Rawle’s Reports

Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 3


Carl D. Buchholz, III, was honored recently for his service on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2012. During his tenure, Carl served one-year terms as Vice-Chair and Board Chair. Carl was appointed to the Board by Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. The Disciplinary Board is an independent board funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and consists of 13 members, 11 of whom are attorneys and two are non-lawyers, from across the state. The Board assists the Supreme Court in carrying out its exclusive jurisdiction over the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The Board members meet regularly to decide disciplinary cases and policy.

Carl also served as a member of the Client Security Fund Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2006; he was Board Chair from 2004 to 2006. The Client Security Fund reimburses individuals whose lawyers have misappropriated their clients’ funds.

Mr. Buchholz was honored by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia and was presented with several awards by Chief Justice Castille. In attendance were all six of the Supreme Court justices, as well as all of the current and many former board members.

Carl D. Buchholz, III, is Chair of the Maritime, Insurance Coverage and Appellate Sections of Rawle & Henderson LLP. His federal appellate practice includes an argument before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His state appellate practice includes seven arguments before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as numerous arguments before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Commonwealth Court. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1967 and Villanova Law School in 1970 where he was a member of the Villanova Law Review and graduated with honors.

Carl can be reached directly at: 215-575-4235 • cbuchholz@rawle.com


The Firm is pleased to announce that partner John H. McCarthy has been elected to the Board of Directors of the West Chester Food Cupboard.  The mission of the West Chester Food Cupboard is to provide supplemental food assistance to eligible, low income families and individuals in need.  The organization is staffed completely by volunteers and provides a supply of food on a monthly basis to almost 2,000 area residents.  The Cupboard’s motto is “neighbors caring for neighbors.”  Mr. McCarthy began volunteering at the Cupboard on Saturdays in April of 2012.  He was approached to join the Board of Directors and a formal vote recently confirmed his status as a Director of this charity.

John can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4359 • jmccarthy@rawle.com



Peter J. Neeson, Chair of Rawle & Henderson’s Environmental Law and Toxic Torts sections, has been selected as 2013 Top Rated Lawyers for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources by Martindale-Hubbell.

Peter, a practicing trial attorney for 34 years, concentrates his practice in environmental law and toxic torts. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York, and has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Neeson has been selected by his peers in an extensive nomination and polling process conducted by Law & Politics as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers every year since the program began.

Peter can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4320 • pneeson@rawle.com


Aaron M. Dorfzaun, Of Counsel to the firm in the Pittsburgh office, presented “The Asbestos Case: Proving Liability and Damages” at the NBI (National Business Institute) seminar on Asbestos: Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tactics at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in March.  Aaron concentrates his practice in environmental and mass torts and commercial litigation. He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in history from Kenyon College in 1992, and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of the American University in 1995. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida as well as the U.S. District for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 

Aaron can be reached directly at: (412)-261-5706 • adorfzaun@rawle.com



Tara Gill Nalencz addressed the Judicial Fellows of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in February on Expert Witnesses from Selection to Cross Examination: Strategies for Maximizing the Efficacy of Yours and Neutralizing Your Opponents. Tara is a partner in the Philadelphia office and focuses her practice on the defense of catastrophic personal injury matters, including product liability cases, construction and industrial accidents, premises liability, dram shop liability and other general casualty matters. She has participated in the defense of numerous jury trials. Ms. Nalencz obtained her J.D. from the Temple University School of Law in 2004. She earned her M.A. in Spanish Literature in 2001 from Pennsylvania State University and her B.A., cum laude, in 1999 from Dickinson College.

Tara can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4215 • tnalencz@rawle.com