Atlantic City


October 13-14,


Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association's premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

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Relaxation & Meditation Lounge

  • Friday & Saturday
  • Studio 1

(Sponsored by Mell Consulting, LLC)

Enjoy tranquility and quiet time to recharge and reset your mind and body. Lounge is open during the entire conference. (No talking or texting permitted)

Friday, Oct. 13

Continental Breakfast and Meet Our Sponsors

  • 9 a.m.
  • Salon B

(Sponsored by LawPay)

Meet our valued sponsors who have made this year's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference possible. Also, we invite you to visit each of our sponsors throughout the Conference to get your "Passport" stamped to enter a raffle to win one of two new iPad mini 4™s!

Four Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Passport to Retirement

(Sponsored & Presented by BPU Investments)

Because of today's many challenges - uncertain markets, increased longevity, rising healthcare and living costs - many Americans are not confident that they will be able to afford a comfortable retirement lifestyle. Here's an opportunity to take a major step toward educating yourself and planning for the future you deserve. This CLE session will provide step-by-step guidance through the important areas of retirement. This hands-on, comprehensive, educational presentation will offer a clear understanding of the retirement process .

  • Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIFA ® - Chairman and CEO, BPU Investment Management, Inc.
  • Robert Standish, J.D., CFP® - Managing Director, Wealth Management, BPU Investment Management, Inc.
  • 1 Ethics
    0.5 Substantive
    CLE Credits
  • Studio 2

Strategies for Combating Implicit Bias

(Presented by the Diversity in the Profession Committee)

We all have "implicit" biases – unconscious, automatic mental shortcuts and associations. Cognitive science has helped us to learn more about the impacts that automatic social judgments have on decision-making. It is important to explore the concept and impact of implicit bias but even more critical to learn how to combat it. These biases are widely seen as a key barrier to creating a more diverse, inclusive and innovative workplace. This CLE session will offer strategies that firms, companies and individuals can implement in order to overcome some of the obstacles associated with implicit bias. Panelists, while addressing ethical issues, will provide guidance and practical steps to counter the effects of implicit bias in the legal profession.

Course Planner and Moderator
  • Priscilla Jimenez - Kline & Specter, PC
  • Hon. Mia R. Perez - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Criminal
  • Angela D. Giampolo, Esq. - Giampolo Law Group
  • Sophia Lee, Esq. - Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Preparation and Planning: Effectively Representing and Guiding Clients Through the Changing Landscape of Immigration and Family Law. What YOU Need to Know!

(Presented by the Young Lawyers Division and the American Immigration Lawyers Association)

Ten months into the new administration and the overlap of immigration and family law practice is more apparent than ever. This CLE will provide all practitioners with the knowledge to effectively guide and represent their clients. Executive orders and proposed legislation have unwavering potential to impact those most vulnerable: immigrants, victims of domestic violence, children and families.

Course Planners
  • Katelyn Hufe, Esq. (Moderator) – Partner, Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe P.C. (Panelist)
  • Stephanie Stecklair, Esq. - Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP (Moderator)
  • Hon. Diane Thompson - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division
  • Justin Mixon, Esq. – Solo practitioner, formerly HIAS PA
  • Sondra Miller-Wein, Esq. - current Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association Philadelphia chapter

Business Divorce - Get the Clients, Not the Goldfish!

(Presented by the Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section)

“Business Divorce” is a term recently coined and gaining steam among the legal jargon employed to describe a practice area devoted to resolving intra-company disputes among business owners. This panel pays homage to the climactic scene in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire” where Jerry Maguire is involuntarily compelled to leave the sports agency he built with his business partner, Bob Sugar. Panelists will address the factual scenarios that lead to business divorce disputes, how those facts translate to legal claims, and how you can provide the best service to your clients in avoiding, prosecuting, defending and resolving those claims.

Course Planner and Panelist
  • Eric C. Milby, Esq. - Lundy Beldecos & Milby
  • Hon. Patricia A. McInerney - Supervising Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Civil
  • Jessica M. Gulash, Esq. - Lundy Beldecos & Milby
  • Neal A. Jacobs, Esq. - President, Jacobs Law Group, PC

Mix and Match Social Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Salon D

(Sponsored by Veritext Legal Solutions)

Connect and engage with colleagues, sponsors and judges at our networking session with a twist. Build long-lasting relationships and partnerships as you increase your professional network. You never know who you might meet!

Four Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 1 - 2 p.m.
  • 1 Ethics
    CLE Credit
  • Studio 2

The Relationship Blueprint: Consistent Communications to Ethically Develop a Prosperous Practice

(Presented by The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Inc. and City Policy Committee)

Law is a service profession and a business. Many attorneys obtain their best business by building strong relationships. Whether that be through referrals from past clients, a networking event, law school colleagues, etc., consistent communication and developing relationships is the center of it all.

Explore the art of maintaining a trusting professional relationship where you get results, the client compensates you, values your advice and shares their satisfaction with others to build your business. Hear concrete insights on how to avoid common mistakes many attorneys make and how to ethically attract and retain clients. Learn keys to communication that demonstrate integrity, including appreciating what the client wants, what you and the client may gain from the relationship and the value of rapport and communication.

Course Planners
  • Charles M. Gibbs, Esq. - Green, Schafle & Gibbs (Moderator)
  • Kevin V. Mincey, Esq. - Partner, Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC
  • Richard R. Harris, Esq. - Shareholder & Co-Chair, Litigation and Trials Practice Group, Littler Mendelson P.C
  • Sophia Lee, Esq. - Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Charitable Giving Techniques: Doing Well By Doing Good

(Presented by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Probate & Trust Law Section)

This course will provide an overview of ways to support charities by gifting during lifetime and also by making gifts to charity at death by a will or other means. The goal of the program is to answer questions that attorneys may have about estate planning for themselves and their clients and to raise awareness of the benefits of giving to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Course Planner
  • Jessica R. Hilburn-Holmes, Esq. - Executive Director, Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Robert H. Louis, Esq. - Philadelphia Bar Foundation Trustee, Chair of Equal Justice Legacy Society and Partner at Saul Ewing Arnestein & Lehr LLP
  • Matthew Pritzkur - Associate Director for Bernstein Private Wealth Management
  • Laura E. Stegossi, Esq. - Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate Section; Partner, Diamond, Polsky & Bauer PC

Researching Experts

(Sponsored & Presented by LexisNexis)

Several years ago, defense counsel won a jury verdict for its client in a state-court action in Arizona. However, after the jury had rendered its verdict, the judge discovered that the defense expert had lied about his qualifications. The judge not only ordered a new trial but also sanctioned the defendant more than $500,000. This is but one example of why attorneys today need to investigate not only opposing counsel’s experts but their own. LexisNexis is pleased to present a fast-paced and revealing program addressing how to use online resources to investigate experts. Even if you are not the one who actually conducts the research, just knowing what resources are available may help you to be better prepared in vetting your own experts and finding damaging information about the opposition’s.

  • Caren R. Silverman, Esq. - Client Relations Specialist, LexisNexis

The Implications of Cross-Border Discovery on Cybersecurity and Privacy Compliance

(Presented by the International Law Committee)

Electronic discovery intersects with privacy and cybersecurity whenever parties engage in the exchange, transfer and processing of sensitive information. This session will focus on the potentially conflicting obligations that can arise among litigation, cybersecurity and privacy compliance. Panelists will also explore the intersection of converging domestic and international data obligations, a lawyer’s ethical responsibilities in cybersecurity and data privacy and its effect on U.S.-based litigation. Finally, the panel will discuss the current political landscape (i.e. the alleged nation-state cyber attack by Russia to influence the U.S. election and other international cyber threats) and how those attacks take shape and, in many instances, change our view of cybersecurity and data privacy, as well as how to best address this growing international problem.

Course Planner and Moderator
  • Jordan L. Fischer, Esq. - XPAN Law Group
  • Rebecca Rakoski, Esq. - XPAN Law Group
  • Linda D. Perkins, Esq. - White & Williams LLP

Refreshment Break - Visit with our Sponsors

  • 2 - 2:15 p.m.
  • Salon B

 (Sponsored by Robson Forensic)

Four Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Conflicts In and Around the Orphans' Court – A View From the Bench and From the Trenches

(Presented by the Probate & Trust Law Section)

Family. Sickness/death. Money. Conflicts. Oh my! Panelists, including two of Philadelphia’s three Orphans’ Court judges, will examine conflicts that arise every day in matters involving family, illness, death and money. On the estate planning side, the panel will explore such potential conflicts as representing both spouses in a marriage, representation of family members in family business succession planning and representing more than one generation of a family in estate planning. On the fiduciary-litigation front, panelists will discuss conflict issues that can infect guardianship litigation, will contest litigation, power of attorney abuse litigation and other Orphans’ Court matters.

  • Timothy J. Holman, Esq. - Smith Kane Holman, LLC (Course Planner)
  • Hon. Matthew D. Carrafiello - Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Division
  • Hon. George W. Overton - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Division
  • M. Howard Vigderman, Esq. - Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Studio 2

Protections for Reproductive Rights: Trends In Legislation and Judicial Rulings

(Presented by the Women in the Profession, Women’s Rights and Labor & Employment Law Committees)

This CLE will explore the current trends in women’s reproductive rights due to recent court decisions, changes in healthcare legislation and the shifting composition of the U.S. Supreme Court. The panel will discuss historical and political trends in abortion rights and restrictions, Planned Parenthood funding, healthcare religious exceptions and other family-planning rights. Future legislation, locally, statewide and nationally, will be examined, as well as rulings and developments in the courts, such as the Hobby Lobby case and others. Implications for employers in compliance with existing legislation, including medical leave, maternity and paternity leave and nursing rights, will be discussed, along with new legislation and court-imposed limitations affecting both employees and employers.

Course Planners
  • Jennifer S. Coatsworth, Esq. - Margolis Edelstein
  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Esq. - Tucker Law Group
  • Rep. Brian Sims - State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 182nd Legislative District
  • Catherine T. Barbieri, Esq. - Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • David S. Cohen, Esq. - Professor at Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; Women's Law Project Board of Directors

Avoiding That “Big Little Lie”: Navigating Fee Missteps When Making Getting Paid a Reality

(Presented by the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee)

HBO’s popular dark comedy-drama miniseries, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies,” has been the talk of pop culture circles and social media across the country. It highlights a collection of missteps and dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive that lead-up to one inevitable fatal lie. Panelists will address how to avoid the most disastrous lie when attempting to navigate fee agreements ­– not getting paid after your back-breaking, soul-crushing labor. Panelists address fee agreements both from the plaintiff and defense perspectives, setting fees with clients, discussing fees with clients, the boundaries between fees and retainers and fee issues that arise when a claimant retains you after they have already received a settlement offer, as well as ethical considerations.

Course Planner and Moderator
  • Maureen M. Farrell, Esq. - Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell
  • Danielle R. DeRosa, Esq. - Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
  • Kevin V. Mincey, Esq. - Partner, Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC
  • Eric H. Weitz, Esq. - The Weitz Firm LLC

Intellectual Property Primer For Non-IP Practitioners

(Presented by the Intellectual Property Committee)

What is intellectual property law? Intellectual property is a relatively foggy area of law to most non-practitioners. It is a body of law focused on securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, artistic works, brands and other intangibles. Panelists will provide a primer on intellectual property law as a whole, answering the question – what is intellectual property and why protect it? Panelists will also provide an overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Course Planners and Presenters
  • Christina D. Frangiosa, Esq - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Lawrence E. Ashery, Esq. - Caesar Rivise, PC

Refreshment Break - Visit with our Sponsors

  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Salon B

 (Sponsored by JAMS, The Resolution Experts)

Four Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • 1.5 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Salon C

WTF! My Loved One Just Got Arrested! What Do I Do Now?

(Presented by the Criminal Justice Section & Sponsored by ABC BAIL BONDS)

It has happened to more of us than we care to admit. That phone call out of the blue, probably in the middle of the night, that someone you care about has been arrested – you are a lawyer, but the last time you had any real criminal experience was in first-year law school or maybe watching “The Night Of” on HBO. What do you do first? Who do you call? How to find out where he/she is being held and what it will take to get that person released? Hear from the experts as they guide you through the first steps and next steps. The panel will explain the booking process, how to find out where the arrestee is being held, what the bail arraignment process is, about bail and posting bail and more.

  • James A. Funt, Esq. - Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores
  • Thomas J. Innes III, Esq. - Defender Association of Philadelphia (Course Planner)
  • Susan M. Lin, Esq. - Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg LLP
  • Nicholas Wachinski, Esq. - ABC Bail Bonds
  • Troy H. Wilson, Esq. - Wilson Law Offices (Course Planner)
  • Jonathan E. Yellin - ABC Bail Bonds

Fundamental Legal Aspects of Franchising

(Presented by the Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section)

Franchises exist in every professional genre. They serve as a potential growth model for businesses and for ownership for individuals, entrepreneurs and entities to own a single unit, multi-units, area development rights and other facets of business within a franchise system. During this informative CLE session, panelists will address fundamental issues and nuances that may be encountered in a franchise and distribution matter – whether representing a franchisor or franchisee. Among the topics attendees will hear are recent developments and case law updates, a review of applicable state and federal laws, how to analyze franchise offerings and the franchise model as a client growth strategy.

Course Planner and Moderator
  • Harris J. Chernow - Chair of Franchise Law Committee; Partner, Reger Rizzo
  • Hon. Thomas J. Rueter - U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • F. Joseph Dunn, Esq. - Partner, Fisher Zucker LLC
  • Susan Miller, Esq. - Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Elizabeth D. Sigety - Esq., Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Tom Spadea, Esq. - Partner, Spadea Lignana LLC

Good Parents Gone Bad – Use of Self-Help in Custody Cases

(Presented by the Family Law Section)

Custody litigation can take months and cause significant stress for the litigants while they await relief from the court. While most parents address their disputes in the courtroom, sometimes parents utilize self-help to get immediate relief. The panel will explore when it is and is not appropriate to use self-help and the ramifications self-help can have in litigation and within the family.

Course Planner
  • Julia Swain, Esq. - Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Mark A. Momjian, Esq. - Momjian Anderer, LLC
  • Hon. Holly J. Ford - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division
  • Jacqueline Vergara, Esq. - Family Court Custody Master, Court of Common Plea
  • 1 Ethics
    0.5 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Salon A

Access to Civil Justice in the First Judicial District: Achievements and Aspirations

(Presented by the Public Interest Section and the Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force)

Courts across the country are facing a huge increase in the numbers of unrepresented litigants, which makes the courts’ obligation to assure fairness more difficult. Indeed, in more than 75 percent of civil cases, one or both litigants have no attorney (and that figure excludes family law cases, which if included would likely produce a higher number). A national movement has developed to address this issue, and Philadelphia’s courts are responding – both outside the courtroom, through the creation of “help centers” and other services, and in the courtroom, in terms of judicial handling of situations in which one or both parties are unrepresented. This course will highlight new programs and approaches aimed at improving access to justice in the First Judicial District and will examine the ethical issues raised both by the flood of unrepresented litigants and by efforts to accommodate them.

Course Planners
  • Cathy Carr, Esq. - Co-Chair, Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force
  • Lynn Marks, Esq. - former ED, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
  • Len Rieser, Esq. - Program Coordinator, Sheller Center for Social Justice, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Louis S. Rulli, Esq. - Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Deborah R. Gross - Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Hon. Anne E. Lazaras - Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Sheila A. Woods-Skipper - President Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Hon. Marsha H. Neifield - President Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court
  • Molly Callahan, Esq. - Women Against Abuse, Legal Center Director
  • Renee Danser, Esq. - Self-represented Litigation Network (SRLN), Deputy Director; Former District Court Administrator, 43rd Judicial District of PA
  • Anita Santos-Singh - Exec. Director, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Co-Chairs, Delivery of Legal Services Comm.

LOCKING UP ONE'S OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America

  • 5 - 6 p.m.
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE Credits
  • Salon D

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This CLE plenary will address race, criminal justice and juvenile justice. In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman Jr., pointed out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African-American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In “Locking Up Our Own,” and this presentation, he seeks to understand why.

Forman said that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Fearing that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness, many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.

A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians and community activists, police officers, defendants and crime victims. He speaks and writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas—from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. Forman enriches people’s understanding of why society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.

Course Planners and Moderators
  • Thomas J. Innes III, Esq. - Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Troy H. Wilson, Esq. - Wilson Law Offices
  • Deborah R. Gross - Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
Featured Speaker
  • James Forman, Jr. - Law Professor, Yale

Oktoberfest Celebration Cocktails

  • 6 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Borgata Pre-function

 (Sponsored by Kolins Security Group)

Bierhalle to Diskothek

  • 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Premier Nightclub

 (Sponsored by Veritext)

Fall festivities continue with dinner buffet, open bar and dancing.

Saturday, Oct. 14


  • 8 a.m.
  • Salon D
  • Second Passport Giveaway

 (Sponsored by Thrivest Legal Funding, LLC)

Courts Under Fire: Grits and Gripes

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Salon D

(Presented by the First Judicial District)

This fast-paced and entertaining breakfast CLE plenary, hosted by the First Judicial District, will examine a variety of cutting edge topics in rapid succession in an “ESPN First Take/Around the Horn” timed debate-style format.  Our moderators, one from the bench and one from the bar, identify controversial and challenging legal issues in all levels of the court system with responses from a panel of judges and lawyers with expertise in all areas.  Among the topics to be addressed: diversity in the legal profession, mass incarceration, judicial independence and ethical decision-making and social media. Ethical considerations will be integrated throughout the presentation.

Course Planner
  • Hon. Sheila A. Woods-Skipper - President Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Hon. Karen Y. Simmons - Philadelphia Municipal Court
  • Kevin Harden Jr. - Ross Feller Casey, LLP
Judicial Panelists
  • Hon. Daniel J. Anders - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Criminal
  • Hon. Susan Peikes Gantman - President Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Kelley B. Hodge, Esq. - Philadelphia District Attorney, City of Philadelphia
  • Marissa B. Bluestine, Esq. - Executive Director, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Break - Visit with our Sponsors

  • 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Salon B

4 Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Salon C

Ring My Bell - A Practitioner's Guide to Representing Clients Who Suffer Concussions!

(Presented by the Workers' Compensation Section)

In this informative session, traumatic brain injury and concussions in the work-injury patient will be explored. The panel, led by Dr. Nirav K. Shah, medical director at Princeton Brain and Spine, will provide an update on current concussion and traumatic brain-injury care in the injured worker; an examination of clinical symptoms and patho-physiology of concussions and traumatic brain injury; rehabilitation of the work-injured patient; as well as return-to-work guidelines for the work-injured patient.

  • Nirav K. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Princeton Brain and Spine
  • Hon. Audrey Beach - Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication
  • Jeffrey S. Gross, Esq. - Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross
  • Mark L. Mazzanti, Esq. - Del Collo & Mazzanti LLP

Emerging Ethical Issues in Renewable Energy

(Presented by the Professional Responsibility and Environmental and Energy Law Committees)

In this session, panelists will address the regulatory framework in U.S. and international treaties relevant to the practice, sources to consult for advice in renewable energy, ethical issues that arise in practicing in a specialized industry and competence issues relating to the evolving nature of energy law and the regulatory environment. Panelists will also discuss the industry perspective regarding how lawyers can act as effective counselors and advocates. Attendees will hear solutions to emerging ethical issues in the field of renewable energy.

  • Diana K. Ashton, Esq. - Assistant General Counsel, Polsinelli LLP (Course Planner)
  • Hanan Fishman - President and CEO, Alencon Systems, LLC
  • Deborah A. Winokur, Esq. - Cozen O’Connor P.C. (Course Planner)

Hoarding Intervention and Response: Strategic Approaches to Safeguard Clients

(Presented by the Elder Law and Guardianship Committee of the Probate & Trust Law Section)

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions due to a perceived need to save. Hoarding disorder or behavior negatively impacts an individual’s personal life and can lead to legal consequences. Panelists will focus on legal issues that may arise from hoarding behavior including landlord-tenant disputes, code enforcement, licenses and inspections disputes and in severe cases guardianship proceedings. This program will address how practitioners can best advocate for and assist their clients by highlighting the legal and social resources available to people with hoarding behavior and provide strategies to assess clients with hoarding behavior and to intervene in safe and effective ways.

Course Planner and Moderator
  • Anastasia De Paz, Esq. - The Law Office of Keelin S. Barry, LLC
  • Linda M. Hee, Esq. - Schubert, Gallagher, Tyler & Mulcahey
  • David Wengert, MSW - Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force, Community Legal Services
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Salon A

Wildcard Issues at Arbitration

(Presented by the State Civil Litigation Section)

This session will address substantive issues of law that litigants and arbitrators often grapple with at the Philadelphia Arbitration Center. Panelists will consider service issues and other important issues that arise such as those impacting tort status; outstanding medical bills, including Act 6 reductions, “paid or payable,” uninsured drivers, police reports and what they can and cannot be used for; and the Fair Share Act compared to joint and several liability. The discussion will conclude with what effects, if any, the presentation and determination of these issues at arbitration have on the case in the event of an appeal.

  • Erin M. Siciliano, Esq. - Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
  • Hon. Paula A. Patrick - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division
  • Ryan Briskin, Esq. - Solomon Sherman & Gabay
  • Maureen Eagen, Esq. - Director, Arbitration Center, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Michaella Tassinari, Esq. - Robert J. Casey Jr. & Associates
  • James P. Tolerico, Esq. - Robert J. Casey, Jr. & Associates

Using Themes Throughout Your Case - Opening, Direct, Cross and Closing

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE Credit
  • Salon D
  • Second Passport Giveaway

 (Sponsored by Kolins Security Group)

Every case has a story and attorneys are the storytellers for their clients. A great story is bolstered and enhanced by a theme that brings all of the elements of the case together. Themes have a powerful persuasive effect in the courtroom. A theme is the lens through which the judge and jury will view your case and its evidence from beginning to end. In this plenary session, Robert Mongeluzzi, one of the most respected and successful trial attorneys in the United States and founder of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, will guide you through the use of themes throughout your case.

Featured Presenter
  • Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Esq. - Founder, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC

For sponsorship information contact, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Director of Meetings and Special Events, Tracey McCloskey.