E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker

E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker
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    631 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: consumer protection laws, cross-border debtor-creditor and bankruptcy issues, french, arabic, hebrew and german languages & cultures, gender equity, international interest in u.s. affiliated start-ups

Links: Personal Website, Video of Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Syllabus Spring 2019, LGST 213 2018 Student Comments



JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1989; MA, Arabic Language and Literature, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 1986; BA Barnard College, Columbia University, 1984.

Professional Positions Held

Law Firms: Managing Partner, E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, LLC, 2007-present; Of Counsel, Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, LLP, 1999-2007; LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP, 1989-1999.

Arbitrator, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Center, January 2017-present.


WBE (Woman Owned Business Enterprise) and WOSB (Woman Owned Small Business), WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), 2008-present; City of Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity, 2010-present.

Professional Leadership and Alliances

Chair & Vice Chair, Regional Council & Governance Committees, Women Owned Law; Executive Board, Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce; Member, French American Chamber of Commerce.

Public Sector Leadership

President, Lechu Neranena Minyan; Chair, Philadelphia Chapter, JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), Editorial Board, JOFA Journal; Board of Trustees, Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Kohelet Yeshiva.

Pro Bono

Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program, Philadelphia, 2008-present; Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Philadelphia, 2009-present; Judge National Finals of The ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition, 2007.

Speaking Engagements: Upcoming and Recent

Critical Legal Concerns Facing Entrepreneurs, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia, November 2017, https://www.jenkinslaw.org/cle/classes/critical-legal-concerns-facing-entrepreneurs.

Getting the Work Done – Making the Most of a Virtual Office, Women Owned Law Virtual Speaker Series, October 10, 2017.

SharpHeels Career Advancement Summit: Overcoming Career Obstacles, Philadelphia August 2017.

Office Space, Budgets and Loans: Considerations when Starting Your Own Practice, Philadelphia Bar Association Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Management Committee Program, June 2017, http://www.philadelphiabar.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/PBAReadOnly.woa/wa/eventNotification?style=1&eventID=0226L.

Establishing a Business in the U.S.: How to Qualify for Investor Visas and Green Cards, Panelist with D. Nachman, Esquire and Jean-David Cohen, Business Planner, Paris May 2017.

Penetrating the U.S. Start-Up Market, Presentation to Hungarian Trade Delegation to Axis Tel Aviv International Start-Up Conference, Tel Aviv March 2017.

Moderator, We Can Do It! Advocating For Change Within The Israeli Legal System, JOFA Conference, January 15, 2017. 

Panelist, Halacha (Jewish Law) and Community Inclusion, National Museum of American Jewish History, Feb. 2016.

Legal Challenges of Early Stage Startups, Innovation Engagement Speaker Series, Thomas Jefferson University, November 2015; https://www.jenkinslaw.org/classes/legal-aspects-entrepreneurship-survey-basic-start-issues

Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship: A Survey of Basic Start-up Issues, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia, October 2015;    http://innovation.jefferson.edu/programs-events/speaker-series.html

Moderator, Law for Entrepreneurs, Wharton Business and Law Association Second Annual Conference, February 7, 2014.

Moderator, How to Talk So Your Rabbi Will Listen and Listen So Your Rabbi Will Talk, JOFA Conference, December 8, 2013.

Wharton Business Law Association, Hillel – University of Pennsylvania, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship: Practical Tips and Tools, Fall 2013.

E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (with Rabbi M. Stein, B.A. Fein), When the Gelt is Gone: Bankruptcy and Foreclosure in Jewish and American Law, Gratz College, August, 2011.

E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (with M. Soboleski), Bankruptcy Basics for 2011, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia June, 2011.

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Lecturer in Law, Wharton, 2012-present, course: The Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Faculty Advisor to the Wharton Business and Law Association

Mentor: Lawyer/Entrepreneur: Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, WeissFund




Past Courses


    This practically oriented course examines the critical legal issues confrontingstart-ups with a focus on innovation and disruption. Cutting edge topics include blockchain, fintech, AI, digital and mobile based issues. Students will learn to use the law to manage risk, deploy resources and maximize value. The course covers the entire lifecycle of a business, including confidentiality, non-competition and invention assignment clauses, intellectual property (IP) including patent, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks, tax advantages of limited liability companies (LLC) vs. corporations or partnerships, securities law strategy for raising angel financing, convertible debt and venture capital (covering SAFEs and KISSes), independent contractor vs. employee concerns, discrimination laws, merger and acquisition exit plans, as well as restructuring and bankruptcy. Students will emerge from the course with the skills and tools to draft term sheets and contracts, negotiate deals tailored to their business models, as well as mitigate liability via risk-protective policies, insurance and management of litigation. The course fulfills elective requirements for 5 Concentrations, Majors, or Minors: * Wharton Legal Studies and Business Ethics; * Wharton Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Managment; * Wharton Social Impact and Responsibility; * SAS Legal Studies Minor; * SAS STSC Major (Science, Technology and Society)--with permission.

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor’s Award, Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program), 2008
  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor, 2008-2012
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2004