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MICHAEL J. NEEDLEMAN is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP, 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 and 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 was a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.
THOMAS D. REES is a partner with High Swartz LLP, and heads the firm's litigation and employment practice. He focuses his practice primarily on employment law, where he represents employers in litigations over employment terminations; restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and other employee mobility issues; employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters; employment contract disputes; and defamation and privacy related matters. Mr. Rees also serves employers in a wide variety of non-litigation matters, including contract negotiation, preparation of policies and procedures, and hiring and termination. These services help employers to avoid and resolve disputes without resorting to the courtroom. Mr. Rees is a frequent presenter on employment law matters to various professional groups. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association (past chair and co-chair of the Employment Law Committee; Employment Law course planner and lecturer; past chair of the Real Estate and Land Use Planning Committee), the Pennsylvania Bar Association (past chair of the Municipal Law Section), and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Mr. Rees earned his A.B. degree, with honors, from Stanford University and his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
WILLIAM T. SALZER is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Swartz Campbell LLC. He has concentrated his practice for more than 20 years in the areas of employment law, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Mr. Salzer advocates on behalf of and counsels management and individuals in a wide variety of employment law matters, including discrimination claims under federal and state law, employee benefit and fiduciary liability under ERISA, wage and hour disputes, enforcement of intellectual property and restrictive covenant rights, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and labor grievances. He capitalizes on his litigation experience in the transactional arena, where he has protected clients in the purchase and sale of businesses by drafting employment contracts, confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants. A substantial part of Mr. Salzer's practice includes representing and advising primary and excess insurers in complex insurance coverage claims involving risks under commercial general liability, professional, environmental, property and casualty, fidelity and workers' compensation policies. He provides timely and comprehensive insurance coverage opinions for risks nationwide. Mr. Salzer assists insurers in drafting policy endorsements to respond to changing legal developments and to foster new business in targeted markets. Prior to joining Swartz Campbell LLC, Mr. Salzer was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor, with responsibility for enforcement of occupational safety and wage and hour laws, representation of the government in black lung benefit claims and defense of union grievances. He earned his B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and his J.D. degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law.
R. ANDREW SANTILLO is a partner at Winebrake & Santillo, LLC, located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He focuses his practice on wage and hour law, litigating both individual and class/collective actions under both state and federal law. Mr. Santillo is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of Michigan and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2017, he was certified as an arbitrator pursuant to Local Civil Rule 53.2 by Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Santillo graduated from the Temple University School of Law and is a graduate of Bucknell University.
WILLIAM J. SIMMONS is a shareholder in the firm of Littler Mendelson P.C. Mr. Simmons has represented employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, ranging from nationwide wage and hour class and collective actions to individual lawsuits. He has handled numerous claims alleging violations of state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes. Mr. Simmons regularly defends employers in connection with discrimination charges filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state administrative agencies around the country, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. A large portion of his practice now concerns compliance with the array of laws governing background checks in hiring, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), state and local "ban the box" laws, state social media privacy laws, and state fair credit reporting acts. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a variety of putative class action cases against employers for alleged violation of the FCRA's disclosure, authorization and pre-adverse action requirements. Mr. Simmons frequently trains in-house legal departments and human resources departments on background check processes and substantive decision-making, and he is a regular speaker on background check-related practices. He is a member of the American Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Section and Litigation Section). Mr. Simmons received his A.B. degree, summa cum laude, from Lafayette College and his J.D. degree, with highest honors, from Rutgers School of Law.