PA Academy Of The Fine Arts Honors Retired Saul Ewing Partner

Friday, June 1, 2007 - 01:00

Herbert S. Riband Jr., a retired Saul Ewing LLP personal wealth, estates and trusts attorney, was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts by having a scholarship fund named for him and his wife.

The Herb & Leah Riband Scholarship Fund was established to recognize Mr. Riband for his 30 years of service to the Academy, and his most recent instrumental role in giving Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic a permanent home in Philadelphia. The scholarship fund will financially assist students of all levels and majors achieve graduation from the Academy.

Mr. Riband was an attorney in Saul Ewing's Personal Wealth, Estates and Trusts Department for 40 years. He has served on the Academy's Board of Trustees since 1977, currently serving as vice chair. Throughout his 30 years with the Academy, Mr. Riband has acted as the institution's legal counsel, as well as counsel for the John G. Johnson Collection of Art and the Morris Arboretum.

In addition to his critical role in keeping The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia, where it will be displayed at the Academy and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mr. Riband also was involved in maintaining Maxfield Parrish's The Dream Garden in Philadelphia.

Mr. Riband was honored at a black-tie dinner reception on April 19 at the Academy's Historic Landmark Building. Frederick D. Strober, Saul Ewing's Philadelphia Office managing partner, served as committee chair for the event. Money raised from the black-tie gala, nearly $100,000, will go to the scholarship fund.

Saul Ewing also announced the addition of Paul W. Baskowsky as a partner in the Business Department and a member of the Venture Capital/Private Equity and Owner Managed Businesses practice groups.

Edward G. Lanza and Daniel D. Santos, attorneys in Saul Ewing LLP's Business Department, were instrumental in establishing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania (HCCCP), which was officially launched May 3 during a press event in Harrisburg, PA. Mr. Lanza has represented the Chamber, pro bono, since November 2006 when plans to create it began.