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Penn Law Leads Job Placements in Flat Hiring Market

Karen Sloan | May 7, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania Law School sent 91 percent of 2014 graduates into full-time jobs that require bar passage and weren't funded by the school itself—more than any other school in the country.

Pa. Am Law 200 Firms Show Slow, Steady Climb

By Gina Passarella |

The five Pennsylvania law firms on the Am Law 200 all held steady or showed modest movement up the rankings of the second hundred largest grossing law firms, according to data released Thursday by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer.

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Collection of $1M Fine Against Lawyer Halted Again

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has issued an order—for a second time—to suspend garnishments against defense attorney Nancy Raynor, sanctioned nearly $1 million by a Philadelphia judge.

Morgan Lewis Loses Bid to Move Conflict Suit to Del.

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia Commerce Court judge rejected Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' argument that a fee dispute by the owner of Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers should be moved to the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Defendants Attempt to Dismiss Gay Lawyer's Federal Suit

By Max Mitchell |

Defendants opposing claims of discrimination, retaliation and defamation brought by a gay lawyer over his scuttled lateral move have renewed their attempts to have the case against them in federal court dropped.

Defense Seeks Sanctions Against Gay Lawyer in Defamation Suit

By Max Mitchell |

The gay lawyer who sued Anapol Schwartz over his scuttled lateral move should be sanctioned for allegedly making false statements about a key fact in the case, the defendants argued in a post-trial motion.

Ex-Drinker Biddle Staff Attorney Suspended for Overbilling

By Gina Passarella |

A former Drinker Biddle & Reath staff attorney agreed to a two-year suspension from the practice of law after admitting he overbilled for his time doing document review at the firm, according to an order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Plaintiffs, GSK Disagree Over Thalidomide Client Interviews

By Gina Passarella |

While GlaxoSmithKline and the plaintiffs firm leading dozens of thalidomide injury suits against the company have largely agreed on the dismissal of 31 of those claims against GSK, the pharmaceutical company is now diverging from the law firm on an attorney-client privilege issue before the Third Circuit.

Axiom Growing Office in Pa.

By Gina Passarella |

For the past couple of months, a 1,200-person alternative legal services provider has been quietly building up its team in a new location that serves Philadelphia, Wilmington, Delaware, and South Jersey.

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Castille Wins The Legal's Attorney Of the Year Award

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Editor's note: Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille was named Attorney of the Year at The Legal's Professional Excellence Awards dinner Wednesday. His fellow finalists were U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chairwoman Jami Wintz McKeon.

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Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith is set to open an office in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 1 with the addition of seven lawyers from four different firms. The new location, which will focus heavily on the financial services industry, will be managed from the firm's 10-year-old Munich office.

Hagens Berman Fights Court Interviews of Thalidomide Clients

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge has denied Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro's request to stay interviews of 31 of the firm's clients to determine whether they are knowingly dismissing their thalidomide-injury cases, but not before the law firm filed a petition seeking a writ of mandamus with the Third Circuit seeking the higher court's intervention.

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Cohen & Grigsby Elects New President and CEO

By Max Mitchell |

Christopher Carson has been elected president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby, the firm has announced.

Small, Midsize Firms Adapt to Increased Scrutiny

By Max Mitchell |

Editor's note: This is the fourth installment of a series examining the shift in law firm business models and the issues law firms must address to remain competitive in a new age of providing legal services.

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When Is Too Soon to Seek Disaster-Victim Clients?

By Gina Passarella |

As police and government officials were sorting through the wreckage Wednesday of Tuesday evening's derailment of Amtrak 188, lawyers began sifting through potential claims and, for some, offering their services to potential clients.

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Nelson Brown, Lewis Brisbois Settle Lawsuits Against Each Other

By Max Mitchell |

Lawsuits that Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith attorneys leveled at each other over allegedly stolen laptops and withheld bonuses have been resolved.

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Lawyers Eye Details in Wake of Amtrak Derailment

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In the wake of the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that, according to public officials, resulted in the deaths of at least seven people and injured more than 200, lawsuits seem all but certain to be filed.

Siemens Settles for $5.9M With U.S. Government

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Siemens has agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle claims that it overcharged the federal government for medical equipment, without admitting liability.

Do Pa. Firms Need to Thin Their Ranks?

By Gina Passarella |

Nearly 75 percent of the largest law firms in the country report they have too many attorneys, but Pennsylvania's largest firms have grown head count faster than almost any other market last quarter, data from two recent surveys show.

Jury Sides With Anapol Schwartz in Gay Lawyer's Suit

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has rejected a gay lawyer's claims against Anapol Schwartz over his aborted lateral move.

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Law Firm Innovations Heavy on Investment, Business Acumen

By Gina Passarella and Hank Grezlak |

Editor's note: This is the third installment in a series examining the shift in law firm business models and the issues law firms must address to remain competitive in a new age of providing legal services.

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Pa. Firms on Pace for Strong Second Quarter, Survey Shows

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania firms' performance in the first quarter of 2015 predicts even better numbers for further into the year, according to data tracked by Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group.

Griesing Law Adds White-Collar Capabilities

By Max Mitchell |

After several years working at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, Ellen C. Brotman has left the comforts of the deep white-collar defense bench there to start a new white-collar practice at 11-attorney Griesing Law.

At Trial, Gay Lawyer's Ex-Boss Says He Was Betrayed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Mark LeWinter, who supervised Jeffrey Downs, the gay attorney suing Anapol Schwartz for defamation, testified Wednesday his trust had been "betrayed" when Downs told another firm leader to keep LeWinter in the dark about Downs' threat of a lawsuit.

Dietz & Watson Sanctioned Over Discovery Responses

By Gina Passarella |

A federal magistrate judge has sanctioned Dietz & Watson for repeated discovery violations in a bad-faith suit against Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Cozen O'Connor Adds 10-Person State AGs Practice

By Gina Passarella and Katelyn Polantz |

Cozen O'Connor has continued its expansion efforts this year with the addition of a 10-person state attorneys general practice from Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C., and the firm's leadership said it isn't stopping there.

Compensation, Billable Hour Limiting Firms' Success

By Gina Passarella and Hank Grezlak |

Editor's note: This is the second installment of a series examining the shift in law firm business models and the issues law firms must address to remain competitive in a new age of providing legal services.

Fox Rothschild Grows Revenue 10 Percent, PPP 1.6 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Fox Rothschild grew gross revenue more than 10 percent in 2014, a year in which head count increased at half that pace.

Gay Lawyer Takes Stand in Defamation Suit

By Max Mitchell |

The gay attorney suing Anapol Schwartz for defamation took the stand Tuesday to outline his departure from the firm and decision to accept a job at Raynes McCarty.

Fox Rothschild Joins Eight Other Pa. Firms in Am Law 100

By Lizzy McLellan |

One more Pennsylvania-based firm, Fox Rothschild, has joined the Am Law 100 after a year of significant revenue growth helped it to jump 10 spots in the rankings. The firm grew its revenue more than 10 percent to $331.5 million, making it one of 17 firms in the country to experience double-digit growth.

Philadelphia Defamation Trial Begins for Gay Lawyer Suing Firms

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Attorneys offered opening statements Monday afternoon in the state-court defamation case of the gay lawyer who claimed two law firms scuttled his lateral move.

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Will Firms Lose Savings From Secondary Markets?

By Gina Passarella |

The past few years have seen a lot of talk and some action around law firms creating outposts in secondary markets where they can not only house back-office administrative operations, but lawyers who charge out at lower rates.

In-House Lawyers Applying Metrics in New Ways

By Gina Passarella |

In-house counsel are using an increasing array of metrics to drive behavior both inside their organizations as well as within external sources ranging from outside counsel to politicians.

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Saul Ewing Revenue Up 6.5 Percent, RPL Up 4.3 Percent

By Max Mitchell |

Saul Ewing saw its gross revenue grow by 6.5 percent and its revenue per lawyer (RPL) rise by 4.3 percent in 2014—a year in which the firm said it beat its budget by 19 percent.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Kane Case Headed for More Legal Gray Area, Lawyers Say

By Max Mitchell |

A hearing over whether state Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a court order by firing an employee who provided grand jury testimony throws the ongoing dispute once again into a legal gray area, according to attorneys who spoke with The Legal.

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Pa. Big-Firm Associate Salaries in Flux

By Gina Passarella |

The associate compensation landscape in Pennsylvania is slowly evolving and, in the wake of Dechert's local salary bump, could see more changes as a number of law firms say they are evaluating their compensation programs.

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16 Lawyers to Leave Stevens & Lee, Form New Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Seven shareholders, including the head of the health care risk management and litigation department, are leaving Stevens & Lee to form a boutique law firm, Stevens & Lee announced April 10.

Discrimination Suit Claims Nelson Brown Had 'Frat House' Culture

By Max Mitchell |

The former heads of the subrogation unit of what is now Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein ran the department like a "frat house" and discriminated against the female attorneys working there, a former associate at the firm has alleged in a lawsuit.

Client: Arbitration Clause No More Valid Because He Is a Lawyer

By Gina Passarella |

A businessman and attorney suing Reed Smith for legal malpractice said his status as a former practicing lawyer should have nothing to do with whether the firm fully informed him of the rights he was giving up by signing a mandatory arbitration clause.

Firms Respond to Dechert Salary Increases

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert took the Philadelphia market-high for associate compensation to a new level for dozens of junior lawyers when it announced Monday that it would increase salaries to between $160,000 and $280,000 for first- through eighth-year associates.

EDPA Seeing Stiff Competition For Whistleblower Litigation

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Several U.S. attorneys have begun courting False Claims Act litigation in recent years, according to lawyers who practice in the area, chipping away at the dominance that Philadelphia and Boston once had on whistleblower cases.

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Dechert Raises Associate Pay in Phila., Princeton

By Gina Passarella |

Competition among law firms for market share is fierce, and so too, it seems, is the competition for associates. In the past two years, Pennsylvania law firms have been bumping up, sometimes quietly, associate salaries.

Drinker Biddle Revenue Down 1.8 Percent, PPP Up 2.1 Percent

By Max mitchell |

Drinker Biddle & Reath saw its gross revenue and net income dip slightly in 2014, but profits per equity partner (PPP) and revenue per lawyer (RPL) both saw slight upticks.

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Attorney Can't Get Cut of Longtime Client's Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The Commonwealth Court has ruled that personal injury lawyer Larry Pitt can't collect fees from a settlement negotiated by another attorney for Pitt's former client of 26 years.

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Reed Smith Argues Client Understood Arbitration Clause

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith has taken issue with a former client's characterization of Pennsylvania's law on the use of mandatory arbitration agreements in client engagement letters.

Lawyer's Legal Mal Suit Against Spector Gadon Thrown Out

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out a legal malpractice case against Spector Gadon & Rosen and its partner, Alan Epstein, over the firm's handling of an employment contract dispute.

Widener Splits, Renames Delaware, Pa. Law Schools

By Gina Passarella |

Widener University has officially split its Wilmington, Delaware, and Harrisburg law school campuses into two law schools, each with different names and different deans.

Cozen O'Connor Could Fill Market Void With Chicago Merger

By Gina Passarella and Brian Baxter |

Cozen O'Connor leadership said as recently as last week that it was looking to grow in the Midwest this year, and, according to one media report, that may happen sooner rather than later if merger talks with Chicago's Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson result in a union.

Duane Morris Partner Named to EEOC Harassment Task Force

By Gina Passarella |

The EEOC has tapped a Philadelphia law firm partner to be part of a 16-member national task force charged with studying workplace harassment.

Cozen O'Connor Grows Revenue 2.1 Percent, PPP 2.8 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Cozen O'Connor grew revenue 2.1 percent and boosted profits per equity partner (PPP) 2.8 percent on a year driven by growth in the firm's corporate, real estate and commercial litigation practices, the firm's CEO said.

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

By Gina Passarella |

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

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Arbitration Clause at Issue in Reed Smith Case

By Gina Passarella |

The owner of a destroyed Main Line mansion who is suing Reed Smith for its advice on insurance claims argues the firm's mandatory arbitration clause contained in client engagement letters is unenforceable.

A Push by Some for Looser State Rules Over Referral Fees

By Gina Passarella and P.J. D'Annunzio |

A media report earlier this month about law firm emails that purport to show former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, and not his wife, may have been the one to refer out certain cases while on the bench, has again raised questions about Pennsylvania's comparatively lax referral-fee rules.

Pepper Hamilton Grows Revenue 3 Percent, PPP 8 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Pepper Hamilton grew gross revenue nearly 3 percent in 2014 thanks to double-digit revenue gains in the intellectual property and white-collar litigation and investigations practices along with strong growth in its health effects and corporate practices, firm leaders said.

Duane Morris PPP Up 3 Percent

By Max Mitchell |

In a year of strong litigation work, Duane Morris saw a nearly 3 percent bump in its profits per equity partner (PPP) in 2014, and both the gross revenue and revenue per lawyer (RPL) had slight increases as well.

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Post & Schell Gets New Leader

By Lizzy McLellan |

Alfred James Johnston has been elected president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Post & Schell, the firm announced Tuesday.

Litigation Lag Reveals Law Firms Making Same Mistakes

By Gina Passarella |

The slowdown in litigation facing the country's largest law firms has not only raised the specter of layoffs, but has also revealed that firms have made some of the same old hiring decisions in building back from the recession and may need to once again restructure.

Blank Rome Revenue Up 3.3 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

In the first year under its new strategic plan, Blank Rome grew gross revenue 3.3 percent in 2014 on head count growth of 5.6 percent. The firm's revenue rose from $320.5 million in 2013 to $331 million in 2014. Revenue per lawyer (RPL) fell 2.1 percent from $715,000 to $700,000 and profits per equity partner (PPP) rose less than 1 percent from $820,000 to $825,000.

Strength in Numbers for Firm Leadership?

By Max mitchell |

As the pressures of an increasingly competitive legal market have forced firms to play with alternative rate structures and business models, firms have also increasingly begun challenging the traditional notion of needing a single firm leader, according to some legal consultants.

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Goldberg Segalla Snags Nelson Brown's NC Office

By Max Mitchell |

The lawyers in the North Carolina branch of Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein are leaving the firm to open an office for Goldberg Segalla.

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Reed Smith Hires New CMO From Dechert

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith has hired former Dechert Chief Marketing Officer Wendy W. Taylor to fill the spot left vacant last October when its longtime CMO left the firm.

Major Changes Could Be in Store for Law Firm Websites

By Gina Passarella |

The majority of Am Law 200 firms have revamped their websites in the last couple of years, with one consultant putting a price range on those projects of anywhere from $25,000 to $1 million. But regardless of the cost, many of the sites, consultants say, look largely the same.

In Litigation Funding Pact, Lawyer Bound by Forum Clause

By Gina Passarella |

A lawyer's acknowledgment of a litigation funding lien binds him to the forum selection clause contained in the contract between the funder and the lawyer's client, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled.

Jury Finds in Favor of Cop in Photo Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal jury on March 6 returned a verdict in favor of a police officer in the first of several similar cases brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of citizens who were arrested after photographing or observing police behavior.

Once Homeless, Phila. Lawyer Creates Phone App to Give Back

By Ben Seal |

Nikki Johnson-Huston was trying to help. She saw a man outside a convenience store asking for change and offered him $5 to get something to eat. When she stepped inside, he followed behind and turned her small gesture into a pack of cigarettes. The exchange left her unsatisfied.

Justices Take Up Sealed Nonprofit Confidentiality Case

By lizzy mclellan |

A mostly sealed case in front of the state Supreme Court is raising questions—not just on the parties and circumstances involved—but on the ethical implications of attorney-client privilege when the client is a public charity.

Firm's Appeal of Award to Attorney Who Stole Denied

By Gina Passarella |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear a law firm's appeal of an arbitration award requiring the firm to pay a former associate referral fees even though that associate was disciplined for diverting fees from the firm.

With 'Foundation' in Place, West Chester Firm Aims for Growth

By Lizzy McLellan |

After four years of building a new leadership structure, Chester County-based Gawthrop Greenwood has chosen a new leader to take on the firm's next set of goals.

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Morgan Lewis Wants Fee Dispute Moved to Chancery Court

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius wants an $880,000 fee dispute with the owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News moved from Philadelphia to the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Name Partner Set to Leave Nelson Brown

By Max Mitchell |

Four attorneys, including name partner Michael A. Hamilton, will be leaving insurance boutique Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein, sources have told The Legal.

Reed Smith Revenue Up 7 Percent, PPP 5.7 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith grew its revenue by 7 percent in 2014 on what firm leadership said was better performance in project management and the strength of the firm's five core industry groups.

Morgan Lewis' Pittsburgh Office Has New MP

By Max Mitchell |

The new managing partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' Pittsburgh office said he is looking to build on the office's steady growth and capitalize on the expanding oil-and-gas-related legal work in the region.

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Lawyers Brace for Diversity Mandates in Dodd-Frank Act

By Gina Passarella |

When the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in 2010, the sweeping financial industry regulations got a lot of attention from the scores of entities under its reach and the law firms that represented those institutions. But five years later, a sometimes-overlooked section of the law now has employment lawyers busy and some clients behind the compliance 8-ball.

Reed Smith Wants Legal Malpractice Suit Arbitrated

By Gina Passarella |

The validity of a mandatory arbitration agreement in a law firm engagement letter has again become a core issue in a legal malpractice case.

ADA Suit Against Marshall Dennehey Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's motion to dismiss a suit filed by a lawyer who had worked at the firm failed to persuade a federal judge to toss the case.

Ballard Spahr's Revenue Up 4.3 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

For Ballard Spahr, after seeing a slight decline in revenue in 2013, 2014 was about discipline. And it seemed to pay off, with the firm posting healthy gains in revenue and profits per equity partner.

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K&L Gates Sees Revenue Fall 1.2 Percent, PPP Down Less Than 1 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

K&L Gates saw modest changes in its key financial metrics in 2014, with gross revenue and average head count each dropping by about 1.2 percent.

Court Affirms $35K Sanction of White and Williams Lawyer

By Gina Passarella |

The state Superior Court has affirmed nearly $35,000 in sanctions leveled against a White and Williams attorney over his actions in a medical malpractice arbitration.

Nelson Brown's Big Drop in Head Count Raises Questions

By Max Mitchell |

In a little more than the past year, insurance boutique Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein has gone from roughly 75 attorneys to now around 25, leading to questions about the firm's long-term future.

The Cost of Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses on the Rise

By Gina Passarella and David Gialanella |

Editor's note: This is the third installment of a series on cybersecurity published in conjunction with Legal affiliate New Jersey Law Journal.

Survey: Pa. Firms Fall Behind In 2014 Financial Performance

By Gina passarella |

The Pennsylvania region had a tougher time than the industry as a whole when it came to improving their financial performance in 2014, according to Citi Private Bank's full-year survey of the legal industry.

Former Nelson Brown Attorneys Sue for Bonuses

By Max Mitchell |

Several attorneys who left Nelson Brown about a year ago have sued the firm for recovery of allegedly unpaid bonuses.

Firm Disputes Discrimination Exhibits in Gay Lawyer's Suit

By Max Mitchell |

A dispute has arisen over whether the gay lawyer suing Anapol Schwartz for allegedly scuttling his lateral move should be able to introduce evidence regarding discrimination he allegedly experienced while at the firm.

Cybersecurity Practices Booming in Era of the Breach

By Gina Passarella and David Gialanella |

Editor's note: This is the second installment in a series done by The Legal and affiliate New Jersey Law Journal on how general counsel and law firms are tackling the issue of cybersecurity.

Walter M. Phillips, Of Counsel With Obermayer Rebmann, Dies at 76

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell &; Hippel partner Walter M. Phillips died Feb. 7 at age 76.

Delaware County Man Blinded From Surgery Awarded $21.8M

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man who lost his sight because of prolonged back surgery has been awarded $21.8 million in his medical malpractice case by a Delaware County jury.

In $2M Lawsuit Brought by Insurer, Judge Sides With Margolis Edelstein, Attorney

By Max mitchell |

An insurer was years too late in filing its legal malpractice claim against a Margolis Edelstein attorney who advised the carrier during settlement negotiations in a suit that eventually led to a $2 million bad-faith settlement, a federal judge has ruled.

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Reed Smith Sued Over Client's $20.5M Insurance Dispute

By Gina Passarella |

The owner of a Villanova, Pa., mansion that burned to the ground has sued Reed Smith for legal malpractice regarding the firm's negotiation of a $20.5 million insurance settlement that was disputed by the tenants of the home.

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Dechert Grows Revenue 8 Percent, PPP 7.7 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert finished out 2014 with an 8 percent rise in gross revenue and a 7.7 percent increase in partner profits on what firm leadership said was a year driven by a rise in demand and an improved practice mix.

GCs Play Growing Role in Managing 'Super Risk' Issue of Cybersecurity

By Gina Passarella and David Gialanella |

As general counsel combat the constant threat of data breaches, their companies' information security officers are the most likely colleagues on speed dial.

Survey Shows Pa. Firms Had Solid 2014, but Tough Road Ahead

By Gina Passarella |

The legal industry finished out 2014 strong, thanks in large part to a return of high-end corporate work, with Pennsylvania firms often doing better than their national counterparts on key financial metrics, according to a recent bank survey.

Shifting Focus Is a Bigger Challenge for Smaller Firms

By Max Mitchell |

Shifting a law firm's practice focus might be a necessity in today's legal market, but for small and midsize firms, it could be one of the most difficult processes a firm faces.

Attorney Bayard M. Graf, Member of the Bar for 60 Years, Dies at 88

Attorney Bayard M. Graf died Jan. 16 at the age of 88.

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Gay Lawyer Suing Firms Seeks Confidential Settlement Info

By Max Mitchell |

A gay attorney suing personal injury firms for alleged discrimination is pointing to a confidential settlement to help establish the value of lost compensation he claims to have sustained because of the firms' allegedly scuttling his lateral move.

Hagens Berman Denies Conflict in Accord With GSK

By Gina Passarella |

Plaintiffs firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro said there was no evidence to suggest its deal to dismiss 28 thalidomide cases against GSK in exchange for the drug company's agreement not to seek sanctions against the firm was in conflict with its clients' interests.

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Judge OKs Former GC's Role in Penn State Case

By Max Mitchell |

A Dauphin County judge has denied the bid by three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up the crimes of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to have the cases against them dropped.

Marshall Dennehey Hires Post & Schell Appellate Lawyer

By Gina Passarella |

Longtime Post & Schell appellate attorney Teresa Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as vice chairwoman of the firm's appellate practice.

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Ex-Traffic Court Judge Lowry Gets 20 Months in Prison

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for lying to the grand jury in the ticket-fixing case.

Defense Trying to Execute Accord in Judge's Fatal Fall Case

By Gina Passarella |

The estate of former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert C. Daniels, who died after a fall during a party at Berger & Montague shareholder Sherrie Savett's home in 2011, has settled with Savett and others, but the defense has not been able to execute judgment.

Jon A. Baughman, Former Chairman of Pepper Hamilton, Dies

Jon A. Baughman, a trial lawyer who served as chairman of Pepper Hamilton's executive committee from 1992-94, died Monday following a long illness.

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ACLU, Phila. City Paper Challenge Law Aimed at Felons' Speech

By Max Mitchell |

The Pennsylvania ACLU and several media outlets, including the Philadelphia City Paper, are challenging a state law they claim is aimed at silencing convicted felons and those who publish the words of felons.