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New Associates

Bazelon Less & Feldman has announced the addition of E. McCord Clayton and Diane Runyan Bech as associates. Clayton is concentrating his practice in civil litigation, while Bech is focusing her practice in commercial litigation.

New Counsel

Robert Salzman, a seasoned intellectual property attorney who specializes in patent law, has joined the corporate department of Fox Rothschild as special counsel. His practice involves patent prosecutions and applications, amendments, infringement and validity opinions, and appeals in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining the firm, Salzman was senior partner in the New Jersey law firm of Salzman & Levy.


Blank Rome has announced that Stuart D. Poppel, partner in the institutional real estate group, will be speaking at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Middle Atlantic Regional Council’s spring 2004 conference on Monday, May 3, in Wilmington. Poppel will be participating in a panel discussion on Hope VI and Mixed Finance development.

Poppel concentrates his practice in the development of affordable rental and homeownership projects, with a special emphasis on those developments utilizing federal low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits and Hope VI and Mixed Finance funding.

Several attorneys with the environmental law firm of Manko Gold Katcher & Fox served as speakers for the Environmental Update seminar sponsored by the firm, RT Environmental Services and the Montgomery County Industrial Development Corp. on April 21 in Plymouth Meeting.

Partner Rodd W. Bender reviewed changes to Pennsylvania’s land recycling program in “Key Legal Aspects of Act 2 Program Enhancements.” Partner Michael M. Meloy discussed “Changing State-Federal Liability Interface for Brownfield Projects.” Founding partner Joseph M. Manko explored “New PENNVEST Financial Assistance Opportunities,” and partner Jonathan H. Spergel delivered an “Update on Other Pennsylvania and Federal Financial Assistance Opportunities.”

Gary A. Hecht, a partner with Synnestvedt & Lechner, was a speaker at the 20th annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar in New York City on April 22. Hecht spoke about the recent Federal Circuit decision in the case of University of Colorado v. American Cyanamid. Hecht co-chairs the firm’s practice and procedures committee and practices in all areas of intellectual property, including patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation.

Robert LaBar of Curtin & Heefner is the 2004 chairman of the Bucks County Bar Association’s Law Day poster contest focusing on elementary, middle and high school students. This year’s theme is “Encouraging People to Vote.” Curtin & Heefner is a general practice firm. LaBar is a member of the litigation section.


Jerome Shestack will be honored at the 2004 Jewish Theological Seminary Philadelphia citywide awards event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of JTS, will deliver the keynote address. Shestack will receive the Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award, presented in recognition of Judge Simon Rifkind’s commitment to the letter of the law and distinguished public service.

A partner at Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen, where he heads the litigation department, Shestack is the former president of the American Bar Association. The cost is $200 per person or $150 per person for young adults (age 40 and under). The reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 19. For further information and reservations, contact Rickey Goodman at 215-376-0474 or [email protected].


The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is commemorating Assistant District Attorney Judi Rubino’s retirement today, at Conversation Hall, City Hall, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $35, and all are invited. Call the homicide unit at 215-686-8041 if you would like to attend.


A front-page story in Wednesday’s Legal Intelligencer, “Law Firm Alleges Investigator Is Stealing Clients,” failed to note that an order has been entered in the case enjoining Michael Kelly, an investigator formerly employed by the Barish Law Offices, “from contacting any of [the Barish Law Offices'] current clients until further order of this court.” In the order, agreed to by counsel for both sides, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Gene D. Cohen issued a rule to show cause why a preliminary injunction should not issue and scheduled a hearing for May 4.

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