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Erika C. Aljens is in-house counsel for FirstEnergy Services where she is responsible for managing
claims and litigation involving injuries and property damage. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from
the University of California-Davis and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pacific - McGeorge
School of Law in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to Pennsylvania, Erika is licensed in California,
New York and New Jersey.
Matthew G. Brushwood is of Counsel at Barley Snyder handling finance and creditors' rights
matters. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business where
he earned an economics degree and the Widener University School of Law - Delaware. Matthew
previously was a partner with the Philadelphia-based firm of Phelan, Hallinan, Diamond & Jones.
He enjoys seeking out new breweries and gastropubs in the area. Matthew's favorite films include
" Star Wars, " " Boiler Room " and " Ronin, " and Dave Matthews Band, OAR, Chicago and Top
Hits/Country are at the top of his music playlist. Among Matthew's most memorable experiences
was a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland for skiing and hiking. Matthew and his wife, Jessica, have a son,
Zachary. The family dog, Otto, is named after a brewery at Penn State and is believed to be a mix
of Pit Bull, Akita and German Shepherd.
Cody L. Kauffman serves as First Assistant Solicitor for the County of Berks. Prior to joining the
County Solicitor's Office, he was an associate attorney at Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding,
in their Lancaster and Philadelphia offices, handling the defense of general liability casualty claims
throughout Pennsylvania. Cody also served as an assistant public defender for the County of
Lancaster and as a law clerk to the Hon. Dennis E. Reinaker of the Lancaster County Court of
Common Pleas. Cody is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of
Science in Business Administration and Marketing and the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline
School of Law. His musical taste is eclectic, but Red Hot Chili Peppers and Credence Clear Water
Revival are in heavy rotation. Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods tops Cody's list of favorite books
while a pair of football dramas rank among his favorite TV shows ( " Friday Night Lights " ) and
movies ( " Any Given Sunday " ). Cody also enjoys travelling with his wife, Claire. The couple highly
recommends Banff, Alberta, Canada and Eco Resort in Tulum, Mexico. Their four-legged family
members include two cats, Charlie and Lola, whom they rescued from a Philadelphia shelter in
2013.
Maureen A. Weidman is an associate at Stevens & Lee, focusing on estates and trusts. She
previously was an attorney with the Harrisburg-based firm Smigel, Anderson & Sacks. A graduate
of Gettysburg College, Maureen earned her Juris Doctor, graduating first in her class, at Dickinson
School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Dickinson
Law Review, Chapter Justice of her school's chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and a
member of the Woolsack Honor Society. Maureen also served as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney's
Office, Western District of New York, and as a Judicial Extern to the Hon. John E. Jones, U.S.
District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Hiking, bike rides, and board games are
among the activities Maureen enjoys outside the office. Her fiancé, Steve, is a prosecutor in the
York County District Attorney's Office. They have a cat named Miss Moneypenny.

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