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April 13, 2011
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Tuesday named a new general counsel to replace Roosevelt Hairston Jr., who was fired and is under investigation in the alleged theft of $1.7 million from the hospital. Jeffrey Kahn, who joined the hospital in 1994 as assistant general counsel, is taking over the office, said Steven M. Altschuler, chief executive officer. "The position of general counsel demands the highest standards of integrity and loyalty, and Jeff possesses both," Altschuler said in a news release.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cozen O'Connor said Monday that James D. Schultz, since 2012 general counsel to Gov. Corbett, had returned to the firm to serve as chair of its government law and regulatory affairs practice. As general counsel, Schultz was the chief legal adviser for the executive branch of state government and in that role he supervised some 500 lawyers serving in 36 executive branch agencies and independent boards and commissions. Prior to this service in the Corbett administration, Schultz had been a litigator with Cozen O'Connor.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
One top SEPTA lawyer retired last month and a second remains on paid administrative leave as part of an ongoing shake-up of the legal department at the transit agency. As The Inquirer reported last week, the agency's former general counsel is being paid about $250,000 through August 2013, although he left SEPTA in March. The new chief lawyer, James Jordan, said Wednesday the changes were part of a "rethinking" of the management of the department undertaken because of complaints from staff about low morale and favoritism.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's former chief attorney will continue to get his $172,744-a-year salary for 18 months, although he has not been at work since March. Nicholas Staffieri was replaced as general counsel in September by James B. Jordan, SEPTA's assistant general manager for public safety. Staffieri was named counsel to the SEPTA board, which previously had been part of his job as general counsel. In March, the counsel to the board position was eliminated, and Staffieri was named of counsel and left the transit agency's Center City headquarters.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2013
Villanova University's board of trustees has elected Catherine M. Keating chair and Paul A. Tufano vice chair. Keating is head of investment management, Americas, at J.P. Morgan. Tufano is executive vice president, general counsel, and president of government markets at Independence Blue Cross. New board members include: Peter G. Gori , pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Andover, Mass.; Elizabeth T. Mazzeo, chief operating officer of Bloomberg L.P.; Robert J. McCarthy, chief operations officer for Marriott International Inc.; and Patrick M. McMahon, CEO and co-chief investment officer of MKP Capital Management L.L.C.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2014
K'nex , the Hatfield maker of toys, has promoted Rachel Robbins to vice president, legal affairs and general counsel, from associate general counsel. She had been a partner in the commercial litigation group at Cozen O'Connor. James S. Raphae l has been appointed chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Program at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia . Raphael was associate chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and will continue as director of Einstein's Hand Surgery Program.
NEWS
April 5, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority will replace its top lawyer next month with a former aide to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Richard Brown, 68, of Philadelphia, will retire as general counsel, and Danielle McNichol, who joined the DRPA on Wednesday as deputy general counsel, is to take his place. McNichol, 43, of Glen Mills, is former counsel to the chairman of the PUC and was an associate vice president of human resources for the Temple University Health System and counsel to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for Gov. Wolf , who campaigned for competitive bidding and lower fees in state legal contracts, told one of the state's biggest employers to hire three Philadelphia law firms - not just the one it wanted - as a condition for routine state and federal tax breaks last month. Back in March, the University of Pennsylvania Health System wanted to borrow up to $400 million for building projects in Philadelphia, Chester County Hospital , and Radnor outpatient offices.
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BUSINESS
May 19, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for Gov. Wolf , who campaigned for competitive bidding and lower fees in state legal contracts, told one of the state's biggest employers to hire three Philadelphia law firms - not just the one it wanted - as a condition for routine state and federal tax breaks last month. Back in March, the University of Pennsylvania Health System wanted to borrow up to $400 million for building projects in Philadelphia, Chester County Hospital , and Radnor outpatient offices.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2015
Volpe & Koenig P.C. , an intellectual-property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Princeton, elected associate Joseph P. Gushue shareholder. Amit J. Shah was named a partner at Martin Law . Shah, who focuses his practice exclusively on Pennsylvania workers' compensation law, had been an associate with a boutique defense firm handling workers' compensation litigation. He had been a litigating attorney. Anthony Lee joined HNTB Corp. as the Northeast Division planning practice leader in the firm's transit and rail practice in Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 6, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will not defend a new law that effectively stripped municipalities of the right to enact their own gun measures, raising the prospect that the controversial statute might not take hold. A spokeswoman on Thursday said Kane had exercised her authority to decline representing the state in a challenge to the law filed by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster, and area lawmakers. Instead, she is deferring to lawyers working under Gov. Corbett - who in six weeks will relinquish their offices to a new Democratic administration.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cozen O'Connor said Monday that James D. Schultz, since 2012 general counsel to Gov. Corbett, had returned to the firm to serve as chair of its government law and regulatory affairs practice. As general counsel, Schultz was the chief legal adviser for the executive branch of state government and in that role he supervised some 500 lawyers serving in 36 executive branch agencies and independent boards and commissions. Prior to this service in the Corbett administration, Schultz had been a litigator with Cozen O'Connor.
SPORTS
May 22, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Before the 76ers found out their place in the NBA draft lottery, Brad Shron had already won a smaller lottery. The team's executive vice president and general counsel was the lucky choice to sit in a sequestered room about an hour before the televised lottery and find out the results. Many in the Sixers organization wanted to be there, but Shron was the choice. "I guess they trusted me to understand the process and to stay in the room," Shron said. "I'm the general counsel, so I guess they knew I'd be following the rules.
REAL_ESTATE
March 24, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Government reports about the residential-construction industry suggest the new-home market is recovering quite well. Anthony E. Maras readily agrees and, as K. Hovnanian Homes' area president for Pennsylvania and South Jersey, he has the numbers to prove it. Since taking his post at K. Hovnanian in June after eight years with Heritage Building Group, first as general counsel, then as president of the home-building side, Maras says he's "been...
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration has hired Chester County lawyer William H. Lamb to represent the commonwealth in the federal same-sex marriage suit. Lamb, a Republican and chairman of the West Chester-based firm Lamb McErlane, is one of the most prominent figures in the Pennsylvania legal community, having served on the state Supreme Court and as district attorney for Chester County. The lawsuit, filed in July by 10 plaintiffs in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, alleges that their civil rights were violated by the state's ban on gay marriage.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
LET'S AGREE on one thing: Pennsylvania's new attorney general knows how to get attention. She did it most recently (and controversially) in the national debate over gay marriage. Says it's legal, won't hear otherwise, won't defend a state ban against it. This is part of a pattern. Flag down a hot topic. Hop on board. She did it last year as a candidate promising to investigate the handling of the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal; an investigation she says is active. She did it within weeks of taking office, closing a gun-law loophole that let Pennsylvanians denied concealed-carry permits here to get them from Florida.
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