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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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Carson has been elected president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby, the firm has announced.
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.
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.
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.
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 has agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle claims that it overcharged the federal government for medical equipment, without admitting liability.
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.
A Philadelphia jury has rejected a gay lawyer's claims against Anapol Schwartz over his aborted lateral move.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 grew gross revenue more than 10 percent in 2014, a year in which head count increased at half that pace.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Alfred James Johnston has been elected president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Post & Schell, the firm announced Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
The lawyers in the North Carolina branch of Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein are leaving the firm to open an office for Goldberg Segalla.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four attorneys, including name partner Michael A. Hamilton, will be leaving insurance boutique Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein, sources have told The Legal.
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.
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.
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.
The validity of a mandatory arbitration agreement in a law firm engagement letter has again become a core issue in a legal malpractice case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor's note: This is the third installment of a series on cybersecurity published in conjunction with Legal affiliate New Jersey Law Journal.
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.
Several attorneys who left Nelson Brown about a year ago have sued the firm for recovery of allegedly unpaid bonuses.
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.
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.
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell &; Hippel partner Walter M. Phillips died Feb. 7 at age 76.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As general counsel combat the constant threat of data breaches, their companies' information security officers are the most likely colleagues on speed dial.
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 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 died Jan. 16 at the age of 88.
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.
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.
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.
Longtime Post & Schell appellate attorney Teresa Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as vice chairwoman of the firm's appellate practice.
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.
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, a trial lawyer who served as chairman of Pepper Hamilton's executive committee from 1992-94, died Monday following a long illness.
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.