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Company Overview of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Company Overview

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC is a law firm. The firm provides a broad range of legal services including litigation, business and finance, and government and regulatory areas. Within litigation practice, it offers services including alternate dispute resolution, appellate, bankruptcy & restructuring, class action litigation, data security & privacy, e-discovery & information management, financial services litigation, food liability litigation, intellectual property litigation, labor & employment, litigation management online, mass tort litigation, product liability, professional liability, railroad litigation, telephone consumer protection act, and white collar defense & internal inve...

600 Grant Street

44th Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2703

United States

Founded in 1958





Key Executives for Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 54
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chairman and Member of Litigation Division
Executive Director
Head of Business Division
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Key Developments

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Announces Executive Appointments

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC announced the election of five attorneys to the firm's membership (partnership), effective April 1, 2017. The firm's new members represent a diverse range of experience and have been promoted from within the ranks of the firm's Pittsburgh; Princeton; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington offices. The newly elected members are: Jill R. Cohen; Drew M. Derco; Heather Stone Fletcher; Peter S. Murphy; and Nathaniel C. Wilks. Jill R. Cohen (Princeton) divides her practice between complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. She is experienced in representing corporations, executives and publicly traded companies in intricate cases involving securities, class action defense, and contract issues, in both individual plaintiff and class action law suits. Drew M. Derco (Washington, D.C.) counsels U.S. and foreign airlines on aviation regulatory and policy matters before a number of federal agencies. He handles all phases of the airline start-up process and assists foreign airlines with the launch of U.S. service. He also assists U.S. and foreign carrier clients in obtaining permit, exemption, and code-share authority from DOT's Office of International Aviation and negotiates airport lease and use agreements. Heather Stone Fletcher (Pittsburgh) focuses her practice on compliance, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting employee benefit plans. She represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Peter S. Murphy (Wilmington) represents individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of civil litigation in Pennsylvania and Delaware state and federal courts. Much of his practice involves defending product and equipment manufacturers in personal injury suits filed in the Delaware and Philadelphia Asbestos Litigation. As a member of the firm's Regulated Substances Group, he advises clients establishing and operating businesses involved in the financing, manufacturing, processing, distribution, marketing, and retail sale of marijuana for medical use where authorized by state law. Nathaniel C. Wilks (Pittsburgh) is a registered patent attorney whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the electronic arts, infringement and validity studies, patentability and right-to-use opinions, and litigation support.

Eckert Seamans Announces Executive Changes

Eckert Seamans announced that its Business Division will be led by Kathryn A. English (Pittsburgh) as chair. English succeeds Timothy Q. Hudak, former chair of the Business Division and Hospitality Group, who recently assumed the role of co-CEO, along with Dorothy A. Davis. English has served as vice chair of the Business Division since 2009 and as a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. In addition, Patricia S. Mahlstedt (Pittsburgh) was named co-chair of the Hospitality & Gaming Group and Christopher L. Bennett (Washington, D.C.) was named vice chair of the group. They will serve alongside Hospitality & Gaming Group co-chair Mark S. Stewart (Harrisburg) and vice chair Jay T. Blount. Member April Morgan Hincy (Pittsburgh) was named vice chair of the firm's Financial Services Litigation Group. English joined the firm in 1998, and practices in the employee benefits area, working with global public companies and privately held companies of all sizes regarding Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), tax, and executive compensation matters. She provides advice and counseling concerning compliance with ERISA, tax, and other related laws, and provides support in litigation and collective bargaining. Mahlstedt joined the firm in 2006. She focuses her practice on hospitality law, representing hotel owners, developers, investors, and management companies. Her practice covers various aspects of hotel-related matters for clients whose properties are located throughout the United States as well as in international locations, including hotel acquisitions and sales, joint venture negotiations, financing matters, leases, management agreements, franchise and food and beverage operating agreements, and day-to-day hotel operational matters. Bennett joined the firm in 2015 after a 16-year tenure at Interstate Hotels & Resorts Inc., where he served as chief administrative officer and general counsel. Hincy joined the firm in 2004, and focuses her practice in the area of commercial business litigation and also handles real estate, transactional, and regulatory compliance matters. Her litigation experience includes lender and servicer liability, class actions, contractual disputes, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) compliance, labor and employment matters, construction litigation and mechanic's liens, medical and professional malpractice claims, unemployment compensation, administrative hearings, insurance coverage disputes, bad faith actions, products liability, intellectual property infringement, predatory lending, and mass tort litigation.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Announces Management Changes

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC announced that Timothy Ryan, CEO since 2005, is stepping down, effective March 1, 2017. His successors are Dorothy Davis and Timothy Hudak, both of whom serve on the firm's board and executive committee. Each worked on the corporate side before joining Eckert. Davis, who had been a lawyer at U.S. Steel Corp., is chair of the Financial Services Litigation practice and of the Women's Initiative at Eckert. Hudak is chair of the firm's Business Division and its Hospitality and Gaming Practice. Prior to joining Eckert in 2002, Hudak was vice president and general counsel at Interstate hotels.

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