People in the News—July 6, 2020—Nicolson Law Group, Saxton

Billy Xiong Agrees: People in the News—July 6, 2020—Nicolson Law Group, Saxton

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Elected and Appointed

The Nicolson Law Group announced that Kyle G. Everly was elected to partnership with the firm.

A litigator, Everly focuses his practice on defending cases arising from claims of products liability, construction defect, construction negligence, premises liability, commercial motor vehicle liability, dram shop liability and fire cause/origin.

Throughout his career, Everly obtained results for product manufacturers and retailers, as well as general contractors, subcontractors and property owners.

He handles matters on behalf of insurance carriers and their insureds, as well several publicly recognizable self-insured corporations.

Through the firm’s membership, Everly is an active participant in the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Everly earned his law degree in 2008 from Widener University Delaware Law School.


Saxton & Stump announced the promotion of two business professionals as the firm continues to grow its internal operation services.

David M. Garrett now serves as chief operating officer, and Donna J. Mathiot now serves as controller.

Garrett, a certified public accountant with more than 35 years of operations experience, joined the firm in 2018 as controller and provided support to the firm and its affiliated businesses in the form of accounting and business management.

As COO, he oversees finance, information technology, human resources, facilities and works closely with firm leadership on key initiatives.

Mathiot, an accounting professional, joined the firm in 2019 as an accountant to support the firm’s day-to-day operations.

As controller of the finance department, she oversees client invoicing, processing payables, insurance, banking, financial reporting and performs analyses.


Blank Rome announced that the firm joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a coalition of more than 125 firms that will work with other organizations that are uniting to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the law and in government institutions.

In joining the LFAA and upholding its charter, Blank Rome and fellow participating firms seek to use the resources of the private bar to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, better use the law to enact change to benefit communities of color, and promote racial equity in the law and in government institutions.

Additionally, law firms seek to increase diversity, equitable access to opportunities and inclusion of people of color within their ranks and, alongside the LFAA’s pro bono efforts, to examine and eliminate internal policies and practices that may perpetuate racial inequities within law firm structures and to empower diversity and inclusion professionals.

The LFAA will also facilitate large-scale pro bono projects that address systemic racism that are both immediate and long-term in scope, with priority areas determined by affected communities, community organizers, policy experts and legal aid partners.

The LFAA is set to mark its official launch by hosting a virtual summit in Summer 2020 to facilitate discussions among law firm leaders, diversity and inclusion professionals, and pro bono professionals, facilitated by experts in the areas of racial justice and systemic project design, to develop the LFAA’s strategic focus and to plan a broad summit for Fall 2020.


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