Law Firm News

Lawyer Disbarred for Accepting 243 Pounds of Marijuana

P.J. D'Annunzio | August 19, 2014

A Philadelphia attorney who was convicted on charges related to receiving a 243-pound shipment of marijuana has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court.

Ex-Attorney's Unauthorized Practice of Law Conviction Upheld

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has upheld the criminal conviction of an attorney who—after his disbarment—continued to represent two clients in lawsuits.

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Freeh's Accident Highlights Need for Leadership Depth

By Gina Passarella |

Pepper Hamilton Chairman Louis J. Freeh, a former judge and director of the FBI, was in a New Hampshire hospital Tuesday after suffering serious injuries in a one-car accident in Vermont.

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Third Circuit Ruling Reverses Judge in Batson Challenge Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Third Circuit reversed the writ of habeas corpus granted to a man who alleged the prosecution had been racially motivated when it tossed black jurors before his trial in 2001.

Justices Deny Rohm and Haas' Appeal in Brain-Cancer Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear a brain-cancer-cluster case against Rohm and Haas that was initially dismissed, but revived later by the state Superior Court.

Archer & Greiner Sues Client for $1.15 Mil. in Fees

By Gina Passarella |

New Jersey-based Archer & Greiner has sued a Pennsylvania-based client in federal court for more than $1.15 million in alleged unpaid legal fees.


Dechert Gets License to Practice in Singapore

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert has officially been granted a license to practice law in Singapore, eight months after the firm applied for permission to practice in the country.

Local Lawyers Take a Break From Practice to Join JAG Corps

By Ben Seal |

Practicing at a private law firm can be plenty stressful, and the demands placed on lawyers are often exhausting, but two Philadelphia attorneys are going through intense training in order to use their legal skills in an entirely new situation.

Retiring or Moving on Isn't Always Easy Under the Rules

By Daniel J. Siegel |

Do you want to retire and sell your firm? Do you want to slow down and let another attorney take over all the headaches associated with running your firm? Are you a partner in a megafirm who has decided that it's time to spend more time with the grandkids?

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Pa. Firms' Growth Hinges on NYC, D.C. Presence

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Court Filing Shows Turbulence Before Nelson Levine Reset

By Gina Passarella |

The events surrounding the departure of 16 lawyers from insurance boutique Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, explained Monday to be part of Nelson Levine's interest in de-emphasizing its subrogation business, were further detailed in a complaint the surviving members of the firm filed against the departing lawyers and their new firm, de Luca Levine.

Head Count Growth Dragging Down Pa. Firms' Financial Metrics

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania's law firms had the largest rise in head count and the greatest decline in productivity in the second quarter of 2014, according to a national survey conducted by Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group.

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Eckert Seamans, Powers Kirn Dispute Venue in Fee Feud

By Gina Passarella |

Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has sued New Jersey-based Powers Kirn over more than $250,000 in unpaid legal fees and the parties are now disputing the appropriate venue for the case.

Zappala Seeks Eckert Seamans' Disqualification in RICO Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's representation in a civil suit of the convicted co-owner of the juvenile detention facilities at the heart of the "kids-for-cash" scandal is under fire given the firm represented one of the detained juveniles who sued the co-owner and others.

Defense Bar Leaders to Focus on Involving Young Lawyers

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Two recently installed presidents of defense bar organizations—the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel—said they will devote their terms to mentoring and recruiting younger members to their ranks.

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Judge Denies Insurer's Objections in Wolf Block Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia judge has denied preliminary objections of the insurance company for defunct Wolf Block in a coverage suit involving the firm's decision not to make severance payments to a former partner after the firm dissolved.

N.J. Court OKs Dismissal of Legal Mal Suit Against Duane Morris

By David Gialanella |

In a case that previously ascended to the New Jersey Supreme Court and empowered clients to go after their lawyers despite having entered settlements, a state appeals court signed off on the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit against Duane Morris.

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Court Filing Highlights Turbulence Before Nelson Levine Reset

By Gina Passarella |

The events surrounding the departure of 16 lawyers from insurance boutique Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, explained Monday to be part of Nelson Levine's interest in de-emphasizing its subrogation business, were further clarified in a complaint the surviving members of the firm filed against the departing lawyers and their new firm de Luca Levine.

NLRB's McDonald's Decision Has Local GCs Concerned

By Gina Passarella |

A one-line email last week from the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to McDonald's has brought to the fore an issue that local GCs and labor lawyers say has been bubbling up for nearly a year.

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Dougherty's Malpractice Suit Against Pepper Hamilton Is Tossed

By Gina Passarella |

After two other courts found an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search union leader John J. Dougherty's home was appropriately in the public domain, a Philadelphia judge has thrown out Dougherty's legal malpractice suit against Pepper Hamilton for using the affidavit in a separate defamation action.

State Searching for Outside Lawyers in Foxwoods Bankruptcy Case

By Gina Passarella |

Finalizing the legal team to handle cases related to Foxwoods Casino's bankruptcy hasn't been a simple task. As DLA Piper was recently able to overcome the U.S. trustee's objections to the firm's representation of Foxwoods in its parent company's bankruptcy filing, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General declined to represent the state in a sister suit in which the company is seeking to recover $50 million from the state government.

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Philadelphia Attorney Simon to Be Sworn in as NACDL President

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

High-profile attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon, known for representing clients in criminal cases spanning the globe, is set to be inaugurated as the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Firms Should Take Care in Creating LGBT Practice Groups

By Gina Passarella |

It may appear to be a good time to begin marketing legal services to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania given the overturning of the state's ban on gay marriage, but lawyers who have long represented the community warn firms not to just stick "LGBT" in front of their practice and hope for work.

Should Firms Do More to Protect Proprietary Marketing Plans?

By Max Mitchell |

Although legal marketers occasionally work with sensitive materials, law firms have done little to protect marketing schemes and strategies when it comes to chief marketing officers and staffers jumping ship, according to several marketers.


Nelson Levine Looks to Client to Fill COO Role

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Ex-Solicitor Must Repay Arbitrator Fee to County

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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High Court Denies Appeal in Pietragallo Gordon Malpractice Case

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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'Trailblazer' Labor Lawyer Charles E. Mitchell Dies at 88

By Ben Seal |

Charles E. Mitchell saw an opportunity to make a difference for Pennsylvania attorneys, particularly minorities faced with unfair circumstances, and jumped at the chance.

Cozen O'Connor Picks Up Jefferson Health Deputy GC

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Spector Gadon Co-Founder Steven Gadon Dies at 82

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Jury Finds for Duane Morris in Colo. Malpractice Case

By Gina Passarella |

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.


Marshall Dennehey Makes Several Leadership Changes

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Blank Rome Hit With Jury Verdict, but No Damages

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Firms Beginning to Take Flat-Fee Model to E-Discovery

By Gina Passarella |

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, Longtime Attorney at Ballard Spahr, Dies at Age 88

Francis Ballard, an attorney at Ballard Spahr for 41 years, died June 20 at age 88.

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Wolf Block Gets Insurance Dispute Remanded to State Court

By Gina Passarella |

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.


Firm Must Pay Fees to Ex-Associate Suspended for Theft

By Gina Passarella |

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.


In Contested Race, Reed Smith Elects Thomas MP

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, Partner at Marshall Dennehey, Dies at 72

John "Jack" Penders, a longtime partner at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, died June 2 at the age of 72.

Name Partner From Deasey Mahoney Goes In-House With Client

By Zack Needles |

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.

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Buchanan Ingersoll Opens in Denver, Hires Two Lawyers

By Gina Passarella |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has become the latest Pennsylvania firm to focus on expansion in Denver.

Morgan Lewis Shuffles Office and Practice Leadership Roles

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Pennsylvania Am Law 200 Firms Aren't in 'Super Rich' Category

By Gina Passarella |

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.

ACE, MSA Safety and Reed Smith Named Value Champions by ACC

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Can Pa. Law Firms Start to Close Revolving CMO Door?

By Gina Passarella |

Filling and keeping filled the chief marketing officer position within Pennsylvania's law firms has often been a struggle.

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Fox Rothschild Sees Revenue Grow 8.7 Percent

By Zack Needles |

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.

Effect on Clients Key to Differences in Attorney Discipline

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Attorneys Oppose Bill Proposing Tax on Legal Services

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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PSU, Paterno Family Set to Face Off Over Freeh Documents

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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In Transvaginal Mesh MDL, Drinker Hit With Sanctions

By Zack Needles |

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.

Trustee Has Questions on Firms' Roles in Casino Bankruptcy

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Frederic L. Ballard Jr., Longtime Ballard Spahr Partner, Dies at 72

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.

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Law Firms Bulking Up Intelligence Analysis Arms

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Pa. Firms Outpaced Nationally in Revenue, Citi Survey Shows

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Getting Injured Workers Back to the Job on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

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

Founder of Mattioni Ltd. in Phila., Dante Mattioni, Dies at Age 83

Dante Mattioni, 83, a Philadelphia lawyer and founder of Mattioni Ltd., died Monday after a long illness.


Judge Sanctions Defense Lawyer Over Smoking Reference

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Competitive Intelligence: Spy Games or Market Research?

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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David M. Rosenblum, Civil Rights Attorney in Philadelphia, Dies at 47

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.

Buchanan Ingersoll Hires PNC Bank's Ex-Deputy General Counsel

By Zack Needles |

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.

Job Market Still Tough for Area Law School Graduates

By Zack Needles |

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.

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Former Morgan Lewis Partner Donald A. Scott Dies at 84

Donald A. Scott, a Philadelphia corporate lawyer, died April 14 at the age of 84.

After Suspension of Six Months, 'Upskirt' GC is Reinstated

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Pennsylvania Firms Fail to Make Big Gains in Am Law 100

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Phila. Criminal Defense Attorney Harry R. Seay Dies at Age 79

Harry R. Seay, a criminal defense attorney, died Feb. 25. He was 79.

Trial Lawyer's Fraud Scheme, Suicide Shock Plaintiffs Bar

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

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.

Company Has No Legal Mal Claim in Factory Fire Case

By Zack Needles |

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.

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Defamation Suit by Cyberintelligence Company Survives

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Blank Rome Partner David Kittner Dies

Blank Rome partner David Kittner died April 18.

Drinker Biddle's Revenue, PPP Down 1 Percent

By Zack Needles |

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.

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Pa. Seeing Influx of Out-of-State Firms, Despite Mature Market

By Zack Needles |

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 Adds to Trend of Meshing Marketing, Business Roles

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Ex-Delco ADA Suspended for Alcohol-Related Hit-and-Run

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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 Firm Opens in Phila. With Four From Spector Gadon

By Zack Needles |

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.

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Trial Lawyer Diversity Stagnant, but Change Could Be Coming

By Zack Needles |

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 Revenue, PPP Relatively Flat

By Zack Needles |

Duane Morris saw a 0.2 percent uptick in its revenue in 2013, while its net income dipped by 5 percent.

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Drinker Biddle CMO Departure Latest Marketing Move

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Cozen O'Connor Seeks Approval to Recover $50 Mil. Foxwoods Fee

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Med Mal Attorney Appeals Nearly $35K in Sanctions

By Max Mitchell |

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 Revenue Up 5.3 Percent, RPL Down 0.9 Percent

By Zack Needles |

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.

Trade-Secrets Case Against Patterson Belknap Survives

By Gina Passarella |

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."

IP Litigator Leaves Kessler Topaz for Condo Roccia Firm

By Zack Needles |

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.

GCs to Law Firms: Employ Caution When Cross-Selling

By Gina Passarella and Zack Needles |

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.

Ex-Cozen O'Connor Lawyer's Wire Fraud Conviction Upheld

By Gina Passarella |

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.


Pitt Firm Pushes for Discovery in Case Against Lundy

By Zack Needles |

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.

Longtime Beasley Firm Lawyer Benedict Casey Dies at Age 85

Benedict A. Casey, a member of The Beasley Firm in Philadelphia for more than 40 years, died March 14 at the age of 85.

Data Security

How are law firms dealing with the issue of data security? Explore the technology of staying cyber-safe in this collection of articles.

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Seven Lavin O'Neil Lawyers Join Dissolving Hollstein Keating

By Zack Needles |

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.

Lawyers Question Decision to Dismiss Case Against Kerns

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Do Law Firms Need Cyberinsurance?

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Ex-Spector Gadon Attorney Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

By Gina Passarella |

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 Revenue Dips 1.3 Percent, PPP Rises 1.4 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Merger of Buchanan Ingersoll And Fowler White Official

By Julie Kay and Gina Passarella |

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.

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Law Firms' Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Marshall Dennehey Opens Cincinnati Office With New Hire

By Zack Needles |

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.

Failure to Communicate May Have Dire Effects, GCs Warn Law Firms

By Zack Needles |

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.

Reed Smith Grows Revenue 6.1 Percent, PPP 5.5 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Company Owes Legal Fees After 'Calling Shots' in Litigation

By Zack Needles |

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.

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Bill on Oversight Of Conflict Counsel Becomes Law

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Ballard Spahr Helps to Generate $1.86 Billion Sale of PGW

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Law Firms Face Pressure From Clients on Data Security

By Gina Passarella |

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.