December 3, 2008 |
Having spent four years in Washington with the Clinton administration, former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson Diaz may return for a second extended stay. Diaz, who served as city solicitor under Mayor John F. Street, is among a handful of high-profile Latinos rumored to be possible picks to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President-elect Barack Obama. Diaz said yesterday that shortly after Election Day, he received a call from Obama's transition team to gauge his interest in a Washington position.
March 29, 1994 |
A Russian man accused of trying to extort $150,000 from Buffalo Sabres wing Alexander Mogilny was just a friend looking for a loan, his lawyer said yesterday. "He needed some money and he went to his best friend and asked if he could borrow it," attorney Robert Riordan said. "There never was any threat. " Sergey Fomitov, also known as Sergey Pavlosky, was arrested Friday night outside the Sabres' locker room and later charged with attempted second-degree grand larceny. Mogilny told police that Fomitov, who had helped him defect from the Soviet Union in 1989, followed him after practice and demanded $150,000 or he would shoot and stab him. Mogilny has called him "just a business partner.
April 18, 1994 |
Jerome C. Groskin, 87, of Wynnewood, a lawyer with his own practice in Philadelphia, died Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital. Family members said that Mr. Groskin, a native of Philadelphia, never retired and was working until recently at his practice in One Penn Center. He specialized in corporate and estate law. He graduated from Temple University Law School in 1926 and spent the early part of his career with the former law firm of Weill Nesbit & Lisenby, leaving in the early 1960s to start his own practice.
August 30, 1987 |
Carlton Rowand, 83, of Cherry Hill, a lawyer for 52 years, died Thursday at West Jersey Health System, Voorhees. Mr. Rowand was a graduate of Camden High School, where he was captain of the basketball and football teams. He studied pre-law at Cornell University and graduated from Temple University Law School in 1930. Mr. Rowand served on the Camden City Board of Education in the 1930s and was a committee clerk of the New Jersey Senate from 1942 to 1944. He was a Republican member of the Camden County Board of Freeholders in the 1950s.
May 15, 1998 |
Daniel Maxymuik, 67, a lawyer and former insurance-company counsel who was active in the Ukrainian American community, died of cancer Sunday at his Rydal home. Mr. Maxymuik had maintained a private law practice in Philadelphia since 1962 and had been the managing attorney in the Philadelphia litigation office of Harleysville Insurance Co. from 1972 to 1992. His work for the Ukrainian American community had included serving as counsel to the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown since 1980 as well as doing pro bono work for Ukrainian Catholic churches and other organizations.
September 23, 2004 |
A LEGAL giant will be laid to rest today. But we'd be doing Jim Beasley a disservice if we were to recall him as a great "Philadelphia lawyer," a moniker that may still carry a connotation for skill and competence, but also conjures up privilege, white shoes and Ivy League degrees. Jim Beasley was none of that. He spent most of his 78 years slaying dragons. He was a trial lawyer, and damn proud of it, even when it became a term of derision. For 50 years, he reigned as the pre-eminent litigator in all of Pennsylvania.
April 6, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE - Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer said after a short pretrial hearing Thursday that he expected the presiding judge to soon dismiss defense motions to have the child sexual abuse charges thrown out, but he hoped he would allow them to be refiled after more evidence is disclosed by prosecutors. During a 20-minute hearing attended by the retired defensive coordinator and his wife, Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola withdrew his attempt to prevent the Attorney General's Office from using at trial secretly recorded conversations between Sandusky and two of the 10 boys he is accused of sexually abusing.
July 25, 2010 |
These days, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille says he feels betrayed by his onetime lawyer in the Family Court project. "If I was in the Marine Corps, the guy would be stripped of his rank. He'd be drummed out," Castille said of Jeffrey B. Rotwitt, who was getting paid on both sides of the $200 million deal to build a courthouse at 15th and Arch Streets. But that wasn't the case in April. When Castille was first asked about Rotwitt's codeveloper role, he didn't seem upset with Rotwitt at all. Instead, he was angry at being questioned about it. With an Inquirer writer pushing court officials for an explanation, Rotwitt met with Castille, then e-mailed him a suggested "clear statement of the facts": Yes, Rotwitt and Donald Pulver were codevelopers, the statement said, without suggesting it was any sort of problem.
June 16, 2010 |
Harold Sills, 97, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia lawyer and social institution, died of aortic stenosis Sunday, June 13, at home. Mr. Sills maintained a general law practice in Center City for 40 years. Then in 1985, at 72, he became general counsel for ICD, in King of Prussia, a subsidiary of Confab Corp. When Confab was purchased by Tyco Corp. in 1998, Mr. Sills and all senior executives were terminated. Two weeks later, his daughter Judith Sills said, he was called to meet with the new CEO, who acknowledged making an error in judgment and rehired Mr. Sills as general counsel.
May 11, 2014 |
Dante Mattioni, 83, of Chestnut Hill, a lawyer and civic leader in Philadelphia, died Monday, May 5, of complications from congestive heart failure at the Hospice of Philadelphia-Falls Center. In 1963, Mr. Mattioni founded his own law firm, based on his experience as a Merchant Marine officer. From the outset, the firm specialized in handling admiralty and maritime matters. Over the years, Mr. Mattioni expanded the firm, Mattioni Ltd., to include business law, estate planning, real estate, and labor law. Mr. Mattioni retired from active practice in 2008 but continued to be involved in the legal and business communities.