Eckert Seamans Promotes 5 to Partnership

The Members of the national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC recently voted to elect five attorneys to the firm’s membership (partnership), effective April 1, 2014.

The new Members represent a diverse range of experience and have been promoted from within the ranks of the firm’s Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and White Plains offices. The newly elected Members include: LaToya Winfield Bellamy, Riyaz G. Bhimani, Joshua L. Kirsch, Audrey K. Kwak and Samuel P. Trumbull.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the firm’s newest Members, all of whom have consistently demonstrated their commitment to our client-first approach and also offer deep technical skills knowledge and experience,” said Eckert Seamans CEO Timothy P. Ryan. “They represent our future success, and we are pleased to welcome them to the partnership and into their new roles within the firm.”

In Harrisburg, new Member LaToya Winfield Bellamy practices in the corporate department of Eckert Seamans. She has a wide range of experience in serving the firm’s clients, including for profit business entities, educational institutions, contractors, insurance companies and gaming interests. Bellamy provides guidance to the firm’s clients on contracting, regulatory and real estate matters.

In Philadelphia, new Member Joshua L. Kirsch focuses his practice on the defense of professionals in medical and legal malpractice actions. He also continues to build upon his extensive commercial litigation experience, successfully undertaking the representation of clients in a wide array of business disputes. These actions range from intellectual property matters including copyright and trademark infringement claims, to actions implicating claims of tortious interference with contractual relations.

In Pittsburgh, new Members include Audrey K. Kwak and Samuel P. Trumbull:

  • Kwak focuses her practice in the area of complex commercial business litigation, with significant experience handling construction and commercial disputes. Her practice has involved disputes commonly arising on private and public construction projects, including issues of nonpayment, delay, mechanics’ liens, and defective work. In addition to her construction law practice, Kwak has experience in advising clients in all aspects of commercial contract, antitrust and intellectual property matters.
  • Trumbull has broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation. His practice focuses on consumer finance, class action, and high-stakes commercial disputes. His cases often involve financial services, securities, and bankruptcy litigation, real estate transactions, and claims arising under federal and state consumer credit laws. He has also represented clients in wildland-fire litigation, government tort claims, product liability, construction, and employment-related lawsuits.


In White Plains, new Member Riyaz G. Bhimani’s practice covers a broad range of complex and general commercial litigation matters. His experience includes representing lending institutions, loan servicers, financial services companies, accounting firms, broker-dealers, as well as hospitality and airline companies. Bhimani has litigated matters before various state and federal courts, involving business torts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, foreclosures, mortgage and consumer lending, accountant’s malpractice, contract disputes, disputes between partners and shareholders, banking law violations and state consumer protection laws.

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