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2014 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law Lecture featuring Professor Bryant Garth


Lecture: The Crisis of Law Schools: An Empirical and Global Perspective on the Current Debate

Date: March 4, 2014

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Location: Room 114, College of Law

CLE: One (1) hour general has been applied for in Ohio and Kentucky. Approval is expected.

Webcast: This event will be webcast. Please check back the day of.

 

About the Lecture

In his lecture, “The Crisis of Law Schools: An Empirical and Global Perspective on the Current Debate”, Professor Garth will provide a reading of the crisis that is different from most legal education critics, suggesting that most of the diagnoses and remedies do not make sense according to the data and that there is something to be learned from the move abroad to adopt elements of the U.S. model. He will draw in part on the “After the J.D.” longitudinal study of the legal profession and will highlight what he considers the real challenges for legal education.

About the Speaker

Prior to joining the UC Irvine law faculty, Professor Garth served as Dean of Southwestern Law School, Director of the American Bar Foundation, and Dean of Indiana University – Bloomington School of Law. He has held numerous leadership positions within the ABA and the AALS, currently serving on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the “After the J.D.” study and chairing the Advisory Committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement. He also has served as a consultant to such entities as the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and major philanthropic foundations.

One of the leading international scholars on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization, and the rule of law, Professor Garth just finished a term as co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education and is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and 107 articles. Proficient in four foreign languages, Professor Garth graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Studies. He went on to clerk for Judge Robert Peckham of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California before earning a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

About the Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

The Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law was endowed by Mr. Chesley, a 1960 graduate of UC Law, in 2006 to bring outstanding legal scholars of national and international prominence in all areas of law to the College as visiting professors.

Travis Burke’s Work at Wright-Patterson is Chance to Serve Country


Aviation has been a part of Dayton’s history since the time of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  In 1904, the Wright brothers began making use of the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, an 84-acre plot of land, for their test flights.  From 1910-1916 they operated The Wright Company School of Aviation at Huffman Prairie, which would eventually become designated a National Historic Landmark.

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, three military installations were established in Dayton, two of which eventually became Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  Today, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is an integral part of the Air Force.  Serving as the headquarters for the Air Force’s worldwide logistics system and all Air Force systems development and procurement, Wright-Patterson has the second largest Air Force medical center, is the heart of Air Force graduate education, and is the home of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.*

Travis Burke ’10 today works as a contract negotiator at this historic and important military facility.  A native of Northern Kentucky, he attended the University of Kentucky for his undergraduate degree before receiving a fellowship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. There, he met his (now) wife, Fanny Delaunay ‘14.  After graduating from UK, Burke went directly to law school.  Influenced by the knowledge that his grandfather served in the Army during World War II, Burke forayed into public service with a JAG internship during his second year at UC Law.  “I knew I enjoyed serving my country, it felt rewarding,” he said of his experience, “and I want to spend a career doing it.” 

Burke works in the C-130J program office procuring C-130J aircraft from Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer.  “A lot goes into buying a plane.  It’s not just paying a price and driving or—in our case—flying the plane off the lot,” he explained.  “You have to think about things like spare parts, support equipment, warranty coverage, having folks around (we call them field service representatives) that know how to troubleshoot and correct issues with the plane, etc.”  More specifically, Burke works in the foreign military sales (FMS) department, working to procure aircraft for military/strategic partners with the U.S.

Since graduating he has had opportunity to practice in the private sector.  “I still do have my own private practice where I selectively take on matters that interest me,” he said, “but ultimately, big law is, in my opinion, really a life-altering career path that consumes your life.”  He shared his perspective on work/ family life balance, quoting an anecdote a colleague said to him a few years back:  “You never spend time on your deathbed wishing you had worked more Saturdays, or missed more of your kid’s soccer games; in fact, it's the opposite.”  Burke has taken this to heart and enjoys finding the balance in both his work and his family life.  “I’ve found a great balance between doing something I’m passionate about, and being able spend time with my family and enjoy my free time.”

 

*Info from the first two paragraphs from http://www.wpafb.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=6234

Meet Dr. Bill Naber: Working at the Intersection of Law and Medicine


The worlds of medicine and law are often seen as in conflict.  It seems that several times each year there is a big news story about a pharmaceutical company that made a bad drug, or about a local doctor involved in some shady practices.  But in many ways, the worlds of law and medicine are very much connected—for the better.  Lawyers not only defend doctors in certain difficult situations or work in-house at large pharmaceutical companies, but they also help advise hospitals and smaller practitioners on what they need to do to stay on the right side of the law.  On the other side of the same coin, lawyers, like everyone else, often need the healthcare and expertise that only doctors can provide.  There are approaches about healthy living that doctors know best just as there are strategies about healthcare law that lawyers know best. 

There are some individuals, however, who are equipped to bring a unique perspective to both fields because they work in both professions.  Dr. William Naber ’11 is an example.   Dr. Naber grew up in Cincinnati before attending the University of Dayton for his undergraduate studies. A pre-med major, he graduated and went directly into medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He graduated with his M.D. in 1993 and completed a three-year residency before transitioning into an emergency medicine practice.  Dr. Naber practiced medicine in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for one year, and then for eight years in upstate New York.  In 2005 he and his family decided to return to Cincinnati.  It was around this time that he began considering gaining another degree.  “I didn’t know I wanted to go to law school when I was first starting out as a doctor,” he explained.  “But I knew that as I got further along in my career that continuing to be an ER doctor would become more difficult.”  He said that with the difficulties of scheduling and long, overnight shifts that you just simply don’t see very many older ER doctors.  This provided him with motivation to find a way into the administrative side of healthcare.  “I looked at those in positions similar to what I might be interested in doing and saw a variety of degrees,” he shared, “but there was a notable absence of doctors who also had law degrees.  I saw it as an opportunity to bring something unique to the table.”

Pursuing a JD

After a few years of hard thinking and talking to people in the field who had both degrees, Naber decided to pursue his law degree.  He took his LSAT (which he said was much more challenging than the MCAT!), and was accepted to UC Law.  Here he participated in the Flexible Time Program, through which he was able to continue working while being enrolled as a part-time law student.  The program allowed Naber to graduate with his juris doctor in four years. 

Since graduating in 2011, Dr. Naber has been able to transition his professional life to a point where he now works more in the legal/administrative side than he does practicing in the ER.  Today, he is the medical staff president at West Chester Hospital and is a medical director at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital.  In his capacity as a medical director he works in case management, utilization review, and in clinical documentation improvement.  Additionally, Naber teaches as an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the College of Medicine, teaching and lecturing both residents and medical students.

How an MD Impacts Legal Training…and Vice Versa

When asked how having a MD has given him a unique viewpoint on legal issues, Dr. Naber noted specifically that he can see how regulations change and influence real-life practices.  “It helps me to be able to put these complex legal concepts into real world scenarios.”  To students who may be considering the possibility of attaining both a JD and a MD, Bill cautioned that it is a decision to consider very carefully.  “Before pursuing both degrees, pick one and see, down the road, if getting the other is something you still need to do,” he said.  Noting that each degree can be quite expensive to achieve, he advised that any bump in pay might not be as big as you might think to make it economically feasible.  With careful planning, however, and considering it from all angles, attaining both a JD and MD is very much possible.

JD/WGSS Program Provides Context and Perspective for Lee Serbin


 “During law school it has been important for me to maintain connections with the communities I hope to serve,” said Lee Serbin’14, a student currently completing UC Law’s joint degree program. “The JD/MA program has allowed me to do so.”  Serbin grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio before attending college at the University of Vermont and The Ohio State University. At OSU she studied Women’s Studies and Sociology.  After graduating, she stayed in Columbus to work for two years before coming to UC Law. 

 “UC’s joint degree program with law and WGSS was the first in the nation and UC Law’s size and location was a good fit for me,” she explained of her decision to come to UC.  The JD/MA program takes four years to complete; thus, Serbin finished her MA this past summer and will graduate with both a  JD and a MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies this May.

Serbin praised the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice Center while describing what she enjoys about the school.  “The programming the Center presents is really important in giving context and urgency to what we learn in law school,” she said, additionally noting that the Center’s programming has been relevant to her MA degree studies.

Honing Her Legal Skills

She has a variety of legal experiences already under her belt as she nears graduation.  During her first summer she interned with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center in Cincinnati.  She shared that she really enjoyed working with wonderful people there on important issues.  “Interning with OJPC illustrated the impact of policy and law on individual lives.”  She has also participated in an externship with the family law team at The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, where she conducted interviews to support Legal Aid attorneys, accompanied her supervisor to community meetings addressing domestic violence in the Greater Cincinnati area, and performed legal research for family law cases.  Last summer she worked at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) in Maryland.  She explained that SALI provides legal services to survivors of sexual assault and also provides legal training and technical assistance to professionals who work with survivors.  “The great variety of work that SALI does exposed me to many different types of law and illustrated the huge impact sexual assault has on the lives of survivors and their families,” said Serbin.  As an intern she was the first point of contact for survivors seeking legal assistance, and through this she was able to hone her client counseling skills.  With her limited practice license, she was also able to represent clients in protection order hearings with UC Law’s Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic

“The professors involved are wonderful and provide support and encouragement,” said Serbin of her experience in the joint degree program.  “It is a lot of work and requires a great deal of dedication and focus,” she continued, “but a joint degree can provide additional context and perspective to legal studies that can be very valuable to critical analysis.”

For Kyle Correa-Brady JD/MBA Program Beneficial for Business Success


Business lawyers are an important part of the team that help businesses form, grow, and succeed. Indeed, UC Law’s business law pathway help students build a strong foundation. However, some students choose to take it a stepfurther—by augmenting their legal degree with an MBA to become as well-rounded a professional as possible. Kyle Correa-Brady ’14 is one such student. 

Correa-Brady moved to Cincinnati with his family when he was three, living here until he began college at the University of Virginia. There, he majored in both history and economics, and minored in English.  After graduating, he took one year off and moved to Austin, TX, where he had the opportunity to work at a law firm. This was a chance to explore whether he indeed wanted to pursue a legal education. When he realized he definitely wanted to go to law school, Correa-Brady returned home to Cincinnati for the College of Law’s program. Important to his decision to attend UC Law was the fact that the school has a joint degree program through which he could also pursue an MBA.

In the joint degree program, Correa-Brady spent his first year as a full-time law student, participating in the school’s first year curriculum just like a regular law student.  His second year, however, he left the law school to take graduate business courses, graduating from the Carl H. Linder College of Business with his MBA after nine months.  Then, he returned to the law school to complete his remaining two years of legal coursework, with the goal of graduating with his degree this May.

“When I entered law school, I always knew I had an interest in business and that I had an interest in corporate law,” said Correa-Brady of his motivation to participate in the joint degree program.  In his first semester at UC Law he began to apply for the MBA program and he took the GMAT over winter break. 

“Once I was accepted, it was a no-brainer for me. All transactional lawyers need to know their clients and their clients are usually business men and women.  If a lawyer can't read a balance sheet or breakdown the accounting issues, they are less helpful to their clients.” 

Correa-Brady understands the worlds of law and business intersect and, given his interest in corporate law and business, he knew that the MBA would prove important and beneficial in assisting and counseling his clients down the road.

Building a Career Through Practical Experiences

At UC Law, Correa-Brady has enjoyed a number of practical experiences, using the time to build out his resume and hone his skills.  During the summer of 2012, he worked at firm Strauss Troy. Last spring (2013) he worked at Fifth Third Bank.  “This job gave me the first opportunity to apply my MBA and JD knowledge in a professional environment,” he shared of his experience at the bank.  “I still did all legal work, but I was able to apply business knowledge to the work I did.”  That fall he got another opportunity to explore working at a large corporation when he worked with Kroger Inc.  To top it off, in the summer between his time at Fifth Third Bank and Kroger, he worked at Medpace, a top-ranked, mid-sized clinical research organization. He has continued to work there during this academic year, his last at UC Law.   

Lessons Learned About a Joint Degree

Kyle advised that students considering a joint degree carefully consider why they are doing the program and to weigh the pros and cons.  If one decides in favor of gaining both degrees, however, he is a strong proponent of getting them together.  He left this bit of advice:  “Nowadays, most of the news we hear whether coming out with an MBA or a JD is very negative.  The economy still hasn’t recovered and the job market is rough out there.  But I believe that when deciding to do a joint degree program, your decision should be made with a mind toward the long term – not the short term.  And as the economy does turn around, I believe that you won’t regret the extra work put in for the extra degree now.”

Eric Munas '15

The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime


Adrian Raine

The Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry presents

Adrian Raine, Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge.

Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: College of Law - Room 114
CLE: 2 CLE credits (requested), approval is expected.

This program is free and no registration is required.

Program Description

The very rapid developments taking place in the neuroscience of crime and violence are creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand, and understanding and mercy on the other. This talk outlines implications of this body of knowledge not just for research, but also for our future conceptualization of moral responsibility, free will, and punishment. If the neural circuitry underlying morality is compromised in offenders, how moral is it of us to punish prisoners as much as we do? Can biological risk factors help better predict future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce violence?

 

Randall D. Larramore '97 to serve as the President of Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C.


Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C., announces the election of Randall D. Larramore to serve as the President of the corporation.  The firm also announces that its name has been changed to Paty, Rymer, Ulin & Larramore, P.C.  Mr. Larramore received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chattanooga in 1989, and received a Masters in Public Administration from the University in 1993. Thereafter, Mr. Larramore was awarded the Benwood Foundation’s prestigious Chapin-Thomas Scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  While at the College of Law, Mr. Larramore was a member of the Moot Court Board and an Edward Morill Constitutional Law Scholar. Mr. Larramore received a Masters in Business Administration from U.C.’s Carl H. Linder College of Business in 1995, and in 1997, received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Mr. Larramore began practice at Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C. in 1997, and in 2004 was announced as a member of the firm.  Mr. Larramore practices primarily in the area of employment and civil rights litigation, but also practices in the areas of domestic law, personal injury, and general business litigation. Mr. Larramore is admitted to practice before all Courts in Tennessee, all regional Federal courts, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Larramore has argued employment cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C. is a small law firm which began operations under its recent name of Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C., in 1979. The Paty family, with which the firm is associated, has practiced together on Patten Parkway in Chattanooga, Tennessee as early as 1975, preceding the formation of the law firm as it is currently configured.  Following the lead of senior partner, Selma Cash Paty; Paty, Rymer & Ulin has a specialty practice in domestic law, including all aspects of juvenile, divorce and custody litigation.  Within the context of that firm specialty, each of the attorneys at Paty, Rymer, Ulin & Larramore, P.C., has a particular area of the law on which they concentrate, including: Railroad litigation, FELA litigation, personal injury, collections, and construction law.

You've Been Served: Summons for a Civil Service Action


UC College of Law: Day of Service 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMONS FOR A CIVIL SERVICE ACTION

To: Members of the Cincinnati Community

A Civil Service Action has been requested of you.

On September 6, 2014, if you are a local practitioner of law in the Cincinnati Area, a UC College of Law Student, Faculty, or Alumni, or a past or present resident of Cincinnati as described in the grand folklore of the Tri-State area — you must serve at the University of Cincinnati College of Law Day of Service 2014!

UC College of Law Requests that you personally serve out this SUMMONS FOR SERVICE on SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. You must register for a site by on or after Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  [Register Here].

Time of Appearance -  8:30am

  • Coffee and Bagels, T-shirts,  Meet other Volunteers, Assemble into Site Groups
  • Service Speaker at 9:15am
  • Travel to Sites following Speaker

Service Site Report Time - 10:00am

Service Site Completion Time - 2:00pm

  • Leave Service Site

Day of Service Cocktail Hour and Cookout - 3:00pm

  • Return to Bleglen Lawn for Refreshments

About “You’ve Been Served!” UC Law’s Annual Day of Service

This year's Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014 (09/06/2014). It is an annual event in which UC Law's students, faculty, and alumni participate in community service engagements all over Cincinnati I personally would like to encourage you to save the date, get your hands dirty, and participate in the civil service that makes this day so unique and rewarding.

Volunteers will sign up to participate in the Day of Service and will select the site at which they want to work.  Then, after the service is over, everyone will come back together for a party celebration on Bleglen Lawn outside the Law School! All participants will receive a free lunch, a free t-shirt and can join in the party festivities!

The Day of Service is an awesome experience that sets the tone for our year at UC Law. The civil service that we engage in on that day has great benefits to the community and is rewarding for those who participate.  It is also the first opportunity for incoming students to come to an event, interact with faculty, staff, alumni, and other students, and learn that there is much more to law school than classes and grades. We truly are a large, fragmented family, and it is incredibly important to include faculty and local practitioners in this event in order to coalesce our Cincinnati Legal Community.

We would also like to invite you to provide assistance by helping to Sponsor this event with monetary or breakfast/lunch donations.

If you are interested in participating and/or becoming a Sponsor of the UC Law Day of Service 2014, please respond to this REQUEST OF SERVICE. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Confirmed Sites:

American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge: Placing covers on Box Springs in Guest Rooms, Servicing Kitchen and Great Room for use, and other activities for upkeep of Hope Lodge.

  • 2806 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields: Assisting Special Needs Children play a Baseball game.

  • 4850 Groh Lane, Fairfield, Ohio 45014; 9:30am – 11:30am

SPCA Cincinnati: Cleaning oriented projects such as washing cat and dog dishes, folding blankets and towel, cleaning windows, etc.

  • 11900 Conrey Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Imago Earth Center: Preparing for a major fundraiser, setting up tents, carrying tables, outdoor work on our grounds.

  • 700 Enright Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Freestore Foodbank: Harvesting Produce at the Giving Fields.

  • The Giving Fields, 101 Anderson Avenue, Melbourne, KY 41059; 10:00am – 1:00pm

Drama Kinetics: Cleaning, organizing and painting a drama classroom.

  • 4222 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati, OH 45223; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful: Finish painting the exterior chain link fence that runs along Colerain Avenue, Trim junipers and pull vine from fence, Pick up litter around exterior of cemetery, Cut back overgrown honeysuckle invading the sidewalk on Colerain, If possible stain the wooden Wesleyan Cemetery sign.

  • Wesleyan Cemetery, 4003 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Talbert House: Painting 1st Floor

  • Parkway Center - 2880 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45225; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Women's Crisis Center Covington: Move desk/file cabinet from third floor to second floor, Pack up items to be removed from storage, Reorganize items left to fit in smaller space, Consolidate Pet Protection program items.

  • 835 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Habitat for Humanity: Demolition and/or beginning stages of rehabbing a historical home in the City of Newport for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.

  • 1011 Columbia St. Newport, Kentucky 41071; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse Youth Services: Building cubbies and mailboxes for our youth in our art program at Essex Studio

  • Essex Studio, 2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206; 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

More sites to be confirmed! Have a site idea? Email philanthropy.uclaw@gmail.com with site contact information.

CONTACT

UC Law’s “You’ve been Served” is a project of the Student Bar Association’s Philanthropy Committee.  For general questions, please feel free to contact its Chair, Ian Thomas.

Professor Black Cited in Supreme Court Ruling and NY Times Story


Professor Barbara Black’s article “Fraud-on-the-Market” was recently cited in Halliburton Co.v. Erica P. John Fund. Available in the North Carolina Law Review, it was cited in Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion, decided on June 23.

Also, Professor Black was quote in the New York Times story “Taking a Broker to Arbitration”, published on July 19, 2014.  She discussed the advantage of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) model for investors.

Tad LeVan, '95 Opens LeVan Law Group


Peter H. "Tad" LeVan, Jr.

LeVan Law Group Takes Boutique Approach In Making the Billable Hour Obsolete

(Philadelphia, PA) – A new Philadelphia law firm has opened based on an innovative industry model that eschews the billable hour in favor of flat fee and contingency arrangements: LeVan Law Group LLC is located on the 27th floor of One Logan Square at 18th & Cherry Streets, and can be reached at (215) 561-1500.

“The billable hour has long been the industry standard for high-stakes litigation matters,” noted founder Peter H. “Tad” LeVan, Jr.  “But the billable hour model is broken. It rewards delay and inefficiency, rather than the contrary, and it causes massive financial unpredictability for the client.

More troublingly, it places the economic interests of the attorney above the client, which is detrimental to creating a relationship that works best as a partnership.”

LeVan has launched the firm that bears his name on the premise that clients are entitled to high-quality litigation and appellate services provided under predictable fee arrangements.The firm offers flat-fees and other alternative fee structures (including partial and full contingency fees, collared arrangements, and other non-traditional fees).

A trial and appellate attorney well known in the area of high-stakes litigation, LeVan was formerly a partner with Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where he acted as lead counsel for the firm’s "class of plans" securities lending litigation cases, representing some of the largest pension and retirement plans in the country against J.P. Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York Mellon. LeVan also acted as lead counsel in dozens of ERISA class actions brought against such Fortune 500 corporations as Ford, Merck, Schering-Plough, Bear Stearns, Lincoln Financial and Fifth-Third Bancorp, and was lead counsel for a class of upstate New York Taft-Hartley pension plans that suffered losses in connection with the Bernard Madoff fraud.  

In 2012, LeVan settled a handful of novel ERISA matters for nearly $700 million, including: Board of Trustees of the AFTRA Retirement Fund, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (S.D.N.Y.) -- $150 million settlement (court-appointed lead counsel); CompSource Oklahoma, et al. v. BNY Mellon, N.A., et al. (W.D. Ok.) -- $280 million settlement (court-appointed co-lead counsel); and In re Beacon Associates Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) -- $219 million settlement (court-appointed ERISA lead counsel). In addition to trial work, LeVan acted as lead appellate counsel for the firm's highest-profile ERISA matters, arguing important cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits.

Prior to his work with Kessler Topaz, LeVan spent more than 10 years with Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, where he was a shareholder and an elected member of the firm’s Board of Directors. While at Hangley, he first-chaired numerous jury and non-jury complex commercial litigation matters involving alleged breach of contract, patent infringement, non-compete agreements, theft of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty, among others. He also represented then-Governor Rendell, Pennsylvania executive agencies, and the City of Philadelphia in several high-profile litigation matters involving alleged First Amendment retaliation, separation of power, constitutional authority, and agency rule-making. 

LeVan has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, is an Academy of Advocacy Fellow, and is a recipient of the Equal Justice Award given by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia in recognition of his commitment to public interest law. LeVan is a former federal law clerk and holds a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

LeVan is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Courts throughout the country and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

For more information, visit www.levanlawgroup.com.