RAWLE & HENDERSON’s Appellate Practice Group has successfully handled cases at all appellate levels of the federal court system, and most appellate levels of the state courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. Attorneys in the practice group have successfully argued appeals before the United States Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Supreme Courts. In Pennsylvania, the Appellate Practice Group regularly is involved in handling appeals at the Superior and Commonwealth Court levels. The group not only handles appeals involving cases which were tried by RAWLE & HENDERSON attorneys, but also handles appeals that have been tried by other lawyers and referred to RAWLE & HENDERSON for appellate work.


PA Superior Court Affirms Validity of Exculpatory Clause in Gym Membership Agreement

On May 4, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an unanimous Opinion affirming the trial court’s order granting summary judgment to Fitness International, LLC, et al. (“L.A. Fitness”) in a lawsuit filed by an L.A. Fitness member for personal injuries the member allegedly sustained at an L.A. Fitness facility as she walked from the swimming pool to the showers adjacent to the pool.


PA Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgment for Automobile Dealer’s Alleged Breach of UTPCPL

On October 7, 2016, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an unanimous decision affirming the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of Sussman Automotive on the ground that plaintiff’s cause of action for Sussman Automotive’s alleged breach of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law required proof of justifiable reliance.


Rawle’s Reports, March 2015: PA, Casualty Claims Defense Verdict; DE, Appellate, S.J. Affirmed

PENNSYLVANIA: Casualty Claim—Defense Verdict. By Lisa L. Prince. DELAWARE: Appellate—Summary Judgment Affirmed.


Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 7

Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that 14 attorneys were named 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.


Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 5

PENNSYLVANIA: APPELLATE PRACTICE. by Peter J. Neeson and Carl D. Buchholz, III. Being granted oral argument before the highest court in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is no easy task. In fact, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court grants less than 5% of all petitions seeking allowance of appeal in civil cases.


News & Events

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate Defamation Case


On September 27, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the petition filed by plaintiffs seeking further appellate review of Superior Court’s Order and Opinion of February 5, 2016, affirming the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of L.A. Fitness International, LLC (now known as Fitness International, LLC), thus effectively ending a defamation case in which plaintiffs claimed that employees of L.A. Fitness falsely and maliciously reported to the local police and others that they were involved in thefts at one or more L.A. Fitness facilities.

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2011 Super Lawyers


2011 Super Lawyers, 07/21/11. Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that 15 attorneys were named 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.

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Buchholz Participates in PBI Practicum at Philadelphia’s City Hall


Carl D. Buchholz, III was a panelist at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Appellate Advocacy Practicum on Ethical Issues in Appeal on April 7, 2011 in the Supreme Court Courtroom in City Hall.

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