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DELIA BOUWERS BIANCHIN is senior counsel with The Lynch Law Group, LLC. Ms. Bianchin has two decades of high level experience practicing law. For the first half of her career, she focused in complex commercial litigation at two large prominent law firms in Pittsburgh and the second half as in-house counsel for a diversified contract manufacturing company and for a dynamic start-up. In her first ten years of practice, she practiced complex commercial litigation at the both K&L Gates (formerly Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP) and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC. She concentrated in the area of general commercial litigation and garnered experience in a wide range of litigation-related matters in various federal and state courts across the country, including various complex commercial and employment-related litigation matters. She then joined Penn United Technologies, Inc. and for ten years, held the position of general counsel for the diversified, international precision tool and die manufacturing company based in Cabot, Pennsylvania. As general counsel, Ms. Bianchin assisted with commercial contract negotiations, human resource and employment related matters, retirement plan design and compliance issues, intellectual property development, and a wide range of corporate compliance and litigation matters germane to the manufacturing environment. She received her B.A. degree in English from Calvin College and her J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she served as the editor-in- chief of the Journal of Law and Commerce and the research editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Ms. Bianchin is actively involved in community affairs and currently serves on the national Christian Legal Society Board and is the founding president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Christian Legal Society. She is a member of the Butler County, Allegheny County and Pennsylvania bar associations.
MEGAN E. HARMON is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Business Services Department, Executive Committee, and co-chair of the energy and environmental practice group, the mergers and acquisitions practice group, and the public finance group. She concentrates her practice in business counseling, transactions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, project development, public-private partnerships and finance, and has extensive experience in contract negotiations, federal and state compliance matters, employment issues and procurement. Ms. Harmon has completed well over 200 M&A transactions in a number of industries. She represents large cap companies, family businesses, start-ups, and both publicly and privately held organizations in all facets of business transactions. Ms. Harmon's M&A experience includes clients in heavily regulated industries. She joined Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, after being deputy general counsel and regional counsel for an environmental services company, where she was responsible for the legal department, operations, integration of acquisitions and divestitures. Ms. Harmon earned her B.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law.
STUART R. KAPLAN is a member of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, where he provides general corporate counsel to numerous for profit and not-for-profit companies and organizations, and advises in all aspects of business, employment, tax, real estate and health care law. Mr. Kaplan frequently assists clients with the drafting and interpretation of contracts; the purchase and sale of businesses; the purchase, sale and leasing of real property; and the resolution of disputes among business owners. His clients include businesses, business owners and other entrepreneurs, hospitals, physicians and not-for-profit organizations. He has significant experience in corporate governance issues (for profit and nonprofit), ownership transition plans, royalty and licensing arrangements, limited liability companies, officer and employee incentive plans, and laws and regulations applicable to health care providers, e.g., the Stark and Fraud & Abuse prohibitions. Mr. Kaplan has previously lectured to various professional groups on a variety of business law matters. He is a former adjunct professor at Robert Morris College. Mr. Kaplan received his B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College; his M.B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
JEROME B. SCHMITT is managing director of Gleason Experts in Pittsburgh where he has focused on solving complex financial problems using advanced financial, accounting, economic, valuation, and investigative skills. He has substantial experience evaluating the financial statements and financial condition of businesses; interviewing management and key personnel; researching and understanding economic, industry, and competitive factors impacting a particular business or product line; identifying and developing businesses’ core strategies; and providing sound solutions to complex problems in the form of advisory services, dispute resolution services, expert reports, and testimony. Mr. Schmitt’s experience with the firm includes practicing in the areas of business valuation, intellectual property valuation, dispute resolution, litigation support, forensic accounting, and financial restructuring. He has led the firm’s business valuation team on many engagements for a variety of purposes, including advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, resolving shareholder disputes, providing valuation reports for tax and financial reporting purposes, and providing testimony in commercial litigation. Mr. Schmitt is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania and is accredited in business valuation, certified in financial forensics, and a certified fraud examiner. He earned his B.S.B.A degree in accountancy and his M.B.A. degree from John Carroll University.
ERIK V. SCULLY is a shareholder in the law firm of Scully & Scully, PC, with offices in Pittsburgh and Wexford, Pennsylvania. His practice is concentrated in the areas of taxation, estate planning, estate administration, probate law and representing clients in various business matters. Mr. Scully's practice has a particular emphasis in representing clients during tax controversies and tax litigation at the federal, state and local levels. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his law degree from St. Louis University. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law; and is a member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, State Board of Accountancy (appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to 2011-2015 term and reappointed by Governor Tom Wolf to 2016-2020 term). He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (chairman: Pennsylvania State Ethics Committee (2005-2007)), member: Executive Committee (Southwestern Chapter, 2005-2006), Pennsylvania State Ethics Committee (2004-2007), Speakers Bureau (Southwestern Chapter, chairman 1999-2005), Committee on the Cooperation with the Bar (Southwestern Chapter); the Allegheny County Bar Association (member: Taxation Section); and the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. NSSAR #182984 (PA #12290, Pittsburgh Chapter). He is a frequent lecturer to professional groups and has authored numerous articles on legal, accounting and tax issues affecting individuals and businesses.