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Clark Hill Attorneys Joseph Donley and Steven Richman Participate in IBA Conference

September 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Clark Hill attorneys Joseph M. Donley and Steven M. Richman recently participated in the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Donley spoke on “Departures from and Lateral Hires into Law Firms – What Happens if Whole Firm is Being Merged? Conflicts? Choice of Law if International Firms Merge?”

Richman moderated the panel on “The ABA Futures Report and the Current Legal Terrain in the US.”  He also served as Bar Issues Chairman of “Barbarians at the Gate: The Attack on Professionalism;” Session Chair, “Over the Counter or Underground: Emerging and New Models for Legal Services;” and Chair, “Alternative Business Structures.”

The IBA Annual Conference had many distinguished speakers from the highest levels of government and international institutions, including three current US Cabinet officers – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.  The keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony was Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Other notable speakers included Justice Anthony Kennedy, senior Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court; General Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), former United States Secretary of State; Mary Jo White, Chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission; Ben Bernanke, immediate past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed); Robert S Mueller, III, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Arlene Foster, First Minister of Northern Ireland. The program featured more than 200 substantive legal sessions, workshops and panels, including topics on current events and contentious issues facing the profession.

Donley is Member-in-Charge of the Philadelphia office and Leader of the Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation with an emphasis in the areas of insurance and reinsurance litigation. He has extensive experience representing both foreign and domestic clients in a variety of insurance related matters, including regulatory matters and agency proceedings. Donley has successfully handled numerous major reinsurance arbitrations and has been retained by insurers to assist in coverage matters and to assist in the assessment of adequacy of reserves for major books of US Casualty Business, including toxic tort, construction defects, and general casualty.

Richman is resident in Clark Hill’s Princeton office and practices in the areas of domestic and international commercial law, including mediation, litigation and arbitration, and appellate work, including distributorships, intellectual property, agency, art and photography law, professional responsibility and contracts.  He is co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's International Law Committee.   Within the American Bar Association, Richman is chair-elect of the ABA's Section of International Law, and served in the ABA House of Delegates.  Within the International Bar Association, he chairs the IBA's Alternative Business Structures Committee, serves on the Bar Issues Commission Policy Committee, and on the advisory council to the IBA's Section on Public and Professional Interest division.

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