People in business

Engineering firm

promotes 2 men

Larson Design Group recently announced two promotions within its retail design group, a news release said.

Robert Gehr has been promoted to vice president of retail design. Gehr joined Larson Design Group in 1999, most recently serving as regional director of retail design. In his new role, Gehr will be responsible for developing the group’s vision and strategy, business planning, operations management, client development, and financial management.

David Balzer has been promoted to regional director of retail design, taking over the vacancy left by Gehr’s promotion. Balzer previously served as a project manager in the retail design group. He has worked for Larson Design Group for 10 years.

“These promotions recognize Robert and David’s leadership, hard work, and dedication to the success of the group,” David Martin, chief operating officer of Larson Design Group said, according to the news release. “We trust their abilities to lead our retail design group as we continue to grow our national presence.”

Both Balzer and Gehr work in the company’s Williamsport office.

Attorney’s board

certification extended

Cliff Rieders, a partner in the law firm of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters and Dohrmann, of Williamsport, has been a long-time nationally board certified civil trial advocate.

According to a news release, the National Board of Trial Advocacy grants board certification based upon competitive examination, experience, and the recommendations of judges. Rieders’ certification as a civil pretrial practice law advocate was recently extended by the Board. This important certification was earned by Rieders’ “special competence in that field” of civil pretrial practice law.

Rieders is one of the few nationally board certified trial lawyers in North Central Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, now called the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Rieders graduated from New York University and Georgetown University Law School. He has served as an original and founding member of Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority. He is a longtime member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Standard Jury Instruction Committee, which writes jury instructions and commentary provided to judges throughout Pennsylvania, the news release said.

The attorney has been recognized for his academic accomplishments as well. He has authored a variety of textbooks and pamphlets on legal topics, and lectured to many distinguished lawyer groups. As a Life Member of the American Law Institute, Attorney Rieders has helped to develop standard legal statements for use throughout the 50 States and the District of Columbia.