Curtin & Heefner is pleased to announce that Mark L. Freed has joined the firm as a partner in the Environmental and Public Sector Section and Ernest W. Schoellkopff has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Section.

Mark L. Freed represents clients in the areas of environmental law and litigation.  Mark has been repeatedly named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.  In addition to over fourteen years in private practice, Mark served eight years as an Assistant Counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.   Mark also served two years as a criminal prosecutor in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Section, where he prosecuted cases involving water pollution, hazardous water and storage tanks.

Jordan Yeager, chair of the firm’s Environmental and Public Sector practice, stated, “Mark’s background, experience, knowledge and skills significantly strengthen our ability to address the environmental issues our clients face.”

Ernie Schoellkopff has provided insurance coverage advice and litigation services to carriers on homeowners, general liability, property, automobile, motor carrier, professional liability and other policy issues.  He is a frequent appellate practitioner and his work has resulted in over 25 reported opinions.  Ernie also has handled a broad range of complex litigation involving business and real property valuation, health care organization and finance, e-commerce, product liability, commercial contracts and real estate (including land use and eminent domain).

Frank Guarrieri, Managing Partner at Curtin & Heefner, states “We are very pleased to add Ernie’s breadth and depth of experience to our insurance practice and look forward to his thoughtful counsel being available to our clients”.

Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of value-added service.  The firm’s storied history ranges from the U.S. Congress to local governments, from the area’s emerging businesses to some of the nation’s largest corporations, banks and insurers.   The firm is prominently ranked among the top 100 in size in Pennsylvania, and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the nation, providing creative problem solving, thoughtful counseling, aggressive advocacy, and the highest ethical standards.   That rich history and versatility are the foundation from which Curtin & Heefner adds value today … and to which it is committed to doing so into the future.