July 18, 1987 |
The attorney-in-charge of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden will become a federal magistrate in the next few months, U.S. District Judge John Gerry announced yesterday. Joel Rosen, 40, a career prosecutor who took charge of the Camden office about a year ago, was among three finalists considered for the magistrate's job by a panel of judges Thursday. Rosen could not be reached for comment yesterday. Magistrates handle arraignments on criminal cases and shepherd civil lawsuits through the pretrial and discovery process.
February 12, 1999 |
John William Fawcett 3d, 78, formerly of Wayne, a retired Philadelphia attorney, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday at Rosemont Manor. Mr. Fawcett was a partner in the law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads. He joined the firm as an associate in 1951 and became a partner in 1960, specializing in corporate law. He retired in 1987. "He was a very able attorney who had a wonderful personality and was always upbeat," said David Grove, also a partner in the law firm.
January 5, 2005 |
Robert M. Landis, 84, of Gladwyne, a lawyer and civic leader, died Saturday of lymphoma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. For almost 50 years, Mr. Landis was associated with Dechert, Price & Rhoads, now Dechert, in Philadelphia. He was a partner and former chairman of the firm and remained counsel after retiring in the late 1980s. He loved the courtroom and the study of law, his former secretary, Delores Kornblatt, said. Early in his career, Mr. Landis served as a deputy city solicitor for Philadelphia.
March 2, 1997 |
Margaret A. Browning, 46, a member of the National Labor Relations Board who passed up a chance for a lucrative law practice to help working people, died Friday at her home in Washington, D.C., after a two-year battle with cancer. Ms. Browning, who began her labor law career in Philadelphia, also maintained a home in Rittenhouse Square with her husband, Joseph Lurie, also an attorney. "She always wanted to help workers who were beat up on by those who exploited them," her husband said.
October 16, 2000 |
Theodore O. Rogers, 84, of West Goshen, a retired judge of Commonwealth Court, died of complications from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease Saturday at his home. Judge Rogers was appointed to the court in 1971 by Gov. Raymond P. Shafer. He retired from the bench in 1986 and returned to private practice. He retired from private practice in 1994. Judge Rogers was born in West Chester. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937 and from the Penn law school in 1940.
September 2, 2010 |
Donald Michael Collins, 84, of Berwyn, a retired lawyer, died of heart failure Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Kindred Hospital in Havertown. Mr. Collins grew up in East Oak Lane and graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, where he was class valedictorian, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review. In the early 1950s, Mr. Collins was an attorney for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Washington and he helped write legal guidelines when nuclear-powered submarines and ships and thermonuclear weaponry were developed, his son Brendan said.
December 21, 2010 |
Morgan Richards "Dick" Jones, 71, of Wyndmoor, former chairman of the Drinker, Biddle & Reath law firm in Philadelphia, died of pneumonia Friday, Dec. 17, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Mr. Jones joined Drinker Biddle in 1965 and became a partner in 1970. During his tenure as chairman, from 1989 through 2000, the firm grew from fewer than 200 lawyers, primarily in Philadelphia, to nearly 400 lawyers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia. Drinker Biddle now has more than 650 lawyers in 12 offices nationwide.
January 24, 2012 |
Steven M. Dranoff, 68, of Society Hill, a personal-injury and civil-litigation lawyer, died Sunday, Jan. 22, of colon cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. For more than a decade, Mr. Dranoff headed Dranoff Associates in Center City. Over the years, by word of mouth, he became well-known as a lawyer in the Asian community and represented Korean, Vietnamese, and Cambodian clients, his wife, Carol Epstein Dranoff, said. Through his practice, he and his wife had several Asian friends.
May 17, 2011 |
Oscar S. Schermer, 77, a retired lawyer, formerly of Huntingdon Valley, died of pneumonia Sunday, May 15, at Dresher Estates, an assisted-living facility. Mr. Schermer grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Olney High School. After graduating in 1955 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he served in the Army. He was assigned to a ski patrol in Colorado, though he had never skied, and was later stationed in France, said a daughter, Stephanie Richman.
January 25, 2011 |
Henry S. Hilles Jr., 71, a former partner at the Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle, died of lung cancer Wednesday, Jan. 12, at his home in Bryn Mawr. His son, Henry S. III, a former Montgomery County assistant district attorney, said Mr. Hilles was for a time the lead railroad-acquisition counsel for SEPTA. In 1982, Mr. Hilles was the SEPTA lawyer who helped prevent a shutdown of the commuter-rail system. At the time, Conrail operated the commuter-train lines under a contract with SEPTA and was scheduled to hand over the responsibility to SEPTA on Jan. 1, 1983.