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January 4, 2013
The Center City law firm Duane Morris L.L.P. has opened a two-lawyer office in Palo Alto, Calif., headed by intellectual-property litigator Karineh Khachatourian. She joined the firm from Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates L.L P. Duane Morris said opening an office in Palo Alto, at the center of the Silicon Valley high-tech corridor, would help to serve the firm's clients with business in the region. Khachatourian will be joined in the new office by associate Patrick S. Salceda, who also came from K&L Gates.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1992 | By Terry Bivens, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four partners in the litigation department of Duane, Morris & Heckscher announced yesterday that they had left the Philadelphia law firm to form their own partnership. The lawyers are Earl T. Britt, Joseph M. Hankins, Wayne A. Schaible and James T. Moughan. Duane, Morris & Heckscher is among the city's biggest firms, with 80 partners. Britt, a partner in Duane Morris since 1973, said yesterday that litigation remained a bright spot in the legal industry, where fortunes have suffered during the current economic malaise.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2008 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With most law firms tightening belts and pulling back, at least one firm in the Philadelphia region has decided for the moment to go in the other direction. Duane Morris, a 650-lawyer firm that has been on an expansion binge in recent years, announced it was adding still more - 19 lawyers to its construction practice in New York. The firm said that New York's building boom likely would continue and that it expected litigation over construction-related disputes would be an ongoing source of revenue.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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....
NEWS
April 24, 1997 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
State Attorney General Michael Fisher's top aide was, for the past eight years, an associate at a Philadelphia law firm that stands to make tens of millions of dollars if the state's lawsuit against the tobacco industry succeeds. First deputy attorney general Jerry Pappert, who also served as Republican Fisher's campaign manager last year, formally left the firm - Duane, Morris & Heckscher - in January, when Fisher took office. Pappert said he has no ties nor financial links to the firm.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marjorie O. Rendell, a federal appellate judge and the wife of former Gov. Ed Rendell, said Friday that she plans to leave her spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this summer and devote more time to her foundation for the civic education of area youth. Rendell, 67, made her intention to enter a state of semiretirement official last week, but the state's former first lady said she is not done with the law just yet. In July, Rendell will take "senior status" on the 13-member court, a designation that allows her to hear cases but reduces her workload.
NEWS
August 25, 2010
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission Wednesday voted to spend up to $1.8 million on outside legal counsel, amending a resolution to spend $2.3 million. Twenty-one law firms can get legal work through June 2011. Commissioner David L. Girard-diCarlo abstained from voting on awarding a contract to Cozen O'Connor, his employer. Girard-diCarlo said the contract had nothing to do with him and was awarded because of attorneys who had joined the firm after the Wolf Block law firm dissolved.
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August 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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....
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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