Small Business Committee

The Small Business Committee is organized to assist business lawyers in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties with the practical implications of the delivery of legal services and general counseling to growing business enterprises. The Committee recognizes that small business owners look to their attorneys for advice on a wide range of subjects from structuring an initial business plan, to counseling on exit strategies.


H. Adam Shapiro
Danziger Shapiro & Leavitt, P.C.
600 Chestnut St Ste 1050
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Raymond H. Lemisch
Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP
1835 Market Street Suite 1400
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Recent Events

  • Small Business Committee Meeting


    Thursday, February 25, 2016


    8:30 AM


    Duane Morris LLP
    United Plaza Building - 12th Floor
    30 South 17th Street

    Registration Info:

    Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Duane Morris.

    There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

    Please contact Eileen Runyen at or 215-979-1237 to register.


    Contact Kate Tepper at or 215-979-1924.

    It is time to plan for 2016 and the work of the Small Business Committee. Our collaboration with other committees of the Business Law Section will continue to be explored and since law students are the future of our profession, we will continue to consider how to get them more involved with the committee.

    Please join us to hear about these ideas and share your own thoughts about what the Small Business Committee can do for you!

  • When Bad Things Happen to Good IP: Managing Infringement, Usurpation and Other Transgressions of Your Intellectual Property

    Small Business Committee CLE

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    12:00 PM

    Pennsylvania Bar Institute
    CLE Conference Center
    Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor

    CLE Presentation:

    When Bad Things Happen to Good IP: Managing Infringement, Usurpation and Other Transgressions of Your Intellectual Property

    A recent spate of initial public offerings, high-profile mergers and acquisitions, and litigation has thrust intellectual property (IP) into a critical position in domestic and global economics. Preserving the value of IP is an increasingly complex process, and the risk and expense of IP disputes continues to increase. In this CLE, a panel of IP attorneys review optimal methods to maintain and enforce IP rights, as well as avoid claims of infringement.

    This CLE will focus on effective strategies to manage the process and address issues such as: - Common pitfalls of USPTO post-grant patent proceedings - Efficient resolution of trademark and domain name disputes - Strategies to detect and deter trademark infringers


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    Christiane S. Campbell, Esq.
    Duane Morris LLP

    Ms. Campbell practices in the area of intellectual property law. She has extensive experience with trademark maintenance and enforcement, including enforcement over the Internet. She has handled domain name disputes in federal court and before arbitration panels under ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Ms. Campbell has litigated issues of trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, anti-cybersquatting, copyright and licensing disputes in federal court. Her trademark litigation experience also includes opposition and cancellation actions before the TTAB and collaborating with counsel outside the U.S. on foreign opposition and cancellation actions. She has represented numerous client trademark applicants in ex parte appeals before the TTAB to overcome final refusals of trademark registration. Ms. Campbell has also argued more than thirty UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) cases before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), resulting in transfers and cancellations of subject domain names.

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    Matthew P. Frederick, Esq.
    Reed Smith LLP

    Mr. Frederick regularly counsels and represents clients in both patent and trademark matters. On the trademark side, he represents clients in the full life cycle of a trademark, including preparation and prosecution, enforcement and litigation. On the patent side, Mr. Frederick handles projects covering a diverse range of technology including chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, environmental engineering, plastics and other specialty materials. He not only conducts preparation and prosecution of patent applications, but also represents clients in patent litigation in the federal courts and the USPTO. Finally, Mr. Frederick advises clients in IP portfolio management, licensing, and IP due diligence related to various business transactions. He has also experienced the client side of Intellectual Property counseling, having been awarded three patents from the USPTO as a Product Development Engineer for Federal Mogul before attending law school.

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    Alan S. Nadel, Esq.
    Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP

    Mr. Nadel, a patent attorney for over 30 years, a founding partner of the Philadelphia intellectual property boutique Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP. Prior to that, he was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and before that, Mr. Nadel was a founding partner of Panitch Schwarze Jacobs & Nadel, P.C. Before founding that firm, he was a patent attorney and partner at another Philadelphia intellectual property law firm. Mr. Nadel is experienced in all aspects of patent matters involving bioscience, chemical, and mechanical inventions. His practice includes preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents, enforcement of patents; defense of clients accused of infringing patent rights of others, advising on and preparing licensing and other agreements associated with technology practice; due diligence relating to acquisition or other transfers of intellectual property; and counseling clients in other diverse intellectual property matters. In addition to being a member of the Philadelphia and American Bar Associations, Mr. Nadel is a past President of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. He has been honored to be recognized for several years by Chambers USA, by Best Lawyers in America and as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and The George Washington University Law School with a J.D. degree, with honors.


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    Mark T. Vogelbacker, Esq.
    Reed Smith LLP; Small Business Committee Vice-Chair

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