Stephen J. Harmelin – Board of Directors: Atlantic Legal Foundation

145086576380877 (3)Co-Chairman
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Harmelin is an attorney with 35 years of experience in corporate law and financial transactions who also represents governmental and non-profit entities. He is the Managing Partner of Dilworth Paxson LLP, a 125-attorney regional law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill and Neptune, New Jersey; Wilmington, Delaware; and Washington, D.C.

He has been consistently chosen by a survey of his fellow lawyers to be listed in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Harmelin lectures on law firm management, corporate reorganizations and other financial transactions. For three years he served as Chairman of the Board of a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, Publicker Industries, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Board of numerous privately-held companies, including one year in which he served as an executive and as Chairman of Confab Inc., one of the Philadelphia area’s largest employers.

He served from 1989 to 2002 by appointment of the Governor as a Commissioner on the Board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. This Authority developed and operates the $500 million Convention Center opened in Philadelphia in 1993. He also served in 1992 by unanimous vote of the Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican Senate and House leadership as General Counsel to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. This Commission had the responsibility for redistricting the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania following the 1990 Census. He was appointed in 2001 to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Task Force on the selection of lead counsel in class action lawsuits. In 2003 he received a Certificate of Service from the Director of the FBI for his work with its agents to recover an original Bill of Rights manuscript which was missing for over 135 years.

Mr. Harmelin is engaged in various other civic and charitable activities. He is Founder of the Philadelphia Constitution Foundation which owned one of the world’s most extensive libraries on international Constitutions. Projects of the Foundation included supporting the exhibition of an original Magna Carta in Philadelphia as well as providing guidance to the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Republic. He serves on the Board of The Barnes Foundation which houses the most important collection of French Impressionist Paintings outside of France. Mr. Harmelin is on the Board of the Atlantic Legal Foundation and is Chairman of the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation. He is a Trustee of and General Counsel to the National Constitution Center, a $200 million project that opened in Independence National Historical Park on July 4, 2003.

Mr. Harmelin is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1960) and the Harvard Law School (1963). Following graduation and active duty in the United States Coast Guard, Mr. Harmelin served as a White House Aide in the Administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The initiation and development of the highly-regarded White House Fellows Program was an area of his responsibility. In 1970 Mr. Harmelin served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. He presently is Treasurer of the Committee that re-elected in 1998 the senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania, Hon. Arlen Specter.  He is married to Julia and has two daughters, Alison and Melina. He was born in Philadelphia on May 7, 1939. Mr. Harmelin is a biographee in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.