Ballard Spahr Partner Katayun I. Jaffari has been elected to the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors, the oldest Association of lawyers in the country.

Ms. Jaffari will begin her three-year term on January 1, 2017. The Board of Governors is responsible for overseeing all of the Bar Association business.

“The Bar Association really touches the community—its leadership and members are working for equal access to justice and serving the underserved every day,” said Ms. Jaffari. “Being a part of it reminded me of why I wanted to be a lawyer. And I'm grateful to work for a firm that is so supportive of our involvement with the community. I'm looking forward to serving on the Board of Governors.”

Ms. Jaffari is finishing a year-long term as Chair of the Association's Business Law Section, 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. During her tenure as Chair of the Section, she spearheaded a mindfulness series for lawyers.

Previously Chair of the Section's Small Business Committee, her leadership was recognized with a Chair of the Year award in 2012 and Committee of the Year award in 2014.

Ms. Jaffari is a partner in Ballard Spahr's 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.