The Harrisburg office of Eckert Seamans is a full service provider of legal services to its local and national clients. Strategically situated in the state capital, our Harrisburg attorneys adeptly represent clients in such areas as civil litigation, corporate and public finance, government relations, business organizations and commercial transactions, energy, labor and employment, gaming, utility and telecommunication regulation, real estate, land use, estate planning, bankruptcy, insurance business and compliance, white collar defense and securities. The Harrisburg office represents a wide variety of clients both from central Pennsylvania and throughout the country, including manufacturers, financial institutions, multinational corporations, closely held and privately traded corporations, industrial and commercial developers, municipalities and public authorities, professional groups and associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals.
Because of its location, the Harrisburg office is well situated to represent clients daily in dealings with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's executive and legislative branches of government. Drawing on experience gained from holding key positions in Pennsylvania government, our attorneys routinely handle legislative, regulatory and administrative matters before the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and executive branch agencies such as the Departments of State, Transportation, Community and Economic Development, Insurance, Revenue and Environmental Protection, as well as the Securities Commission.
The firm's Harrisburg attorneys have extensive litigation experience in both the state and federal courts, as well as before many state, federal and local government administrative agencies. The office's trial attorneys handle all types of litigation including complex business and commercial litigation, product liability cases, injunctions, environmental cases, securities litigation, insurance disputes, employment-related litigation, intellectual property cases, real estate and land use litigation, class actions, white collar and personal injury defense. Harrisburg-based lawyers practice in all federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, and have handled cases in courts in most of the 50 states. The Harrisburg office also has an active Appellate Court practice, both in the state and federal court systems.
The Harrisburg office serves the business objectives of its clients by offering a full range of business organization/dissolution, commercial transaction, land use, real estate and title insurance services. Harrisburg's corporate department attorneys take great pride in their responsiveness to clients and in their creative legal solutions to meet the demands of today's global market in which their business clients are operating. The office provides legal advice to assist clients with structuring innovative transactions and entities, to organize and counsel corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability corporations (LLCs) and partnerships (LLPs), business trusts and other forms of business enterprise. The corporate practice at Eckert's Harrisburg office emphasizes the provision of timely and cost effective legal representation to accomplish the business needs and objectives of its clients, while avoiding legal pitfalls.
The Harrisburg office offers services in estate planning, ERISA and other matters involving the transfer and preservation of assets. Please find below additional descriptions of our practice areas in gaming, insurance business and regulatory compliance, labor and employment, public finance and utility and telecommunication regulation.
In the area of Gaming, the firm’s Harrisburg office attorneys have extensive experience with both the legislative and administrative process of gaming and wagering laws in the Commonwealth. Our attorneys were actively involved in the enactment of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act in 2004, and maintain constant involvement in legislative matters impacting gaming in Pennsylvania. They currently serve as regulatory counsel to three of the nine licensed casinos in the Commonwealth, as well as represent gaming manufacturers, gaming employees, and vendors before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Additionally, our lawyers are highly experienced in representing casinos on a multitude of issues including financial and real estate transactions, zoning matters, utility and environmental issues, state and federal tax matters, liquor issues and litigation in both state and federal courts. Beyond casino gaming, our attorneys represent thoroughbred and harness racetracks before the Horse and Harness Racing Commissions, manufacturers and other interested parties under Pennsylvania’s Small Games of Chance Act and municipalities as to the disposition of their local share of gaming proceeds.
In addition, the Harrisburg office provides Insurance Business and Regulatory Compliance counseling to a broad range of clients, including property and casualty, health, life and reinsurance companies, third party administrators, premium finance companies, agencies and brokerages. The firm advises on a wide variety of insurance matters such as insurance department filings in all 50 states covering insurance products, licensing, rates and related forms, negotiation of mergers and the acquisition of blocks of insurance business, corporate restructuring and the evaluation and implementation of regulatory compliance procedures. Attorneys advise insurers, agencies, brokers, third party administrators, premium finance companies and other insurance entities in administrative proceedings and appeals nationwide, and assist in the drafting and review of insurance-related contracts. As former Insurance Department Counsel, Harrisburg’s attorneys also have firsthand experience in handling claims and providing guidance in insurance company receiverships (liquidation and rehabilitation).
In the area of Labor and Employment, the firm’s Harrisburg attorneys have extensive experience exclusively representing employers and businesses in employment law and traditional labor relations matters. They serve a broad array of clients from small family-owned businesses to multinational corporations as well as boroughs and townships throughout Pennsylvania. Our Harrisburg Labor and Employment attorneys regularly defend employers in discrimination litigation and other types of employment-related litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. They also provide a full range of traditional labor services including union avoidance, public and private collective bargaining, handling labor arbitration and grievance proceedings for private companies and public municipalities as well as unfair labor practice matters. Our attorneys also routinely provide practical human resources advice, counseling and training on a spectrum of issues including wage and hour matters, affirmative action advice, health and safety matters, unemployment and workers’ compensation matters, restrictive covenant advice and employee benefits matters.
In the area of Public Finance, the Harrisburg office is a leader in central Pennsylvania, representing municipalities, school districts, public agencies, authorities and higher education and health care service institutions in major debt financing projects. The office smoothly and professionally serves clients on all types of public financing mechanisms, including government sponsored funding programs, tax increment financing and debt related derivative products, for an array of projects, including water and sewer systems, municipal buildings and public infrastructure, parking facilities, airports, schools, housing and redevelopment programs, solid waste disposal facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement facilities, industrial facilities and business improvements. Further, the firm's Harrisburg attorneys render state of the art advice on tax controversies and the intricacies of refinancing public debt.
The Utilities and Telecommunications Practice Group is principally located in the firm’s Harrisburg office. Members of this group represent major telecommunications, energy, and water utility companies before state and federal regulatory agencies and provide legal advice with respect to other aspects of clients’ business activities. With acknowledged competency in the field, the firm’s utility regulation lawyers are closely involved in the restructuring of the telecommunications, natural gas, and electric industries. Additionally, the group is highly experienced in compliance and licensing issues involving all types of regulated companies—from water utilities, telecommunications, natural gas, and electric competitive suppliers to transportation companies. The group is also well versed in regulatory and transactional issues associated with alternative and renewable energy and clean technology development. The group’s legal and business acumen allows them to assist both new entrants and incumbents in utilizing effective legal and regulatory strategies to compete successfully in emerging competitive markets.
The Harrisburg office of Eckert Seamans is structured to meet the needs of its clients and to serve a constantly expanding client base. Moreover, the office is supported by the total resources of Eckert Seamans' firm-wide complement of attorneys in all practice areas and several hundred support staff in major metropolitan areas throughout Pennsylvania and along the Eastern seaboard.
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