Lamb McErlane partner Mary-Ellen H. Allen was honored by the Chester County Bar Association for serving as the 2018 president.

Allen was a member of the CCBA board of directors since 2010 and served five years on the executive committee.

In her role as president, Allen worked with the board of directors to implement a new strategic plan.

In 2019 Allen will serve as president of the Chester County Bar Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is to help Chester County citizens understand, gain access to and benefit from the legal system.

At Lamb McErlane, Allen is a partner and co-chair of the employment law department and a member of the litigation department. She concentrates her practice in employment law and commercial litigation.


Meyer, Unkovic & Scott immigration partner Joel Pfeffer was slated to be the featured presenter during the Meritas webinar “How the Trump Administration Has Changed U.S. Immigration.”

The webinar was set to provide a review of the Trump administration’s actions on U.S. immigration law and what it means for foreign companies and employees.

Pfeffer is a Pittsburgh-based immigration attorney and member of the firm’s corporate and business law and international and immigration law practice groups.

He works primarily in the areas of immigration, nationality and corporate law, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally.

He has experience handling immigration and naturalization matters on behalf of both foreign- and U.S.-based companies as well as individuals.


John B. Wright II rejoined Ballard Spahr after nearly 15 years leading the legal department of a large global manufacturing corporation that is a longtime client of the firm.

Wright is a legal and business counselor who advises public companies and private equity investors, with a focus on corporate governance, securities regulation and complex business transactions.

He rejoins Ballard Spahr as senior counsel after serving as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Triumph Group Inc.

Wright was a Ballard Spahr partner from 2001 to 2004 before moving on to lead the legal department at Triumph, an aerospace and defense supplier.

Wright handles legal and commercial issues that arise in the corporate setting.

He provides legal and business counsel to boards of directors and executive teams. He has experience negotiating, documenting and executing acquisitions, refinancing of senior bank debt, and issuance of subordinated and convertible debt.

Wright also handles matters implicating employment law and the legal aspects of labor relations.

He manages corporate intellectual property rights and has experience developing IP-related policies and procedures as well as negotiating licenses and related contracts.

He managed corporate real estate issues, including compliance with environmental laws and negotiation and enforcement of indemnification provisions in remediation agreements.

Wright joined Ballard Spahr’s manufacturing industry group, which helps businesses anticipate and meet the spectrum of business challenges and opportunities, from regulatory obligations and shareholder demands to managing throughput issues.

The group represents companies across the value chain, including raw material suppliers and converters, end item assemblers, distributors and logistics providers.


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