McCarter & English Names Joel E. Horowitz Managing Partner of Philadelphia Office – 19 August, 2009 – McCarter & English has appointed Joel E. Horowitz to the post of managing partner of the Firm’s Philadelphia office. In addition to work in his own practice, Mr. Horowitz will now oversee the day-to-day operations of the office as well as coordinate business and practice development efforts. The Philadelphia office is involved in a variety of matters, with a particular focus on bankruptcy and creditor rights, insurance coverage, and business and securities litigation.

“As a skilled attorney familiar with the inner workings of a regional firm, Joel’s legal and business development experience will serve him well as he embarks on this new endeavor,” said Eric Watt Wiechmann, Firmwide Managing Partner of McCarter. “We are happy to have him serve the firm from this very important leadership post.”

Mr. Horowitz is a partner at the firm who concentrates his practice in employee benefits and executive compensation. He has extensive experience in the design and operation of retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements and other employee benefit plans. He counsels employers and executives on retention and severance, equity-based compensation and incentive pay. In addition, Mr. Horowitz works with venture capital funds, investment advisers and mutual funds on ERISA issues, including issues of fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transactions and regulatory compliance for tax-qualified plans and IRAs.

“It is an honor to serve in this position for McCarter,” said Mr. Horowitz. “I look forward to continuing to enhance the firm’s strong presence in Philadelphia.”

Mr. Horowitz received his LL.M. from Georgetown University (1982), J.D. from New England School of Law (magna cum laude, 1978) and B.A. from George Washington University (1975). Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts, he is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a member of the American Bar Association, and former chair of the Employee Benefits Committee for the New Jersey State Bar Association.

A frequent speaker in the area of employee compensation and benefits, particularly on the topics of executive retention and compensation, incentive and equity plans, and health plan design, Mr. Horowitz has been an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Tax Program at the Villanova University School of Law for more than 25 years. He has been recognized as a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and is listed in the 2008 and 2009 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

The Philadelphia office of McCarter & English offers a variety of legal services in the areas of product liability defense, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, employee benefits and executive compensation, private clients, tax and debtor-creditor services. The office has been recognized for its commitment to pro bono service, and received honors from the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent with both the Brennan Award and the Chancellor’s Award. The office is also a long-time supporter of numerous Philadelphia cultural institutions, including the Art Museum, the Free Library, the Mann Music Center, and the Philadelphia Theater Company.

About McCarter & English
McCarter & English, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington.

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