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Rawle’s Reports, June 2016: Attorneys selected as Pennsylvania Rising Stars

PENNSYLVANIA RISING STARS

Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Caroline S. Vahey, Kimberly A. House and David R. Chludzinski have been selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Magazine. Rising Stars are the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania who are 40 years old and younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

Caroline S. Vahey, Of Counsel to the firm in our Philadelphia office, focuses her practice in the areas of product liability, premises liability, construction law and general casualty. In 2006, she received a J.D., with honors, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was selected by the student body in 2006 as a recipient of the prestigious Bar and Gavel Award for Excellence in Public Service. Also in 2006 she was selected by the faculty of Chicago-Kent as a recipient of the Dean’s Certificate of Service Award. The Illinois State Bar Association presented her with Certificates of Recognition in 2005 and 2006 for meritorious public service and professional responsibility activities. Caroline received a B.A., cum laude, from the Catholic University of America in 2003. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She was also selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in 2015.

Caroline can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4252 • cvahey@rawle.com

Kimberly A. House, an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office, focuses her practice on the defense of catastrophic loss matters, including product liability cases, construction and industrial accidents, premises liability, hotel liability, medical malpractice and other general casualty matters. Kim earned her J.D. from Wake Forest School of Law in 2008. She was a Student Trial Bar Member and co-chaired the Zeliff Trial Competition in 2008. She earned her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2004. Kim is admitted in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Kim can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4360 • khouse@rawle.com

David R. Chludzinski is Of Counsel to the firm in our Pittsburgh office. He concentrates his practice on the defense of commercial motor vehicle companies and their insurers. David earned his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. While attending law school, he was a Comments Editor on the International Law Review and he received the C.A.L.I. Award for advanced pre-trial advocacy. He earned his B.A., cum laude, from Boston College. David is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. He was elected to a three-year term on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section Council in June 2015. He is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. David was also recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

David can be reached directly at: (412) 261-5738 • dchludzinski@rawle.com

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION WEBINAR

Zachary M. Rubinich, a partner in the Philadelphia office, presented a webinar for Clear Law Institute in April 2016 titled “Work-Related Stress Claims: The Law and Strategies for Defense.” His presentation addressed the definition, identification, statistics and costs of work-related physical, mental and emotional stress claims. Zach discussed the legal burdens of proof, medical and factual evidence, available benefits and defense strategies against stress claims to a group of risk management, human resource and insurance industry attendees.

Zach focuses his practice on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania. Based on his extensive experience, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section has certified him as Specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law. Zach has handled all aspects of litigation before workers’ compensation judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Zach is a Vice-Chair for the ABA TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee for 2015-2016. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2010 to 2014.

Zach can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4340 • zrubinich@rawle.com

PHILLYBIZ BEST OF BUSINESS ATTORNEY

David Ira Rosenbaum, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP, has been selected as a 2016 PhillyBiz Magazine Best of Business Attorney.  This list by PhillyBiz named a total of 49 attorneys as the “top legal minds in Philadelphia, for whatever your organization needs.”

David is the Chairperson of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Commercial Transactions Sections. He represents clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including asset purchase agreements, employment contracts, real property leases, joint ventures and vendor contracts, as well as product recalls and service bulletins. David also represents businesses in commercial litigation involving breaches of contract, construction, employment/restrictive covenant disputes and breach of fiduciary duty/corporate dissolution actions.

David is a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law and obtained an A.B. Degree with honors from Vassar College. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and in the state and federal courts in New Jersey. He has been rated AV Preminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was listed in the 2015 edition of Philadelphia’s Top Rated Lawyers.

David can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4378 • drosenbaum@rawle.com

KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE

Rawle & Henderson LLP participated in the 2016 Philadelphia Komen Race for the Cure in May and raised over $8,500 to help find a cure for breast cancer. The firm won the race category “Law Firms for the Fight” by raising more funds than any other participating law firm. Over the last nine years, Rawle & Henderson’s team has raised over $71,500.

The firm’s 2016 team was named Henderson for Higgins and Sabo Presents Harvan’s Heroes. Rawle & Henderson LLP honored for the second year in a row Christine Harvan, the firm’s long-time law librarian, who lost her battle against breast cancer in March 2015. They also honored, for the ninth year in a row, the firm’s former partner, Ann-Michele Higgins, who lost her struggle with breast cancer in September 2007. For the third year in a row, the firm honors Nancy J. Sabo, wife of partner Michael G. Sabo, Esq., who lost her courageous fight against breast cancer in January 2014.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION

Erin E. Lamb, an associate in our Philadelphia office, coordinated and participated in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s “Law Week 2016” events in May. Erin is the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division. Law Week offered a range of free community service events presented by volunteer lawyers. Rawle & Henderson associates  Jennifer Lynn Frechie and Erica M. Wicas also participated in Law Week 2016.

The “Lawyer in the Classroom” event featured attorneys visiting different Philadelphia schools to address students’ concerns about the law. “Legal Advice Live!” offered free legal advice to the public at four branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. “Lawyer for a Day” matched attorneys and students who observed trials in City Hall, the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice and Family Court. The “Trials of Gold E. Locks” event featured volunteer judges and attorneys dressed as fairytale characters to act out mock criminal trials for elementary school children at City Hall. The trials included prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses. Students acted as the jury and determined whether the characters were guilty of a crime. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney participated, telling students about the importance of their role as jurors.  Jennifer Lynn Frechie and Erica M. Wicas played the D.A., Dr. Kate Lupus, and Curly Pig in Commonwealth v. B.B. Wolf, presided over by Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.

L.-r.: Judge Ramy I. Djerassi, Judge Marlene F. Lachman, YLD Member Theresa Langschultz, YLD Member Melanie J. Foreman, Judge Annette M. Rizzo (Ret.), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper and Erin Lamb at the Trials of Gold E. Locks event at City Hall. Judge Rizzo is a former Rawle & Henderson LLP attorney.

CONSTITUTION  PROGRAM

Scott F. Griffith, a partner in the Philadelphia office, presented a program on the U.S. Constitution to students and teachers at Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School in May. The Constitution Program is presented annually by Rawle & Henderson in partnership with the Women for Greater Philadelphia (www.womenforgreaterphiladelphia.org), stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park.

Scott can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4323 • sgriffith@rawle.com

Rawle & Henderson partner Scott Griffith (standing) interacts with students at Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School. BELOW: Students and teachers with Scott Griffith (center) at Constitution Program.

 

 

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