Luke Thomas Joins BG Corporate Practice Group

We warmly welcome new partner Luke Thomas to our Corporate Practice Group. Luke has over 15 years of private practice experience handling both transactional and litigation matters, and joins us after serving as an Associate General Counsel at ASTEC Industries, a publicly traded, billion-dollar international heavy equipment manufacturer. In his new role, Luke is handling a wide range of transactional matters such as mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, banking and finance, commercial loans, commercial contracts, private equity, construction contracts and disputes, dealer agreements and disputes, land use and zoning, payment and performance bonds, and health care contracts. He routinely negotiates and drafts multimillion-dollar transactions and has extensive experience leading high-volume transactions.

Read the full announcement and learn more about Luke here.

Partner Jackalyn Olinger Rochelle Named 2024 LCLD Fellow

Bailey & Glasser, LLP is excited to announce that partner Jackalyn Olinger Rochelle has been named a 2024 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. The year-long Fellows Program positions distinguished attorneys from diverse backgrounds for leadership positions within legal organizations through relationship building and executive coaching. Learn more about the LCLD Fellows Program here.

Ms. Rochelle is a litigator with over 17 years of experience and leadership representing individuals and families affected by asbestos-related diseases, catastrophic injuries or deaths, and defective products. She is equally dedicated to community advocacy and volunteers with various organizations to help protect the civil justice system and the vulnerable.

“The LCLD program supports Fellows Program participants to ascend and excel in positions of leadership within the legal profession to increase inclusiveness at all levels,” Ms. Rochelle said. “I am excited to connect with and learn from like-minded diverse professionals and am looking forward to bringing these resources back to Bailey Glasser.”

Read the full announcement here.

#LCLD #Diversity #DEI #BaileyGlasser

Pro Bono Focus: Liz Stryker and Husband Wes Prince Profiled in The West Virginia Lawyer

Bailey Glasser’s Elizabeth Stryker was featured in the most recent edition of West Virginia Lawyer along with her husband, Wes Prince of Shaffer Madia Law, to discuss their joint commitment to pro bono work.

Liz and Wes’ dedication to giving back began with their involvement in legal clinics while law students at West Virginia University College of Law. Liz began her legal pro bono work in the General Clinic, while Wes volunteered in the Child and Family Legal Clinic, where they both gained hands-on experience representing clients. Notably, Liz believes her work in the Legal Clinic gave her experience and the confidence to start practicing law.

“I still volunteer for pro bono opportunities like Tuesday Legal Connect because I like to think that my service is a way of paying West Virginians back for the support and education I received at the WVU College of Law,” Liz said. “I always leave the office with a smile on my face after [a volunteering] session because the callers are so grateful to talk to someone willing to listen.” “It’s a very refreshing experience to help someone feel heard and like [they matter].”

At Bailey Glasser, Liz is a member of the firm’s Personal Injury practice group where she represents victims and their family members whose lives have been impacted by severe or catastrophic injury or death, and she also litigates complex product liability matters. Liz is also a member of the Electronically Stored Information (ESI) practice group, which develops and assists with complex discovery and document review strategies across our firm. Learn more about Liz’s practice here.

Read the full West Virginia Lawyer article here: Pro Bono Focus – Liz Stryker and Wes Prince.

Panida Anderson Moderates Virtual Panel: “How to Find a Lawyer,” on Friday, July 21, 2023

Bailey Glasser lawyer Panida Anderson, immediate past President of the Thai American Bar Association, Panida Anderson will moderate a virtual panel called “How to Find a Lawyer,” hosted in collaboration with the Thai Embassy, the Thai American Bar Association, the Thai Community Development Center, and the Thai American Samakkee Coalition.

This webinar will be hosted in the Thai language and will focus on how to research and find an attorney. The virtual event will be held on Friday, July 21, 2023 at 3pm EST, featuring immigration attorneys Phatchara Udomsin and Tammy Sumontha. For more information, click here.

Four Legal Services Agencies Designated Cy Pres Award Recipients in Mortgage Class Action Settlement

Bailey & Glasser, LLP is pleased to announce that four legal service organizations across Pennsylvania have been designated recipients of $21,228.93 each in cy pres awards from the mortgage class action settlement in Dutcher v. Shellpoint. The organizations, the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, MidPenn Legal Services, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the North Penn Legal Services, all assist indigent Pennsylvanians facing housing insecurity.

Cy pres awards allow for the distribution of leftover funds from a lawsuit settlement to be disbursed to charitable organizations whose missions generally align with the purpose of the lawsuit. Attorney Larry Lederer is “delighted that the court approved the distribution of unclaimed money from the settlement to these legal aid organizations, each of which has helped thousands of families with critical legal issues such as avoiding evictions and foreclosures or gaining access to SNAP and disability benefits. These services are vital to the public and an important aspect of the legal community.”

Debby Freedman, Executive Director of the CLS, expressed their gratitude for the award. “Because of your commitment to justice, CLS can continue to help struggling Philadelphians when they face urgent crises that threaten their homes, jobs, and families. Your strong support has fueled this work and allowed us to respond to new challenges for our clients and communities.”

BG Title Sponsor of 2023 Boise Twilight Criterium

Bailey Glasser is the title sponsor of the 2023 Boise Twilight Criterium, which is rolling around again (both literally and figuratively) in Boise, Idaho! Now in its 36th year, this event is nationally ranked as one of the top nine best criteriums on the USA Cycling race calendar, where the top pro women’s and men’s cycling teams in the U.S. turn the streets of downtown Boise into a high-speed race course. We’ve been the title sponsor for three years running and we love being part of the Boise community.

Good luck to all the riders in this year’s race!

Happy Pride Month from BG

Happy Pride Month 2023 from our diverse community here at Bailey & Glasser, LLP.

“During Pride Month, we honor a movement that has grown stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive with every passing year,” reads President Biden’s 2023 Presidential Proclamation. “Pride is a celebration of generations of LGBTQI+ people who have fought bravely to live openly and authentically. And it is a reminder that we still have generational work to do to ensure that everyone enjoys the full promise of equity, dignity, protection, and freedom.” For the full statement from President Biden, visit here.

Pride Month is currently celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, where gay citizens fought back against the police who raided the Stonewall Inn. The police hauled employees and patrons from the bar, and the patrons and neighborhood residents fought back, resulting in six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

According to the Library of Congress, Pride Month “celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” For more information, visit here.

Throughout June, we’ll reflect on pivotal milestones in the struggle for LGBTQ+ equality. Tenacity, strength, and yes – pride – continues to be very necessary in these times. Pride Month is an important reminder of the sacrifices and courage of many LGBTQ+ trailblazers to the cause of equality and provides an occasion to reflect on their invaluable contributions to creating a more inclusive and just society for us all. #PrideMonth2023 #equality #loveislove #saygay

BG Video Celebration of Women’s History Month 2023

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” Serena Williams.

Here at Bailey Glasser, we’re committed to shining a light on the amazing contributions of women and throughout March, we’ve highlighted a selection of women in history who create, inspire, empower, and make positive change in this world; not just this month, but every month. To wrap up this year’s celebration, we’ve created a celebratory video that includes remarkable women recognized during both Women’s History Month and Black History Month, as well as favorite inspirational quotes from some of the fearless women here at Bailey Glasser.

BG Logo Upgrade

“The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example” – Gloria Steinem. Today’s spotlight is on budding artist Kate Johnson, who was fearless when she proposed a new “upgraded” BG firm logo concept to her dad, Bailey & Glasser, LLP partner Nick Johnson.

Kate’s inspiration for the upgrade was the American flag, using red to represent justice and blue for truth. Kate’s favorite girl boss is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because RBG had the courage to never take “no” for an answer. When asked what advice she would give her peers about being fearless, Kate said: “don’t worry about what other people think about you because your own opinion of yourself is all that really matters.”

Thank you for being such a wise and fearless inspiration, Kate!

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