing legal affairs of strategic business units at The Dow Chemical Company and Rohm and Haas Company. Beginning her legal career as a litigation attorney, she later expanded her scope of experience to include business law, ethics and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, employment law, information technology and corporate secretarial/governance, moving from law firm practice to work at Rohm and Haas and Dow Chemical.
Warrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a juris doctor degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Warrick is an active member of her community where she is a founding leader of her church’s College Prep Ministry, and a founder and trustee of the Roy Blair Paige Foundation, a non-profit organization, the mission of which is to enrich the development of servant-leader youth committed to community-uplift. She is also a former board member of the STEM-focused Invent Now Kids®, a subsidiary of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation commissioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Maria Mirabal Hipps is an Afro-Latina attorney who was born and raised in Harlem, NYC to Dominican immigrants. She currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at IQVIA Inc., a global industry leader in the healthcare data services, technology and clinical research space. María is responsible for managing legal matters for IQVIA’s Latin America Business Unit, which is comprised of 13 countries with annual revenue of over $100MM. She tackles a diverse range of complex legal issues ranging from data and technology licensing, M&A, internal investigations, litigation, privacy and more. A true generalist with the added advantage of being able to leverage her Spanish language communication skills daily with internal and external clients.
Prior to joining IQVIA (formerly IMS Health, Inc.), Maria worked as an Associate Attorney at Thelan Reid (formally Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner, LLP) where she honed her corporate transactional and litigation skills.
Maria earned a Bachelors Degree from Wesleyan University in 1997 and a Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law in 2001. While in law school, she served as a Marshall Brennan Teaching Fellow and in this capacity taught Constitutional Law to high school students in Washington, D.C. She was also a Torts Deans Fellow and Line Editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law. Maria resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Her passions include Writing, Documentary Film, Immigration and Criminal Justice Reform.
Maria is licensed in New Jersey and New York.
A senior trial lawyer, Catherine represents corporations in high-level, employment-related litigation in both state and federal courts nationwide. She regularly advises Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, law firms, universities and nonprofit organizations about practical strategies for navigating complex employment and discrimination issues.
As Regional Practice Leader of Fox Rothschild’s Labor and Employment Department, Catherine has extensive experience in a full range of employment matters, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination suits, restrictive covenant litigation, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower matters and counseling and litigation avoidance. For many years, she has been named a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. She was also recognized as a “2010 Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.
Catherine has tried and arbitrated complex employment litigation matters, including injunctions. Recent cases that Catherine has handled successfully include:
Catherine serves as a Trustee of the Women’s Law Project and is a Past Chair of its Board. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s Way and the Corporate Executive Board of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Catherine is Co-Chair of the firm’s Partnership Advancement Committee and a member of the Diversity Committee and the Steering Committee of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. She is a former Hiring Partner of the firm and a former Chair of its Recruitment Committee.
As an avid author and speaker, Catherine lectures regularly to attorneys, human resource professionals and executives on disability and accommodation issues, managing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and responding to harassment complaints.
At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Catherine received the Herman Lazarus Prize for Labor and Employment Law and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Comparative Labor Law Journal.
Michelle Liebesman heads the firm’s national recruiting and hiring practice. She provides advice and counseling nationwide to employers who are interested in hiring from the competition effectively and efficiently. Michelle delivers excellent strategic advice designed to minimize the litigation risks faced by business owners, management teams, and individuals anytime they hire a new employee from the competition.
Over the course of more than two decades of practice, Michelle has developed both a keen knowledge of employment law and negotiation skill, a combination that has proven extremely beneficial to clients facing claims and issues related to covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, and related causes of action. Her results-oriented mindset and talent for providing efficient, clear advice helps her clients avoid or resolve litigation, saving them both time and money. In addition to her competitive recruiting practice, Michelle regularly drafts and negotiates employee compensation and restrictive covenant agreements.
Michelle’s solid reputation among her peers, adversaries, and clients was built on her dedication, experience, and hard work. Michelle is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and cycling. Michelle is involved in several parent-teacher organizations associated with her children’s schools. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Dental Clinic, an organization that provides free or low-cost preventative and restorative dental care for students in need. She previously served as the Treasurer for Chester County Boy Scout Troop 76.
Aimee Kumer is a shareholder in the Blue Bell office. Aimee represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of matters including complex commercial and employment litigation. She has extensive experience in complex commercial disputes, including contract disputes, business torts, shareholder litigation and class actions. Aimee has also both sought and defended against numerous injunctions in both state and federal court in a variety of commercial contexts. She further has significant experience in a wide variety of employment discrimination, wage law and civil rights litigation matters. Aimee has particular experience representing clients in the healthcare field in their commercial litigation, regulatory, medical staff and employment needs. She has been repeatedly honored as a Pennsylvania Rising Star.
Aimee is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Her professional associations include the Montgomery Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Aimee currently serves as an officer in the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Montgomery Bar Association. Through her involvement with the Young Lawyers’ Section, Aimee initiated the Bar Association’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Aimee also volunteers her time representing children who are the victims of crime and abuse through the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.
Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Aimee was a law clerk to the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Aimee graduated magna cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, and with awards in several areas including constitutional and corporate law, and the Faculty Award for Academic Achievement. While at Temple, Aimee was a Beasley Scholar, the Senior Note/Comment Editor for the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, and a member of the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society. Aimee earned her undergraduate degrees at the Pennsylvania State University and Schreyers Honors College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. At Penn State Aimee played for the Penn State Club Water Polo Team and was a member of the Phi Sigma Pi national honors fraternity.
Aimee and her husband, daughter, and two dogs live in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Geneva Campbell Brown is Corporate Transactions Counsel at Cigna Corporation, based in Philadelphia. Her practice is focused mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and other corporate investments and transactions related to healthcare services in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining Cigna, Geneva was an associate in the corporate and securities practice at Dechert LLP and served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Geneva serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section, one of the Philadelphia Bar Association's largest sections, and serves as Chair of the Justice Rising Advocates executive committee in support of the social justice work of Community Legal Services. She maintains an active pro bono practice and founded the Community Lawyering Practice Group at Dechert, through which attorneys participate in legal clinics related to medical services, custody, homelessness, public benefits and elder care in partnership with local legal services organizations. Geneva was recently recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “25 Young Lawyers on the Rise” by Philadelphia Business Journal. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Kira Bryers joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2014. She serves as the company’s internal legal counsel, and also manages ongoing federal, ISO, and state compliance obligations. Prior to joining Customized, she worked for a large law firm and clerked for two Pennsylvania state trial court judges. Kira holds BA degrees in History, Political Science, and International Relations from Goucher College, cum laude, a JD from Vermont Law School, and also studied at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the National University of Ireland at Galway, and the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.
Lorraine Cessario is currently Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan where she delivers internal advisement to the U.S. Private Bank. Her primary responsibility is to collaborate with her business, risk and compliance partners to deliver legally sound wealth management solutions for various matters which impact the private client experience.
Prior to joining U.S. Private Bank, Lorraine enjoyed a career in Information Technology.
Lorraine is licensed to practice in, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and maintains a Series 99 securities license.
Danielle Banks devotes a significant amount of her practice to defending businesses, universities and governmental entities against employment discrimination claims, including claims brought under Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. She also defends governmental entities against Section 1983 claims. Additionally, Danielle represents businesses in housing and mortgage discrimination claims, represents defendants in asbestos litigation and handles matters on behalf of religious entities.
Danielle’s practice is centered primarily in federal court, though she takes matters to trial in state court as well. She has participated in appellate oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Danielle is a seasoned trial lawyer who successfully litigates matters to victory through summary judgment or trial, and appeal where necessary.
Danielle is the immediate past chair of the firm’s diversity committee and served on Stradley Ronon’s hiring committee for a two-year term. She was the chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee and previously served on the Board of Governors. She also has served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee (2011-2012) and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. In addition, Danielle has served on several nonprofit boards, including serving as president of the board of directors of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, and serving on the board of directors of the Senior Law Center. Danielle also served as co-president of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and is currently a member of the board of directors.
Lori is an experienced labor and employment lawyer and a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia and Princeton offices. A seasoned and dynamic litigator with a strong background in traditional labor, Lori also has an Executive MBA, giving her unique insight into the interplay between the legal and business issues employers face. Lori’s philosophy is that proactively helping employers be the best they can be not only limits potential legal risks but also results in an engaged workforce, which in turn leads to greater profitability and success for the employer.
As one of the lead attorneys in the PCC Structurals case (365 NLRB No. 160, 2017), Lori helped to favorably change labor law on behalf of employers by convincing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to overturn Specialty Healthcare (357 NLRB No. 83, 2011), which had made it easier for unions to organize small groups of employees (micro units). Lori regularly represents employers before the NLRB, defends clients in grievance arbitrations, and provides labor relations counselling (including formulating comprehensive and strategic union avoidance tactics).
Lori also has extensive experience defending employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), with particular class and collective action experience.
A frequent author and speaker, Lori regularly provides preventive counselling and training for executives, supervisors and employees on topics such as harassment prevention, the respectful workplace, effective communication and leadership, performance management, diversity and inclusion, and union avoidance. Clients describe her highly interactive training as engaging, entertaining and informative.
Lori also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where she teaches Employment Discrimination Law and as a mediator in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program.
Lauren is an attorney in Obermayer’s Litigation Department, where she can best exercise her natural problem-solving abilities. Understanding that some problems aren’t best served through litigation, she aims to craft creative solutions to resolve issues for her clients. However, when the need arises, she litigates cases in a wide range of subject matters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York trial and appellate courts.
Lauren provides a thoughtful approach with respect to her clients’ legal matters. While she is a skilled litigator, Lauren doesn’t run directly to court. She makes a point to provide clients with an in-depth analysis of options and cost-effective ways to achieve their desired result.
When she’s not in the office, Lauren is a devoted mom who loves to travel with her husband and two young boys (barring any tantrums). If she had not pursued a career in law, she would have been a travel journalist or an interior designer.
Jennifer Chung is General Counsel at AccuWeather, the world’s largest and fastest-growing weather media company. She provides legal support across all lines of business and functions, including intellectual property, data privacy, ad sales and emerging technologies. Prior to AccuWeather, Ms. Chung was an Assistant General Counsel at Time Inc., where she managed the company’s global trademark, patent, and domain name portfolios, and assisted with other intellectual property-related issues. She served as an Assistant Counsel at the New York State Department of Economic Development, providing counsel on state-wide agency matters concerning intellectual property issues, including the “I Love NY” family of service marks and trademarks, and was an associate at several local law firms, including Kaye Scholer LLP, where she handled a wide range of high level intellectual property litigations. Ms. Chung served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Chung attended Albany Law School and Cornell University.
Michelle Warner Hammel serves as Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), providing legal and business advice in support of a broad range of issues.
Immediately preceding her tenure at DRBA, Michelle served as the interim CEO for a small start-up company and was instrumental in taking the company through a transition as it was acquired by a larger private company. She also spent ten years in New Jersey state government as a policy advisor to several Cabinet Secretaries with responsibilities that included implementing a new federally funded program with a $5M annual budget, overseeing a staff of 35, lobbying and administrative rulemaking. Michelle began her career as a civil litigation associate at a small South Jersey law firm and handled various matters from inception through trial.
Michelle is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She previously served as an elected member of the Medford Township Board of Education.
Michelle earned both her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University. She is licensed to practice law in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Tracy regularly defends private employers, public entities and individuals in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before administrative and government agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Delaware Department of Labor. She represents employers in cases alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 and 1983, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination), as well as claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical and Leave Act, the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law, USERRA and state wage and hour laws.
Tracy also defends employers in cases of alleged negligent hiring and supervision involving sexual harassment and assault.
Tracy’s practice includes providing risk management advice, guidance and training to employers and management personnel on matters including handbooks and policies, on-site anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA compliance, and discipline and termination strategies.
Her practice also includes defense of public and quasi-public agencies and law enforcement officers against claims of constitutional violations such as Section 1983, due process, equal protection, excessive force, malicious prosecution and conspiracy.
Tracy has achieved an “AV” Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment. Tracy is the Chair of Weber Gallagher’s Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Women's Initiative Committees.
Chandrika Vira is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate and Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Groups. Chandrika represents clients in complex patent litigations in federal district courts, in contested proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and before the Federal Circuit on appeal.
Chandrika has litigated cases involving a broad range of technologies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological arts, and electrical arts. Chandrika focuses her practice on litigating cases involving small-molecule pharmaceuticals under the Hatch-Waxman Act and biologics and biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).
In 2017 and 2018, Chandrika was named a "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers.
Prior to law school, Chandrika worked as a consultant for two technology companies where she advised companies on implementing technological solutions. While in law school at The George Washington University, Chandrika participated in the Law Students in Court Clinic where she had the opportunity to represent clients in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the Criminal Division. Chandrika received her B.A. in molecular biology from Coe College.
Dominique B. E. Ward is an ERISA and Tax Counsel at Lincoln Financial Group in Retirement Plan Services based in Radnor, PA. In her current role, she primarily provides legal guidance to Lincoln’s business partners that are responsible for providing retirement plan products and services.
Prior to joining Lincoln Financial, Ms. Ward served as an Associate Attorney at Jennings Sigmond, P.C., a boutique law firm specializing in multiemployer benefit plans, and worked on an assortment of employee benefits and tax law issues. She also served as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Major Tax Unit at the City of Philadelphia Law Department, where she handled tax litigation regarding the Internal Revenue Code, City of Philadelphia Code, and associated regulations.
In August 2018, Ms. Ward served as a panelist for the Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section CLE on “Tax Controversy,” and has coordinated assorted professional training programs ranging from Legal Ethics to “Audit Best Practices” for her colleagues and clients.
Currently, she is the President-Elect of The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc., an organization founded in 1950 organized to address the professional needs of Black lawyers in the City of Philadelphia through programs and community activities, and a member of the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Ms. Ward received her J.D. from Florida International University College of Law and Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Miami, where she majored in International Finance and Marketing and minored in Accounting.
Stefanie Anderson is Associate General Counsel at Capital Health System, Inc., a growing healthcare system with two hospitals in New Jersey and fourteen primary care centers throughout New Jersey and Bucks County. As in-house counsel, Stefanie advises management, Human Resources, and medical providers on all aspects of day-to-day employment matters and operational issues including employee misconduct and investigations, leaves of absences and medical accommodations, reductions in force, compliance with applicable regulations, due diligence and integration activities related to mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, guardianships, informed consent issues, performance management and termination, and more. In addition, she defends employment claims against Capital Health and oversees outside counsel handling litigation matters for Capital Health. Stefanie also drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts for the entire organization. At Capital Health, Stefanie is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.
Prior to making the transition to in-house counsel, Stefanie litigated at various Philadelphia law firms handling a variety of complex civil litigation matters including employment discrimination claims, catastrophic negligence, products, and construction claims, medical malpractice claims, and class action lawsuits.
Stefanie earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University. She was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.
Attorney with 14 years of experience including law firm and in-house roles in litigation and U.S. and international investigations involving regulatory law, commercial law, compliance & ethics, fraud, and bribery. Expertise in managing, conducting, and triaging U.S. and international internal and government investigations. Highly collaborative team player with demonstrated ability to lead cross-disciplinary teams. Skilled analyst of complex compliance issues with established commitment to integrity, regulatory compliance, and ethical decision-making.
Katherine Kelton is the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief People Officer at StayWell. Prior to working in this role, she was the Chief Compliance Officer at Aramark. Katherine acquired her law degree from Boston College Law School.
CARRIE VALIANT is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC office and co-chairs the firm's health care fraud group. She is also Chair of the firm's Diversity and Professional Development Committee.
Ms. Valiant writes and lectures extensively on health law fraud topics and is a co-author of Legal Issues in Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Navigating the Uncertainties, 4th ed., published by the American Health Lawyers Association in June 2012. She has been included on Nightingale's Healthcare News'2004 and 2009 lists of Outstanding Healthcare Fraud and Compliance Lawyers, selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2006 to 2019) in the field of Health Care Law, named to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list (2007 to 2011, 2013 to 2019) in the area of Health Care, ranked by Chambers USA as one of America's leading Healthcare lawyers (2007 to 2019), and recommended by The Legal 500 United States(2016) in the Health Insurers and Healthcare: Service Providers categories. In 1997, the National Law Journal selected Ms. Valiant as one of "40 Health Care Lawyers Who Have Made Their Mark" in the area of white-collar crime.
Ms. Valiant founded and is President of the Health Care Industry Access Initiative, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting collaborative action across the health care industry to improve access to health care coverage and services in the United States.
Pooja Agarwal is Business Counsel at FMC Corporation, a global crop protection chemical company with over 7,000 employees. She is responsible for providing legal advice on commercial and regulatory matters.
Before joining FMC, Ms. Agarwal was Associate General Counsel at the University of Pennsylvania, where she assisted the Penn community in the licensing and commercialization of Penn's technology and inventions and other legal issues that relate to research, technology transfer and corporate alliances. She also spent several years as a corporate transactional lawyer at large international law firms in New York and Philadelphia.
Antoinette Walker is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond School of Law. Following graduation, she clerked at the trial court level in her hometown of Henrico County, Virginia. Ms. Walker spent ten years as a commercial litigator before accepting her current position as in-house counsel for Subaru of America. In her role, she oversees data privacy, manages the nationwide lemon law docket and provides advice and counsel on governance matters. Ms. Walker is actively involved in volunteering in the greater Philadelphia area with various organizations, including the Homeless Advocacy Project, Senior Law Center, Cathedral Kitchen and Camden County Public Schools. Ms. Walker has served as president of her local predominately African-American bar association and is a past member of the National Bar Association.
Earthen E. Johnson is the Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Legal at Macquarie Investment Management, a global asset manager overseeing approx. $300 billion for both institutional and retail clients. Earthen’s responsibilities involve counseling multi-series and multi-class mutual funds, reorganizing and forming funds, preparing registration and proxy statements, and handling various securities filings for both open-end and closed-end funds. She also assists the boards of directors/trustees on fund governance and fiduciary duty issues. Prior to joining Macquarie, she was a senior associate in Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP’s nationally ranked Investment Management Practice Group. Earthen earned her J.D., cum laude from Drexel University School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, senior member of the Drexel Law Review, and participant in the Civil Litigation clinic. She received her B.A. in history and American studies from the University of Virginia, where she was a Merit Scholar, on the Dean’s List, recipient of the Longevity of Excellence Award and a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Society. Between college and law school, Earthen taught third grade in Camden, NJ through Teach For America and then led an educational non-profit organization in Philadelphia. In 2013 and 2016, she was recognized as a Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer and in the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Black Lawyers, respectively.
Carrie Sarhangi Love is a partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group in Philadelphia. She primarily represents clients in the health care and life sciences, financial services and higher education industries in connection with white collar criminal defense, government investigations and inquiries, enforcement proceedings and complex civil litigation. Carrie also serves on Armstrong Teasdale’s Inclusion Committee and is passionate about mentoring, with a focus on connecting and supporting diverse attorneys.
Katie Ladd is a partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group in Philadelphia focusing primarily on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. She has represented both large corporations and senior-level executives in federal and state court proceedings, as well as handled international criminal and regulatory matters. Katie is an active participant in the firm’s Inclusion-related programming and activities, which includes involvement with the firm’s Women’s Inclusion Network.
Lauren Murdza is a corporate attorney who advises life sciences, healthcare, biotech, medical device and technology companies and universities, in connection with technology transactions and general corporate matters. She represents clients in a broad range of commercial and corporate activities, including early-stage licensing and development agreements, global collaboration and promotional agreements, product acquisitions and divestitures, merger and acquisitions and private company financings.
Lauren's clients range from emerging growth companies to Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe, specifically in the life sciences and technology sectors.
In addition, Lauren advises clients on day-to-day commercial agreements, such as research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, joint development agreements, licenses, manufacturing and distribution agreements, promotional agreements, joint ventures and corporate partnering arrangements. She has a depth of experience in commercial contracts and management of large commercial contract portfolios for global clients.
Sima counsels clients in all aspects of IP matters, including strategic IP portfolio development, patent prosecution, licensing and commercialization. Her clients include biotech, healthcare, life science and pharmaceutical companies ranging in size from emerging growth start- to multinational global corporations and academic institutions.
Prior to working as a patent attorney, Sima worked at the Ronald McDonald Cancer Research Center in the Pediatric and Hematology Laboratory, utilizing cell culture and protein purification techniques to identify antigenic markers.
Diane N. Ibrahim is the Managing Shareholder of the Delaware office and focuses her practice on corporate transactional matters involving Delaware corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and statutory trusts. Diane has experience in structured finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock sales, equity security offerings, conversions, dissolutions and recapitalizations and in the organization, structuring and operation of private equity funds and joint ventures. Diane also advises boards of directors and committees in connection with corporate governance matters and routinely renders legal opinions on Delaware corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and statutory trusts.
Jessica Natali is a white-collar criminal defense attorney and former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has deep experience both prosecuting and defending a wide range of criminal cases, particularly health care fraud and narcotics cases involving doctors, pharmacists, and health care professionals. Jessica’s work has also included cases related to mail fraud, wire fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering, as well as assorted violent crime matters. She represents corporations and individuals in federal criminal cases, complex white-collar defense matters, internal or parallel investigations, as well as select civil litigation matters typically involving the defense of qui tam/False Claims Act complaints.
Jessica has advised and worked closely with a variety of federal and local law enforcement agencies, including: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Drug Enforcement Administration, The Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The United States Department of Health and Human Services, The United States Postal Service, offices of attorneys general, police departments, and district attorney’s offices.
Delphine O’Rourke advises a wide variety of companies, investors, and vendors on the operational, regulatory and enforcement issues related to health care delivery, investment and innovation. Delphine joined Duane Morris in 2018 after serving as Associate General Counsel of Ascension, the then largest non-profit health system in the United States and the largest Catholic health system in the world. In this role, she was responsible for providing legal counsel to the organizations, boards of directors and executive management teams within Ascension’s northeast market. Drawing on her experience as in-house counsel and health care executive, Delphine brings a pragmatic perspective and first-hand knowledge of healthcare operations to complex and mission-critical matters that challenge healthcare entities.
Delphine speaks and writes frequently on healthcare and women’s leadership topics that are of interest to her clients and to the industry. She is committed to the advancement of women and inclusionary leadership. Throughout her career, she has advocated for gender parity, and currently serves on the Women's Leadership Council of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Women in Executive Leadership and Governance Committee of The Forum of Executive Women, Duane Morris' Women's Impact Network for Success and will be interviewed on "Women to Watch with Sue Rocco" in the fall of 2019.
Linda B. Hollinshead practices in the area of employment law. Ms. Hollinshead provides training and counseling to employers throughout the country on a variety of subjects, including monitoring employee attendance, FMLA compliance, medical and religious accommodations, leaves of absence policies, harassment and discrimination prevention, responding to harassment and discrimination claims, FLSA and wage and hour compliance, including employee misclassification, diversity and inclusion, termination of employees, hiring practices, performance appraisals and performance management. Ms. Hollinshead also advises public accommodations as well as recipients of federal financial assistance on program accessibility and other compliance obligations. Ms. Hollinshead advises clients in numerous industries, including colleges and universities, manufacturing and retail companies, hospitals and other healthcare organizations, technology companies, financial services organizations, energy companies and not-for-profit entities. She is also a member of the firm's Cannabis Industry Group.
Ms. Hollinshead conducts investigations on behalf of employers regarding claims of harassment and discrimination as well as counsels employers concerning their own investigation of and responses to such claims. She also assists employers by drafting employees policies and handbooks, confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements, employment agreements, termination and severance agreements as well as independent contractor agreements. She represents organizations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state and local agencies.
Ms. Hollinshead is a 1997 cum laude graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University (M.S., Public Policy) and Bucknell University (B.A., cum laude).