Giants of the Business Bar and Spotlight on In-House Counsel

Giants of the Business Bar and Spotlight on In-House Counsel

Three Giants’ Perspectives on Lessons Lived, Learned and Learning both In-House and in Private Practice. A virtual presentation.

The “Giants of the Business Bar” program is part of a series of programs in which the Business Law Section recognizes legal giants who have had a significant impact on the practice of business law in Philadelphia and beyond, and provides an opportunity for both young and experienced lawyers to learn from the giants. This year’s Giants’ program is combined with the Business Law Section’s “Spotlight on In-House Counsel” program for the first time, and will provide attendees with unique insight from Giants who have experience as in-house counsel and in private practice.

Featured Panelists

Sophia Lee, Esq.
Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Blank Rome

Sophia Lee, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Blank Rome LLP, is a trusted adviser, helping her clients meet their business objectives through the legal process.  With a focus in the energy industry, she handles complex commercial, environmental, products liability, and toxic tort matters.  She also handles a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters for corporate, non-profit and governmental entities.  Additionally, she provides guidance and education on diversity, equity and inclusion issues to her clients. 

Ms. Lee has advocated for meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion throughout her legal career and chairs Blank Rome’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She is an active member of the Forum of the Executive Women; a board member and past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania; a board member and past co-president of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group; a past board member for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and a past diversity chair for the Philadelphia Bar Association.  She has previously served as secretary and assistant secretary, as a past co-chair of the Bench-Bar Conference and the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee and as a past executive committee member of the Young Lawyers Division, in addition to service on other committees, for the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Ms. Lee also previously served as vice chair of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs.

Ms. Lee is a frequent lecturer on matters concerning diversity, equity and inclusion, litigation management and ethics for business organizations, legal associations, law schools and law firms.  She previously held an adjunct assistant professorship at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.  Next semester, she will serve as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple Law School teaching a course entitled, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.”

Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, where she started her legal career, Ms. Lee served as chief litigation counsel at Sunoco, Inc., in the litigation department of Reed Smith, and as a federal judicial law clerk to the late Honorable James McGirr Kelly, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

She received her J.D. and LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society, and her B.A. from Cornell University in English, with concentrations in Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies.

Teleicia J.R. Dambreville, Esq.
Director, Counsel-Employment, Burlington Stores, Inc.

TELEICIA J.R. DAMBREVILLE serves as Employment Counsel for Burlington Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 company of more than 50,000 employees, with locations throughout the continental United States. In her role as in-house employment counsel, she manages Burlington’s employment litigation portfolio, including administrative proceedings, federal and state litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Dambreville develops litigation strategy, oversees outside counsel and handles all aspects of the arbitral process under Burlington’s early dispute resolution program. Dambreville is also responsible for providing  rapid, practical, business-oriented legal advice regarding all areas of employment law and employee relations to internal clients, including executive team members, Human Resources and Operations. 

Prior to joining Burlington’s in-house legal team, Dambreville was a member of the Labor, Employment, Benefits, and Immigration Section at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC’s Philadelphia Office. Dambreville’s national employment law practice encompassed various aspects of litigation and proactive counseling. She has extensive experience representing management in employment litigation matters, including single-Plaintiff discrimination cases, class and collective actions and traditional labor disputes. 

Dambreville earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and her law degree from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in University Park, PA where she was among 13 young professionals awarded the 2019 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award. She is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dambreville serves on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Diversity Legal Group Alumni Association, Penn State Law Alumni Society, Providence Center and the Academy Planning Committee for the National Employment Law Council.

Richard J. Ramones, Esq.
Deputy General Counsel, Consolidated Rail Corporation

As Deputy General Counsel, Rich collaborates with the C-Suite, heads of business units and other stakeholders to develop efficient, creative and cost-effective solutions to challenges facing the transportation/railroad industry.  Specifically, Rich oversees complex litigation, including labor and employment, commercial, environmental, personal injury/occupational and real-estate matters.  Rich also directly supports and advises several departments such as human resources, labor relations, risk management, real-estate, design and construction, transportation and engineering and other corporate functions.  Rich has also developed and implemented value-driven business initiatives, including effective risk reduction/management; creation and management of compliance programs; project management/commercial arrangements; workforce optimization; and business process improvement strategies.


Ernest D. Holtzheimer
Corporate Associate, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Ernest D. Holtzheimer is co-chair of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP’s Private Capital and Emerging Companies practice group and Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section and Young Lawyers Division. Ernie concentrates his practice in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and general corporate matters. He has counseled numerous clients in a wide variety of industries with respect to their general operations, structure, governance, and in connection with complex transactions. As an active member of the emerging business and venture capital community, Ernie serves as Managing Director for an institutional venture fund and on the advisory board of an international angel investment group.

This is event is complimentary to members of the Association and registration is required. You must be registered through the Association’s site to receive the video conference ID and password. 
Registration will close 30 minutes prior to the meeting start time and you will receive the link to join immediately after registration closes.

11/16/2020 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA
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