March 29, 2013

Alumni Committee Corner: Alfred W. Putnam, Jr.

Alfred W. Putnam, Jr.

Alfy has been Chairman of the firm since 2005. He was a summer associate in the Philadelphia office in 1977 and joined the firm as a full time litigation associate in 1979. Alfy’s Practice: While Alfy has tried cases (jury, non-jury and commercial arbitrations) for both plaintiffs and defendants, he is perhaps best known for his appellate experience. A former law clerk to the Honorable Arlin M. Adams on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he taught a course in appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for five years. He either handles or is consulted on many of the firm’s appellate matters and is often retained on appeals where the underlying case was tried by other counsel.

Several of Alfy’s matters have involved disputes between joint-ventures or among shareholders of closely held companies. He has both trial and appellate experience in cases involving “dissenters’ rights” statutes and has both brought and defended suits based on the enhanced protections given certain minority shareholders under Pennsylvania’s Business Corporation Law. He has also represented clients involved in intra-corporate disputes by keeping their cases out of court and resolving them through negotiation.

In General: Alfy graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1973. He attended University College, Oxford, and won “first class honours” when he received his Oxford degree in 1975. Alfy earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. He is a former president and chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court and has been particularly active in nonprofit health care in southeastern Pennsylvania, serving as chairman of the Lankenau Hospital Foundation, a member of the board of governors of the Main Line Health System and chairman of the Jefferson Health System.

Personal Information: Married since 1975, Alfy and his wife live in Ardmore, Pennsylvania and have one daughter who is now an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia.

Contact Alfy: (215) 988--2907 phone;
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