2018 News

NOVEMBER 15, 2018 – Neil Cooper and David Gitlin were quoted in The Legal Intelligencer article, “Pa. Boutiques, Spinoffs See Gains as GCs Seek Cost Flexibility.” David Gitlin discussed how “much of his transactional work is handled on a fixed-fee, partial contingent basis … and he also has clients who keep him on retainer for day-to-day corporate work”. Those arrangements provide Gitlin and his clients “more peace of mind”. The ability to avoid billing hourly was one of the reasons for moving to RCCB. Neil Cooper said requests for alternative fee arrangements are on the ups although a majority of clients are still opting for the hourly model. Cooper said that clients are “happy to pay rates if they’re getting the right staffing. One of the challenges they face when they’re taking matters to the larger firms… is in order to get the right prices for the work, they’re getting people who are too junior.”

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 - Our latest client alert, Proposed Regulations Clarify Opportunity Fund Issues, was written by RCCB attorneys Roger Braunfeld, Hope Hammer, Dustin Covello, Brian Vargo and Leila Vaughan. It discusses the U.S. Treasury’s proposed regulations and a revenue ruling seeking to clarify some of the lingering uncertainties underlying the “qualified opportunity fun.” Read the entire alert here or contact a member of our Qualified Opportunity Fund Team for more information.

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – James Ettelson is presenting at today’s NBI Seminar, Top Challenges in Subdivision and Zoning. He will be speaking on Key Problems in Land Use Law: From Special Use Permits to Appeals. The seminar will take place at the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City – Convention Center.

OCTOBER 1, 2018 – Marc Hirschfield and Marc Skapof wrote a blog post for Integras Intelligence, Inc., Too Good to Be True: What Investors Should Know About Ponzi Schemes. It explores how Ponzi schemes operate, identifies common warning signs to help you avoid investing in one, and tells what to do if you suspect you may have inadvertently invested in a Ponzi scheme. Read the post at https://goo.gl/2nqkAF.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 – Marc Hirschfield and Marc Skapof were named to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers list! This is the eighth consecutive time for Marc Hirschfield and the fifth consecutive time for Marc Skapof. For more information, read the press release.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 – RCCB Partner Marc E. Hirschfield has been included in the Litigation – Bankruptcy section of the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. This will be the second consecutive time Marc has received this honor. For more information, read the press release.

AUGUST 10, 2018 – RCCB attorneys Roger Braunfeld, Hope Hammer, Dustin Covello, Brian Vargo and Leila Vaughan authored our latest client alert on the topic of Qualified Opportunity Funds (“QOFs”). The alert, Seizing “Opportunities” to Create and Invest in Tax-Favored Qualified Opportunity Funds, discusses how sellers in M&A transactions, investors, fund sponsors, real estate developers and more can benefit from a QOF. Read the entire alert here or contact a member of our Qualified Opportunity Fund Team for more information.

AUGUST 7, 2018 – RCCB is challenging exorbitant EZPass violation fees on behalf of NJ motorists. RCCB lawyer Matthew Faranda-Diedrich was quoted in the NJ.com article, "A $50 Late Fee for a Missed Toll - EZPass Drivers Say Enough." Read the article at https://goo.gl/kzWBX4.

JULY 15, 2018 – RCCB partner Barry Cohen was a featured speaker, along with Scott Schwartz, General Counsel of Dansko, and The Honorable Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State for North Carolina, at the July 2018 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Summer Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The NASS is the nation's oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. They presented on Trademark Law and issues related to the use of business names. 

JUNE 25, 2018 – RCCB announces the addition of three new Associates. David Dalesandro and Andrew Doggett join RCCB’s Corporate & Business Group and will reside in the firm’s Conshohocken office. Julie Latsko is the most recent attorney in the firm’s Litigation Group, and she will reside in the Philadelphia office. For more information, read this press release.

JUNE 13, 2018 – RCCB announces the launch of our Investment Management Practice Group. Senior Counsel Brian Vargo has been hired to support the launch with his extensive experience in fund formation and investment management. The firm has also added Leila Vaughan as Counsel in the Tax Group. Vaughan joins RCCB with business tax and non-profit experience gained during her career. For more information, read this press release.

MAY 21, 2018 – Congratulations to our eleven attorneys selected as 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars! The three RCCB attorneys selected as Super Lawyers are John Royer, Neil Cooper and Barry Cohen. The attorneys included on the Rising Stars list are David Kovsky, Matthew Faranda-Diedrich, Sean Litz, Dustin Covello, Alex Nassar, Laura Reinhold and Matt Brinker. For more information, read this press release.

MAY 16, 2018 – RCCB and Drexel Ventures cohosted a Philly Tech Week panel called Hot Topics in Tech: Blockchain, IoT, AI & AR/VR. Tech leaders helped the attendees understand how these technologies impact them and their business, and have become realities in the marketplace. The event featured experts from Comcast, Drexel and startups, as well as east and west coast lawyers. After the panel, the participants split into roundtables to meet the speakers. To read more about the event, read this post

MAY 15, 2018 – RCCB is proud to welcome William B. Duff to the firm! Duff, a Partner in our Employment Group, will be based in our New York City office. For more information on our new Partner, read our press release here

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 – Reflecting significant growth, RCCB is proud to announce promotions, including 4 Partners, Alyssa Brodzinski, Hope Hammer, Sean Litz and Melissa Paszamant, and Marketing Manager Rachel Dub. “The well-deserved promotions reflect the important contributions to RCCB’s growth made by these team members,” said Managing Partner John E. Royer, Jr. Read more in our press release, Reflecting Significant Growth, RCCB Names New Partners and Counsel

FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – Litigation Partner Barry Cohen was selected as a 2018 World Leading Trademark Professional Recommended Attorney by World Trademark Review! Barry was praised as “an all-around fantastic litigator” and someone who “wields so much knowledge in trademark law. He’s young, appropriately aggressive and smart...” Read the full article at http://bit.ly/2GFekIL.

JANUARY 19, 2018 – As more lenders are entering the cannabis industry, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions authored a memo allowing the prosecution of businesses pertaining to medical marijuana. This overturns the 2014 guidelines issued to lenders from the Treasury and Justice departments under the Obama administration. Read what RCCB Partner Matthew Faranda-Diedrich has to say in the Philadelphia Business Journal article “What Sessions Memo Means for Banking in the Medical Marijuana Industry.” Read the article here.

JANUARY 19, 2018 – “Philadelphia’s highly skilled and educated work force, leading universities, attractive cost of doing business, and vibrant and growing entrepreneurial sector, all recommend our region to Israeli companies looking to launch a presence in the United States,” writes RCCB Executive Partner, Neil Cooper. Israel boasts one of the world’s highest concentrations of startups and is a global leader in technology. Read about the opportunities the Israeli Tech Sector present to Philadelphia in Neil’s article that is featured in The Legal Intelligencer, “While Phila. Waits on Amazon, Lots to Be Gained From Focusing on Israeli Tech Sector.” Read the article here.

JANUARY 16, 2018 – RCCB is hosting a CPE-Approved Breakfast Seminar on February 7th, Restructuring Your Business and Deals After the Tax Cut and Jobs Act! For more information and to register, visit http://conta.cc/2DDeUFO.