Rising to the top of the list of the Top 10 most notable lateral moves
in 1997 was a former labor department head at Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz,
who took much of his group with him to Klett Lieber & Schorling’s
Other lawyers making big moves included a well-known securities rainmaker
who left Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young to join Drinker Biddle &
Reath, and an intellectual property lawyer who left his co-chair position
at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis to head Duane Morris & Heckscher’s group.
That was according to multiple sources The Legallntelligencer contacted
over the last several weeks to determine who should be listed among the
Top 10 lateral hires for 1997. Lawyers and legal community watchers interviewed
included law firm leaders, legal organization officials, those who themselves
have made visible moves in recent years and recruiters.
Those asked to nominate people were encouraged to name lawyers making prominent
moves at competing firms, and courtroom adversaries, in addition to their
friends and colleagues. For the most part, they cooperated.
Although many names were mentioned in the search for prominent lateral
moves, after extensive reporting, 10 names rose to the surface, having
been mentioned the most often by the largest number of apparently disinterested sources.
The research used for this story was admittedly unscientific. We purport
here only to present the names of those who caused the most buzz about town.
And while there were 10 top vote getters, three additional attorneys received
support, too, and are listed as runners-up…
On the plaintiffs’ side of the practice, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers
Association President Ruben Honik left Greitzer & Honik in December
to create a new firm, Villari Golomb & Honik with Richard M. Golomb,
who is vice president of PTLA, and Peter M. Villari.
Honik said that the bar group connections between him and Golomb were key
to the formation of the new eight-attorney firm. Honik’s partner,
Dianne Greitzer, joined the new firm in an of counsel capacity.
“In many ways, this firm is an outgrowth of our friendship,”
The new firm areas of emphasis included medical professional liability,
products liability and construction litigation, as well as victims’
rights in gender and race bias cases, and sexual harassment cases according
Golomb and Villari opened their own firm in September 1996, when they split
off of Kreithen Baron Villari & Golomb.