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September 25, 2003 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a lot of mozzarella. More than 600 tons, in fact, worth more than $1.5 million wholesale, say its producers. It was delivered from California in a series of shipments in May and June to a local distributor based in Marlton. But that is about all that Valley Gold, the manufacturer, and Joseph Profaci, the recipient, agree on. Lawyers for both sides spent more than two hours in U.S. District Court in Camden yesterday churning the issues in a breach-of-contract/fraud case based on a civil complaint filed last month by Valley Gold.
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April 29, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Former Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord secretly cooperated with federal prosecutors in a corruption investigation while in office and wore a body wire to record conversations with others, the Inquirer has learned. He surreptitiously recorded, among others, a major donor to Pennsylvania politicians whose company made millions helping to invest the public's money, four people familiar with the matter said. McCord, who pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in February 2015 but whose sentence has been delayed for months, wore the wire before he entered his plea.
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July 19, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
John A. Tobin, 50, of Philadelphia, a lawyer and software company president, died July 6 of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. He was diagnosed a year ago and stayed active until just before his death. Born in Boston and reared in the Boston suburbs, Mr. Tobin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in economics, and earned a degree from Penn's law school in 1992. After law school, he worked as a corporate and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, specializing in legal matters involving movies, TV, music transactions, and licensing agreements.
NEWS
October 20, 1991 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard J. Schwartz, 92, an attorney for 70 years with the law firm of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, died Friday at his Rittenhouse Square home. Mr. Schwartz was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States at age 7. He went on to help develop the state's worker-compensation law. He attended South Philadelphia High School and was elected president of the Class of 1919. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania with the intention of becoming an engineer. While in school, his interests shifted toward law and he transferred to Temple University, where he earned his law degree.
NEWS
May 21, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Herman J. Obert, an attorney for nearly 50 years, died Monday. He was 75 and lived in Bryn Mawr. A Philadelphia lawyer who specialized in probate, charitable trusts and construction, he was a member of the firm of Monteverde, Hemphill, Maschmeyer & Obert. He previously had been a member in the firm of Gibbons, Eustace & Obert. He was active in the Catholic Charities organization and represented a number of orders and societies. The son of a Roxborough brewer, Obert was educated at Georgetown Preparatory School and was a graduate of Georgetown University and Temple University Law School.
NEWS
December 25, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia lawyer yesterday was charged with assaulting a narcotics police officer after he threw punches at him in a City Hall courtroom and had to be subdued by other officers, police said. The lawyer, Darryl Irwin, 39, was representing a man charged with drug violations and was awaiting a court hearing shortly before noon when the incident occurred. Police said the officer, Jorge Cruz, was standing in a hallway outside the second-floor courtroom, reviewing his file on Irwin's client when the lawyer told him, "There's no need to read that stuff.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Patricia Madej, Staff Writer
Joseph A. Coffey Jr., 73, who balanced life as a lawyer, family man, and avid traveler, died of cancer Friday, Jan. 22, at his home in Tequesta, Fla., where he had lived since 2000. Mr. Coffey grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended Most Blessed Sacrament School in Kingsessing and West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys as well as La Salle University, where he studied marketing, graduating in 1964. After graduating, he served in Army for a year before eventually enrolling in Temple University's law school, from which he graduated in 1969.
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May 17, 2001 | By Dominic Sama INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Maloney, 93, of Bryn Mawr, a retired Center City fiduciary lawyer and former president of the Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia, died at his home Monday of complications from diabetes. Mr. Maloney practiced for more than 40 years, specializing in administering estates and trusts. He started in 1936 with the Center City law firm of Evans, Bayard & Frick and remained there until the start of World War II, when he entered the Navy. He was assigned to the Navy's Office of the General Counsel in Washington.
NEWS
February 28, 2008 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia lawyer pleaded guilty to forging a court document yesterday in New Jersey Superior Court in Camden. Rather than tell a client that a case had been dismissed, Nina E. Perris, 48, gave him a forged court order that said he would receive money for injuries received when a security gate fell on him in Virginia. The client showed the document to another lawyer, who recognized it was not an official court order and took it to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
BALTIMORE - Benjamin Lipsitz, a lawyer who defended the man who tried to kill George Wallace, died May 10. He was 94. Lipsitz was chosen to defend Arthur Bremer, accused of shooting Wallace, a Democratic presidential candidate, and three others, including a Secret Service agent, at a Laurel, Md., shopping center on May 15, 1972. Bremer called his lawyer "my only friend. " With his daughter, Eleanor J. Lipsitz, as co-counsel, he conducted a strong defense in Prince George's Circuit Court.
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July 21, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Jerry Balter, 94, of Philadelphia, a public interest lawyer who represented poor and minority communities seeking redress from environmental pollution, died of heart failure Saturday, July 16, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Balter became a lawyer at age 55, relatively late in life, after a career as an industrial engineer in Rochester, N.Y., designing supermarkets. While there, he also became interested in community activism. From that experience, he said, he learned that lawyers skilled at arguing cases in court were often clueless when it came to talking with citizen activists.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
The lawyer whom embattled Temple University president Neil D. Theobald has hired as he tries to stave off his ouster by the university board has a long history of representing college presidents who need to negotiate exit deals once relationships have soured. Raymond D. Cotton, a Washington lawyer who works for the Boston-based Mintz Levin firm, is a nationally known expert on college presidential compensation. "Inside the industry, Ray is the 911 call you make when you're in trouble," said Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm in Media.
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July 19, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
John A. Tobin, 50, of Philadelphia, a lawyer and software company president, died July 6 of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. He was diagnosed a year ago and stayed active until just before his death. Born in Boston and reared in the Boston suburbs, Mr. Tobin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in economics, and earned a degree from Penn's law school in 1992. After law school, he worked as a corporate and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, specializing in legal matters involving movies, TV, music transactions, and licensing agreements.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
When Gaetan Alfano took over as Philadelphia bar chancellor Jan. 1, he inherited a legal trade association that was treading water. Membership had fallen, and growing numbers of lawyers questioned its relevance. The profession, meanwhile, had gone through convulsive changes, but the bar group, not so much. Alfano made it clear he intended to shake things up, and now, six months into his yearlong term, he's on his way. Within weeks of the start of his term, Alfano took on American Bar Association president Paulette Brown for promoting a cut-rate legal service he said undermined lawyers' livelihoods.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A third lawsuit has been filed against a South Jersey jail warden following the deaths of four inmates in recent years at the Cumberland County Jail in Bridgeton. The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Camden on behalf of the family of David Hennis, an inmate found hanging in the infirmary on July 30, 2014, lawyer Conrad Benedetto said in a news release Friday. According to Vineland police, Hennis, 31, of Vineland, was arrested and charged July 22 with aggravated assault and weapons offenses, and was sent to the jail on $30,000 bail.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby replaced one of his defense attorneys Monday with another Los Angeles lawyer whose firm has represented celebrity clients. Angela Agrusa of Liner L.L.P. will replace Christopher Tayback on Cosby's legal team in pending criminal and civil litigation, the entertainer's spokesman said Monday. The reason for the change was unclear, as was whether it was initiated by Tayback or Cosby. Agrusa has experience in civil litigation, according to a biography posted on her firm's website.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Don't be fooled by his preppy bow tie and conservative suit. Philadelphia lawyer William Stock leads a national army of 14,000 attorneys bent on revolution. On shutting down the family detention centers that hold children arrested with immigrant parents. On eliminating the one-year deadline to apply for asylum. On getting the government to pay for a lawyer for anyone facing deportation. Last month, Stock, 48, became president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, now in its 70th year.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Lawyers for three former Penn State administrators accused of failing to report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children filed motions last week asking that those charges be dismissed. The Pennsylvania Superior Court in January threw out the most serious charges against former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier, Gary Schultz, and Tim Curley, who were accused of conspiring to cover up Sandusky's abuse. But the men continue to face charges of child endangerment and failure to report suspected child abuse.
NEWS
July 10, 2016
My Father & Atticus Finch By Joseph Madison Beck W.W. Norton. 218 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Ginny Greene T o Kill a Mockingbird has inspired readers and critics for decades. But what inspired Harper Lee to write her novel? Joseph Madison Beck suggests he may have the answer. In this fast-moving memoir, Beck recounts how his father, a small-town lawyer, was thrown into the 1938 trial of a Northern black man accused of raping a local white woman in a southern Alabama town.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Lawyers for Andrea Constand urged a federal judge Friday to throw out Bill Cosby's bid to make her return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual-assault claims. In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in Philadelphia, the attorneys, Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz, denied allegations by Cosby lawyers that Constand breached a confidentiality clause in the 2006 settlement with the entertainer when she helped prosecutors build a case against him. They said Cosby was the one who first violated the settlement, and suggested that his breach-of-contract lawsuit was intended to have a "chilling effect" on Constand before she testified at his trial in Montgomery County.
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