October 5, 2013 |
It appears that the death of "Big Law," so widely predicted a few years ago, has been greatly exaggerated. After a breathtaking pullback following the recession of 2008 and 2009, hiring at large law firms in Philadelphia and around the nation has revived. Large classes of first-year lawyers are arriving this week and next at many local firms, and while the numbers are not as high as they were before the financial crisis, some law-firm leaders have begun to talk of staff shortages and juggling legal personnel to meet surging client demand.
April 25, 2010 |
It is 8 a.m., and lawyer Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin, crisply attired in a pin-striped suit and trailing a large roll-around briefcase, strides into her office, which on this day happens to be a jail in the fortresslike 25th District police headquarters in North Philadelphia. Her clients are not the big commercial companies she typically represents as a lawyer in Ballard Spahr L.L.P.'s white-collar defense practice. Rather, they are standard-issue criminal defendants, accused of a smorgasbord of street offenses including drug possession, dealing, and assault.
April 12, 2009 |
David Koller is a bright, hyperkinetic 31-year-old lawyer who has spent the last seven years working his way up, moving from one firm to another in search of more challenging work and higher salaries to pay down his huge law school loans. His progress on that path came to an abrupt halt March 2. That is when the vicious downsizing rolling through the legal industry caught up with him. Just three months after receiving a glowing performance review, he was called into the office of the managing partner of Riper Riley Hollin & Colagreco, a politically prominent Chester County firm where he had worked since September 2007, and fired.
January 6, 2008 |
Law school is intense. Students cram their heads with torts, contracts, and criminal and civil procedure. They face grueling exams - the most daunting after graduation. But then, presumably, newly minted lawyers are ready for whatever comes next: a judicial clerkship, a job at a firm, service as prosecutors or public defenders. Except the switch from law student to lawyer isn't always easy. So the Burlington County Bar Association's Young Lawyer Committee has launched a symposium, "Bridging the Gap: Making the Transition From Law Student to Lawyer," to offer tips and hints from the pros.
June 1, 2009 |
John F. Smith III is a senior litigator at Reed Smith L.L.P., of Philadelphia, who served for 11 years on the firm's executive committee and now, in addition to representing clients, is deeply involved in programs aimed at sharpening the business-development skills of young lawyers. Law firms for years had given such training short shrift, relying on a relative handful of relationship partners to generate work. Younger associates typically had little idea where the work came from, or what firms had to do to get it. Smith, who serves on the boards of a number of locally prominent institutions, says he is trying to change that by showing younger lawyers more of the business side of the law firm.
August 1, 2015 |
After a lengthy drought, real estate lawyers are a hot commodity again. The biggest firms in Philadelphia and other cities with booming real estate markets say finding lawyers skilled in handling the zoning, tax, and transactional pieces of complex projects has become a near impossibility. There simply aren't enough lawyers to go around, and that has stretched existing practice groups and forced firms to move lawyers internally from other specialties. " Voracious is the word that I would use to describe what is going on," said Bart Mellits, chair of Ballard Spahr's real estate department, which has more than 100 lawyers.
July 21, 1991 |
SEPTA wants more riders and the Franklin Institute wants more people to visit its museum, so they're getting together for another promotion. Through the end of September, holders of a SEPTA DayPass or a Family Fare will receive $1 off the purchase of up to five combination tickets at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. The museum offers three types of combination tickets that admit the holder to regular museum exhibits and from one to three extra activities, including the Mission to Mars Simulation, the Omniverse Theater and Fels Planetarium.
October 5, 1990 |
Edmund E. DePaul, a lawyer whose courage, integrity and talents inspired countless young attorneys to stretch and reach the heights of their profession, died yesterday. He was 67 and lived in Overbrook. A tough, crusty son of Italian immigrants, in another time and place he would have been the old-fashioned country lawyer, defending the widow for a jar of preserves in payment. In the city, he did the equivalent and served for 11 years with the public defender's office. He also had been an assistant U.S. attorney and was in private criminal practice.
April 4, 1991 |
Commissioner Mark F. DiGiovanni of the Seventh Ward has notified the Marple Township Board of Commissioners that he is resigning his seat before his term expires on Dec. 31, citing work-related reasons. DiGiovanni had previously decided not to seek re-election to a second term, and L. Stephen Sudhop, a builder, received the Marple Township Republican Party's endorsement for the Seventh Ward seat. Sudhop is running unopposed. DiGiovanni practiced law in Media until last a year, when he accepted a position in Philadelphia, according to Martin Nash, board vice president.
December 5, 2012 |
Kathleen Wilkinson has made a career litigating disputes over matters as varied as employment law and construction accidents. Now she is about to take over as chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, a task that arguably is as demanding as representing a corporate client in a high-stakes lawsuit. But, given the complexity of Philadelphia's legal community, it is also a role that requires a measure of political skill. Wilkinson, who will give her inaugural address Tuesday at the bar association's annual meeting and luncheon, says fast-paced changes in the legal profession have imposed a changed agenda on the group.