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Can We Just Move This Along?

The vast majority of business disputes eventually settle. In fact, more than 90% of all civil cases filed will never be tried. So if your business litigation is likely to be resolved at some point, the question that arises is: Why does it take so long? The entire...

Hey Hey Hey

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision that was shocking to many. It determined that Bill Cosby's criminal conviction was so fundamentally unfair that it violated his constitutional right to due process. He was released from prison immediately. The...

Trial Advocacy

My mentor used to remind me frequently that, as trial lawyers, our job is to persuade. I’ve been watching trial lawyers try to persuade for over 30 years. Being persuasive is not easy. It takes talent, hard work, and a little experience doesn’t hurt either....

Credibility

At trial, credibility is everything. If a judge or jury does not find a witness or lawyer credible, the party offering the witness, or being represented by the attorney, should expect a poor outcome. So there you have it . . . only call credible witnesses. It would be...

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 are trade secrets?

Many Pennsylvania companies have confidential business information that is classified as a ‘trade secret.’ A trade secret can be the heart of your whole business and the thing that sets you apart from the competition. Some of the most famous ‘trade secrets’ include...

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...