Chartwell Law Names 2019 New Partners


Chartwell Law named Christopher R. Cooper, Matthew B. Esslinger, Misha Iokheles, Jamie Spiller Kaplan, Alexander J. Kwasny, Phillip J. Lagana, Brian M. Searls and Steve R. Tregea as partners effective May 1, 2019. Cooper resides in the firm’s Miami, Fl., office; Esslinger and Tregea practice in the Harrisburg, Pa., office; Iokheles and Lagana work in the firm’s New York, NY, office; Kwasny and Searls are located in the firm’s Philadelphia, Pa., office; and Spiller Kaplan is in the firm’s New England office.

Mr. Cooper concentrates his practice on defending insurance carriers, corporate clients, and condominium associations in general civil litigation disputes, including the areas of first-party coverage and property claims investigation, subrogation, property damage disputes, premises liability, and negligence.

Mr. Esslinger primarily devotes his practice to the defense of workers’ compensation matters on behalf of insurance carriers, employers, self-insured entities, and third-party administrators.

Mr. Iokheles focuses his practice in workers’ compensation matters. Having started his career in the insurance industry, he understands first-hand the internal operations and issues that might challenge his clients.

Ms. Spiller Kaplan provides comprehensive legal advice on workers’ compensation matters throughout New England.  She provides aggressive advocacy on behalf of insurers, self-insurers, and third party administrators.

Mr. Kwasny defends clients in workers’ compensation matters. He represents a variety of employer entities including, municipalities, retailers, hospitals and healthcare providers, and others before workers’ compensation judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.

Mr. Lagana concentrates his practice in workers’ compensation and insurance defense. He counsels clients on all types of workers’ comp cases, both on- and off-site.

Mr. Searls focuses his practice on general litigation including vehicular liability and premises liability, residential property loss and subrogation.  He also serves as general counsel for a number of clients in the captive insurance markets.  

Mr. Tregea focuses his practice primarily on workers’ compensation. He has represented clients ranging from large self-insured employers to small-business employers with only a handful of employees.