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MARIELLEN BELLO is an attorney with the law firm of Susanin, Widman & Brennan, P.C. She has practiced for more than 25 years, primarily in the areas of ERISA, employment law litigation and counseling (including EEOC and state agency proceedings), wage and hour, family leave, ADA accommodations, and unemployment compensation. Ms. Bello has also provided training to numerous organizations regarding avoidance of racial, ethnic, and sexual harassment in the workplace, spoken regarding social media and hiring concerns, and written numerous employer policy manuals. She earned her B.A. degree from Ursinus College and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law, where she was a Law Review editor. Ms. Bello also volunteers her time to represent abused children with the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State bar associations, and numerous federal district and appeal courts.
FRED B. BUCK is a partner in the law firm of Rawle & Henderson LLP, in Philadelphia, where his practice involves the defense of personal injury litigation, including general negligence, automobile, product liability and construction site accidents. He also has participated in the defense of an antitrust case, defamation actions, Dragonetti Act claims, employment actions, civil rights actions, dramshop cases, insurance coverage disputes and statutory bad faith cases. Mr. Buck earned his A.B. degree from Georgetown University and his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law. He is an adjunct professor of law at Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the American and Philadelphia bar associations. Mr. Buck is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
JOSEPH L. MESSA JR is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. Mr. Messa handles cases involving medical malpractice, products liability, transportation accidents, construction and workplace injuries, fire, medical device, drug products liability, and other fields of complex personal injury litigation. He has represented clients from around the country and received seven and eight-figure verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, products liability, fire, and construction/work injury matters. Mr. Messa also serves the legal community by presenting lectures on medical malpractice, products liability, managed care liability, drugs and medical devices, and transportation accidents. He is a member of the American Association for Justice; American Bar Association; fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Pennsylvania Association for Justice; Philadelphia Bar Association; New Jersey Association for Justice; Camden and Burlington County, and New Jersey bar associations; and the Justinian Society. Mr. Messa has also served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Trial Association since 2006 (secretary from 2009-2011, vice president from 2013-2014, and president from 2015-2016). He is a graduate of Tulane University and Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.
ANNE R. MYERS is a partner with Comegno Law Group, P.C., where her practice includes insurance coverage; directors and officers liability; medical malpractice; and design defect defense for architects, engineers, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, title insurance agents and agencies, and mortgage brokers and mortgage companies. Ms. Myers also handles bankruptcy matters for insurance carriers to ensure that their contractual rights are upheld and protects them against the binding effects of mass tort liability estimations under plans of reorganization. She also defends creditors against claims brought by debtors/trustees in adversarial actions. Ms. Myers earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University Honors College and her J.D. degree from Cornell University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations. Ms. Myers is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as before the U.S. District Court of Colorado; the U.S. District Court (Eastern, Middle, and Western districts) of Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court (Southern, Northern, and Eastern districts) of Texas; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
MICHAEL J. NEEDLEMAN is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, P.C., where he focuses on and handles insurance defense, insurance coverage, and employment litigation matters. Mr. Needleman has delivered lectures to the insurance industry on such topics as federal diversity litigation, the scope of the duty to defend and has taught several CLE classes on a variety of subjects. He is a member of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and is occasionally appointed by the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to assist in civil rights cases. Mr. Needleman is a graduate of American University and Widener University School of Law, where he as a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.
HON. LISA M. RAU serves as a state court judge who has presided over major civil and criminal trials in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Judge Rau was appointed to the bench in July of 2001, was elected in November 2001, having been endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican parties, and was retained for an additional ten year term in November 2011. Judge Rau has served as a team leader for major civil jury trials since October 2013. Judge Rau has served on the National Judicial College’s faculty teaching advanced evidence to judges since 2007, received certificates in judicial development and general jurisdiction trial skills and dispute resolution skills from the National Judicial College, and is nearing completion of her master’s degree in judicial studies. Judge Rau served as the co-chair of the Court’s Judicial Education Committee, which provides regular educational programs to over 100 judges. Judge Rau has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Villanova Law School, and is a frequent continuing education instructor for attorneys. Judge Rau established the court’s Judicial Fellowship Program, which has placed over 270 talented law graduates in volunteer service as fellows for judges to enhance their legal training and experience until they secure paid employment. Judge Rau co-founded the MENTOR Re-entry Court that seeks to reduce recidivism by providing intensive mentoring and supportive services to citizens post-conviction. Judge Rau established and coordinated the Court’s liaison program with the landlord tenant bar to provide better access to the courts for self-represented and low-income litigants and helped create the Landlord Tenant Appeal Mediation Program (LTAMP). Prior to becoming a member of the judiciary, Judge Rau was a partner at Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein, Messing & Rau and was an attorney at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP). As a lawyer, she specialized in complex, employment, and class action litigation. Judge Rau received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review and received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors in psychology, from Colgate University. Before entering the legal profession, Judge Rau served for two years in the United States Peace Corps teaching health and nutrition in rural areas of Thailand.
GARY F. SEITZ is an attorney at Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and admiralty and maritime law. Mr. Seitz serves as a Chapter 7 panel trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and acts as trustee in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of Delaware. He has extensive experience handling bankruptcy matters for creditors, asset purchasers and trustees. Mr. Seitz also has expertise in admiralty and maritime litigation and transactions with particular emphasis on marine financing and vessel foreclosures. He is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Seitz is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 5th circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western districts of Pennsylvania; the District of New Jersey; and the District of Delaware. He graduated magna cum laude from Buena Vista University and from the University of Iowa College of Law. Mr. Seitz also earned his master's degree from Tulane University. In the course of obtaining his law degree, he studied at the Shanghai Law Research Institute in the Peoples Republic of China and at the Bentham House Faculty of Laws of the University of London. Mr. Seitz has obtained the designation of Proctor in Admiralty from the Maritime Law Association of the U.S. He is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference; and the Pennsylvania, New Jersey State and American bar associations. Mr. Seitz is a member of the Philadelphia Maritime Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association.