Cohen Seglias Promotes Three Construction Attorneys to Partners

We are excited to announce the promotions of Daniel Fierstein, Kathleen Morley, and Jackson Nichols to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2021. Dan, Kathleen, and Jackson are all members of the firm’s Construction Group. Dan and Kathleen are located in the Philadelphia office, and Jackson sits in the Washington, DC office.

Managing Partner George Pallas commented, “On behalf of everyone at the firm, I sincerely congratulate Dan, Kathleen, and Jackson on this significant achievement. In addition to being outstanding attorneys, they have all shown tremendous dedication to the strength and growth of our firm. We look forward to seeing them excel even further in this next step of their careers.

Jason Copley, Chair of the Construction Group, said, “Dan, Kathleen, and Jackson are all highly regarded among clients and colleagues. They are recognized as future leaders in the industry and have demonstrated excellence through hard work, client commitment, and leadership.”

Dan joined Cohen Seglias in 2009. He has a diverse and national construction industry client base, representing all tiers of the industry. His clients call upon him for advice throughout a project’s lifecycle to resolve contract questions, payment disputes, scope of work/change order disputes, delay/acceleration/inefficiency claims, mechanics’ liens, and payment and performance bond claims. Dan has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending major construction disputes in various fora, including state and federal courts, arbitrations, and mediations. His claims experience helps him identify strategic opportunities for his clients to avoid disputes when possible. Dan is active in the construction community and is a member of the Mechanical & Service Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania and the National Electrical Contractors Association – Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter. He enjoys counseling and educating construction trade association members, presenting educational seminars and writing about topical legal developments in the construction industry.

Kathleen also joined the firm in 2009. She concentrates her practice in construction litigation, assisting industry clients with a broad range of matters, including contract disputes, bid protests, injunctions, mechanics’ liens, and bond claims and she has substantial experience handling large, complex construction disputes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Clients turn to Kathleen for counsel on issues relating to contract negotiation, enforcement, breach, and termination, as well as changes, defects, delays, and inefficiencies on both public and private projects. She counsels clients through all phases of construction projects, helping to minimize disputes and preserve clients’ rights. She is an active member of construction trade organizations, including the General Building Contractors Association and Professional Women in Construction, and is a frequent author and presenter of articles and seminars relevant to the construction industry. In addition, Kathleen has run the firm’s summer associate program since 2017.

Jackson joined Cohen Seglias in 2015. He advises general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, owners, and other construction industry entities in navigating complex commercial disputes that arise during projects. Jackson regularly prosecutes and defends claims involving mechanics’ liens, bond claims, Miller Act claims and arbitration disputes, among others. He represents clients in multiple jurisdictions and fora, including state and federal court, federal administrative proceedings, and alternative dispute resolution. Jackson is an active member of several construction trade associations, including the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington and the Washington Building Congress and represents numerous trade association members in the Washington, DC metro area. He frequently contributes to those associations by presenting construction law seminars and writing articles for their trade publications. Jackson also represents numerous clients and start-up entities in corporate matters and complex commercial litigation issues.