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November 08, 2010

Five Attorneys Named Recipients of the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award

Five attorneys who worked to make Philadelphia’s Commerce Court become a reality have been named the recipients of the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The recipients are Mitchell L. Bach, a member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Edward G. Biester III, a partner with Duane Morris LLP; Gregory H. Mathews of Effective Dispute Resolution Services, LLC; Darryl J. May, a partner with Ballard Spahr LLP; and Marc J. Sonnenfeld, a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

“They all worked together for a number years to get Commerce Court started,” explained Wells Fargo Fidelity Award Committee Chair Jane Leslie Dalton. “Commerce Court has become not just prominent in Pennsylvania but nationally famous. Businesses don't mind going there because they know they are going to get judges who are used to dealing with business problems,” the former Chancellor said.

The criteria for the award are significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia); the absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association; distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.); the accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and it is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

The Annual Meeting Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Chancellor-Elect Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC will address bar members and outline his plans for 2011. Click here to purchase tickets for the Annual Meeting Luncheon.
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