Samuel J. Arena Jr., a partner with Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, and Richard E. Towle, Chubb Group’s vice president and manager of surety and political risk claims, co-chaired the American Bar Association’s 2012 spring surety meeting of the fidelity and surety law committee on May 10 and 11 in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The two-day program presented The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, Second Edition , and featured panel discussions on “Commercial Surety From the Underwriter’s Perspective” and “Commercial Surety From the Claims Professional’s Perspective.”

Arena chairs the firm’s fidelity and surety practice group and concentrates his practice in insurance law and fidelity and surety law.

Robert Louis, co-chair of Saul Ewing’s personal wealth, estates and trusts practice, is set to be a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar “Estate Planning for Retirement Assets” on Aug. 14.

The seminar will cover lifetime issues with retirement assets, distributions after death, planning ideas for retirement assets and the use of Roth IRAs.

Elected and Appointed

Theodore “Ted” Simon of the Law Offices of Theodore Simon in Philadelphia was elected to the officer position of first vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Simon was installed July 28 at the NACDL’s annual meeting in San Francisco.


Jason Berger joined Offit Kurman as a principal to its commercial litigation practice group in Philadelphia.

Berger’s practice is focused on the areas of commercial litigation, business and real estate, and transactional matters.


In the story in the Monday issue of The Legal titled “Dissenters Given Narrow Post-Merger Recourse” and the story in the Tuesday issue of Pennsylvania Law Weekly titled “Rare Certification Procedure Keeps Federal Courts From Guessing,” post-merger judicial appraisal for minority shareholders is provided by Sections 1571-1580 of the state’s Business Corporation Law.

In the story in the Tuesday issue of The Legal titled “Act 13 Ruling Could Put Shale Play in Doubt, Industry Lawyers Say,” Kevin F. McKeegan said, “There are a lot of cases — I’m thinking of quarrying and mining, for example — where we let municipalities put up all sorts of regulations.” •