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May 7, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
So this is what history looks like in real time. For nearly 231 years, lawyers for Rawle & Henderson L.L.P. have been plying courthouses in Philadelphia for clients with urgent legal needs, and that would make it the oldest law firm in the United States. Fittingly, its offices at 13th and Chestnut Streets are redolent of its deep ties to the past. An oil portrait of name partner Joseph Henderson, a onetime president of the American Bar Association, hangs prominently. On display nearby is a letter from Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to firm founder William Rawle, delicately inquiring about progress in a case.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia Housing Authority paid at least $700,000 to a Washington lobbyist, channeling much of the money through the law firm Ballard, Spahr L.L.C., while repeatedly telling federal officials it wasn't engaged in lobbying, records show. The payments - a $10,000-a-month retainer - went to American Continental Group, whose president is David J. Urban, a former chief of staff for then-Sen. Arlen Specter. In an interview, Urban described his job as primarily "telling the story" of PHA and its executive director Carl R. Greene to Congress.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1995 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz has hired three partners and four associates from a Pittsburgh law firm to launch an office in western Pennsylvania. The Center City firm, Philadelphia's third-largest, opened the Pittsburgh office yesterday. It is Pepper's fourth office in the state - the others are in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Berwyn - and 12th overall. The new office will be headed by three partners from the Pittsburgh firm of Doepken Keevican Weiss & Medved, including name partner George M. Medved, who concentrates his practice in construction litigation.
BUSINESS
February 21, 1995 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After growing at a rate of 10 percent a year for 10 years, the Center City law firm of Cozen & O'Connor has cut back. Late last week, it completed a months-long retooling in which it dropped six lawyers, 20 paralegals and more than 20 secretaries and administrative workers at offices around the country, said Stephen A. Cozen, chairman. The cuts were achieved through attrition, resignations and layoffs. The firm grew from 26 lawyers in one office in 1981 to 220 lawyers in eight offices in 1994.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1996 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Harold Cramer is leaving his job as chairman and CEO of Graduate Health System when that entity consolidates with Allegheny Health system, but he is not retiring. Cramer said yesterday that he would return to Mesirov Gelman Jaffe Cramer & Jamieson, the Center City law firm he left 20 years ago. "I'm still vigorous, and I'm very interested in health care," said Cramer, 69. "I don't expect to spend my time on the golf course or clipping coupons. " As a lawyer-adviser to health-care clients at the firm, Cramer said he would be in a position to help "in a practical way. I know how the system works.
NEWS
March 16, 1991 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ronald D. Castille, the Republican Party leadership's choice for mayor, yesterday joined the Center City law firm of Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay - at a whopping raise over his salary as district attorney. David C. Auten, managing partner of Reed Smith's Philadelphia office, said he "expects Castille to be a significant contributor to the firm's litigation team. " He will make $130,000 a year. While he was district attorney from 1985 until he resigned Tuesday, his salary was $79,000 a year.
NEWS
February 16, 1994 | by Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Yvonne Latty contributed to this report
Two men were arrested yesterday and charged in the brazen slaying Dec. 20 of a receptionist in a busy Center City law firm. Two homicide detectives had been tracking the suspects for two months, a hunt that took them throughout the city and into several southern states, but led ultimately back to Germantown. Acting on a tip, Detectives Tommy Baker and Joe Fischer went to a house on Greene Street near Abbottsford Road shortly before 10 a.m. and flushed the fugitives out of a back bedroom on the third floor.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
DLA Piper, the world's second-largest law firm by number of lawyers, has set its sights on growing in Philadelphia. Philadelphia managing partner Carl Buchholz said DLA plans to double its lawyers here to around 100 within a few years, building on its litigation and intellectual-property practices. Although revenue from corporate clients industry-wide has seen only tepid growth in recent years, DLA leaders say they are confident that the firm's national and global platforms will draw the lawyers they want to recruit and new clients.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
McCarter & English, a major New Jersey law firm with a presence in Philadelphia, is moving its Center City offices from the BNY Mellon Center at 17th and Market to a new location at 1600 Market Street. The firm said the new offices have a "streamlined" architectural style and open floor plan. The firm has 20 lawyers in Philadelphia who focus on a broad range of commercial and transactional matters including health care, insurance, intellectual property and other practice areas. F. Traynor Beck will continue to serve as the office managing partner.
NEWS
January 4, 1994 | By Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philip H. Strubing, 86, former chairman of the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, and president of the United States Golf Association, died Sunday in Memphis, Tenn., after a long illness. Strubing was a long-time resident of Chestnut Hill who quarterbacked the Princeton University football team during the 1928 season. He also served as captain of the varsity baseball team and won a letter in ice hockey. Strubing grew up in Chestnut Hill, attended Chestnut Hill Academy and graduated from the Lawrenceville School, Princeton and the Columbia University School of Law. During World War II he served as a lieutenant in the Navy's legal department in Washington.
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NEWS
September 23, 2016
IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before walking tragicomedy Donald Trump strolled into Jeffrey Rotwitt 's Sun Center Studios, the site of Thursday night's campaign rally for the Republican presidential nominee. Trump and Rotwitt, together at last, we thought. It feels so right. Let Clout explain. Trump, coauthor of the 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal , has promised to Make America Great Again through a series of unrealistic deals : You're a factory worker who lost your job?
NEWS
September 22, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
The parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com reached a settlement agreement Tuesday with the former board chairman of the Convention Center, who had sued for libel and slander over a 2011 Inquirer article that incorrectly reported allegations about him contained in a federal lawsuit. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed by attorneys for Philadelphia Media Network or for the plaintiff, Thomas A. "Buck" Riley Jr., but both sides said the Inquirer's editorial section would publish a statement at an undetermined future date to address the issues with the original story.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
The Center City-based law firm Morgan Lewis announced that it has opened an office in Shanghai, continuing its multi-year expansion in Asia. The firm said its 23-lawyer team there will focus in part on intellectual property enforcement, labor and employment issues and the local impact of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which imposes heavy penalties on companies whose employees engage in bribery and other illegal acts. "Shanghai is not only China's largest city but it is a global financial center of critical importance to our clients all around the world," said firm chair, Jami McKeon, who is based in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Charisse Lillie, who headed the Comcast Foundation and was the point person for organizations seeking donations or philanthropic help from Comcast Corp., is retiring in January after 12 years at the cable giant. Lillie, 64, served as a human-resources vice president when Comcast rapidly expanded its workforce between 2005 and 2008. She is one of the company's top African American executives. "It's time for me to leave," Lillie said, adding, "I want to start a new chapter. I'm not exactly sure what the next chapter is, but I'm ready for a change.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Since retiring as a Haddonfield lawyer in 2007, William V. Eisenberg was a voluntary counsel for the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. "In our family-law department, he worked with clients on child support, child custody," said Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro, the attorney who is the firm's executive director. The nonprofit firm deals mostly with immigration and domestic-violence problems. DeCristofaro came to know Mr. Eisenberg as a soccer coach for a Haddonfield recreation league, when the future lawyer was 8 or 9 years old, and then as a teenage file clerk in an Eisenberg law firm.
NEWS
August 12, 2016
A THIN WALL separates warring rowhouse neighbors on a block of North Warnock Street in the Fern Rock section of the city. Two intelligent but belligerent retirees argue about almost everything, from when their war started to what the issues are. What they share? A feeling of dissatisfaction with the service they got from the oft-called 35th Police District, and that each is living in hell. When next-door neighbors are at war, a reset button is often impossible. One of the women, Deborah Young, is so angry about the neighbor - and with the police and the district attorney - that she's put up a large sign on her front lawn to complain.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Most law firms would consider it noteworthy if just one of their cases became a front-page story. But for Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, the Center City law firm, that has happened three times in recent months. Given the notoriety of the matters - all are criminal cases - they likely will remain in the public eye for some time. Schnader's lawyers have gone to bat for former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who is expected to appeal his conviction in June on federal corruption charges; former Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier, who is fending off criminal charges that he failed to go to the police with evidence that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted a minor; and comedian Bill Cosby, who is facing sexual-assault charges in Montgomery County.
NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Paul L. Jaffe, 88, of Philadelphia, a corporate and real estate lawyer who served as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for two years in the 1990s, died July 22 of an infection at home. Judge Jaffe was senior counsel to the Center City law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. His specialty was mergers and acquisitions, as well as real estate and corporate law. Much of his work entailed representing the operators of parking lots here, and in New York, New Jersey, and Seattle.
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former city solicitor Ken Trujillo has joined the law firm of Chamberlain Hrdlicka, which represents clients in tax disputes, tax planning and specialty litigation. Trujillo, who also served earlier in his career as an assistant U.S. Attorney, focuses his practice on contract disputes, securities and anti-trust, internal investigations and other matters. At Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Trujillo will be responsible for helping to expand the firm's Philadelphia area office, which is located in Conshohocken.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
We investors are suffering a bizarre new phenomenon - where banks and governments are "paying" negative interest rates. Negative rates imply that customers actually pay for keeping money in the bank or in sovereign bonds, rather than receiving interest. Negative interest rates in countries such as Germany and Japan are an experiment to stimulate consumer spending. Just last week, Germany sold 10-year bonds yielding negative rates - investors pay the sovereign to hold these fixed-income securities!
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