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Business Law Section & YLD Speed Mentoring Event April 12

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners and coaches, who will provide insider tips and practical advice about choosing a practice area and successfully navigating a path to that practice.

Attendees will be divided into small groups which will rotate from table to table to discuss focused topics with mentors. Choosing a practice area and developing that practice area is essential to a successful (and fulfilling) legal career, and starting early can reap significant benefits. Topics for discussion will include the various practice options open to young lawyers, the skills that should be developed to target particular practice areas, and how to set yourself up for success if you are looking for a change in practice.

There is no fee to attend; however, registration is required. These programs are typically very well-attended, so we encourage you to register early. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for the program, please contact Shannon Gaughan at shannong.esq@gmail.com or Amy McVeigh at amcveigh@reedsmith.com.

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Business Law Section Annual Reception

At the Business Law Section's Annual Reception, current Chair Katayun Jaffari and outgoing Chair Graham R. Laub honored the following members for outstanding service in 2015: Terry Reilly and Michael Pellegrino, co-chairs of the Investment Companies Committee received the Chair of the Year award. Eric S. Siegel and Michael P. Zanan, co-chairs of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Law Committee, accepted the Committee of the Year Award. The Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award was presented to G. Daniel O'Donnell and Mark S. Stewart received the Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award.

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Sarah B. Gelb, vice chair (left to right); Daniel O'Donnell, recipient of the 2015 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award and CEO of Dechert LLP; Graham R. Laub, 2015 chair; and Katayun I. Jaffari, 2016 chair.


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Michael Replansky, Elaine Replansky and Daniel O'Donnell.


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Katayun I. Jaffari, Graham R. Laub and Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano.


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Graham R. Laub (left to right); Seán Lavelle, regional vice president, Philadelphia, for Caron Treatment Centers, Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award designated charitable organization; Daniel O'Donnell; and Katayun I. Jaffari.


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Graham R. Laub (left to right); Thomas Davidson, principal of Constitution High School, Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award designated charitable organization; Mark S. Stewart, recipient of the 2015 Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award and chair of Ballard Spahr LLP; Katayun I. Jaffari; and Justin P. Klein.


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Katayun I. Jaffari and Graham R. Laub present a check for $10,000 to Philadelphia VIP Community Economic Development Coordinator Alison Merrick.


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Katayun I. Jaffari and Graham R. Laub with Michael T. Pellegrino (center, left) and Terrance J. Reilly, co-chairs of the Investment Companies Committee, recipients of the 2015 Committee Chair of the Year Award.


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Graham R. Laub (center) with Michael P. Zanan (left) and Eric S. Siegel of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Law Committee, recipient of the 2015 Committee of the Year Award.


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E. David Chanin, secretary, and Patricia M. Hamill.


Giants of the Business Bar Oct. 22

Featuring:
Amy Boss
Trustee Professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Moderated by:
Honorable Jean K. FitzSimon
United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

The Business Law Section is recognizing Amy Boss, trustee professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Wells Fargo History Museum, at 5:30 p.m. Professor Boss is one of the nation's leading commercial law scholars. She is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and was the first professor and second woman to have chaired the American Bar Association's Business Law Section.

Light refreshments including beer and wine will be provided. The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters, McGladrey, Ballard Spahr LLP, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C. and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

The Wells Fargo History Museum is located at 123 S. Broad St. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required by Oct. 20. For more information and to register, click here.

BLS/YLD Speed 180 Program July 8

Date:
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Time:
6:00 PM

Location:
Reed Smith
Three Logan Square
1717 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, invites young lawyers and law students to engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners and coaches, who will provide insider tips and practical advice about the skills needed to be successful in today's legal profession.

Attendees will be divided into small groups which will rotate from table to table to discuss focused topics with mentors. Developing one's practice is essential to a successful legal career, and starting early can reap significant benefits. Topics will include practical advice on building your personal brand, developing teamwork and leadership skills, creating value in the work that you do, and surviving (and thriving) during your first years as an attorney. Click here to register.

Thank you to the Business Law Section annual sponsors McGladrey; Thomson Reuters; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Ballard Spahr LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; and Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.

Giants of Business Bar with Justin Klein May 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section hosted its semiannual Giants of the Philadelphia Business Bar program on Thursday, May 14, 2015, featuring Justin P. Klein of Ballard Spahr LLP. Klein, a former chairman of the Business Law Section, is best known for his long and prolific career as a respected counselor in the areas of securities and corporate governance. He advises publicly and privately held companies on diverse securities matters in addition to offering his invaluable counsel in a variety of philanthropic endeavors. Dilworth Paxson LLP (where Klein was once a partner) hosted the event, which was well-attended by esteemed members of the bar association, including many of Klein's colleagues and peers. Marcel S. Pratt of Ballard Spahr moderated the discussion.

The discussion provided attendees with an overview of the blueprint for Klein's successful career. Klein reflected on the opportunities and choices that contributed to his success. He discussed his tenure at the Securities and Exchange Commission, an experience that has value decades later, as he highlighted the impact that government service can have on one's career. Klein, who is well known for his business development acumen, gave several examples of how he initiated significant client relationships and expanded them over time, including a relationship that began through his involvement with the Philadelphia Bar Association. Klein's words of wisdom were valuable to attorneys at all stages of their careers. He also reiterated the importance of mentorship in law firms, which can be rewarding for the both the mentor and mentee. While Klein has seen the practice of law evolve over the course of his career, he emphasized that interpersonal skills and high-quality legal work will always be staples of the profession.

Thank you to the Business Law Section annual sponsors McGladrey; Thomson Reuters; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Ballard Spahr LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; and Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.


|Marcel S. Pratt, (left to right) Katayun I. Jaffari, Graham R. Laub and Justin P. Klein at Giants of the Business Bar at Dilworth Paxson LLP on May 14. Marcel interviewed Justin for the event.

Marcel S. Pratt (left) interviews Justin P. Klein at Giants of the Business Bar at Dilworth Paxson LLP on May 14.

Business Law Section Annual Reception January 13, 2015


Michael D. Ecker and Graham R. Laub present a check for $10,000 for Philadelphia VIP Executive Director Sara L. Woods.

Lee Applebaum is congratulated by Graham and Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III after he was honored with the Section's Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award.

Mitchell L. Bach (center) introduced as recipient of the Dennis H. Replansky Award.

Immediate Past Chair Michael Ecker with honorees Lee Applebaum, Mitchell Bach, Graham R. Laub and Kate Tepper.


Business Law Section Annual Reception February 4, 2014


The Business Law Section held its Annual Reception Feb. 4 and honored several of its members. Jeffrey L. Vagle (from left), chair of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee, was honored as chair of the year. Committee of the Year is the Small Business Committee, chaired by Katayun I. Jaffari. The Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award was presented to Howard L. Meyers and Leslie E. John received Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. Past Chair Barbara Sicalides and current Chair Michael Ecker made the presentations at Estia.

Leslie E. John is congratulated by Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III after she was honored with the Section's Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award.

Michael D. Ecker and Barbara Sicalides present a check for $10,000 for Philadelphia VIP Executive Director Sara Woods (right) and Marco Gorini, VIP's Community Economic Development Coordinator.

Michael D. Ecker thanks immediate-past section Chair Barbara Sicalides for her service to the section in 2013.

Howard L. Meyers was the recipient of the Business Law Section's 2013 Dennis H. Replansky Award.

2010 Business Law Section Executive Committee


Standing (L-R): Michael D. Ecker, Shelley R. Goldner, Bradford J. Sandler, Eric C. Milby (member and 2009 Chair), Mitchell L. Bach (member and 2004 Chair), Albert S. Dandridge, III (head of Diversity Action Plan Task Force and 2006 Chair), Ralph J. Mauro, Curtis L. Golkow; sitting (L-R): Wanda E. Flowers (Secretary), Sandra A. Jeskie (Vice-Chair), Lee Applebaum (Chair), Barbara Sicalides (Treasurer). Not pictured: Rachel E. Branson.

October 21, 2010


On October 21, 2010, Business Law Section Committee leaders met with Executive Committee Leaders Sandra Jeskie, Al Dandridge and Shelly Goldner, as well as new Bar Association Director of Diversity Naomi McLaurin to discuss the Section’s Diversity Action Plan, its revived newsletter, The Philadelphia Business Law Insider, and to share practical advice on how to run successful committees. The Committee Leaders in attendance were, sitting (L-R): E. David Chanin (Vice Chair, Business Litigation Committee), Phyllis Horn Epstein (Chair, Communications Committee, and Editor, The Philadelphia Business Law Insider), Michael Conley (Vice Chair, Insurance Committee), Graham R. “Gray” Laub (Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Regulations Committees, and Business Law Section Chair of the Year 2010), Gerard A. Dever (Chair, Antitrust Committee, Business Law Section Committee of the Year 2010); and standing (L-R): A. Christopher Young (Chair, Franchise Law Committee), Eric Marr (incoming Chair, Business Organizations Committee), David F. Connor (Co-Chair, Investment Companies Committee), John Washlick (Co-Chair, Health Care Law Committee), Brad Rostolsky (Co-Chair, Health Care Law Committee), Jeffrey M. Taylor (Vice Chair, Securities Regulation Committee), and Anne M. Aaronson (Chair, Bankruptcy Committee).

November 12, 2010

Officers of the Business Law Section to be Elected at Annual Meeting, Dec. 13

November 9, 2010

The Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award History

November 9, 2010

Section Creates Advisory Board... read more

November 9, 2010

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Business Law Section 2010 Award Recipients

October 9, 2010

Commerce Court Opinion Project updates chapter on Piercing the Corporate Veil. Click here.

June 22, 2010

The Business Litigation, Health Care Law, and Human Resources and Employee Relations Committees have included links to a number of podcasts on their webpages

June 22, 2010

The Antitrust Committee held fascinating programs in May and June

The Antitrust Committee held fascinating programs in May and June, “Zubulake Revisited and Other Recent E-Discovery Developments and Their Implications for Antitrust Litigation” and “Antitrust at the Speed of Byte: Will enforcement agencies and private parties be able to keep up with the fast-paced IT world as it continues to accelerate?”

November 12, 2009

Business Litigation Committee Updates Commerce Case Management Program Opinions

In 2009, the Business Litigation Committee updated the Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project with a new chapters on Civil Conspiracy and Negotiable Instruments and the UCC

June 13, 2008

Health Care Law Committee Highlights Recent Podcasts

The Health Care Law Committee has added links to several practice-related podcasts. Go to the Committee's homepage to see the complete list.