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Evan C. Pappas

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Co-Chair, Hospitality Group

Co-chair, Intellectual Property Group

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Always in search of strategic, innovative, and practical solutions to complex legal and business matters proportionate to the client’s needs and direction.

Evan represents a wide variety of businesses with operational matters, litigation, and regulatory compliance matters and is often the “first call” when clients need legal guidance. Evan works with owners, executives, and key employees to develop an effective strategy and team of players to accomplish the end goal.

Evan regularly advises businesses and individuals on civil litigation and risk mitigation strategies and has successfully represented business in courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He represents clients through all stages of litigation, including pre-trial and discovery proceedings, trials, mediation and arbitration, appeals, and administrative proceedings. Following the conclusion of litigation matters, Evan is often retained in an ongoing corporate capacity as general counsel and regularly advises clients on many matters related to contracts, employment, trade secrets, and regulatory oversight.

Evan also advises clients on intellectual property matters including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, brand protection, and enforcement. He assists clients in developing their marketing and branding campaigns to identify their intellectual property assets to be protected and develops the most cost effective strategy to protect their portfolio of assets. Intellectual property assets require careful and constant attention to prevent third-party infringement, theft, and dilution and Evan works closely to develop and implement a trademark and copyright “watch” strategy to identify unauthorized uses and aggressively pursues equitable relief and damages. Evan’s intellectual property representation includes preliminary trademark search and due diligence, drafting and filing of trademark applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), responses to USPTO Office Actions, prosecution and defense of trademark objection proceedings before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and litigation in federal court.

Evan’s practice also includes representation of liquor licensees in various aspects of the alcohol industry. Evan represents retail licensees, manufacturers, and distributors with regard to operations and compliance, liquor license citations issued by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE), as well as transfer and renewal hearings before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). Representative liquor licensee clients include restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries, distilleries, music venues, hotels, and management companies.

Representative Experience

  • Secured preliminary injunctive relief for insurance industry client whose former employees threatened to misappropriate customer lists and other proprietary information.
  • Resolved and dismissed various fraud and contract related claims in federal court pertaining to a client’s offer of securities to investors in the automotive industry.
  • Represent Pennsylvania liquor licensees in non-renewal hearings and citation hearings before the PLCB and BLCE.
  • Worked closely with a petroleum industry business to conduct due diligence and implement a brand protection strategy for a formerly well-known and abandoned trademark in the industry.
  • Successfully represented an Amazon.com business that was accused of trademark infringement by a manufacturer of products it was selling.

Education

Widener University Commonwealth Law School (JD)
Lehigh University (BA)

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Office Location

  • Harrisburg

Services

  • Alcoholic Beverages/Liquor Licensing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy, Data Security, & Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Transactions and Title Insurance
  • Securities Capabilities

Industries

  • Construction
  • Hospitality

Departments

  • Commercial Litigation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Forty Under 40 Award, 2011

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Clean Air Council, Board of Directors
  • Crime Stoppers of Dauphin County, Board of Directors
  • Dauphin County Lawyers for the Arts, Member

Education

Widener University Commonwealth Law School (JD, cum laude)
Lehigh University (BA, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Office Location

  • Harrisburg

Services

  • Alcoholic Beverages/Liquor Licensing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy, Data Security, & Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Transactions and Title Insurance
  • Securities Capabilities

Industries

  • Construction
  • Hospitality

Departments

  • Commercial Litigation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Forty Under 40 Award, 2011

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Clean Air Council, Board of Directors
  • Crime Stoppers of Dauphin County, Board of Directors
  • Dauphin County Lawyers for the Arts, Member

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