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Recap - RJG at the Business Law Institute

The Closely-Held Business Committee Presents at the Business Law Institute in Philadelphia

The Closely-Held Business Committee of the Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which is chaired by our own Paul Rushton, presented a trio of seminars at the Business Law Institute in Philadelphia last Friday.

The presentations addressed the options available to closely-held business owners who are approaching retirement. Our own Lee Piatt, who is a member of the Committee, gave a presentation focused on the succession planning techniques that are available to a closely-held business owner who desires to transition ownership and/or management of his or her business to family members and/or existing employees of the business.

A second presentation, given by Paul, highlighted the issues to be addressed by a closely-held business owner in preparing for, and ultimately consummating, a sale of his or her business to an outside party.

The final presentation identified the advantages of an ESOP for a retiring closely-held business owner.

If you are a closely-held business owner who is approaching retirement, please call Paul or Lee to discuss your options. Paul can be reached at prushton@rjglaw.com or 570-826-5623. Lee’s contact information is lpiatt@rjglaw.com or 570-826-5674.

RJG Featured in Back Mountain Chamber Newsletter

Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald was prominently featured in the Back Mountain Chamber’s most recent newsletter.

In her message accompanying the Newsletter, President Cynthia Post Mitchell specifically thanked Steven Roth and Christyan Telech of our Business & Finance Department for their professional time and in-kind service rendered to create a new set of Bylaws for the Chamber.

RJG was also featured in The Spotlight section of the Newsletter.

Thank you to the Back Mountain Chamber for this recognition and for all of the great work that the Chamber does each year!

Utilizing the Calm before the Storm – Suggested Steps to be taken in Advance of the Sale of a Closely-Held Business

By Paul T. Rushton, Esq.

The sale of a closely-held business is typically one of the most important and stressful events in a business owner’s life.  The dual challenge of addressing the requirements of selling a business while continuing to operate the business in its ordinary course can perhaps best be described as being in the “eye of a storm.”  This can be particularly true for a closely-held business that is managed by a small number of individuals without the assistance of in-house counsel and/or accountants. However, by taking the following steps before embarking on the sale process (or, in the “calm” before the “storm”, if you will), the owners and managers of a closely-held business can reduce the level of anxiety attendant upon a future sale of the business and minimize the prospects of incurring liability in connection with the sale:  

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Lee S. Piatt receives the eighth annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award

Congratulations to Lee S. Piatt! The eighth annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award will be presented to Lee at the 2019 Business Law Institute in Philadelphia on Nov. 21-22. Lee will be the first practicing lawyer outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to receive the award.

The late W. Edward Sell, the award’s namesake, was a driving force behind the enactment of business corporation law in Pennsylvania. Presented by the PBA Business Law Section, the W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award honors the contributions to the practice of business law at the highest level, either through the practice of law or through teaching.

Lee has practiced law in Northeastern Pa. for more than 36 years. A partner in the Business and Finance Department of our firm, he represents a diverse mix of businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations in mergers and acquisitions, financing, corporate organization and governance, succession planning, owner disputes, and business and real estate transactions. An active member of the PBA and its Business Law Section, Lee was instrumental in the founding of the PBA Shale Energy Law Committee, serving as its first co-chair with PBA President Anne N. John. A former chair of the Business Law Section, he has served for a number of years on its Section Council, as well as its Title 15 Committee, which drafts and revises the corporation and unincorporated association laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Legal Opinion Committee. Lee is also serving on the recently formed Closely-Held Business Committee of the Section. Join us in wishing Lee congratulations on this great honor!

Attorney Robert D. Schaub Secures a Substantial Monetary Award

SchaubRobert D. Schaub, Chairman of the Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald litigation department, recently secured a substantial monetary award for a client.  The client is a large facility management company with multiple locations. The Defendant is a landlord for commercial properties that refused to pay for services rendered.   The matter was litigated by way of private arbitration, and the award was for 100% of the amount sought. 

When litigation is inevitable, turning to a team of trial lawyers with extensive litigation experience is the best way to achieve results. The Litigation Department at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP consists of outstanding attorneys who are knowledgeable in various aspects of litigation. With many years of combined experience, these attorneys offer clients throughout Pennsylvania the skillful and determined representation they deserve to meet their legal needs.


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Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Brand Name? Understanding and Utilizing The Protections Afforded To Names And Trademarks.

By: MaryJo Kishel, Esq.*

If you are like most business owners, the protection of your brand name is very important to you.  However, many business owners make the mistake of assuming that they own the exclusive rights to their brand without taking the requisite steps to establish such exclusivity.  For that reason, business owners should take the time to better understand what brand name protections are available under the applicable law and how to obtain them. This article describes the available brand name protections and suggests the ways that business owners should consider and ultimately utilize some or all of such protections.  

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Atty. Russo Again Named to Best Lawyers in America

We are proud to announce that our partner, Richard A. Russo, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Rick is the Chairman of our firm’s Personal Injury Practice, where he represents people who have been injured through the fault of another, or who are involved in disputes with insurance companies. Many of you may have seen Rick in RJG television commercials or in Rick’s Tips which appear on FaceBook. Rick handles many different types of personal injury matters, including tractor-trailer, bus, automobile and motorcycle crashes; accidents caused by drunk drivers; and injuries caused by landowner negligence. 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 87,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote from around the world, and almost 10 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. 

For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Lee S. Piatt, Esq., elected to the Board of Directors of Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (“NEPIRC”).

Congratulations to our Partner, Lee S. Piatt, Esq., upon his election to the Board of Directors of Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (“NEPIRC”). NEPIRC is a not-for-profit economic development organization that strives to improve the quality of life within an 11-county region of Pennsylvania by providing customized solutions and expert advice to businesses within the manufacturing and other high-growth, good-paying business sectors. Attorney Piatt and the other attorneys in our Business & Finance Department advise senior management and Boards of Directors of for-profit and non-profit entities throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania on matters involving corporate governance, succession planning, real estate and business acquisition, contract review, and other matters. If you would like to discuss issues involving your for-profit business or non-profit entity, contact Lee at 570-826-5600 or lpiatt@rjglaw.com.

NEPIRC President & CEO, Eric Esoda welcomes Lee S. Piatt, Esq.

Lee S. Piatt presents: “Choice of Business Entity.”

On Thursday, August 22, Lee S. Piatt, Esq., a Partner in our Business & Finance Department, and accountant Anthony J. Buczek, Jr. CPA of Allentown, will present “Choice of Business Entity,” a continuing education seminar for attorneys and accountants sponsored by Wilkes University and the Luzerne County Law & Library Association. The seminar runs from 1-5 PM, and will be held at The Woodlands Inn & Resort. Registration is available at the door or online . RJG’s Business & Finance Department works with clients to address the various issues that arise throughout the lifetime of a business organization, such as selecting the most preferable form of entity, formation and organization of such entity, corporate governance and management issues, transactions, succession, and dissolution. To learn more about the upcoming seminar or the services performed by our Business & Finance Department, contact Lee S. Piatt.

Motion to Dismiss Successfully Defended

Bob Schaub and TJ Jensen, lawyers with Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald’s litigation department, were recently successful in defending a Motion to Dismiss in a federal action pending in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The action stems from an alleged breach of lease agreement involving a rock quarry operation. The Motion to Dismiss was filed by opposing counsel in an effort to dismiss a substantial counterclaim filed by Schaub and Jensen on behalf of their client.

Schaub and Jensen will now vigorously pursue their client’s claims for damages.