News and Resources

  • Print This Page Email This Page
Stevens & Lee Names Three New Department Leaders

PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 15, 2017 – Stevens & Lee has named three new practice group co-leaders.

Zachary R. Davis has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department; Edward C. Renenger has been named Co-Chair of the ERISA, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department; and Jay R. Wagner has been named Co-Chair of the Wealth Planning, Trusts and Estates Department.

Zachary R. Davis joins Department Co-Chairs Paul R. Lewis and Michael G. Tierce in leading the Labor and Employment Group. A resident of the firm’s Philadelphia office, Mr. Davis handles all aspects of management-side labor and employment matters. He represents employers in a wide range of litigation, including discrimination and retaliation claims, False Claims Act matters, and litigation of non-compete agreements and other types of employment contracts. Mr. Davis regularly counsels clients on employment matters, serving as chief outside employment counsel to several Philadelphia-area businesses. He also represents employers in traditional labor matters, including union negotiations and labor arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

He received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, an MBA from Villanova University and a B.A., cum laude, from Duke University. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2015.

Edward C. Renenger joins fellow Department Chair Charles F. Harenza in leading the ERISA, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department. He is resident in the firm’s Reading office.

Mr. Renenger concentrates his practice in helping companies navigate the complexities of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), including determining the feasibility and optimal design of an ESOP. He also represents ESOP trustees in a variety of ESOP-related transactions.

When not working with ESOPs, Mr. Renenger advises companies with respect to qualified retirement plans, especially in complex matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Mr. Renenger received a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A., First in Class, summa cum laude, from The Catholic University of America. He is a member of the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Jay R. Wagner joins C. Thomas Work in leading the Wealth Planning, Trusts and Estates Department. He is resident in the firm’s Reading office where he practices estate and trust planning and administration, wealth preservation, trust and estate litigation, charitable and nonprofit organizations, and guardianship administration. Mr. Wagner is experienced in advising high net worth clients in all aspects of estate planning and has substantial experience in fiduciary litigation. He serves as general counsel for a number of charitable organizations and represents many others as special counsel.

Mr. Wagner received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law and a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from Temple University. He is AV® Preeminent™ rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, and has been repeatedly recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by being selected by his peers as among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the Commonwealth.

Related Professionals:
Zachary R. Davis
Edward C. Renenger
Jay R. Wagner