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Zarwin Baum Ushers in 2014 With Firm Additions and New Shareholders

January 8, 2014

Zarwin Baum is pleased to enter into the New Year with three attorney promotions and one new hire.

Attorneys Joseph R. Bonfig and Ryan D. Harmon have been named firm Shareholders, while law clerk Zachary Silverstein has been promoted to Associate. Additionally, attorney Martin Herring has been named Of Counsel.

Joseph R. Bonfig is a member of Zarwin Baum’s Defense Group, with a specific focus on civil defense litigation and complex litigation matters involving trucking and transportation. Bonfig is regularly retained by some of the nation's largest insurers, third party administrators, motor carriers and businesses when they face such matters. He also serves as the Lead Field Counsel for the firm’s National Emergency Response Team for such companies as Coach USA/Megabus and holds appointments as National Lead Field and Regional Lead Field Counsel for several large transportation companies and third party administrators in response to truck and bus accidents and in defense of the personal injury suits that result from the same.

Zarwin Baum has a uniquely experienced Catastrophic Accident Response Team ("CAT Team") staffed 24/7, 365 days per year for which Bonfig is the Lead Field Counsel. Working with a team of experts and investigators in the field during a catastrophic emergency, numerous carriers and self insureds rely on Bonfig’s expertise and guidance to handle the CAT team's early field investigation and manage large claim exposure. Bonfig was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the years of 2007 to 2013, an honor received by only 2.5% of Pennsylvania lawyers each year.

As a member of Zarwin Baum's real estate department, Ryan D. Harmon focuses his practice on real estate, commercial finance and other general business matters. Ryan's experience includes representing banks and commercial lending institutions in commercial and other real estate finance transactions, including SWAP, mezzanine and asset-based loan transactions. He assists with commercial and real estate loans and drafting loan documents as well as conducts comprehensive lease and title document reviews, drafts agreements of sale and other real estate transfer documents and facilitates closings for financing, purchase and sale transactions. Ryan also handles the formation of business entities and represents clients in landlord/tenant and other commercial litigation matters. Ryan was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania's "Rising Stars" by Law & Politics/Philadelphia Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and actively involved in its Real Property Section.

Zachary Silverstein began at Zarwin Baum as a law clerk the in summer of 2011. Since taking the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams, he has joined the firm’s defense group as an Associate focusing on insurance defense and coverage litigation, as well as handling general civil litigation matters. Silverstein earned his Juris Doctorate at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. While at Temple, he participated in the renowned Integrated Trial Advocacy Program and interned at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Martin Herring has joined the firm as Of Counsel and will focus his practice on estate planning, estate administration and labor relations dispute resolution. Herring was the retained attorney for the Pennsylvania State Education Association. In that capacity, he was the advocate and champion for the maintenance and improvement of the public education system.

He also supported and litigated hundreds of cases at labor arbitrations, as well as matters before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. Herring is a member of the labor panel of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Zarwin Baum has a commitment to providing the highest quality legal service; and has done so by hiring skilled and energetic attorneys who understand the needs of clients and strive to meet those necessities. These recent firm developments advance the firm’s ability to manage its client’s legal matters.

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