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Passion for Law and Clients

Meet Carolyn Hochstadter, the firm’s managing attorney.  Prior to launching the firm over a decade ago, she spent 18 years practicing with 2 major law firms in New York and Philadelphia.  She was Of Counsel to Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers LLP in Philadelphia, and an Associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP in New York.

B-School Background

Carolyn has spent almost a decade as a Lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, teaching The Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, a primer on using key legal tools and basic building blocks to launch a successful start-up that maximizes value and mitigates risk.  She teaches Legal Tools and Concepts for the Digital Health Entrepreneur at Thomas Jefferson University's Center for Digital Health and Data Science, focusing on the telehealth, mobile health and artificial intelligence space.  Carolyn guest lectures in academic, meet-up and career mentoring settings.  

Boutique Firm Access

Carolyn serves as the CEO of her boutique law firm.  Our clients love our ability to provide a unique blend of personalized service with the full complement of big firm experience at an accessible price point.  Our law firm alliances allow us to go the extra mile to provide the cutting edge advice that our clients deserve.

Multi-Lingual Counsel

Carolyn speaks French, Arabic, Hebrew and German, and the firm’s practice includes French, Israeli and Chinese clients.   Carolyn sits on the Board of the Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) and served as one of its delegates on a mission to Israel with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has travelled to China and Hong Kong in the Healthcare space and has lectured in multiple venues on doing business in the U.S.   

WBENC Certifications

The firm is certified as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) qualifying it to partner with firms and government entities for diversity purposes. The firm is also equipped to advise clients on the mechanics of certification.  Carolyn currently serves on WBEC-East's Certification Committee.

National & Global Reach

Carolyn is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, as well as their federal courts.  The firm’s law firm alliances provide it with the ability to fully service its clients' needs across the U.S. and abroad.

Professional Recognition

Carolyn has an AV peer Rating from Martindale Hubble, has been voted a Philadelphia Super Lawyer and received the Chancellor’s Award from the Volunteer for the Indigent Program. She is on the Honor Roll of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania for saving homes from foreclosure in Philadelphia’s Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program. Click here to view a video featuring Carolyn with the Hon. Annette Rizzo. 

Arbitration & Mediation

Carolyn serves as an Arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, hearing consumer disputes.  With the onset of COVID-19, Carolyn has mediated and settled cases for the Arbitration Center.  In addition, she has helped individuals save their homes through Philadelphia’s Mortgage Foreclosure Conciliation Program.  Please click here to view a video featuring Carolyn in action. 

 

Complimentary Assistance

Carolyn hosts weekly Office Hours on Thursdays from 3-5 pm with Venture Cafe Philly.

In the past, she has engaged in numerous pro bono activities including working with Philadelphia’s Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP) to provide representation to consumer debtors filing for bankruptcy protection, as well as assisting homeowners to avoid foreclosure or sheriff’s sale via Philadelphia’s Mortgage Foreclosure Conciliation Program.

Community Leadership

Carolyn enjoys serving her community partners.  She volunteers as an Expert in Residence and mentor for the Tribe 12 Fellows program.  She also sits on the Boards of JOFA, its Journal Editorial Board, Kohelet Yeshiva and Lechu Neranena.

Education

Carolyn received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.   She also 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.  Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Barnard College where she majored in English.  She now serves as a BAAR admissions representative in the Philadelphia region.

Sample Client Engagements

In the start-up space, the firm’s clients include early stage and emerging companies, their owners, talent, and consultants.  In the employment, debtor-creditor and bankruptcy spaces, we represent all stakeholders, including employer, employee, creditor or debtor.

Our institutional clients have included U.S. Affiliates of French, Chinese and Israeli companies, the City of Philadelphia, AmerisourceBergen, Hershey, Fiserv, Barneys, Phoenix Information Systems, the Equity Security Holders Committee of Columbia Gas, the Bondholders Committee of Federated Department Stores, DBSI Diversified Realty REIT and the Trustee of Cajun Electric.

   

   

Extensive Industry Coverage

The firm’s matters have involved numerous industries and professional practice areas, including Cannabis, Cryptocurrency, Investor Visas, Digital Health, Biotech, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Mental Health, Social Sciences, Telecom, Environmental, Gaming, Entertainment, Tourism, Airline, Municipal Taxes, Equipment Leasing, Insurance, Grocery, Retail, Financial Services, Construction, Flooring, Architecture, Real Estate and Education. 

Digital Health Focus

Carolyn serves as an Adjunct Professor and teaches a course on Business and Legal Tools  for Digital Health Entrepreneurship at Thomas Jefferson University's Center for Digital Health and Data Science The course is a primer on using key legal tools and basic building blocks to launch a successful start-up that maximizes value and mitigates risk with a focus on the telehealth, mobile health and artificial intelligence space.  It is targeted to health care providers seeking to implement or evaluate emerging intra and entrepreneurship opportunities in the mHealth space and counts toward a graduate Certificate in Digital Health and Data Science.