Dilworth Paxson Promotes Five Attorneys to Partner

October 22, 2019

Dilworth Paxson LLP is pleased to announce attorneys Jennifer Cordes, Nicholas Donzuso, Patrick Harrington, William Hunter and Skye Nickalls were elevated to Partners.

“We are excited to promote Jennifer, Nick, Patrick, Bill and Skye to Dilworth partnership,” says Dilworth Paxson Co-Chief Operating Officer Patrick Northen. “These talented attorneys span a diverse array of practice areas and offices, but share the common attribute of providing the highest quality counsel to our clients. As Dilworth continues to build on its rich legacy, it’s important to welcome new partners who share the firm’s historic traditions of collaboration, service and legal excellence.”

Jennifer Cordes concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental counseling, litigation and real estate. She regularly assists business owners, home owners, developers, and nonprofit organizations, advising them on regulatory compliance issues and negotiating with state and federal agencies. She is skilled at representing clients involved in permit or enforcement actions, navigating their Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) obligations, and in cost recovery matters under Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Spill Act.

Jennifer also devotes significant time to negotiating and drafting agreements of sale, leases, easements, and similar documents involving the use of real property. She frequently works with clients throughout the property acquisition process to ensure they are meeting due diligence deadlines and working with consultants to review data. Other aspects of Jennifer’s practice include handling tax appeals on behalf of municipalities and taxpayers, as well as handling affordable housing compliance and exclusionary zoning litigation under the Mt. Laurel doctrine on behalf of both municipalities and developers.

Nicholas Donzuso has a diverse litigation background. While concentrating primarily in general civil litigation in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Nicholas maintains a particular emphasis on construction litigation, complex personal injury matters including motor vehicle (private passenger, buses and trucking), dram shop, premises, product liability, and catastrophic injury/death matters.

His recent successful representation matters include a litigation claim for permanent injuries alleged by a patron resulting in defense verdict; representation of a national commercial motor vehicle carrier in claim for damages based on Plaintiff’s allegations of negligent entrustment; and the procurement of summary judgment for general contractor in liability action pursuant to New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act, among other victories.

Patrick Harrington represents a wide range of businesses and individuals in litigation matters, including complex litigation involving financial institutions and insurers. He also has counseled these clients with respect to domestic and international statutory and regulatory compliance, potential sales opportunities and strategy. Patrick has been involved in arbitration and litigation matters throughout the country on both the trial and appellate levels.

Patrick’s practice also involves labor & employment litigation where he defends businesses in employment discrimination cases, wage and hour claims, employment contract matters and restrictive covenant litigation, along with vicarious liability for employee’s acts. Additionally, Patrick counsels businesses on employment matters including the preparation of human resource policies and handbooks.

William Hunter is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. He recently served as a Fair Housing Enforcement Division Intern in the Office of General Counsel at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this capacity, William collaborated with HUD regional office attorneys to determine whether fair housing complaints constituted violations of the Fair Housing Act; evaluated HUD mortgagee letters prior to their publication to identify legal concerns; and participated in joint-agency discussions with the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding fair housing and fair lending issues nationwide.

William previously worked as a Law and Public Policy Analyst for the National Fair Housing Alliance and as a Department of Homeland Security Intern for the Delaware River Port Authority. He is a 2014 cum laude graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was a Law and Public Policy Scholar, a Beasley Scholar, and research editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. William earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.

Skye Nickalls is a transactional attorney specializing in representing issuers and underwriters of municipal securities, including school districts, counties, cities, townships, boroughs, and municipal authorities as Bond Counsel and Special Counsel. She also represents public and private corporations in matters of corporate governance, securities law compliance, public reporting with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other contractual and transactional matters.

Skye received her B.A., summa cum laude, at New York University and her J.D. at Yale Law School. In law school, she was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. Her writing on current appellate and Supreme Court cases has been published in Slate. Skye is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. In 2018, she was one of eleven attorneys statewide selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute, a leadership program for young attorneys, and she was also selected for the Global Leadership Institute Class of 2018 at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

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