August 18, 2015 |
By day, Kermit Roosevelt toils as a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is known as an expert on law governing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, the Voting Rights Act, and the legal debate over President Obama's health-care plan. But after hours, he has an entirely different line of work. Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, is carving out a parallel career as a novelist. His first novel, In the Shadow of the Law , a tale of intrigue centered on young Washington lawyers, was published in 2005 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
August 12, 2015 |
The feverish pace of corporate deal making is bolstering law firms that help close complex transactions. Big firms in Philadelphia say buying and selling of companies, along with the forming of strategic partnerships, are proceeding at a pace not seen since 2007, just before the onset of the Great Recession. Part of the reason is that there is pent-up demand. Fewer deals were closed just after the market collapse in 2008 and 2009, but now there are buyers and sellers in greater numbers.
August 4, 2015
Margaret McGoldrick has been appointed president of Abington-Jefferson Health , where she has served as chief operating officer since 1999. McGoldrick has responsibility for Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health and Abington-Lansdale Hospital, as well as five outpatient centers and two urgent-care centers. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has hired Rich Newell as chief executive officer. He joins the hospital from Carlisle Medical Center. where he has served as CEO. Christopher G. Mavros has been hired as an associate in the casualty and professional liability defense practice group at the Philadelphia law firm Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. He had been national and regional trial counsel for Ford Motor Co. and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. Mann Center for the Performing Arts , Philadelphia, has hired Toby Blumenthal as vice president for artistic planning and chief innovation officer.
August 4, 2015 |
John Paul Knox, 87, formerly of Oreland, a lawyer in Montgomery County for many years, died Tuesday, July 21, of cancer at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, a retirement community in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Knox and his wife, Eleanor, had moved to Westminster Canterbury in 2006. The son of Paul Waddell Knox and Florence Welch Knox, Mr. Knox grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated in January 1946 from Central High School. He began early studies at Yale University in the fall of 1945.
August 1, 2015 |
After a lengthy drought, real estate lawyers are a hot commodity again. The biggest firms in Philadelphia and other cities with booming real estate markets say finding lawyers skilled in handling the zoning, tax, and transactional pieces of complex projects has become a near impossibility. There simply aren't enough lawyers to go around, and that has stretched existing practice groups and forced firms to move lawyers internally from other specialties. " Voracious is the word that I would use to describe what is going on," said Bart Mellits, chair of Ballard Spahr's real estate department, which has more than 100 lawyers.
July 31, 2015 |
Renato Thomas Di Stefano Jr., 86, of Berwyn, an electronics engineer, died Tuesday, July 28, at Foulk Manor South, an assisted-living facility in Wilmington. He had battled Alzheimer's disease for several years. The son of an Italian immigrant father and first-generation American mother, Mr. Di Stefano was born in Yonkers, N.Y. He was a graduate of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and Columbia University, where he was part of the school's first Naval ROTC class. He later returned to Columbia to complete a master's degree in electronics in 1957.
July 27, 2015 |
A life celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7, for John Sherman Estey, 89, former chairman of the Philadelphia law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, who died of heart failure Tuesday, July 7, at his summer home in Eagles Mere, Pa. The memorial will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. Burial was private. Mr. Estey had a distinguished career practicing corporate and bankruptcy law for more than three decades at Montgomery McCracken starting in the 1960s.
July 24, 2015 |
ROSEMARY McMunigal was a Delaware County lawyer who, while dedicated to her profession, indulged a passion for helping the less fortunate. "Blessed with a great head and a great heart, Rosemary used her intelligence, strength and compassion to help others," her family said. "Her faith led her to believe in the goodness of people and hope for a better world. " Rosemary Casey McMunigal, a partner in a Media law firm, an active volunteer with a nursing service in Chester, and devoted family matriarch, died July 16. She was 93 and lived in Media's Riddle Village.
July 21, 2015
Melinda K. Holman , chairman of Holman Automotive, has been named chair of the regional board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey . Holman will lead the regional board for a two-year term. She succeeds Lon Greenberg , chairman of the board of UGI Corp., who served as chair from 2013-2015. William R. Sasso has been appointed a member of the board. He is chairman of Philadelphia law firm Stradley Ronon. Raymond Skinner has been elected to the board of the Reinvestment Fund , a nonprofit rebuilding distressed towns and cities through the use of capital and information.
June 4, 2015 |
With many lawsuits expected and a limited amount of money available to compensate victims, sorting through competing personal-injury claims likely will be one of the most delicate legal issues to emerge from the May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. Lawyers who have been involved in litigation over past accidents causing multiple casualties say the biggest hurdle often is finding a fair and transparent way to distribute funds. This is especially so for cases in which payouts are capped as a result of insurance coverage limits, or, in the case of the Amtrak crash, by an act of Congress limiting total payments to $200 million.