As part of an effort to add muscle to the firm, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton has hired a longtime Harleysville Insurance senior official as the new executive vice president and chief operations and strategic officer.
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As part of an effort to add muscle to the firm, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton has hired a longtime Harleysville Insurance senior official as the new executive vice president and chief operations and strategic officer.
Money a county paid its solicitor for acting as interest arbitrator in a labor dispute will have to be repaid to the county, despite a resolution the county adopted agreeing to pay the attorney for the work, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a former Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti client who saw his $525,000 legal malpractice award against the firm overturned.
Charles E. Mitchell saw an opportunity to make a difference for Pennsylvania attorneys, particularly minorities faced with unfair circumstances, and jumped at the chance.
A restructuring of Jefferson Health System that did away with the need for the 40-person staff working for the system's parent entity meant Deputy General Counsel R. Christopher Raphaely was back on the market for a private-practice gig.
When Pennsylvania law firms are looking to grow in markets across the country, lateral candidates care far more about what those firms are doing in New York City and Washington, D.C., than they do about what is happening in firm headquarters, firm leaders said.
Steven F. Gadon, known not only for being the managing partner of Spector Gadon & Rosen, but also for his love of the Philadelphia Eagles, running marathons and his generous, warmhearted demeanor, died July 4 of pancreatic cancer at age 82.
Duane Morris and two former partners achieved a complete defense win in a legal malpractice trial in Colorado brought by a former client who claimed the defendants failed to timely secure a settlement on his behalf.
With five people stepping in to take over the roles of one of its retiring executive committee members, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is continuing its leadership transition with the goal of better aligning its management with the needs of a firm that has grown significantly in the past decade.
Blank Rome and longtime client St. Luke's University Health Network were each found by a jury Tuesday of improperly suing family members of two former patients who had sued the hospital over allegations a former nurse killed their loved ones, but the firm and health system were not assessed any damages.
As many firms continue to grapple with how to manage their clients' e-discovery needs, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has used its analysis of years' worth of discovery data to negotiate a flat rate with a managed services provider for the entire spectrum of e-discovery services.
Francis Ballard, an attorney at Ballard Spahr for 41 years, died June 20 at age 88.
A federal judge has granted Wolf Block's request to remand a case against the defunct firm's insurer to state court, finding the citizenship of the firm's partners at the time of dissolution is a genuine issue in determining whether there is diversity of citizenship for federal jurisdiction.
Bochetto & Lentz is still responsible for paying a $124,000 arbitration award to an ex-associate who has since been suspended from the bar for stealing money from the firm, the state Superior Court has ruled, rejecting the argument that public policy would preclude paying money to a lawyer who engaged in such conduct.
A certain subset of Pennsylvania's law firms this month have looked to grow their nascent New York offices by focusing on core legal strengths while capitalizing on what they say is a strong interest in the lateral market from lawyers at both larger and smaller firms.
Reed Smith's Alexander Y. "Sandy" Thomas, who was tapped to lead the firm last October when longtime managing partner Gregory B. Jordan left for PNC, has been elected by the partnership as the firm's global managing partner.
John "Jack" Penders, a longtime partner at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, died June 2 at the age of 72.
After 20 years at litigation defense firm Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, name shareholder Jane A. North is leaving to become senior vice president of claims at client Philadelphia Insurance Cos.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has become the latest Pennsylvania firm to focus on expansion in Denver.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is preparing now for the elevation this October of litigation department head Jami Wintz McKeon to serve as chairwoman of the firm.
The same six Pennsylvania law firms appear on Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's Am Law 200 ranking this year as did last year, and as with their Am Law 100 counterparts, none fell into the magazine's "super rich" category of firms showing top results in both revenue per lawyer and partner profits.
For Philadelphia-based ACE Group General Counsel Kevin Rampe, the process of revamping his legal department has focused on better leveraging in-house talent and creating the technology to help a geographically dispersed legal team know who knows what.
Filling and keeping filled the chief marketing officer position within Pennsylvania's law firms has often been a struggle.
Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild saw its gross revenue increase by about 8.7 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm grew by more than 40 attorneys across the country, including a 16-attorney merger in Denver.
In the wake of a lawyer's year-and-a-day suspension for neglecting cases after the death of his son—and despite shorter suspensions given to two other lawyers for sexual misconduct—attorneys say the state Supreme Court's disciplinary board's role isn't to police attorneys tarnishing the profession's image as much as it is to protect clients.
Once again, Pennsylvania lawyers are finding themselves caught in the crosshairs of legislation that would have a dramatic impact on the way they do business, and, according to many of those lawyers, would hurt their ability to compete with other jurisdictions.
Attorneys for the family of Joe Paterno and Penn State University are set to argue today whether Pepper Hamilton should be forced to turn over documents related to the creation of the Freeh report.
Calling the defense counsel's behavior "unjustifiable," a West Virginia federal judge has sanctioned Drinker Biddle & Reath in the Ethicon transvaginal surgical mesh multidistrict litigation for continuing to remove cases filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia despite the judge's previous rulings that the cases belong in Pennsylvania state court.
DLA Piper has been granted an expedited hearing as to whether legal fees from the parent company of once-proposed Foxwoods Casino paid to the firm prior to the company's bankruptcy filing were property of the estate, thus transforming DLA Piper into a creditor.
Frederic L. (Rick) Ballard Jr., who helped transform his great-grandfather's law office into the national, 500-lawyer firm that Ballard Spahr is today, died May 11 at age 72.
In a profession that relies heavily on precedence, research of all forms has long driven even the business decisions of law firms. But in the past few years that function has morphed from one of printing out reams of information into one that involves targeted business analysis that often requires a leap of faith rather than following the doctrine of stare decisis.
While Pennsylvania law firms saw expenses rise more and revenue rise less than their national counterparts in comparing the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014, an area banker cautioned that the state's firms just had less catching up to do after a stronger-than-average start to 2013.
Workers' comp turns 100 next year and one thing hasn't changed in all that time: Employers and employees systematically disagree on when it's time to go back to work.
Dante Mattioni, 83, a Philadelphia lawyer and founder of Mattioni Ltd., died Monday after a long illness.
A Philadelphia judge has ordered that defense attorney Nancy Raynor be sanctioned for allowing a defense expert to make a prohibited reference to smoking in a lung cancer-related medical malpractice case.
As far as any of them will tell, law firms haven't converted any of their conference rooms to "war rooms" filled with people looking to bring down the firm across the street. But keeping tabs on the competitive landscape is something law firms are increasingly attempting to do in-house—and every one seems to approach it differently.
David M. Rosenblum, a civil rights attorney and a leader in the gay rights movement in Philadelphia, died suddenly May 2 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 47.
Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has brought aboard Hank Pool, former deputy general counsel of longtime client PNC Bank, as senior counsel in its financial services practice.
Nine months after graduation, area law schools, with the exception of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, were lucky if more than half of their graduating classes had found full-time, long-term employment that required bar passage, according to data recently released by the American Bar Association.
Donald A. Scott, a Philadelphia corporate lawyer, died April 14 at the age of 84.
The state Supreme Court has reinstated a Montgomery County attorney who was suspended for six months after being convicted of charges related to covertly filming up the skirts of two females—one of whom was a minor—in a public place.
The Pennsylvania-based Am Law 100 firms are playing in the same sandbox as last year, with those in the top 50 growing on average at a faster pace than those in the bottom 50. But none of the firms in Pennsylvania made it to Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's list of the 20 "super rich" firms.
Harry R. Seay, a criminal defense attorney, died Feb. 25. He was 79.
Word of accident attorney Andrew H. Gaber's alleged insurance fraud scheme, pending arrest and eventual suicide last week sent shock waves through the personal injury bar, which was surprised to hear of the extent of the scheme and concerned about the stereotype it perpetuated.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a company whose factory burnt down in a fire caused by a furnace has no legal malpractice claim against a Bucks County attorney and his former firm for failing to assert a products liability claim against the furnace distributor.
A cyberintelligence company that happened upon patient data mistakenly made accessible on the Internet by a cancer detection facility can sue the facility for defamation after it alleged in a video and book that the intelligence company worked with the government to surveil private businesses, a federal judge has ruled in denying a motion to dismiss.
Blank Rome partner David Kittner died April 18.
Drinker Biddle & Reath saw its gross revenue and profits per equity partner (PPP) dip slightly in 2013, but executive partner Andrew C. Kassner still called it a "fine year," considering it began with a slow start in corporate work and ended with inclement weather and inconveniently placed holidays hampering litigation.
Despite talk for years that the Philadelphia region's legal market is oversaturated with firms, several out-of-state firms have entered the market over the past few years.
Dilworth Paxson has continued what appears to be a trend among large law firms in hiring someone who can jointly oversee the marketing and business development functions of the firm.
A former Delaware County prosecutor who, while driving after drinking hit a 14-year-old youth and fled the scene, has been suspended from the practice of law for one year after a recommendation from the state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board.
Atlanta-based litigation firm Freeman Mathis & Gary has opened in Philadelphia with the addition of four labor and employment attorneys from Spector Gadon & Rosen and one from litigation boutique Green, Silverstein & Groff.
The Legal's seventh annual survey looking at diversity among Pennsylvania's largest plaintiffs firms showed less than a 1 percent increase in the number of female attorneys at those firms and a decrease in the number of attorneys from racial minority groups.
Duane Morris saw a 0.2 percent uptick in its revenue in 2013, while its net income dipped by 5 percent.
The once-ephemeral tenure of chief marketing officers among Am Law 200 firms has, for many, morphed into a much longer-term position as the legal marketing industry has matured. But nothing lasts forever.
The owner of the once-proposed Foxwoods Casino, which entered bankruptcy earlier this week, has asked the bankruptcy judge to allow Cozen O'Connor to represent the entity in recovering the $50 million fee it paid for a casino license that was later revoked.
A White and Williams attorney has filed an appeal of nearly $35,000 in sanctions leveled against him by a Northampton County Court of Common Pleas judge.
Saul Ewing saw its gross revenue grow by 5.3 percent but its revenue per lawyer (RPL) dip by 0.9 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm increased its overall headcount by 14 lawyers.
A misappropriation of trade secrets case against Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and a former associate has survived a motion to dismiss after the judge found the plaintiff stated a "plausible factual basis" to show the defendants "obtained the trade secrets by improper means."
A little over three years after starting a patent litigation practice at Radnor, Pa.-based class action firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, partner Michael J. Bonella has left to join Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Condo Roccia Koptiw as a partner.
The law firm model of multiple offices and dozens of practice areas almost requires firms to cross-sell to be successful—but the quest for more business from existing clients could have the opposite effect if not done the right way, several general counsel have said.
The Third Circuit has upheld the conviction and 70-month sentence of a former Cozen O'Connor attorney who was found guilty of diverting fees from the law firm and not paying taxes on that unreported income.
A month after Philadelphia personal injury firm Lundy Law shot back at competitor Larry Pitt & Associates' second amended complaint by saying the Pitt firm has "stretched the facts as far as truth will allow—and beyond," the Pitt firm has responded that it has sufficiently alleged antitrust claims and that the case must proceed to discovery.
Benedict A. Casey, a member of The Beasley Firm in Philadelphia for more than 40 years, died March 14 at the age of 85.
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Seven lawyers from Philadelphia litigation defense firm Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio, including name shareholder William J. Ricci and three other shareholders, are leaving to start a new firm with the 11 lawyers who currently make up fellow defense firm Hollstein Keating Cattell Johnson & Goldstein, which is currently in the process of dissolving.
Several lawyers have questioned the logic behind the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office's decision to drop rape charges against lawyer and former county GOP Chairman Robert Kerns when there was "sufficient" probable cause that could have been used to carry on the prosecution.
Despite the risk-averse nature generally associated with the legal industry, many law firms do not view themselves as at risk for a data breach and, therefore, have not purchased what is known as cyberinsurance.
Former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer Thomas Williams III pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud related to his theft of more than $500,000 from some of his former firm's trusts and estates clients.
Cozen O'Connor saw a 1.3 percent decline in gross revenue in 2013 as its headcount dropped nearly 3 percent in a year that saw a number of attorneys leave the firm in places such as Chicago and Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is set to merge today with Tampa-based Fowler White Boggs, creating a 530-lawyer firm that would become one of the 100 largest in the country by headcount.
From kill commands and encryption codes to government espionage and foreign hackers, law firm life is beginning to resemble the plot line of a spy thriller.
Philadelphia-based insurance defense firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin opened a Cincinnati office Monday with one new lateral hire and the relocation of one of its Cleveland-based shareholders.
Current and former in-house counsel said lack of communication by outside firms, particularly when it comes to billing and legal strategy, can damage the attorney-client relationship beyond repair.
In a year in which Reed Smith underwent a major leadership change, the firm finished out 2013 with a 6.1 percent rise in gross revenue and a 5.5 percent increase in partner profits.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that an investment management company is responsible for paying more than $71,000 in legal fees to a Pittsburgh firm that defended litigation related to a distressed shopping center, despite the company's contention that its subsidiary should be on the hook for the bills.
A measure to increase Philadelphia City Council's oversight role in implementing a plan to establish a private conflict counsel entity for criminal cases has become law.
When 33 potential bidders expressed interest in August in vying for Philadelphia Gas Works as part of the city's anticipated sale of the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the country, Ballard Spahr's Gregory L. Seltzer knew his client was in good shape.
Forget client service or rate flexibility. If a law firm wants to get, or even keep, business, data security plans are often now the price of admission.
Less than two months after a federal judge allowed a former Flaster Greenberg associate to continue with her claims against the firm for breach of implied contract and promissory estoppel/detrimental reliance, the parties have reached a settlement, according to court documents.
A Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney lawyer who represented defunct Adelphia Communications for years has lost a battle to quash a subpoena he was served by Rigas family members who previously owned Adelphia.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not hear arguments over whether wrongful-death suits can be controlled by decedents' arbitration agreements.
Less than 24 hours after the trustee for Le-Nature's said an accounting firm's objection to his $23.75 million settlement with K&L Gates was unfounded, the objection has been withdrawn.
As the use of trial technology continues to advance, several plaintiffs attorneys say they consider tools such as interactive displays, computer animations and multimedia presentations to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors and effectively illustrating facts.
Pascarella & Wiker, the accounting firm that was sued along with K&L Gates by the trustee of bankrupt Le-Nature's, has opposed a $23.75 million settlement between the law firm and the trustee.
Hamburg & Golden has settled its suit against Sanford Heisler over fees the former alleged it was owed after the two firms worked together on behalf of the plaintiffs in a gender-discrimination class action.
After remaining flat between 2011 and 2012, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates saw its revenue grow by about 9.3 percent in 2013, a year that saw the firm's financials impacted significantly by its Jan. 1, 2013, merger with Australia-based Middletons.
A police officer who broke his leg while chasing a man caught urinating on someone else's property may pursue personal injury claims against the man who fled, the state Superior Court has ruled.
While law firms are increasingly modeling their business practices after their clients', one they have not been interested in mimicking is the accrual method of accounting. But it may be coming.
As in-house legal budgets continue to tighten, legal departments are taking a hard look at the value they're receiving from outside counsel. As a result, even firms with longstanding relationships are finding themselves under the microscope.
Pepper Hamilton has been disqualified from representing the owners and publishers of The Philadelphia Inquirer in a suit filed against the paper by union leader John J. Dougherty, a former client of Pepper Hamilton.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling that attorney-client privilege is a two-way street did not mean the attorney can claim the privilege, the state Superior Court has ruled.
In litigation it said has "consumed significant judicial resources," the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a Philadelphia trial judge failed to address why 30 documents he compelled Blue Bell, Pa.-based Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein to hand over to the plaintiffs in a wrongful use of civil proceedings and abuse of process suit were not protected by attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine.
A bankrupt Florida business has sued Wolf Block for malpractice, alleging the firm failed to advise it that the company's plans to build multimillion-dollar homes on a West Virginia property it bought would be stifled by the fact that others owned the subsurface mineral rights.
How can a law firm find new clients in a business climate where demand for legal services has dwindled and corporate counsel tend to favor sticking with the outside firms they already use? The answer is probably familiar to anyone who's ever braved their first day at a new school: Get out there and make friends.
Blank Rome's gross revenue fell 2.6 percent to $320.5 million in 2013 while other key metrics rose as overall headcount fell and the equity partner tier was cut by 16.4 percent.
In the wake of the Nutter administration's failed bid to appoint a firm to act as conflict counsel, lawyers and city officials gathered before Philadelphia City Council's Law and Government Committee on Tuesday to discuss new legislation that would affect the city's plan to establish a conflict counsel entity.
Patricia S. Rogowski, a former intellectual property attorney at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's Wilmington, Del., office, has joined Philadelphia-based Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, where she will lead her new firm's expansion into Delaware.
Cheryl Ann Krause, who practices white-collar defense at Dechert, will be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, according to a release from the White House.
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., is leaving Congress later this month to join Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson in March, he announced Tuesday.