April 4, 2011
Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2011 – Acknowledged by colleagues as “the father” of the modern state court system, Judge Ben Tennille has retired from serving as North Carolina’s first Special Superior Court judge. And, in several of the articles published in the North Carolina press praising Judge Tennille for his innovations and vision, Philadelphia litigation attorney Lee Applebaum was quoted extensively on Tennille’s accomplishments.
Applebaum, a partner at Philadelphia-based, full-service firm of Fineman Krekstein & Harris, offered “At a time in life when many judges go back to private practice for a higher salary, Ben did the opposite with gusto.” As past chairman of the American Bar Association subcommittee on business courts, Applebaum comments have great credence. “Ben really served a Johnny Appleseed role for promoting business courts across the country and in other countries,” continued Applebaum.
Applebaum’s practice is predominately in the business courts, and he noted that many states have used North Carolina’s model in developing their own business courts, “And imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”