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Al Dandridge and Denny Shupe Receive Veterans of Influence Awards

On February 19, 2015 by Schnader in Aviation

On February 13, 2015, the Philadelphia Business Journal announced their inaugural Veterans of Influence Awards, which included two Schnader attorneys, Albert S. Dandridge, III and Denny Shupe. Schnader was the only organization with two recipients.

In announcing the awards, the Business Journal noted that while the greater Philadelphia area is home to many business leaders who developed their influence through years of education and work experience, for many it was the military that set the tone for their success. In all, the publication honored 20 veterans whose leadership and success is attributable through dedication to a cause greater than themselves — a military trait that lives on in their business acumen.

Mr. Dandridge and Mr. Shupe were noted as follows:

Albert Dandridge III
Staff Sergeant—Marines

As chair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group, Mr. Dandridge concentrates on municipal and corporate finance matters. He regularly counsels major public companies, broker-dealers and investment advisors on their securities reporting and financing requirements. Prior to joining Schnader, Mr. Dandridge served at the Securities and Exchange Commission as Special Counsel and later as Associate Director in the Division of Corporation Finance. He was selected to serve as the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 88th chancellor, a post which he stepped into last month. At his inaugural address, Mr. Dandridge issued a call to service, asking each member of the bar to give more of his/her time to providing meaningful, hands-on support for community members in need. He also asked the Association’s members to commit to strengthening their outreach to the veterans’ community by seeking legislative solutions and participating in military assistance programs. Mr. Dandridge served two tours in Vietnam in the Marines, where he was wounded in battle. A Philadelphia Business Journal article last month recounted an intense moment: “He was at an outpost that was exchanging artillery fire when mortar fire came in and the marines took cover. After the incoming fire stopped, Mr. Dandridge said he asked if everyone was OK and heard someone call out ‘Sergeant Dandridge!’ from about 50 feet away. A member of his infantry unit was hit and Mr. Dandridge and another Marine ran to save him under enemy fire and brought him to safety. Mr. Dandridge was ready to get on the move again when a medic pointed to his right arm and hand, which had been hit by shrapnel in the rescue attempt.”

Denny Shupe
Lt. Colonel—Air Force
Denny Shupe is a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Schnader. His trial and appellate practice focuses on aviation litigation, products liability, transportation law, commercial litigation and insurance. He represents domestic and global aircraft, engine and aircraft component manufacturers, airports, airlines, insurers, and operators in litigation involving domestic and international crashes and disputes. Mr. Shupe is a founding member of the Board of Directors of New Leash on Life USA, a nonprofit focused on training and socializing shelter dogs to enhance their chance of adoption, and building prison inmate social and job skills to improve the likelihood of successful re-entry into the community. After graduating pilot training, he was selected to remain there as a T-37 jet instructor pilot. Mr. Shupe also was selected as an academic instructor of advanced instrument flight and navigation procedures to Air Force and allied nation undergraduate pilot training students. In his final year of assignment at Williams AFB, he served as an executive officer for the Commander of the 82nd Flying Training Wing. He was honored as a Master Instructor of Flying Training by the Air Training Command. Mr. Shupe is a Command Pilot with over 4400 flight hours in T-37, T-38 and C-141 aircraft. His decorations include the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Air Force Reserve Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

The Philadelphia Business Journal will recognize the region’s most respected military veterans at a special event on March 19, 2015 at The Union League. For more information, see their event page.