Phila.-Based Post & Schell Loses 14 Lawyers, Adds Practice With Two Hires

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Peters said the firm will continue to do casualty insurance work out of its Lancaster and Allentown offices as well, but noted that the firm's practice is always evolving.

"I'm constantly evaluating not only our product markets but our geographic markets," Peters said.

The Fowler Hirtzel group's move came just days before Post & Schell principals Peter M. Harrison and Stephen T. Potako left to join Philadelphia-based Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby in its workers' compensation defense practice.

Harrison defends health care systems, nursing homes, manufacturing companies and insurers in workers' compensation cases.

Potako handles workers' compensation matters for insurers, employers and third-party administrators.

Potako said that, while he and Harrison had a good experience at Post & Schell, the pair did feel the firm was de-emphasizing the type of work they focus their practices on.

"We perceived that Post & Schell was moving in a new direction," Potako said. "Their business model was evolving and they were pursuing other practices, with less emphasis on casualty litigation and the workers' compensation work that we do."

Potako said he and Harrison decided to join Weber Gallagher because the firm devotes a lot of resources to its workers' compensation practice.

"We looked for a firm that was stable, supportive of a workers' compensation practice and interested in growing," Potako said.

Weber Gallagher managing partner Paul M. Fires said about a third of the firm's attorneys do workers' compensation and that many of them have known Potako and Harrison for decades.

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