William J. Clements, of counsel at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg, authored a chapter in the bookHot Topics From Litigation Lawyers, published by ExecSense.

Clements’ chapter is titled, "How Secret Is Your Trade Secret?"

Elected and Appointed

Hercules W. Grigos was elected partner at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.

Grigos is a member of the business and finance department, concentrating his practice in real estate development with an emphasis on zoning and land use.


Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg is set to preside at the naturalization ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the ceremonial courtroom at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Zane David Memeger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is scheduled to be the distinguished guest speaker.

Jeremy Nimtz, immigration services officer, will be presenting motions. Aida Ayala, naturalization clerk, will administer the oath to the new citizens.

Natalie Klyashtorny of the Philadelphia Bar Association‘s board of governors will offer remarks on behalf of the association.

Approximately 95 applicants from 45 countries are set to be naturalized.


The Support Center for Child Advocates is set to host its annual benefit reception and auction on April 10 at the Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia.

The event will consist of a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and an awards ceremony honoring Mark Solomon with the 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award.

For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Cate Galbally at 267-546-9216 or


Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Samuel J. Arena Jr. spoke at the American Bar Association‘s fidelity and surety law committee’s mid-winter meeting in late January in New York City.

Arena and Judith Bufler of Liberty SuretyFirst presented the paper they co-authored with Stradley Ronon’s Nicole Stover, titled "Salvage and Recovery: The Use of Technology to Assist in Recovery Efforts."


Leon R. Barson joined Blank Rome as a partner in the business restructuring and bankruptcy group.

He is based in the firm’s Philadelphia office.


Robert J. Weinberg, of counsel in the trusts and estates practice group of Pepper Hamilton, was named the 2012 Distinguished Estate Planner by the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council.

Weinberg was a member of the board of directors of the PEPC from 1991-2005 and served as its president in 2003-04.


The following is a portion of a list of pro bono volunteers who assisted the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 2012:

• Raheem Watson

• Robert R. Watson Jr.

• Seth Weber

• Stephen J. Weed

• Marc Weinstein

• Norman Weinstein

• Ralph Wellington

• Wendy S. White

• Frederic Wilf

• Thomas G. Wilkinson

• Angelina C. Williams

• Erik Williams

• Phillip E. Wilson Jr.

• Kia Holifield Wimmer

• Brandon R. Wind

• Justin Wineburgh

• Maria L. Winters

• Loretta Wise

• Dave Wisniewski

• Thomas Witt

• Matthew Wood

• John C. Wright Jr.

• Michael Wysocki

• Roy Yaffe

• Herbert Yaskin

• Richard E. Yaskin

• Stephenie W. Yeung

• Ken I. Yoshida

• Kenneth E. Young

• Mims Zabriskie

• Michael Zanan

• Jonathan S. Ziss

• Gary A. Zlotnick

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