Leech Tishman’s lawyers are frequently solicited to speak on a wide range of legal matters by various businesses, associations, academic institutions and community and continuing legal education organizations.


May Events

Tax Reform, Philanthropy, and Your Nonprofit

May 16, 2018

June Events

What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You: Employing Workers in California

June 7, 2018

October Events

I missed what??? The Ongoing Saga of ADA Challenges and Claims

October 25, 2018



Tax Reform, Philanthropy, and Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
11:30am – 1:30pm

Education Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Western Pennsylvania Chapter (AFP WPA)


Carnegie Mellon University
Jared L. Cohon University Center–Danforth Room
5032 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


David J. DelFiandra, Chair of Leech Tishman’s Estates & Trusts Practice Group, will be serving as a panelist for this lunch and learn meeting at Carnegie Mellon University.

Recent research suggests that the decrease in individuals itemizing their taxes will reduce charitable giving by $13 billion each year. That equates to a 6% reduction in individual gifts. Bring your questions and learn how we can combat this new framework as a panel of legal and planned giving experts gather to share resources that will help you strategize for annual fund planning.

Moderator: Joe Bull, Executive Director of Gift Planning at Carnegie Mellon University


  • Mick Koster, Director of Gift Planning at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harold Migias, Senior Vice President at WesBanco Trust & Investment Services
  • Dave DelFiandra, Partner at Leech Tishman

For more information or to register, please click here.



What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You: Employing Workers in California

Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30am – 12:00pm

Leech Tishman


Pittsburgh Office
525 William Penn Place, 28th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Being an employer with a few, or many, California employees can be confusing, frustrating and difficult. California’s employment laws are unique, complex and sometimes contradictory to the federal rules, or rules followed in the overwhelming majority of other states.

In this CLE, Leech Tishman attorneys will discuss the unique challenges facing companies with employees in California.

West Coast Business & Client Relations Partner Philip A. Toomey will discuss employment law in California. Phil will discuss California’s unique employment laws and the state’s unique approach to discrimination, as well as elimination of bias in the workplace.

Employment Associate Eric J. Wu will discuss California’s recent Dynamex decision and its effect on classifying independent contractors. Eric will discuss the significance of the Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders, meal and rest period requirements, and employment arbitration. Eric will also discuss OSHA rules and regulations in California, as well as the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (“Proposition 65”).

Immigration Chair and Partner Cristina Perez will discuss California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) and its affect on employer’s immigration obligations and record-keeping requirements.

For more information or to register, please click here.



I missed what??? The Ongoing Saga of ADA Challenges and Claims

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)


JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837



On October 25, 2018, Leech Tishman Real Estate and ADA Partner Alisa N. Carr will be presenting on trends in litigation related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as part of the four-day U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, which will be held in Orlando, FL from October 24-27, 2018.

Alisa will discuss trends in ADA litigation, including what constitutes “a place of public accommodation” outside of the typical brick and mortar business location. The seminar’s panel will provide an update regarding recent court decisions and legislative developments and initiatives, and will explore various strategies for navigating the ADA to resolve disputes from the perspective of both the landlord and the tenant.

About The U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference

The U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference provides retail real estate legal professionals the opportunity to gain industry-specific knowledge and insight from leading authorities, network with 1,300+ industry peers, and earn general and ethics CLE credits. This high-energy conference offers over 70 sessions presented in four different formats with interaction strongly encouraged between panelists and attendees. This year’s Conference will be held on October 24 – 27, 2018, in Orlando, FL.