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    Jennifer Myers Chalal has been named as one of the Pennsylvania & Delaware Super Lawyers Top 50 Women of 2020. Ms. Chalal is an attorney in Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci’s Employment Law Group. She concentrates her practice in the area of employment law handling all types of employment law matters including discrimination claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the PHRA, and the NJ Law Against Discrimination, retaliation claims, wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour claims, FMLA claims, ERISA claims, breach of contract claims, non-compete claims, and claims involving workplace torts. She also handles ADA accessibility suits and denials of public accommodations for businesses especially in the hospitality industry.  She provides advice to businesses regarding employment matters, conducts workplace investigations for businesses presented with complaints of sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination, prepares employment handbooks, and provides workplace seminars regarding discrimination laws. Her litigation practice extends throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in both Federal and State Court.

    Ms. Chalal received a J.D. with honors from Temple University School of Law. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Hofstra University where she received a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) with High Honors in Speech Communication. Following graduation from Temple University School of Law, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Ms. Chalal is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Temple American Inn of Courts. She also was an Executive Committee Member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

    Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has granted summary judgment on all claims brought by a male Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons against the City of Philadelphia – which was represented by Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. – exonerating the Mayor from claims that his administration made appointments on the basis of race and gender.

    Employment Law Group Chair Alan B. Epstein and Employment Law Group Member Jennifer Myers Chalal represented the City since the inception of the claim in 2017.  The order was issued by Hon. Jan E. DuBois on May 14.

    Plaintiff Robert Tomaszewski’s claim was based upon his non-selection as Commissioner by Mayor James Kenney in 2016 on the alleged basis of his race and gender and retaliation after he filed with the EEOC and a lawsuit in 2017.

    Epstein and Chalal achieved a satisfactory result in a lawsuit that involved depositions of Mayor Kenney (via written interrogatories), the Managing Director, the current head of the Department of Prisons , and several highly placed individuals in the Kenney administration.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Member Leslie Beth Baskin, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Group, has been named Co-Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). Baskin is also one of the founding members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

    The IWIRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the professional status of women in the fields of insolvency and restructuring since its incorporation in 1994. IWIRC boasts a membership of over 1,500 women in various fields of insolvency and restructuring practice. The organization provides a professional community that practitioners from various backgrounds can join to enhance their personal and professional development.

    With more than 35 years of experience, Baskin represents creditors and debtors in non-bankruptcy work-outs and in commercial bankruptcy proceedings including Chapter 11 reorganizations. She has handled a wide array of commercial, transactional and bankruptcy-related matters including several high-profile cases in the region.  She has also represented high-profile real estate enterprises in Chapter 11 reorganizations, and has been involved in many aspects of healthcare reorganizations, in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. She also has served as Chapter 11 Trustee in a high profile case involving fraud and universal violations

    Baskin currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP) and was its Chair for two years. She received CBAP’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer in 2005.  Founded in 1992, CBAP assists low-income qualified individuals and families in the Delaware Valley with their Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

    Baskin is a past Chair of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference (EDPABC), a nonprofit organization that promotes the education and interests of lawyers, other professionals and paraprofessionals who work in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    Baskin has been elected by her peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for numerous years.

    Baskin received the prestigious David T. Sykes Award from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference and the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in 2019.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    Ten attorneys from Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. have been selected to the prestigious 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania are selected by Super Lawyers.

    The recipients are Chairman Paul R. Rosen; Shareholder and Director George M. Vinci Jr.; Managing Member Daniel J. Dugan; Employment Law Group Chair Alan B. Epstein; Estates & Trusts Group Chair Alan J. Mittleman; Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Group Chair Leslie Beth Baskin; Corporate Law Group Member Stanley P. Jaskiewicz; Employment Law Group Member Jennifer Meyers Chalal; Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law & Litigation and Insurance Coverage & Casualty Litigation Group Member Matthew R. Shindell; and Senior Litigation Counsel Bruce Bellingham.

    Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Chairman Paul R. Rosen has been selected as a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, as part of its annual Professional Excellence Awards. The Intelligencer’s panel selected Rosen as part of a group of only 10 winners across the Pennsylvania legal community in the category of Lifetime Achievement.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes attorneys from all corners of the legal profession and the state, including jurists and office holders, who have left an imprint on the legal history of the state during their career.

    The event celebrates achievement and excellence by honoring those lawyers who have left an indelible mark on the legal community in Pennsylvania and beyond through their unwavering dedication to the profession.

    Rosen attracted national attention for his successful representation of Larry King, Bruce Marks in the Marks v. Stinson voting fraud case, and the Commissioners of Lower Merion Township in the Barnes Foundation v. Township of Lower Merion, a civil rights action.  He has recently been the subject of national attention for his representation of Alycia Lane in her invasion of privacy litigation against CBS and claims of criminal unauthorized access to her private computer system involving CBS Co-Anchor, Lawrence Mendte. Rosen has consistently been selected by Philadelphia Magazine as being one of the best in commercial litigation.  He was also named by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers for the state of Pennsylvania, and by Law Dragon as one of the 500 leading plaintiffs’ lawyers in America.

    Mr. Rosen has been named to the Super Lawyers® list each year since 2004. He was selected as a 2019 “Influencer of Law” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, an honor recognizing an elite number of trailblazing attorneys on how they have shaped, changed and transformed the legal industry, as well as their professional accomplishments and community involvement.

    Rosen and other Professional Excellence Award winners will be recognized in special editorial sections of The Legal Intelligencer and at an awards dinner set for September 9 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP (SGRV) has announced that Michael McGirney will host a seminar titled “Practical Professionalism: Ethics, Standards & Civility 2.0.” The seminar will be held on November 10th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Targeted at Adjusters, Claims and Risk Managers, the seminar will focus on how ethical investigation, analysis and resolution of claims are more important than ever due to the ever growing competition in insurance markets, together with increased governmental regulation, industry oversight and judicial scrutiny.

    This “insurance ethics” course will provide a survey, review and discussion of potential ethical issues and practical situations. Key points to be touched on include the purpose of ethics, sources of ethics, historical and modern thoughts on ethics, governing ethical rules for adjusters and their defense counsel, and practical, professional application of ethical standards to the claims, litigation and trial processes.

    The CLM, a member of The Institutes, is dedicated to meeting the professional development needs of the claims and litigation management industries. They organize many networking events, continuing education programs, and a wide variety of industry resources including the Annual Conference, Claims College, and Litigation Management Institute.

    Michael McGirney has represented over 1000 professionals in litigation in Florida since 1990. He concentrates his practice in complex litigation with an emphasis on the defense of professionals. He has represented attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, accountants, insurance agents, home inspectors, real estate agents, title agents and title companies, directors and officers, condo boards, school boards, broker-dealers, mediators, insurance companies, third-party administrators and physicians.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP (SGRV) has announced that Matthew R. Shindell has joined the firm as a Member in the Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law & Litigation and Insurance Coverage & Casualty Litigation Groups.

    Shindell focuses his practice on the defense of medical malpractice claims against physicians, nurses, medical practice groups, hospitals, long-term care facilities and community clinics. He also defends complex liability claims involving consumer products and industrial equipment, and routinely handles complex commercial litigation cases.

    Shindell is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Additionally, he is admitted to the U.S. District Courts of Pennsylvania’s Eastern, Middle and Western districts, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

    Shindell received a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

    Shindell is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the National Association of Manufacturers and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He is a Fellow of the ABOTA National Trial College, and a Judge of Elections for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – Whitemarsh Middle. Shindell is an avid writer, and regularly submits articles for legal, consumer and trade publications on topics pertaining to his areas of expertise.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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    Alan B. Epstein, Chair of the Employment Law Group of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C., has been selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers by Lawdragon™ in its 2019 list of the nation’s best plaintiff employment attorneys.

    Epstein was also selected for the honor last year, in the list’s inaugural year.  Honorees are chosen in Lawdragon™’s research-driven, journalistic process that vets the views of peers and competitors, and recognizes large wins.  Practitioners who were recognized have been securing positive results for workers for 10 years to more than 50 years.  Epstein was one of only 17 Philadelphia lawyers chosen for the distinction.

    Epstein concentrates his practice in civil litigation representation in the areas of employment rights, civil rights and constitutional torts and the provision of transactional advice in all areas of corporate governance, including personalized advice to corporate officers, boards and board members regarding adherence to state and federal regulations. He is frequently called upon to provide transactional advice to, negotiate employment contracts and severance agreements on behalf of, and litigate matters for, corporate entities, corporate officers and directors, and licensed professionals (and their entities), including lawyers, doctors, bankers, accountants, pharmacists and architects, as well as insurance, real estate and security brokers.

    Epstein has litigated complex claims before courts throughout the United States and has been admitted to practice in cases pending before numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies in Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent lecturer in his areas of concentration across the United States, and has served as an expert witness in state and federal courts regarding employment law and the professional and ethical responsibilities of lawyers.

    He is a Fellow in the prestigious international College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has served on its Board of Governors as an officer (Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and then President) since 2011. He continues to serve on the College’s Board as its Past President.  He holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell™, has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America™ in the publication of that name for more than 10 years, and has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Philadelphia’s The Legal Intelligencer and Marquis Who’s Who.  He has been named a top 100 Superlawyer™ in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania and has also been selected as one of the nation’s 500 Leading Lawyers (2010), Top 500 Plaintiff’s Lawyers (2009), and Top 500 Litigators (2006) by Lawdragon™.   He has served as a volunteer mentor and Panel Coordinator for the Employment Litigation Panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and as a national leader and Inn President in the American Inns of Court movement.

    In the context of significant litigation in the employment law area, Epstein is well known for his participation in high-profile litigation for individuals and corporate entities (including his representation of a young, HIV-positive attorney against a prestigious Philadelphia law firm that received national attention because of the daily televising of the trial by Court TV and CNN and the award-winning film “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington) and for his frequent representation of local and national sports figures, broadcast personalities, and officers and directors of large national corporations.

    Epstein was also the founder and President/CEO of JUDICATE, The National Private Court System, a publicly held company coordinating private dispute resolution services through approximately 700 former judges throughout the United States and its territories. In the area of alternative dispute resolution, he has additionally lectured and served as a mediator and arbitrator by private appointment and through certification by state and federal courts.

    Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.  The firm has offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and Atlanta.

    The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals.  Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

    The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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