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Katayun I. Jaffari

Katayun I. Jaffari

Ballard Spahr LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ms. Jaffari is a partner in the Business and Finance Department at Ballard Spahr.  Recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and securities, Ms. Jaffari devotes her practice to advising boards of directors with respect to governance matters and handling complex securities transactions for businesses in a variety of industries. Advising clients in deals that have reached the multibillion-dollar range, Ms. Jaffari has broad experience in corporate finance, law compliance, and internal investigations, representing special committees of public company boards. Her practice includes business counseling, capital-raising, and mergers and acquisitions. She currently serves, on a pro bono basis, as Special Corporate Counsel, on behalf of Ballard Spahr, to DirectWomen, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the number of women on corporate boards.

Honored as a Distinguished Advocate by the Support Center for Child Advocates, Ms. Jaffari has been fulfilling her commitment to pro bono service by representing abused and neglected children for over eighteen years.  She is the recipient of the First Judicial District's Roll of Honor by the District's Pro Bono Committee.  She was recently selected as Star Influencer for SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Awards.  Ms. Jaffari has been named a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" for securities and corporate finance, to SmartCEO’s Legal Elite as a go-to attorney for business legal advice, one of Philadelphia's "40 Under 40" by Philadelphia Business Journal, and one of Pennsylvania's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by American Lawyer Media.  The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section honored her with the Committee of the Year Award and Chair of the Year Award.  Ms. Jaffari also is the recipient of the Adjunct Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom, Legal Studies, Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University.

Ms. Jaffari believes in public service and has taken an active role in the community. She is a Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and recently completed her tenure as Chair of the Business Law Section (BLS) of the Association.  She previously served as Chair of the Small Business Committee as well as Vice-Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee as well as Vice Chair and Communications Officer of the Executive Committee of the BLS.  She is active in the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section as Co-Chair of the Governance and Sustainability Subcommittee and member of the Programming Committee.  She is member of the National Scleroderma Foundation Board of Directors and chairs its Governance and Nominating Committee. 

She is a member of Maternity Care Coalition’s Board of Directors and serves on its Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum of Executive Women, representing the Forum on the ION Board of Directors.  She created and chaired the Board Education Series of the Women in Executive Leadership and Governance Committee of the Forum.  She serves as creator and Co-Chair of the Ventnor, NJ Walk for the Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley (SFDV).  She served many years on the Board of Directors of the Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA), culminating with the role of President during the time the organization developed and adopted its strategic plan, Vision 2020.  She currently serves on the Leadership Counsel of SCCA.  She has been Vice Chair of the Board of SFDV, and Chair of the Boards of InterAct Theatre Company and Yoga Unites, as well as serving on the Board of the Committee of Seventy.  She is an adjunct professor at Temple University, Fox School of Business and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society.

Ms. Jaffari is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (J.D.), where she was Managing Editor of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, a Dean’s Fellow, an Instructor of Legal Research and Writing, and a Legal Fellow for the Mediation Clinic and Immigration Clinic. She also holds degrees from Temple University (M.B.A., with honors, and B.B.A., summa cum laude).  She is a proud graduate of the Philadelphia public school system.


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