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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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BUSINESS
February 3, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
John Y. Gotanda, dean of the Villanova Law School, will leave that job in June to take over as president of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Gotanda, who taught for more than a decade at the law school and held various administrative posts before being named dean in 2011, took over during a time of upheaval and trauma. No sooner had he been named dean than the law school disclosed that admissions data for incoming students had been falsified for an undetermined number of years, an apparent attempt to raise the school's position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The lawyer for Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor convicted in the deadly Center City collapse - told a Philadelphia judge Friday he believes a secret deal with prosecutors kept millionaire property developer Richard Basciano from testifying at Campbell's trial. William D. Hobson made the assertion at a post-conviction hearing on his contention that Campbell's manslaughter conviction should be overturned because of "selective racial prosecution. " Hobson told Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson he believed it was no coincidence that two black men were the only people criminally charged, while Basciano and his architect - both white - were not. Plato A. Marinakos Jr., 49, the architect overseeing demolition of Basciano's properties in the 2100 block of Market Street, was granted immunity from prosecution.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Allentown's former finance director pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to cooperate in the ongoing FBI corruption probe that has already ensnared another key aide to the city's mayor. Garret Strathearn, 68, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez in Philadelphia to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Asked after the hearing if authorities expected Strathearn to provide information on Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Khan said he "can't talk about anybody not discussed in open court or who wasn't charged.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Jessica Parks and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Josh Shapiro, the chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and a former state representative, said Monday that he is running for Pennsylvania attorney general. In an interview, Shapiro said it was time to "restore integrity to the office of attorney general," adding, "I really feel called to this challenge. " Shapiro, 42, becomes the fourth Democrat to enter the primary race against the embattled incumbent, Kathleen G. Kane. His announcement came three days after Kane said that she would seek reelection despite having her law license suspended and facing a trial and legislative sanctions for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2016
Francis McGorry, has been named president of Tri-State Metro Operating Unit for Coca-Cola Refreshments . His new role will e ncompass territory spanning New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Delaware. McGorry had been president and CEO of the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America , Cherry Hill, has named Gina Ross Murdoch president and CEO. An executive with extensive nonprofit experience, she had been deputy executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's New Jersey Chapter and director of the American Diabetes Association's Greater New York City market.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
For the second time in five months, a Chester County judge has dismissed a suit that the Coatesville Area School District brought against its former solicitor and his former law firm, alleging that they overbilled and provided unsound legal advice. Judge Jeffrey Sommer said the suit lacked specifics to support some of the district's claims, including its "broad allegations" of fraud. He said the case should have centered on breach of contract instead of alleging fraud and professional malpractice, according to a court order filed this week.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Law firm mergers and acquisitions reached a record number last year as firms sought to overcome static growth in corporate legal spending by grabbing market share. Nationwide, there were 91 such mergers, three more than in 2014, according to Newtown Square-based legal consultant firm Altman Weil. Among Philadelphia firms that acquired smaller law firms in the United States and abroad were Morgan Lewis, Fox Rothschild, Cozen O'Connor, and Blank Rome. "Law firm mergers and acquisitions are a primary strategy to acquire new business in a market where demand is flat or constrained," said Altman Weil principal Ward Bower.
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.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
The law firm of Kleinbard L.L.C. announced Tuesday that two former Conrad O'Brien partners, Matthew Haverstick and Mark Seiberling, have joined the firm along with former Conrad O'Brien associate Joshua Voss. The group specializes in white collar defense and internal investigations. The group represented Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman in forcing the NCAA to spend a $60 million fine against Penn State in Pennsylvania. The fine had been imposed in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big law firms in Philadelphia are boosting compensation for lawyers below the partner level in a sign that the competition for talent is heating up. The most dramatic example is at the University City-based firm of Dechert L.L.P., a global firm that touts its deal-making prowess in the United States and abroad. The firm paid first-year associates a $15,000 bonus this year, on top of annual salaries of $160,000. For associates with more experience, the bonuses were much higher, as much as $100,000 for lawyers who joined the firm in 2008.
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