Rawle’s Reports

Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 8

PITTSBURGH PARTNER

Charles A. Buechel, Jr. has joined the Firm as a partner in our Pittsburgh office. Charlie focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, medical professional liability, construction, casualty and premises liability, product liability, maritime, and environmental torts. He has more than 30 years of courtroom experience. Charlie has experience at every level of litigation practice, including the Pennsylvania Superior, Supreme and Commonwealth Courts. Before entering private practice, he served with the Attorney General’s office in its Litigation Division.

A member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Charlie is a frequent lecturer and author on personal injury law, eminent domain, maritime law and other topics. His involvement with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute has allowed him to stay committed to defending the letter of the law and mentoring young lawyers.

He has been an Associate Opinion Editor and has served as the Editor of the Jury Verdicts project of the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. Charlie is an instructor of a number of Continuing Legal Education classes throughout the mid-Atlantic Region. He is an Adjunct Professor of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering Masters of Science program in Construction Management.

Charlie earned his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, where he was an Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardee, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, as well as the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Charlie is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

CONSTITUTION PROGRAM

Scott Griffith (l.) and Marc Ullom (r.), seated, with students from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School at the Laurel Hill Mansion. Students in row directly behind attorneys (l.-r.): Darren Gillespie, Andrew McDaniel, Beaonca Ward, Carmena Green, Mahogany Williams and Azzure Lewis. Students in back row (l.-r.): Tylere Thomasson, Matthew Bempah, Rasheed Saunders, Vincent DiLeo, Justin Bryant, Charles Pinkney, Kiersten Adams, and Tyler Allen.


Marc F. Ullom, Of Counsel, and Scott F. Griffith, Partner, presented a program on the U.S. Constitution to nearly 30 students and several teachers from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School in May 2012. The Constitution Program was presented by Rawle & Henderson in partnership with the Women for Greater Philadelphia (website: www.womenforgreaterphiladelphia.org), stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park. The event was held at Laurel Hill Mansion, the restored summer home of the Rawle family on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The mansion is owned and maintained as a historic landmark. This was the second annual presentation on the Constitution that Marc and Scott have made to the Holy Cross Parish School students. Hosting the event was Alma Jacobs, president of the Women for Greater Philadelphia.

Marc and Scott presented information on Laurel Hill Mansion. They discussed Rawle & Henderson founder William Rawle, who started the firm in 1783, as well as his views on the Constitution. The attorneys and students talked about the Second Amendment—the right to bear arms—and Marc and Scott explained William Rawle’s views on the amendment, as well as how the Amendment applies in today’s society. William Rawle’s grandson, a Union Army officer who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, was also a topic of discussion, along with the Civil War Amendments—specifically, the 13th, 14th and 15 Amendments. In addition, the students and attorneys went over two cases: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) and Gideon v. Wainwright (1963).  The program was received enthusiastically by the students and adult attendees.

For more information, please contact Marc at mullom@rawle.com or Scott at sgriffith@rawle.com.

ABA TIPS SPRING MEETING

Valerie Kellner and John T. Donovan participated at the ABA/TIPS Spring Meeting Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response in Charleston, South Carolina. John was a speaker and Valerie was a moderator on the panel Second Responders: Experts from Fire Investigation to Daubert. Topics included the fundamentals of a fire investigation; selection of experts; scene preservation; spoliation and Daubert motions. Valerie Kellner is a partner in our Philadelphia office. She focuses her practice on product liability and general litigation. Valerie is the Chairperson for the Products Liability Committee of the ABA/TIPS Section. She has previously served as the Chair-Elect and the Newsletter Editor for the Products Liability Committee. Valerie is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  John Donovan is a partner in our Philadelphia office and concentrates his practice on the defense of premises liability, product liability, toxic tort and construction law matters. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

For more information, please contact John at jdonovan@rawle.com or Valerie at vkellner@rawle.com.

DISCIPLINARY BOARD

Meredith A. Mack, an associate in the Philadelphia office, has been appointed to a three-year term as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, starting July 1, 2012.

Ms. Mack concentrates her practice in the area of environmental, mass and toxic torts. She graduated with a B.A. from Yale University in 2005 and earned a J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2008. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as before the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact Meredith at mmack@rawle.com.

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