E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker

PA/NJ Office:
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 511
Philadelphia, PA 19102

New York Office:
21 North Drive
Great Neck, NY 11021

Voice: 609-315-2787 | Fax: 610-668-1570

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Carolyn Hochstadter has over twenty five years of experience providing practical legal business solutions to clients in the Greater Philadelphia region, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Carolyn received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1989, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In 1986, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Arabic Language and Literature from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and was awarded a fellowship in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures. In 1984, Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Barnard College where she majored in English.

Prior to launching her own practice in 2007, Carolyn spent 16 years practicing with major large law firms in New York and Philadelphia. Most recently, she was Of Counsel to Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers in Philadelphia. Previously, Carolyn was an Associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae in New York, as well as at Dechert in its New York office.

In her role as a Lecturer, Carolyn enjoys sharing her expertise in business law with her students at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her course, entitled The Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, comprises a survey of the myriad of legal issues that arise in a business setting. It is designed to teach practical life skills and tools that are essential to all aspects of business ownership and management. The course covers the full story of business ownership, from formation to growth and success, including issues such as choice of entity and forum, capital structure, financing, human resources, copyright, patents, trademarks, tax, litigation, legal process and risk management, as well as restructuring and bankruptcy. In addition, in her capacity as Faculty Advisor, Carolyn mentors the members of the Wharton Business and Law Association. She provides them with career tips, runs hands-on workshops and serves as "General Counsel" for the club.

Carolyn has published extensively in her field and beyond in the areas of business law, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, estates and wills, as well as Jewish law, education, board governance and feminist advocacy. She has also lectured widely on CLE topics, as well as served as a guest speaker in a variety of capacities.

Carolyn has been invited to serve as a judge in numerous mock trial settings including most recently, the 2013 10th Annual Ben Franklin Invitational hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. This tournament featured 42 high school teams from Pennsylvania. Carolyn has similarly participated as a judge in the National Finals of the ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition.

Carolyn serves on the Executive Boards of IWIRC, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and its affiliated Jewish Law Day Committee, as well as Kohelet Yeshiva High School. She also serves on the Boards of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the JOFA Journal, Lechu Neranena, and Politz Day School.

On numerous occasions, Carolyn has been recognized for her professional achievements, including being named a Philadelphia Super Lawyer. In addition, Carolyn sets aside time to provide pro bono assistance, and in 2008, she received the Chancellor’s Award by Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program) for her representation of homeowners in Philadelphia’s Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program. Pursuant to the program, Carolyn helped homeowners to avoid foreclosure of their homes by facilitating a loan modification or effecting other creative solutions that met the needs of both the homeowner and lender. As a result of this representation, since 2008, Carolyn has been enrolled in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's Pro Bono Roll of Honor. In addition, pursuant to Philadelphia’s Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), Carolyn has provided pro bono representation to consumer debtors filing for bankruptcy protection.

Carolyn is an active participant in the Philadelphia Bar Association, including both its International Law and Women in the Profession Committees. Her professional affiliations include the French-American and Philadelphia-Israel Chambers of Commerce, Philadelphie Accueil, l’Alliance Française de Philadelphie, the Global Philadelphia Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Her alumni and academic affiliations include the Barnard, Columbia and Wharton Clubs of Philadelphia.