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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.
Morgan Lewis, Simpson Thacher, Latham & Watkins and Dorsey & Whitney were each tapped for a pair of acquisitions by Philadelphia-based Aramark worth more than $2 billion.
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has revived a legal malpractice suit against Dechert, ruling that the firm could have done more to prevent a court's legal error in Tahiti.
A practice leader from Saul Ewing has moved to Pepper Hamilton's health sciences department.
A group of landscapers suing their employer for overtime pay have settled their class action lawsuit for roughly $4.8 million, with their lawyers netting $1.5 million in fees.
The ex-chairman of a dissolved firm, who wants to take his former partners to arbitration, has argued he has no obligation to state his claims in court.
A three-lawyer group from Kasowitz Benson Torres has jumped to Blank Rome in Los Angeles, bringing their policyholder-dedicated insurance practice to a new home.
Duane Morris has reached a settlement with a former client who claimed he was overcharged, after the law firm said it already waived hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.
Depending on who you ask, a workers' compensation firm having an ownership stake in a pharmacy is either an ethical quagmire or a practical way for law firms to provide quick and inexpensive coverage to injured workers who might otherwise be left to suffer while their cases are litigated.
The ex-chairman of the now dissolved Pennsylvania-based firm Nelson Brown & Co., formerly known as Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, wants to take his former partners to arbitration. For what exactly is still unclear.
Tiffany Palmer, a founding partner of Jerner & Palmer, will direct the national LGBT Family Law Institute.
What draws some lawyers back to their old firms after practicing for years somewhere else?
After leading his firm through a game-changing decade for the legal industry, John Soroko is stepping down from his post as chairman of Duane Morris.
When Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr and Saul Ewing (now Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr) both announced significant mergers Tuesday with Midwestern firms of about 150 lawyers, the deals had more in common than timing and geography. Both highlight themes that have been propelling widespread consolidation in the industry, observers said.
Goldberg Segalla has hired a seven-lawyer toxic torts and environmental law team from Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney in Philadelphia.
Maria Sharapova is set to take the court Friday night at the U.S. Open in New York, the latest step in a return to the court for the five-time Grand Slam champion following a 15-month ban for taking the banned substance meldonium. Cheering her on will be Fox Rothschild’s litigation co-chair John Haggerty.
Associates in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh gave their firms below-average scores when it comes to a satisfying work experience. But one Philadelphia firm led the national ranking.
Pennsylvania's plaintiffs bar has continued to diversify its ranks slowly, The Legal's latest trial lawyer diversity survey shows.
Leon Miller, one of the founders of Barley Snyder's Reading practice, died Aug. 21 at the age of 85.
Attorneys Thomas R. Kline and Patrick Fitzgerald of Kline & Specter and Robert Mongeluzzi of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky say filing a lawsuit quickly after a train wreck is one of the most important strategic decisions when dealing with potentially large matters in litigation, and a move that allows the plaintiffs attorneys to take the reins of the litigation early.
A Delaware aviation company is arguing Cozen O'Connor gave the company faulty advice on how to get coverage for its damaged airplane.
Burns White is bringing its investigations and criminal defense practice back to life, hiring a partner in Pittsburgh to lead the effort.
Things are looking up for law firms in the Philadelphia region, if financial data from the first half of 2017 is any indicator.
A recent report has raised questions about a Blank Rome lawyer's work as deputy special master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, through which she appears to have approved millions of dollars' worth of contracts between her own law firm and the fund.
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.
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.