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Licensed to Practice

I am licensed to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and in the federal courts of the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. This means I do not have the right to practice in 48 states, or the federal...

Tax Consequences for Litigation Recoveries

Many of my clients are aware of the fact that personal injury recoveries, whether by settlement or verdict, are not taxable as income. Invariably, even if they were not aware of this, a friend or loved one will so inform them. When I first began to work for a law firm...

Memorial Day Thought

As I enjoy Memorial Day Weekend with my family, my thoughts turn to the nature of the law practice when I first started 30 years ago. The biggest difference is the technological advances that have come along. As a young lawyer, my boss would occasionally call me on a...

What’s the Deal?

Many common contractual situations involve a mutual exchange of performance. For instance, you agree to paint my house and I agree to pay you upon completion. But there are occasions when, after reaching an initial agreement, the parties decide to modify its terms. On...

Civil Conspiracy

When can someone be legally liable for the unlawful conduct of someone else? There are several circumstances in which this is true. One of them is in the case of a civil conspiracy. A civil conspiracy occurs when two or more persons agree to commit an unlawful act and...

Avoiding Losses

The purpose of damages in breach of contract disputes is to put the non-breaching party in the same place it would have occupied if the contract had not been breached. This can be accomplished in several ways, depending upon the specifics of the transaction. At times,...