Phila.-Based Post & Schell Loses 14 Lawyers, Adds Practice With Two Hires

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In just over a week, Philadelphia-based Post & Schell has lost 14 attorneys, including six principals, from its casualty litigation and workers' compensation departments and has started an environmental regulatory and transactional practice with two new hires.

Casualty litigation principals Joseph R. Fowler, Gregory S. Hirtzel, Joseph F. McNulty and Andrew J. Spaulding left Post & Schell last week to start a new litigation and insurance defense firm called Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding, with offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster and Allentown, Pa.

They are joined at the new firm by former Post & Schell associates Christine G. Benedum, Marni S. Berger, Francis M. Flatch, Faye M. Hellman, Daniel E. Oberdick Jr., Francis J. O'Neill Jr., Michael F. Socha and Julie S. Mellett.

Fowler, who focuses his practice on defending trucking companies, public transportation companies and their insurers in commercial vehicle and construction accident cases, is the managing partner of the new firm's Philadelphia office.

Spaulding is also based in the Philadelphia office.

Hirtzel, who defends complex personal injury cases, heads the Lancaster office and McNulty, who centers his practice on casualty defense, heads the Allentown location.

All of the associates are based in the Philadelphia office, except for Socha and Mellett, who are based in the Lancaster office.

Fowler said Tuesday that he and his partners decided to start their own firm because they've worked together for decades.

"We wanted to have a personalized platform with our clients and we wanted to continue to service these clients for a long time into the future," Fowler said.

Post & Schell President and CEO Brian M. Peters declined to say whether the firm is beginning to move away from the type of work the Fowler group does, calling that "internal, proprietary business" information, but said the firm's Philadelphia-based casualty insurance practice is now exclusively focused on a handful of "specialty product lines," including toxic tort, products liability, construction injury and defect and catastrophic damages cases.

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