September 02, 2019

Members in the News & Notes

Check out the recent activities and achievements of our BCLC members!

Judge Jerome Abrams, State of Minnesota, District Court Judge, Was recently named by the American Board of Trial Advocates-Minnesota Chapter "Trial Judge of the Year.”

Sheryl L. Axelrod, President and CEO of the Axelrod Firm, PC, Ms. Axelrod, who represents companies in commercial, employment, and bodily injury litigation, was included on the list of the Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyers and the Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers of 2019.[1]

Ms. Axelrod was also inducted into The League for Entrepreneurial Women of Temple University Hall of Fame (“The League”). The League seeks to address the challenges and interests of entrepreneurial women in the Temple community, the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.

Ms. Axelrod also received a Peter Perlman Service Award for her work on behalf of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society of top trial lawyers that accepts less than one half of one percent of American lawyers. She was also awarded a diversity award by the Diversity Law Institute (DLI), and her law firm, The Axelrod Firm, PC, was itself awarded a DLI diversity award.

Ray Blacklidge, Shareholder, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for American Traditions Insurance Company, also sole proprietor, Raymond M. Blacklidge, Attorney at Law, on Thursday July 11th Ray Blacklidge received a standing ovation after being presented with the Florida Insurance Council’s “Mark Trafton Distinguished Service Award” FIC’s highest honor, presented in recognition and appreciation of my outstanding contributions to the advancement and success of the Florida Insurance Council! “I am greatly humbled and honored to receive the award named after my good friend Mark Trafton,” Blacklidge said. The Florida Insurance Council is the vision and voice of Florida’s insurance community. The Council is Florida's largest company trade association, representing 34 insurers groups - representing 318 companies - which write over $38 billion a year in premium volume and provide all lines of coverage. Council members hold more than 90 percent of the market share in residential and private passenger automobile coverage.

Steven E. Clark, Owner of Clark Firm PLLC, was named a Texas Super Lawyer for Labor & Employment 2019, and was a Seminar Author/Presenter for the following programs: “Proving or Disproving Employment Discrimination Claims”; “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out)”; “Trial Preparation from Start to Finish, Effective Use of Evidence”;  “Advantageous Uses of LLC’s”; and “What To Do When the Audit Man Comes Knocking”.

Sarah M. Ennis, Associate Attorney with Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown, LLC, ran the Delaware Running Festival Half Marathon in April 2019, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia in May 2019, and is training to run her first ever full marathon at the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon in December 2019.  

Zhao (Ruby) Liu, Associate Attorney with the Rosner Law Group LLC, was recently appointed as the ABA Business Fellow for the 2019-21 term.

Thomas A. Muccifori, Hiring, Recruitment and Retention Partner, Chair, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Practice Group Archer & Greiner, “I am humbled to have received on June 12 the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 Professional Excellence Award for mentoring in the legal profession and honored to mentor so many talented attorneys here at Archer law, just as he was mentored by so many before them, including my Dad, the late Judge Thomas J. Muccifori and his friends and colleagues for 50 years at the Lomell Law firm including D-day hero Leonard (Bud) G. Lomell and Judge Robert A. Fall who each taught me great lessons from the greatest generation.

Jim O’Sullivan, Shareholder at Tiffany & Bosco, PA, recently received the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award from the State Bar of Arizona.  This award is presented annually by the Board of Governors to an attorney, judge, employer, organization, or bar association that significantly advances diversity and inclusion in the Arizona legal community through creative, strategic, or innovative efforts.  Jim is honored to share this award with the Honorable Randall M. Howe of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix, Arizona, and Chair of the Business & Corporate Litigation Committee has been honored with the following awards/recognition:

  • ABA Business Law Section Jean Allard Glasscutter (2019)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame (2019)
  • Alumni Achievement Award – University of Iowa College of Law (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Phoenix Lawyer of the Year for Gaming Law (2020)
  • AZ Business Leaders (2020)

Judge Elizabeth Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of New York, traveled to Beijing in April 2019 to participate in a Fulbright program to address the reasons to consider adopting a consumer bankruptcy law.   She held a large public forum at the US Embassy’s “Beijing-US Center,” and held a workshop with high-level policy makers, academics, and lawyers. 

Judge Stong also spent several days in Bahrain in April and a week in Kazakhstan in May with ABA ROLI in connection with judicial education and capacity-building.   

Additionally, Judge Stong completed the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the New York Half Marathon and will be running her first ever full marathon at the New York Marathon in November 2019.

In late June, Judge Stong and her daughter, Margaret, walked the last 100 miles of the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Judge Stong’s reflections from Camino are included in this edition of the Newsletter, so be sure to check it out!

Alan S. Pralgever, Equity Partner with Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, was recently named Co-Chairman of Cyber Security Group; Cannabis Group; Employment Group; and Business Litigation Group.

[1] No more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state are recognized as Super Lawyers. The Top Lists of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers are determined and recognized through a patented, multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. In short, the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the merit-based selection process are recognized on Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top Lists.