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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 571
  • Gross Revenues: $388,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $680,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $705,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Drinker Biddle & Reath is a Philadelphia-based law firm; it merged with Connelly Sheehan Harris on February 1, 2008. The firm placed 64th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, with 602 attorneys working out of 12 offices in the United States. Drinker Biddle & Reath ranked 73rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 with $376,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm entered the Am Law 100 for the first time in 2003. The firm previously appeared in the "second one hundred" Am Law survey, ranking 113th in 2002. The firm ranked 91st on the 2011 Global 100 survey of law firms worldwide. Drinker Biddle & Reath officially merged with Gardner Carton & Douglas on January 3, 2007, strengthening its presence in the Midwest. The firm's practice is organized into three major areas: business and finance, personal and fiduciary law, and litigation. Other practices include communications law, corporate and securities, intellectual property, real estate, and bankruptcy. Among Drinker Biddle's locations are New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 76 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 76 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 70 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 107 -13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 161 -3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 115 -28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 24 3 Summer programs

In the News

Acquitted Lawyers' Lives, Practices Shaken by Six-Year RICO Case

Mary Pat Gallagher : The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

"All's well that ends well" is one way to look at what happened to three lawyers charged with criminal racketeering and fraud, who were acquitted by a federal jury July 3.

Firms Entrenched in Princeton Seeing Practice Areas Grow

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Princeton, N.J.—a unique market that began attracting large Philadelphia firms nearly 30 years ago—remains a desirable place to maintain an office, and business opportunities there are growing post-recession, according to firm leaders.

Michael Zogby

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Drinker Biddle & Reath, Florham Park

Traffic Ct. Defendants Not Guilty on Fraud, Conspiracy Charges

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

The Philadelphia Traffic Court trial, which endured for nearly two months, concluded with jurors finding four of the traffic court judges guilty of perjury and giving false statements, but not guilty of charges related to ticket-fixing.

New Leaders of the Bar 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

The lawyers profiled in these pages are those that represent a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal profession.

Court Upholds $10 Mil. Children's Motrin Verdict Against McNeil

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

The state Superior Court has upheld a $10 million verdict against McNeil-PPC in a case in which a 3-year-old girl was left blind in one eye and suffered damage to her reproductive system and permanent disfigurement of much of her skin after taking several doses of Children's Motrin.

Risperdal Judge Won't Reconsider Punitive Damages Ruling

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

A Philadelphia judge has declined to reconsider his decision denying hundreds of plaintiffs in the Risperdal mass tort litigation the ability to seek punitive damages.

President's Recess Appointments Struck Down in Noel Canning

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

Last month's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting President Obama's January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board came at a delicate time, with a debate raging between the president and Congress over the limits of the president's executive authority.

'Little People' Not 'Screwed' in Traffic Court, Lawyer Says

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

In response to the prosecution's argument that ordinary people couldn't get special treatment for their tickets from traffic court judges, a defense attorney in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Friday said "the little people" never "got screwed."

Bank Liable for Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duties

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

Given the improving economy, bankruptcy filings are at the lowest levels since before the Great Recession. Instead, many companies are implementing out of court by balance sheet debt restructurings or sales. Often the senior secured lenders pressure the company to commence a sale process and the company's board must grapple with the alternatives of pursuing an expedited sale process or pursuing alternative restructurings that could result in a better recovery for shareholders. The board engages a financial adviser as an expert to evaluate strategic alternatives, one of which is fashioning and implementing a sales process.

Acquitted Lawyers' Lives, Practices Shaken by Six-Year RICO Case

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

"All's well that ends well" is one way to look at what happened to three lawyers charged with criminal racketeering and fraud, who were acquitted by a federal jury July 3.

People in the News - July 17, 2014 - Parker McCay Promotes Silverstein to Counsel

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 17, 2014

Kevin E. Raphael, a partner in Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, was named vice chairman of education for the American Health Lawyers Association fraud and abuse practice group for the 2014-15 term.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Webinar Drills Down on E-Discovery

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

E-discovery best practices and trends were among the topics of a recent kCura webinar.

The 2014 New Leaders of the Bar

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

The 49 lawyers included on this list are those that we decided—after a rigorous evaluation process—are emblematic of a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal profession.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Attorneys Acquitted in Mob Racketeering Case

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Three attorneys who were indicted along with alleged mobster Nicodemo Scarfo, Jr., in a racketeering case were cleared of criminal charges on July 3.

After the Breach

Philippa Maister : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Plaintiffs secure a settlement that doesn't require proof of damages.

The Churn: Paul Weiss, Squire Patton Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

A big week for lateral moves saw Paul Weiss pluck a prominent prosecutor, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs make another key addition and a rare departure from Wachtell Lipton. The Am Law Daily has the lowdown on the latest comings-and-goings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Companies Ink $500 Million Deal to End Truck Parts War

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

The deal between Meritor Inc. and Eaton Corp. caps nearly a decade of antitrust litigation that pulled in lawyers from at least eight law firms.

Merck Names New GC to Start in…a Year

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2014

The Big Pharma company is taking its time with a year's transition from chief compliance officer to GC for Michael Holston.

Antitrust Lawyers Gear Up for Trial in Transmission Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A squadron of top litigators has descended on Delaware, ready to duke it out over claims that truck components manufacturer Eaton Corp. owes billions of dollars in damages to rival Meritor Inc.

Morning Wrap

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: The Washington Redskins' trademarks fall-out, same-sex marriage protests from judges in Pennsylvania, and Yo. For more legal news, visit law.com. http://www.law.com/

Drinker Biddle Leads Plaintiffs to Victory in NFL Redskins Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

Drinker Biddle & Reath spent more than 10 years, almost 9,000 billable hours and $3.5 million in pro bono legal services working to get the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations canceled.

Pro Bono Partnership Hosts 'Smorgasbono'

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Volunteer attorneys from law firms and corporations participated in the Pro Bono Partnership's third "Smorgasbono" program, advising nonprofit clients on a variety of legal subjects.

Weekend Reading: Hogan Lovells on North Korea's 'Genocide'

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

An Am Law Daily compendium of compelling tales, such as the case for African-American reparations, Drinker Biddle's Native American pro bono work that cost it pro football business and Hogan Lovells' report on the tragedy taking place in North Korea that the world has forgotten.

'Disparaging' Washington Football Trademarks Canceled

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

Ruling that the term "Redskin" is disparaging to Native Americans, a divided panel of three administrative law judges from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six of the National Football League team's trademarks.

PTO Sacks Washington Redskins Trademarks

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 18, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the federal trademark registrations for the name of the National Football League's Washington Redskins.

'Disparaging' Football Trademarks Spiked

Tony Mauro and Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

If and when the Washington Redskins trademark dispute gets to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is not certain the justices would uphold last week's ruling canceling the team's marks as disparaging to Native Americans.

In Dewey Shadows, U.K. Capital Loan Court Fight Rolls On

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

While the spotlight's glare remains fixed elsewhere, a series of suits that raises fresh questions about just how far Dewey & LeBoeuf's leaders went to hide the dire state of the firm's finances is quietly taking shape in London's courts.

'Disparaging' Washington Football Trademarks Canceled

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

Ruling that the term "Redskin" is disparaging to Native Americans, a divided panel of three administrative law judges from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six of the National Football League team's trademarks.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Heads to Alaska, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Holland & Knight, a firm with Florida roots, is heading to Anchorage after recruiting a team of lawyers from Patton Boggs, plus more moves from across The Am Law 200.

The Role of Diverse and Women Attorneys in Employment Law

Maria L.H. Lewis and DeMaris E. Trapp : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Law firms have not often been leaders in diversity initiatives, but instead have taken cues from their clients. Overall, many top law firms struggle to recruit and retain diverse attorneys across their various practice areas, including employment law. Employment lawyers are particularly sensitive to diversity and gender issues, given that these issues occupy a large space in this area of law. The intentional use of diverse and women employment attorneys to tackle minority- and gender-specific issues has the potential to add value to client service and advocacy, but it can likewise foster unintended consequences. While there are no easy or straightforward solutions, these issues continue to warrant thoughtful consideration as the legal profession and the clients it serves continue to grow more diverse.

Janssen Says Risperdal Plaintiffs Too Late on Punitives Argument

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

The plaintiffs in Philadelphia's Risperdal mass tort are belatedly changing their legal argument in an effort to sway a judge to reconsider his ruling denying the plaintiffs a chance at punitive damages, Risperdal maker Janssen Pharmaceuticals argued in a court filing this week.

Services Scheduled for Sedona's Richard Braman

Monica Bay and Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 10, 2014

Braman, executive director emeritus of The Sedona Conference, leaves a profound e-discovery legacy.

Partners for Women and Justice Honor Attorneys

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Partners for Women and Justice bestowed awards on Michael Long and Michael Lichtenstein of Lowenstein Sandler and members of the Domestic Violence Project of McCarter & English for their contributions.

Witnesses Detail Alleged Ticket-Fixing System in Traffic Court

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

A Traffic Court officer testified during the trial of several former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges that he would typically see a note attached to a defendant's file and that defendant would be directed to a judge's personal assistant for a conference.

N.J. Supreme Court Will Decide if Watchdogs Can Be Whistleblowers

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2014

A New Jersey Supreme Court case that promises to have a major impact on the scope of whistleblower protection in the state has drawn participation from both sides of the employment bar.

Risperdal Plaintiffs Want Claims for Punitive Damages Revived

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

The plaintiffs in the Risperdal mass tort litigation have asked a Philadelphia judge to reconsider his decision last month barring them from seeking punitive damages in any of their cases.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

E-Discovery Hits the Silver Screen

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2014

Joe Looby's new movie debuts in two film festivals in New York.

Dealing With Disability in the Transition to Legal Practice

Brynne Madway : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

Early in life, I was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability and dysgraphia. The biggest difficulty I faced was writing--holding a pencil hurt. A short essay test was a frustrating experience for both my teachers and me due to my inability to write legibly. My diagnosis changed that. I began receiving support from the school customized to meet my needs.

E-Discovery Activist Macyl Burke Has Died

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

Burke, CEO of Managed Discovery Network, was a leader within The Sedona Conference.

Five IP Attorneys Leave Novak Druce for Drinker Biddle

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 28, 2014

Intellectual property attorneys Francis DiGiovanni, Jeffrey Eichen, M. Curt Lambert, Zhun Lu and Keith A. Walter Jr. have left Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg to join Drinker Biddle & Reath, both firms have confirmed.

InfoGov Leaders Need More Respect

Jason R. Baron : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

It's time to create a chief officer role with enough clout to integrate information governance into organizations.

Employer Not Liable for 'Stolen' ID Information in Email

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

A company will not be liable for conspiracy claims stemming from an email sent by an employee to a former supervisor that contained her ex-husband's personal computer information obtained using spyware, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Rader Steps Down as Chief, Apologizes for Reines Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

In a gushing email, Randall Rader praised Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines for an "IMPRESSIVE" argument in a pending case.

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.

Rader Steps Down as Chief, Apologizes for Reines Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The Federal Circuit chief judge apologized for "conduct that crossed the lines" when he sent an email to Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines that praised Reines' skills and encouraged him to share the email with others.

Four IP Partners Set to Leave Novak Druce for Drinker Biddle

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 21, 2014

Intellectual property attorneys Francis DiGiovanni, M. Curt Lambert, Zhun Lu and Keith A. Walter Jr. are set to leave Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg to join Drinker Biddle & Reath, Novak Druce senior partner Jeff Bove has confirmed.

IP Lawyers Blogging Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

Attorneys from Drinker Biddle's intellectual property and litigation practices have created the PTAB Trial Blog.

Did Lois Lerner Waive Her Fifth Amendment Rights?

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2014

On May 7, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt over her refusal to answer questions related to the Internal Revenue Service's targeting for extra scrutiny conservative applicants for tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations from 2010-12.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mark Hershey, general counsel for Armstrong World Industries Inc.

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Armstrong World Industries Inc. designs and manufactures floors and ceilings. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 35 plants in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, France, Germany, India and the United Kingdom, with about 8,700 employees. In 2013, the company reported revenue of about $2.7 billion. The employment trend has been up as Armstrong buys plants overseas, general counsel Mark Hershey said.

Cardozo Law School Launches Data Law Initiative

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

The Cardozo School of Law announced a new program focusing on data law to help students prepare for careers in cybersecurity, data privacy and e-discovery.

In Transvaginal Mesh MDL, Drinker Hit With Sanctions

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

Calling the defense counsel's behavior "unjustifiable," a West Virginia federal judge has sanctioned Drinker Biddle & Reath in the Ethicon transvaginal surgical mesh multidistrict litigation for continuing to remove cases filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia despite the judge's previous rulings that the cases belong in Pennsylvania state court.

Suit Advances in Walgreen's Supplement Claims

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has refused Walgreen Co.'s motion to boot a proposed class action that alleges the company falsely claims some of its nutritional supplements can rebuild cartilage.

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.

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

On The Move: Drinker Middle Moves to New Space

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus adds James Costello Jr. as partner, Thomas Calcagni and Eric Kanefsky announce their new firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath shows off their new digs, and more.

Competitive Intelligence: Spy Games or Market Research?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

As far as any of them will tell, law firms haven't converted any of their conference rooms to "war rooms" filled with people looking to bring down the firm across the street. But keeping tabs on the competitive landscape is something law firms are increasingly attempting to do in-house—and every one seems to approach it differently.

$11 Mil. Topamax Verdict Against Janssen Stands

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

A Philadelphia judge has upheld an $11 million jury verdict awarded to the parents of a child born with a severe cleft lip caused by the anti-seizure drug Topamax, which his mother took during pregnancy.

Four Firms Lead on Bayer's Big Merck Carve-Out

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

In the latest large pharmaceutical industry deal, Covington, Fried Frank, Morgan Lewis and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on a $14.2 billion transaction between Merck and German drug giant Bayer.

M&A Attorneys: Little They Can Do to Curb Insider Trading

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

Word last month of a settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a former executive of GSI Commerce over charges the executive encouraged insider trading in advance of GSI's sale to eBay was an example of dozens of insider trading cases the SEC brings every year.

Drinker Biddle Adds Six Patent Law Attorneys

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 30, 2014

In addition to Drinker Biddle & Reath's recent hiring of IP attorney Ashley Pezzner, six other patent lawyers joined the firm.

Revised ICDR International Arb Rules: What Counsel Should Know

Joseph M. Kelleher : The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) was established in 1996 as the international arm of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). It is by far the best-known international arbitration institution of domestic origin and has reportedly outpaced peer institutions abroad in terms of caseload. Earlier this month, the ICDR announced revisions to its International Arbitration Rules, which are provisionally set to go into effect next month.

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.

Pennsylvania Firms Fail to Make Big Gains in Am Law 100

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania-based Am Law 100 firms are playing in the same sandbox as last year, with those in the top 50 growing on average at a faster pace than those in the bottom 50. But none of the firms in Pennsylvania made it to Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's list of the 20 "super rich" firms.

Asia E-Discovery Remains Murky

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

Inconsistent regulations create headaches for e-discovery efforts in Asian countries

Large N.J. Firms Sluggish in Revenue, Profits

Ronald J. Fleury : New Jersey Law Journal : January 25, 2014

New Jersey's bellwether firms continued in 2013 the retrenchment that began a year earlier, as revenues stayed virtually flat while profits abated slightly.

On The Move: New Associates at Harwood Lloyd

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Drinker Biddle & Reath promotes two associates, and five firms add associates.

Drinker Biddle's Revenue, PPP Down 1 Percent

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Drinker Biddle & Reath saw its gross revenue and profits per equity partner (PPP) dip slightly in 2013, but executive partner Andrew C. Kassner still called it a "fine year," considering it began with a slow start in corporate work and ended with inclement weather and inconveniently placed holidays hampering litigation.

Christie Names Dean Hobbs as Ombudsman for Executive Branch

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appoints an ombudsman in his office to create a system of ethics compliance and training and to be a sounding board for executive branch employees with ethical concerns.

Kaye Scholer Scores Verdict in IP Row Over Airplane Parts

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2014

Thanks to a quick jury verdict that could be worth tens of millions of dollars for their client, lawyers at Kaye Scholer are claiming a major victory in a Delaware patent case that nearly fizzled out three years ago.

Lawyer Suspended Three Months for Phantom Depositions on Time Sheets

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

A New Jersey attorney who padded his time sheets with entries for depositions that never occurred will spend some time without his license as punishment.

Women Lawyers Bestow WILL Platinum Awards

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association held its seventh annual Women's Initiative and Leaders in the Law (WILL) Platinum Gala, Drinker Biddle "Goes Red," and Sills Cummis attorneys receive Builders' Awards.

IP Attorney Pezzner to Leave Novak Druce for Drinker Biddle

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 09, 2014

Intellectual property attorney Ashley I. Pezzner is set to leave Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg to join Drinker Biddle & Reath, Novak Druce senior partner Jeff Bove has confirmed.

Janssen Settles 76 Topamax Cases in Philadelphia

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals has settled 76 cases in which plaintiffs alleged that the anti-seizure drug Topamax, taken during pregnancy, caused birth defects, according to a Philadelphia court order.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

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.

Drinker Biddle CMO Departure Latest Marketing Move

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 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.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Critics Alarmed Over Pa. Legal Fees Paid to Firms

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

One example: DLA Piper collected $3 million for lottery privatization plan that never took effect.

People in the News - April 1, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 01, 2014

Melanie A. Leney of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads' Cherry Hill, N.J., office was elected to the board of trustees of the Alice Paul Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote gender equality.

The Legal's Women of the Year

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

The Legal's editorial staff recently set out to select our Women of the Year, in which we highlight the achievements of top women lawyers across the state. Our staff examined our archives and asked for insight from respected legal professionals in coming up with our list of honorees. The scope of our search was broad, looking at women working at law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies and anywhere else that lawyers are able to make an impact.

Morgan Stanley Exec Takes Top Job at Litigation Funding Upstart

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2014

William Strong, co-CEO of Morgan Stanley's Asia-Pacific operations and a member of the bank's global management committee, will take the helm at Longford Capital on May 1.

Judicial Independence Task Force Begins Convening Public Hearings

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2014

The Task Force on Judicial Independence—formed by the State Bar Association to address perceived threats to the sovereignty of New Jersey's judges during Gov. Chris Christie's administration—is kicking into high gear.

People in the News - March 26, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2014

Drinker Biddle & Reath elected a new partner and new counsel in the Philadelphia office.

Dismissal of Capital-Defense Fee Case a 'Big Disappointment'

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2014

The state Supreme Court's dismissal of a case challenging the constitutionality of flat fees paid to defense counsel in capital cases has been described by several lawyers as a significant disappointment.

Where Things Stand With Regulating 'Dark Money'

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The Congressional midterm election cycle is in full swing, as is the handwringing about the influence of "dark money" from tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations that are not required to identify their donors, and that spend hundreds of millions of dollars to impact the outcome of elections.

Phila. Jury Awards Parents in Topamax Birth-Defect Case

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The parents of a child born with a cleft lip and palate linked to the mother's use of the anti-seizure drug Topamax during pregnancy have received a $3 million jury award in a failure-to-warn case in Philadelphia.

People in the News - March 25, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

Cheryl A. Garber joined Curtin & Heefner as a partner in the commercial services and litigation departments.

Another Court Tosses Jury Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

For the second time this year, appellate lawyers at O'Melveny & Myers wiped out a huge jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over their marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Suits Mounting Over Side Effects Of Blood-Pressure Drug Benicar

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Litigation is growing in New Jersey over the blood-pressure drug Benicar, which is alleged to cause intestinal problems leading to chronic diarrhea and dramatic weight loss.

Paulette Brown is Keynote Speaker at Seton Hall Diversity Banquet

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Paulette Brown gave the keynote address at the Seton Hall University School of Law's fifth annual Diversity Banquet, three Hill Wallack partners were awarded at the Community Associations Institute's annual awards dinner, and more.

In Topamax Birth-Defect Case, Phila. Jury Awards $3 Million to Parents

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

The parents of a child born with a cleft lip and palate linked to the mother's use of the anti-seizure drug Topamax during pregnancy have received a $3 million jury award in a failure-to-warn case in Philadelphia.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The 's 15th annual profile of new partners at New Jersey firms.

Birdsall Bankruptcy Settlement Would Let Employees' Lawyers Retain Fees

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A proposed settlement in the Birdsall Services Group bankruptcy would allow 13 law firms to keep more than half a million dollars in fees incurred by officers and employees who were under investigation in the pay-to-play scandal that brought down the company.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

Law Firm Report: UConn Failed To Act On Accusations Against Professor

Associated Press : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 26, 2014

University of Connecticut officials knew of sexual abuse allegations against a music professor a decade before taking action, putting students at the school and the community at risk, according to independent investigative report released Wednesday.

Pelvic Mesh Cases Expanding Into Latest Mass Tort

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The increasing volume of pelvic mesh product-liability actions has prompted Philadelphia court officials to create a new mass tort program to coordinate those cases.

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

People in the News - February 21, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Anastasia Joseck joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young as manager of recruitment in the firm's human resources department.

On The Move: February 24, 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Gibbons in Newark promotes associate Jason Tuvel, of the firm's Real Property and Environmental Department.

Robinson & Cole Hires Nine Associates In Multiple Practice Areas

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2014

Robinson & Cole has joined a handful of other law firms that have made significant hiring moves at the start of 2014, with the addition of six new lawyers in Hartford and Stamford.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

Using Analytics to Add Value to Your Legal Practice

Jason R. Baron : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

In the past year we have seen more than a fair amount of discussion in e-discovery conferences and the surrounding blogosphere about the subject of predictive coding, also known as technology-assisted or computer-assisted review. In the wake of the landmark decision in, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y.), and subsequent precedent, predictive coding is being considered by a growing portion of the legal community as a reasonable, more efficient alternative in appropriate cases to linear, manual review, or sole reliance on keyword searches.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Shipman & Goodwin Adds Eight Lawyers From Philadelphia Firm

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 13, 2014

Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin has added eight attorneys to its Washington, D.C., office. All are from the Philadelphia firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath and all handle complex insurance matters. Shipman is Connecticut's third biggest law firm, with about 160 attorneys and 2012 gross annual revenues estimated at $70 million.

Insurance Team Joins Shipman & Goodwin from Drinker Biddle

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

Eight insurance lawyers joined the Washington office of Shipman & Goodwin this month from Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Baker & Hostetler Create InfoGov Practice

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

Partner Judy Selby and counsel James Sherer will lead a new information governance cross-practice group at Baker & Hostetler.

Drug Makers Argue Against Marketing Depositions in OTC Tylenol MDL

Amaris Elliott-Engel : ALM Media : January 10, 2014

Drug makers McNeil-PPC and Johnson & Johnson are arguing in federal court that plaintiffs alleging injuries from over-the-counter Tylenol should not be able to depose a corporate designee on Tylenol-brand marketing expenditures, public relations and market research.

Del. Court Caps Secured Creditor's Right to Credit Bid

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

As reported previously, the majority of Chapter 11 cases filed today do not result in a reorganization of the debtor but rather a sale of the business. For this reason, the rights of a secured creditor to "credit bid" at the sale up to the amount of the debt—which usually far exceeds the value of the assets—presents a critical gating issue.

Father's Evidence Sufficient To Rebut Presumption Stock Transfer Was Gift

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Bhagat v. Bhagat

Insurance Law: Companies Must Take Measures To Protect Personal Information

MATT LEWIS : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 06, 2014

The personal lines insurance industry is just breaking into the world of mobile device applications, or "apps." From auto insurers offering digital proof of coverage to life insurers giving policy quotes directly to shoppers, insurance apps offer carriers a new platform to attract, interact with and retain policyholders.

The New Frontier: Predictive Coding for InfoGov

Katherine Montgomery : Law Technology News : January 06, 2014

LegalTech New York panel argues that predictive coding can also assist information governance.

Escape From the Island of E-Discovery

Jason R. Baron : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

It's time for technology-assisted review to escape from the island of electronic data discovery.

Top International Estate Planning Issues for Advisers

Paula M. Jones : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Clients with international interests are no longer just the super-wealthy. As our global environment expands, more and more middle-class Americans are venturing outside U.S. borders in many ways—travel, trade, investment and emigration. U.S. corporations are sending workers overseas and foreign corporations are sending workers to the United States for extended periods of time.

Activists Launch Information Governance Initiative

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

Barclay Blair and Bennet Borden launch a vendor-neutral consortium to advance information governance practices.

A Tight Focus on a Broad Array of Clients

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Browne George Ross has not wavered from its intense focus on business litigation since its founding in 1985 — whether the case is about movies, casinos or condoms.

Happy New Year

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Who needs January? For our community, the new year really starts in February—and Opening Day is in New York City. No, not at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, but in Manhattan at the New York Hilton, Midtown, where LegalTech 2014 opens on Feb. 4. As always, it's an almost overwhelming mix of education, networking, and demos, demos and more demos. Complementing LTNY is our 10th annual Law Firm Chief Information & Technology Officers Forum.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Extracurricular Activities.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.