Philadelphia Lawyer Molod to Receive PBA Sell Award Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions in Business Law

HARRISBURG (Oct. 8, 2018) — Philadelphia lawyer Alan H. Molod is the recipient of the seventh annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award, which will be presented at the 2018 Business Law Institute in Philadelphia, Nov. 7-8. Molod is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions to the practice of business law in Pennsylvania.

The late W. Edward Sell was a driving force behind the enactment of business corporation law in Pennsylvania. Sell served as chair of the Title 15 Task Force of the PBA Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section. From 1966 to 1977, Sell served as dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was later appointed Distinguished Service Professor of Law.

Presented by the PBA Business Law Section, the Sell Business Lawyer Award honors the contributions to the practice of business law at the highest level, either through the practice of law or through teaching. Recipients must have contributed to the statutory development of business law in Pennsylvania and to the PBA by working in leadership roles in the Business Law Section.

Molod is of counsel to Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP, where he focuses on business transactions. Prior to that, he practiced corporate and LLC law, securities regulation and mergers and acquisitions at Wolf Block LLP for 35 years.

A longtime member of the Title 15/Business Associations Committee of the PBA Business Law Section, Molod assisted in drafting the statutes governing the organization and operation of corporations, partnerships, LLCs, LLPs and other business entities, and is the author and editor of the three volume Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, for which he prepares annual supplements. He is a contributor to Pennsylvania Corporate Practice and Forms and is a contributing editor to McGraw-Hill’s The Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook

Molod’s involvement with the Philadelphia Bar Association includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section and as chair of its Corporate Law Committee. He also has served on the Steering Committee of its Committee on Securities Regulation.  As an American Bar Association member, he has served on many committees and was president and then chair of the Board of the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division.

A frequent lecturer, Molod regularly participates in Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminars on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and the Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company Act.

Molod is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received an LL.B. from Yale Law School, , where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and an LL.M. from New York University Law School.

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The PBA Business Law Section consists of approximately 1,100 licensed Pennsylvania lawyers supporting the advancement of business practice through practical legal education, legislative drafting, and communication and networking within the bar. 

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.



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