Henry Ian Pass


Henry Pass represents a broad range of clients in complex transactions and commercial litigation. Mr. Pass’s clients include individuals, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and non-profit organizations. As a sophisticated business lawyer, Mr. Pass has provided legal services to an extremely wide range of clients, including investment advisory firms, broker-dealers, banks, insurance companies, entrepreneurs, venture capital and private equity firms, software companies, real estate companies and hotel operators.

Since 1975, Mr. Pass has handled the negotiation and drafting of documents for highly complex and sophisticated real estate and corporate transactions, and has achieved exemplary results in his commercial and securities litigation practice.

Mr. Pass is rated AV by the preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System, which recognizes the highest level of legal excellence and ethical standards through rigorous review by lawyers and judges.  Achieved by only approximately 10% of attorneys nationwide, Mr. Pass’ AV rating was awarded based upon his legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication skills and legal experience.

First named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Securities Litigation in 2007 and a National Securities Litigation Super Lawyer in 2009, Mr. Pass is a recognized expert in litigation and transaction matters involving broker-dealers, investment advisors, insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions, as well as complex cases involving both investors’ and financial service companies’ rights. Mr. Pass is particularly active in the M&A, venture capital and private equity communities, and has served as a member of several Boards of Directors, including the Private Investors Forum, the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, allowing him to provide informed advice on a wide variety of business issues. Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including the negotiation and drafting of complex stock, asset purchase and real estate agreements, are a significant component of Mr. Pass’s practice.

Mr. Pass is a cum laude graduate of the Temple University School of Law, where he served as a Research Editor and Associate Editor of the Temple Law Quarterly. Mr. Pass holds a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, with distinction, from Boston University.During his tenure in the Honors Program at Boston University, Mr. Pass was appointed by Boston Mayor Kevin H. White to serve as the Director of the Boston Urban Corps. Mr. Pass returned to Temple as a part-time instructor in its Department of Legal and Real Estate Studies from 1977-1981. He was formerly Associate General Counsel for The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he was responsible for a wide variety of transactions and litigation involving Penn Mutual’s business operations and multi-billion dollar investment portfolio.

Mr. Pass is a member of the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Bars, the American, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Montgomery County Bar Associations, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and serves on various committees of those organizations focusing on issues germane to the firm’s practice. He is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, SIFMA, the PACT Alliance and Life Sciences PA. He also serves as counsel to the Nantucket Preservation Trust and is an avid rower with the storied Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.