Fox Rothschild Co-Chair Phillip E. Griffin Named Business Leader of the Year by the Princeton Regional Chamber of CommerceOctober 6, 2009 – Press Releases
Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Phillip E. Griffin, co-chair of the firm, has been honored by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce as its 2009 Business Leader of the Year. The award was announced today at a press conference held by the Chamber in the firm’s Princeton office.
Griffin will receive the award at the Chamber’s Annual Business Leadership Awards Gala on Dec. 2 at The Tournament Players Club Jasna Polana in Princeton.
“We are thrilled that Phil has received this distinguished recognition,” said Mark L. Silow, administrative partner of the firm. “Phil has not only long been a tremendous force in helping to bring Fox Rothschild to the forefront as a leader in the Princeton business community but also he has worked tirelessly to continually raise the profile of Fox Rothschild’s presence in Princeton and New Jersey on a larger scale.”
“This is a well-deserved honor for him and we were especially delighted that the Chamber selected our Princeton office as the site at which to announce the award,” said Matthew H. Lubart, managing partner of the firm’s Princeton office.
The annual Business Leader of the Year award is given to an individual who had made significant contributions both to the growth of his or her specific business and to the Princeton region. The award recognizes the recipient’s ideas, vision, hard work and ongoing community support as well as actions that have led to an increase in the stature, reputation and significance of the Princeton region.
A native Trentonian, Griffin was born and raised in the Villa Park section of the City, the son of a City of Trenton fireman and an insurance representative for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company. He graduated first in his class from Trenton Central High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1970 magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He worked as an aerospace engineer on the design team of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jumbo jet in Long Beach, CA, and as a TIROS weather satellite project engineer at RCA Astro Electronics in Hightstown, NJ, before law school.
Griffin has spent his entire legal career in the Princeton area, earning his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1974, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1980 and then served as law clerk to the Hon. Phillip Forman, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He entered the practice of law with a Trenton law firm founded at the start of the 20th century, Katzenbach, Gildea and Rudner, and in 1993 he and his partners merged the Katzenbach firm into Fox Rothschild. Griffin served as managing partner of the Princeton office and grew the firm to its present size of more than 70 attorneys. He currently serves as co-chair of Fox Rothschild.
Recognized by his peers for his legal abilities, Griffin practices primarily in the areas of tax, business, financial and estate planning; health care law; mergers and acquisitions; sales and purchases of businesses; and matters relating to professional service practices and closely held businesses. He has lectured extensively on such topics as health care law, the purchase and sale of businesses and professional practices, corporate ownership, succession planning, preservation and transfer of owners’ wealth in closely held businesses and the taxation of S corporations.
Griffin is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and has been noted as a "Super Lawyer" by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. He is a member and past president and trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
Among his community activities, Griffin is a member of the Alumni Council of Princeton University and is a past president of his alumni class at Princeton. He is a past president of both Greenacres Country Club and the Jewish Family Service of the Delaware Valley, past vice chair of the Princeton Quadrangle Club graduate board, a past board member of St. Francis Medical Center and served on the Lower Makefield Township Ethical Standards Board.