Business Law Section Annual Reception
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Spotlight on In-House Counsel
Diversity in Law and General Counsel's Role as Business Advisor
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Business Law Section Annual Reception
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy McVeigh at email@example.com.
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.
Giants of the Business Bar Oct. 22
Trustee Professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
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
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
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.
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.
|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).