Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Attys Seek $95M Fees For Philips CPAP Economic Loss Deal

    Attorneys representing customers who bought Philips breathing machines with defective insulating foam asked a Pennsylvania federal court for $95 million in fees and costs Tuesday, arguing it was a reasonable amount compared to the minimum of $495 million that Koninklijke Philips NV agreed to pay to settle economic loss claims.

  • Pa. Justices Won't Revive Malpractice Suit Against Saul Ewing

    Pennsylvania's high court won't take up a $50 million legal malpractice case brought by a mushroom growers' cooperative against its former counsel from Saul Ewing LLP, leaving intact a ruling that the farmers filed their suit too late.

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    Wilson Elser Partner Promotions Slightly Climb With 31 Attys

    Defense litigation firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP has promoted 31 attorneys to partner, effective Jan. 1, the firm announced Monday.

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    Hogan Lovells Picks New Philly Admin Partner Amid Changes

    Hogan Lovells leadership changes in the new year include the promotion of a mergers and acquisitions partner to administrative partner of the firm's Philadelphia office.

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    Ex-Dechert Litigator Joins Seeger Weiss In Philadelphia

    Plaintiffs litigation firm Seeger Weiss LLP announced Monday that a longtime Dechert LLP litigator and expert in e-discovery joined the firm's Philadelphia office as a partner.

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    Cozen O'Connor Launches DEI Practice, Names Group Leader

    Cozen O'Connor has launched a diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and solutions practice composed of attorneys and professionals from the firm's ancillary businesses with one of its longtime attorneys at the helm.

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    Reed Smith Promotes 27 New Partners In Dip From 2023 Class

    Reed Smith LLP said Monday that it had promoted 27 lawyers to its partnership, with the law firm's office in London accounting for a quarter of the new partners.

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    Cohen Milstein's New Head On Firm's 'Mission-Driven Culture'

    Benjamin D. Brown is taking on his new role as managing partner of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC with an eye toward maintaining a firm culture that enables lawyers to build the type of world they want for them and their families.

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    McGuireWoods Appoints 5 Partners To Leadership Posts

    McGuireWoods LLP has two new deputy managing partners, for litigation and for strategic development, and three new litigation department chairs.

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    Lateral Hiring Dipped In 2023, With Signs Of A 2024 Comeback

    Despite an upswing in lateral recruitment during the fourth quarter, the legal industry still closed 2023 with about 18% fewer hires than in 2022, according to industry data provided by Firm Prospects, which has been showing signs of recovery since the latter half of 2023.

  • Barley Snyder Promotes Health, Estate Attys To Partnership

    Barley Snyder has announced the addition of an experienced healthcare lawyer and an expert estate planner as its first new partners of the year.

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    Ogletree Names 5 Office Leaders, Elevates 22 Shareholders

    Management-side labor firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has announced new leadership for five of its offices.

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    Stradley Ronon Appoints Tax Pro To Board Of Directors

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP started 2024 with a new face among its 11-attorney board of directors after a co-chair of the firm's tax group was elected for the position, the firm announced Friday.

  • Lowenstein Sandler Gives Young Associates Bump In Pay

    Junior associates at Lowenstein Sandler LLP will be rewarded this year with pay raises that match the prevailing Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP scale.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Covington & Burling LLP secured the top spot on this week's list of Legal Lions after a New York federal judge permanently tossed a proposed class action Tuesday against its client over a Tide laundry detergent label.

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    Ex-Pa. Utility Commission Chair Joins Stevens & Lee

    The former chairperson of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has left the public sector after more than 30 years of working in state government to join Stevens & Lee's energy practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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    Pa. Chamber Taps Seasoned Government Atty For GC Role

    The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has brought on a veteran government attorney who has deep legal experience in various state government roles to serve as the organization's new vice president and general counsel.

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    Legal Industry Added 4,500 Jobs In December

    The U.S. legal services sector continued to trend positive in the area of job growth, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

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    Nelson Mullins' Leader Begins New Term Eyeing More Growth

    As he kicks off another three-year term as Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's managing partner, James K. Lehman told Law360 on Friday he is focused on continuing to grow the national firm as well as helping prepare its next generation of leadership.

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    New Ballard Chair Sees Leadership Lessons In His M&A Work

    Peter Michaud starts his three-year term as chair of Ballard Spahr LLP with an eye toward growth and innovation. The Minneapolis-based attorney talked to Law360 Pulse earlier this week about how his background in transactions can inform his leadership role.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    Legal industry news started off with a bang in 2024, with a mass partner departure, more law firm raise and bonus announcements, and a law firm combination, all in the first week of the year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Duane Morris Taps Longtime Atty As New Health Leader

    Duane Morris LLP has selected a Philadelphia-based attorney who has spent the last two decades with the firm to be the next chair of its health law practice group.

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    Legal Industry Rings In 2024 With A Wave Of New Leaders

    As the calendar turns to a new year, the legal industry welcomes a wave of fresh leaders who are ready to steer their law firms into an era of change.

  • Client Sues Ex-Atty Over Alleged Litigation Funding Scheme

    A Philadelphia man is suing his former lawyer for allegedly using his workplace injury case as collateral to secure litigation funding and then transferring the high-interest-rate loans to his legal fees.

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    Semiconductor Co. Vishay Elevates GC To New Legal Role

    Vishay Intertechnology Inc. said that it had selected its longtime corporate general counsel to serve as its new chief administrative and legal officer, according to a recent regulatory filing.

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Expert Analysis

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • What Hiring Law Firms Should Consider Instead Of Grades Author Photo

    With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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