Hangley Aronchick is proud to announce that Andrew M. Erdlen and Peter V. Keays have been elected shareholders of the firm. Both attorneys practice in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Andrew Erdlen has represented clients in a wide range of commercial litigation, including contract, fraud, and intellectual property disputes, in both private litigation and enforcement actions.  Andrew represents clients in matters arising from the rights, obligations, and duties of privately-held companies and their managers and stakeholders, such as shareholder and partnership disputes and breach of fiduciary duty actions.

Andrew has also advised employers and employees with respect to restrictive covenants, intellectual property rights, and other terms of employment.  Andrew takes a thoughtful and efficient approach to problem solving, designed with business-oriented solutions in mind.

He often represents parties in disputes concerning the validity of government actions, including with respect to preemption and authority, and has advised both private actors and government bodies.

Andrew maintains an active pro bono practice. He is on the board of Philadelphia VIP, a community legal services organization for low-income individuals facing legal problems that threaten their basic needs. He has also represented prisoner clients in civil rights litigation, matters that raise fundamental constitutional issues regarding due process and the conditions of confinement.

Andrew earned his law degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Notes & Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Keays represents large corporations, small companies, and government entities in a wide range of matters arising under federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Pete counsels clients on various issues regarding permitting, regulatory compliance, and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. He also has extensive experience litigating complex environmental cases in federal court and before Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board.

Although Pete maintains a broad environmental practice, he has developed a particular focus on remediation, cost recovery litigation, private allocations and settlement negotiations, and agency actions under CERCLA and state law equivalents, as well as issues arising under the Clean Water Act. He has spoken and published extensively on those subjects and other areas of environmental law, including the regulation of emerging contaminants. Pete is actively involved in the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources as a member of the Spring Conference 2022 planning committee and a vice chair of the In-House Counsel Committee. Pete also serves on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court.

Pete earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bates College. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Pete served as a law clerk to judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.