Ballard Spahr partner Katayun I. Jaffari has been elected Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section. Her year-long term began January 1.

The Business Law Section is one of the oldest and largest sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association. It organizes continuing legal education programs to keep members up to date on developments in the legal field and supports a community atmosphere for business attorneys. Ms. Jaffari follows fellow Ballard Spahr partner Justin P. Klein, who was also Chair of the Business Law Section.

Ms. Jaffari was previously Chair of the Small Business Committee of the Business Law Section. Her exceptional leadership was recognized with a Chair of the Year award in 2012 and Committee of the Year award in 2014.

At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Jaffari handles complex securities transactions, particularly in the biotechnology, energy, and technology sectors. Recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and securities, Ms. Jaffari has advised clients in multibillion-dollar deals and has broad experience in public offerings, stock-for-stock mergers, private placements of common stock, and offerings of convertible notes. She also counsels boards of directors in governance issues. Ms. Jaffari lectures and writes frequently on securities and corporate governance matters.