September 20, 2014 |
They say it is good to be king. It might be better, though, to be a very successful trial lawyer. Thomas R. Kline, who unveiled a $50 million gift to the Drexel University law school on Wednesday, and Shanin Specter, his partner at Kline & Specter P.C., would seem to fit that description. From its founding in 1995, the firm has grown to 35 lawyers and 115 employees overall, the largest personal-injury law firm in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the country. The firm is known for big-ticket, emotional cases, and devotes considerable time to screening matters before agreeing to represent a client, with three staff members, a nurse, and two lawyers, one with a nursing degree, doing the intake.
September 5, 2014 |
F. EMMETT Fitzpatrick, one of the most prominent defense lawyers in a city famous for them, felt that the law was more than a profession - it was a mission. "Being a defense attorney was really his mission in life," said his son, F. Emmett Fitzpatrick III, also a lawyer. "The law was to him a vocation, a calling. When anybody came to him with a need, a problem, he saw it as his mission to help that person. " His father, who died Tuesday at age 84, worked both sides of the courtroom.
August 6, 2014 |
Nicholas Kozay Jr., 86, of Philadelphia, a retired Common Pleas Court judge, died Thursday, July 31, of congestive heart failure at his home. While training as a lawyer, Judge Kozay began his career in the Municipal Court system as a clerk. In the early 1970s, he was appointed jury commissioner. He went on to implement the "one day/one trial" system for jurors. Under the one-day model, a potential juror comes to the courthouse knowing that if he or she is not chosen for jury duty by the end of the day, the obligation to serve has been met. His family said that the program was very well-received, and that he traveled to other cities to show officials how to implement it. Judge Kozay was appointed to Common Pleas Court in 1989 as a Family Court judge.
August 4, 2014 |
Philadelphia needs more low-income housing for veterans, particularly those who served in recent conflicts such as the Gulf War, says Walter Kubiak of Mission First Housing Group. Kubiak, a Vietnam veteran, knows that vets often have mental-health issues that don't manifest themselves for years, and that they may then have trouble finding housing. "We have a lot of young people in Philadelphia who've spent years in combat under incredible stress," he said. "They come back with head injuries that would have killed them in previous wars.
August 1, 2014 |
William G. O'Neill, 88, a longtime Philadelphia tax lawyer and a founder of Waverly Heights, one of the first continuing-care communities in the Philadelphia area, died Tuesday, July 29, from complications of a stroke at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. Until 1992, when he left to found his own firm, Mr. O'Neill was a managing partner of the Philadelphia law firm Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel. His niche was tax law, and he wrote, taught, and lectured widely on the topic. But he broke ground in the mid-1980s when he saw a need to establish a new type of community that would cater to the growing number of wealthy seniors on the Main Line and elsewhere.
July 16, 2014 |
John Todd Stewart Jr., 89, of Blue Bell, a former executive with Fidelity Bank, died Thursday, July 3, at Normandy Farms Retirement Community. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Stewart grew up in Butler, Pa., and graduated from Butler Public High School in 1941. At age 16, he enrolled in Harvard College, where he was a member of the crew team. He graduated in 1944. He completed a law degree in 1948 at Yale School of Law, with a focus on banking. After graduating, Mr. Stewart worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
July 11, 2014 |
Among the favorite tokens that the Rev. William "Jud" Weiksnar will take with him from his time in Camden is a collage of a small girl standing atop a mound of grass, created with shattered glass and litter cleared from Von Nieda Park. The "trash art" was one of the few remaining items in Weiksnar's parish office Tuesday as he packed up to move after nine years as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church. The image, created seven years ago by then-third grade student Soledad Velazquez, shows the girl and a godlike figure holding hands beneath an apple tree.
July 6, 2014 |
Steven F. Gadon, 82, of Haverford, managing partner of the Center City law firm of Spector, Gadon & Rosen, a marathon racewalker, a die-hard Eagles fan, and an opera lover, died at his summer home in Margate, N.J., on Friday, July 4. A resident of Haverford, Mr. Gadon was devoted to his large family and enjoyed practicing law so much that he continued to go to the office four days a week until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer right after...
June 26, 2014 |
Among the six South Jersey lawyers Gov. Christie has nominated for Superior Court judgeships is a former high school Spanish teacher at Camden Catholic High School who went on to work as a deputy attorney general and later ran for Congress. The nominees, announced last week, now must be confirmed by the state Senate. Though they live in Burlington and Camden Counties, they could be assigned to serve their terms anywhere in the state once they are approved. The nominees are: David M. Ragonese of Haddon Heights; Gerard H. Breland of Burlington Township; Daniel A. Bernardin and Morris G. Smith of Collingswood; Sherri L. Schweitzer of Cherry Hill; and Mark P. Tarantino of Moorestown.
June 25, 2014 |
THE POOL OF BLACK lawyers in Pennsylvania was given a needed boost in the early '70s thanks to men like Charles Mitchell. Charles and other African-American lawyers recognized that the bar examination discriminated against black candidates. They decided to take action. The result was that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to change the bar exam from essay questions to multiple choice and to stop requiring candidates to submit photographs with their applications. "After these changes, the number of black candidates rose significantly and resulted in a larger pool of black attorneys," said his son Charles L. Mitchell.