In the days following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, law firms nationwide released statements, expressing a sense of duty to speak out against hate and to reinforce their commitment to a tolerant and diverse workplace. But Dilworth Paxson had a more specific motivation for addressing the issue.
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A husband and wife's legal malpractice suit against the Bracewell law firm will be dismissed if they don't submit to arbitration by mid-July, a federal judge has ruled, rejecting the couple's contentions that they cannot afford the arbitration fees.
Pepper Hamilton has a new practice leader focused on consumer finance, after hiring mortgage banking industry veteran Scott Samlin away from Alston & Bird in New York.
Keeping up with their corporate clients, large law firms have set their eyes on charitable efforts beyond the traditional pro bono commitment. And one firm recently put the leader of those efforts in the C-suite.
A partner from Jackson Kelly is hopping firms and state lines, taking his Wheeling, West Virginia-based energy-focused transactional practice to Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel in Pittsburgh.
Cozen O'Connor has continued on its lateral spree, bringing on partners in two growing practice areas.
Six months after launching a practice group focused on prevention of and response to institutional misconduct, Cozen O'Connor has acquired a campus safety consulting firm.
Pillar + Aught, the Harrisburg firm that launched earlier this year vowing to embrace a startup sensibility, is growing in more ways than one, bringing on two new lawyers and expanding its office space.
In the latest ranking of America's 20 "A-List" firms, Pennsylvania firms were conspicuously absent once again. But some did well in a new aspect of the rankings—the percentage of women in equity partnership.
In response to an ex-client's claim that he was overcharged, Duane Morris does not deny that its fees surpassed an early estimate of legal charges, but has filed counterclaims alleging breach of contract.
The firm hopes to teach its aspiring lawyers a key skill they probably didn't get in law school: how to win clients.
The newest litigation funder in town is operating on a different scale than others in Philadelphia and could signal a new era for litigators in the city using third-party financing.
A former client of two Cozen O'Connor partners has lost his bid to disqualify the firm from representing his adversary in a construction payment dispute, based on his allegations that the firm mishandled conflicts in a lateral hire from Pepper Hamilton.
Labor and employment lawyer Laura Reathaford has left Venable to join Blank Rome in Los Angeles, reuniting with two former colleagues there.
Building on recent expansion in its Pittsburgh office, Cozen O'Connor has brought on a real estate partner from Reed Smith, as well as two associates from other firms.
A Philadelphia litigator from Clark Hill has made the jump to Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, looking for a firm with more local ties.
A Philadelphia lawyer from Duane Morris is one of the newest knights of the Republic of Italy, a distinction he received for his legal work against the Republic of Argentina on behalf of Italian citizens.
Blank Rome has brought on a new chief information officer who hails from Minneapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels.
Immigration services firm Fragomen recently announced that it's opening a new center in Pittsburgh, staffed with up to 50 employees, where it will develop or redevelop much of its software and cybersecurity technology in-house.
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis has turned to one of its newest partners to replace the firm's recently departed white-collar and corporate investigations chairman.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has taken a leader from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability group, adding to its Pittsburgh office.
Several large Pennsylvania-based law firms devoted notably more time to pro bono work in 2016, according to a report released this week by The American Lawyer.
Lamb McErlane has been ordered to disgorge millions in estate fees after billing nearly $6 million to the estate of Sir John Thouron. The firm is appealing the adjudication, which said the firm breached its fiduciary duty to the estate.
Head count growth in Pennsylvania's largest firms is tracking national trends, driven by consolidation among small law firms and by bigger firms pushing to boost revenue with more lawyers.
Although just a few Philadelphia law firms have chosen to match the nation's top associate salaries, the city's median associate pay has seen a noticeable boost, surpassing the national median.
Without precise cost projections and constant communication with clients, law firms can find themselves in a stand-off after the legal work is done.
For Pennsylvania's newly licensed medical marijuana businesses and their lawyers, the next six months is set to be a mad dash as they try to meet a state-imposed deadline for becoming operational.
With an eye on human capital, more law firms are putting talent management leaders in the C-suite to drive comprehensive growth strategies.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Pennsylvania was known as the puppy mill capital of the East—if not the entire United States. There were over 350 licensed large-scale breeding kennels, often housing hundreds of dogs each, as well as countless unlicensed kennels. Prioritizing profits over the dogs' wellbeing, many of these large commercial kennels provided obscenely unsanitary and inhumane housing, little or no veterinary care for the dogs and kept the breeding dogs in cages or kennels for their entire lives. The dogs often got no exercise, had no protection from extremes of heat and cold and suffered from splayed paws as a result of having to stand on wire mesh rather than a solid floor.
K&L Gates is in the process of closing its office in Anchorage, Alaska, the firm confirmed Tuesday.
A former Duane Morris client is seeking nearly $700,000 from the firm claiming it misrepresented how much it would cost for the firm to represent him.
Wells Fargo has hired Duane Morris attorney Alexander D. Bono to represent it in a lawsuit over alleged discriminatory lending practices.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is making another change to its leadership team, bringing on a new chief financial officer with decades of Big Law experience.
Terry Mutchler, the former executive director of Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records and a former Pepper Hamilton lawyer, has joined forces with a public affairs consultant to launch a new law firm.
Cozen O’Connor is facing allegations that it failed to properly handle conflicts in a multimillion-dollar construction law arbitration after hiring a group of construction lawyers from Pepper Hamilton.
McNees Wallace & Nurick has brought on a longtime water company executive as a lawyer in its financial services and public finance practices.
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, a growing, Conshohocken-based firm with 26 lawyers, has brought on a nonlawyer with experience in finance and technology to help run the business.
Reed Smith has brought on two lawyers from Dentons to lead a new practice area in aviation and aerospace finance and commercial space business, extending a string of recent lateral moves in aviation law.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Saul Ewing showed less volatility than other Second Hundred firms, of which 21 saw revenue shrink by 3 percent or more, and seven had double-digit declines.
Cozen O'Connor has hired two patent litigators from Norton Rose Fulbright, adding to its Minneapolis office and its intellectual property practice.
The future of law firms may just lie in the hands of nonlawyers, as experienced chief operating officers gain stature at firms of all sizes.
With its most recent partner hire, Philadelphia-based White and Williams is also adding a new role to its executive ranks: chief privacy officer.
A Philadelphia law firm is facing renewed claims that it withheld evidence in asbestos cases.
Large law firms have been seeking feedback about how they give feedback. And what they're finding is that associates want to know whether they're doing well, far more than once per year.
"Testimony" is the author's 11th novel, another in the legal thriller genre that he is credited with having created 30 years ago.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association is set to get its first Latina president this weekend, and her goals are largely aimed at further diversifying bar association membership.
With the pro bono help of New York and Philadelphia lawyers, a homeless advocacy group has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against New York City over allowing people to secure birth certificates after their identification has been lost or stolen.
McNees Wallace & Nurick has brought on a Big Law veteran to serve as the Pennsylvania firm's new chief operating officer.
Pennsylvania-born law firms in the top half of the Am Law 100 held their positions fairly steady in 2017. Things were more volatile for those vying against one another in the lower half of the country's 100 highest-grossing firms.
Pepper Hamilton partner M. Kelly Tillery's use of his firm's letterhead for collection letters did not make him or the firm a debt collector under federal law, a federal judge ruled.
Cozen O'Connor has new leadership in its construction practice after bringing on a four-lawyer group from Pepper Hamilton.
With the city poised to bar employers from asking about job applicants' salary history, Philadelphia's business community is preparing for guessing games. But legal recruiters in the city are sure of one thing—their jobs are about to be more challenging.
"We haven't hired a friend's kid," said a founding partner of 37-lawyer Pond Lehocky. "So I don't think we've ever been in that position where we have only candidates that look like our friends."
For many midsize firms, success means more complexity.
Amid an expanding arms race in Big Law over who has the most flexible workplace policy—at least on paper—some lawyers at smaller firms may be wondering what all the fuss is about.
Pennsylvania firms lagged behind the soaring heights New York City firms reached financially in 2016, but for leaders of those Keystone State firms, that's OK.
For the first time in more than a quarter-century, the president of the Energy Bar Association is from a Pennsylvania-based law firm.
More and more women are winning leadership roles at their firms in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. But plenty of obstacles to gender parity remain.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has made the rare move of enlisting a lawyer from outside the agency—and, even more unusually, from outside the state—to argue an environmental case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Construction law specialists in Pennsylvania have been on the move in recent weeks, particularly among smaller firms. The lawyers gravitated to firms that weren't necessarily larger but that offered a different practice mix.
Philadelphia-based Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads has brought on four attorneys and the full staff of a small New York firm, further growing its real estate practice in the Big Apple.
Law firms in Pennsylvania's biggest cities just about match the rest of the industry when it comes to billing rate increases, according to a recent report. And those rates are climbing faster than they have since the recession, despite weak demand for legal services.
A Canadian man accused of stealing more than $23 million from more than 100 lawyers, including some in Pennsylvania, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Central Pennsylvania-based Barley Snyder is merging with three-lawyer firm Stonesifer and Kelley effective April 1, the firms announced Thursday.
The SEC will remain committed to enforcement under Jay Clayton, says newly minted Ballard Spahr partner David Axelrod. But fines may be smaller.
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis has added to its white-collar and internal investigations practice, bringing on partner Laurel Brandstetter in Pittsburgh.
Joel Frank, managing partner of Lamb McErlane, has been named the state GOP's top lawyer.
Pennsylvania law firms have been beefing up their construction practices, as the construction industry experiences an uptick and industry observers predict more activity on the horizon.
Even with cost-conscious clients keeping industrywide demand in check, Duane Morris edged forward in 2016, hitting new highs for revenue and profits per equity partner.
Revenue and profits suffered in 2016 as litigation activity slowed and two contingency fees came in later than expected.
Blank Rome hit the accelerator in 2016, posting big revenue gains as it added more than 100 lawyers from a failing firm and lured lateral hires from several competitors.
Big law firms based in Pennsylvania faced a reality check in 2016, as weak demand for legal services took its toll.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is giving Pittsburgh-based Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck a second chance at recovering damages for attorney fees under quantum meruit, in a case where multiple justices acknowledged that court precedent had muddied the waters on what the firm could argue.
A federal judge ruled Amil Minora and his co-defendants must face allegations that they abused the legal process to extort a settlement from a businessman.
Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.
Government and corporate lawyer Kevin Greenberg has left Flaster Greenberg, taking his practice to 1,800-lawyer Greenberg Traurig.
Ballard Spahr has mined the Rocky Mountain foothills for its latest outpost, adding three corporate partners in Boulder, Colorado, focused on emerging growth companies.
Luke and Allison Sizemore see advantages in the personal and professional crossover as attorneys at Reed Smith.
Central Pennsylvania isn't exactly the Silicon Valley of the East. But a group of Harrisburg lawyers has left Rhoads & Sinon with a mission to bring some startup style to their newly formed law firm.
Further prolonging a discovery dispute that dates back to 2011, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has remanded for the second time in three years a Dragonetti Act lawsuit against Blue Bell-based Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein with instructions for a Philadelphia trial judge to better explain why privileged documents were deemed discoverable.
Sen. Daylin Leach went viral this week with his Twitter tirade against President Donald Trump, earning cheers from some quarters and anger from others. But what about his colleagues at eight-lawyer Philadelphia firm Sacks Weston Diamond, where Leach is of counsel?
Even for highly experienced firms, Title IX and sexual assault investigations pose special challenges. Just ask Pepper Hamilton.
Cozen O'Connor debuted a new practice group focused on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, hiring five Philadelphia lawyers, including four attorneys from Pepper Hamilton.
The hires bolster Blank Rome's corporate and securities practice in Pittsburgh and its energy and finance practices in Washington, D.C.
Two Kline & Specter partners, Andy Youman and David Caputo, are leaving to form their own shop, Youman & Caputo.
Montgomery County solo attorney Raymond J. Quaglia has been disbarred for misusing client money in multiple cases and taking excessive fees for himself.
The firm added Philadelphia litigator Timothy Katsiff as a partner in its Philadelphia office.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott is combining with a small trusts and estates law firm in Pittsburgh, Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf & Moore.
Paul Legaard, who joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young this month, said Philadelphia could soon catch up with Boston as a life sciences hub.
Cozen O'Connor has brought on corporate partner Roy Carrasquillo, adding to a team of recent Fox Rothschild hires focused on international business and immigration issues.
Ronald Schiller, who joined Hangley Aronchick with a group of DLA Piper lawyers eight years ago, is the firm's first chairman who isn't also a founding partner.
After two stints serving Pennsylvania's eighth district in Washington, Michael Fitzpatrick is returning to private practice in the Philadelphia office of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.
The president's decision to push forward with two major pipeline projects could signal busy times ahead for energy practices.
Blank Rome welcomed two new energy partners in Pittsburgh this week, capitalizing on the closure of Norton Rose Fulbright's office in the city earlier this month.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has boosted its health care practice with two Reed Smith partners in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., while Reed Smith snagged a notable hire from Dentons in D.C.
National and regional law firms have recently looked to Philadelphia as a source for legal talent and access to clients on a quest to beef up their core practices.
Class action pro Joe Nguyen joined Stradley Ronon's Philadelphia office Jan. 3, the firm announced Monday.
Cozen O'Connor has lured three immigration attorneys from Fox Rothschild to its Miami office, continuing its growth in South Florida and adding a new practice area to the mix.
Ballard Spahr has a new office leader in Wilmington as the current head of the Delaware practice is taking a broader leadership position overseeing the firm's public finance practice.
Duane Morris is facing a $625 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to file an appellate brief, but contends that the plaintiff was never a client of the firm.
Baltimore-based Offit Kurman is opening its first office in the suburbs of Philadelphia with the hire of two lawyers from Blue Bell-based Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein.
For Pennsylvania's largest law firms, 2016 waffled like an indecisive kid in a candy store, with news of mergers that almost were, finances that looked bad to start but perked up by year's end, unexpected choices to be had on salaries and bonuses, and layoffs coupled with streams of large acquisitions.
Barton Winokur, the former head of Dechert and a longtime member of the board of directors at Philadelphia-based CDI Corp., is facing a public call for his resignation from the company's board by two shareholders.
For Pennsylvania's small and midsize law firm market, 2016 was a year of geographic expansion.
Michael J. Engle, a longtime Philadelphia-area white-collar defense lawyer and name partner at Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores, has joined the litigation department at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young.
Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.
Pepper Hamilton is experiencing the backlash of its Title IX internal investigations work at Baylor University, as a former associate athletics director who blames the firm for his abrupt firing has filed a lawsuit.
Harry Reagan, a labor lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, died Nov. 28 after a long illness. Reagan was 76.
A female lawyer given partnership interest in Wayne-based Saltz Matkov has sued the firm for Equal Pay Act violations as well as retaliation ranging from alleged verbal assault to being locked in her office by other lawyers who put a couch in front of her door.
Pennsylvania law firms have spent the last year adjusting their attorney and staff complement in the face of rising costs and shrinking demand, and according to many indicators, it seems to be paying off.
Pennsylvania attorneys are giving a collective sigh of relief in the wake of the state Supreme Court's decision last week to block efforts aimed at reinstating a nearly $1 million sanction against a Philadelphia-area defense attorney.
Firms that know their clients well and tailor their strategies to each client will be the most financially successful, the head of BTI Consulting said.
As the usual suspects roll out their 2016 bonus announcements, midsize law firms based in Pennsylvania are abstaining from the competition, finding themselves in a separate league for rates and compensation.
At a time when the political winds across the country are shifting, the incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association wants the organization to take a leading role in ensuring that those in need can access legal aid.
Murray H. Shusterman, a longtime partner at Fox Rothschild, died Monday at the age of 104, after an 80-year career.
Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman has selected a new firmwide managing partner, George Pallas.
Central Pennsylvania-based McNees, Wallace & Nurick has opened an office in Frederick, Maryland, in response to clients moving south from Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania law firm leaders are cautiously optimistic as they work through collections season, in slightly better shape than the overall industry.
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.
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.
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.
The six lawyers to be promoted at Pepper Hamilton in January all have one thing in common—they are women.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, formerly the executive director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC, has joined Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Miami-Dade County judge has allowed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Florida's Wadsworth Huott by Pennsylvania firm Chartwell Law Offices to proceed.
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.
With several of these supplements under our belts, we've decided to try a few new things this year.
A Philadelphia bankruptcy attorney has joined Gordon & Rees, coming from Flaster Greenberg.
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.
Keeping pace with national law firm real estate trends, law offices in the city are learning how to do more with less.
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.
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.