Caroline M. Brobeil
Public Relations Manager
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2006 – Philadelphia, PA – Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that three associates have been elected to partnership effective January 1, 2006. The Firm’s new partners are Bruce Merenstein of the Philadelphia office, Robert Williams of the Pittsburgh office, and Gordon Woodward of the Washington, D.C. office.
“It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of three outstanding professionals to partner,” said Ralph Wellington, Chairman. “Each one is already a great asset to the firm, and I expect that they will continue to bring value to the firm due to their superior legal skill and judgment, as well as their unsurpassed dedication to finding genuine, meaningful solutions for our clients.”
Mr. Merenstein’s practice focuses primarily on appellate litigation in state and federal courts; he has extensive experience and knowledge of the trial process, and has a detailed understanding of complex procedural, jurisdictional, and post-trial matters. He has handled appeals to the intermediate and supreme courts in several states, as well as appeals in a number of federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Merenstein was a critical part of the team that worked on the successful Barnes Foundation petition in December 2004 that allowed it to amend its bylaws to allow a move of its gallery to Philadelphia. Prior to practicing law, he worked extensively in the field of labor relations in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, primarily as a researcher and writer for an education association in Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors of arts degree from Brandeis University in 1985, and then went on to the University of Massachusetts – where he was a University Fellowship recipient – graduating with a master’s degree in 1988. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, graduating summa cum laude, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. In 2005, he was named a ‘Pennsylvania Rising Star’ by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers.
Mr. Williams handles complex commercial, employment and bankruptcy litigation matters on behalf of individuals and corporations. He has tried several cases to verdict before judges and juries in both state and federal courts, and has represented clients in both private and court-annexed arbitration proceedings. He also counsels companies and small businesses on litigation avoidance strategies and risk management. Mr. Williams received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, and went on to receive his J.D. – graduating magna cum laude – from the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University in 1995. While at Temple Law, he served as managing editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. In 2005, Mr. Williams was named a ‘Pennsylvania Rising Star’ by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers, listed in Madison's Registry of Who's Who Among Professionals and Executives, and was noted as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the The Legal Intelligencer.
Mr. Woodward’s practice concentrates on insurance coverage, product liability, mass torts, premises liability, personal injury and general commercial litigation. He is experienced in all stages of litigation, including the preparation of pleadings and motions, conducting discovery and trial. In additio