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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.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
It was a pretty fast summer-job search for the son of the board chairman of the $12 billion Hershey Trust. And his dad took care of it. Robert Cavanaugh told the trust's top executive last April that his son Robert might have missed the window to get a summer internship and needed help. Within days, the executive, Eric Henry, contacted two money-management firms under contract with the charity and emailed the son's resumé. By the end of the month, both firms had made offers for summer internships.
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.
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NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
It was a pretty fast summer-job search for the son of the board chairman of the $12 billion Hershey Trust. And his dad took care of it. Robert Cavanaugh told the trust's top executive last April that his son Robert might have missed the window to get a summer internship and needed help. Within days, the executive, Eric Henry, contacted two money-management firms under contract with the charity and emailed the son's resumé. By the end of the month, both firms had made offers for summer internships.
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.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
A former Camden County lawyer was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for falsifying defendants' names in asbestos lawsuits for his personal benefit, federal prosecutors said. Arobert C. Tonagbanua, 47, of Sicklerville, pleaded guilty to fraudulently adding defendant names to more than 100 legitimate asbestos lawsuits filed in New York state courts. Tonagbanua, who worked for a Haddonfield law firm, received bonuses and increased compensation, prosecutors said. The fraudulent acts generated more than $1 million in fees, costs, and settlements.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
In the world of Pennsylvania politics, it would have been tough to find someone more deeply connected than John Estey. The former chief of staff to Gov. Ed Rendell and a onetime top lawyer, Estey spent the last two decades moving in and out of many circles, Democratic and Republican: Philadelphia City Hall. The state Capitol. The Delaware River Port Authority. A $12 billion charity. Unbeknownst to all but the FBI, he also apparently had another title: federal cooperator. Friday's disclosure that he had been snared in a corruption sting that started seven years ago was poised to be even more explosive than last year's arrest of Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord for extorting political donors.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Robert G. Hess, 93, an estate lawyer in Philadelphia and later in Huntingdon Valley, died Thursday, April 21, of heart failure in Attleboro Village in Langhorne, where he had lived for a decade. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Hess graduated from Frankford High School. After serving as a master sergeant in the Signal Corps during World War II, he graduated from Ursinus College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The son of a dye chemist, Mr. Hess was the first in his family to become a lawyer.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage and Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Green believes he knows a way to help the beleaguered Philadelphia schools: restore him to his job as chairman of the School Reform Commission. On Tuesday, he formally announced the filing of a lawsuit that aims to lift him from the ranks of commission membership and place him back at its head. State legislators "might have more confidence in sending the district money" if he were in charge, he said after a news conference at School District offices. His main purpose in suing to overturn his ouster by Gov. Wolf, Green said, is to prove a point of law, and protect the independence of the SRC and the office of chairman.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pepper Hamilton said Friday it severed ties with a consulting firm founded by its former chairman, Louis Freeh. Freeh, the former FBI director, left Pepper Hamilton in February to rejoin his old firm, Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan. But the consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions, which focused on assisting clients with internal investigations, compliance and other matters, had remained as a unit of Pepper Hamilton. The law firm, which is in merger talks with the Reed Smith law firm, said it had transferred ownership of the Freeh Group International back to Freeh in March.
NEWS
April 16, 2016
It was good to see Gov. Christie finally end his six-year attempt to make the New Jersey Supreme Court a partisan minion, but his latest nominee to the court raises questions that deserve thorough scrutiny by the state Senate before he is confirmed. Walter F. Timpone, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1984 to 1994, raised controversy in 2001 when federal agents investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli feared he had tipped off Torricelli that one of Timpone's legal clients had been asked to wear a hidden microphone in a meeting with the senator.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for the defunct Foxwoods casino project in South Philadelphia lost their bid in bankruptcy court to recoup the $50 million license fee Foxwoods paid in 2007. In a 64-page ruling Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Magdeline D. Coleman rejected the Foxwoods group's arguments under bankruptcy code and said she did not have jurisdiction over certain other counts, which belong in state court. A lawyer for the Foxwoods group - formally known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners L.P. - said he would recommend that his client appeal the bankruptcy issues to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Reed Smith, a global law firm founded in Pittsburgh that has a large presence in Philadelphia, has confirmed that it is in merger talks with Pepper Hamilton. The firm said that the talks were in the preliminary stage but that there appeared to be many advantages to a combination. "Reed Smith has been clear about its interest in strengthening its industry focus and adding to strategic practice areas," the law firm said. "In executing this strategy we speak regularly with law firms around the world regarding our respective objectives.
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