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Cozen O'Connor

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 495
  • Gross Revenues: $306,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $620,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $720,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Cozen O'Connor is a Philadelphia-based law firm with over a dozen U.S. offices and one in London; it merged with The Martyn Law Firm on April 1, 2008. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, the firm has 504 attorneys and is the 76th largest law firm in the United States. With $277,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010, the firm was ranked 99th in the The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 revenue rankings. Cozen O'Connor's practice includes antitrust, commercial litigation, immigration, labor and employment, health, intellectual property, corporate, and capital markets.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 103 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 85 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 122 -22 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 170 20 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 3 6 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 26 -22 Summer programs

In the News

People in the News - July 24, 2014 - Morgan of Archer & Greiner Elected President of tGCBA

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

Albert Mezzaroba was named of counsel to Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster.

Marriott Fights Wrongful Death Suit in Hotel Bombing

Jimmy Hoover : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Lawyers for the Marriott hotel say its Islamabad franchiser should bear responsibility for security against terrorism.

People in the News - July 18, 2014 - Sommer of Eastburn & Gray to Speak at PBI Seminar

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

Joanne D. Sommer of Eastburn & Gray is set to serve as a faculty member at the "Snapshots of Special Education Law" program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, on July 22 in Philadelphia.

Judge Awards $50 Mil. to Attorneys in Truck Stop Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval of a $130 million settlement in an antitrust suit between independent truck-stop owners on one side and trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc. and three national truck-stop chains on the other.

What You Need to Know About Corporate Designee Depositions

Hayes A. Hunt and Joshua N. Ruby : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

In a world where the overwhelming majority of cases never make it to trial, depositions take on outsized importance.

Confidentiality Orders in a Books-and-Records Inspection, Part II

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 15, 2014

In part I of this article, we discussed how in C.A. No. 9054-ML (Del. Ch. May 14, 2014) (Master's Final Report), Master in Chancery Abigail M. LeGrow faced the "unwelcome task" of finding an appropriate middle ground between the extreme positions taken by the parties in a Section 220 action concerning what terms should be included in a confidentiality order in connection with the inspection of corporate books and records where inspection was sought in part to assist the stockholder in marketing its shares.

Pa. Adopts Rule Banning Attorney-Expert Discovery

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Over the objection of one of its members, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made official through a rule change what a divided court was forced to do when it couldn't reach a majority decision on the discoverability of attorney-expert communications: It made the communications off-limits in discovery.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Cozen O'Connor Picks Up Jefferson Health Deputy GC

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2014

A restructuring of Jefferson Health System that did away with the need for the 40-person staff working for the system's parent entity meant Deputy General Counsel R. Christopher Raphaely was back on the market for a private-practice gig.

Confidentiality Orders in a Books-and-Records Inspection, Part I

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

A minority stockholder in a privately held corporation makes a demand to inspect the books and records of the corporation under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The stockholder states that the purpose of the inspection is to value his shares and to explore a possible sale of the stock. The corporation offers to provide some, but not all, of the requested documents.

Pa. Firms' Growth Hinges on NYC, D.C. Presence

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

When Pennsylvania law firms are looking to grow in markets across the country, lateral candidates care far more about what those firms are doing in New York City and Washington, D.C., than they do about what is happening in firm headquarters, firm leaders said.

U.S. Supreme Court Doubles Down on Fair Labor Standards Act

Stephen A. Miller and Kaitlin M. DiNapoli : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's docket is not usually filled with Talmudic explorations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. It may be too soon to say that the tide is turning, but it is true that the court has already granted an FLSA case for next term on the heels of its decision in a related case this past January. Both of these cases have far-reaching consequences for employers, since back pay, overtime and double damages for employees are on the line. The cases involve the compensability of certain activities—donning and doffing protective gear in the case decided in January and going through a security screen in the new case—that employees must complete to perform their jobs, but are not necessarily the crux of the jobs themselves.

McCaffery's Lawyer Says Justice Cleared by FBI

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

An attorney for Justice Seamus P. McCaffery told a common pleas court judge Tuesday during arguments over whether the justice's defamation suit against The Philadelphia Inquirer should be kept alive that the FBI cleared his client two weeks ago in an investigation the attorney has said was spawned by the articles in question.

Who Has Burden to Prove Jurisdictional Amount in CAFA Cases?

Jeffrey G. Weil and Kathryn A. Young : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit addressed the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA)'s amount in controversy requirement. In , No. 13-3482, slip op. (3d Cir. March 27, 2014), the Third Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of the plaintiff's motion to remand the case back to state court. The court held that the CAFA jurisdictional requisites, including the amount in controversy requirement, were satisfied and supported federal jurisdiction. Embedded in the decision is an interesting operational assumption: Instead of the burden being on the defendant to prove that the CAFA amount in controversy requirement had been met--as is true in most CAFA cases--the burden was placed on the plaintiff to show that the jurisdictional amount had not been met.

Emblaze Hits Roadblocks in Video Streaming Suit Against Apple

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

With trial set to begin Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has ruled that Emblaze's experts can't engage in "Apple bashing" or use Apple's gross profit margin as a starting point to calculate damages.

Ex-Spector Gadon Attorney Sentenced to 24 Months

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

On Oct. 1, 2012, former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer "Tom" Williams III was sitting in his car with a shotgun, he recounted to a federal judge today, about to end his life over what he said was overwhelming guilt for stealing more than $500,000 from clients.

People in the News - June 20, 2014 - Suh Named to HAP Board

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2014

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel's Min S. Suh was named to the board of directors of the Homeless Advocacy Project.

Second Circuit Emphasizes Deference to Regulatory Agencies

Hayes Hunt and Arthur P. Fritzinger : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

On June 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its ruling in , No. 11-5227-CV L (2d Cir. Jun. 4, 2014), reversing a decision rejecting a consent judgment filed by the parties and remanding the case to the district court. In its opinion, the Second Circuit provided significant guidance to federal courts and litigants, and reaffirmed the broad discretion afforded to federal agencies in settling regulatory claims.

EDPA Nominations Come Amid Rapid Action by Senate

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 17, 2014

The four district court nominees slated for the federal bench in Philadelphia are the most recent in a flood that have been moving increasingly quickly through the Senate.

Obama Nominates Four to Judgeships on EDPA Court

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

Four nominees to judgeships on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court came from the White House on Friday.

People in the News - June 13, 2014 - Mroz Elected to N.J. Chamber of Commerce Board

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Richard S. Mroz of Archer & Greiner was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Chancery Court Clarifies When Counterclaims Are Advanceable

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2014

When are counterclaims prosecuted by a defendant subject to advancement? This question was addressed recently by the Delaware Court of Chancery in

On the Move: Former Nurse Leaves K&S to Launch Litigation Consultancy

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 11, 2014

Dawn Jones has left King & Spalding to launch a consultancy that uses her background in nursing and litigation to assist other lawyers, from assessing cases through taking them to trial.

People in the News - June 6, 2014 - Stuart T. O'Neal III Elected Burns White Chief Privacy Officer

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

Burns White member Stuart T. O'Neal III was elected as chief privacy officer to lead a new policy development team in its efforts to take a more coordinated approach to regulatory compliance.

Justices Consider First Amendment Challenges at Oral Arguments

Stephen A. Miller and Jordan S. Fox : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

In this term, like so many others, the U.S. Supreme Court focused considerable attention on the First Amendment. The court heard oral arguments in April in two such cases--one concerning the protections afforded a public employee while testifying under subpoena, and one concerning the ability of individuals to challenge speech-restrictive campaign laws. Both of these cases present the court with the difficult task of applying longstanding doctrine to new and perplexing problems.

'Own Counsel' Defense Rejected in Awarding Class Counsel Fees

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2014

Can a party that retains its own counsel be liable to pay a fee to another party's counsel or to class counsel? The answer, according to the recent Court of Chancery opinion in, C.A. No. 8066-VCL (Del. Ch. April 16, 2014), is a resounding yes.

Buchanan Ingersoll Opens in Denver, Hires Two Lawyers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has become the latest Pennsylvania firm to focus on expansion in Denver.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

People in the News - June 2, 2014 - Fisher & Phillips to Host Breakfast Series

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

Fisher & Phillips is set to host a breakfast series, Sunrise Solutions, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cira Centre in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Am Law 200 Firms Aren't in 'Super Rich' Category

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

The same six Pennsylvania law firms appear on Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's Am Law 200 ranking this year as did last year, and as with their Am Law 100 counterparts, none fell into the magazine's "super rich" category of firms showing top results in both revenue per lawyer and partner profits.

People in the News - May 30, 2014 - Gibbons Associate Elected to SquashSmarts Board

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young associate Maria J. Wing was accepted to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2014 Fellows Program.

People in the News - May 28, 2014 - Jonathan R. Flora Joins Montgomery McCracken

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

Jonathan R. Flora joined Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads' tax practice group within the firm's business department in Philadelphia.

Children, New Venue Add to Phila. Bar's 35th Annual 5K Run

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

On May 18, the 35th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run took place at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Attorney-Client Privilege Following Corporate Dissolution

Hayes Hunt and Arthur P. Fritzinger : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr.'s recent ruling in , No. 14-0411 (Comm. Pls. Feb. 26, 2014), that the attorney-client privilege does not apply to corporations no longer in business has garnered significant attention, including an appeal and the filing of amicus briefing by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 19, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

On The Move: Family Law Firm Adds 3 Lawyers; Horace Ward Gets UGA Honor

Meredith hobbs : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

Family law firm Kessler & Solomiany has added three lawyers. Steven Kirson joins as a senior attorney from Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy. Michael Deeb joined as an associate after earning a joint JD/MBA from Georgia State University in December.

Trustee Has Questions on Firms' Roles in Casino Bankruptcy

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

DLA Piper has been granted an expedited hearing as to whether legal fees from the parent company of once-proposed Foxwoods Casino paid to the firm prior to the company's bankruptcy filing were property of the estate, thus transforming DLA Piper into a creditor.

'Own Counsel' Defense Rejected in Awarding Class Counsel Fees

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 14, 2014

Can a party that retains its own counsel be liable to pay a fee to another party's counsel or to class counsel? The answer, according to the recent Court of Chancery opinion in C.A. No. 8066-VCL (Del. Ch. April 16, 2014), is a resounding yes.

Law Firms Bulking Up Intelligence Analysis Arms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

In a profession that relies heavily on precedence, research of all forms has long driven even the business decisions of law firms. But in the past few years that function has morphed from one of printing out reams of information into one that involves targeted business analysis that often requires a leap of faith rather than following the doctrine of stare decisis.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Seven firms announce new hires, outsourcing firm EXL has appointed Nancy Saltzman as general counsel and company secretary, and Fordham Law School has appointed Nestor Davidson as associate dean for academic affairs.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

New arrivals, promotions, and lateral moves in this week's column.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

In Reversal of District Ct., Third Circuit Says Cigna Can't Compel Arbitration

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 09, 2014

Claims against health insurance giant Cigna can be litigated, the Third Circuit has ruled in a reversal of the district court's decision to compel arbitration.

Plaintiffs Urge Pa. Justices to Toss Out Statutory Damages Cap

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

An attorney for a plaintiff whose $14 million verdict was reduced to $500,000 urged the state Supreme Court to overturn two decisions that found statutory damages caps are constitutional.

Restrictive Covenants in the Internet Age

Michael C. Schmidt and Jason A. Cabrera : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

Social media has changed nearly everything about the world around us, often bringing people closer together, and (perhaps predictably) spawning a host of new legal questions. Some issues are new in this social media and technology era, such as the commercial use of location-based cellphone data or the rules for searches of electronic devices. In the employment context, however, social media has not necessarily created new claims but instead acted as a new platform for existing claims.

People in the News - May 6, 2014 - Reid Honored by Barristers

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

Scott Reid, a member of Cozen O'Connor's litigation department and former chair of the firm's diversity committee, is set to be honored by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia with the 2014 J. Austin Norris Award at its annual gala May 17.

Court Considers Warrantless Searches of Mobile Phones

Stephen A. Miller and Kristy Z. Miller : The Legal Intelligencer : January 01, 2014

Throughout its history, the U.S. Supreme Court has faced the difficult task of reconciling traditional notions of privacy with evolving species of technology. The latest fault line was confronted at oral argument Tuesday.

Women of the Year — 2014

The Legal Staff : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

editorial staff recently set out on our biannual mission to identify the Women of the Year, a group of attorneys who stand out for their notable achievements. We name a new group of women every two years in an attempt to highlight the important work being done by women throughout Pennsylvania in all corners of the legal profession. Our staff reviewed our archives, asked for insight from respected legal professionals and debated the merits of dozens of candidates to be considered as Women of the Year. Our search looked to all regions of the state and all areas of the profession—law firms, public interest organizations, government and anywhere else that women are impacting the law.

Public Money In Beckham MLS Soccer Stadium Likely, Expert Says

Eleazar David Melendez : Daily Business Review : January 24, 2014

A Greenberg Traurig attorney who specializes in stadium deals said the proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Miami is likely to seek public financing even if the backers insist otherwise.

Superior Court: Champerty, Maintenance 'Alive and Well in Delaware'

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 23, 2014

The doctrines of champerty and maintenance live on in Delaware, at least for the time being. In, C.A. No. N07C-12-134-JRJ (Del. Super., Feb. 27, 2014), interlocutory appeal refused, No. 160, 2014 (Del. Apr. 7, 2014), the Superior Court considered whether the doctrines of champerty and maintenance are dead in Delaware and held that, absent a ruling to that effect from the Delaware Supreme Court, it would continue to recognize the doctrines.

Reasonable Reliance on Fraudulent Statement: What Is the Rule?

Jeffrey G. Weil and Matthew L. Bleich : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

When is it reasonable to rely on a fraudulent statement? Courts applying Pennsylvania law have answered this question in different and conflicting ways, as two recent decisions from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania illustrate.

The Churn: Gibson Lands Ropes SF Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Among those switching firms in our latest roundup: a new cochair for Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice.

People in the News - April 18, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

The following is a portion of a list of pro bono volunteers who assisted Philadelphia VIP in 2013:

When Is It Appropriate to Prosecute a 'Faceless' Corporation?

Hayes Hunt and Thomas M. O'Rourke : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

On Sept. 9, 2010, a pipeline running through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., ruptured, permitting natural gas to escape into the air.

Pa. Firms Can't Take 'Field of Dreams' Approach to Growth

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

Pennsylvania law firms have largely focused their growth initiatives outside of the state with an eye toward capturing market share by opening offices in new cities. But recruiters from some of the most sought-after locales for Pennsylvania firms said the firms are going to have to tailor their approach if they want to be successful.

Employers Need to Review Severance Agreements

David J. Walton and Jason A. Cabrera : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

Severance and separation agreements between employers and departing employees are a standard device in labor and employment law, providing companies with some certainty against future legal claims and former employees with extra salary or benefits or both. But over the last few years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken aggressive action against severance agreements that may restrict the rights of former employees to file charges of discrimination with the agency.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

DLA Piper to Charge Up to $1,120 an Hour in Casino Bankruptcy

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

DLA Piper has outlined its fee arrangement with Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners in the firm's application to be approved as bankruptcy counsel to the owners of the once-proposed Foxwoods Casino.

Attorneys Prepared to Keep Waiting for Restatement Decision

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

It's been more than six months since the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether to adopt the Restatement (Third) of Torts, and no decision appears to be forthcoming; however, attorneys who spoke with the say they aren't worried that the time gap is a signal of deadlock.

Unpaid Interns: The Litigation Risk Employers Can't Ignore

Emily Miller : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

Unpaid internship programs are a time-honored institution for many employers, providing benefits to the interns and the company or institution alike. But a recent and burgeoning trend of lawsuits by interns alleging that they are employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or state wage-and-hour laws who must be paid at least minimum wage has left many employers questioning whether an unpaid internship program is worth the risk. This article discusses recent significant cases addressing the issue, and suggests ways in which employers can increase the likelihood that an unpaid internship program will pass muster.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

The following lawyers were recognized as Lifetime Achievement Award winners for their service to the legal profession throughout their careers. For many of the lawyers, their biographical information was written by their peers.

Drinker Biddle CMO Departure Latest Marketing Move

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

The once-ephemeral tenure of chief marketing officers among Am Law 200 firms has, for many, morphed into a much longer-term position as the legal marketing industry has matured. But nothing lasts forever.

Cozen O'Connor Seeks Approval to Recover $50 Mil. Foxwoods Fee

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

The owner of the once-proposed Foxwoods Casino, which entered bankruptcy earlier this week, has asked the bankruptcy judge to allow Cozen O'Connor to represent the entity in recovering the $50 million fee it paid for a casino license that was later revoked.

U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Questions of Criminal Intent

Stephen A. Miller and Jordan S. Fox : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

"Guilty knowledge" is often the hardest element for the government to prove in a criminal prosecution. For that reason, criminal practitioners pay special attention to changes in the law that impact the evidence admissible on this score.

People in the News - April 2, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Danielle Banks presented, "Church Members in Conflict: Limitations on Civil Court Jurisdiction," at the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges' mid-annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Private Causes of Action: The Determinative Third Prong

Menachem J. Kastner and Ally Hack : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Cozen O'Connor's Menachem J. Kastner and Ally Hack discuss the current state of the law regarding when a statute gives rise to a private cause of action, endeavoring to simplify the formula to be applied.

Hess Corp. v. Eni Petroleum US

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Ex-Cozen O'Connor Lawyer's Wire Fraud Conviction Upheld

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

The Third Circuit has upheld the conviction and 70-month sentence of a former Cozen O'Connor attorney who was found guilty of diverting fees from the law firm and not paying taxes on that unreported income.

Firm Financials

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

The Legal explores the number revealing how Philly firms have fared this year in this collection of articles.

Cozen O'Connor Revenue Dips 1.3 Percent, PPP Rises 1.4 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

Cozen O'Connor saw a 1.3 percent decline in gross revenue in 2013 as its headcount dropped nearly 3 percent in a year that saw a number of attorneys leave the firm in places such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

Practical Tips for Maintaining Privilege With Consultants

Hayes Hunt and Arthur P. Fritzinger : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

Last month we talked about the legal standards applied to claims of attorney-client privilege between a company's general counsel and outside consultants. Now, let's talk about practical tips for maintaining that privilege.

Do Law Firms Need Cyberinsurance?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

Despite the risk-averse nature generally associated with the legal industry, many law firms do not view themselves as at risk for a data breach and, therefore, have not purchased what is known as cyberinsurance.

Ex-Spector Gadon Attorney Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

Former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer Thomas Williams III pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud related to his theft of more than $500,000 from some of his former firm's trusts and estates clients.

Fed. Judge Wants Deeper Bench in Racketeering Suit

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 17, 2014

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia has been required by a federal judge to answer concerns that a racketeering case against the ironworkers' union isn't properly staffed.

The Interpretation of Contractual Survival Clauses

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 12, 2014

We wrote recently about two cases interpreting contractual survival clauses under Delaware law. The cases—GRT v. Marathon GTF Technology, C.A. No. 5571-CS (Del. Ch. Jul. 11, 2011), and ENI Holdings v. KBR Group Holdings, C.A. No. 8075-VCG (Del. Ch. Nov. 27, 2013)—held that provisions limiting the period of time in which representations and warranties survive closing act as a statute of limitations on the nonbreaching party's ability to commence litigation for breach.

Phila. Judge Denies Life Insurance Benefits to Same-Sex Former Partner

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

A Philadelphia trial judge has ruled that the same-sex former domestic partner of a deceased man is not entitled to life insurance benefits because he was not able to prove he was the designated beneficiary.

Private Enforcement of Product-Labeling Violations

Stephen A. Miller and David M. Albert : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

Private enforcement of government regulations can serve a useful function. Unleashing an army of "private attorneys general," especially in an environment of scarce public resources, can promote deterrence and better secure compliance with the law.

Apple Beefs Up Defense in Feud Over Streaming Patents

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

With trial date set, company calls in team from DLA Piper to join Greenberg Traurig.

Woman Gets $22 Million After Being Struck by Truck

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

A hard-fought personal injury lawsuit that a woman filed after being hit by a Duane Reade truck in 2008 has settled for $22 million.

Copyright Act's Application to Internet Television Broadcasts

Stephen A. Miller and Thomas A. Leonard : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

We live in an on-demand era. That is especially true in the entertainment industry, where on-demand access has transformed music, movies and other art forms.

How Do Courts Decide Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses?

Jeffrey G. Weil and Joshua N. Ruby : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2014

Arbitration clauses are the fashion now. We are frequently reminded that parties save time and money through the arbitration alternative to litigation. It is not without irony, then, that arbitration clauses have engendered plenty of old-fashioned litigation. a.

Top Laterals 2013 - The Gordon & Rees Team

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

When San Francisco-based Gordon & Rees was looking to expand into Pennsylvania, it was initially eyeing Philadelphia, but it first made an unexpected pit stop in Pittsburgh in 2012 with the hiring of a group of attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Justice Clarence Thomas laughs, a federal judge "explodes" and Jones Day's biggest practice area gets a new leader.

And If the List Were Longer ... Top Lateral Runners-Up

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

There was no shortage of notable lateral moves in 2013 and, as usual, there were too many to put them all on the shortlist.

Lewis Brisbois Opens in Pa. With 14-Lawyer Nelson Levine Team

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Los Angeles-based Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has opened a Berwyn, Pa., office with the addition of 14 lawyers from insurance law boutique Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, Lewis Brisbois announced late Wednesday.

Privileged Communications With Outside Consultants

Hayes Hunt and Arthur P. Fritzinger : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

Penn State University recently decided to waive attorney-client privilege and cooperate in the criminal prosecutions of certain former employees. Obviously, the former employees have attempted to assert privilege to exclude potentially incriminating statements.

People in the News - February 11, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel is set to host a luncheon CLE program at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Philadelphia Racquet Club.

Wolf Block Sued for Failing to Advise on Subsurface Rights

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

A bankrupt Florida business has sued Wolf Block for malpractice, alleging the firm failed to advise it that the company's plans to build multimillion-dollar homes on a West Virginia property it bought would be stifled by the fact that others owned the subsurface mineral rights.

Interpretation of Contractual Survival Clauses Under Del. Law

Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2014

Agreements, especially acquisition agreements, typically contain representations and warranties by one party to the other. The agreements also typically prescribe the duration of those representations and warranties in so-called survival clauses. The treatment of these clauses under Delaware law may surprise many practitioners. In GRT v. Marathon GTF Technology Ltd., C.A. No. 5571-CS (Del. Ch. Jul. 11, 2011), Delaware Chancery Court Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. held that a clause limiting the period of time in which contractual representations and warranties survive closing acts as a statute of limitations on the buyer's ability to commence litigation for breach.

U.S. Supreme Court to Scrutinize Securities Class Actions

Stephen A. Miller and Joshua N. Ruby : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

In two sets of cases this term, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide questions that could significantly alter securities litigation on behalf of large groups of investors under both federal and state law.

'Parachuting in' to Lead Firms May Be Next Lateral Trend

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

One of the last bastions of law firms operating as a profession—the near certainty that a lifelong partner of the firm would be the one at its helm—appears to be changing as a number of Pennsylvania firms in recent years have looked to outsiders to fill leadership voids.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Former Spector Gadon Attorney Charged in Theft of Client Funds

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

A former Spector Gadon & Rosen associate who resigned from the bar in 2012 was charged Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 from his former firm's trusts and estates clients.

Panel Revives Lawsuit Over Travel-Study Injury

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A student who injured her knee at an Israeli kibbutz while participating in a 10-month pre-college program has had her personal injury action against the synagogue sponsoring the program revived by a Manhattan appellate court.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Orrin Harrison III joins Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank as partner in the Dallas office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

McDonnell Turns to Big Name Defenders

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, accused of illegally accepting payments in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement company, are fighting back with big-name Washington-area white-collar lawyers on their defense.