January 14, 2015 |
Michael O'Sullivan Floyd, 75, of Center City, a Philadelphia lawyer who specialized in commercial litigation, died Friday, Jan. 9, of complications from Parkinson's disease at his home. Mr. Floyd spent his 43-year career with the firm Drinker Biddle & Reath L.L.C. His office was in Philadelphia. According to a resumé on the company's website, Mr. Floyd concentrated on product liability and antitrust work. He generally represented big area companies when actions were brought against them.
August 12, 2014 |
Rick Forman wanted to pay attention in class at Rutgers University, but he just couldn't handle it. "I was crawling out of my skin," said Forman. "I'm like, 'I have to get out of here,' because I'm in the back figuring out how many thousands of dozens of T-shirts I needed to buy for the flea market. " Forman, 54, who started selling T-shirts at flea markets while he was still in high school, never graduated from college. But he did graduate from flea markets to run Forman Mills, a $275 million retail chain with 2,700 employees, 31 stores painted an aggressive yellow, and a loudmouth ad campaign: Stretch those bills at Forman Mills.
June 28, 2013 |
Diversifying a business can make sense, but Wednesday presented an example of diversification gone awry. Pfizer Inc. is the world leader in selling prescription medicine and has a big operation in Collegeville. But part of its legion of lawyers was in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan handling a $964 million settlement fund of cash and assets for some - but not all - people claiming harm from asbestos. The asbestos was contained in insulation used in blast furnaces for steel-making.
April 10, 2013 |
AUSTIN L. HOGAN liked to kick back on the rooftop deck of his Society Hill condominium overlooking the Delaware River and burn through books at a scary pace. "He would devour a book in an hour and a half," said his wife, Margaret Leyden. "It was frightening. " Not only books but newspapers, local, national and even international, would fall into the maw of his insatiable greed for information and amusement. And he often would turn from the printed page to his Kindle. "He read everything," his wife said.
July 19, 2012 |
Daniel L. Thistle, 67, of Washington Square, a trial lawyer, died Friday, July 13, of bladder cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. After graduating from Villanova University Law School in 1970, Mr. Thistle joined the law firm headed by James Beasley, a prominent litigator. He was a partner in the Beasley Law Firm when he left in 1995 to establish the Thistle Law Firm. The Center City firm includes Mr. Thistle's son, Daniel Jr., and nephew Thomas, and represents plaintiffs in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, drug liability, general negligence, and automobile accidents.
May 10, 2012 |
Remember the 1993 movie "Philadelphia"? A lawyer played by Tom Hanks is fired from a Philadelphia law firm after it is revealed he has AIDS. William J. O'Brien, one of the city's premiere trial lawyers, had a similar case in 1994. He represented the law firm of Kohn Swift & Graf, which was sued in federal court by a 30-year-old lawyer who contended he was fired by the firm because he had HIV. Both the real case and the movie case wound up being settled out of court. For a lawyer renowned for his work on commercial litigation, involving such fields as product liability, insurance fraud, malpractice claims, government relations and the like, Bill was involved in a number of high-profile cases that made headlines.
May 1, 2012 |
To local sports enthusiasts, Leslie Gudel is likely best known for her Phillies reporting and anchoring on Comcast SportsNet. To another category of fan, Gudel might not be known at all. But her portable baby recliners sure are. Since they hit the market in early 2009, Nap Nanny and its current derivation, Nap Nanny Chill, have delivered countless parents from the spirit-crushing torture of life with an infant who would rather cry than...
April 13, 2011 |
After setting the table for Sheryl Crow in 2009 and having to endure the ignominy of opening for the Goo Goo Dolls last year, Philadelphia and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon band the Roots will finally get to headline its hometown July 4 celebration! Mayor Nutter announced the bill Tuesday morn for the free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Art Museum. Along with the Roots, the lineup includes classic R&Bers Earth Wind & Fire , singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles , blue-eyed Doobie Brother Michael McDonald , British hip-hop soul singer Estelle , and, on the wheels of steel, Philadelphia's DJ Jazzy Jeff . Aaron Neville , whose Joe Henry -produced gospel album I Know I've Been Changed was one of the overlooked treasures of last year, and Philadelphia bass man Gerald Veasley will play Penn's Landing during the Taste of Philadelphia festival, which runs June 24-26.
May 4, 2010 |
In a career focused on defending the pharmaceutical, tobacco, and chemical industries in product liability, pricing, and intellectual property disputes, lawyer Anne M. Patterson has won praise even from her opponents. "There are some folks you just get along with because, although they are tenacious in terms of being an adversary, you also know that they are being professional and honest," said John Lacey, a partner at the firm Connell Foley who has observed Patterson in cases where he was opposing counsel.