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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Chairman Paul R. Rosen, Esq. will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, as part of the publication’s 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors jurists, office holders and other legal luminaries from across Pennsylvania who have left an imprint on the legal history of the state during their career.

Rosen has distinguished himself throughout his 55-year career through multiple landmark cases.

He is known for his work in the area of lender liability, beginning with a $5 million precedent-setting verdict in favor of a borrower who brought a counterclaim against its lender during a foreclosure action.  His verdict against a bank ultimately created the Lender Liability Law.

In Pennsylvania, Rosen attracted significant attention for his representation of the Commissioners of Lower Merion Township in Barnes Foundation v. Township of Lower Merion, a civil rights action; and of Bruce Marks in the Marks v. Stinson voting fraud case. He was 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. He waged a 10-year battle that went to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in which recusal of the entire Montgomery County Bench was at issue.

Rosen won a class action lawsuit against One Meridian Plaza after the devastating fire.  His class action suit against the union practice of tagging (using license plates in parking lots to track down potential new members) made the front page of the Wall Street Journal and changed U.S. law.  After children were allowed into the sexually explicit movie “Private Lessons,” Rosen sued BudCo Theaters to enforce their ratings, creating the PG-13 era.  He has also represented former CNN host Larry King in a First Amendment matter; former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid and his family; and Tom Knox in the Brady challenge for mayor.  Most recently, he returned the Barbera Autoland Dealership to its founding family.

“Early on, I realized I had a talent for finding solutions to impossible problems,” Rosen recently told The Philadelphia Inquirer.  “Growing up on the multicultural streets of Camden, I had to hold my own at Camden High — not just scholastically, but in everyday living.  These life experiences gave me the grit to become a fierce advocate and problem-solver for others — and propelled me into the practice of law.”

In addition to his legal portfolio, Rosen is a champion of the arts, serving as Chairman of the Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci Foundation which provides grants to Philadelphia artists and arts organizations, and presents the ATTY Award for positive depictions of attorneys in the arts.

Rosen is intimately involved in the Philadelphia community. He is a patron of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia; Friends of Rittenhouse Square; Pennsylvania SPCA; and numerous other civic/community and fundraising activities.

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 the Philadelphia-based law firm of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C., has been selected as a Benchmark Litigation Labor and Employment Star for 2020.   Benchmark Litigation provides analysis of commercial and financial litigators and law firms in the United States. Epstein was chosen based on factors including recent representative cases, philanthropic work, involvement in professional organizations, and work background.

Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, Benchmark Litigation identifies leading U.S. attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Rankings and editorials are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Firms and individuals cannot pay to be recommended in the guide.

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 received a number of recent accolades. He was named in 2019 as an Influencer of Law by the Philadelphia Inquirer. 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 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers (2018), 500 Leading Lawyers (2010), Top 500 Plaintiff’s Lawyers (2009), and Top 500 Litigators (2006) by Lawdragon™. He is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and 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.  Epstein was most recently selected as a 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

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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Leslie Beth Baskin, Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Group at Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C., has been selected as one of the 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers by Lawdragon™ in its 2020 inaugural list of the nation’s best bankruptcy attorneys.

Honorees are chosen by the Lawdragon™ editorial team through submissions, journalistic research and editorial vetting from a board of peers and clients. Baskin is one of only 22 Philadelphia lawyers to receive this distinction.

Baskin was recognized for her “remarkable skills in financing, networking, restructuring and litigating.”

With over 35 years of experience, Baskin represents creditors and debtors in non-bankruptcy work-outs and in commercial bankruptcy proceedings with a concentration in Chapter 11 representations.  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.  Additionally, she has served as Chapter 11 trustee in a high-profile case involving fraud and universal violations.

Baskin is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), where she has been Chair for two years, and is a past Chair of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference.  She has been consistently elected by her peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, including in 2020.  She was recently named Co-Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and is one of the founding members of the Chapter.

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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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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A small business with under fifty (50) employees may be entitled to an exemption from the requirement under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) that employees with under five hundred (500) employees provide (1) Extended Family Leave to eligible employees or (2) Emergency Paid Sick Leave when the leave is requested by an employee to care for a child due to school or child care closures or childcare unavailability as a result COVID related reasons. There can be NO exemption from providing Emergency Paid Sick Leave if the leave is requested for any of the other 5 delineated reasons that qualify an employee to take paid sick leave under the FFCRA. In other words, the exemption can only be taken with regard to providing: (1) Extended Family Leave due to school or child care closures or childcare unavailability as a result of COVID related reasons or (2) Emergency Paid Sick Leave as result of need to care for child due to school or child care closures or childcare unavailability as a result COVID related reasons.

To qualify for the exemption, an officer of the business must make a determination on a case by case basis to see if there are grounds for the exemption and then document the reason for the exemption if it denies the request on that basis. The Small Business Exemption is not a blanket exemption and each request should be separately evaluated.  An employer is not required to send a letter to the DOL requesting an exemption.

In assessing whether an exemption applies to a particular situation, an authorized officer of the business would need to determine that providing the requested leave to the requesting employee would jeopardize the viability of the business based on one (or more) of the following three reasons:

  1. Providing the requested leave would result in the expenses and financial obligations of the business exceeding available business revenues and cause the small business to cease operating a minimal capacity (i.e.: business can’t afford to pay for the covered leave);

 

  1. The absence of the employee requesting the leave would entail a substantial risk to the financial health or operational capabilities of the small business because of the employee’s specialized knowledge of the business, skills or responsibilities  (i.e.: the employee requesting leave is one of the only that performs a specialized job function); and/or

 

  1. There are not sufficient workers who are able, willing and qualified and who will be available at the time and place needed, to perform the labor or services provided by the employee requesting the paid leave and these services or labor are needed for the small business to operate at minimal capacity (i.e.: the employer will not be able to operate if the employee is on leave)

 

The reason for claiming the exemption and not granting the leave should be set forth in writing by an authorized officer of the employer and maintained in the employee’s file for four (4) years.  Likewise, if leave is granted, there should be documentation of the reason for the leave and maintained for (4) years.

If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please contact Jennifer Chalal at jchalal@sgrvlaw.com.

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To most businesses that engage in the negotiation and performance of contracts, life should be simple.  When parties engage in preliminary negotiations, they are not bound by formal obligations until a final agreement is signed, but after a final contract is signed, all parties are bound by the agreements’ terms going forward.

But life is not always so cut-and-dried.  Often, after negotiations break down, one party will claim enforceable obligations arose from negotiations; just as often, after a contract is signed, one party will attempt to “get out from under” contractual provisions, or change the obligations in the contract to those more favorable.

For example, because generally all that is required for contract formation is a “meeting of the minds,” negotiating parties sometimes argue that enforceable obligations arose from mere negotiations, because they agreed on relevant provisions despite the lack of a signed contract.  Other times, a negotiating party will allege that because it relied upon, and took action based upon, representations or a course of performance, an enforceable “quasi-contractual” obligation arose despite the lack of a formal contract.  Further, even if negotiations have concluded, one party may still allege that the other has a “good faith” duty to continue negotiations to consummate an agreement.

After a contract is executed, parties sometimes assert contractual provisions were changed or modified to their benefit.  For example, one party may contend that the failure of the other to enforce certain provisions gives rise to a waiver, preventing later enforcement of those provisions.  Likewise, one can assert that a course of performance is conclusive evidence of the understanding of the parties, even if the signed agreement contains contrary language. In addition, under a theory of fraud in the inducement or justifiable reliance, a party may argue that pre-contractual representations and promises are enforceable, even though they were not contained in the final agreement.

So can a business take steps to prevent it from being bound to pre-contractual discussions, and ensure that the obligations in an agreement will not be subject to change after it is signed?  The answer is that a business should always take care to define and limit the scope of pre-contractual negotiations, and have specific provisions in business agreements precluding post-contractual attempts to deviate from contractual terms.

As to pre-contractual negotiations, Pennsylvania courts enforce pre-contractual provisions that no contract will exist unless there is an offer and acceptance in a specific “mode and manner,” and that no contract can arise until one or both parties have made a “further manifestation of assent.”  Practically speaking, this permits parties to execute a term sheet or pre-contractual description of deal points, while preventing the formation of a valid and enforceable agreement until some specified future event (such as the execution by a specific person of a definitive written agreement) occurs. For example, in  GMH Associates, Inc. v. Prudential Realty Group, 752 A.2d 889, 901 (Pa.Super. 2000), the court found that no enforceable obligation, including a duty to negotiate in good faith, could arise where a term sheet between negotiating parties contained the following provisions:

NOTWITHSTANDING THAT EITHER OR BOTH PARTIES MAY EXPEND SUBSTANTIAL EFFORTS AND SUMS IN ANTICIPATION OF ENTERING A CONTRACT, THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IN NO EVENT WILL THIS LETTER BE CONSTRUED AS AN ENFORCEABLE CONTRACT …  AND EACH PARTY ACCEPTS THE RISK THAT NO SUCH CONTRACT WILL BE EXECUTED.

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Any Contract which may be negotiated shall not be binding … until it has been approved by the senior corporate officers and the Law Department of Seller … Such approvals are conditions precedent to the Seller’s obligation to perform … and may be withheld for any reason or for no reason.

To provide even greater protection, other “belt and suspenders” disclaimers can be used, such as a provision that no duty or obligation to negotiate in good faith or to continue negotiations can arise, and “no reliance” and “no course of dealing” provisions, which are discussed below.

Once a written agreement is signed, Pennsylvania courts enforce various contractual provisions precluding the parties from contending after a contract is signed that it is not enforceable as written.  For example, Pennsylvania courts generally enforce “anti-waiver” provisions to prevent the parties from later asserting that contractual provisions have been waived.  Generally, an “anti-waiver” provision will state:

Failure of [the parties] to demand strict compliance with any of the terms, covenants or conditions of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver … nor shall any waiver or relinquishment by the [parties] of any right or power hereunder at any one time or more times be deemed a waiver or relinquishment of such right or power at any other time.

Similarly, to preclude a later argument that the parties agreed to an “oral modification” of a contract, Pennsylvania courts generally enforce “no oral modification” provisions, which state generally “this Agreement may only be amended by written agreement signed by both parties hereto or by their duly authorized representative,” or “no agent, representative, employee or officer of [the company] has or had authority to make or has made any statement, agreement or representation, either oral or written, modifying adding or changing the terms and conditions herein set forth.”   To protect against an argument that the parties’ course of performance created a change to a contract, the following provision can be utilized:  “No present or past dealings or custom between the parties shall be permitted to contradict or modify the terms hereof.”

To protect against an argument that pre-contractual representations not included in the final contract induced one party to sign the agreement, Pennsylvania courts generally enforce “integration” clauses, such as “this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous drafts, agreements, arrangements and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to this subject matter.”  Under most circumstances, such clauses will prevent parties from claiming fraudulent inducement to contract based on statements not included in a signed agreement.  Additionally, Pennsylvania courts will generally enforce “no reliance” provisions to preclude fraud and quasi-contract claims arising from the negotiations and performance of a contract.  This is a sample “no-reliance clause:

[Company A] acknowledges and agrees that [Company B] has not made any representations or warranties to [Company A] except as expressly set forth in the [Written Agreement] and, in making its decision to enter into the [contract], [Company A] is not relying on any representation, warranty, covenant or promise of [Company B] other than as set forth in the [Written Agreement].  Neither party shall rely upon or be bound by any statements (written or oral) different from those in this [Written Agreement] that may appear subsequently in communications between the parties.

Use of these provisions during business negotiations and performance of business agreements can ensure certainty as to contractual obligations, and prevent unexpected contractual liability.

Andrew J. DeFalco is a trial and appellate lawyer and a Member of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci, P.C.  He represents and advises companies and individuals in complex business disputes.  His e-mail is adefalco@lawsgr.com, and you can connect with and follow him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-defalco-6b63275/.

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As businesses begin to reopen, business owners face numerous challenges regarding the safety of their employees and their customers and clients. There are several steps that can minimize these risks and help protect the business from claims made by employees or customers.

Health Screening for Employees

            It is permissible, and advisable, to do a certain amount of screening of employees returning to the workplace. Employers may take employee temperatures and may ask questions regarding whether or not they have been exposed to COVID-19, are suffering from any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have recently traveled outside the area to a COVID-19 “hotspot.” Employers should refrain from asking about any other medical condition unless the employee indicates that they have a medical condition that makes them more at-risk for contracting COVID-19.

Safety Protocols

            All employers should put into place safety protocols that help to promote social distancing and enhanced sanitation. These protocols can include staggering work schedules, separating work stations either by distance or by providing physical barriers, limiting gatherings and meetings, limiting outside visitors to the workplace, requiring that face masks be worn in common areas, and providing enhanced cleaning and hand sanitizing products. Employee contacts should also be tracked in case an employee is exposed to or is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Employees Hesitant to Return to Work

            Employees recalled to work may express an unwillingness to return to the workplace. If an employee has a health condition that makes them particularly susceptible to contracting COVID-19 you may be required to extend a “reasonable accommodation,” which could include permission to work from home or an unpaid leave. A request of this type should be handled like any other request for a reasonable accommodation and a medical certification from the employee’s doctor may be required.
         If an employee is simply afraid to come back to work or does not want to come back because they are being paid more in unemployment compensation than they would earn working, an employer may insist that the employee return to work and, if the employee does not, treat the separation as a voluntary resignation. Any refusal to return to work, particularly if it is because the employee does not want to return because they are making more in unemployment compensation, should be reported to the Unemployment Compensation Bureau.

Customer/Client Waivers

            Employers who serve the general public may want to consider having customers or clients sign a liability waiver. In any event, customers/clients should be asked the same health screening questions posed to employees and should be required to wear face masks.
            If you have any questions or need assistance drafting return-to-work policies or waivers, please contact Nancy Abrams at 215 241-8894 or nabrams@sgrvlaw.com.
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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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