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Elected and Appointed

Regina Petty is Fisher & Phillips’ first chief diversity officer.

Petty will provide leadership, vision and strategic direction to advance the firm’s diversity and inclusion values.

She is also a partner in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices.

Petty practices in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and is experienced in multidistrict and class action litigation.

She advises employers and public agency boards and handles litigation for private and public employers.

Petty is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association and a former member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.


Archer partner Kathleen P. Stockton was designated as a certified matrimonial law attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s board on attorney certification administers the state’s program for certifying lawyers.

Stockton concentrates her practice in all areas of family law, and has expertise in divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence, prenuptial and adoption matters.

She has been a family law practitioner in New Jersey for almost 20 years and has handled countless cases through trial litigation, obtaining results for her clients.

In 2008, Stockton was the first female attorney in Archer’s family and matrimonial department to be elected to partner.


Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young attorney Michelle Badolato was appointed vice president of the Camden County Bar Association effective June 7.

The Camden County Bar Association is an association of legal professionals dedicated to improving the administration of justice, advancing the interests of the legal profession and serving Camden County, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities.

Badolato concentrates her practice in the areas of financial services litigation, banking litigation and law, commercial litigation, foreclosure and bankruptcy.


Jerald “Jerry” D. August joined Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry in the firm as a shareholder and chair of the firm’s federal tax practice in its Philadelphia office.

A tax lawyer, August advises clients on income tax matters, including foreign taxation of U.S. businesses and U.S. taxation of foreign businesses and investors.

He has been involved in structuring mergers and acquisitions, both taxable and nontaxable, joint ventures, financings, workouts and recapitalizations.

He also represents clients in tax controversy and litigation in challenging the positions maintained by the IRS and other taxing authorities.

His work includes representation of public and private U.S. business entities, including private equity and hedge funds, foreign public and private business entities, funds and individuals.


On June 26, Kleinbard LLC and Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green are set to hold a CLE that will cover the advantages and disadvantages of employee ownership as an ownership transition tool for privately held companies.

Scheduled panelists include Mary Beth Gray, a Kleinbard partner, and Jim Higgins, Pilot Hill Advisors managing director.

This program has been approved for 1.5 CLE credits.

RSVP by emailing Kate Goode, director of marketing, at