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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 27 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.
JAMES W. CUSHING is an attorney at the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C. Over the course of his career, Mr. Cushing has published 75 articles to date and also maintains the Judicial Support Blog. His articles have appeared in The Legal Intelligencer, Upon Further Review, and The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer. He concentrates his practice in the areas of contracts law, family law, real estate and landlord/tenant law, small claims law, and unemployment compensation law. Mr. Cushing is a member of and co-chair of the Case Law Committee for the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyers Referral and Information Service, and on the Board of Directors of the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia. He is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cushing earned his B.S. degree, cum laude with honors, from Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg; and his J.D. degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he earned the Lena L. Hale Award.
DORIS J. DABROWSKI is a sole practitioner licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her practice focuses on employment, ERISA, elder law, and administrative agency appeals. Ms. Dabrowski is on the Employment Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association and National Arbitration and Mediation and is a public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). After serving as president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers' Association (NELA), she remains active in the national organization and its local affiliates. Ms. Dabrowski is a member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and serves on the National Career Support and Development Committee. She is a former co-chairperson of the Women's Rights Committee and the Sole and Small Practice Management Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. While a student at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, Ms. Dabrowski was on the Editorial Board of the Women's Rights Law Reporter.
ANNA DARPINO is the general counsel of Wound Healing Solutions, LLC. As the general counsel, she is responsible for overseeing WHS's legal affairs, including litigation, regulatory compliance, contract negotiation, labor/employment, and risk management. Ms. Darpino graduated from Marist College with a B.A. degree in English Literature. She graduated from Widener University's Delaware Law School and was admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After completing a clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ms. Darpino began her career as a civil litigation defense attorney at a Philadelphia law firm. Over the last decade she has defended a wide array of cases, including catastrophic accidents, premises liability, complex torts, negligent hiring/supervision, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, and professional malpractice. Ms. Darpino has regularly appeared in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and before various administrative agencies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Ohio. She also has extensive experience providing guidance to companies on regulatory compliance, labor/employment issues, contract review and negotiations, and internal investigations.
BRIAN M. DOYLE is an attorney at the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., where he practices in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights and discrimination, disability issues, Social Security, and unemployment compensation. Mr. Doyle earned a B.A. degree in history from Boston College and his J.D. degree from American University's Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and is admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court for the districts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
MICHAEL GALEY is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He concentrates his practice on defending employers against employment related claims and advising clients on personnel management and statutory compliance issues. Mr. Galey is routinely involved in defending employers in matters in which former employees have alleged disability, race, age, gender, and other discrimination claims, as well as claims against employers for sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, defamation, wrongful termination, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. His practice also involves counseling clients regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Pennsylvania's wage payment and collection law. Additionally, Mr. Galey assists clients in crafting employment agreements and implementing employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers - Rising Stars. Mr. Galey earned his B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School.
MICHAEL D. HOMANS is a founding partner of HomansPeck, LLC where his practice focuses on civil rights and labor and employment law, concentrating on the litigation of workplace disputes and pre-litigation advice to employers and employees. Mr. Homans serves a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, independent schools, executives, professionals, and managers. He handles claims involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, non-compete agreements, wage payment and overtime, family and medical leave, fraud, and breach of contract. Mr. Homans publishes a blog, Employment Law Update, and writes regular newsletters on trends and developments in employment law, as a value-added, complimentary service to his clients. He is also a frequent presenter on employment law topics. Mr. Homans earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington and his J.D. degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law, with honors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association.
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.
MICHAEL D. SCHAFF is a founding partner in the Philadelphia firm of Schaff & Young, P.C. His firm represents insurance companies and/or employers in claims brought under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Mr. Schaff has served as a workers' compensation judge for the D.C. Department of Employment Services in Washington, D.C., where he conducted formal hearings and rendered decisions on claims brought under the D.C. Workers' Compensation Act. In addition to his defense of the insured and self-insured employers, he also represents "uninsured" employers. Mr. Schaff conducts lectures on practice and procedure under the Pennsylvania and Longshore Acts, and he has written extensively on his areas of practice. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Schaff served as the chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Midsized Firm Management Committee from 2004 through 2005, and he served as defense chair for the Philadelphia Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section for 1999. He was a Hearing Committee member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Disciplinary Board. Mr. Schaff earned his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.