Newsmakers, the Week of Sept. 15, 2016

Longtime employee benefits and compensation attorney Barry L. Klein has joined the Philadelphia office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka. A 30-year legal veteran, Klein was a partner at Blank Rome LLP prior to joining the Conshohocken-based firm.
Immediate past president at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, Klein now serves on its board of directors. The University of Pennsylvania graduate earned his law degree from Temple University, where he is now an adjunct professor in the graduate tax program.
Dennis I. Markowitz is the new president of the Buxmont chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals. The Langhorne native, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in accounting, had been vice president.
Markowitz is the founder, treasurer and member of the board of directors of Bustleton Somerton Synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia, which eventually became Congregations of Shaare Shamayim.
A 52-year veteran tax accountant who recently retired from Southampton-based Financial Group Plus, which he founded, Markowitz will handle the overall and day-to-day leadership of more than 450 CPAs, public accountants, enrolled agents and tax practitioners in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
Lafayette Hill resident Michael E. Bertin of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP was appointed to the board of managers of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. A member of Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, he’ll serve a three-year term.
The second vice chair of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and a previous chairman, Bertin has authored several pieces and lectured on a number of family law topics.
Howard Brod Brownstein, former chairman of JEVS Human Services and a nationally known crisis management expert, was named to the board of directors of A.M. Castle & Co. He also is president of the Brownstein Corp., where he’s spent more than 20 years in a partnership/senior executive role for turnaround management firms.
A former board member of Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the Solomon Schechter School, in addition to being a past trustee of the Federation of Jewish Agencies, Brownstein has served in a number of capacities on behalf of debtors, lenders and creditors. The Harvard University graduate, who later attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, has published numerous books, articles and chapters and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Corporate Renewal.



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