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The law firm of Fineman Krekstein & Harris will move its Center City Philadelphia office from 1601 Walnut St. to The United Plaza, 30 S. 17th St., 18th floor. Attorneys from its suburban Conshohocken office will also be located at the Center City location. Both moves are effective May 1.


State of Israel Bonds will honor Fred Blume, managing partner and CEO of Blank Rome, at a national dinner on Thursday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton New York in New York City. Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau will present Blume and five other noted attorneys from across the country with the Henry Morgenthau Jr. Distinguished Service Award for their achievements in the legal profession and their support of the Israel Bonds program. Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Israel’s representative to the United Nations, and Israel Bonds president and CEO Joshua Matza will be the principal speakers at the dinner.

As a corporate lawyer, Blume represents companies engaged in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and related matters.

Donald R. Auten, co-chairman of the health law practice group of Duane Morris, has been honored as one of the top health care transaction lawyers in the country by Nightingale’s Healthcare News.The publication, a bimonthly newsletter based in Frederick, M.D., chose Auten as one of only 15 lawyers nationally to receive the designation. The honor was awarded at a banquet during the Health Care Transactions Conference in Chicago, held March 31 to April 1.

At an April 27 awards ceremony at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C., two attorneys from the EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel in Philadelphia were to have been awarded the agency’s gold medal for exceptional public service. Christopher Day is being honored for his work on the Chesapeake Bay water quality restoration team, and Douglas Snyder is being recognized for negotiating favorable settlements in Clean Air Act cases against power plants.

Elected and Appointed

Bernard Lee, a partner in Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen’s real estate practice group, has been appointed to the Philadelphia Economic Development Summit planning committee by Mayor John Street. The committee is responsible for creating a plan to guide the city’s economic development programs and policies.


The deadline for law firms to sign up as sponsors of the Philadelphia Bar Association team for the American Cancer Society Bike-Athon is Friday, May 7. Law firms that respond by May 7 will have their firm logo added to the bar’s official team jersey. Firms that already have their own team for the ACS Bike-Athon can also sponsor the bar association’s team. The ACS Bike-Athon is a 62.5-mile ride from the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia to Lenape Park in Mays Landing, N.J. Two New Jersey start points are also available: Main Street in Voorhees and Mazza’s Furniture in Hammonton.

To sponsor the bar team, contact Bike-Athon committee co-chairman Jeffrey Abramowitz at 215-568-4980 or [email protected] or co-chairman Stephen T. Saltz at 215-496-8282. Sponsorship kits are also available. Call Allison Hutcher of the American Cancer Society at 215-985-5354.

The next meeting of the Federal Bar Association’s criminal law committee will be on Thursday, April 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Saul Ewing, 38th floor, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St., Philadelphia. The meeting will focus on issues involving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, with guest speakers Henry J. Sadowski, BOP regional counsel; Michael D. Tafelski, deputy regional counsel; and Darren Howard, attorney adviser for the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center. Contact Jeffrey M. Lindy at 215-575-9290 for more information.


Saul Ewing is sponsoring a National Institute for Trial Advocacy seminar on Trial of a Civil Case for its new litigation associates as well as interested members of the bar. This seminar will be held on Friday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the firm, 38th floor, Centre Square West, 1500 Market St., Philadelphia. The program will qualify for 6 substantive continuing legal education credits. The cost of this program is $450 or $75 per credit hour.

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