Twenty from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2007On September 5, 2006 by Schnader in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Caroline M. Brobeil
Public Relations Manager
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
September 5, 2006 – Philadelphia, PA – Twenty Schnader attorneys have been selected for listing in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Arlin M. Adams (alternative dispute resolution), before becoming counsel to the Firm, was a U.S. Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1987. In 2001, Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society to honor his many achievements. The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation recently established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship of Constitutional Law in his honor.
Elizabeth K. Ainslie (commercial litigation) was recognized as one of “America’s Top 50 Women Litigators” by the National Law Journal. From 1979 to 1984, Ms. Ainslie was a federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and chief of the Fraud Section from 1983 to 1984. Ms. Ainslie then worked for 15 years at a law firm she founded before she joined Schnader.
Thomas D. Arbogast (tax law) chairs our Tax Practice Group and serves on our Executive Committee. Mr. Arbogast concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial law and taxation, with particular emphasis in tax litigation; tax administrative practice; corporate acquisitions and divestitures; partnerships; domestic and international business taxation; and, real estate and natural resource development. He has spoken before a variety of audiences, including the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the American Law Institute, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Barry E. Bressler (bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights law) chairs our creditors’ rights real estate practice, his practice includes real estate litigation, creditors’ rights issues and bankruptcy matters. He has represented lenders, landlords, developers, owners, contractors and subcontractors in commercial mortgage foreclosures, suits against guarantors, loan workouts, commercial lease, brokerage commission, land use, landlord-tenant disputes and construction litigation. Mr. Bressler also handles real estate lending and conduit lending transactions, and advises small businesses and professionals on corporate, real estate and related matters.
William H. Brown III (labor and employment) is senior counsel and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He is a former chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a deputy district attorney and chief of the district attorney’s Fraud Unit in Philadelphia. Nationally known in the field of employment discrimination, Mr. Brown has served as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as an arbitrator for American Arbitration Association. Mr. Brown also chaired the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission investigating the MOVE tragedy in 1985, and also has been a judge pro tem of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Robert L. Collings (environmental) is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and the former chair of the Litigation Department. He has more than 25 years of regulatory and litigation experience in environmental law and hazardous substance issues. A former enforcement attorney and manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Collings represents manufacturing, transportation, financial services, retail and real estate businesses with permit needs, claims, and transactional matters involving environmental or regulatory issues. He has detailed familiarity with federal, state and local regulatory programs and tries cases in state and federal courts, as well as administrative tribunals.
Albert S. Dandridge, III (corporate law) is co-chair of the Firm’s Financial Services and Corporate Practice groups. His legal work is concentrated in municipal and corporate finance matters, and he regularly counsels major public companies, broker-dealers and investment advisors on their securities reporting and financing requirements. Mr. Dandridge has also lectured frequently on securities topics. Before joining Schnader, Mr. Dandridge served the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as associate director of small business and international corporate finance in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. In addition, he served as special counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance.
Marilyn Z. Kutler (real estate) is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and she specializes in real estate transactions and government contracts, with emphasis on complex public-private partnerships, institutional projects, and projects involving governmental units and educational institutions. She has substantial experience in site development and land-use planning especially with regard to projects that require special attention or experience, such as sports and entertainment arenas, convention centers and energy facilities. Ms. Kutler joined Schnader after serving in the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department for more than 10 years, where she focused on public-sector business and real estate matters. In 1984, she was named City Solicitor and became a member of then Mayor Goode’s cabinet. In her role as City Solicitor, she served as Philadelphia’s chief legal counsel on many of the city’s commercial ventures with developers and mixed public-private funding.
James R. Meyer (intellectual property) is a member of Schnader’s Corporate Practice Group and concentrates his work in the selection, acquisition, maintenance and defense of trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, Internet domain names and copyrights in the United States and worldwide. This includes the full range of business and licensing transactions related to these properties. His practice also includes the use and protection of intellectual property rights on the Internet. Mr. Meyer is the Executive Editor of the INTA Bulletin and the Editor-in-Chief of REMARKS – Trademark News for Business published by the International Trademark Association. Before joining Schnader, Mr. Meyer was a shareholder in a Philadelphia-based intellectual property law Firm. Earlier in his career, he was trademark counsel for a multinational pharmaceutical company, responsible for the company’s worldwide portfolio of more than 2,000 trademarks and 20,000 trademark registrations.
Albert Momjian (family law) is chair of the Firm’s Family Law department. His practice consists of complex matrimonial matters, including: adoption; custody, divorce, premarital and postnuptial agreements; paternity matters; and, support issues. Mr. Momjian is known as a leader in the field, and has consistently been at the forefront of developing areas of family law, including: surrogate parenting; spousal torts; constitutional issues; and, arbitration or mediation of family law disputes. He has been recognized nationally for his success and victories in high-profile, and has represented several celebrities in divorce matters. In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Momjian has served as an advisor and authority in the development and drafting of many of the family laws in Pennsylvania. For example, he co-chaired the Committee to Consolidate Pennsylvania Family Laws and served as a consultant to the Pennsylvania House and Senate judiciary committees during extensive deliberations of the 1980 Divorce Code.
Kenneth I. Rosenberg (real estate) is chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. His practice focuses on representation of banks, savings institutions and other financial institutions in all types of residential, commercial and retail development projects. He has extensive experience in the area of real estate financing, particularly in construction lending throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Rosenberg has represented banks in secured and unsecured real estate credit facilities, letters of credit financing, and tax-free real estate loans. He has also successfully concluded the workout of troubled real estate loans. He is well respected and known for being able to identify important and often overlooked issues and provide alternative potential solutions.
Bruce A. Rosenfield (trusts and estates) is chair of the Firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. His practice includes: estate planning; estate and trust administration; charitable giving; issues related to private foundations; and, planning for closely held businesses. Mr. Rosenfield is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is counsel to the prestigious Settlement Music School.
David Smith (commercial litigation) is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Services Department, as well as the Firm’s first CEO and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He has more than 29 years of experience in large and complex litigation including: representation of plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, trade secret and other intellectual property litigation; professional liability litigation involving claims of attorney and accountant malpractice; securities and antitrust litigation, including service as lead counsel in the defense of multidistrict cases; failed financial institution litigation; real estate workouts and litigation; construction litigation; and representation of debtors and creditors in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. He also is a leader in civic and community affairs, having served in many different roles, including as chair of the Public Interest Law Center from 1999 to 2002.
Carl A. Solano (appellate) is a member of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, and he chairs the Firm’s First Amendment, Defamation and Communications Practice Group. Mr. Solano’s appellate and motions practice involves most fields of substantive law; his First Amendment practice focuses primarily on advice and the defense of communications companies in libel and privacy matters, which he handles in both trial and appellate courts; his e-commerce practice covers the wide variety of challenges and cutting-edge issues presented by the continually evolving area of the Internet, and his work in this area has included litigation relating to domain name ownership and control, and counseling Internet publishers about issues relating to content regulation. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor of law at the Villanova University School of Law and often lectures professional organizations and in other venues on computer and electronic commerce issues.
Dennis R. Suplee (commercial litigation) served as Chairman of Schnader from 1992 to 1998, and has handled a wide range of civil litigation in his time with the Firm, including: complex antitrust litigation; cases involving international air rights; cases related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and CERLA; patent infringement issues; product liability cases; and, criminal defense work. This shrewd and versatile litigator is well respected and highly regarded among his peers, and has been recognized consistently for the successful results he achieves for his clients.
Sherry A. Swirsky (antitrust) is the chair of the Firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group and has more than 25 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in federal and state courts, and with administrative agencies. She concentrates her practice in matters involving antitrust, class actions, corporate governance, directors’ and officers’ liability, election and campaign finance law, health care, insurance, nonprofit corporations and securities. She also conducts corporate internal investigations and provides governmental affairs counseling. In addition to her professional achievements, Ms. Swirsky serves on the Board of Trustees for The Free Library of Philadelphia –having been appointed by Mayor John F. Street in 2004 – and is very active in local, state, and federal politics.
Paul H. Titus (commercial litigation) is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Services Department, handling a broad range of litigation in trial and appellate courts, especially complex business matters. This includes shareholder disputes, securities issues, contract disputes, governmental regulation and antitrust litigation. His trial work has resulted in his election to the American College of Trial Lawyers. He represents governmental entities as well as public and private institutions, including Fortune 100 companies, national and regional accounting Firms, law Firms, and directors, officers and partners of such organizations.
Stewart M. Weintraub (tax law) is a member of the Firm’s Business Services Department, where his practice focuses on taxation issues, including: assisting clients to plan and structure transactions so that all state and local tax obligations are minimized; and, all aspects of state and local tax compliance, from audit through litigation to the appellate courts. Before entering private practice, he was chief of tax litigation for the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department, as well as chief counsel of the mayor’s tax reform commission. He was honored by Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 1984 and 1989 for his contributions to tax reform in Philadelphia. In 2003, he was appointed to serve as a member of the newly refashioned Tax Reform Commission, which was charged with reviewing the City’s existing tax structure, and developing recommendations for reducing taxes in an equitable manner to make Philadelphia more competitive with other jurisdictions in attracting and retaining residents, businesses, jobs and commerce. He has been an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law since 1981, and has been a noted speaker at many ABA conferences.
Ralph G. Wellington (commercial litigation) serves as the Chairman of the Firm and has extensive experience representing major corporations in significant litigation and business matters throughout the United States. He is an active appellate advocate, having argued before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth and Seventh circuits, as well as appellate courts in various states. As chairman, he has implemented the Firm’s strategic plan through geographic expansion, transitioning to practice management, and integrating acquired offices and practices.
Nancy Winkelman (appellate) is the co-chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, and concentrates her practice in federal and state appellate litigation. She has handled cases in a variety of substantive areas before a number of appellate courts; notably, she has had the distinction and honor of having argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2004, Ms. Winkelman was selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, making her the ninth lawyer–and the first woman–to be selected as a fellow from the Third Circuit. At the Firm, Ms. Winkelman also co-chairs the Hiring Committee and the Pro Bono Committee.
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