HARRISBURG (April 29, 2016) - Philadelphia lawyer Charles Eppolito III , a partner in White and Williams L.L.P. will become vice president of the 27,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting May 13 in Hershey. Eppolito will become president-elect in 2017 and president in 2018.
Eppolito served as PBA secretary from 2007 until 2010 and as chair of the PBA House of Delegates, the association's policy-making body, from 2011 until 2013. He has served as a member of the PBA House of Delegates since 2001. He was the 2002-03 chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division and is active in the PBA YLD Mock Trial Competition for Pennsylvania high school students.
Currently the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Leadership Institute, Eppolito also served as chair of the PBA Membership Development Committee of which he is the current co-vice chair. He served as the chair of the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Committee, vice chair of the PBA Health Care Law Committee, co-chair of the 2005-06 PBA Annual Meeting Task Force and co-chair of the PBA Midyear Meeting. He received a PBA President's Award in 2009, the PBA YLD Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award in 2007, and a PBA Special Achievement Award in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He is an investigative panel member for the Pennsylvania Judicial Evaluation Commission.
He has been active in the American Bar Association, serving in its House of Delegates and on the House Select Committee and the Tellers Committee. He also is a member of the ABA's Medical Professional Liability Standing Committee, and the Bioethics and the Law Special Committee.
He served as chair of the Medicine and Law Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and received its Exceptional Achievement Award in 2010. He previously held a number of leadership positions in the ABA's Young Lawyers Division.
A member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Eppolito is co-chair of its Environmental and Energy Law Committee and previously served on the executive board of the Young Lawyers Division. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association and serves on its Medical-Legal Committee. He is a board member of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia.
Eppolito is a trial lawyer whose practice consists primarily of the defense of healthcare providers (hospitals, health systems, physicians, physician groups, nurses) as well as defending matters involving negligence, electrical engineering and product liability issues in utilities cases. He also represents insurance companies/carriers, including primary, excess and reinsurance, throughout the nation. He has tried many medical malpractice cases to verdict in jury trials and has arbitrated others to successful resolution.
He has been named a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" attorney numerous times since 2005 by Law & Politics magazine as a result of a survey of his peers. He has been named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by Pennsylvania Law Weekly, The Legal Intelligencer and a panel of judges throughout Pennsylvania. He also has been a speaker or panelist for a number of professional programs, including effective trial advocacy, trial strategy and tips, alternative dispute resolution, effective use and cross-examination of medical experts, mentoring, diversity and quality of life/balance. Eppolito served as a Hearing Committee member for the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Eppolito is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University and the Villanova University School of Law.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.