One of the Philadelphia Bar Association's oldest and largest sections, the Business Law Section offers business lawyers numerous educational opportunities across a broad range of substantive areas as well as opportunities to network with other attorneys sharing similar professional interests. The Section's committees plan continuing legal education programs and keep their members up to date on current events in more than a dozen substantive areas.

The goal of the Business Law Section's Web pages is to provide Section members with up-to-date information that they can use in their practices.

If the activities of the Business Law Section and its committees have the potential to benefit you and your practice, we invite you to print out a copy of our membership form and become a member.

Replansky Award Nominations Due Oct. 31

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2014 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is Friday, October 31 at 12 p.m. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Anne M. Aaronson, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market Street, Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102; or emailed to

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Anne Aaronson at (215) 575-7110.

Business Law Section's 2013 Award Recipients

The Business Law Section is pleased to announce the following 2013 annual award recipients. These awards were presented at the Section’s Annual Dinner on February 4, 2014 at the restaurant Estia (1405 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA).

Morgan Lewis partner, Howard L. Meyers, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Dennis Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar’s most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Howard Meyers, through his years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Dennis Replansky’s memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

Ballard Spahr partner, Leslie E. John, will receive the inaugural Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award. The award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that (i) has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity; and (ii) promotes full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Ms. John's advocacy for women and diverse lawyers demonstrates her outstanding commitment to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

The 2013 Chair of the Year is Jeffrey L. Vagle. Jeff is Chair of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee (now known as the Cyberlaw Committee). His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefitted from the many programs offered by those Committee.

The 2013 Committee of the Year is the Small Business Committee, chaired by Katayun I. Jaffari. The Committee has put on a fascinating and well attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the Bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

On behalf of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, we invite you to participate in our LinkedIn group. The group was formed so members can participate in professional conversations about substantive topics relating to business law. As a member of the group you can follow discussions of interest or participate more actively by leading discussions and commenting about current topics related to the practice of business law.

Please join our LinkedIn group today to get all the benefits section membership has to offer.

CLE discounts available!

Section members are now eligible to receive discounts for CLE programs presented by their sections under a new agreement between the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

The new discount program only applies to programs proposed and presented by the sections and the various committees of those sections. It does not apply to stand-alone Bar Association committees.

Business Law Section Annual Reception February 4, 2014

The Business Law Section held its Annual Reception Feb. 4 and honored several of its members. Jeffrey L. Vagle (from left), chair of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee, was honored as chair of the year. Committee of the Year is the Small Business Committee, chaired by Katayun I. Jaffari. The Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award was presented to Howard L. Meyers and Leslie E. John received Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. Past Chair Barbara Sicalides and current Chair Michael Ecker made the presentations at Estia.

Leslie E. John is congratulated by Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III after she was honored with the Section's Albert S. Dandridge III Diversity Award.

Michael D. Ecker and Barbara Sicalides present a check for $10,000 for Philadelphia VIP Executive Director Sara Woods (right) and Marco Gorini, VIP's Community Economic Development Coordinator.

Michael D. Ecker thanks immediate-past section Chair Barbara Sicalides for her service to the section in 2013.

Howard L. Meyers was the recipient of the Business Law Section's 2013 Dennis H. Replansky Award.

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