Philip Kirchner, shareholder at Flaster Greenberg PC, was recently honored by the Litigation Counsel of America “LCA” with the Peter Perlman Service Award. The award was presented to Mr. Kirchner by G. Steven Henry, LCA Executive Director and General Counsel, at the 2018 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows held at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina in Newport, Rhode Island, on October 24-26, 2018.
The award recognizes LCA Fellows who contribute in meaningful ways to society by giving back their time and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others. The award is named after 2013 President of the LCA Peter Perlman of Peter Perlman Law Offices, P.S.C., in Lexington, Kentucky. In the words of Peter Perlman, “The profession of law not only allows us to advocate on behalf of those whose rights need to be protected, but gives us a platform to improve the quality of life for those not engaged in the legal system. The betterment of society, the environment, and our way of life, improvement of the positions of people who have faced challenges outside their control, and effecting change on behalf of those without a strong voice are all causes we should take on as professionals as we work within one of the very pillars of our government. The practice of law is what we do, but our opportunities to protect and defend transcend the profession.”
Mr. Kirchner serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Mary’s Fund, a charity formed after the death of Mary Joy Sherlach, a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. The charity raises money for mental health programs for children and adolescents. He is also the recipient of 2018 Mary J. Sherlach Courage Award for exceptional acts of kindness and courage in the face of great adversity. Mr. Kirchner has served as president and vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey, a non-profit entity funded by the State of New Jersey and other sources, whose job is to provide mental health education, training, support, and advocacy services and programs in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey. Mr. Kirchner has also served as president and vice president of the Board of Directors of Haddonfield, New Jersey, Little League; as a member or the Recreation Council of Haddonfield, NJ Borough; as president of the Haddonfield Memorial High School Football Team Parent’s Association; and as president of Building Baseball Dreams, Inc., a non-profit corporation created to raise money for inner-city youth baseball programs.
The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively. The LCA has offices in New York, NY, Washington, DC, Birmingham, AL, and Seaside, FL.
- J. Philip Kirchner