Eckert Seamans Announces Practice Leadership Changes

July 19, 2017

Eckert Seamans is pleased to announce that the following individuals have recently assumed roles as practice group leaders:

  • Ryan J. Cassidy and Clare M. Gallagher have been appointed to lead Eckert Seamans’ Labor & Employment  practice. Cassidy (Chair), a member (partner) in the firm’s Philadelphia office, joined the firm in 2011 and practices exclusively management-side labor and employment law in both the public and private sector. Gallagher (Vice Chair), a member in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, joined the firm in 2008 and concentrates her practice in traditional labor law, employment law, and litigation. Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Gallagher served as legal counsel and director of human resources for a title agency in the real estate industry.
  • Robert J. Hannen and Edward J. Longosz, II, have been appointed to lead Eckert Seamans’ Commercial Litigation practice. Hannen will manage the firm’s Pittsburgh, Boston, and White Plains litigation practice, while Longosz will oversee the Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Richmond offices. Hannen, a member in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, joined the firm in 2011, and has extensive trial and appellate litigation experience in federal and state courts. He represents mid-size and large companies, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, in commercial and employment-related litigation involving disputes ranging in amounts up to several hundred million dollars. Longosz, the member-in-charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, joined the firm in 2001. He has a nationwide practice with a broad range of experience in complex civil litigation, including business torts, the defense of toxic torts, product liability, and professional malpractice D&O matters. He has extensive trial and appellate litigation experience and representation of multinational and international clients in federal and state trials and appellate courts and federal agencies.
  • Philip E. Levy, a member in the Pittsburgh office, has been appointed to chair Eckert Seamans’ Intellectual Property group. Levy, who has been with the firm for 13 years, previously served as vice chair of the IP practice. He prepares and prosecutes patent, trademark, and copyright applications, both domestically and abroad, in a range of technologies. Levy also counsels clients with respect to IP and technology-related disputes, infringement and right to use issues, and technology-related transactional and due diligence matters.
  • Gregory A. Weingart, a member in the Pittsburgh office, has been appointed to chair Eckert Seamans’ Corporate practice. Weingart originally joined the firm in 1989, and returned in 2012 after serving as VP and general counsel of a privately-held family office for nearly three years. As a transactional attorney with more than 30 years of experience, he has worked with clients on a wide variety of commercial transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, financings, reorganizations, and joint ventures. He has assisted with all aspects of negotiating, documenting, and closing deals in virtually all industries.
  • Todd H. Whilton, a member in the Boston office, has been appointed to chair Eckert Seamans’ Real Estate group. Since joining the firm in 2001, Whilton has negotiated, documented, and closed hundreds of real estate and finance transactions on behalf of lenders, borrowers, buyers, and sellers. He represents private, community, regional and national lenders in real estate, mezzanine, and commercial loan transactions; workouts; and foreclosures. He also represents developers, investors, landlords, tenants, and condominium associations in all aspects of property acquisition, management, operations, and sales.


Noted Eckert Seamans Co-CEO Dorothy A. Davis, “The leaders of our practice groups play a very significant role in the management of our firm, and the delivery of legal services to our clients. We are very confident our new slate of leaders will help us continue to stay at the forefront of trends in both our clients’ industries and the business of law.”

“We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to those who have previously chaired these practices.  Their leadership, influence, impact, and contributions have laid a solid foundation and smooth transition for these emerging leaders,” Davis added.

Co-CEO Timothy Q. Hudak noted, “Our newly appointed practice leaders all have consistently demonstrated commitment to our clients, our firm and colleagues, and have proven they are ready to take on more active roles in leading our firm into the future.”

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