Law Firm News

Legal Mal Suit Against Bracewell Must Be Arbitrated, Despite Plaintiffs' Plea of Poverty

Max Mitchell | June 28, 2017

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.

This Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 image shows s white supremacist carrying a NAZI flag into the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Dilworth Responds After Ex-Employee ID'd as Charlottesville Marcher

By Zack Needles and Meghan Tribe |

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.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Adds Consumer Finance Head From Alston & Bird

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pepper Hamilton has a new practice leader focused on consumer finance, after hiring mortgage banking industry veteran Scott Samlin away from Alston & Bird in New York.

Julie Goodman, Winston & Strawn chief corporate social responsibility officer

Beyond Pro Bono, Firms Put Do-Gooders in Top Positions

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Obermayer Hire Targets Energy Deals, Pittsburgh Growth

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 Collects More Laterals in Growth Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has continued on its lateral spree, bringing on partners in two growing practice areas.

Cozen O'Connor Acquires Campus Safety Consulting Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Angela McGowan, left, and Steve Moniak, right.

Pillar + Aught Grows With Two More Rhoads & Sinon Defectors

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

No Pa. Firms on the A-List, but 2 Shine for Women Partnership

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Duane Morris: Ex-Client Already Settled Over Disputed Legal Fees

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads 2017 Summer Associates.

Summer Associates Get Legal Business Boot Camp at Montgomery McCracken

By Lizzy McLellan |

The firm hopes to teach its aspiring lawyers a key skill they probably didn't get in law school: how to win clients.

Woodsford Shakes Up Phila. Litigation Funding Scene

By Lizzy McLellan and Max Mitchell |

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.

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

Cozen O'Connor Beats Back Ex-Client's Disqualification Bid

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Blank Rome Snags LA Wage-and-Hour Partner From Venable

By Lizzy McLellan |

Labor and employment lawyer Laura Reathaford has left Venable to join Blank Rome in Los Angeles, reuniting with two former colleagues there.

Reed Smith Partner Jumps to Cozen O'Connor Amid Lateral Spree

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Jonathan Hugg.

Schnader Harrison Grabs Financial Litigator From Clark Hill

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia litigator from Clark Hill has made the jump to Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, looking for a firm with more local ties.

Rudolph J.

Duane Morris Partner Named Knight of Italy for $100M Bondholder Battle

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 offices in Washington, D.C.

Blank Rome Gets New CIO From Faegre Baker Daniels

By Lizzy McLellan |

Blank Rome has brought on a new chief information officer who hails from Minneapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels.

Firms Take DIY Approach to Tech, but With Limits

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Brandstetter to Lead Schnader Defense, Investigations Group

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Wendy West Feinstein of Morgan Lewis.

Morgan Lewis Grabs Veteran Litigator From Eckert Seamans

By Lizzy McLellan |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has taken a leader from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability group, adding to its Pittsburgh office.

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Pa. Firms Double Down on Pro Bono Commitment

By Lizzy McLellan |

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

Lamb McErlane Fights $4.3M Disgorgement Order

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Pa. Firms Add Bulk, Seeking Bigger Returns

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.


Phila. Associates Break Barrier on Salaries, Report Finds

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Lawsuit Against Duane Morris Highlights Cost Projection Woes

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 Medical Cannabis Lawyers, It's Crunch Time

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Inside the C-suite.

Law Firm Talent Execs Get a Seat at the Table

By Lizzy McLellan |

With an eye on human capital, more law firms are putting talent management leaders in the C-suite to drive comprehensive growth strategies.

Penny Conly Ellison

Stopping Pa.'s Puppy Mills in Their Tracks

By Penny Conly Ellison |

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 Shutters Alaska Outpost, Citing Cool Demand

By Lizzy McLellan |

K&L Gates is in the process of closing its office in Anchorage, Alaska, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

Former Duane Morris Client Seeks $680K For Going Over Budget

By Max Mitchell |

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 Taps Duane Morris to Defend Against Lending-Bias Claims

By Max Mitchell |

Wells Fargo has hired Duane Morris attorney Alexander D. Bono to represent it in a lawsuit over alleged discriminatory lending practices.

5/11/17- Fort Lauderdale— Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney signage

Buchanan Ingersoll Changes Continue With New CFO

By Lizzy McLellan |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is making another change to its leadership team, bringing on a new chief financial officer with decades of Big Law experience.

Former Open Records Official, Pepper Lawyer Forms New Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

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

Ex-Client Sues Cozen O'Connor Over Pepper Hamilton Departures

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Kathy Pape, McNees Wallace & Nurick

Former Water Utility Exec Joins McNees Wallace

By Lizzy McLellan |

McNees Wallace & Nurick has brought on a longtime water company executive as a lawyer in its financial services and public finance practices.

John Royer Jr., left, and Erik Carrozza, right, of Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld.

Eying Growth, Royer Cooper Adds Nonlawyer to C-Suite

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 Launches Space Practice With Dentons Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Pa. Am Law 200 Firms Stayed Steady in Rough Waters

By Lizzy McLellan |

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 Adds IP Pros From Norton Rose

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has hired two patent litigators from Norton Rose Fulbright, adding to its Minneapolis office and its intellectual property practice.

Inside the C-Suite: With Expanded Roles, COOs Gain Influence

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Richard Borden of White and Williams.

White and Williams Adds Chief Privacy Officer

By Lizzy McLellan |

With its most recent partner hire, Philadelphia-based White and Williams is also adding a new role to its executive ranks: chief privacy officer.

Benjamin Shein.

Phila. Asbestos Plaintiffs Firm Faces More RICO Claims

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia law firm is facing renewed claims that it withheld evidence in asbestos cases.

Young Lawyers Demand More Feedback, Firms Deliver

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Scott Turow.

A Chat With Scott Turow About His Latest Novel and the Iconic 'One L'

By Randy Maniloff |

"Testimony" is the author's 11th novel, another in the legal thriller genre that he is credited with having created 30 years ago.

Sharon Lopez.

First Latina President Takes Reins of Pa. Bar Association

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Judge William Pauley III.

NY, Pa. Lawyers Secure Settlement in Birth Certificate Pro Bono Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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.

Charles Nebel, COO of Central Pa.-based McNees Wallace & Nurick.

McNees Hires New COO From Orrick's Back Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

McNees Wallace & Nurick has brought on a Big Law veteran to serve as the Pennsylvania firm's new chief operating officer.

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.

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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.