ELLIOTT GREENLEAF LEAD SPONSOR FOR FOURTH ANNUAL JOHN SHAPIRO RUN
Elliott Greenleaf was the lead sponsor for the Fourth Annual John D. Shapiro Superheroes 5K race and 1 mile fun run on Saturday, June 11, 2016. John Shapiro, with substantial grace and poise, battled pediatric cancer and served as an example to our community with his strength and positive outlook. Elliott Greenleaf is honored to serve as lead sponsor in a road race to fight pediatric cancer in honor of John and his family, some of whom attend local schools with children of members of the Firm.
John P. Elliott, Henry F. Siedzikowski, Kyle M. Elliott and family and friends of the Firm’s members ran the race on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Elliott Greenleaf’s attorneys, paralegals and staff again participated in a firm wide collection of toys for children in our area as part of the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign. The Firm’s staff and attorneys contributed a full sleigh of new toys which will be delivered to boys and girls this Christmas to brighten their holidays. Elliott Greenleaf is proud to continue its support the Marine Corps’ campaign to bring toys to the children of the Delaware Valley.
Elliott Greenleaf Supports American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge
Pictured (Left to Right): Rafael Zahralddin, Eric Sutty, Jonathan Stemerman, Shelley Kinsella, Alice Barone, Ashley Brown, Cameron Fee
The Elliott Greenleaf Wilmington, DE office along with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce collected non-perishable foods and household items to donate to the American Cancer Society to benefit the Hope Lodge in Baltimore, MD. On December 9th, Jonathan Stemerman presented the donations at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast.
The Hope Lodge, located in Baltimore, is a ‘Home Away from Home’ for cancer patients undergoing treatment and is free of charge to the patient and their caregiver.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
JOHN M. ELLIOTT IS LEAD PRESENTER IN PHILADELPHA CEREMONY DEDICATING STATE HISTORICAL MARKER HONORING COMMODORE JOHN BARRY, “THE FATHER OF THE AMERICAN NAVY”
Elliott Greenleaf’s Chairman and CEO John M. Elliott was a featured presenter at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s dedication of the Marker permanently honoring Commodore John Barry, “the Father of the American Navy.” Located at historic Penn’s Landing, adjacent to the Delaware River where Commodore Barry’s fledgling Navy protected America from the British during the Revolutionary War, this Marker is readily accessible by and visible to the public. Mr. Elliott presented a historical perspective on the scope and a variety of Commodore Barry’s heroic public service, as the United States’ Navy’s first commissioned Officer, and the first Secretary of the Navy. Born in County Wexford, Ireland, John Barry won significant naval victories during the American Revolution, and strongly supported the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. A confidant of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and other Founding Fathers, Commodore Barry served in the Navy until his death in Philadelphia on September 12, 1803.
Mr. Elliott thanked historian Celeste Morrello, the Navy League’s Frances O’ Brien, United States Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Patrick J. Toomey, City Councilman Mark F. Squilla, Commissioner Richard M. Sand of the State Historical Commission, and the various Commodore John Barry clubs and Irish-American organizations, including those from Brooklyn, Delaware County, and Philadelphia, who along with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and historian Tim McGrath, have championed, both in Philadelphia and at the United States Naval Academy, the official recognition of Commodore John Barry’s diverse and distinguished career.
Colin O’Boyle and Aimee Kumer selected to the charter class of the Montgomery Bar’s Leadership Academy
Elliott Greenleaf’s Colin J. O’Boyle and Aimee L. Kumer have been selected as two of the ten lawyers in the charter 2015 class of the Montgomery Bar’s Leadership Academy. Led by a member of the Bench and several statewide leaders, the Leadership Academy selected Colin and Aimee from the over 2000 possible applicants to spend the 2015 year working on fifteen projects with leadership speakers and tutors in a wide variety of community service activities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. The Leadership Academy will provide training, mentorship and professional development skills to further enable Colin and Aimee to quickly become among Pennsylvania’s legal and community leaders.
Michelle Modery selected to participate in Philadelphia’s Board Overseer Program
Elliott Greenleaf’s Michelle L. Modery was selected from a record number of applicants to participate in the Board Overseer Program for the 2014-2015 year. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has developed the Board Observer Program, an initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest legal services organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their future careers. Participants in the Board of Overseer Program are expected to attend regular board meetings and participate in organization events alongside full board members.
Michelle has been placed with Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia. Since its founding, Philadelphia VIP has recruited and trained thousands of private bar attorneys to provide consistent, high quality representation to low income clients with critical legal needs.
Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr. is lead speaker at St. Vincent College on criminal justice in Pennsylvania
Senior shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr. recently served as lead speaker at a criminal justice symposium sponsored by St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. St. Vincent College asked Senator Greenleaf to open their program entitled “Best Practices in Law Enforcement in the Next Decade”. The program was designed to assist prosecutors, police and court officials understand the many reforms in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
Doug Blazey elected District Governor for Rotary International
In July 2014, Elliott Greenleaf’s Doug Blazey began serving as District Governor for Rotary International’s clubs in Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester Counties and southeastern portions of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Doug has leadership responsibility for 51 clubs and approximately 1,600 members from diverse business and professional backgrounds. As District Governor, Mr. Blazey seeks to serve the community with projects intended to improve living conditions while simultaneously encouraging economic development. Rotary International’s most visible worldwide project is its 30 year effort to eradicate the polio virus from the planet.
Firm Shareholders Host Reception for Juniata College Alumni
On June 26, 2014, Firm President Henry F. Siedzikowski and Shareholder Fred P. Santarelli, both Juniata College alumni, held a Reception at the Montgomery Bar Association for Delaware Valley Juniata College Alumni in the Legal Profession.
Elliott Greenleaf Sponsors the 2014 John D. Shapiro Superheroes 5K Race
Elliott Greenleaf was the lead sponsor for the John D. Shapiro Superheroes 5K race on Saturday, June 7, 2014. John Shapiro, with substantial grace and poise, battled pediatric cancer and served as an example to our communities with his strength. Elliott Greenleaf is honored to serve as lead sponsor in a road race to fight pediatric cancer in honor of John and his family, some of whom attended local schools with children of members of the Firm.
Mark A. Kearney and John P. Elliott ran the race on a beautiful Saturday morning.
January 2014 Elliott Greenleaf leads Martin Luther King service project Led by Elliott Greenleaf’s Aimee L. Kumer and Colin J. O’Boyle, members of Elliott Greenleaf participated in a significant project fixing a home in Montgomery County for homeless persons. Aimee and Colin are leaders in the Montgomery Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and recruited over 15 volunteers to assist them in cleaning, painting and rebuilding a home destined for a family moving from homelessness into transitional living. Among Aimee and Colin’s colleagues were James J. McCarrie and David F. Moscow.
December 2013 John P. Elliott appointed to Whitpain’s Park and Open Space Board In December 2013, Whitpain Township’s Board of Supervisors appointed Firm Shareholder John P. Elliott to a five year term on the Township’s Park and Open Space Board. Jack is a leader in the Whitpain community, championship little league coach, and tireless worker to improve facilities for Whitpain families. Jack is also the former President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Section and has been repeatedly elected as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer by the Bench and Bar in Pennsylvania.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SPONSORS TOYS FOR TOTS Elliott Greenleaf’s paralegals led a firm wide collection of toys for children in our area as part of the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign. The Firm’s staff and attorneys contributed a full sleigh of new toys which will be delivered to boys and girls this Christmas to brighten their holidays. Elliott Greenleaf is proud to support the Marine Corps’ campaign to bring toys to the children of the Delaware Valley.
November 2013 Rafael X. Zahralddin and Eric M. Sutty Support Read Aloud Delaware Elliott Greenleaf’s Rafael Zahralddin-Aravena and Eric M. Sutty will be Guest Bartenders at the Union City Grill in Wilmington, Delaware to benefit Read Aloud Delaware on November 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Read Aloud Delaware is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion of reading in Delaware. Read Aloud is the only statewide organization focusing attention on the critical early years of child development. Read Aloud Delaware promotes reading aloud to children in order to encourage a love of books and a desire to become a reader. They also help parents prepare their children to learn once they enter school. Volunteers of all ages read one on one to children in child care centers, clinics and shelters serving low income families. In the past year, 911 volunteers read almost 65,000 times to over 6,384 individual children. Rafael Zahralddin has been a member of the Board of Read Aloud Delaware since 2006. Elliott Greenleaf’s Shelley Kinsella has served as a member of Read Aloud’s development committee. For more information please go to: http://www.readalouddelaware.org
June 2013 ROGER J. HARRINGTON, JR. ELECTED TO LASALLE HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME Roger J. Harrington, Jr., a shareholder, was recently elected to the LaSalle College High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Harrington will be formally inducted during LaSalle’s Homecoming Weekend in the Fall 2013, where he will be one of only six players in the Hall of Fame. A member and team captain of the Baseball, Basketball and Soccer teams, Mr. Harrington graduated LaSalle in 1992 in which year he was also honored as the Class’ scholar-athlete. His athletic and academic efforts at LaSalle allowed him to attend Georgetown University on a partial baseball scholarship, where he graduated in 1996 as a 3-year team captain and multiple All Big-East Conference selection.
Elliott Greenleaf Sponsors the John D. Shapiro Superheroes 5K Race Elliott Greenleaf is the lead sponsor for the John D. Shapiro Superheroes 5K race on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9 a.m. John Shapiro, with substantial grace and poise, battled pediatric cancer and served as an example to our communities with his strength. Elliott Greenleaf is honored to serve as lead sponsor in a road race to fight pediatric cancer in honor of John and his family, some of whom attended local schools with children of members of the Firm. You may obtain further information about the 5K race at: www.johnshapirosuperheroes5k.com
March 2013 Jonathan Stemerman is co-program chair and panelist at American Bar Association’s Annual Institute for the Young Business Lawyer. Elliott Greenleaf’s Jonathan M. Stemerman is a co-program chair and panelist for the program “Unwinding the Myth of the Capital Account” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s 10th Annual Institute for the Young Business Lawyer, to be held on April 6, 2013 in conjunction with the Business Law Section’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The program explores the importance of capital accounts and how they reflect practical economics of the deal or operating entity, and how capital accounts impact management. A member of the Delaware and Pennsylvania Bars, and former law clerk to the Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland, Mr. Stemerman will be speaking on recent litigation regarding capital accounts and how business attorneys can avoid various pitfalls involving capital accounts when drafting operating agreements.
Rafael Zahralddin is a speaker and moderator at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2013 Corporate Counsel Conference. Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Rafael Zahralddin served as the moderator and panel member addressing “Advising Distressed Businesses and Business Bankruptcy” at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2013 Corporate Counsel Conference in Atlanta. Mr. Zahralddin panel discussed the differences between litigation outside bankruptcy and in a bankruptcy, the milestones when a customer files bankruptcy, the tension between secured lenders and trade creditors, and options available to the creditor such as creditors committees and reclamation rights.
Elliott Greenleaf’s Deborah H. Simon is appointed as a Moot Court Judge at Rutgers School of Law Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Deborah H. Simon is serving as a Judge for the 2012-2013 Hunter Moot Court Competition at Rutgers School of Law Camden. The competition is named in honor of Judge James Hunter III, who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1971-1989. As a law clerk for the Honorable John F. Gerry in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Ms. Simon worked with Judge Hunter several times when Judge Gerry sat by designation in the Third Circuit. “I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to carry on the legacy of Judge Hunter and to ensure that his contributions to our local jurisprudence are recalled and honored,” she said.
January 2013 Elliott Greenleaf Senior Attorneys Serve as Volunteer Judges for Villanova Law School’s Quarterfinal Moot Court Competition Regarding New Constitutional Claims On Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2013, Elliott Greenleaf volunteered to hear and judge two oral arguments from law students in the Quarter Finals of Villanova Law School’s distinguished Reimel Moot Court Competition. The complex issues argued by the quarterfinalists concerned when a private party becomes a state actor for purposes of an alleged constitutional violation, and the reach of the dormant Commerce Clause. Elliott Greenleaf senior lawyers agreed to serve a Panel for two sets of the quarterfinals, including Henry F. Siedzikowski, The Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman, Dean R. Phillips and Mary E. Kohart.
FIRM MEMBERS ELECTED TO BAR ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP Elliott Greenleaf continues to play a leadership role in the organized Bar. Shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. has been elected as the 2013 President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association, a position previously held by Firm shareholders Thomas J. Elliott and John P. Elliott. Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. also was elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Roger J. Harrington, the former President of the Young Lawyers Section, was elected as the 2013 Secretary of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association. Colin J. O’Boyle, the former Editor of the Montgomery County Law Journal, has been elected as the Secretary of the Montgomery Bar’s Young Lawyers Division and co-chair of the Bar’s Civil Rules Committee. Marvin L. Wilenzik serves on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery Bench Bar Committee. Gregory S. Voshell has been appointed as Chair of the Montgomery Bar’s Federal Practice Committee. Aimee L. Kumer has been appointed a Vice Chair of the Montgomery Bar’s Legal Aid Committee. Mark A. Kearney, the 2009 President of the Montgomery Bar Association, serves as the Bar’s Legislative Liaison, Chair of the Bar’s Government Affairs Committee and continues to serve as Vice-President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation.
STEWART J. GREENLEAF, JR. ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MONTGOMERY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION Firm shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. has been elected the 2013 President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association . The Trial Lawyers Association, uniquely comprised of lawyers from both the plaintiff and defense Bar, provides continuing legal education and dialogue with the Montgomery County Bench for the members of the Bar who try cases in Montgomery County. The Association hosts monthly luncheons with guest speakers on trial practice in Montgomery County. With over 100 members of the Montgomery Bar Association, it is the leading organization for trial lawyers in Montgomery County. Stewart, elected as a “Rising Star” of the Pennsylvania Bar for several years, has been a longtime member of the Montgomery Bar Association, and will also begin a three year term as a member of the Bar’s Board of Directors in 2013.
December 2012 Dean R. Phillips presents appellate practice education to Defense Institute Elliott Greenleaf Shareholder Dean R. Phillips was the featured speaker at a Continuing Legal Education seminar in mid-December 2012 for the members of the Defense Institute of Philadelphia on Recent Developments in Appellate Practice and Procedure. Mr. Phillips’ presentation focused on trial and appellate tactics to preserve issues and avoid waiver traps. Drawing from his thirty two years of trial and appellate experience and his 27 years as Counsel to Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Phillips talked about the importance of making the record, preserving the record and when necessary correcting the record and he provided the audience of approximately 40 distinguished civil defense lawyers with examples of decisions made at the trial stage, including procedural missteps, that ultimately determined appellate rights.
Elliott Greenleaf participates in fund raiser for local pediatric bone marrow patient On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the Elliott Greenleaf Softball team participated in a fund raiser for Angela LaCourte, a courageous 13 year old who received a cord blood transplant at the Duke University Hospital Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit in an attempt to cure Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, a disease that affects the immune system. However, this procedure left Angela’s family parents with significant expenses. On a crisp and sunny fall day, the community came together and raised over $6,100 to contribute to Angela’s medical expenses. The Elliott Greenleaf team went 2 and 1, and enthusiastically participated in this charitable event. Persons wishing to help Angela and her family can donate online at www.COTAforAngelaL.com
Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr. is featured speaker at National Conference of Metropolitan Courts Senior shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr. was a featured speaker at the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts held in Pittsburgh in October 2012. Mr. Greenleaf specifically spoke on “Policy considerations for conviction integrity in Pennsylvania: an opportunity for our courts and legislators to respond.” Mr. Greenleaf, a Pennsylvania state senator since 1979, has chaired Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee for more than two decades. Throughout his professional and political career, Senator Greenleaf has devoted himself to honor the integrity of our justice systems.
July 2012 Elliott Greenleaf sponsors youth baseball tourney for charity Elliott Greenleaf served as a co-lead sponsor for the 2012 Whitpain Baseball Summer Smash held July 19-22 in Blue Bell. Over 180 families participated in the tourney, with twelve teams from throughout the Delaware Valley. As co-lead sponsor, Elliott Greenleaf supports youth athletics in the Blue Bell area, and its support also assists the charities who benefit from the Summer Smash: Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.
May 2012 Elliott Greenleaf joins with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home Elliott Greenleaf paralegal Susan Burke serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Lackawanna County. Thanks to Susan’s efforts, and those of her colleagues. a mom and her four children obtained a home, marking the first home completed by the renewed Board led by Susan. Susan and her Board expect to have a second house completed by the end of 2012.
March 2012 Colin J. O’Boyle volunteers to transform home for North Penn Boys and Girls Club On March 31, 2012, Colin O’Boyle of the Firm’s Blue Bell office participated in the North Penn Boys and Girls Club 2012 house project as members of the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This year’s house project focused on a local family going through a difficult time. The group arrived with yard tools, rakes, shovels, garden tools and paint brushes in hand, and despite the rainy and cold conditions worked tirelessly to help transform the family’s home. Those that attended were assigned to teams and specific projects including repairing the front porch, re-landscaping the yard, cleaning the back patio and lawn area, removing dead brush from the parameter of the property and cleaning and organizing the garage and shed areas.
January 2012 Rich DeMarco presents Seminar on new Philadelphia Zoning Code to Realtors The Firm’s Richard C. DeMarco presented a Seminar in mid-January regarding the new Philadelphia Zoning Code to a large group of realtors and developers in the Coldwell Banker Preferred Center City office. Mr. DeMarco provided highlights of the new Code, and discussed favorable development aspects that real estate professionals and developers should be aware of when the Code is implemented in August of this year. Highlights of his presentation included a discussion of important dimensional changes, use changes and administrative changes in the new Code. At the conclusion of the presentation, Mr. DeMarco took questions from dozens of eager developers who were curious as to how the new changes would effect certain projects and properties. Mr. DeMarco is one of the authors of the new Philadelphia Zoning Code, having served on the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission from its inception until December of 2010. He directly influenced important provisions of the new Code on residential development, parking requirements, non-conforming uses, group homes, and restaurants and nightclubs. The new Code passed City Council on December 15, 2011. Mr. DeMarco’s practice includes representing numerous clients before Philadelphia City Council, the Philadelphia Zoning Board and other county and administrative Boards. He has an extensive real estate litigation practice, practicing in all local Pennsylvania trial Courts and Pennsylvania appellate courts, and the federal district courts as well. He is a former aide and attorney to Philadelphia City Council President Anna C. Verna.
Stewart J. Greenleaf publishes article in Penn Law Review and speaks at Symposium The Firm’s Stewart J. Greenleaf recently authored an essay “Prison Reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature” for a University of Pennsylvania Law Review symposium “Sentencing Law: Rhetoric & Reality”. The bipartisan event in October gathered, in addition to Stewart, many highly respected academics, public officials, legal experts and judges from around the country to discuss sentencing practices and ways to reduce inmate populations. As a panelist, Mr. Greenleaf discussed the history of sentencing in Pennsylvania and the modern trend towards rehabilitation over harsh punishment for non-violent drug offenders. His essay extensively covers the topic of prison reform in Pennsylvania since the 1980s. The most recent efforts to reduce the state’s inmate population are discussed along with the social and financial impacts of mass incarceration of non-violent offenders. Click Here to read Senator Greenleaf’s Essay: “Prison Reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature”.
December 2011 Rich DeMarco testifies before City Council on Historic Zoning Reform Legislation On December 7, 2011, Elliott Greenleaf’s Richard C. DeMarco testified before Philadelphia City Council at a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole regarding the historic zoning reform legislation currently before Council. Mr. DeMarco is a former member of the Zoning Code Commission, which was created to reform and modernize the antiquated Philadelphia Zoning Code. Mr. DeMarco urged Council to pass the legislation, remarking that the legislation “will result in less uncertainty, will create a more transparent process, will result in an increase in beneficial development, and bring needed jobs to this City.” The legislation is expected to pass Philadelphia City Council before the end of the year.http://www.philly.com
October 2011 Rafael Zahralddin Appointed as Deputy General Counsel for Hispanic National Bar Association Firm Shareholder Rafael Zahralddin has been appointed as Deputy General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) for 2011-2012. The Deputy General Counsel assists the General Counsel and the HNBA President. “These positions are essential to the work of the HNBA and to a successful year,” said HBNA’s President Benny Agosto Jr. “I have appointed a series of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative to guide specific areas. These HNBA members have demonstrated a long-time commitment to the organization and made invaluable contributions already. I am very pleased to be able to count on their support this year.”
September 2011 Stewart J. Greenleaf Receives Justice Musmanno Award Firm senior shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf received the 32nd Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award at a Dinner in his honor. This prestigious award, presented by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, specifically recognizes Stewart’s extensive public service, zealous representation of the rights and interests of parties to litigation and “tireless dedication to improving the lives of every citizen in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”.
Firm Coordinates Opening Day Little League Baseball
Dean Phillips again coordinated the Opening Day ceremonies for the Lower Gwynedd Little League which took place on April 9th. Stewart Greenleaf,Jr. presented the Elliott Greenleaf firm’s contribution to LGLL. Mr. Phillips welcomed Lower Gwynedd Township elected officials and thanked LGLL’s sponsors. In addition to serving as Opening Day Coordinator, Mr. Phillips also serves as Community Relations Director and Fund Raising Chair for LGLL and as Treasurer of the Lower Gwynedd Township Parks and Recreation Committee.
Elliott Greenleaf Employees Coach and Sponsor Multiple Teams Elliott Greenleaf again sponsors several little league teams in the Spring and Summer 2011, including as the coordinator of opening day for Lower Gwynedd Baseball, and several of the Firm’s employees coach teams ranging from t-ball to junior legion baseball, softball, lacrosse, rugby, and field hockey.
February 2011 Elliott Greenleaf sponsors Delaware Tech Event Elliott Greenleaf was a corporate sponsor and underwriter for the 2011 Delaware Technical and Community College’s Educational Foundation’s 7th annual Evening of Mardi Gras. This gala celebration is the largest fundraiser for the Stanton/Wilmington Campus of Del. Tech., and proceeds are directed to the campus Educational Foundation. Scholarships and financial assistance for books, supplies, fees or even childcare often make the difference for students who are struggling to afford the cost of their education or workers who are seeking training and reentry into the workforce. While the College receives financial aid support from the State of Delaware, and employees and alumni continue to give generously, there remains a shortfall between funding and student need. In addition to supporting scholarships, proceeds from Mardi Gras 2011 were directed to the construction of much-needed science laboratories. Thanks to a generous challenge grant issued by two major foundations, Delaware Tech is closer to being able to match the award and raise approximately $600,000 to build new labs at each campus location after the event. The event featured New Orleans-style entertainment and exceptional cuisine, great jazz and blues music, exciting casino games and a silent auction. Leading area restaurants and the culinary arts team from Del. Tech. provided a vast menu of New Orleans cuisine. Launched in 2005, this event has raised nearly $900,000 for students in need. Elliott Greenleaf sponsored one of the event ‘s main events. Several paralegals and lawyers have completed training in the Lean Enterprise Program to improve the efficiency of the firm’s delivery of services to clients at the Stanton/Wilmington campus. Working through the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership, or DEMEP, Elliott Greenleaf in Wilmington had six lawyers, four paralegals and two legal assistants become Six Sigma Greenbelts through DEMEP. The firm matched a grant from the State of Delaware in order to become the first law office in Delaware to become Six Sigma certified. Shareholder Neil Lapinski, Counsel Shelley Kinsella, Law Clerk Dan Robbins, and paralegal Ana Moreno joined Managing Shareholder Rafael Zahralddin in this sponsorship initiative on behalf of the firm.
January 2011 Firm Members elected to leadership in Bar Associations Elliott Greenleaf continues to play a leadership role in the organized Bar in Pennsylvania and Delaware. John P. Elliott serves as the 2011 President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association. In January 2011, Charles J. Meyer was elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Colin J. O’Boyle is the 2011 Editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter, the exclusive legal publication for Montgomery County legal developments and caselaw published every week. Roger J. Harrington, Jr. has been elected as the Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Insurance Committee. Marvin L. Wilenzik serves on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery Bench Bar Committee. Mark A. Kearney, a past President of the Montgomery Bar Association, serves as Chair of the Bar’s Government Affairs Committee and continues to serve as President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation as it celebrates its 25 years of service in 2011. In addition, Delaware managing Shareholder Rafael X. Zahralddin has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Tom Elliott is profiled in Leadership Blog on Hiring Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder and co-hiring partner Tom Elliott is profiled in Leadership blog concerning the key attributes he looks for in the hiring process. The Role of Leadership in the Hiring Process
December 2010 Firm Sponsors “Holidays for Heroes” at Willow Grove Naval Base As part of its many holiday charity programs, Elliott Greenleaf’s employees donated and collected several large boxes of unwrapped toys, gift cards and financial contributions as part of the Holidays for Heroes program at Willow Grove Naval Base. Through “Holidays for Heroes”, children of enlisted men and women serving overseas receive holiday gifts when one of their caregivers is serving the Country, but the children are on base over the holidays. Congratulations to Kathy Zamorski and Natalie Choy of the Firm’s Blue Bell office for leading the Firm’s efforts in providing some holiday cheer for boys and girls on base at Willow Grove.
James C.Crumlish III Graduates From Philadelphia Civilian Police Academy Jim Crumlish, senior shareholder of Elliott Greenleaf, currently serves as a Philadelphia Civilian Police Advisory Commissioner. He is the former Chairman of the City Commissioners of Philadelphia. He is pictured here with Philadelphia Police Inspector Vasquez, Lt Brady ,Lt Watson as well as Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Gillison at his recent graduation from the Philadelphia Police Academy December, where he served as a valedictorian of his class. The Academy is an intensive 12 week course intended to familiarize citizens with the principals and practices of modern police work and training that all sworn police officers in Pennsylvania must also undergo. October 2010 Mark A. Kearney
September 2010 James C. Crumlish III appointed to Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder James C. Crumlish III to the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission. The Commission is intended to provide civilian oversight to the Police Department. Mr. Crumlish, a former Chairman of Philadelphia City Commissioners , was quoted in the mid-Atlantic press, stating that he believes in “fundamental fairness for citizens and cops,” whom he says “are doing a tough job.”
Doug Blazey appointed as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at Temple University Douglas R. Blazey, of counsel in the Firm’s environmental practice, has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University for the Fall Semester 2010. Doug will be teaching Environmental Law and Sustainability to students in the Fox School of Business & Management of Temple University.
June 2010 Elliott Greenleaf Sponsors Multiple Little League Teams Continuing to support the community, and the children of the Firm’s employees, Elliott Greenleaf sponsored several little league baseball, softball, football, field hockey, soccer and rugby teams in the Spring and Summer 2010, and several of the Firm’s employees coached the teams.
April 2010 Henry F. Siedzikowski is Panelist on Law Careers On April 15, 2010, Elliott Greenleaf’s President Henry F. Siedzikowski returned to his college alma mater to participate in a Panel sponsored by Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA on law careers. The Panel spoke to the students on career paths in the law and how to prepare for them. The Introduction was by Dr. Jack Barlow, Charles A. Dana, Professor of Politics at Juniata College. The Moderator was Kimberly Kitchen, President of the Huntingdon County Bar Association from 2008-2010. The other Panelists were David Andrews from Andrews and Beard in Altoona, Ray Ghaner, a sole Practioner in Huntingdon, PA, Marissa Gunn, a Staff Attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. and Stephanie Haines, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Rafael Zahralddin Moderator and Panelist at Hispanic National Bar Association’s Inaugural Corporate Counsel Conference Rafael Zahralddin served as a moderator and panelist at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2010 Inaugural Corporate Counsel Conference. Mr. Zahralddin’s panel was titled “Government Oversight Under the Obama Administration,” and was an overview of administrative law under President Obama. Mr. Zahralddin discussed the general change in approach and philosophy by the Obama administration from the Bush Administration towards the administrative law process beginning with the revocation of former President Bush’s Executive Order No. 13422, which increased the power of the White House over the day to day rulemaking of individual agencies and placed a political appointee in each agency to supervise the development of rules and documents. Mr. Zahralddin lead a broad discussion in regard to proposed regulatory reform in the financial industry and in corporate governance, and the encroachment of federal law on state corporate law. Moderating the panel with General Counsel from the Fortune 500 and multi-national retailers, he also discussed internet neutrality and telecommunications regulation; Transparency and Open Government; regulation of product safety; employee issues, especially as they relate to healthcare; and, environmental concerns.
Thomas J. Elliott Presents Legal Education on Legal Ethics for Pennsylvania Bar Institute Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder Tom Elliott is a faculty member at the April 29, 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Ethics Potpourri, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee update. Mr. Elliott is a former member of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and lectures frequently on significant legal developments including issues of legal ethics and professional responsibility. In this presentation he will analyze the recent conflict of interest opinion in Delaware Court of Chancery, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. vs. Airgas, Inc., et al., In the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, No. 5249-CC.
Elliott Greenleaf Sponsors Season Finale of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Elliott Greenleaf continues to serve as a lead sponsor for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, including being a name sponsor for the culmination of the 2009-2010 season’s performance of Shostakovich’s stunning Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony in April 2010 to sell-out audience. Elliott Greenleaf is pleased to serve as a lead sponsor in bringing world renown symphonies to Southeastern Pennsylvania.