Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Member Brooke C. Madonna secured a favorable ruling for her clients, winning an injunction hearing in the ongoing case The CondoShop LLC and TCS Black Label Realty LLC v. Ryan Serhant, Serhant Pennsylvania LLC, Andrea Desy Edrei, Michael Skokowski and Kailey Bondiskey. Ms. Maddona represented Defendants Edrei, Skokowski and Bondiskey. […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP Member Karen Rich, Esq., has been selected by ALM as an Honoree of the 2024 Florida Legal Awards under the category of “ESG Impact”. The “ESG Impact” category honors law firms and individuals who demonstrate social responsibility through client-focused efforts, pro bono work, charitable drives, special projects, or other avenues. […]Continue reading

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The Third Circuit has reversed a February 2023 Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruling and decided that an Independent Examiner is appropriate in the FTX bankruptcy matter. The three-judge panel sided with the U.S. Trustee’s Office in its position that the appointment of an examiner was necessary for a case of this size, and that the Bankruptcy Court […]Continue reading

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Several SGRV staff gathered on January 15, 2024 to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service. Executive Director of Administration Mark Tarasiewicz, Communications Associate Michael Vinci, IT Director Stan Tyszka, Paralegal Alex Caramuche, and Receptionist Oliver Trout came together on a frigid January morning to joyously serve their […]Continue reading

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Formerly a Member of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci LLP, Hon. Cory L. Chandler was recently inducted into the 13th Judicial Court of Hillsborough County as a judge. In attendance at the ceremony were Members of the firm based out of SGRV’s Florida offices alongside Executive Committee Members. Hon. Chandler brings with him a wealth of […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Member Neal R. Troum was elevated to his new position with much fanfare during the firm’s annual holiday celebrations. The firm’s Executive Committee collectively reached and agreed upon this decision and joyfully announced it before SGRV attorneys and staff. Such an important elevation of an attorney to this position should […]Continue reading

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For the third year in a row, the attorneys and staff of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. were eager to help bring the spirit of the holidays to two families in need through the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House’s “Family to Family” program. Thanks to this generous program, the Ronald McDonald House has helped countless families […]Continue reading

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The Federal Reentry Court Program chose to honor the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), of which Member Leslie Beth Baskin is a part, with a Certificate of Appreciation at its most recent graduation ceremony. Ms. Baskin was an active participant in this Reentry Court Program. This was done as part of a Federal Reentry Court […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Shareholder and Director George M. Vinci, Jr. and Of Counsel Neal R. Troum recently obtained an amazing result for their clients in the adversary bankruptcy litigation proceeding Lightsway Litigation Services LLC v. Wimar Tahoe Corporation, et al., Bankr. D.Del. Adv No. 10-50289. The Lightsway litigation resulted from the 2008 bankruptcy filing of […]Continue reading

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The United States Supreme Court last week put on hold a proposed Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma that would reserve billions of dollars allotted to pay victims and their families who suffered under the opioid crisis, which also (and controversially) is a plan that would give “immunity” to the payor of the funds, […]Continue reading

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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 and Civil Rights Lawyers by Lawdragon in its 2023 list of the nation’s best plaintiff employment and civil rights attorneys. Epstein has been selected for this honor by Lawdragon for […]Continue reading

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Who hasn’t sent a typo when texting? I plead guilty. Texting is quick, but sometimes (perhaps often) I don’t see my mistake until just after I have sent it. And it’s not just me – errors are so common that many people include comical explanations in their signature blocks. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/excuse-my-typo-signature-lines-collection-pravash-pujari/ But joking aside, not only […]Continue reading

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The Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), signed into law last December went into effect on June 27, 2023. Pursuant to the PWFA, employers with 15 or more employees must grant a “reasonable accommodation” for an employee’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the employer can show that the accommodation will cause […]Continue reading

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On May 25, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if a state seizes and sells real property to recoup unpaid taxes and then retains more proceeds than the taxes which were owed, this action violates the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. This decision resolves a split in the Circuits and reverses a […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. attorney Stanley P. Jaskiewicz recently spoke to a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 303 on “The Constitutional Rights and Obligations of a U.S. Citizen”, a requirement for the Scouts to earn the rank of First Class Scout. Jaskiewicz highlighted similarities between the Scout Law and Scout Oath on the […]Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Act 122 updated our corporate laws at the end of 2022. Much of the 123-page, single-spaced collection of “omnibus amendments” reads like a detailed proofreading job, cleaning up glitches in the codification of our corporate laws. However, there are some noteworthy substantive changes, primarily affecting nonpublic firms.   The change most visible to the business […]Continue reading

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On February 22, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bartenwerfer v. Buckley, No. 21-908, and affirmed the Ninth Circuit in holding that 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A), which bars debtors from discharging debts obtained by fraud, holding that it applies to debtors who are liable for fraud even though they did not personally commit the underlying relevant […]Continue reading

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On, January 31, 2023, Bankruptcy Judge Goldblatt issued a comprehensive opinion discussing Mareva injunctions which generally prohibit the defendant from transferring its assets when a plaintiff has only asserted a “legal claim” against the defendant/debtor and before a judgment is actually entered. The court also discussed how the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the Grupo case (as discussed below) […]Continue reading

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For the second year in a row, the attorneys and staff of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. were eager to help bring the spirit of the holidays to a family in need through the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House’s “Family to Family” program. Thanks to this generous program, the Ronald McDonald house has helped countless families experience […]Continue reading

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In the recent case of Jones v. 21st Century Insurance Company, et al., No. 16-CA-7089, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Florida, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Shareholder and Director George M. Vinci, Jr. and Of Counsel Neal R. Troum‘s diligence and tireless work ethic helped secure the entrance of the court into summary judgement. The court entered summary judgment for […]Continue reading

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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 2022. Benchmark Litigation provides analysis of commercial and financial litigators and law firms in the United States. Epstein was chosen based on factors including […]Continue reading

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In a recent case, SGRV Attorneys Alan B. Epstein and Jennifer Myers Chalal received a U.S. District Court (EDPA) judgment in excess of a quarter million dollars in favor of their client, Plaintiff Aaron Lett, who was previously employed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) as an operator in its Victory Division and was […]Continue reading

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On July 12, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance to assure that the measures employers implement to protect their employees from Covid-19 comply with federal anti-discrimination laws, particularly the Americans With Disabilities Act. In the new guidelines the EEOC makes clear that, going forward, employers will need to assess whether current pandemic circumstances […]Continue reading

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Alan B. Epstein, Chair of the Employment Law Group at the Philadelphia-based law firm of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. (SGRV), has been selected to the Lawdragon™ Hall of Fame, the firm has announced. The distinction, whose recent members include the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and […]Continue reading

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Every year, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. is proud to congratulate a number of our best attorneys for receiving the honor of being a Super Lawyer, and 2022 is no different. Ten attorneys from SGRV have been selected to the prestigious 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania are […]Continue reading

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In our society, ownership usually beats other claims to property. As lawyers learn in first year Property class, “a thief can’t convey good title.” But in business, sometimes ownership doesn’t matter. In one common situation, an undisputed owner will lose its property, to someone it may never have known about. How can this happen? More […]Continue reading

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Delaware Bankruptcy Judge John Dorsey issued a 103 page opinion in In re Mallinckrodt PLC., Case No. 20-12522-JTD (Bankr. D.Del. Feb.3, 2022, Docket #6347) wherein he confirmed a Chapter 11 Plan which included non-consensual third-party releases and applied the Third Circuit position as articulated in Millenium Lab Holding II, LLC, 945 F.3d 126 (3d Cir. […]Continue reading

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On January 14 2022, Judge Silverstein of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a very thoughtful opinion, Wolfson v. DeVos, et al. (In re Wolfson), 19-11618, LSS (Adv. No. 19-50717), regarding the dischargeability of student loans for a disabled debtor who relied on the financial assistance of his parents. Debtor commenced his […]Continue reading

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SGRV’s Leslie Beth Baskin will speak at the upcoming Tenth Annual International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation’s At The Shore Conference, taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, from March 3-4, 2022. The International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), is a global community creating opportunities through education, mentoring and […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. was overjoyed to help provide some holiday cheer to two families in need this year through the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House’s “Family to Family” program. Thanks to this generous program, the Ronald McDonald house has helped countless families experience the joy of the season. The holidays can be a unnecessarily stressful […]Continue reading

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On Thursday, December 16, 2021, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci attorneys and staff gathered together for an evening of food, drinks, and holiday merriment. The gathering was hosted at The Dandelion restaurant, located at 124 S. 18th Street in Philadelphia. After an evening of delicious food and sweets, SGRV Chairman Paul Rosen spoke about the dedication […]Continue reading

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We at SGRV have a long-held tradition of giving back to our Philadelphia community. As shown in the Philadelphia Inquirer article below, our attorneys hold true to this commitment. SGRV’s Jared Solomon, of Counsel and his staff recently played an important role in welcoming Afghan refugees to their new home in Northeast Philadelphia. Through the ages, Philadelphia has long […]Continue reading

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The proposed tax law being discussed in the news has some very serious tax consequences for what are called “grantor trusts.” All estate planners and insurance advisors are trying to assess the impact if the proposed changes to grantor trust taxation are passed. All insurance trusts are “grantor trusts.” You don’t need to know what a grantor trust […]Continue reading

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When Debtor, Ms. Aleckna (“Aleckna”), filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy relief, she had completed her university coursework but still owed California Coast University (“CCU”) $6,300 in tuition. While her bankruptcy was pending, Aleckna asked CCU to forward to her a copy of her transcript. CCU responded that they would only provide an “incomplete” transcript which did […]Continue reading

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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 and Civil Rights Lawyers by Lawdragon™ in its 2021 list of the nation’s best plaintiff employment and civil rights attorneys. Epstein has been selected for this honor for the past […]Continue reading

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SGRV attorneys, staff, friends, and family gathered together on Friday, August 20 to celebrate everyone involved with the firm’s hard work and dedication. Steel Pier was the place to be on Friday as a seafood buffet tantalized taste buds and rides and activities brought out everyone’s inner child. The event was made possible by SGRV’s […]Continue reading

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Judge Poslusny of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey recently issued an opinion wherein he held that a Debtor may cure post-petition arrears in a modified Chapter 13 Plan as long as all other provisions of the Bankruptcy Code are met. Consistent with Section 1325, the Court held that the Amended Chapter 13 […]Continue reading

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Despite our progress on reducing infections and deaths from COVID-19, we still seem stuck with one aspect of the Pandemic: ever changing rules. (I wrote about 2020’s challenges at https://www.sgrvlaw.com/the-paycheck-protection-program-what-a-long-strange-trip-its-been/.) In today’s race to “get back to normal”, however, businesses again face the same frenetic pace of change – but now at the same time as […]Continue reading

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In May 2021, the Third Circuit issued an opinion regarding the 2018 bankruptcy of the Harvey Weinstein Company, LLC (TWC), crystalizing what factors are required to prove that a contract is “executory” under § 365 of the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”). Section 365 of the Code provides for the assumption or rejection of a contract or […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. has announced that the firm will fully resume in-office operations on Tuesday, June 1, when attorneys and staff will return to their in-office, pre-pandemic work schedules.  The firm has been seamlessly servicing the needs of its clients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm will welcome its employees back with a “Homecoming” […]Continue reading

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As we informed you on April 28, Federal tax credits are available through September 30, 2021 for employers who voluntarily give employees paid time off for COVID-related leave or to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Philadelphia employers can take advantage of this tax credit when they comply with the City’s Pandemic Sick Leave Ordinance. Effective March 29, […]Continue reading

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As part of the American Rescue Plan, “small” employers who voluntarily provide paid time off for Covid-related illnesses, quarantine, or childcare, can continue to claim a tax credit equal to the value of the paid time off granted through September 30, 2021. On April 21, President Biden extended the availability of that employer tax credit to […]Continue reading

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On March 15,2021, the Third Circuit held that a “stalking horse” bidder in a failed transaction may still be entitled to assert an administrative claim in the bankruptcy notwithstanding the fact that its “termination fee” was disallowed by the Court. In In re Energy Future Holdings Corp., 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 7400, (3d Cir. 2021), the […]Continue reading

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On March 19, 2021, the Third Circuit, in In Re: Orexigen TherapeuticsInc., No. 20-1136, 2021 WL 1046485 (3d Cir. March 19, 2021) issued a unanimous and precedential opinion adopting the analysis set forth by Bankruptcy Judge Shannon in In Re: SemCrude L.P., 399 B.R. 388 (Bankr. D.Del. 2009) wherein the Court disallowed what is known as “triangular […]Continue reading

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For many businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically and negatively affected their security due to issues arising from permitting or directing many, if not all, of their employees to work remotely from home or elsewhere to avoid virus transmission. In this work structure, technology has become more important than ever. Unfortunately, all too often remote […]Continue reading

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On March 27, 2020, the CARES ACT was passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Under the CARES ACT, the SBA offered loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). On February 22, 2021, the Administration issued a fact sheet (“Fact Sheet”) outlining reforms that will, inter alia, provide more PPP loans for the smallest of […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Shareholder and Director George M. Vinci Jr. has been named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural list of Insurance Law Trailblazers. This list honors individuals who have changed the practice of insurance law through the use of innovative legal strategies. The Trailblazer series spotlights professionals who are agents of change in […]Continue reading

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SGRV attorneys Joseph J. Devine and Peter D. Cripps successfully handled the sale of their client, Emphasys Technologies, to Ocorian as Legal Counsel of Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. This acquisition marks Ocarion’s entry into the U.S. market. Ocorian is a team of  global specialists in fund, corporate, capital market and private client services specializing in tax reporting […]Continue reading

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A change in administrations is normally accompanied by changes to employment-related laws that reflect the viewpoint and policy of the President. On January 20, President Joe Biden’s first day in office, the White House asked all federal agencies to freeze proposed regulations and those with pending effective dates so the president’s appointees would “have the […]Continue reading

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Are you still waiting for a holiday package sent by USPS? On Sunday, January 24, 2021, I received a gift-wrapped box that had been “in transit” since December 7, 2020 – bearing a mailing label, “Expected delivery December 10”. It contained a “one of a kind”, surprise gift from a long-time friend, which could not have easily […]Continue reading

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On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Chicago vs. Fulton reversed a Seventh Circuit ruling that the City of Chicago violated the automatic stay created by car owners’ bankruptcy filings, when the City refused to immediately return the cars after the bankruptcy filing that had been impounded pre-bankruptcy for parking or traffic […]Continue reading

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Courts appeared to be split as to whether businesses are eligible for a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) if you are a business in bankruptcy. The CARES Act was created to, inter alia, provide small businesses with loans under the PPP to keep their workforce employed. Uncertainty quickly arose as […]Continue reading

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We are a “get’er done” society. We embrace challenges – and applaud those who complete them promptly. Nothing exemplifies that attitude more than creating not one, but two COVID-19 vaccines, in less than a year. Another example has been funding relief for America’s businesses shuttered by the Pandemic. From the $2.2 trillion CARES Act funding quickly passed in […]Continue reading

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  Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Managing Member Daniel J. Dugan has successfully brought to a close a situation weighing on a Montgomery County, Pa. country club following a sheriff sale action that formalizes lender ownership of the 115-acre property. The sheriff sale was an effort to dispose of any outstanding claims and debts, and […]Continue reading

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Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. Chairman Paul R. Rosen, Esq. was 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 […]Continue reading

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In August 2020, a federal court in New York struck down several parts of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule providing guidance to employers and employees on the scope of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“Family First Act”). The decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York struck […]Continue reading

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Businesses that obtained Paycheck Protection (“PPP”) Act refundable loans above $2 million may soon find themselves in the unenviable position of defending themselves against potential federal criminal prosecution. The Small Business Administration, which administered the PPP, quietly submitted “Loan Necessity Questionnaires”, including a “liquidity assessment”, to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for approval […]Continue reading

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SGRV has been selected by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® to the 2021 list of  “Best Law Firms.”  SGRV received a metropolitan tier ranking for Employment Law – Individuals; Litigation – Labor & Employment; and Environmental Law. Firms included in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are […]Continue reading

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In these troubled times, this seems like a not unreasonable statement and it is oft-expressed. Particularly when some heartless retailers charged Pennsylvania sales tax on face masks and other personal protective equipment that INNOCENT and VIRTUOUS CITIZENS acquired to protect THEMSELVES and OTHERS, truly ALL OTHERS, in this pandemic. And so, consistent with the sentiment […]Continue reading

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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 2020 list of the nation’s best plaintiff employment attorneys. Epstein has been selected for this honor for the past three years. The 500 honorees are […]Continue reading

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Have you read the Small Business Administration’s latest revision of the rules for its Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) yet? If not, that’s OK – the rules just changed again. I am exaggerating, but not by much.  At times, rules were issued and revised on almost a daily basis. Major changes occurred in the night, or over weekends. But […]Continue reading

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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 […]Continue reading

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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 […]Continue reading

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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 […]Continue reading

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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 […]Continue reading

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