August 17, 2016 |
Keith Zakarin has a tough argument to make, but that is, after all, what lawyers are paid to do. Zakarin is a partner at Center City's Duane Morris, where he chairs a practice group that represents more than a hundred career schools and colleges and industry groups. The firm is one of a handful nationwide that have made the sector a thriving, profitable practice. Its clients are largely vocational and occupational training programs; they teach a variety of trades and skills from cosmetology to nursing to criminal justice, among many others, with degree programs of up to four years.
July 2, 2016 |
Cross-border deals, a big source of revenue for law firms in Philadelphia and beyond, likely will take a hit from the British vote to exit the European Union, lawyers who specialize in international transactions say. Mergers-and-acquisitions activity had already been softening by June 23, the day of the Brexit referendum, as high asset valuations had begun to discourage investors. But the British vote to leave the EU created a whole new set of problems. For many American companies, the United Kingdom long has been a launching pad for selling into the European continent.
July 1, 2016
FRANK KEEL, gravelly voiced PR mercenary and master of the all-caps subject line, has spent more than a dozen years dishing out bombastic and blustering political perspectives, usually on behalf of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Now his service to Philadelphia's powerful Electricians union comes to an end. Keel tells Clout he met with Local 98 leader John Dougherty last week and was told his contract was ending as part of "significant organizational changes.
June 14, 2016
Kenneth I. Trujillo, La-Toya Pope Hackney , and Wendell E. Pritchett have been elected to the board of the public broadcaster and media provider WHYY, Philadelphia. Trujillo is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P. Pope Hackney is assistant general counsel for TE Connectivity Ltd. (formerly Tyco Electronics). Pritchett is a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania who also served as deputy chief of staff and director of policy for Mayor Michael Nutter.
May 21, 2016 |
Demand for legal services has failed to return to pre-2008-09 recession levels, and many firms say they don't have enough work to keep all of their lawyers busy, a new survey has found. Law firms cited varying reasons for the tepid work flow, but chief among them is a growing tendency of clients to take work in house, according to the survey by Altman Weil, a Newtown Square-based legal consulting firm. Firms that specialize in litigation support such as electronic discovery also have been siphoning off work.
May 8, 2016 |
It was only two years ago that Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney pulled off the second-largest merger in its history with the acquisition of 90-lawyer Fowler White Boggs and its five offices in Florida. Now, the firm is on the hunt again, seeking to fill geographical needs on the East Coast, and in California and Texas. The point man for all this is incoming CEO and chairman, Joe Dougherty, who will take the reins June 1. Dougherty, who is Philly-based and is the first Buchanan chair outside Pittsburgh, sees no urgent need to grow, and says the firm will be picky about expansion.
April 20, 2016 |
Skip Di Massa is a first-generation Italian American who grew up speaking Italian with his parents in their Abington Township home. He's put that heritage to good use. Di Massa now is a top commercial litigator at Center City law firm Duane Morris, where he represents secured and unsecured lenders in bankruptcy proceedings in federal district court in Philadelphia and in New York and handles a fair amount of business from European clients....
March 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURTS Conduct board best suited to investigate To clarify my comments quoted in the Inquirer Sunday ("Judicial board: Tough enough?"): In reviewing the emails that Attorney General Kathleen Kane provided to the Supreme Court in late 2014, the court directed me to focus on three areas of immediate concern: pornography; improper communications about cases; and relationships that could require recusal. However, while these were my main focus, the court also asked me to report any other violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
March 10, 2016 |
Mid-Atlantic Dental Service Holdings L.L.C., a Philadelphia start-up headed by retired Duane Morris partner C. Mitchell Goldman, said Tuesday it secured $15 million in capital commitments. Goldman, a veteran health-care lawyer, said most of the $15 million would be used by an affiliated dental professional corporation to buy dental practices, but he said no deals are imminent. Mid-Atlantic will offer marketing, billing and other services to affilated dentists, allowing dentists to focus on their patients.
February 29, 2016
Ask them about the best-known lawyer who has worked at Philadelphia's biggest law firm, and his ex-colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. stop returning phone calls. "Our firm policy is not to discuss former partners," spokesman Elliot J. Frieder told me. Actions speak louder: Lawyers at Morgan Lewis keep sending money to their ex-partner, Rafael E. "Ted" Cruz . Morgan Lewis employees form the second-largest donor group to the Texas Republican's U.S. Senate and presidential campaign committees.