May 2, 2016 |
In the world of Pennsylvania politics, it would have been tough to find someone more deeply connected than John Estey. The former chief of staff to Gov. Ed Rendell and a onetime top lawyer, Estey spent the last two decades moving in and out of many circles, Democratic and Republican: Philadelphia City Hall. The state Capitol. The Delaware River Port Authority. A $12 billion charity. Unbeknownst to all but the FBI, he also apparently had another title: federal cooperator. Friday's disclosure that he had been snared in a corruption sting that started seven years ago was poised to be even more explosive than last year's arrest of Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord for extorting political donors.
April 13, 2016 |
Cosmic themes typically aren't the domain of commercial litigators such as David Pittinsky, who practices with Ballard Spahr in Center City. They focus on nitty-gritty factual and legal issues for clients seeking an edge in business disputes. Yet the question emerges from a legal dispute that has its roots in the Aug. 9, 2014, police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the catastrophic riots that ensued. In November, Pittinsky was hired by a small group of predominantly African American municipalities near St. Louis to challenge Missouri's principal reform measure after Brown's slaying: a law sharply reducing the amount of money the towns could use from traffic fines and other offenses to fund municipal budgets.
April 2, 2016 |
Peter Mills Mattoon, 84, of Lafayette Hill, a longtime leader of the Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr, died Tuesday, March 29, at Jefferson University Hospital of injuries sustained in a fall. Mr. Mattoon started in Ballard Spahr's relatively staid estates practice, but it wasn't long before he began to work in the more glamorous precincts of major-league sports, where he represented the 76ers and their owner at the time, philanthropist Eugene Dixon Jr. His lawyering was so skillful that his colleagues at Ballard eventually elevated him to the role of firm chairman and he stayed in that leadership position for more than 16 years, until he stepped down in 1997.
March 30, 2016 |
As a young man growing up in small-town New Jersey, Louis A. Petroni knew early on that he wanted to be a lawyer. His father was among the first in Glassboro's Italian American community to attend college, and he urged his children to prepare for professional careers. Petroni said he never imagined that he would one day ascend to chairman of one of Philadelphia's most venerable law firms, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P. Yet that's exactly what happened earlier this month, when Petroni's colleagues elected him to a two-year term.
February 3, 2016 |
Since the disputed 2000 presidential contest and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore , the law governing elections has become ever more contentious as the political parties vie for the slightest advantage. Seeing a growing market for legal advice on everything from campaign finance to congressional redistricting, Center City's Ballard Spahr law firm has created a practice group with 15 lawyers to guide political candidates, parties, and corporations through the thickets of case law, statutes, and regulations that govern political contests.
January 5, 2016
The New Hope Historical Society has elected Carole Oberholtzer Martin president. She had been a sales engineer in the building controls and automation industry for 20 years. She has served on the board of the Valley Forge Historical Society. Other officers include Edwin Hild, cofounder and owner of Olde Hope Antiques Inc., New Hope, vice president, and Chuck Mintzer, member of the Friends of the Delaware Canal and Solebury Township Historical Society, treasurer. New members are Mary Ellen Mason, co-owner of the Lambertville House, Lambertville; Claire Shaw, periodontist and owner of Doylestown Periodontics, Doylestown; Bryce Sanders, president, of Perceptive Business Solutions.
December 6, 2015 |
Ballard Spahr lawyers are betting on a handful of area start-up companies they hope will become the next Comcasts or Microsofts. The Philadelphia law firm has launched a program to promote small to medium-size businesses by offering them discounted legal and financial advice, in the belief the firms will prosper and stick with Ballard for legal representation. Gregory Seltzer, cochair of the firm's emerging-growth practice, said companies are selected on a competitive basis. Companies admitted to the program are offered monthly sessions with financial planners, tax experts, and lawyers versed in the complexities of forming new businesses.
October 20, 2015 |
Joseph K. Gordon, 90, a renowned Philadelphia lawyer and banking executive whose philanthropic prowess seemed to know no bounds, died of heart-related complications at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Oct. 5. Mr. Gordon, of the Haverford section of Lower Merion Township and Palm City, Fla., was a graduate of Episcopal Academy, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy during World...
October 16, 2015 |
Jane Catlett Ballard, 88, a leader of music education organizations, died of heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 6, at her home in the Cathedral Village retirement community in Roxborough. Mrs. Ballard was born in Hagerstown, Md., and reared in Virginia, in Staunton and Richmond. She attended St. Catherine's School and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of arts from Vassar College. While working for the dean of students at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, she met Francis Ballard, whom she married in 1956.
September 21, 2015 |
In early 2012, after plans to raise money through traditional venture capital sources failed to pan out, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Migicovsky and his team at Pebble Technology went in a different direction. They turned to the Internet site Kickstarter and launched one of the early digital crowd-funding campaigns to finance development of an interactive watch that would display email, text messages, stock quotes, and more. Within weeks, Pebble had collected $10.3 million from thousands of Web users who agreed to accept only the promise of a watch in return.