Defense Digest, Vol. 27, No. 4, September 2021

On the Pulse…Other Notable Achievements


Karen Grethlein (Philadelphia, PA) has been re-appointed for a three-year term as the Young Lawyer Delegate for Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates.

Josh J.T. Byrne (Philadelphia, PA) has been appointed co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Amicus Curiae Brief Committee. The position became effective May 21, 2021, and will terminate at the close of the 2022 PBA Annual Meeting. Josh has drafted or co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in his capacity as co-chair of its Professional Liability Committee.


For the ninth year running, Marshall Dennehey was selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Philadelphia region’s “Best Places to Work.” The award recognizes our achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and company culture. We have been recognized as a “Best Place to Work” every year since 2013, winning the extra large company category in 2017, 2019 and 2020. Hundreds of companies submitted nominations to the program, which ranks the top employers according to scores given to the companies by their own workers. Our Delaware Valley locations, including our Philadelphia headquarters and offices in King of Prussia and Mount Laurel, New Jersey, were included in the survey. “We are always pleased to learn that we have been selected, but this year might be the sweetest of all,” said Marshall Dennehey President and CEO, G. Mark Thompson. “Our employees rose to every challenge presented by the pandemic, and then some. We are so grateful for their hard work and dedication, and we will continue to do whatever we can to maintain and improve our working environment so that all of our employees are engaged and have the opportunity to succeed.”

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (NBA/WLD) selected Butler “Buck” Buchanan (Philadelphia, PA) as the 2021 recipient of its annual Renaissance Man Award. The award recognizes an African American man who has demonstrated commitment to the empowerment, advancement and full participation of women of color in the legal profession. It additionally honors a legacy of professional excellence and commitment to the African American legal community, including support of the NBA/WLD. Buck “accepted” the award during the organization’s virtual Jazz in June Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on June 17, 2021. Congratulations, Buck!

Elizabeth Ferguson (Jacksonville, FL) has been recognized in Florida Trend magazine’s 2021 Legal Elite list in the category of Construction law. Elizabeth was previously featured on the Legal Elite list in 2014, 2018 and 2020, as well as the Up & Comers list in 2008 and 2010-2013. Now in its 18th year, Florida Legal Elite presents the state’s top licensed and practicing attorneys selected by their peers. The resulting list represents less than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Elizabeth has been Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar since 2009, and she is a former board member of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. She is a Construction Panel Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, has served as a professor of Construction Law, and is a frequent speaker on legal and construction industry issues. Additionally, she is a past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Daniel McDermott and Edward Radzik (New York, NY) have once again been cited as “Notable Practitioners” in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA. Both attorneys were recognized in the Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York), Nationwide Band 3 category. Dan was described by clients as, “His counsel is always sound and he approaches things in a practical manner.” Clients remarked of Ed: “He is a solid cargo attorney who is knowledgeable and a formidable opponent.” Congratulations to Dan and Ed!

2021 Florida Super Lawyers & Florida Rising Stars

Seven attorneys from our Florida offices have been selected to the 2021 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Our attorneys selected to the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list include:

  • Michael J. Bradford, Civil Litigation Defense.
  • Michael J. DeCandio, Construction Litigation.
  • Elizabeth B. Ferguson, Construction Litigation.
  • Alan C. “A.C.” Nash, Civil Litigation Defense.

Our attorneys selected to the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list include:

  • Julie Cunningham Aiello, Transportation & Maritime.
  • Amanda J. Podlucky, Personal Injury Defense.
  • Irene Thaler, Insurance Coverage.

2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Forty-five attorneys from our Pennsylvania offices have been selected to the 2021 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Receiving special recognition for the 16th consecutive year is Dan Sherry (King of Prussia, PA), who has been named to the “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania” and the “Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia” Super Lawyer lists. For the fourth year in a row, John Hare (Philadelphia, PA) was named to the “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania” and the “Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia” Super Lawyer lists. Our 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers include:

  • Harrisburg: Brooks Foland, John Ninosky, Edwin Schwartz
  • King of Prussia: Audrey Copeland, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Chandler Hosmer, Edward McGinn, Donna Modestine, Stephen Ryan, Daniel Sherry
  • Philadelphia: William Banton, Ralph Bocchino, Kimberly Boyer-Cohen, Buck Buchanan, Raphael Duran, Scott Gemberling, Tiffany Giangiulio, John Hare, Niki Ingram, Kate Kramer, Bruce McKissock, Michele Punturi, Bradley Remick, Daniel Ryan, Joseph Santarone, Vlada Tasich, Mark Thompson, Michael Turner, Thomas Wagner
  • Pittsburgh: Dennis Roman, Stuart Sostmann

Our 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Stars include:

  • Harrisburg: Brittany Bakshi
  • Philadelphia: Nicholas Bowers, Lee Durivage, Ashley Eldridge, Dana Gittleman, Andrew Goldstein, Kimberly House, Robert Stanko, Alesia Sulock, Daniel Tran
  • Pittsburgh: Jillian Corbett, Gregory Graham, Patrick Reilly
  • Scranton: Mark Kozlowski

Published Articles

Kimberly Berman (Fort Lauderdale, FL) was featured in’s “How I Made Partner” series. The article discusses her career trajectory from law school to now. Read the article:

Josh J. T. Byrne (Philadelphia, PA) authored the article “How Are You Incorrectly Using Your IOLTA Account (Part II)?,” appearing in the May 18, 2021, issue of The Legal Intelligencer. Read the article here:

Heather LaBombardi and Nataliana Guida (Roseland, NJ) authored the article “Vicarious Liability—Do You Really Need an Affidavit of Merit?” for the New Jersey Law Journal. Read the article here:

Amanda Podlucky (Orlando, FL) authored the article “Incident Prevention and Response Hits Close to Home,” appearing in the May 19, 2021, issue of Multi-Housing News. Read the article here:

Jack Slimm and Jeremy Zacharias (Mount Laurel, NJ) authored an article entitled “Strategy Is Key for Opening Statements and Closing Arguments,” which is featured in the NJSBA’s June 2021 edition of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. In this article, Jack and Jeremy address the importance of forming a sound litigation strategy in preparing opening statements and closing arguments and explain what can and cannot be said during openings and closings and discuss objections that could be made during the opening statements and closing arguments. Read this article at

Speaking Engagements

Mohamed Bakry (Philadelphia, PA), a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, moderated a presentation at the 2021 DRI Diversity For Success seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana. In their session, “A Conversation About Racial Justice in America,” Mohamed and panelists explored the inequities related to racial justice and addressed ways to move the dialogue into action so that the cycle of injustice can be broken.

Butler Buchanan (Philadelphia, PA) joined a panel to discuss “Workplace Culture, Equity and Safety as Our Community Emerges From a Global Pandemic” at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Virtual Spring Quarterly.

Peggy Bush (Orlando, FL), Leonard Leicht (Roseland, NJ) and Harold Moroknek (Westchester, NJ) presented the webinar “Rules of the Trucking Industry: Staying on Track!,” at the recent Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) Annual Conference.

James Cole (Philadelphia, PA) participated in the Insurance Law Global and Lloyd’s Market Association Young Professionals Virtual Boot Camp. He co-presented “US/Canadian Litigation in a Post-COVID-19 World.”

Ashley Eldridge (Philadelphia, PA) was a speaker at the Dispute Resolution Institute’s Personal Injury Potpourri, presenting “COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation.”

Michele Frisbie (King of Prussia, PA) presented “Personal Injury Exculpatory Clauses” on behalf of Stafford Publishing. This CLE webinar guided counsel in personal injury cases in interpreting, challenging or defending exculpatory clauses, the use of which invites a whole host of legal issues and public policy concerns. The program explored the difference between exculpation from liability arising out of a familiar activity with a well-defined set of risks with exculpation for injuries from novel and undefined risks. The program discussed how exculpatory clauses fare in real-world contexts—such as commercial leases, product liability, healthcare and sports.

Adam Fulginiti, Mary Kate McGrath (Philadelphia, PA) and Jeffrey Rapattoni (Mount Laurel, NJ) presented “Charting the Course of Telehealth in the Post-COVID Landscape” as part of the ASHRM Webinar Series. The session focused on the fundamental principles and best practices to help ensure that telemedicine systems work in tandem with AI-based insurance systems, comport with regulatory requirements and avoid the potential for malpractice.

Scott Gemberling (Philadelphia, PA) presented “Dram Shop, The Toxicology and the Law” on behalf of the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education.

Kevin Hexstall (Philadelphia, PA) was a featured speaker at the Perrin Conferences’ In-House Counsel Perspectives Symposium. Kevin’s session was titled, “Maintaining Relationships With Outside Counsel.”

Howard Mankoff (Roseland, NJ) was a featured speaker at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual (virtual) Meeting. Howard participated on a panel that discussed “Successful Mediation of Employment Disputes: Common Pitfalls and Strategies to Dig Out!” The presentation focused on the widely differing mediation expectations and lack of preparation; particular challenges of multi-party cases; adversaries with at-odds negotiation styles; and how to get the most value from virtual mediations.

Michele Punturi (Philadelphia, PA) presented “Changing the Employee Safety and Wellness Mindset to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs and Avoid Liability” at CLM’s Workers’ Compensation and Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference.

Eric Reichenberger (Fort Lauderdale, FL) was a co-presenter for “Not Fun & Games: Litigating Injury Claims Involving Minors” at the DRI Retail & Hospitality Virtual Seminar. Eric and panel discussed hospitality companies, and in particular theme park owners and operators, facing a disproportionate number of claims made on behalf of minors. Presenters also reviewed how in-house counsel and outside litigators can best adapt to defend those claims in court and in the public arena.

Our firm was well-represented at the latest Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s annual conference. Patrick Reilly (Pittsburgh, PA) co-presented “The New Marketing Tool—Creating a Podcast that People Want to Hear.” Robert Aldrich (Scranton, PA) participated in “Legal Marketing on LinkedIn—Learn How Law Firms are Leveraging LinkedIn’s Unique Data and Environment to Engage Clients and Prospects to Grow Their Business.” Finally, Charlene Seibert (Pittsburgh, PA) co-presented “Legal Malpractice Concerns in the New Remote World—Ethics Complaints, Legal Malpractice Actions, and Protecting Your Practice in the Post-COVID-19 –World.”


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