Justin P. Klein, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Business and Finance Department who leads the firm’s Securities Group, has been named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2014 Outstanding Board Directors for his service on the Board of Directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Klein will receive the award on February 19 during a reception at The Union League.

The award recognizes the directors of corporate and nonprofit boards who have demonstrated the leadership and business acumen necessary to drive the success of their businesses and organizations. Mr. Klein joined the Mann’s Board in 2000 and was elected Chairman in 2005.

“The Outstanding Directors Award confirms what we have long known about Justin—that he has shown the highest level of dedication to the Mann and its mission through his service and leadership on the Board,” firm Chair Mark Stewart said. “We encourage all of our attorneys to use their gifts to better their communities. Justin has done so with distinction and for the benefit of one of the crown jewels of Philadelphia’s cultural scene.”

As Chairman, Mr. Klein led the organization through two major capital campaigns, raising nearly $30 million for facility improvements and guiding an 18-month strategic planning process.

“I have great affection for the Mann, one of the region’s most important and cherished cultural institutions. In the face of tremendous economic challenges, the Board has worked tirelessly to ensure that this esteemed venue not only can survive, but thrive for years to come,” Mr. Klein said. “It has been a privilege to serve the Board, and I’m humbled to receive this award.”

“The Mann is the beneficiary of Justin’s wisdom, integrity, commitment, and grace. In his long-standing role as our Board Chairman, he has shared his incredible generosity, professional acumen, and vision with us. We are deeply grateful for his leadership and for his friendship,” said Catherine M. Cahill, President and CEO of the Mann.

Mr. Klein is nationally recognized for his experience in securities and corporate governance. He represents issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings and provides public companies and their boards and independent committees with regulatory and strategic advice in merger and acquisition transactions. He also represents boards of directors and committees of public and private companies, as well as municipal issuers, in special investigations and parties in regulatory and enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, state securities commissions, and securities industry self-regulatory organizations.

Before entering private practice, he spent nine years at the SEC.

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