ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW
Sagot & Jennings
1300 Two Penn Center Plaza
Philadelphia, PA 19102
RE: Recommendation of Gary Freedman
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Gary Freedman has been employed as a Law Clerk by the firm of Sagot & Jennings since May 1981. During his employment, I have served as his Supervising Attorney and have reviewed virtually all his work.
Gary was originally hired to work only during the summer of 1981. However his work product was so superior to other law clerks who have worked for this firm, that it was the consensus of all the Attorneys for whom Gary had produced legal research and writing that he be hired on a part-time basis while completing his education.
I personally have found that Gary posseses the necessary ability to become a lawyer of substantial quality. He is capable of synthesizing legal issues, completing in-depth legal research on a variety of subjects, and writing with clarity and persuasiveness. He also understands that it is necessary to pay attention to details and has consistently exhibited such an ability.
Under my direction, Gary has also been involved, in a capacity as a paralegal, with assisting individual clients with a variety of legal problems. He has shown an ability to speak with individual clients and he has exhibited the necessary zeal in representing them in their particular matters.
Gary has been a significant asset to our firm and I personally recommend him for a position as an Attorney in any agency, firm, or corporation of his choice.
Should you have any further questions regarding Gary Freedman please do not hesitate to contact me.
Very truly yours,
STEPHEN F. RITNER
Stephen F. Ritner is of Counsel to the firm Gould Yaffe and Golden and Special Counsel to Zarwin, Baum. Mr. Ritner focuses his practice exclusively in corporate and business matters with special emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing and counseling middle market growth businesses.
Prior to becoming Special Counsel to Zarwin, Mr. Ritner spent 15 years as a partner in the corporate group at Stevens & Lee and 5 years as of counsel in the corporate group at Blank Rome. In addition, Mr. Ritner has been a FINRA licensed investment banker since 2003 and worked as a managing director at Griffin Financial Group, LLC as a banker from 2007 to 2009.
Mr. Ritner has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity finance and corporate structuring. He has provided representation in many small and mid-sized M&A transactions and managed larger more sophisticated transactions. Mr. Ritner’s clients and transactional experience include representing businesses from a wide range of industries; including specialty manufacturing, value added distribution, trucking and warehousing, consulting and business services, construction services, consumer products, technology ventures, life sciences and pharmaceutical services.During his career, Mr. Ritner has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business section, a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Arts & Business Council.
The sale of stock of a home care nursing subsidiary of a health regional care company to an entity seeking to roll up various home care agencies and the investment by the seller into the parent of the purchaser.
The negotiation, structure and sale of the assets of a $72 mm annual revenue truck brokerage business to a private-equity backed company
The sale of assets of a value-added distributor of gas springs and related products to a public company
The sale of the assets of a manufacturer of lead forming equipment to a private equity backed enterprise
The purchase of the assets including the real estate of an assisted living facility by an entrepreneur.
The purchase of the assets by a private investor of a specialty manufacturing company which designs and manufacturers calibrated lighting equipment for sales internationally.
The sale of the assets or stock (depending upon the make up of the individual business operations) of seven intermodal trucking companies located throughout the United States as part of a “roll-up” into a national freight company
The sale of the stock of a privately owned HMO to a publicly owned, nationally recognized HMO
The acquisition of the assets of a specialty printing company by an entrepreneur (industry consultant) and the negotiation of the debt financing for the project
The acquisition of the assets by a publicly held pharmaceutical company of a specialty chemical company.
PersonalMr. Ritner is married to Cathryn J. Rosen who is a professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University. They have three children, Scott, Molly and Jesse.