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Schnader Announces Changes to Firm Management

On June 2, 2016 by Schnader in Criminal Defense

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce several changes to the firm’s practice management.

Wilbur L. Kipnes will chair the Litigation Services Department, and Stephen J. Shapiro will serve as vice chair of the department, which is comprised of 26 practice groups. Samuel W. Silver and Bruce P. Merenstein have been serving as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Litigation Services Department since 2013.

“We are delighted that Will and Steve have accepted these new roles for the firm, in addition to their own practice management,” said Schnader managing partner Nicholas J. LePore III.

Wilbur L. Kipnes is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia, P.A. office. He has served as Schnader’s general counsel for many years. Mr. Kipnes has handled a broad array of complex litigation matters in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings, including cases involving antitrust, RICO, contract disputes, corporate governance, construction, and insurance coverage.

Stephen J. Shapiro is the vice chair of the Litigation Services department, and a member of the Financial Services, Intellectual Property, and Aviation litigation practice groups. Mr. Shapiro defends financial services companies and professional services providers against allegations of fraudulent conduct, breaches of fiduciary duty, malpractice, and trademark/trade name infringement. As a member of Schnader’s Aviation group, he has significant experience defending the nation’s largest commercial airlines. Mr. Shapiro is also a member of the Communications and Media practice group. He worked as a news photographer before entering the legal profession, and brings real-world experience and industry knowledge to his practice. Mr. Shapiro is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia, P.A. office.

Alice Sacks Johnston will chair the Product Liability Practice group, part of the Litigation Services department. Ms. Johnston represents clients in a range of complex litigation matters. Her experience includes serving as national, regional, and local counsel to automakers, heavy equipment manufacturers and others in asbestos cases and representing pharmaceutical clients in mass tort proceedings at the state and federal levels. Additionally, she has litigated claims related to trademark infringement, restrictive covenants, RICO, fraud, and other business-related litigation. Ms. Johnston is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh, P.A. office.

Mark M. Lee will chair the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice group, part of the Litigation Services department. A trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Mr. Lee specializes in the representation of corporations and individuals in business litigation matters. Mr. Lee also has extensive experience in organizing and directing complex investigations for companies in numerous industries, including financial services. He advises clients on cybersecurity and data privacy, including assessments of policies and procedures, data breach preparation, and breach response and remediation. Mr. Lee is a partner and resides in the firm’s Philadelphia, P.A. office.

Stephen A. Fogdall will continue as chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice group, part of the Litigation Services department. Previously he was co-chair of the group. Mr. Fogdall participates in numerous areas of the firm’s commercial litigation practice, including financial services litigation, product liability litigation, and class action defense. He has litigation experience in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He also is the chair of Schnader’s Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Fogdall is a partner, residing in the firm’s Philadelphia, P.A. office and Washington, D.C. office.