November 13, 2015
Annual Meeting Luncheon Dec. 8 Welcoming 89th Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano
Chancellor-Elect Gaetan J. Alfano, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will outline his plans for 2016 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8. To register, click HERE.
Gaetan J. Alfano, who is ascending to serve as our 89th Chancellor, is a member of the esteemed community of Philadelphia lawyers. A consummate professional, he will lead the Philadelphia Bar Association through 2016 to secure a bright future for the Association and its membership.
"I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve at the helm of the nation's oldest and best bar association," said Alfano. "We wouldn't be who we were if it weren't for the engaging work of our members."
Alfano is a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the litigation practice group. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, having represented individuals, businesses and corporations in a variety of commercial and employment matters.
Prior to entering civil practice, Alfano was an assistant district attorney under District Attorney Edward G. Rendell. He has also served as a senior hearing committee member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The 2016 Chancellor is committed to community service. He is a proud member and past Chancellor of the Justinian Society, composed of Italian-American lawyers and judges, where he was treasurer of its charitable arm, the Justinian Foundation. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. An organization empowered by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to evaluate candidates for admission to the bar, it emphasizes the importance of professional responsibility and character in the legal profession.
For 10 years, Alfano served as a commissioner for a bi-state agency, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. He was appointed vice chair, the highest position in Pennsylvania, under the leadership of both Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Gov. Thomas W. Corbett.
Over the course of his career, Alfano has earned the respect and admiration of his peers. He enters the role of Chancellor with exemplary credentials and the whole-hearted support of the Association membership.
Alfano and his wife live in Wallingford, Pa., and have two daughters.
The Philadelphia Bar Association will be presenting two awards at the Annual Meeting & Luncheon.
The 2015 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.
The 2015 PNC Achievement Award honors a member who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.
Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.
Ballots will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 19, and must be received at the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Candidates for office are: Mary F. Platt and Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.), Vice Chancellor; Jacqueline G. Segal, Secretary; Regina M. Foley, Treasurer; Jennifer S. Coatsworth, Assistant Secretary; Natalie Klyashtorny, Assistant Treasurer; Edward F. Beitz, Maureen Farrell, James Funt, Wendy Castor Hess and Adam M. Taylor, Board of Governors (elect five).