Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts has approved the newest slate of members at its annual Board Meeting recently in Harrisburg. The new members’ terms will begin immediately.
“PMC is delighted to have such a geographically diverse, committed Board,” said Maida R. Milone, PMC President and CEO. “As PMC moves forward with renewed focus on civic education and engagement, equal access to justice, and judicial modernization and reform affecting every citizen in this Commonwealth, every Board Member’s voice and unique experience will be critical.”
The new Board Members are:
Sarah Bouchard, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Ms. Bouchard litigates complex employment, whistleblower, noncompetition, and trade secret matters across the United States for clients in many sectors, including financial services, technology, healthcare, and retail. Ms. Bouchard is also co-leader of the Morgan Lewis & Bockius whistleblower group, where she handles sensitive litigation and litigation avoidance related to regulatory issues arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
David L. Hackett, Cozen O’Connor
Mr. Hackett focuses his practice on representing and counseling employers concerning the full spectrum of labor and employment-related issues. Mr. Hackett has represented employers before federal and state courts, arbitration hearings and administrative agencies.
In addition to providing daily counsel to employers, Mr. Hackett drafts personnel policies, severance agreements, affirmative action policies, employment agreements, covenants not to compete and trade secret agreements. Mr. Hackett also assists clients when seeking to interact with government entities and elected officials on the local, state or federal level.
Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., Partner, Meyer, Unkovic, & Scott, LLP
Mr. Hicks is a business and oil and gas rights trial lawyer who handles emergency, complex and appellate litigation and other business matters for a variety of clients, including (LGBT) business owners.
For the past 29 years, Mr. Hicks has handled a variety of business and civil disputes, including claims ranging from misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property; breach of restrictive covenants and unfair competition; to real estate and oil and gas title disputes; among other areas.
Sophia Lee, Partner, Blank Rome, LLP
Ms. Lee concentrates her litigation practice in the energy industry, handling commercial, environmental, products liability, and toxic tort matters. Ms. Lee has experience managing a national docket of over 500 toxic tort matters, including asbestos, benzene, silica, and NORM, while monitoring case development, litigation, and scientific trends; managing government investigations and inquiries; and developing litigation and information management policies and best practices, including e-discovery protocols.
Alka Patel, Deputy Director, Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
At Carnegie Mellon, Ms. Patel is responsible for creating, implementing and executing strategic and operational matters relating to Center including, research projects, PwC client development, student outreach, and coordination of executive education; responsible for managing $11 million budget; liaise with faculty researchers from project inception to project approval by Governance Committee; manage internal research project lifecycle from idea inception to project scope development to managing Statement of Work though University Tech Transfer Office and Office of Sponsored Programs; and relationship manager and coordinator of all interactions with corporate sponsor (PwC).
Joshua W. B. Richards, Partner, Saul Ewing, LLP
Mr. Richards focuses his practice on commercial and appellate litigation with a particular emphasis on matters involving higher education. Mr. Richards regularly conducts on-site training sessions for higher education clients regarding compliance with civil rights laws and the Clery Act, and also advises them on policy matters.
In addition to his work representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes, Mr. Richards has also litigated a number of appellate matters, including cases before the Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.
Timothy Ryan, Member, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Mr. Ryan focuses his practice primarily on the litigation of intellectual property and business tort disputes. He has represented a wide variety of clients in matters involving patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition claims, licenses and franchises.
Mr. Ryan also has a broad range of experience in commercial, business and regulatory litigation, involving matters such as contracts, RICO, securities fraud and toxic exposure issues. Mr. Ryan is the immediate past Chief Executive Officer of Eckert Seamans, having served on both the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Michael T. Scott, Partner & Chief Legal Officer, Reed Smith, LLP
Mr. Scott is a senior trial and appellate lawyer in the Life Sciences Group with Reed Smith LLP, and has tried dozens of cases before juries in state and federal trial courts and has also argued many cases in state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Scott’s prior experience also includes serving as national counsel for a food manufacturer, lead counsel for a pharmaceutical company in more than 50 E.D.P.A. cases alleging birth defects, Deputy National Counsel and Trial Counsel for a pharmaceutical company.
Daniel H. Wheeler, President, Pea Vine Properties
Currently operating a small private investment venture specializing in real estate acquisition and management, both individually and with partners, Mr. Wheeler previously spent time in government service in various roles during the Administration of Governor Edward G. Rendell. Mr. Wheeler has also practiced at the Philadelphia firms of Blank Rome, LLP, Dilworth Paxson, LLP, and the Office of the Public Defender, Chester County.
Mr. Wheeler has been involved in several high-profile cases, including what was then the largest ever insurance company liquidation, litigation that exposed Major League Baseball to unprecedented antitrust liability, and the lawsuit to prevent the U.S. Department of Defense from closing the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
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