Michael E. Scullin

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Former Honorary Consul of France
Counsel, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
Co-chair,  Philadelphia Bar Association International Law Committee
1617 JFK Blvd., Ste. 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-2900

Michael Scullin was appointed as the Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia in 2005 and served for almost 17 years. He is Counsel to the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. For over 20 years he has handled a broad variety of commercial, nonprofit and international matters, including establishment of U.S. entities by foreign nationals and others, related immigration matters, transnational litigation, intellectual property issues and negotiation and drafting of international sales, distribution, joint development and licensing contracts. He is also a business consultant with expertise in global expansion and operations for firms and nonprofit organizations.

He is serving his sixth term as the Co-Chair of the International Law Committee of the 13,000 member Philadelphia Bar Association. In that capacity, he established the Twinning Relationship with the bar association of Lyon, France; he currently directs the Philadelphia-Lyon Attorney Exchange Program, placing French stagiaires in American firms and American lawyers in French offices. He regularly attends the Rentrée du Barreau de Lyon and maintains extensive contacts with lawyers and other professionals throughout the world. He has also supported the establishment of other economic links between the US and France, which were instrumental in bringing about the signing, in 2004, of a Memorandum of Understanding between Philadelphia and Lyon to promote joint economic development. In 2005, he was presented with the Médaille d’ Honneur by Senator Jean Besson on behalf of the President the Rhones-Alpes Region. He has been inducted as a Chevalier in the Commanderie des Costes du Rhône and enthroned as a Commandeur in the Commanderie de Bordeaux.

Scullin has acted as a legal advisor in international corporate and financial transactions in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served the nonprofit community as a board member and chief executive officer of a foundation supporting cancer research and treatment, where his global outreach initiative resulted in the creation of a network of related foundations throughout Europe. His previous international experience includes service as executive director of Multilaw, one of the largest global law firm consortiums, based in London, where he was primarily responsible for strategic planning, business development and marketing, conferences and member networking, and general management of the organization.

Mr. Scullin holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, he was appointed to a clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He later earned a post-graduate Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies at the McGeorge School of Law in Salzburg, Austria, with a concentration in French law and business.

He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Temple University, where he teaches International Law and Cyberlaw. He has also written and lectured on comparative legal systems, international sale of goods, and the interrelation of treaty provisions and domestic law. His seminar and conference presentations have taken him to over ten cities throughout Asia and Europe. He is the co-author of several published articles and has been featured in numerous interviews in print and on radio and television.

Mr. Scullin has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. He is a current or former member of the Union Internationale des Avocats, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Alliance Française de Philadelphie, the French International School of Philadelphia and various other international associations and chambers of commerce.