Ballard Spahr partner Katayun I. Jaffari was honored last night by the Support Center for Child Advocates, a nonprofit organization that provides legal aid and social service advocacy for Philadelphia’s abused and neglected children. Ms. Jaffari was recognized as a 2014 Distinguished Advocate.

Since joining the organization as a volunteer lawyer in 1998, Ms. Jaffari has represented more than 10 child clients and sibling groups. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004, at which time she was the Chair of the Volunteer Committee. Ms. Jaffari then served as the Secretary and Vice President of the organization, and later as President from 2011 to 2013. During her presidency, Ms. Jaffari oversaw the passage of the strategic plan, Vision 2020, which will guide the organization through 2020.

“The most important part of my experience here has been working directly with and for the children—there is nothing more gratifying,” said Ms. Jaffari. “I’m also proud of my accomplishments as a board member and President. I’ve never worked with more dedicated and passionate individuals than those at Child Advocates. It was a true privilege to lead the team and serve the organization.”

Founded in 1977, the Support Center for Child Advocates works to protect children by securing social services, finding alternative homes for them, and helping them testify in court. The organization has trained more than 3,500 lawyers who donate pro bono services valued at more than $3.5 million annually.

At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Jaffari is a partner in the Business and Finance Department and handles complex securities transactions for businesses in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, energy, and technology. She advises clients in multibillion-dollar deals and has broad experience in business finance, including public offerings, stock-for-stock mergers, private placements of common stock, and offerings of convertible notes.

Ms. Jaffari also focuses on corporate governance, counseling clients on complying with federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). She helps clients develop compliance programs and guides them in matters concerning their corporate governance responsibilities.

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