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Terrence Allen

Pepper Hamilton Defections Mount as Akin Gump Adds Partner

Rebecca Cohen | April 26, 2017

Terrence Allen, who joined Pepper Hamilton’s Los Angeles office a year ago, is on the move again to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in nearby Orange County. Allen is the latest Pepper Hamilton partner to leave the firm so far this year.

Pa. Firms See Mixed Fortunes in 2017 Am Law 100 Rankings

By Lizzy McLellan |

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

Judge Nixes Unfair Collection Claims Against Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Left to right: James Kwartnik, Jeffrey Mullen, Raymond Deluca and Bruce Ficken, Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor Grabs Construction Group From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has new leadership in its construction practice after bringing on a four-lawyer group from Pepper Hamilton.

Salary History Law Adds Hurdle to Law Firm Hiring

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Case Study: Diversifying the Plaintiffs Bar, One Small Firm at a Time

By Lizzy McLellan |

"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."

James Schadel, Burns White general counsel

Amid Growth, New Legal Issues, Burns White Names General Counsel

By Lizzy McLellan |

For many midsize firms, success means more complexity.

Big Law Bends to Challenge Midsize Firms on Flexibility

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.


As Wall Street Firms Soar, Do Pa. Firms Care?

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Bob Weishaar, McNees Wallace & Nurick partner

McNees Wallace Partner Takes Helm of Energy Bar

By Lizzy McLellan |

For the first time in more than a quarter-century, the president of the Energy Bar Association is from a Pennsylvania-based law firm.

Left to right: Linsey B. Bozzelli, Blank Rome and Marlee Myers, Morgan Lewis

Now at the Top, Pa. Women Dealmakers Look to Grow Ranks

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

In 'Unusual' Move, DEP Taps DC Litigator for Pa. High Court Appeal

By Zack Needles |

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.

In Construction Shuffle, Lawyers Seek Small but Diverse Firms

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Montgomery McCracken

Montgomery McCracken Adds Another NY Real Estate Group

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Evening view of Pittsburgh from the top of the Duquesne Incline in Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As Pa. Billing Rates Rise, Big Firms Pull Further Ahead

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Fraud Conviction in $23M Scheme Targeting Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Left to right: Barley Snyder managing partner Jeffrey Lobach and Stonesifer and Kelley partner Scott Kelley

Barley Snyder Acquires Hanover Firm, Plans Gettysburg Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Central Pennsylvania-based Barley Snyder is merging with three-lawyer firm Stonesifer and Kelley effective April 1, the firms announced Thursday.

David Axelrod, Ballard Spahr.

Now at Ballard, SEC Vet Predicts Shift in Agency Approach

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 Grabs Former OAG Corruption Prosecutor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis has added to its white-collar and internal investigations practice, bringing on partner Laurel Brandstetter in Pittsburgh.

Joel Frank, Lamb McErlane

Lamb McErlane Leader Named GC for Pa. Republican Party

By Lizzy McLellan |

Joel Frank, managing partner of Lamb McErlane, has been named the state GOP's top lawyer.

L-R Mason Avrigian and Tom Madigan

Predicting Boom, Pa. Firms Build Up Construction Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

New Partners

Duane Morris Grows Revenue 4.6 Percent, PPP 4.4 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Saul Ewing Revenue Down 1.6 Percent, PPP Down 5.6 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Revenue and profits suffered in 2016 as litigation activity slowed and two contingency fees came in later than expected.

Blank Rome Boosts Revenue 22 Percent Amid Major Growth Spurt

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Soft Demand Drags Pa. Law Firms Back Down to Earth

By Lizzy McLellan |

Big law firms based in Pennsylvania faced a reality check in 2016, as weak demand for legal services took its toll.

Justices to Consider Quantum Meruit in Nonpartner Fee Dispute

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

One-Time Kane Lawyer Must Face Extortion Lawsuit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Kevin Greenberg.

Greenberg Traurig Grabs Government, Corporate Partner From Flaster Greenberg

By Lizzy McLellan |

Government and corporate lawyer Kevin Greenberg has left Flaster Greenberg, taking his practice to 1,800-lawyer Greenberg Traurig.

(l-r) Steve Dupont, Carin Cutler, and Nathan Seiler.

Ballard Spahr Adds Startup Partners in Boulder

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr has mined the Rocky Mountain foothills for its latest outpost, adding three corporate partners in Boulder, Colorado, focused on emerging growth companies.

Law Firm Love Story: Tale of Two Partners

By Lizzy McLellan |

Luke and Allison Sizemore see advantages in the personal and professional crossover as attorneys at Reed Smith.

Kate Deringer Sallie of Pillar+Aught.

Case Study: Bringing Startup Culture to Pa. Law

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Long-Running Dragonetti Suit Against Firm Sent Back Down Again

By Zack Needles |

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.

UNITED STATES - April 23: Daylin Leach is interviewed at Roll Call offices in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2013. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

'Gibbon' Tweet Spotlights Policies on Lawyers' Political Speech

By Lizzy McLellan |

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?

Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas, on Dec. 5, 2015.

For Law Firms, Higher Ed Probes Mean Opportunity—And Risk

By Lizzy McLellan |

Even for highly experienced firms, Title IX and sexual assault investigations pose special challenges. Just ask Pepper Hamilton.

Gina Maisto Smith, left, and Leslie Gomez, right, of Cozen O'Connor.

Cozen O'Connor Launches Sexual Misconduct Practice With Pepper Hamilton Pros

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Blank Rome Takes Corporate, Finance Partners From Pepper, Cadwalader

By Lizzy McLellan |

The hires bolster Blank Rome's corporate and securities practice in Pittsburgh and its energy and finance practices in Washington, D.C.

David Caputo, left, and Andrew Youman, right, of Youman & Caputo.

Kline & Specter Partners Jump Ship to Form New Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two Kline & Specter partners, Andy Youman and David Caputo, are leaving to form their own shop, Youman & Caputo.

Montco Solo Attorney Disbarred for Misusing Client Money

By Lizzy McLellan |

Montgomery County solo attorney Raymond J. Quaglia has been disbarred for misusing client money in multiple cases and taking excessive fees for himself.

Timothy Katsiff of Ballard Spahr.

Ballard Spahr Snags Securities Litigator From Morgan Lewis

By Lizzy McLellan |

The firm added Philadelphia litigator Timothy Katsiff as a partner in its Philadelphia office.

Pittsburgh, PA.

Eckert Seamans Acquires Pittsburgh Trusts and Estates Boutique

By Lizzy McLellan |

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott is combining with a small trusts and estates law firm in Pittsburgh, Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf & Moore.

Paul Legaard, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young

Stradley Grabs Life Sciences IP Pro From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Paul Legaard, who joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young this month, said Philadelphia could soon catch up with Boston as a life sciences hub.


Amid Immigration Jitters, Cozen O'Connor Hires EB-5 Pro From Fox

By Lizzy McLellan |

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, Hangley Aronchick

Ex-DLA Piper Partner Named First Nonfounder Chairman at Hangley

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Mike Fitzpatrick.

Departing Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick Lands at Obermayer

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Pipes for the Keystone Pipeline.

Energy Lawyers Brace for Action, Opposition After Pipeline Orders

By Lizzy McLellan |

The president's decision to push forward with two major pipeline projects could signal busy times ahead for energy practices.

Blank Rome Snags Pittsburgh Energy Duo From Norton Rose

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Reed Smith Loses Health Care Partners, Gains Dentons Emerging Markets Pro

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Out-of-State Firms Look to Phila. for Core Practice Building Blocks

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Joe Nguyen, with Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Stradley Adds Litigator From Ocwen In-House Post

By Lizzy McLellan |

Class action pro Joe Nguyen joined Stradley Ronon's Philadelphia office Jan. 3, the firm announced Monday.

Left to right: Daniela Berisiartu, Michael Stevenson and Scott Bettridge, Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor Adds Immigration Group From Fox

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Shuffles Delaware Leadership, Looks to Expand Public Finance Work

By Gina Passarella |

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 Faces $625M Suit Over Appellate Brief

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Josh Quinter, left, and Karin Corbett, right, of Offit Kurman.

Offit Kurman Creates Suburban Philadelphia Presence

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Business handshake and business people

For Big Law, 2016 Served Up a Surprise at Every Turn

By Gina Passarella |

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 Winkour of Dechert.

CDI Shareholders Want Winokur, Dechert Out

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Midsize, Small Firms Aimed for Fast Growth in 2016

By Lizzy McLellan |

For Pennsylvania's small and midsize law firm market, 2016 was a year of geographic expansion.

Michael J. Engle of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young.

Stradley Ronon Picks Up Greenblatt Pierce Name Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

Michael J. Engle, a longtime Philadelphia-area white-collar defense lawyer and name partner at Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores, has joined the litigation department at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young.

Cooley Adds Pepper, Chadbourne Partners in Play to Boost Mid-Atlantic Foothold

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.

Baylor University, Waco Texas.

Pepper Hamilton Faces Lawsuit Over Baylor Report

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pepper Hamilton is experiencing the backlash of its Title IX internal investigations work at Baylor University, as a former associate athletics director who blames the firm for his abrupt firing has filed a lawsuit.

Retired Longtime Morgan Lewis Lawyer Harry Reagan Dies at 76

Harry Reagan, a labor lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, died Nov. 28 after a long illness. Reagan was 76.

Partner Alleges Equal Pay Act Violations at Saltz Matkov

By Gina Passarella |

A female lawyer given partnership interest in Wayne-based Saltz Matkov has sued the firm for Equal Pay Act violations as well as retaliation ranging from alleged verbal assault to being locked in her office by other lawyers who put a couch in front of her door.

success chart going up

Pa. Firms Acquiring, Firing in Attempt to Find Code for Financial Success

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms have spent the last year adjusting their attorney and staff complement in the face of rising costs and shrinking demand, and according to many indicators, it seems to be paying off.

Attorneys Relieved After End of Raynor Sanction Row

By Max Mitchell and P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pennsylvania attorneys are giving a collective sigh of relief in the wake of the state Supreme Court's decision last week to block efforts aimed at reinstating a nearly $1 million sanction against a Philadelphia-area defense attorney.

received 9/14/16-  (handout)  Michael Rynowecer, president and founder of BTI Consulting Group

BTI Report: Client-Targeted Marketing Boosts Leading Law Firms

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firms that know their clients well and tailor their strategies to each client will be the most financially successful, the head of BTI Consulting said.

Midmarket Firms Step Back From Bonus Buzz

By Lizzy McLellan |

As the usual suspects roll out their 2016 bonus announcements, midsize law firms based in Pennsylvania are abstaining from the competition, finding themselves in a separate league for rates and compensation.

Deborah Gross, incoming Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Incoming Chancellor Commits to Strengthening Bar's Legal Aid Services

By Max Mitchell |

At a time when the political winds across the country are shifting, the incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association wants the organization to take a leading role in ensuring that those in need can access legal aid.

Murray Shusterman.

Murray Shusterman of Fox Rothschild Dies at 104

By Lizzy McLellan |

Murray H. Shusterman, a longtime partner at Fox Rothschild, died Monday at the age of 104, after an 80-year career.

George Pallas.

Cohen Seglias Elects New Managing Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman has selected a new firmwide managing partner, George Pallas.

David Kleppinger of McNees Wallace & Nurick. HANDOUT.

McNees Wallace Opens First Md. Office in Frederick

By Lizzy McLellan |

Central Pennsylvania-based McNees, Wallace & Nurick has opened an office in Frederick, Maryland, in response to clients moving south from Pennsylvania.

Inventory Boost Gives Pa. Firms Optimism in Collections Season

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania law firm leaders are cautiously optimistic as they work through collections season, in slightly better shape than the overall industry.

Expansion, Eye on Expenses Driving Pa. Firms' Financial Success

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms are on pace for a stellar year financially, according to the latest report from Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group.


Dechert Matches Cravath's Bonus Scale

By Lizzy McLellan |

Dechert has matched the bonus scale announced this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore, the firm announced in a memo Wednesday afternoon and confirmed to The Legal.

Was Election Boon or Bad Omen for Pa. Oil and Gas Industry?

By Zack Needles |

While the impending shift to a Republican-led federal government and the expected rollback of environmental regulations would seem to be clear cause for celebration in the struggling oil and gas industry, the post-election mood among Pennsylvania's energy and environmental lawyers ranged from optimism to apprehension.

Julia D. Corelli, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee (far left), and Thomas M. Gallagher, Chair of the Executive Committee (far right), with Pepper Hamilton’s newly elected partners and of counsel, from left to right: Judith L. O'Grady, Jessica A. Rickabaugh, Shirley R. Kuhlmann, Abigail A. Hazlett, Tracey E. Diamond, and Nilufer R. Shaikh.

Pepper Hamilton to Promote All-Female Partner Class

By Lizzy McLellan |

The six lawyers to be promoted at Pepper Hamilton in January all have one thing in common—they are women.

Under Trump, P3 Practice Growth Expected to Accelerate

By Lizzy McLellan |

Infrastructure law practices focusing on public-private partnerships are readying for major growth in the next few years, which could be further stimulated if President-elect Donald Trump delivers on his campaign and post-election promises.

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general.

Some Pa. Lawyers Express Concerns Over Sessions as Attorney General

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Members of Pennsylvania's legal community have expressed misgivings about President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Alabama senator and conservative hard-liner Jeff Sessions as the nation's 84th attorney general.

Lancaster Lawyer Breaks Ground With Successful Clemency Petition

By Hannah Winegar |

Lancaster attorney Kiandra Bair has become the first member of the National Bar Association to file a successful petition for clemency on behalf of an inmate.

Pepper Hamilton

Partner's Use of Pepper Letterhead Brings Firm Into FDCPA Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A couple who rented residential property from a Pepper Hamilton partner has sued the partner and the firm for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, alleging the lawyer tried to intimidate the couple by writing letters seeking payment on the firm's letterhead.

Investment banker Jason Galanis

Firms Face Malpractice Claims Over Alleged Bond Scheme

By Lizzy McLellan |

Law firms Dilworth Paxson and Greenberg Traurig are facing legal malpractice and ERISA claims over their alleged role in what the SEC has called a fraudulent scheme to divert investment funds using a fake annuity purported to benefit a Native American tribe.

success chart going up

Pa. Tops Revenue Growth in Citi 3Q Survey

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania law firms outpaced the rest of the legal industry for revenue in the first three quarters of 2016, according to new survey results from Citi Private Bank, even as demand was relatively flat in the state.

Kevin Washo of Cozen O’Connor.

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Grabs DNC Host Committee Director

By Lizzy McLellan |

Kevin Washo, formerly the executive director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC, has joined Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies in Philadelphia.

Tony Volpe, IP litigator and co-founder of Volpe and Koenig.

IP Veteran Volpe Forms Mediation Practice for Business Disputes

By Lizzy McLellan |

Anthony S. Volpe, a veteran intellectual property litigator and co-founder of intellectual property boutique firm Volpe and Koenig, is backing away from litigation and taking on another approach to business disputes, establishing

Reed Smith Washington, D.C. offices. November 12, 2014.

Court Stays $20.5M Suit Against Reed Smith

By Lizzy McLellan |

A legal malpractice suit against Reed Smith over a $20.5 million settlement has been stayed while a federal appeals court considers whether a related case against an insurer was properly decided.

Despite Firms' Efforts, GCs Unhappy With Pricing Data

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a survey released last week, consulting firm Altman Weil asked chief legal officers whether their top 10 law firms provide useful spend analysis to the law department. Of those surveyed, 73 percent of CLOs said none of their top firms provide useful data.

Lawyers Aiming to Put Phila. Fund Industry on the Map

By Lizzy McLellan |

Philadelphia may not be the first city that comes to mind when thinking of top asset management markets, but a group of lawyers and industry professionals are working to change that perception.

Thomas Gallagher of Pepper Hamilton.

For Pepper Hamilton's Chair, Veterans Day Is Personal: Q&A With Thomas Gallagher

By Gina Passarella |

As Veterans Day is upon us, The Legal checked in with Pepper Hamilton chairman Thomas M. Gallagher about his military service, its similarities with the law, what veterans bring to an organization and the many ways Pepper Hamilton is looking out for veterans in and outside of the firm.

Cozen O'Connor CEO Michael Heller.

Pa. Firm Leaders: Election Will Increase Firm Work, but How?

By Lizzy McLellan |

With Donald Trump as the president-elect and a Republican majority elected to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Pennsylvania law firm leaders said they are expecting an increase in work for some practice areas, even though it remains unclear what to expect in terms of specific policies.

Chartwell Suit Over Failed Merger to Go On

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Miami-Dade County judge has allowed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Florida's Wadsworth Huott by Pennsylvania firm Chartwell Law Offices to proceed.

Pittsburgh Startups, Law Firms Form Alliances

By Lizzy McLellan |

As Pittsburgh's technology and startup community experiences a growth spurt, area law firms are looking to get in on the action by forging relationships with local players in the technology industry.

Legal and Litigation Department: Editor's Note

By Zack Needles |

With several of these supplements under our belts, we've decided to try a few new things this year.

10/31/16- Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, law firm sign, Miami, Fl., office

Gordon & Rees Hires Phila. Bankruptcy Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia bankruptcy attorney has joined Gordon & Rees, coming from Flaster Greenberg.

Medical Cannabis.

New Pa. Rule Clears Path for Medical Cannabis Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

A long-awaited rule change adopted last week by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court removed an ethical risk at the state level for lawyers who handle matters related to medical marijuana.

The cafe at Reed Smith’s Philadelphia office.

Philadelphia Firms Opt for Less Space, More Flexibility

By Lizzy McLellan |

Keeping pace with national law firm real estate trends, law offices in the city are learning how to do more with less.

Skyline of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Phila. Bar Pushes for Ban on Harassment, Stronger Equal Pay Law

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Philadelphia Bar Association is sending a message to Pennsylvania's highest court and state lawmakers, seeking a rule change to expressly prohibit harassment by lawyers and legislation to advance equal pay for women.

Offit Kurman Prevails in Phila. Lawyer’s Fee Lawsuit

By Lizzy McLellan |

An arbitrator has found in favor of Offit Kurman in a fee dispute involving a Philadelphia lawyer who was dismissed from the firm in 2012.


Origination, Partner Comp Drop in Philadelphia

By Lizzy McLellan |

Recently released data on partner compensation and origination seem to paint a bleak picture for Philadelphia's legal market, but they may just be reflecting a return to normal after a particularly strong rebound from the recession.

Midsize Firm Leaders Fight Gender Pay Gap With Data

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a legal market still plagued by gender-based pay inequity, midsize and small firms have the ability, and some say responsibility, to carefully track how partner compensation is determined and make sure it is not affected by gender bias.

Ted Offit of Offit Kurman.

For Offit Kurman, Philadelphia Is the Next Big Thing

By Lizzy McLellan |

Nearly a decade ago, Offit Kurman planted a flag in Philadelphia, opening an office with one lawyer. Now, the Baltimore-born firm has 30 lawyers in Pennsylvania, after adding three principals to the Philadelphia office in six weeks, and says Philadelphia could become its largest office.

Legal Malpractice Case Raises Statute-of-Limitations Question

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia judge said he would have awarded a lawyer $900,000 in a malpractice suit against her divorce attorneys, but he found the claim was time-barred under a theory he said the Pennsylvania Superior Court may well reverse.

Baker & Hostetler Hires Pepper Hamilton Tax Partner

By Lizzy McLellan |

A tax controversy partner from Pepper Hamilton has left to join Baker & Hostetler's growing Philadelphia office.

Edward F. “Ted” Behm Jr.

Dilworth Paxson Hires New Head of Patent Practice

By Gina Passarella |

Dilworth Paxson has brought in new leadership for its patent practice with the hire of a Barnes & Thornburg partner.


Post & Schell Hires Former McCarter & English Phila. MP

By Lizzy McLellan |

A partner in McCarter & English's Philadelphia office has joined Post & Schell as a principal and chairman of the firm's corporate practice group.

Pa. Court Ruling Likely to Boost Energy Law Business

By Lizzy McLellan |

After a ruling in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week sent an unfriendly message to the energy industry, energy law practices in the state will be tasked with explaining Pennsylvania's ever-changing legal requirements for the industry, and challenging the new local rules that will likely take shape.

John Cordisco, left, and Michael Saile, right.

Bucks County Party Leader, Trial Lawyer Form New Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Michael Saile Jr. and John Cordisco are forming their own firm.

Firms Invest in Nonlawyer Industry Experts for Niche Services

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a client-driven legal market, law firms are constantly seeking ways to stand out as providing unique services and better value, even if it requires a long-term investment. And for some firms, that means pulling in skilled professionals with training and experience in other industries.

Former Phila. Solicitor Joins Archer & Greiner

By Lizzy McLellan |

Archer & Greiner has added another former member of Philadelphia's Law Department to its ranks, bringing on former Philadelphia city solicitor Shelley R. Smith as a partner.

Beemer Taps Cozen O'Connor Partner as Special Adviser

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer has continued building out the leadership team that will advise him for the four or so months he is slated to have the job.

Contract Lawyer Ranks to Grow as Firms Seek to Protect Profits

By Lizzy McLellan |

As law firms look to staffing adjustments as a way to maintain or fatten their profit margins, and young lawyers seek alternate employment routes in lieu of the traditional partner track, the role of contract attorneys is likely to gain prominence, legal industry observers said.

In Offit Kurman Fee Dispute, Some Discovery to Remain Public

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a fee dispute involving a Philadelphia lawyer it dismissed in 2012, Offit Kurman has been allowed to file certain information regarding the firm under seal, but was not granted the blanket seal on discovery materials it sought. The firm is facing allegations that it failed to comply with its promise to pay origination fees to an attorney after he left the firm.

Court Invalidates Lawyer's Fee Split With Litigation Investors

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a first-impression issue, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawyer's unjust enrichment claim against litigation funders, ruling that the fee agreement between them and the plaintiff could not be enforced.

Justices Allow New Petition on Nonpartner Fee Dispute

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to give a second chance at recovering damages for attorney fees to a law firm that was denied breach of contract damages because the lawyer who entered the agreement was not a partner.

Morgan Lewis Settles Dispute With Ex-Partner

By Gina Passarella |

After languishing on the docket for months, a largely sealed lawsuit between Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and a former partner who left the firm after allegations he shared confidential client information has settled.

Energy Industry, DEP Become Litigation Targets Under New Fracking Rules

By Max Mitchell |

Energy companies and the state Department of Environmental Protection are seen as the biggest and most likely targets of litigation that attorneys anticipate will flow from a series of much-anticipated oil and gas regulations expected to take effect this fall.

Energy Practices Expect Boon—For Now—From New DEP Rules

By Lizzy McLellan |

As Pennsylvania's energy industry prepares for a new set of regulations, expected to take effect this fall, law firms with energy and environmental practices in the state are gearing up to provide guidance about what those regulations will require.

Costlier Cases, Dispute Resolution Top Trial Lawyers’ Trend List

By Zack Needles |

There are many different types of litigators, but they all share one common trait: adaptability.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Penn Medicine Data Privacy Lawyer Rejoins Ballard Spahr

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr has rehired a data privacy and intellectual property attorney from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent two years working in data privacy issues related to HIPAA compliance.


Energy Lawyer Rejoins Post & Schell After In-House Stint

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former Post & Schell shareholder who was most recently in-house at an energy company has returned to the firm as a principal in its environmental, energy and utilities and Marcellus Shale practice.

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Longtime Phila. Litigator Joins White and Williams

By Lizzy McLellan |

White and Williams has added to its litigation bench in Philadelphia, bringing in veteran trial attorney David H. Marion as senior counsel.


Eckert Seamans Hires Former Aria Health Chief Counsel

By Lizzy McLellan |

The former chief legal counsel for Aria Health, Rafael Villalobos, has joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott as a member, allowing the firm to offer a greater variety of health law services.


Duane Morris Trademarks DNA–Sort Of

By Gina Passarella |

Almost three years after Duane Morris developed a proprietary system for analyzing the anatomy of its cases for pricing purposes, the firm has trademarked its logo for the tool, DNA.

Bochetto & Lentz Loses High-Court Bid for Referral-Fee Recovery

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to take up a case over an alleged improper referral, rejecting Bochetto & Lentz's appeal and finalizing a summary judgment order in favor of defendant and attorney A. Harold Datz.

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Despite High Satisfaction, Pa. Midlevel Associates Gripe Over Pay

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania midlevel associates generally reported high levels of satisfaction, with a few firms making major jumps in national rankings, in a recent survey conducted by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer. But some firms showed noteworthy declines in associate satisfaction, with survey responses revealing complaints about compensation or workload.

Layoffs Likely on Horizon, but Less Severe in Pennsylvania

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania firms are not immune from a nationwide dip in demand, which industry observers predict will lead to layoffs, but the impact in Pennsylvania may not be as severe as in other regions, where more firms have raised first-year associate salaries to $180,000.

James J. Eisenhower.

Veteran White-Collar Defense Attorney Joins Dilworth

By Lizzy McLellan |

James J. Eisenhower, a longtime white-collar defense lawyer with roots in federal prosecution, has joined Dilworth Paxson as a partner in Philadelphia.

Phila. Firms Robust So Far in 2016, but Challenges Will Mount

By Lizzy McLellan |

While Philadelphia-area firms were looking better than the rest in the first half of 2016, based on revenue data collected by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group, the second half of the year is likely to show a drop-off.

Pa. Firms Boosted by Rise in Litigation, Citi Survey Shows

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms outperformed the national averages for revenue and profit growth in the first half of 2016 thanks to strong inventory coming into the year along with improved collection cycles and significant expense management, according to a recent report by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group.

No Legal Windfall Yet From Rising Pa. Natural Gas Production

By Lizzy McLellan |

While Pennsylvania's natural gas production is on the rise, energy lawyers in the state said that will not have an immediate impact on their practices. But, they said, the numbers forecast a bright future for multidisciplinary energy practices in Pennsylvania, as well as the overall state economy.

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Pa. Firms Feel Effects of Demand Hit That 'Blindsided' Industry

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the midst of a jarring decline in demand for legal services nationwide, some Pennsylvania firm leaders said transactional practices are suffering, as corporate clients become more selective in their work with outside law firms.

Obermayer Can't Arbitrate Ex-Associate’s Bonus Allegations

By Gina Passarella |

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel has lost its bid to arbitrate a lawsuit filed against the firm by a former associate who alleged its billing rate allocation denied associates their fair share of bonuses.

Amid Rent Debt, Bankruptcy Firm Seeks Chapter 11 Protection

By Lizzy McLellan |

A western Pennsylvania bankruptcy firm that changed hands in the midst of a now-suspended principal's disciplinary troubles has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Bennett Bricklin Opens Wilkes-Barre Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Bennett Bricklin & Saltzburg is opening an office in Wilkes-Barre, with the addition of a defense litigator from Thomas, Thomas & Hafer.

Trujillo Joins Chamberlain to Spearhead Growth in Phila.

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ken Trujillo, a Philadelphia litigator from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis and a player in the local political scene, has left the firm to join Houston-based Chamberlain Hrdlicka and grow its Philadelphia presence.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Clients Oppose Ballard Suit Seeking Cut of Merger Money

By Lizzy McLellan |

Clients of Ballard Spahr want the firm's suit against them thrown out, arguing the law firm has no claim to a cut of the proceeds from a merger that resolved antitrust litigation Ballard filed on their behalf.

Plaintiffs Bar Diversity Improves Slightly as Conversations Shift

By Lizzy McLellan |

While certain firms made individual gains in attorney diversity since last year, improvement in the number of minority and female trial attorneys remained sluggish from 2015 to 2016, based on The Legal's ninth annual survey examining diversity at the largest plaintiffs firms in the state.

Kimberly Kitchen, left, leaves the Huntingdon County Courthouse in Huntingdon, Pa., on March 24, 2016, after she was found guilty of posing as an attorney for nearly a decade. Kitchen was convicted March 24 on charges of forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering in Huntingdon County.

A Pa. Lawyer Who Wasn't Faces Sentencing After Years of Deception

By Ben Seal |

Kimberly Kitchen's past began to unspool two years ago. Kitchen was, by all accounts, a generous member of the Huntingdon community whose volunteer work with charitable organizations made her a familiar face around town. She was also a forger who practiced law without a license, for which she was found guilty in March of two misdemeanors and a felony. As she prepares to be sentenced Tuesday, the Huntingdon County bar is picking up the pieces left behind by her ruse.

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Pa. Firms Keep Eyes on Germany in Wake of Brexit Vote

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the wake of last month's Brexit vote, and in preparation for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, some large Pennsylvania firms are looking to expand operations in Germany.

Blank Rome Partners, Including Son of Firm Founder, Join Fox

By Gina Passarella |

Fox Rothschild has hired two longtime partners from Blank Rome who were conflicted out of their former firm after it acquired more than 100 partners and new practices from Dickstein Shapiro earlier this year.

Economic Factors Driving Increase in Nonlawyer Payment Inquiries

By Zack Needles |

As evidenced by a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling invalidating an alleged fee-splitting arrangement between a law firm and an outside consultant, questions about the proper way for attorneys to pay nonlawyers who help generate business still arise frequently.

Ajay Raju, executive chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson. 2015. HANDOUT.

Changes at Dilworth: 'Identity Crisis' or 'Radical Vision'?

By Lizzy McLellan |

Dilworth Paxson's attorney head count has taken some noticeable hits in recent months, leading some to express concern for the firm's future, but its leader said he is encouraged by the shape Dilworth has taken since he began implementing a new strategy more than two years ago.

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Notable Mergers, Departures Show Through in Pa. Firm Head Counts

By Lizzy McLellan |

While Pennsylvania's largest law firms maintained a steady head count overall in 2015, a number of firms experienced noticeable gains and decreases due to mergers, strings of departures or group moves, according to data reported by Legal affiliate The National Law Journal.

As Merger Fever Continues, Phila. Market Is Hot

By Lizzy McLellan |

As law firms nationwide experience a record pace for mergers and acquisitions, Philadelphia-area firms have accounted for a significant share of the activity.