Nonprofit Organizations

Schnader attorneys counsel nonprofit organizations of every size, providing them with timely, cost-effective legal representation. We service nonprofit clients through nationally configured practice groups that unite relevant capabilities in our various offices.

The unique breadth of our capability and sophisticated level of services differentiate Schnader from other legal service providers in the nonprofit area. We are knowledgeable of and familiar with routine issues and can be flexible in dealing with them; however we also have the capacity to address any sudden and unanticipated needs of a nonprofit client if those occur. Our nonprofit clients regularly draw upon the broad experience of our tax lawyers, our trial lawyers, intellectual property and transactional attorneys for counsel and advice regarding all aspects of their organizations, including operational issues, interacting with their constituencies and the public at large.

Schnader's nonprofit practitioners stay abreast of legislative and other changes in the nonprofit sector, helping clients to understand the implications for their organizations and assisting in the development of affordable approaches for compliance. Recently, the Firm has counseled its nonprofit clients on the implications of Sarbanes-Oxley, the Pension Protection Act, the newly revised IRS Form 990 and the regulations governing deferred compensation, among others. As the economy presents new challenges for the sector, Schnader attorneys find creative business planning solutions for organizations looking for financial stability.

The scope and depth of our knowledge and skill is evidenced not only by our representations, but also by the fact that Schnader attorneys are sought out to publish and lecture in this area as well. Two of our attorneys recently published a comprehensive article in the Summer 2008 issue of the Duquesne Law Review on the interaction of charities and the Orphan's Court in Pennsylvania, and the challenges, difficulties and complexities a nonprofit may face as they seek to meet the goals of their organization. And recently, as noted above, our attorneys offered an educational session on changes to the IRS Form 990 and how those changes may affect a nonprofit entity.

Our Clients

Schnader is pleased to have served the following representative nonprofit organizations:

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • New Leash on Life USA
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • NorthEast Treatment Centers, Inc.
  • Association of Junior Leagues International
  • Oberkotter Foundation
  • The Barnes Foundation
  • Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments
  • The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Inc.
  • Close Up Foundation
  • Philadelphia Health Care Trust
  • Devereux Foundation
  • The Philadelphia Health Management Corporation
  • Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Urban Finance Corporation
  • Federation Day Care Services
  • Pittsburgh Gateways
  • Grounds for Sculpture
  • The Powhatan Renape Nation
  • Isles, Inc.
  • Princeton Broadcasting Service, Inc.
  • Jewish Community Center Association of North America
  • Rainbow Kitchen Community Services
  • Junior League of the City of New York
  • Settlement Music School
  • Literacy Action Project
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Inc.
  • National Association Executives' Forum
  • Villanova University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • The Walnut Street Theatre

Transactional Services

We represent nonprofit organizations and private foundations in all phases of founding and development, from their inception through ongoing compliance and governance matters. Since the establishment of the organization is so pivotal, Schnader attorneys are well-versed in the development of articles of formation, bylaws, and structuring the board of directors. Even after guiding the organization through entity formation and application for tax-exempt status, our attorneys advise clients on ways to remain tax-exempt, helping them negotiate a maze of comprehensive tax issues and challenges.

Schnader lawyers regularly serve as general counsel to nonprofits, rendering legal advice on matters such as planned giving vehicles, solicitation requirements, federal and state reporting preparation, employment agreements, insider and noninsider employee or contractor compensation, sales and general contract matters, proper reorganization, amendments to bylaws and articles of incorporation, and licensing rights in a heavily regulated industry.

Our labor and employment advice to nonprofit organizations often relates to issues such as unemployment, wage and hour concerns, employee manuals, union contracts, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, discrimination and discipline issues, and National Labor Relations Act matters.

Special retirement benefit programs available to nonprofit organizations are a focus of our employee benefit and executive compensation practice. Our attorneys are well versed in all aspects of this area of the law, and one of our lawyers authored Tax Management Portfolio entitled Tax-Deferred Annuities – Section 403(b), part of a widely used series published by the Bureau of National Affairs. (Notably, Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code is of particular import to nonprofits in establishing retirement benefit programs.) We have counseled on exemptions for church plans from a number of employee benefit law requirements and have obtained government rulings on the church plan status of many benefit arrangements.

We have wide-ranging knowledge in the area of charitable giving, solicitation, and endowment issues. Schnader frequently structures scholarships and fellowships, as well as trusts and restricted gifts, on behalf of nonprofit organizations. Our lawyers are experienced in the preparation or review of planned giving vehicles such as charitable remainder trusts, Uni trusts, pooled income funds and charitable gift annuities, as well as in counseling nonprofits on state and national fundraising from individuals, private foundations, government and for-profit organizations.

Schnader has sophisticated knowledge of the many tax issues that nonprofit clients face, and we serve our nonprofit clients by preparing or reviewing their federal and state tax returns to assure complete and accurate reporting of tax-related information. Our clients receive counsel on complex tax matters such as the preservation of nonprofit status and the tax reporting issues related to scholarships and fellowships. We have done extensive work handling tax issues for nonprofits on the federal, state and local levels.

Schnader has counseled nonprofit clients in mergers and acquisitions, institutional reorganizations, liquidations, joint ventures and expansions with both nonprofit and for-profit components.

Our lawyers often serve as bond counsel in all types of nonprofit financings or the refunding of nonprofit transactions. Schnader has several attorneys listed in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (the "Red Book").

Schnader has handled all manner of real estate issues faced by nonprofit organizations. We negotiate on behalf of our clients with respect to construction and architectural contracts as well as local zoning and permit matters. Schnader attorneys regularly advise organizations concerning commercial leases and licenses.

Schnader attorneys also have at times handled bankruptcy, post-bankruptcy work-out, sale of property and debt refinancing matters for nonprofit clients.

Intellectual Property Services

We assist nonprofit clients in intellectual property matters including software development and licensing transactions, domestic and international patent procurement, copyright and trademark registration, Internet broadcasting and website regulation, cybersquatting, and related transactional matters and litigation.


Litigation attorneys from Schnader have handled many kinds of disputes on the trial and appellate level. Some of our more recent nonprofit litigation representations include:

  • In re Barnes Foundation – Schnader has represented the Barnes Foundation in several matters, most notably in its effort to relocate its collection from Lower Merion (a suburb of Philadelphia) to a downtown Philadelphia location along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Over many years of contentious litigation, Schnader prevailed on behalf of the Foundation, which was given permission in December 2004 to move its collection despite opposition by various parties, and also was permitted to expand its Board of Trustees and revise its bylaws. In May 2008, a Montgomery County Orphans' Court Judge issued an opinion and order dismissing petitions by Montgomery County (the county in which Lower Merion is located) and a group of art students, alumni and neighbors of the Barnes Foundation that sought reconsideration of the December 2004 decree. The Firm successfully defended the Foundation and its Trustees in that proceeding. Most recently, in October 2011, the Firm was successful in obtaining dismissal of a new round of petitions to reopen the 2004 decree. This time, the opponents alleged misconduct by the Attorney General of Pennsylvania in connection with the litigation leading to that decree. In dismissing the petitions, the court imposed sanctions against the petitioners because their petition amounted to "vexatious, arbitrary and bad faith conduct."
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company v. Devereux Foundation et al. - Schnader successfully represented the Foundation in an insurance coverage case.
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation v. Trisun Financial, LLP – Schnader represented the Foundation in a commercial lease dispute in pursuit of its claims with the landlord of a four-story building, and in defense of the landlord’s counterclaims.
  • Schnader’s defense of Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center, a suit by an HIV-positive orthopedic surgeon who alleged that Mercy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act when it required that he obtain informed consent from patients before performing invasive procedures. The court granted summary judgment for the defendant on that core issue, after which the case was settled.
  • The Powhatan Renape Nation – The Powhatan Renape Nation is a New Jersey nonprofit organization that has long provided social services to the Native American community in New Jersey and advanced its goal of educating the non-Native American community about its traditional ways, beliefs, traditions, and culture. When the tribe's chief died, the tribe learned that multiple debts had accumulated causing major financial setbacks and a string of lawsuits threatened its continued existence. Through the successful settlement of recent lawsuits, Schnader has given the group an opportunity to meet its financial challenges. Additional disputes still need to be resolved and the fiscal years ahead will require strict financial planning to pay off debt, but the group should be able to continue as a going concern and share its teachings and history with the community.
  • Villanova University – Schnader represented the university in a lawsuit against its former booster club in which the university sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the club from using the names "The Wildcat Club"and "Villanova Alumni Educational Foundation" and variations thereon. After a full evidentiary hearing, the court granted the injunction.

Schnader attorneys counsel nonprofit organizations of every size, providing them with timely, cost-effective legal representation. We service nonprofit clients through nationally configured practice groups that unite relevant capabilities in our various offices.

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Below is information regarding Schnader’s Diversity Committee and its programs and initiatives.  Schnader is not a Minority and/or Women-owned business and is not certified as such.


A.  Schnader’s Diversity and Equal Opportunity Efforts

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s commitment to diversity extends back to its beginnings in 1935.  From its founding by William A. Schnader and Bernard G. Segal, a Christian and a Jew, the Firm, in standing for religious diversity, was unique in the Philadelphia legal community at that time.  In the 1960s, Schnader partner William H. Brown III was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson as the fourth chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Under Mr. Brown’s leadership the EEOC tackled workplace issues related to adverse impact, job testing validation, and national origin discrimination.  Throughout our history and now more than ever, Schnader has always been able to point to our successes in diversity, which often go hand-in-hand with our success in the legal arena.


B.  Diversity at Schnader

Schnader is fully committed to recruiting and retaining minority attorneys.  The Firm’s Hiring Committee is comprised of partners & associates to lead our efforts to hire a diverse pool of associates each year.  The Committee has expanded on-campus recruiting to include schools with a diverse student population, including Howard University.  Participation at minority student job fairs, 1L minority hiring programs and outreach at the college level are all priorities of the committee.  Some of the programs in which the Firm is involved are:

·         Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG)

·         Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative (WPDI)

·         Philadelphia Minority Job Fair

·         Philadelphia First Year Minority Reception

·         Rutgers-Camden Diversity Initiative Program

·         Villanova Law Diversity Program sponsor

·         Overbrook High School Scholars Program

·         Allegheny County Bar Association’s Minority Summer Internship annual participant sponsor since 1998

·         Allegheny County Bar Association’s Diversity Collaborative Committee member

·         The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Statement of Goals of Philadelphia Law Firms and Legal Departments for the Retention and Promotion of Women (signatory)

·         The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Statement of Goals of Philadelphia Law Firms and Legal Departments for Increasing Minority Representation and Retention (signatory)

·         Sponsorship of organizations for minority students & professionals


C.  Mentoring and Training

Schnader encourages our attorneys to partake in all aspects of Firm life, including internal committees and participation in community activities.  Our summer associates and junior associates are each assigned partner and associate mentors and assignments are allocated through coordinators during the summer program and during the associate's career.  This ensures that all lawyers work on a variety of assignments with a mix of partners.  The Firm provides extensive training for all lawyers; all are encouraged to do pro bono work; and we have a comprehensive annual evaluation process in place so that our attorneys are developing professionally each year.


The Firm’s Diversity Committee and Associates Professional Development Committee have improved our mentoring programs to include a Women’s Initiative for female attorneys at all levels.  We have brought in a consultant to do training, and hold roundtable discussions as well as social events.  A Pathway to Partnership program has been implemented for our senior associates.  It is a mix of training and mentoring to guide senior associates and newly elected partners through the transition from associate to partner.


The Firm has sponsored our diverse associates to attend retention conferences and seminars like the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group’s (PDLG) Associate Development Seminar and the PDLG’s Program for Women Lawyers of Color.


Schnader's Pittsburgh office regularly works with minority summer interns from the Allegheny County Bar Association's Minority Summer Law Internship Program.  This program recruits students predominantly from Pittsburgh city high schools.  Schnader's Rosa Copeland Miller has acted as a mentor to the interns from the Internship Program for over 10 years.


D.  Leadership Positions

The following diverse attorneys are in key leadership roles at Schnader.

·         Elizabeth Ainslie (female partner) is co-chair of our Government Investigations, Corporate Compliance and Criminal Defense Practice Group. 

·         Jeanne Barnum (female partner) is co-chair of our Construction Practice Group and the Litigation Partner-In-Charge for our Cherry Hill, NJ office.

·         Christine Carty (female partner) is managing partner of our New York office.  Ms. Carty is also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

·         Cynthia Fischer (female partner) is chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group.           

·         Christine Cushman (female associate) is co-chair of the Employee Benefits Practice Group.

·         Al Dandridge (African-American partner) is chair of the Firm-wide Diversity Committee and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Committee, and chair of the Firm’s Securities Practice Group.

·         Catherine McFadden (female partner) is co-chair of the Family Law Department.

·         Megan Harmon (female partner) is co-chair of the Environmental Practice and Waste Management Practice groups.

·         Joan Kluger (female partner) is managing partner of our Delaware office and co-chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. 

·         Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (African-American counsel) is co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group and co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

·         Theresa Loscalzo (female partner) is chair of the Firm-wide Billings and Collections Committee and the Accountant Liability Practice Group.  Ms. Loscalzo also co-chairs Schnader’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group and the E-Commerce/Technology Litigation Practice Group.

·         Nicole Reimann (female partner) is chair of our Insurance Recovery Practice Group and our Lender Liability Practice Group.  She is also chair of the Firm-wide Associates Professional Development Committee.

·         Nancy Winkelman (female partner) is co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation Services Department, co-chair of the Railroad Litigation and Class Action Practice groups and chair of the Firm-wide Recruiting Committee.  Ms. Winkelman is past chair of the Firm-wide Pro Bono Committee and past co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group.


E.  Other Activities

The Firm has participated in the Overbrook High School Scholars Program in Philadelphia, where we hire high school students to work in different departments of the Firm to introduce them to the practice of law.  The Firm is also a participant sponsor of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Minority Summer Internship Program for high school students.


Schnader was also a co-sponsor of the 2008 Biennial Conference of the Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF), titled “Reaching Back, Lifting Up.”  The Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, a former federal appeals judge and current co-chair of Schnader’s Appellate Practice Group, was a co-chair for this three-day conference that brought together a diverse group of federal and state judges, lawyers, law professors, and students from law schools, colleges, high schools and middle schools to enjoy the living stories of judges from diverse backgrounds and participate in panel discussions focused on contemporary legal issues.  JTBF supports students of color and other underrepresented groups by providing free educational and mentoring programs.  JTBF also offers a series of pipeline programs to prepare students for careers in law, which include Middle School and High School Summer Legal Institutes, an Advanced Summer Legal Institute, law student externships, law student scholarships, programming in schools that target underserved and minority high school and college students, and biennial conferences that bring together diverse legal leaders of local communities.  The organization’s long-term goal is to increase diversity in the legal profession and on the bench.


Schnader supports The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a group that helps address the professional needs and development of black lawyers in the City of Philadelphia.  Schnader attorney Rachel Branson is an Executive Board member of the Barristers' Association and the Firm has shown its support by sponsoring events like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast and the Annual Awards & Scholarship Gala.  The Firm's Al Momjian was the 2010 recipient of the Cecil B. Moore award from the Barrister's Association in recognition of his work on behalf of the Republic of Haiti as Honorary Consul for that country.


F.  Achievements Noted in the Legal Community

A number of our women and minority attorneys have been recognized for their professional achievements:

·         Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (African-American counsel) was the keynote speaker at the 2010 National Symposium for Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  The purpose and focus of this year's program was to encourage scholarly dialogue about the impact of ADR on minority groups.  Judge Lewis spoke on the topic of "Diversity in ADR: Expanding Opportunities for Minority Neutrals."

·         Judge Lewis received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee Award of Achievement.  Judge Lewis also was the expert presenter at the second meeting of the U.S.-Russia Roundtable on Democracy and Human Rights, co-sponsored by The Office of the Ombudsman for Human Rights of the Russian Federation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  The event was held in Moscow, Russia, February 13-14, 2008.  He delivered the opening statement on behalf of the U.S. delegation, which focused on the history of habeas corpus issues in the United States in the context of human rights.

·         Jeanne Schubert Barnum (female partner) was named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers.

·         Al Dandridge (African-American partner) was named in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate law, and noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.”  Before joining Schnader, Mr. Dandridge served the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as associate director of small business and international corporate finance in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.  In addition, he served as special counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance.

·         Marilyn Kutler (female partner) is repeatedly noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” and listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

·         Elizabeth Ainslie (female partner) was recognized in “Women of Influence,” a special supplement published by American Lawyer Media.  She was also named one of “America’s Top 50 Women Litigators” by the National Law Journal and included in the 2006 and 2007 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.  She is also a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer,” recognized as one of the top lawyers (male and female) in the state.  Liz is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

·         Our attorneys are frequently asked to comment on diversity issues.  For example, an interview with Judge Lewis was highlighted in the Dispute Resolution Journal (February – April 2008 edition) article “Striving for Diversity in ADR & Why It Matters.”  In the article, Judge Lewis, chairman of the American Arbitration Association Diversity Committee and a member of the association’s Board of Directors, discusses his interest and involvement in promoting and supporting diversity in decision-making professions, and why it’s critical to provide equal employment opportunities for minorities and women.

·         Also, Schnader partner Scott Wenner has co-chaired a session in Singapore on sex, race and age discrimination in law firms.  This session considered why some law firms seem to limit partnership opportunities for women and protected minorities, refusing to embrace diversity and multiculturalism and limiting the talent available as a result.  The session addressed diversity strategies and the limits of discrimination laws for promoting opportunities for victims of discrimination in law firms.


G.  Enhancing Diversity in Our Communities

We also have long strived to foster diversity beyond our own doors.  In March 2001, Schnader was among the founding members of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG), a city-wide organization of approximately a dozen major law firms and five corporate legal departments.  PDLG focuses on encouraging and supporting the promotion of diversity in the practice of law, particularly in the greater Philadelphia area, by recruiting and retaining attorneys of color, and is committed to fostering a diverse group of lawyers in the region to make the profession stronger‚ more productive and better equipped to address modern challenges.  Schnader has actively supported the PDLG First-Year Summer Program, which offers first-year students from participating area law schools summer employment in law firms and corporate law departments throughout the region, and Schnader has been pleased to have a first-year PDLG summer associate in its summer program each year.  This highly successful program allows law students to come away with valuable experience and a good impression of Schnader, often resulting in permanent employment with the Firm once a participant has graduated.


Also in Philadelphia, we are a founder of, and active participant in, the Philadelphia Minority Job Fair and among the original signatories of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Goals for Increasing Minority Representation and Retention.


Schnader's Pittsburgh office is an active, supporting member of the Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative (WPDI), which seeks to promote regional economic growth in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region by providing resources to employers to attract, hire, and retain employees from a variety of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  Schnader Pittsburgh has hired individuals from the WPDI summer associate program for the entire time Schnader’s Pittsburgh office summer program has been in existence, with resounding success.


Schnader attorneys also serve on boards of a wide array of religious, multicultural and community organizations:

·         David Smith, the Firm's Chairman, is a past Chairman of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, a local affiliate of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  He is a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Competence.  He is President of the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, a past President of The Jewish Publication Society, a past president of Jewish Outreach Partnership and Community Hebrew Schools of Philadelphia, and a past Vice-President of the Perelman-Schechter Jewish Day School of Philadelphia.  He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

·         Marilyn Kutler (female partner) is a past President and current board member of Akiba Hebrew Academy, located in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.

·         Marilyn Kutler and David Smith are both board members (and Smith is current President, as noted above) of the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, which was established by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in 1987 for the purpose of developing and enhancing strong and positive Jewish identity, lifelong Jewish learning, and commitment to and participation in the Jewish community in the United States, Israel and throughout the world.

·         Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (African-American counsel) serves as a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Diversity Committee and also serves on its Board of Directors.

·         Nancy Winkelman (female partner) is a member of the Board for the Disabilities Rights Network of Pennsylvania.

·         Jerry Tanenbaum, a partner in our Cherry Hill office, served as the area chair for the Anti-Defamation League of New Jersey from 2001 to 2003.

·         Rosa Copeland Miller (African-American female partner), named among the “Top 40 under 40” by the Pittsburgh Courier and Pittsburgh Magazine, is the Governance Chair for the Board of the Multicultural Arts Initiative, a Pittsburgh-based group whose objective is to enhance the cultural landscape of the region by funding consistently high quality African-American and African-influenced arts programming.  The Initiative also strives to focus on Latin, Asian, and Native American culturally-specific arts.  Ms. Copeland Miller also serves on the Development Committee for Pennsylvania Cultural Trust. 

·         Co-Chair of Schnader’s Family Law Department, Albert Momjian plays a special and important role in the city’s Haitian community – he serves as the honorary Consul to the Republic of Haiti for the Philadelphia region, and sits on the board of the Haitian Community Culture Development Abroad Association (HCCDA).  In 2004, he was central to organizing a fundraising event for Haitian children at the Wachovia Center, which included the presentation of a trophy to Samuel Dalembert, a Haitian native who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, and the donation of money from Dalembert and other friends for the purchase of medical supplies for the children of Haiti.  In March of 2010, Mr. Momjian delivered the opening remarks at a fundraising event being held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in support of Haiti earthquake relief.  In his role as honorary Consul, he routinely assists Haitian nationals with various issues and concerns, and promotes friendship and understanding of the Haitian community within Philadelphia.

·         Rachel Branson (African-American female associate) is an elected Executive Board member of The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

·         Keith Whitson, chair of the Product Liability Practice and administrative partner of Schnader's Pittsburgh office, has volunteered as a mentor for several years with the University of Pittsburgh's Black Law Students Association's (BLSA) "Footprints Mentorship Program."  "Footprints" provides minority law students with academic and professional guidance from mentors who are legal professionals with experience in the students' areas of interest. 


H.  Schnader’s Relationships with Diverse Businesses

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP works in conjunction with or represents several minority- and/or woman-owned business enterprises, including attorneys, vendors, benefits providers, legal employment search firms, and others.  Schnader is committed to minority and women’s business enterprise growth and involvement throughout the United States.  For example, we have a history of partnering with diverse vendors:

·         Our benefits broker is The Commonwealth Consulting Group in Jenkintown, PA; the principal is Ivy Silver, a recent Women's Way leadership award recipient.

·         prWerks serves as the public relations firm on retainer with the Pittsburgh office.  The firm is founded by and owned and operated by Kelley Denny and Lynn Seay.

·         Schnader uses TransPerfect, a litigation support service company that was named Fifth Fastest-Growing Women-Led Company in America by the Women Presidents' Organization and American Express.

·         Schnader uses Strategic Design, a woman-owned, full-service graphic design company, for many of its graphics and marketing needs.

·         We also have partnerships with the following woman-owned legal employment search firms:  Laura Segal & Associates; McCanney, Esposito & Craybill; Oxford Legal Associates and Abelson Legal Search.


Our representations of diverse businesses include:

·         Splash Media, a media buying company owned by Wendy Clayton-Gonzalez, for all of its needs.

·         PITG Gaming, the company owned by Don Barden, which will operate the Majestic Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

·         J.E.Stuckert, Inc., a service station and towing company owned by Gladys Stuckert, for all of its needs.

·         Advanced Systems Advisors, Inc., a medical software reseller owned by Nancy Novic.

·         Innovation Exhibits, Inc., a company, owned by Laura Gables, which provides display systems for booths at conventions, etc.

·         Paula Lysy, a sole-proprietor graphics artist.

·         Mary Olliffe, an architect.

·         CAM International, Inc., an evangelical nonprofit, mission-sending agency, and a WBE contractor.

·         ImbuTec, an energy consultation and contracting services company, is an MBE contractor.

·         Peoplechart, a woman owned and run business.

·         Mad Maps, a woman owned and run business.

·         Etcetera Edutainment, a woman owned and operated business

·         Iremsys, a new technology company being formed by an African professor from CMU.


I.  Looking to the Future

While Schnader is proud of these and other examples of our diversity and our efforts to enhance it, we do not rest on our laurels.  We remain committed to enhancing our reputation as a law firm in which people of diverse backgrounds want to work, a place where they can thrive professionally and become part of a multifaceted team that serves the needs of our diverse clients in the global marketplace.  The Firm recently began a formal assessment of its progress toward its diversity goals, with an eye toward defining objectives and next steps for the near future.