Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney says it shouldn't have to litigate with three of its former lawyers in a California court just because the firm operates under a different legal structure there. The lawyers are seeking unused vacation time.
It's not unusual for law firms to issue a formal response after they've been confronted with criticism, hit with litigation or stung by bad publicity. But that approach wasn't enough for a Philadelphia workers' compensation firm after its business practices came under scrutiny this month.
In a $30 million suit over an alleged conflict of interest, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius says that its ex-client, Towers Watson Delaware, knew about and consented to the firm's representation of Towers' adversary, Meriter Health Services.
The ex-chairman of the now dissolved Pennsylvania-based firm Nelson Brown & Co., formerly known as Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, wants to take his former partners to arbitration. For what exactly is still unclear.
Two labor and employment partners are returning to Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads after a 15-year stint at Ballard Spahr, filling a newly created gap in Montgomery McCracken's labor and employment practice.
A group from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads' employment practice has left to join Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart's Philadelphia office, joining another Montgomery McCracken veteran at their new firm.
Two aspiring medical marijuana companies have filed lawsuits against the Pennsylvania Department of Health over its medical cannabis licensing process. And one of them is seeking to take the permit awarded to another licensed grower/processor after its parent company was implicated in a criminal investigation.
Three out-of-town law firms—Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Spilman Thomas & Battle and Cozen O'Connor—entered or expanded in the Pittsburgh market as the summer came to a close, keeping up the city's momentum as a hub for lateral hiring and law firm growth.
When Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr and Saul Ewing (now Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr) both announced significant mergers Tuesday with Midwestern firms of about 150 lawyers, the deals had more in common than timing and geography. Both highlight themes that have been propelling widespread consolidation in the industry, observers said.
Ballard Spahr is combining with Minneapolis-based Lindquist & Vennum, the two firms announced Tuesday. The combined firm will operate under the name Ballard Spahr, and will have more than 650 lawyers across 15 offices.
Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing and Chicago-based Arnstein & Lehr have merged, the firms announced Tuesday, creating a firm of more than 400 lawyers with 15 offices across the Northeast, Midwest and Florida. The combined firm will be called Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr.
The Judicial Conduct Board has sent a Centre County judge a letter of counsel, after finding that he ran afoul of judicial conduct provisions through his personal relationship with the county district attorney.
Firms in lower-rate markets, such as those in central Pennsylvania, have long touted the cost savings they can offer clients. But with the growing demand for alternative fee arrangements, they've found another attraction to draw clients away from the big city.
A recent report has raised questions about a Blank Rome lawyer's work as deputy special master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, through which she appears to have approved millions of dollars' worth of contracts between her own law firm and the fund.
A new defense team for Bill Cosby has taken a different approach to the case already, choosing to select a jury from Montgomery County. The comedian's retrial has also been postponed until March at the earliest, to allow the new defense lawyers to get up to speed.
An investor group's federal lawsuit against Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor and Cushman & Wakefield won't be stopped by Pennsylvania's statute of limitations, but claims brought by three of the plaintiffs, including British real estate tycoon Berish Berger, have been thrown out.
Bill Cosby has a new lawyer, and he's no rookie to the world of high-profile celebrity criminal trials. Cosby's new lawyers are Tom Mesereau, Kathleen Bliss, and local counsel Sam Silver, spokesman Andrew Wyatt announced Monday. Mesereau, of Los Angeles, is best known for representing Michael Jackson in a 2005 trial over alleged child molestation. Jackson was acquitted of the charges.
Keeping up with their corporate clients, large law firms have set their eyes on charitable efforts beyond the traditional pro bono commitment. And one firm recently put the leader of those efforts in the C-suite.
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