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Best Attorneys in Business 2016

by Michelle Boyles

According to the Current Population Survey, 1.2 million attorneys were working in the United States in 2015. With the staggering number of options available, finding the right one to work with your business can pose a significant challenge. Our first-ever list of top business attorneys presents you with 49 of the top legal minds in Philadelphia, for whatever your organization needs.

Antitrust
D. Alicia Hickok
Drinker, Biddle, Reath
(215) 988-3364

IS THERE ONE CASE THAT STICKS OUT IN YOUR MIND AS MOST MEMORABLE?
Each has memories, but there is nothing quite like having a case in the United States Supreme Court. A few years ago, we were able to represent Burlington County there and I won’t ever forget that case.

WHAT PIECE OF FREE ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO BUSINESS OWNERS?
Have a lawyer who is truly a sounding board and will look out for you and call to your attention new legislation or cases (pending or decided) that might impact what you are doing or want to do. Our knowledge and insight can work in tandem with yours to help you grow and improve your business and to anticipate and stave off surprises. If you are reaching out to lawyers only when a suit gets filed, you are underutilizing them.

Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Lesli C. Esposito
DLA Piper
(215) 656-2432

Appropriations
Stuart Greenleaf III
Elliott Greenleaf
(215) 977-1097

Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
Alan E. Casnoff
Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, PC
(215) 320-37801

Benefit Corporations and Corporate Sustainability
William H. Clark
Drinker, Biddle, Reath
(215) 988-2804

Business Law
Stephen F. Ritner
Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, PC
(215) 546-9090

Business, Construction and Professional Liability Litigation
Reeder R. Fox
Duane Morris LLP
(215) 979-1142

Business and Finance
John J. Ehlinger Jr.
Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP
(215) 665-3082

Commercial Litigation
Jessica A. Kubisiak
Kaplin, Stewart, Meloff, Reiter & Stein, PC
(610) 941-2501

Matthew Taylor
Duane Morris LLP
(215) 979-1140

Commercial Litigation and Construction Law
Noah H. Charlson
Bazelon, Less & Feldman
(215) 609-3147

Corporate, Transactional and Securities law
Pamela Zinman
Royer, Cooper, Cohen
(484) 362-2624

Commercial Transactions/Litigation
David Ira Rosenbaum
Rawle & Henderson LLP
(215) 575-4378

Corporate Finance and Capital Markets
John D. LaRocca
Dechert LLP
(215) 994-2778

Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
David S. Petkun
Cozen O’Connor
(215) 665-4634

Corporate and Transactional Law
Andrea Gosfield
Griesing Law, LLC
(215) 618-3722

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Mark M. Brown
Drinker, Biddle, Reath
(215) 988-2768

Employment Counseling and Litigation
Michael G. Tierce
Stevens & Lee
(215) 751-2865

Employment and Civil Rights
Eugene Mattioni
Mattioni Ltd.
(215) 629-1600

Employment and Employee Relations
A. James Johnson
Post & Schell
(215) 587-1099

Employment Law
Lori Armstrong Halber
Fisher Phillips
(215) 519-7798

Rick Grimaldi
Lori Armstrong Halber Fisher Phillips
(215) 264-9197

Environmental Law
Peter J. Fontaine
Cozen O’Connor
(215) 665-2723

Estate, Tax and Closely Held Business Planning
Andrew J. Haas
Blank Rome
(215) 569-5479

Federal Tax
Lisa B. Petkun
Pepper Hamilton LLP
(215) 981-4385

Health Care
Lisa Stewart Albright
Archer & Greiner
(609) 580-3710

Robin Locke Nagele
Post & Schell
(215) 587-1114

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT?
One of my clients is a Fortune 500 company that is one of the largest providers of dialysis services in the world, with a national medical staff that currently has about 6,500 physicians on it. I assisted this client to design, create, implement and operate a system of national peer review and credentialing for which there was no precedent. This system has been functioning at a high level for many years, and has evolved and expanded its impact as the company has continued to grow. I am particularly gratified that the national peer review system has helped empower the physician leadership of this publicly traded company to make patient safety and quality a central priority.

I am also very gratified to have participated in a variety of leadership positions for my law firm Post & Schell, PC, including serving on the board of directors, chairing a board committee, participating in the firm’s recent strategic planning process, and serving as co-chair of the Health Law Practice Group.

WHAT PIECE OF FREE ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO BUSINESS OWNERS?
Put compliance at the core of your business plan, creating a culture that is committed to “doing the right thing in the right way.” That will attract highly-talented individuals motivated to work hard and achieve success because they believe in what they are doing.

Intellectual Property
Michael L. Burns IV
DLA Piper
(215) 656-2443

Intellectual Property and Technology
Dina Leytes
Griesing Law LLC
(215) 732-3924

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT?
My greatest professional achievement is building our successful Intellectual Property & Technology Group from the ground up at Griesing Law, LLC. The firm was founded in 2010 by Fran Griesing with concentrations on commercial litigation, business counseling and employment law. I launched the Intellectual Property & Technology Group in March 2011, with the firm’s full support, and I have led the practice since its inception. We are at the forefront of many of the most interesting and challenging issues of our digital age. The area where our services are in greatest demand now is drafting and negotiating agreements related to the creation and licensing of various forms of technology.

WHAT PIECE OF FREE ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO BUSINESS OWNERS?
I have seen many business owners find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to rebrand after going to market because they did not conduct essential due diligence on their preferred trademark at the outset. Businesses should be sure to conduct a trademark clearance to ensure that the brand that they have chosen is protectable and will not violate a third party’s trademark rights.

International Sales Agreements
Stephen J. Galati
Mattioni Ltd.
(215) 629-1600

Investment Management
Bruce Leto
Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP
(215) 564-8115

Labor and Employment Law
Brad M. Kushner
Stevens & Lee
(215) 751-1949

Christina Reger
Bazelon Less & Feldman
(215) 568-1155 x 173

Labor Relations
Frank C. Sabatino
Stevens & Lee
(215) 751-2884

Land Use, Zoning and Development
Marc B. Kaplin
Kaplin, Stewart, Meloff, Reiter & Stein, PC
(610) 941-2666

Management Law
William R. Sasso
(215) 564-8045

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT?
My greatest professional achievement is serving as chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young for the past 22 years. I believe the firm’s progress over the past two decades has been truly remarkable. It has also been an incredible journey and fully a team effort involving everyone at Stradley—partners, associates and staff. The reputation we have developed in the financial services industry is second to none and our culture of providing outstanding legal services, combined with community involvement and pro bono and charitable activity, is truly outstanding.

IS THERE ONE CASE THAT STICKS OUT IN YOUR MIND AS MOST MEMORABLE?
While it was not the largest matter I have ever handled, I probably think most often and with great fondness about the Tasty Baking transaction. It gave me the opportunity to work with a first-rate management team created and led by Charlie Pizzi, and a board that was second to none, led by Jim Ksansnak. It was a team that would not be denied. At the end of the day, we saved the company, guaranteed the pensions of the retirees, paid off all the company’s debt, provided for job expansion and preserved an icon in the Philadelphia business community. The personal relationships that were created during that period are ones that I treasure to this day.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Lori L. Lasher
Reed Smith
(215) 851-8136

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT?
Over the course of my career I have had the good fortune to handle some very significant corporate transactions and to have held a number of leadership positions in my firm and with various charitable organizations. While many of these are close contenders for my greatest professional achievement, I would be remiss if I did not mention that I consider some of my greatest professional achievements to have been in connection with my pro bono work. Some highlights that come to mind include protecting an elderly immigrant from an abusive family member; and ensuring that a single mother and her two young children avoided eviction which would have placed them on the street. When I look back over my career, I will likely always remember these people’s names and gratitude for whatever help I was able to provide.

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR OFF HOURS?
I spin yarn, weave and knit; and I go to auctions looking for old spinning wheels and yarn tools, antique sock knitting machines and handwritten letters from the 1700-1900s, especially if they are connected with the Revolutionary or Civil War periods.

Privacy Compliance and Data Security
Mark G. McCreary
Fox Rothschild
(215) 299-2010

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY CHARITABLE WORK WITHIN THE COMMUNITY?
I’m currently involved in the NALP/Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program, which is an outstanding partnership program between law firms and local high schools. It’s designed not only to teach students about the law and legal careers but also to encourage them to pursue those careers and provide support as the students work toward those goals. I’ve also volunteered for several years now with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and I handle pro bono cases for my firm that involve corporate and intellectual property matters.

WHAT PIECE OF FREE ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO BUSINESS OWNERS?
I would advise business owners that you should absolutely ensure that your business attorney meets these two criteria—someone you trust, someone you respect—but I’d also add that it should be someone you like as well. You don’t have to like your litigators. They are there in times of crisis for you. But your business attorney should be your trusted adviser and a good listener, someone with whom you can share your ideas and options to move your business forward, your goals and ambitions both short-term and long-term, and someone you can challenge. And you should receive advice from that person that is practical. Otherwise, you’re paying for advice that you cannot use, you don’t need and that won’t help you achieve your objectives.

Product Liability
Keith D. Heinold
Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin
(215) 575-2640

Product Liability and Mass Torts
Raymond M. Williams
DLA Piper
(215) 656-3368

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR OFF HOURS?
Now this is an easy question: I love coaching my boys, attending their various events and spending time with my family. When I do have the chance, I love playing golf, jogging and playing poker with friends. Great work and great people make for a great job. Balance that with great family and friends and it makes for a great life.

WHAT PIECE OF FREE ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO BUSINESS OWNERS?
Never allow yourself to be stopped by any barriers, real or perceived. Sometimes you will have to swallow your pride. Quickly learn the best owners go above and beyond the “requirements” to satisfy their customers/clients.

Public Finance
Joshua S. Pasker
Saul Ewing
(215) 972-7783

Real Estate
David R. Augustin
Duane Morris LLP
(215) 979-1313

Lloyd Birnbaum
Lauletta Birnbaum
(215) 599-7229

Robert S. Davis
Archer & Greiner
(215) 246-3192

Ajay Raju
Dilworth Paxson LLP
(215) 575-7140

Dan Reiter
Fox Rothschild
(215) 299-3825

Securities and Investment
Allison Beatty
Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin
(267) 519-6594

State Tax
Frank J. Gallo
Reed Smith
(215) 851-8860

Strategic Counsel and Business Advisory/Solutions
Maria A. Feeley
Pepper Hamilton LLP
(215) 981-4129

Published (and copyrighted) in Philly Biz, Volume 1, Issue 6 (May, 2016).
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