Lunchtime Learning Presentations

Join the Solo and Small Firm Section for one-hour lunchtime learning programs covering essential topics to better yourself and your practice.


June 5, 2020, noon

Reopening the Law Office: Best Practices for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys

Pennsylvania is facing a new set of realities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With new case counts showing a flattening curve, Governor Wolf and his administration will begin to plan for a reopening process that protects Pennsylvanians and helps to stabilize the economy. As solo and small firm attorneys determine if going back to the office is right for them, their staff and their families, there are various considerations before a return to bricks and mortar offices is possible. This program will outline best practices solo and small firms should consider for a safe return to the office. In addition to providing attendees with resources, Gina F. Rubel, Esq., a law firm strategic planning and crisis response expert, will address:

  • What you need to know about re-opening your law office in PA
  • Supplies needed to keep staff safe and the workplace safe
  • Social distancing, safety and building policies and procedures to protect employees
  • Considerations for medical screening, privacy, information technology and security
  • Best practices to address well-being and mental health needs

Speaker: Gina F. Rubel, Esq. is widely quoted by the legal media on issues related to law firm practice management, crisis response, and corporate communications. A Philadelphia-raised attorney, Rubel is the CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., a women-owned certified public relations and marketed agency located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The author of the book Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers, Volume 2, Rubel serves as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Risk Management Committee and is listed among LawDragon’s Global 100 Leading Law Consultants. Law firm and corporate leaders call on her for high-stakes public relations, crisis planning and incident response support including high-profile litigation. Rubel has handled everything from COVID-19 furloughs and #metoo allegations to law firm litigation and trial publicity. As a result of 18 years of success, Rubel’s agency is listed among the leading agencies by the National Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. She can be contacted at gina@furiarubel.com, 215.340.0480, on Twitter at @GinaRubel or LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/ginafuriarubel/.

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June 8, 2020, noon

Working with Process Servers and Private Detectives During COVID-19

We may be dealing with a pandemic, but process servers and private detectives are still out there working. During this webinar, private investigator Michele Harris will discuss how she and her team are handling investigations and services right now. This includes following subjects claiming to have COVID 19 or hurt due to the virus on surveillance for some of the top manufacturing companies in PA.

Speaker:

Michele M. Harris, LPI is a licensed, bonded and insured private investigator, process server and notary covering all of Pa., N.J. and Del. Michele has been in the industry since 1987, first working for other firms and then opening her own firm in 2005. Harris now offers 12 locations, each office the result of client demand for her services. Michele is a proud sponsor and speaker for many organizations. Harris Investigations has been recognized by ALM /Legal Intelligencer as one of the top three investigation agencies for the past five years since the award has been offered.

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June 10, 2020, noon

20 Best Tips for Not Getting Sued by Your Own Employees

As solo practitioners and members of small firms, we tend to worry about keeping our clients out of trouble regarding employment law situations. However, solo practitioners and small firms find themselves the target of employment lawsuits by their own employees on a regular basis. Most of these lawsuits are not covered by your liability insurance and can prove to be extremely expensive to defend. The issues can arise because of wage and hour violations, discrimination, sexual or other types of harassment as well as non-compliance with other important federal and state labor and employment laws. This course is designed for non-employment lawyers who are solo practitioners or members of small firms and will provide you with the basics of proper practices to minimize the risk of being sued by one of your employees. Join us for an interesting hour and bring your questions, too.

Speaker:

Lawrence S. Markowitz is the owner of the York, PA firm known as The Law Offices of Larry Markowitz. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1981 and from the UCLA School of Law with a J.D. in 1984. Mr. Markowitz’s practice emphasis is employment law, where he represents both employees and employers. He is a Past Chair of the Employment Rights Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America as well as a Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. Mr. Markowitz belongs to the National Employment Lawyers Association (Eastern PA) as well as the Society for Human Resources Management. Previously, Mr. Markowitz has served on the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association, the Sections and Litigation Groups Coordinating Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Board of Directors of the York County Bar Association and the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Further, he has served as Chairman of the York County Bar Associations Employee Relations Committee and Chairman of their Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Markowitz has regularly spoken and planned courses all over the country on employment law and employment litigation topics for several groups. For 20 years, he served on the Planning Team of the Pennsylvania Bar Institutes two-day Employment Law Institute held annually in Philadelphia. Mr. Markowitz has authored numerous articles and course materials on employment law as well as litigation topics. He always provides high energy and innovative lectures that engage his audience.

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June 18, 2020, noon

Making Mindfulness and Keeping Calm Part of Your Daily Life in Avoiding Stress in the Practice of Law

No doubt about it, these are stressful times. This is why the Solo and Small Firm Section has made certain to offer webinars on mental health and mindfulness during the pandemic. Now as we are returning to our offices, while still worrying about COVID-19, new stressors are being added to the pile. By this point you have heard a lot about mindfulness. But do you truly understand how it can help you? Do you know how to implement mindfulness and stress relief into your life? During this webinar our faculty, frequent speakers on quality of life issues, will show you how you can add mindfulness to your daily routine. Creating a daily routine can help you manage the inevitable stress that comes with our profession. Join us and learn how to add some calm to your day.

During this webinar Erin Siciliano and Kathleen Wilkinson, both frequent presenters on quality of life issues, join together to help you manage your stress during this difficult time. Erin and Kathleen will:

  • Discuss and explain mindfulness
  • Explore how to develop strategies to relieve stress and keep calm

Co-sponsored by the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Committee

Speakers:

Erin M. Siciliano, Esq. is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP in Philadelphia. She received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and both her M.A., with honors, and B.A., summa cum laude, from California University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association and American Bar Association. Ms. Siciliano is currently serving a second two year term to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. Presently she is also a co-chair of the Quality of Life Balance Committee and a member of the Council of the Civil Litigation Section. She is also active in the PBA with the Women in the Profession Committee. She completed a three year term serving on the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors and has continued to serve on the Board as the designee for the State Civil Litigation Section and most recently was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Bar Association. She is a past co-chair of the State Civil Litigation Section, past co-chair of the Rules and Procedures Committee as well as the Arbitration Committee of that section as currently she is a co-chair of the Wellness and Quality of Life Committee. In addition, she is serving a second three year term on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel. She is also a member of PLUS and CLM and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Beyond her professional activities, she participates in several local theater groups, not only on stage, but also behind the scenes and as a board member.

Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Esq. is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP in Philadelphia. She served as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2013, and has held many officer, board, committee, and section leadership positions in the Philadelphia Bar, including 2019 co-chair of the Federal Courts Committee. She is Vice President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, past Zone One Governor and previously served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors for three years. She is a past chair of the Civil Litigation Section, co-vice chair of Quality of Life Committee, and a member of the Executive Council of the Commission on Women in the Profession, member of the Federal Courts Committee Council, and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Foundation Board. Ms. Wilkinson received the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2019, the Anne X. Alpern Award from the PBA in 2008, the Gilbert Nurick Award from the PBA and CCBL in 2014, and C. Dale McClain Quality of Life/Balance Award in 2018. She is a past board member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Ms. Wilkinson built her practice defending complex cases involving products, construction, premises, professional liability, employment, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. In dealing with laws relating to the Internet, Ms. Wilkinson’s practice includes cyber work such as drafting insurance policy cyber provisions, analyzing social engineering issues, handling losses involving cyber breaches, and more. Her clients include commercial clients, construction companies and major products manufacturers. She also handles coverage and has served as a technical writer of insurance policies. Ms. Wilkinson has tried many cases to verdict, occasionally arguing before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She also serves as a judge pro tem and discovery master in state and federal courts. She was appointed by former Governor Edward G. Rendell and served for more than ten years on the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, a statewide commission charged with making recommendations to the three branches of government on eliminating racial, gender and ethnic bias. She was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence Committee from 2006-2008 and Board of Law Examiners from April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2019. Ms. Wilkinson is a founding member of Villanova University School of Law J. Willard O’Brien Inn of Court (a member of American Inns of Court); in 2002-2003 she was program chair. In June 2004, she became the first woman president of the Inn of Court. In 2013, she was honored by the Villanova Law Alumni Association and received the Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for Service to Villanova Law School, as part of a program entitled Our Future in Focus: Advance, Transform, Lead. Ms. Wilkinson received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Kean University and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

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June 23, 2020, noon

Buying & Living in an Age-Restricted Community in Pennsylvania

If you, your family, or clients fall into the “over 55” category and are considering buying or living in an ag-restricted community, you probably have questions. During this webinar we will explore:

  • The rights and responsibilities of homeowners
  • The rights and responsibilities of associations
  • The tricks and traps to avoid so you can make sure the living experience is positive

Co-sponsored by the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Speakers:

Marshal Granor practices law at Granor and Granor P.C., in Horsham, Montgomery County, concentrating in the areas of community association law and real estate transactions. He is Immediate Past Chair of the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. He was a principal author of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Planned Community Act. Marshal is a member of Community Associations Institute and its Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. He is a fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers and has taught continuing education courses at its National Community Association Law Seminar. He holds Pennsylvania and New Jersey licenses as a real estate broker and title insurance agent, as well as a license as a Pa Real Estate Instructor. Marshal frequently teaches continuing education courses for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute including at the annual Real Estate Institute. He has served as an expert witness on community association and real estate contract matters in Pennsylvania courts, and has testified on community association legislation before committees of the General Assembly. He also teaches continuing education courses for real estate licensees, title insurance agents, and community association professionals. For 14 years, he and his wife, Tamar, served as co-presidents of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Sara A. Austin founded Austin Law Firm LLC in 2004. Recognized for excellence in the courtroom and in negotiations, Austin represents both business clients and individuals in Employment, HOA/Condominium, Business & Corporate, general Civil Litigation, Real Estate – Personal & Commercial, Bankruptcy – Debtor & Creditor, Estate, and Landlord/Tenant. Austin is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. She is a former partner at Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch, LLP, and Countess Gilbert Andrews. Austin served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Ross W. Krumm, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, W.D.Va. In these positions, she has handled cases in Employment and Labor, Bankruptcy and Corporate Law and General Civil Litigation. Among various other activities, Austin was the 2016-17 President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, serves on the Board of Directors of York Day Nursery, and is a Past-President of the York County (PA) Bar Association, Leadership York, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and a past board member of Community First Fund. Sara is frequently recognized by her peers through Super Lawyers. Sara was first recognized as a Rising Star in 2005. She was also recognized in 2009 and then every year since 2012 in the employment law area. Sara has also been recognized numerous times by Best Lawyers® in Harrisburg for employment law.

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June 24, 2020, noon

Document Management

Recent events highlight the need for lawyers and their staff to access documents remotely. As a result, working with traditional paper files has become a challenge, if not a practical impossibility. Because documents remain the foundation of everything lawyers do, they must adopt workflows to assure that they can access, edit and manipulate their electronic documents as efficiently as possible. In this program, practicing attorney and technology consultant Daniel J. Siegel, outlines how to organize and access data and information with ease, name files uniformly, and work with in-office and remote systems to assure that your documents are always synchronized.

Speaker:

Daniel J. Siegel has devoted his career to representing and providing professional guidance to attorneys about ethical matters, culminating in his 2020 appointment as Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In addition, Mr. Siegel’s practice also focuses on trial and appellate court writing, and workers compensation matters. He serves in numerous other bar association positions, including serving as Chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division Professional Development Board, and the author of ethics, technology and other columns for the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

The founder of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC in Havertown, Pennsylvania, Mr. Siegel is the author of thirteen books, including and Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms & Attorneys; he is the editor of Pennsylvania Fee Agreements. He also served as lead author of numerous ethical guidance opinions issued by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Ethics Committee.

Mr. Siegel can be reached at dan@danieljsiegel.com or by phone at (610) 446-3457.

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June 25, 2020, noon

How to Quickly Launch a New Website

Don’t have a website? Website out of date? These days, if you want to reach clients you need to have an up to date mobile-friendly home on the web. During the first portion of this free webinar, Jennifer will show you the options for quickly launching a new website. During the second portion, Jennifer will show you how to work with WordPress to create your own website.

Speaker:

Jennifer Ellis is chair of the PBA Solo and Small Firm Section. She is an ethics attorney in Pennsylvania and serves as a marketing and technology consultant to other lawyers. Find her online at https://jlellis.net or contact her at jennifer@jlellis.net.

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June 26, 2020, noon

Forgiveness and the Paycheck Protection Program

Many small businesses, including law firms, have received PPP. Now the question is, how do they ensure that the loans will be forgiven? During this webinar, Sara Austin is joined by banker Fred Wallace. Together they will discuss the regulations and the process as well as answer your questions. While the SBA has not yet released regulations on forgiveness, it is our hope that they will have done so by the time of this webinar.

Co-sponsored by the PBA Labor and Employment Law Section

Speakers:

Sara A. Austin founded Austin Law Firm LLC in 2004. Recognized for excellence in the courtroom and in negotiations, Austin represents both business clients and individuals in Employment, HOA/Condominium, Business & Corporate, general Civil Litigation, Real Estate – Personal & Commercial, Bankruptcy – Debtor & Creditor, Estate, and Landlord/Tenant. Austin is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. She is a former partner at Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch, LLP, and Countess Gilbert Andrews. Austin served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Ross W. Krumm, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, W.D.Va. In these positions, she has handled cases in Employment and Labor, Bankruptcy and Corporate Law and General Civil Litigation. Among various other activities, Austin was the 2016-17 President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, serves on the Board of Directors of York Day Nursery, and is a Past-President of the York County (PA) Bar Association, Leadership York, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and a past board member of Community First Fund. Sara is frequently recognized by her peers through Super Lawyers. Sara was first recognized as a Rising Star in 2005. She was also recognized in 2009 and then every year since 2012 in the employment law area. Sara has also been recognized numerous times by Best Lawyers® in Harrisburg for employment law.

Fred Wallace started his career with the Juniata Valley Bank in September 2010 as a Vice President Relationship Manager. Prior to joining JVB, Mr. Wallace served in several capacities as a commercial loan officer, regional sales manager and branch manager for various other financial institutions since 1980. Mr. Wallace is a graduate of PBA School of Commercial Lending and received his B.S. Degree in Business and Communication from Elizabethtown College.

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June 30, 2020

Business Interruption Insurance Issues

You and your clients are dealing with business interruptions, and so, you have or will be filing claims with insurance companies. The question is, will your insurance company pay? The answer, of course, depends on your policy and its particulars, as well as what the courts decide. Lawsuits are already being filed around the country due to business interruption claims and insurance company denials. Our speakers at the forefront of this issue here in Pennsylvania. During this webinar, the faculty will explore:

  • What is business interruption insurance?
  • What are the sources of insurance coverage for business income losses?
  • What kind of exclusions are we seeing and insurance companies claiming?
  • What is the state of business interruption insurance litigation in Pennsylvania

Speakers:

Scott B. Cooper, Esq. is a partner at the Harrisburg based personal injury law firm of Schmidt Kramer P.C. where he focuses on personal injury law with an emphasis on motor vehicle accident and insurance cases.

John (Jack) B. Goodrich, Esq. is a trial lawyer’s trial lawyer and the principal of Jack Goodrich and Associates. As past president of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, he has been singled out by his peers for his knowledge, experience and professionalism. Jack’s practice includes personal injury with a concentration on head trauma and vehicular accidents, including wrongful death and complex civil personal injury litigation. He has successfully represented and/or tried multiple dram shop, product liability, auto, trucking, and motorcycle accidents, premises, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases. Additional practice areas include Social Security Disability, wills and estates.

James C. Haggerty, Esq. is recognized as one of the preeminent personal injury, insurance coverage and bad faith attorneys in Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, he was the “go to guy” of many major property and casualty insurers for large and difficult cases. He was a leader of the defense bar, serving as the president of the Defense Institute and Chairman of its Motor Vehicle Law Committee. He now brings this knowledge and exposure to the representation of injured victims throughout the state. In 2012, he decided to change his career path and use his knowledge and skills for the benefit of claimants and victims. He brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the firm to each case he handles on behalf of individuals against insurance companies. Jim is with the Philadelphia firm of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer, & Kupersmith, P.C.

Jonathan Shub, Esq. is a shareholder in the firm of Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading class action consumer rights lawyers, based on his vast experience representing classes of individuals against well-known manufacturers of consumer products and consumer services. He has gained notable attention in the area of defective consumer electronics and computer hardware as a result of many leadership positions in federal and state cases against companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Maytag, IBM and Palm. In fact, Maximum PC Magazine, a leading industry publication, said that “Shub is becoming renowned for orchestrating suits that have simultaneously benefited consumers and exposed buggy hardware.” He also has vast experience in mass tort class actions such as Vioxx, and light tobacco litigation, and in consumer class actions arising out of energy deregulation.

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