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Marketing Activities That Will Pay Off the Most in 2015

Stacy West Clark | January 27, 2015

It's 2015. Are you ready to get to work and grow your firm's business? No matter the size of your firm, but particularly small to midsized firms, it is time to wake up and get energized to market effectively in 2015.

Survey Shows Pa. Firms Had Solid 2014, but Tough Road Ahead

By Gina Passarella |

The legal industry finished out 2014 strong, thanks in large part to a return of high-end corporate work, with Pennsylvania firms often doing better than their national counterparts on key financial metrics, according to a recent bank survey.

Shifting Focus Is a Bigger Challenge for Smaller Firms

By Max Mitchell |

Shifting a law firm's practice focus might be a necessity in today's legal market, but for small and midsize firms, it could be one of the most difficult processes a firm faces.

Attorney Bayard M. Graf, Member of the Bar for 60 Years, Dies at 88

Attorney Bayard M. Graf died Jan. 16 at the age of 88.

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Gay Lawyer Suing Firms Seeks Confidential Settlement Info

By Max Mitchell |

A gay attorney suing personal injury firms for alleged discrimination is pointing to a confidential settlement to help establish the value of lost compensation he claims to have sustained because of the firms' allegedly scuttling his lateral move.

Hagens Berman Denies Conflict in Accord With GSK

By Gina Passarella |

Plaintiffs firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro said there was no evidence to suggest its deal to dismiss 28 thalidomide cases against GSK in exchange for the drug company's agreement not to seek sanctions against the firm was in conflict with its clients' interests.

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Judge OKs Former GC's Role in Penn State Case

By Max Mitchell |

A Dauphin County judge has denied the bid by three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up the crimes of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to have the cases against them dropped.

Marshall Dennehey Hires Post & Schell Appellate Lawyer

By Gina Passarella |

Longtime Post & Schell appellate attorney Teresa Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as vice chairwoman of the firm's appellate practice.

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Ex-Traffic Court Judge Lowry Gets 20 Months in Prison

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for lying to the grand jury in the ticket-fixing case.

Defense Trying to Execute Accord in Judge's Fatal Fall Case

By Gina Passarella |

The estate of former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert C. Daniels, who died after a fall during a party at Berger & Montague shareholder Sherrie Savett's home in 2011, has settled with Savett and others, but the defense has not been able to execute judgment.

Jon A. Baughman, Former Chairman of Pepper Hamilton, Dies

Jon A. Baughman, a trial lawyer who served as chairman of Pepper Hamilton's executive committee from 1992-94, died Monday following a long illness.

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ACLU, Phila. City Paper Challenge Law Aimed at Felons' Speech

By Max Mitchell |

The Pennsylvania ACLU and several media outlets, including the Philadelphia City Paper, are challenging a state law they claim is aimed at silencing convicted felons and those who publish the words of felons.

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Post & Schell Leader Steps Down

By Lizzy McLellan |

Brian M. Peters, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Post & Schell, has stepped down from that position, the firm announced Jan. 9.

Defendant Seeks $177K From Hagens Berman in Thalidomide Cases

By Gina Passarella |

One of the defendants in a cluster of thalidomide lawsuits in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is seeking nearly $177,000 in fees as a sanction against the plaintiffs' counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.

Lackawanna Judge Releases Two Doctors From Lymphoma Med Mal Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Two doctors who were sued by a woman who claimed they failed to promptly diagnose her with Hodgkin's lymphoma have been dismissed from the litigation because of the statute of limitations, a Lackawanna County judge has ruled.

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Blank Rome Set to Open Pittsburgh Office

By Gina Passarella |

Despite being one of the last Philadelphia firms to enter an increasingly crowded Pittsburgh market, the city's fit with Blank Rome's energy practice and proximity to a number of other existing firm clients made creating a foothold in Pittsburgh a top priority for the firm.

Nelson Brown COO Leaves After Six Months

By Max Mitchell |

About six months after being hired by Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein as executive vice president and chief operations and strategic officer, attorney Kevin Toth has left the firm.

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Pepper Hamilton Can't Be Sued for Using Public Documents

By Gina Passarella |

Even if Pepper Hamilton violated a former client's confidentiality by disclosing an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search that client's home, the firm can't be sued considering the affidavit was made public prior to the firm's disclosure, a Philadelphia trial judge has ruled.

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Mergers, Management Changes Drew BigLaw Focus in 2014

By Gina Passarella |

The latter part of 2014 brought with it not only the biggest business of law news for Pennsylvania, but perhaps for the country. All eyes watched during the second half of the year as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius entertained merger discussions with struggling Boston-based firm Bingham McCutchen. A full-on acquisition of the more than 700 lawyers at Bingham would have been a big departure for Morgan Lewis' typical growth strategy of acquiring groups of attorneys from firms that are disbanding.

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World Conference Tops Philadelphia Bar Association's Year

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Among the most significant developments to come out of the Philadelphia Bar Association this year was its hosting of a conference that brought bar leaders from across the globe together in Philadelphia.

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Midsized Firms Saw Splits and Out-of-State Entries to Market

By Max Mitchell |

The passing year began with a flurry of changes for small and midsized firms across the state, with leadership transitions, group laterals, additions and splits continuing throughout the year.

Pa. Supreme Court Takes Up Attorney's Breath-Test Appeal

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether an attorney, who declined to undergo a chemical test following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence but offered to alternatively take breathalyzer and urinalysis tests, should have his driver's license suspended for one year.

Squire Patton Wants Ex-Client's ERISA, Fraud Claims Tossed

By Gina Passarella |

Squire Patton Boggs has said the bulk of the claims in a multimillion-dollar malpractice and fraud suit against the firm over its 17-year relationship with client Alliance Holdings should be dismissed because the firm was simply giving legal advice and was not in possession of any of the funds allegedly misappropriated by Alliance's founder.

Wrestler's Lawyers Get More Fees, and Rebuke, From Federal Judge

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The lawyers who represented a junior-high girl when she challenged her school district for barring her from the boys' wrestling team have gotten an additional $30,000 in attorney fees and a reprimand from the judge.

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Cozen O'Connor Can Forgive Rep. Brady's Legal Fees

By Gina Passarella |

The legal expenses racked up in fighting a 2007 mayoral ballot challenge were not incurred to influence the outcome of an election, so forgiving that debt is not bound by campaign finance limits, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Law Firm Leaders Struggle With Setting Firmwide Rates

By Gina Passarella |

The collective weight of the season is upon law firm managing partners this month, with the season of course being that of collections, partner compensation and rate-setting. And the latter has proven a bit vexing for firm leaders this year as they grapple with setting rates in an era where firms span multiple markets and practice concentrations, clients aren't willing to pay the published rates and alternative fee deals are a growing part of firm revenue.

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Ex-Traffic Court Official Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The former director of records at the Philadelphia Traffic Court, William "Billy" Hird, has been sentenced to two years in prison for his part in the court's ticket-fixing scandal.

Data Security

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

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Pa.'s Reciprocity Rule for Attorneys Is Constitutional

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pennsylvania's rule waiving the requirement that out-of-state lawyers take the bar exam in order to join the state's bar only for those who come from a state that allows the same admission to Pennsylvania lawyers is constitutional, although not necessarily prudent, a federal judge has ruled.

Former Pa. Attorney Resigns Over Stalking, Child Porn Convictions

By Max Mitchell |

A former Blue Bell, Pa., attorney, suspended since 2009 over criminal convictions stemming from incidents involving stalking and child pornography, has resigned from practicing law.

Unlikely Path to Big Law for Blind Melon Guitarist

By Ben Seal |

It's a Friday afternoon in November and Rogers Stevens is in the wrong city. A few hours ago he was in Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia office on Market Street and all was well, but now he's in a car at the airport, rushing to change out of his suit because he's got a plane to catch and a show to play and that show is in Calgary. He's not even in the right country.

NCAA Fights for Broad Protection Order in Paterno Suit

By Max Mitchell |

The NCAA is citing its ongoing spat with state officials in a separate case as evidence that a protection order in Paterno v. NCAA should limit pretrial disclosure.

Women Still Less Than One-Third Of Lawyers at Pa.'s Largest Firms

By Gina Passarella |

In the last 10 years, there has been no movement in the percentage of women lawyers practicing in the Pennsylvania offices of the state's 100 largest law firms.

Attorneys Say Shale Work Still Strong Despite Low Oil Prices

By Max Mitchell |

Declining prices at the gas pump are good for consumers, but they can also potentially reduce demand for shale-based products.

New Bar Chancellor Dandridge To Focus on Community Service

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Incoming Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III said getting lawyers more involved with helping the poor and veterans, as well as promoting diversity, will be top priorities during his tenure.

Head of White-Collar, Gov't Enforcement Group at Burns White Goes Solo

By Gina Passarella |

The head of Burns White's white-collar and government enforcement practice has left the firm and gone out on his own, taking with him a number of high-profile matters.

Morgan Lewis Sued by Newspapers' Parent Co. Over Fees

By Gina Passarella |

The parent company of Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers has sued Morgan, Lewis & Bockius over the firm's alleged "disloyalty" in siding with one faction of two feuding ownership groups while the firm was supposed to be acting more neutrally as counsel for the parent entity.

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GCs Find Rolling Out Global Compliance Programs Tricky

By Gina Passarella |

General counsel of companies undergoing international expansion are finding implementation of global ethics and compliance programs presents an array of challenges that law firms and compliance consulting firms can't always solve.

Morgan Lewis Finalizes Bingham Deal, Adds 510 Lawyers

By Gina Passarella |

Philadelphia became home Monday to the largest firm in the United States based on domestic-attorney head count with the addition of 510 lawyers to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Pepper Hamilton CEO Leaving the Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Scott Green, one of the first nonlawyer CEOs of an Am Law 100 or 200 firm, is leaving Pepper Hamilton to "pursue other interests," the firm said in a brief statement.

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Morgan Lewis Offers 300 Bingham Professionals Full-Time Jobs

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has extended offers of full-time employment to more than 300 legal professionals at Bingham McCutchen, a source close to Morgan Lewis said.

Morgan Lewis Takes 'Hybrid' Approach in Growing Law Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has grown over the years to one of the largest law firms in the world in terms of both revenue and attorney head count and has done so without adopting the merger-focused strategy of some of its fellow global brethren.

Morgan Lewis Votes to Admit 227 Bingham McCutchen Partners

By Brian Baxter and Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partners voted in the early afternoon of Nov. 14 to admit 227 Bingham McCutchen partners into their partnership. The firm confirmed the mass lateral move, which a trio of sources briefed on the matter say is not a merger, in a press release.

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Area Firms Strong on Inventory, Lagging on Rates

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania and Delaware law firms could have a banner year if the 2014 collections cycle goes well, according to another survey that shows area law firms have strong inventory along with revenue projections that are outpacing expense growth. But the firms still lag when it comes to rate increases and come in above the national average when it comes to attorney head count growth in what one banker described as an industry that continues to deal with overcapacity.

Firm Managing Partners Invited to Business Networking Breakfast

The PaLaw Managing Partners Breakfast, The Legal's gathering of Pennsylvania's law firm leaders for a networking and information session filled with useful business intelligence, is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Top of the Tower, Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., Philadelphia.

Deal Work Gives Midsized Firms Hope for Strong 2014 Finish

By Max Mitchell |

The current fiscal year may have gotten off to a slow start in terms of legal work, but many midsized firms are reporting steady year-over-year growth as fiscal year 2014 begins to wrap up.

Law Firms Enter New Markets Without Making Big Acquisitions

By Gina Passarella 
And Max Mitchell |

Geographic expansion has been an oft executed strategy of late among law firms looking for ways to capture new market share, but three recent moves demonstrate just how differently firms can approach that growth.

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Former Pa. GC Rejoins Cozen O'Connor

By Gina Passarella |

James D. Schultz has stepped down as Pennsylvania's general counsel to rejoin Cozen O'Connor where he will lead the newly formed government law and regulatory affairs practice.

GCs Don't Like Law Firm Service Delivery Model, Survey Shows

By Gina Passarella |

Close to half of chief legal officers don't care about a law firm's service delivery model as long as firms produce the right results, but only 4 percent said they are satisfied with how firms traditionally provide legal services, according to a recent survey by Altman Weil.

Litigation Funder Sues Composer It Backed In Usher Copyright Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia-based litigation funding company is suing a California law firm and its client over the failure to repay funds loaned to help support the client during his copyright suit against musical artist Usher and various record labels.

Pennsylvania Can Prosecute N.J. Caller on Threat Charge

By Max Mitchell |

Pennsylvania will have jurisdiction to prosecute a man who allegedly made terroristic threats from a phone in New Jersey to a victim in Montgomery County, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Citi Survey: Time for Firms to Send Out the Bills

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania law firms will have to get to work on their annual collection push this quarter, but the good news is, they will have plenty of chips to cash in as long as they start sending out those bills, according to a survey by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group looking at how the third quarter of 2014 stacked up to the same time last year.

Eckert Seamans Can Stay on in Kids-for-Cash RICO Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge has denied a motion to disqualify Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott from a case between the two former co-owners of the juvenile detention facilities at the heart of the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" judicial scandal.

Pa. Supreme Court Reinstates In-School Autism Coverage Claim

By Max Mitchell |

The fight over whether insurance companies in Pennsylvania have to cover in-school autism care has been sent back to the state Superior Court for a ruling on the merits of a case presenting the issue.

Right-to-Know Request for Freeh Report Documents Denied

By Max Mitchell |

The Commonwealth Court has denied a Right-to-Know Law request seeking documents related to the Freeh report that the former secretary of the state Department of Education had received.

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Third Circuit Eyes Standard for Appeals When Requests for Arbitration Denied

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The question of how relaxed the court should be in taking up appeals when requests for arbitration are denied was before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week.

'Unprecedented' High Court Race Draws Crowd of Hopefuls

By Lizzy McLellan and Max Mitchell |

Ten judges have been named as potential candidates for three vacancies to be filled on the state Supreme Court in the 2015 judicial election, sources have told The Legal, and one Philadelphia attorney has said he is considering running.

Law Professor Files Bias Suit Against Duquesne, Dean

By Gina Passarella |

A Duquesne University School of Law professor, whose subjects include Islamic law, has sued the law school and its dean for age, gender and religious scholarship discrimination.

Phila.'s $1.43M Gun Permit Data-Breach Accord Approved

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia judge has granted final approval to a $1.43 million settlement in a class action brought by unsuccessful applicants to carry firearms who alleged the city disclosed confidential information about the applicants on a website database.

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Reed Smith Financial Services Paralegals Move to Firm Client

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith has parted ways with 12 paralegals in its financial industry group in Pittsburgh in the last two weeks, with the firm acknowledging a group of paralegals went in-house to client Federated Investors.

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The Significance of Engagement Letters: Till Death Do Us Part?

By Josh J.T. Byrne |

To understand the significance of the engagement letter, it may be best for attorneys to take the word "engagement" out of the professional context and think about how the word is used in the individual context. To become engaged is one of the most significant acts we undertake as individuals. So, too, in the professional context, becoming engaged is one of the most significant acts a professional can undertake. When you enter into an engagement, you are binding yourself to another person.

Statement Issued by U.S. Attorney On Justice McCaffery 'Unusual'

By Gina Passarella |

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is not often in the business of confirming or denying the existence of, let alone commenting on, pending or closed investigations. But the office issued a public statement Tuesday to say no criminal charges would be filed against suspended state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery or his wife, Lise Rapaport, in relation to an investigation into Rapaport's acceptance of referral fees.

State’s JCB Under the Gun in Investigation of McCaffery

By P.J. D'Annunzio 
and max mitchell |

While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expects the state's Judicial Conduct Board to investigate and determine whether to charge Justice Seamus P. McCaffery within 30 days, lawyers said meeting the deadline might be an unrealistic goal for the modestly-staffed disciplinary body.

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Harrisburg and Lancaster Firms Looking Up, Heading South

By Lizzy McLellan and Max Mitchell |

Business for law firms in Harrisburg and Lancaster has been improving at a steady pace, but an additional opportunity has presented itself for those willing to venture south.

Justices Refuse to Eye Medical-Provider Class in Insurance Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments in a case involving the decertification of a class of medical providers who have received overdue medical benefit payments from Progressive Insurance Co. excluding interest.

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Pa. Firms Use Global Footprints to Get Fortune 500 Clients

By Gina Passarella |

While there are only a few Pennsylvania firms among those most frequently used by Fortune 500 companies, some of the largest corporations in the world call on Pennsylvania firms of all sizes for a variety of legal needs.

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Calendar of Events

On Oct. 20, the board of directors meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Saul Ewing, 1500 Market St., Centre Square West, 38th floor.

Longtime Client Sues Squire Patton for Malpractice, Fraud

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania company has filed a nine-count complaint against its longtime outside general counsel, Squire Patton Boggs, over allegations the firm was conflicted in representing the company and its sole founder and allegedly helped that founder inappropriately benefit from the company's stock plan to the tune of millions of dollars.

Will Jurists Have to 'Pay the Piper' Over Explicit Emails?

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Judges involved in sending pornographic or otherwise inappropriate emails to members of state agencies could face disciplinary action for tarnishing the reputation of the judiciary, lawyers said.

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More Small and Midsize Firms Might Be Merging

By Max Mitchell |

The merger of two small Philadelphia firms, one focusing on qui tam cases and the other on medical malpractice cases, may be part of a growing trend of mergers at the small and midsize firm level.

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Law Firms in Phila. Market Looking In-House for Talent

By Gina Passarella |

While the Philadelphia lateral market has been languishing when it comes to firms hiring from one another, in-house counsel seem to be an attractive draw.

Texas Market Limited, but Pa. Firms Finding Ways to Grow

By Gina Passarella |

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the supply of lawyers isn't endless, making the successful entry of out-of-state firms into the market all the more challenging as the most sought-after talent is only going to lateral so often.

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Keeping Up Appearances Drives Referrals, Lawyers Say

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

While the market for personal injury referrals is and has always been competitive, the key to maintaining a steady flow of referred cases or attracting new ones lies not only in a firm's reputation for success, but also in keeping up appearances with referral lawyers, several attorneys said.

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McCaffery Sent Sexually Explicit Emails to AG's Office

By Gina Passarella 
and Max Mitchell |

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery was one of the people found to have sent pornographic emails to a government email address within the state Attorney General's Office, according to a media report and sources who spoke to The Legal.

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Willig Williams Forms Partnership With Chicago Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Labor and employment firm Willig, Williams & Davidson has formed an "of counsel partnership" with Chicago-based firm Illinois Advocates, the firms announced Wednesday.

Fox Rothschild Enters Texas Via David & Goodman Merger

By Gina Passarella |

Fox Rothschild is set to enter the Texas market today with the acquisition of 18-lawyer Dallas firm David & Goodman.

Area Firms Join Program for Women Reentering Practice

By Gina Passarella |

Two Pennsylvania law firms are part of a crop of 15 firms nationally that have agreed to hire fellows as part of the OnRamp Fellowship, a program designed to help female attorneys reenter the workforce after taking a few years off.

Inversions May Slow, but Related Legal Work Won't

By Gina Passarella |

There may be nothing better for a lawyer's book of business than uncertainty in the law, so while new regulations announced Monday that aim to limit the controversial corporate inversion may put a stop to some of those deals, it won't stop the need for tax attorneys to dissect these new rules and the promise of continued political machinations.

Morgan Lewis Merger With Bingham a 'Strategic Change'

By Gina Passarella |

A full-scale law firm acquisition would be somewhat of an outlier in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' growth strategy, but it may be just what the firm is about to do with reports this weekend that leadership at Morgan Lewis and Boston-based Bingham McCutchen have agreed to press forward with a merger.

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Drinker Biddle Prepares for Leadership Transition in 2015

By Gina Passarella 
and Hank Grezlak |

Longtime Drinker Biddle & Reath Chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. will hand over leadership of the firm next year to his second-in-command, executive partner Andrew C. Kassner, a number of sources have confirmed to The Legal.

More Attorneys and Staff Exit Nelson Brown

By Max Mitchell |

Insurance boutique Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein, which since February has shed 30 attorneys, has parted ways with six more attorneys and several key staff positions, sources close to the firm have said.

Dismissal of Malpractice Case Against Morgan Lewis Upheld

By Gina Passarella |

The state Superior Court has upheld the grant of summary judgment to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and some of its partners in a legal malpractice case involving a $112.5 million real-estate finance deal.

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Drexel Renames Law School After Kline Donates $50 Mil.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Drexel University's law school is to be renamed the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of the Philadelphia litigator's $50 million donation to the university.

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Cash Payments for Referrals Alleged In Row Between Pitt Firm, Lundy Law

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A former managing partner of several medical centers—who has twice been found liable for insurance fraud—testified in the highly contentious case between two of Philadelphia's personal-injury firms that Lundy Law had required payments from him before it would refer clients to his offices.

Greenberg Traurig Seeks to Affirm $673K Award in Partner Row

By Gina Passarella |

Greenberg Traurig has asked a Philadelphia judge to affirm an arbitration award of $673,060 in its favor and against two former shareholders who left to form their own firm.

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Pennsylvania Firms Look to 'Reassert' Themselves Locally

By Gina Passarella |

As Pennsylvania-based law firms were setting their sights on national and international markets, out-of-town firms started opening up shop in the state. With foreign expansion slowing down for many Pennsylvania firms and competition in the local market increasing, area firms are refocusing their efforts on their own backyards.

Global Bar Conference Hosted in Phila. Focuses on Ethics

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Judicial campaigning and self-regulation of attorney discipline were some of the topics tackled during a panel discussion at the World City Bar Leaders Conference, hosted for the first time in Philadelphia.

Leaders of Midsized Firms Aim to Keep Practice Focus

By Max Mitchell and Gina Passarella |

For the leader of a midsized law firm, daily life is marked by constant balancing between keeping an active practice and managing the firm's business and strategic operations.

Cozen O'Connor Argues Brady's $450K Legal Debt Forgivable

By Gina Passarella |

It is "irrational" and "illogical" to suggest U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., is still a candidate for Philadelphia mayor and thus bound by city campaign finance laws in repaying $450,000 in legal fees seven years after Brady lost the primary, his attorney argued before the state Supreme Court.

Sanctions Against Law Firm Upheld in Infant Death Lawsuit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Sanctions imposed upon defense counsel for repeatedly canceling depositions in an infant death case have been upheld by a Lackawanna County judge.

Leaders Managing 'Staggering' Costs of Firm Merger Talks

By Gina Passarella |

In an economy in which revenue is hard to come by, mergers are increasingly viewed as a way for firms to capture market share. But merger discussions could also lead to lost revenue opportunities, making them a tricky proposition for firm leadership.

Eckert Seamans Responds to Zappala's Disqualification Motion

By Gina Passarella |

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott said it should not be disqualified from representing a "kids-for-cash" scandal defendant in a civil suit when the firm sued that defendant in a civil rights suit on behalf of one of the kids because both parties signed conflict waivers.

Chamberlain Hrdlicka Projects Rebound From 2013 Financial Dip

By Max Mitchell |

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, a Texas-based firm with a Pennsylvania presence, is projecting a rebound in 2014 after seeing declines in gross revenue, profits per equity partner and revenue per lawyer in 2013.

Ex-Attorney's Unauthorized Practice of Law Conviction Upheld

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

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Freeh's Accident Highlights Need for Leadership Depth

By Gina Passarella |

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

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Third Circuit Ruling Reverses Judge in Batson Challenge Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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

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

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

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

By Gina Passarella |

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

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Dechert Gets License to Practice in Singapore

By Gina Passarella |

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

Local Lawyers Take a Break From Practice to Join JAG Corps

By Ben Seal |

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

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

By Daniel J. Siegel |

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