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Dechert Matches Cravath's Bonus Scale

Lizzy McLellan | November 30, 2016

Dechert has matched the bonus scale announced this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore, the firm announced in a memo Wednesday afternoon and confirmed to The Legal.

George Pallas.

Cohen Seglias Elects New Managing Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman has selected a new firmwide managing partner, George Pallas.

David Kleppinger of McNees Wallace & Nurick. HANDOUT.

McNees Wallace Opens First Md. Office in Frederick

By Lizzy McLellan |

Central Pennsylvania-based McNees, Wallace & Nurick has opened an office in Frederick, Maryland, in response to clients moving south from Pennsylvania.

Inventory Boost Gives Pa. Firms Optimism in Collections Season

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania law firm leaders are cautiously optimistic as they work through collections season, in slightly better shape than the overall industry.

Expansion, Eye on Expenses Driving Pa. Firms' Financial Success

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms are on pace for a stellar year financially, according to the latest report from Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group.

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Dechert Matches Cravath's Bonus Scale

By Lizzy McLellan |

Dechert has matched the bonus scale announced this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore, the firm announced in a memo Wednesday afternoon and confirmed to The Legal.

Was Election Boon or Bad Omen for Pa. Oil and Gas Industry?

By Zack Needles |

While the impending shift to a Republican-led federal government and the expected rollback of environmental regulations would seem to be clear cause for celebration in the struggling oil and gas industry, the post-election mood among Pennsylvania's energy and environmental lawyers ranged from optimism to apprehension.

Julia D. Corelli, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee (far left), and Thomas M. Gallagher, Chair of the Executive Committee (far right), with Pepper Hamilton’s newly elected partners and of counsel, from left to right: Judith L. O'Grady, Jessica A. Rickabaugh, Shirley R. Kuhlmann, Abigail A. Hazlett, Tracey E. Diamond, and Nilufer R. Shaikh.

Pepper Hamilton to Promote All-Female Partner Class

By Lizzy McLellan |

The six lawyers to be promoted at Pepper Hamilton in January all have one thing in common—they are women.

Under Trump, P3 Practice Growth Expected to Accelerate

By Lizzy McLellan |

Infrastructure law practices focusing on public-private partnerships are readying for major growth in the next few years, which could be further stimulated if President-elect Donald Trump delivers on his campaign and post-election promises.

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general.

Some Pa. Lawyers Express Concerns Over Sessions as Attorney General

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Members of Pennsylvania's legal community have expressed misgivings about President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Alabama senator and conservative hard-liner Jeff Sessions as the nation's 84th attorney general.

Lancaster Lawyer Breaks Ground With Successful Clemency Petition

By Hannah Winegar |

Lancaster attorney Kiandra Bair has become the first member of the National Bar Association to file a successful petition for clemency on behalf of an inmate.

Pepper Hamilton

Partner's Use of Pepper Letterhead Brings Firm Into FDCPA Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A couple who rented residential property from a Pepper Hamilton partner has sued the partner and the firm for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, alleging the lawyer tried to intimidate the couple by writing letters seeking payment on the firm's letterhead.

Investment banker Jason Galanis

Firms Face Malpractice Claims Over Alleged Bond Scheme

By Lizzy McLellan |

Law firms Dilworth Paxson and Greenberg Traurig are facing legal malpractice and ERISA claims over their alleged role in what the SEC has called a fraudulent scheme to divert investment funds using a fake annuity purported to benefit a Native American tribe.

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Pa. Tops Revenue Growth in Citi 3Q Survey

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania law firms outpaced the rest of the legal industry for revenue in the first three quarters of 2016, according to new survey results from Citi Private Bank, even as demand was relatively flat in the state.

Kevin Washo of Cozen O’Connor.

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Grabs DNC Host Committee Director

By Lizzy McLellan |

Kevin Washo, formerly the executive director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC, has joined Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies in Philadelphia.

Tony Volpe, IP litigator and co-founder of Volpe and Koenig.

IP Veteran Volpe Forms Mediation Practice for Business Disputes

By Lizzy McLellan |

Anthony S. Volpe, a veteran intellectual property litigator and co-founder of intellectual property boutique firm Volpe and Koenig, is backing away from litigation and taking on another approach to business disputes, establishing BusinessMediation.com.

Reed Smith Washington, D.C. offices. November 12, 2014.

Court Stays $20.5M Suit Against Reed Smith

By Lizzy McLellan |

A legal malpractice suit against Reed Smith over a $20.5 million settlement has been stayed while a federal appeals court considers whether a related case against an insurer was properly decided.

Despite Firms' Efforts, GCs Unhappy With Pricing Data

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a survey released last week, consulting firm Altman Weil asked chief legal officers whether their top 10 law firms provide useful spend analysis to the law department. Of those surveyed, 73 percent of CLOs said none of their top firms provide useful data.

Lawyers Aiming to Put Phila. Fund Industry on the Map

By Lizzy McLellan |

Philadelphia may not be the first city that comes to mind when thinking of top asset management markets, but a group of lawyers and industry professionals are working to change that perception.

Thomas Gallagher of Pepper Hamilton.

For Pepper Hamilton's Chair, Veterans Day Is Personal: Q&A With Thomas Gallagher

By Gina Passarella |

As Veterans Day is upon us, The Legal checked in with Pepper Hamilton chairman Thomas M. Gallagher about his military service, its similarities with the law, what veterans bring to an organization and the many ways Pepper Hamilton is looking out for veterans in and outside of the firm.

Cozen O'Connor CEO Michael Heller.

Pa. Firm Leaders: Election Will Increase Firm Work, but How?

By Lizzy McLellan |

With Donald Trump as the president-elect and a Republican majority elected to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Pennsylvania law firm leaders said they are expecting an increase in work for some practice areas, even though it remains unclear what to expect in terms of specific policies.

Chartwell Suit Over Failed Merger to Go On

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Miami-Dade County judge has allowed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Florida's Wadsworth Huott by Pennsylvania firm Chartwell Law Offices to proceed.

Pittsburgh Startups, Law Firms Form Alliances

By Lizzy McLellan |

As Pittsburgh's technology and startup community experiences a growth spurt, area law firms are looking to get in on the action by forging relationships with local players in the technology industry.

Legal and Litigation Department: Editor's Note

By Zack Needles |

With several of these supplements under our belts, we've decided to try a few new things this year.

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Gordon & Rees Hires Phila. Bankruptcy Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia bankruptcy attorney has joined Gordon & Rees, coming from Flaster Greenberg.

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New Pa. Rule Clears Path for Medical Cannabis Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

A long-awaited rule change adopted last week by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court removed an ethical risk at the state level for lawyers who handle matters related to medical marijuana.

The cafe at Reed Smith’s Philadelphia office.

Philadelphia Firms Opt for Less Space, More Flexibility

By Lizzy McLellan |

Keeping pace with national law firm real estate trends, law offices in the city are learning how to do more with less.

Skyline of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Phila. Bar Pushes for Ban on Harassment, Stronger Equal Pay Law

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Philadelphia Bar Association is sending a message to Pennsylvania's highest court and state lawmakers, seeking a rule change to expressly prohibit harassment by lawyers and legislation to advance equal pay for women.

Offit Kurman Prevails in Phila. Lawyer’s Fee Lawsuit

By Lizzy McLellan |

An arbitrator has found in favor of Offit Kurman in a fee dispute involving a Philadelphia lawyer who was dismissed from the firm in 2012.

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Origination, Partner Comp Drop in Philadelphia

By Lizzy McLellan |

Recently released data on partner compensation and origination seem to paint a bleak picture for Philadelphia's legal market, but they may just be reflecting a return to normal after a particularly strong rebound from the recession.

Midsize Firm Leaders Fight Gender Pay Gap With Data

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a legal market still plagued by gender-based pay inequity, midsize and small firms have the ability, and some say responsibility, to carefully track how partner compensation is determined and make sure it is not affected by gender bias.

Ted Offit of Offit Kurman.

For Offit Kurman, Philadelphia Is the Next Big Thing

By Lizzy McLellan |

Nearly a decade ago, Offit Kurman planted a flag in Philadelphia, opening an office with one lawyer. Now, the Baltimore-born firm has 30 lawyers in Pennsylvania, after adding three principals to the Philadelphia office in six weeks, and says Philadelphia could become its largest office.

Legal Malpractice Case Raises Statute-of-Limitations Question

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia judge said he would have awarded a lawyer $900,000 in a malpractice suit against her divorce attorneys, but he found the claim was time-barred under a theory he said the Pennsylvania Superior Court may well reverse.

Baker & Hostetler Hires Pepper Hamilton Tax Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

A tax controversy partner from Pepper Hamilton has left to join Baker & Hostetler's growing Philadelphia office.

Edward F. “Ted” Behm Jr.

Dilworth Paxson Hires New Head of Patent Practice

By Gina Passarella |

Dilworth Paxson has brought in new leadership for its patent practice with the hire of a Barnes & Thornburg partner.

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Post & Schell Hires Former McCarter & English Phila. MP

By Lizzy McLellan |

A partner in McCarter & English's Philadelphia office has joined Post & Schell as a principal and chairman of the firm's corporate practice group.

Pa. Court Ruling Likely to Boost Energy Law Business

By Lizzy McLellan |

After a ruling in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week sent an unfriendly message to the energy industry, energy law practices in the state will be tasked with explaining Pennsylvania's ever-changing legal requirements for the industry, and challenging the new local rules that will likely take shape.

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Bucks County Party Leader, Trial Lawyer Form New Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Michael Saile Jr. and John Cordisco are forming their own firm.

Firms Invest in Nonlawyer Industry Experts for Niche Services

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a client-driven legal market, law firms are constantly seeking ways to stand out as providing unique services and better value, even if it requires a long-term investment. And for some firms, that means pulling in skilled professionals with training and experience in other industries.

Former Phila. Solicitor Joins Archer & Greiner

By Lizzy McLellan |

Archer & Greiner has added another former member of Philadelphia's Law Department to its ranks, bringing on former Philadelphia city solicitor Shelley R. Smith as a partner.

Beemer Taps Cozen O'Connor Partner as Special Adviser

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer has continued building out the leadership team that will advise him for the four or so months he is slated to have the job.

Contract Lawyer Ranks to Grow as Firms Seek to Protect Profits

By Lizzy McLellan |

As law firms look to staffing adjustments as a way to maintain or fatten their profit margins, and young lawyers seek alternate employment routes in lieu of the traditional partner track, the role of contract attorneys is likely to gain prominence, legal industry observers said.

In Offit Kurman Fee Dispute, Some Discovery to Remain Public

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a fee dispute involving a Philadelphia lawyer it dismissed in 2012, Offit Kurman has been allowed to file certain information regarding the firm under seal, but was not granted the blanket seal on discovery materials it sought. The firm is facing allegations that it failed to comply with its promise to pay origination fees to an attorney after he left the firm.

Court Invalidates Lawyer's Fee Split With Litigation Investors

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a first-impression issue, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawyer's unjust enrichment claim against litigation funders, ruling that the fee agreement between them and the plaintiff could not be enforced.

Justices Allow New Petition on Nonpartner Fee Dispute

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to give a second chance at recovering damages for attorney fees to a law firm that was denied breach of contract damages because the lawyer who entered the agreement was not a partner.

Morgan Lewis Settles Dispute With Ex-Partner

By Gina Passarella |

After languishing on the docket for months, a largely sealed lawsuit between Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and a former partner who left the firm after allegations he shared confidential client information has settled.

Energy Industry, DEP Become Litigation Targets Under New Fracking Rules

By Max Mitchell |

Energy companies and the state Department of Environmental Protection are seen as the biggest and most likely targets of litigation that attorneys anticipate will flow from a series of much-anticipated oil and gas regulations expected to take effect this fall.

Energy Practices Expect Boon—For Now—From New DEP Rules

By Lizzy McLellan |

As Pennsylvania's energy industry prepares for a new set of regulations, expected to take effect this fall, law firms with energy and environmental practices in the state are gearing up to provide guidance about what those regulations will require.

Costlier Cases, Dispute Resolution Top Trial Lawyers’ Trend List

By Zack Needles |

There are many different types of litigators, but they all share one common trait: adaptability.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Penn Medicine Data Privacy Lawyer Rejoins Ballard Spahr

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr has rehired a data privacy and intellectual property attorney from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent two years working in data privacy issues related to HIPAA compliance.

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Energy Lawyer Rejoins Post & Schell After In-House Stint

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former Post & Schell shareholder who was most recently in-house at an energy company has returned to the firm as a principal in its environmental, energy and utilities and Marcellus Shale practice.

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Longtime Phila. Litigator Joins White and Williams

By Lizzy McLellan |

White and Williams has added to its litigation bench in Philadelphia, bringing in veteran trial attorney David H. Marion as senior counsel.

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Eckert Seamans Hires Former Aria Health Chief Counsel

By Lizzy McLellan |

The former chief legal counsel for Aria Health, Rafael Villalobos, has joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott as a member, allowing the firm to offer a greater variety of health law services.

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Duane Morris Trademarks DNA–Sort Of

By Gina Passarella |

Almost three years after Duane Morris developed a proprietary system for analyzing the anatomy of its cases for pricing purposes, the firm has trademarked its logo for the tool, DNA.

Bochetto & Lentz Loses High-Court Bid for Referral-Fee Recovery

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to take up a case over an alleged improper referral, rejecting Bochetto & Lentz's appeal and finalizing a summary judgment order in favor of defendant and attorney A. Harold Datz.

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Despite High Satisfaction, Pa. Midlevel Associates Gripe Over Pay

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania midlevel associates generally reported high levels of satisfaction, with a few firms making major jumps in national rankings, in a recent survey conducted by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer. But some firms showed noteworthy declines in associate satisfaction, with survey responses revealing complaints about compensation or workload.

Layoffs Likely on Horizon, but Less Severe in Pennsylvania

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania firms are not immune from a nationwide dip in demand, which industry observers predict will lead to layoffs, but the impact in Pennsylvania may not be as severe as in other regions, where more firms have raised first-year associate salaries to $180,000.

James J. Eisenhower.

Veteran White-Collar Defense Attorney Joins Dilworth

By Lizzy McLellan |

James J. Eisenhower, a longtime white-collar defense lawyer with roots in federal prosecution, has joined Dilworth Paxson as a partner in Philadelphia.

Phila. Firms Robust So Far in 2016, but Challenges Will Mount

By Lizzy McLellan |

While Philadelphia-area firms were looking better than the rest in the first half of 2016, based on revenue data collected by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group, the second half of the year is likely to show a drop-off.

Pa. Firms Boosted by Rise in Litigation, Citi Survey Shows

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms outperformed the national averages for revenue and profit growth in the first half of 2016 thanks to strong inventory coming into the year along with improved collection cycles and significant expense management, according to a recent report by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group.

No Legal Windfall Yet From Rising Pa. Natural Gas Production

By Lizzy McLellan |

While Pennsylvania's natural gas production is on the rise, energy lawyers in the state said that will not have an immediate impact on their practices. But, they said, the numbers forecast a bright future for multidisciplinary energy practices in Pennsylvania, as well as the overall state economy.

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Pa. Firms Feel Effects of Demand Hit That 'Blindsided' Industry

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the midst of a jarring decline in demand for legal services nationwide, some Pennsylvania firm leaders said transactional practices are suffering, as corporate clients become more selective in their work with outside law firms.

Obermayer Can't Arbitrate Ex-Associate’s Bonus Allegations

By Gina Passarella |

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel has lost its bid to arbitrate a lawsuit filed against the firm by a former associate who alleged its billing rate allocation denied associates their fair share of bonuses.

Amid Rent Debt, Bankruptcy Firm Seeks Chapter 11 Protection

By Lizzy McLellan |

A western Pennsylvania bankruptcy firm that changed hands in the midst of a now-suspended principal's disciplinary troubles has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Bennett Bricklin Opens Wilkes-Barre Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Bennett Bricklin & Saltzburg is opening an office in Wilkes-Barre, with the addition of a defense litigator from Thomas, Thomas & Hafer.

Trujillo Joins Chamberlain to Spearhead Growth in Phila.

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ken Trujillo, a Philadelphia litigator from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis and a player in the local political scene, has left the firm to join Houston-based Chamberlain Hrdlicka and grow its Philadelphia presence.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Clients Oppose Ballard Suit Seeking Cut of Merger Money

By Lizzy McLellan |

Clients of Ballard Spahr want the firm's suit against them thrown out, arguing the law firm has no claim to a cut of the proceeds from a merger that resolved antitrust litigation Ballard filed on their behalf.

Plaintiffs Bar Diversity Improves Slightly as Conversations Shift

By Lizzy McLellan |

While certain firms made individual gains in attorney diversity since last year, improvement in the number of minority and female trial attorneys remained sluggish from 2015 to 2016, based on The Legal's ninth annual survey examining diversity at the largest plaintiffs firms in the state.

Kimberly Kitchen, left, leaves the Huntingdon County Courthouse in Huntingdon, Pa., on March 24, 2016, after she was found guilty of posing as an attorney for nearly a decade. Kitchen was convicted March 24 on charges of forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering in Huntingdon County.

A Pa. Lawyer Who Wasn't Faces Sentencing After Years of Deception

By Ben Seal |

Kimberly Kitchen's past began to unspool two years ago. Kitchen was, by all accounts, a generous member of the Huntingdon community whose volunteer work with charitable organizations made her a familiar face around town. She was also a forger who practiced law without a license, for which she was found guilty in March of two misdemeanors and a felony. As she prepares to be sentenced Tuesday, the Huntingdon County bar is picking up the pieces left behind by her ruse.

Munich, Germany.

Pa. Firms Keep Eyes on Germany in Wake of Brexit Vote

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the wake of last month's Brexit vote, and in preparation for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, some large Pennsylvania firms are looking to expand operations in Germany.

Blank Rome Partners, Including Son of Firm Founder, Join Fox

By Gina Passarella |

Fox Rothschild has hired two longtime partners from Blank Rome who were conflicted out of their former firm after it acquired more than 100 partners and new practices from Dickstein Shapiro earlier this year.

Economic Factors Driving Increase in Nonlawyer Payment Inquiries

By Zack Needles |

As evidenced by a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling invalidating an alleged fee-splitting arrangement between a law firm and an outside consultant, questions about the proper way for attorneys to pay nonlawyers who help generate business still arise frequently.

Ajay Raju, executive chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson. 2015. HANDOUT.

Changes at Dilworth: 'Identity Crisis' or 'Radical Vision'?

By Lizzy McLellan |

Dilworth Paxson's attorney head count has taken some noticeable hits in recent months, leading some to express concern for the firm's future, but its leader said he is encouraged by the shape Dilworth has taken since he began implementing a new strategy more than two years ago.

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Notable Mergers, Departures Show Through in Pa. Firm Head Counts

By Lizzy McLellan |

While Pennsylvania's largest law firms maintained a steady head count overall in 2015, a number of firms experienced noticeable gains and decreases due to mergers, strings of departures or group moves, according to data reported by Legal affiliate The National Law Journal.

As Merger Fever Continues, Phila. Market Is Hot

By Lizzy McLellan |

As law firms nationwide experience a record pace for mergers and acquisitions, Philadelphia-area firms have accounted for a significant share of the activity.

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From Golden Girls to Tracing Lincoln's Footsteps: How These Pa. Lawyers Survived the Bar Exam

By Lizzy McLellan |

We asked several prominent Pennsylvania lawyers how they managed the stress of studying for the bar exam.

Burns White Grows Med Mal Group With Obermayer Attorneys

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two medical malpractice attorneys from Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, including the co-chair of that practice, have joined Burns White, further adding to the latter firm's growing litigation bench.

Drinker Biddle Litigator Gregory Miller Joins JAMS

By Lizzy McLellan |

Gregory P. Miller, a former managing partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath, has joined JAMS.

Reed Smith Washington, D.C. offices. November 12, 2014.

Reed Smith Hires Lincoln National Lawyer in Philadelphia

By Gina Passarella |

While Reed Smith has seen departures from its Pittsburgh office in recent months, the firm has been growing in Philadelphia where it brought on two new litigators last week.

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Legislation, New Generation Are Focal Points for Trial Bar Leader

By Max Mitchell |

The future will be the focus for Ezra Wohlgelernter, the incoming head of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

The following attorneys were selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. Read More

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Dilworth Partner Who Led Phila. Newspapers Sale Joins Buchanan

By Lizzy McLellan |

Longtime Dilworth Paxson attorney Richard L. Fox has been hired by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Pa. Firms Ride National Wave of Growth in IP Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

As large firms across the country beef up their intellectual property practices, Pennsylvania firms have played a major role in the lateral and acquisition activity, and firm leaders expect these hires and deals to continue in the near future.

Stacey Meadows of Saxton & Stump

Former Jefferson In-House Lawyer Joins Pennsylvania Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Stacey Meadows, who served Thomas Jefferson University Health System as senior vice president and general counsel for 16 years, has joined legal and consulting firm Saxton & Stump.

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Austin Takes Over as PBA President With Focus on Future

By Ben Seal |

As Sara Austin prepares to take the reins as the Pennsylvania Bar Association's newest president on May 13 following the organization's annual meeting in Hershey, she's thinking about ways to increase engagement with the bar, broaden its membership and better serve the needs of attorneys around the state. The York County civil litigator, who is often found scuba diving when outside of the courtroom, said she already has a theme picked out for her year at the helm: dive right in.

Pa. Law Firms Face Challenge in Matching 2015's Real Estate Boom

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania's largest law firms had above-average financial performances in 2015, often driven by blockbuster years for their real estate practices. While real estate lawyers are still largely bullish through at least 2016, there are signs of a slowdown on the horizon, and the question now becomes how to replicate what was at times double-digit growth.

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What Caused 'Abrupt' End to Pepper-Reed Merger Talks?

By Gina Passarella |

Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith's merger discussions, though still in the early stages, were moving along in a positive direction until, for reasons that remain unclear, they hit an abrupt speed bump the afternoon of April 22, sources familiar with the talks said.

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Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith End Merger Discussions

By Gina Passarella |

Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith have ended merger discussions less than two weeks after the firms confirmed they were eyeing the possibility of joining forces.

The Legal's 2016 Firm Financial Coverage: Fox Rothschild Grows Revenue 9.6 Percent, PPP Under 1 Percent

Reports for the Legal’s annual firm finance coverage are coming in. Check back often to this page for the latest insights on firm revenue, net income and other metrics.

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Will Reed Smith-Pepper Hamilton Merger Leave Some Behind?

By Gina Passarella |

By all accounts, Reed Smith is in the driver's seat when it comes to merger discussions with Pepper Hamilton, but the former head of Pepper Hamilton's lucrative health effects litigation practice is said to hold the keys to her colleagues' future in a combined firm.

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Small-Town Firms Drawing Work From Bigger Cities

By Gina Passarella 
and Lizzy McLellan |

Clients' willingness to experiment outside of their typical roster of law firms has led to more legal work spreading from large cities to less-expensive counties.

Merger Creates 28-Lawyer Firm in Montco-Bucks

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two small firms in Montgomery County and Bucks County have merged, creating a 28-lawyer dual-county general practice law firm.

Corporations Are Moving Work to Less Traditional Law Firms

By Gina Passarella |

While convergence is far from new, general counsel have expressed a growing willingness to experiment with smaller firms and a skepticism of some of the techniques used by larger firms to address costs.

Blank Rome Grows Revenue 4.2 Percent, PPP 7.9 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

An increase in demand coupled with improved billing realization resulted in a 4.2 percent increase in gross revenue for Blank Rome in 2015, firm leadership said.

Reed Smith Washington, D.C. offices. November 12, 2014.

McGuireWoods Takes Team of Reed Smith Finance Litigators

By Gina Passarella |

McGuireWoods is set to hire a team of lawyers from Reed Smith's Pittsburgh office led by partner Mary Hackett, a former head of Reed Smith's financial services litigation group, Reed Smith has confirmed.

Duane Morris Revenue Up 1.5 Percent, PPP Flat

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a year when contingency fees did not weigh in its favor, Duane Morris was able to pull through with a slight increase in annual revenue and no change in profits per equity partner.

Former Insurance Regulator Hired by Stradley Ronon

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former member of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has retired from the world of insurance regulation, joining Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young as an adviser to businesses and insurance departments.

Cozen O'Connor Grows Revenue 9 Percent, PPP 0.7 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Cozen O'Connor saw a 9 percent bump in gross revenue in 2015, bolstered by the midyear addition of Chicago litigation boutique Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson and an overall rise in demand, firm leadership said.

Pennsylvania Firms Surpassing Expectations for Revenue, Profit

By Gina Passarella 
and Lizzy McLellan |

Demand for legal services has ­remained tight in the past few years and consultants predicted law firms would see an average of less than 5 percent growth in revenue for 2015. But many firms have far outpaced that figure, including a number of Pennsylvania firms that had record years last year.

Morgan Lewis Hires New CAO From Dechert

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has hired a new chief administrative officer with a ­background in project and pricing management.

Law Firm Tie-Ups Getting More Creative, Complex

By Gina Passarella |

Recent law firm acquisitions that fall short of full-scale mergers are an example of the creativity industry consultants expect to see more of when it comes to minimizing the risk of expansion efforts. When Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took on more than 500 lawyers from ailing Bingham McCutchen, it acquired some of the liabilities too, while leaving the shell of Bingham, and a chunk of its lawyers, behind. And Feb. 11's announcement that Blank Rome acquired nearly all of the remaining lawyers of Dickstein Shapiro was accompanied by word that Blank Rome would get the assets of Dickstein Shapiro while seemingly avoiding any substantial liabilities. Bingham and Dickstein Shapiro were left to wind down their own affairs.

Reed Smith's PPP Drops 8.3 Percent, Revenue Falls 2.5 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

In the year leading up to 45 lawyers and additional staff being cut at Reed Smith, the firm saw gross revenue drop 2.5 percent and profits per equity partner (PPP) fall 8.3 percent.

Drinker Biddle Grows Revenue 7.5 Percent, PPP 11 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Drinker Biddle & Reath boosted gross revenue 7.5 percent and profits per equity partner more than 11 percent in the first year under new leadership.

PI Firm Says Paralegal Fired Over Negative Facebook Posts

By Gina Passarella |

Personal injury firm Messa & Associates denied on Friday wage-and-hour claims levied by a former paralegal, instead saying she was fired because she posted negative things about the firm in public forums.

Montgomery McCracken Names New Chairman

By Gina Passarella |

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads has elected Louis A. Petroni as its new chairman.

Stradley Ronon Opens in Chicago With K&L Gates Hires

By Gina Passarella |

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young has brought on a four-partner team from K&L Gates, adding to its Washington, D.C., office and spurring the opening of a Chicago location.

People in the News—March 1, 2016—Montgomery McCracken

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner David S. Blum is set to receive the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Diversity Award on Wednesday.

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Pepper Hamilton Grows Revenue 1 Percent, PPP 8.5 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a year when it experienced lower demand, Pepper Hamilton was able to grow gross revenue 1 percent thanks in large part to an especially strong corporate practice and contingent fees from its intellectual property practice.

People in the News—Feb. 29, 2016—Clark Hill

Christopher J. Day, a member in Clark Hill's Philadelphia office, was selected to speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Identity Theft CLE on March 9 at the PBI Conference Center in Mechanicsburg.

People in the News—Pa. Law Weekly March 1, 2016—Montgomery Bar Association

Gregory R. Gifford, a partner at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, was elected treasurer of the Montgomery Bar Association.

People in the News—Feb. 26, 2016—Montgomery McCracken

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner Mark B. Sheppard was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.

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People in the News—Feb. 25, 2016—Las Vegas EB-5 Conference

Klasko Immigration Law Partners attorneys Ronald Klasko and Daniel B. Lundy received awards for their expertise and leadership in the EB-5 industry during the third annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference sponsored by EB5 Investors Magazine.

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People in the News—Feb. 24, 2016—America Judicial System

James W. Cushing of the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen is set to lead the 16th annual "America Judicial System" seminar March 3 at Bucks County Technical High School to give social studies students an inside look at the judicial branch of government.

Market Volatility Hampering Demand for Legal Services

By Gina Passarella |

While individual partners may be riding out the waves rippling through the stock market, their clients have made adjustments, holding back on deals and generally slowing the purchase of legal services in an already constrained market for the industry.

People in the News—Feb. 22, 2016—McNees Wallace

McNees Wallace & Nurick attorney Kendra McGuire is set to co-present at the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges mid-annual meeting, scheduled from Wednesday to Friday in Philadelphia.

People in the News—Pa. Law Weekly Feb. 23, 2016—Marshall Dennehey

The PaLaw Managing Partners Breakfast, The Legal's gathering of Pennsylvania's law firm leaders for a networking and information session filled with useful business intelligence, is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 1 at The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh.

People in the News—Feb. 19, 2016—Drinker Biddle

Drinker Biddle & Reath elected several new partners of the firm.

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Sen. Leach Takes Of Counsel Position At Philadelphia Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Pennsylvania state senator who has taken a leading role in medical marijuana legislation is planning to re-enter the private practice of law at a firm that has lobbied for medical cannabis legalization.

People in the News—Feb. 18, 2016—Philadelphia Bar Association

This month's Philadelphia Bar Association board of governors meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in the 10th-floor boardroom at the bar association.

Pa. Lawyers in Higher Demand, Citi Survey Shows

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms ranked toward the bottom of regions nationally when it came to key financial metrics in 2015, but there is cause to be optimistic, according to results from Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group's year-end survey.

Pa. Firms Adding in State, Focused Less on Corporate Hires

By Gina Passarella |

While most of Pennsylvania's indigenous firms have focused the majority of their lateral growth outside of the state in recent years, the start of 2016 has shown firms are interested in adding talent within the state as well.

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People in the News—Feb. 15, 2016—Widener Law Journal

The Widener Law Journal is set to host a symposium titled "Ruling the Courts: The Future of Local Rules of Civil Procedure in Pennsylvania."

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People in the News—Feb. 12, 2016—National Court Reporters Association

The National Court Reporters Association designated Feb. 14-20 as the 2016 National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.