A U. S. - Ireland Legal Symposium was held in Philadelphia on October 11-12, 2013. John J. O'Malley, a Society member and partner at the law firm of Volpe & Koenig, was actively involved in this event which was addressed by the Irish Prime Minister Kenny.
O'Malley stated the following to an Inquirer reporter:
The Irish "are trying to be the gateway of Europe" for U.S. business, said John J. O'Malley, partner at Philadelphia-based intellectual property lawyers Volpe & Koenig, a sponsor of a two-day U.S.-Ireland Symposium, which scheduled the breakfast into its
"The Irish have focused on building ties in New York and Silicon Valley. We're trying to bring them more into Philadelphia," said O'Malley, whose firm's clients include drug maker Novartis, Malvern-based electronics maker Vishay Intertechnology, and Bethlehem-based Flexicon Corp.
Also assisting in this on-going effort to help both the American and Irish economies in Philadelphia was Bernard Buckley, the Society's Vice President.
The foregoing is indicative of the considerable legal and economic influence of our Society's members in the Philadelphia economy.