Dianne M. Nast

Dianne Nast is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in Pennsylvania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dianne directly using the contact details listed above.

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Dianne is magna cum laude graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. She is the founder and senior member of NastLaw LLC in Philadelphia. For almost 20 years, she was a senior shareholder with the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Nast & Graf, P.C. (now Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C.), and then a senior shareholder at RodaNast, P.C. from 1995 to 2012. Dianne, an active member of the bar for over four decades, has extensive experience in complex litigation. She has a reputation for working cooperatively with co-counsel and facilitating resolution of disagreement.

Led by Dianne, who has extensive experience in consumer litigation, NastLaw LLC is a nationally recognised law firm with a long track record of success in complex litigations.

Dianne holds an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating. She has been selected to be listed in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Antitrust Law, Mass Tort Litigation, Class Actions, Personal Injury Lawyer) since 2003. The National Law Journal has selected Dianne as one of the nation’s top fifty women litigators. Dianne has also been repeatedly selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of Philadelphia’s Best Complex Litigation Lawyers. She has been named as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Fifty Women Lawyers. She has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2002. She appears in numerous Who’s Who publications. Ms. Nast is listed in Chambers US.

In April 2015, the American Bar Association Tort and Trial Practice Section awarded Dianne its Pursuit of Justice Award. In June 2016, Dianne was selected by The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania’s leading legal newspaper, to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, The Legal named Ms. Nast a recipient of its Professional Excellence Award.

Dianne served as a Director of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation for eleven years. In 1998, then Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist named Dianne Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

Judge Edward Becker, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, appointed Dianne to serve as a member of the fifteen-member Third Circuit Task Force on Selection of Class Counsel. The Task Force issued a report, Selection of Class Counsel, 208 F.R.D. 340 (2002), which has been cited over 100 times in court opinions. Dianne was also selected by The American Law Institute to serve on ALI’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation Project.

Dianne chaired the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She served for eight years on the Third Circuit’s Committee on Revision of Judicial Conduct Rules of the Judicial Council, and on the Judicial Conference Long Range Planning Committee.

Dianne has served as Lawyer Chair of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a member of the Historical Society of the Third Circuit and chaired the Circuit’s Centennial Celebration.

She was appointed by the late Chief Judge Alfred L. Luongo to Chair the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Lawyers Advisory Committee and served for four years in that position. She served for three years as President of The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and as Editor of the Society’s Annual Historical Calendar.

Dianne is a current member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Dianne is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedona Conference, and a member of the American Antitrust Institute and the Public Justice Foundation.

Dianne is a member of the American Bar Association Litigation Section, where she has served on the Task Force on State Justice Initiatives, the Task Force on the State of the Justice System, and the Task Force on Strategic Planning. She served a three-year term on the Section’s Council, served as a Section Division Director, and co-chaired the Section’s Antitrust Committee. She served as a Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. On May 12, 2015, Dianne received the Pursuit of Justice Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice section. Dianne also served as a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors and is a member of the Public Justice Foundation.

Dianne served six years as a Director on the Board of the Public Defender’s Office of Philadelphia. Dianne was selected as one of a small group of Philadelphia attorneys to be appointed Judge Pro Tempore, serving as presiding Judge in major civil jury cases in the Court of Common Pleas.

She has participated as a panellist on programs at the Judicial Conferences of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits. She frequently serves as a faculty member or panellist on legal educational programs, including programs for the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the National College of Advocacy, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law, Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and HarrisMartin Publishing.

She was a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Research on Women and Newborn Health and served as President of the Foundation’s Board for ten years. She served on the Lancaster Catholic High School Board of Education and chaired a local elementary school board for four years.

Dianne has been named as Lead Counsel or an Executive Committee member in scores of Consumers, Antitrust and Products Liability cases, most recently as co-Lead Counsel in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Litigation, MDL 2724 (E.D. Pa.), currently one of the largest MDLs in the United States.

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S. Lee Merritt, Esq.

S. Lee Merritt is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Pennsylvania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lee directly using the contact details listed above.

Lee is emerging as a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment. His office has led the way in reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years.

In 2017 Merritt was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in the country ages 18 to 45 by‌ The Root. The National Black Caucasus of State Legislators awarded Merritt the prestigious “Nation Builder” award, adding him to an elite list of recipients including President Barrack Obama, Shirley Chisholm and Vernon Jordan.

Mr. Merritt is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, federally in Eastern District of Pennsylvania and US District Court of the Northern District of Texas. Merritt is a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended law school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University’s James Beasley School of Law. He began his legal career with the Cochran Firm Philadelphia before going into private practice.

In 2018 Mr. Merritt joined McEldrew Young Purtell as of counsel due a strategic commitment to the pursuit of justice. By joining together our team strives to provide the necessary legal expertise wherever and whenever we are needed.

Kenneth S. Komoroski

Kenneth Komoroski is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in Pennsylvania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kenneth directly using the contact details listed above.

With more than 25 years of experience practicing environmental, oil and gas and energy law, and a previous career as an environmental engineer and manager, Kenneth has advised and represented manufacturers and distributors of a wide variety of products and services, including steel, specialty steel, wood treating, petroleum products, coke and coal tar, organic and inorganic chemicals, electric power, powdered metals, magnetic products, coatings, metal products, aluminium and oil and gas. Ken counsels these businesses on environmental compliance, permitting, land use and zoning, air issues, water usage, wastewater treatment, hazardous and solid waste issues and related litigation.

Having represented the oil and gas industry since 1990 and the shale gas industry since 2004, he has also played a significant role in the growth of the Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian shale industry. Ken has read and applied in practice the myriad federal and state laws and regulations that can impact businesses, including the RCRA, CWA, CAA, TSCA and CERCLA statutes and regulations.

Ken represents businesses before environmental hearing boards (he has personally handled more than 50 such appeals) and negotiates compliance concerns with state and federal environmental agencies, sometimes with regional staff and often with the highest level positions. He also assesses and helps resolve environmental issues for buyers and sellers of industrial properties, including application and broad use of voluntary clean-up programs that provide liability relief. In handling permitting and compliance matters for his clients, Ken has worked with regulators in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters and every EPA Region. He has worked with state agencies in 38 states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wyoming, New Mexico and Florida.

Ken is active in organizations that include the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute. Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003, he served as chairman of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), an organization that sets the water quality standards for the Ohio River. He also previously served as ORSANCO’s chair of its Pollution Control Standards committee. Ken brings on-the-ground industry experience to his practice, previously supervising air, water and waste programs at a major chemical company and also working as a production foreman at a large chemical plant where he gained invaluable, hands-on experience.

In addition he worked as a compliance specialist at a large chemical plant where he handled air, water, and waste issues, interacting directly with plant staff and federal and state regulators. Ken works hard to understand his clients and their products, operations and services.  He applies this understanding to achieve positive business results for every client.