Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 8
NEW YORK SUPER LAWYER
Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that Robert A. Fitch has been named a 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics. Super Lawyers selects attorneys each year for recognition through a rigorous nomination process that includes peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates. Only the top 5% of the lawyers in the New York metro area are chosen annually for this honor.
Bob is the resident partner in the Rawle & Henderson LLP New York office. He concentrates his practice in the defense of architects and engineers, construction, medical and oral surgery malpractice claims, and commercial motor vehicle litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York since 1974, as well as in federal courts in Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict and is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Federal Bar Council, PIAA and Trucking Industry Defense Association. He has a peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell of AV (the highest).
CHILD ADVOCACY GROUP
Rawle & Henderson LLP has formed a Child Advocacy Practice Group to improve attorneys’ service to the Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates. The firm has assisted the Support Center since the program’s inception in 1977 as an advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect in the city. John T. Donovan, a partner in the Philadelphia office, chairs the practice group. Participants in this group include Patrice O’Brien, Brett A. Wolfson, Linda Dobbins, and Lisa L. Prince. The firm organized the practice group so that individual attorneys’ pro bono efforts can be better coordinated to support the Center. The Child Advocacy Practice Group will also allow the firm to host CLE events on issues related to assisting the Center, such as representing child victims in criminal court, representing medically needy dependent children, and representing older youth.
PHILA. BAR ASSOCIATION 5K RUN
Rawle & Henderson LLP attorneys participated in the annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run. The event raised funds for the Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates, which offers free legal and social services to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. This is 20th year in a row that the firm sponsored a team in the charity run. Pictured, l-r. top row: Meghan Sheehan Farally, John T. Donovan, Caroline S. Vahey, Aaron S. Mapes, Robyn D. Kazatsky, Sean L. Phelan, Preston D. Satchell, Erick V. Violago; l-r. bottom row: J. Fredrick Lorusso, Kimberly A. House, Dana R. Jelepis, Meredith A. Mack.
Scott F. Griffith, a partner in the Philadelphia office, presented a program on the U.S. Constitution to students and teachers from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School. The Constitution Program is presented annually by Rawle & Henderson in partnership with the Women for Greater Philadelphia (www.womenforgreaterphiladelphia.org), stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park. The event was held at Laurel Hill Mansion, the restored summer home of William Rawle (founder of Rawle & Henderson LLP) and the Rawle family on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The mansion is owned and maintained as a historic landmark. This was the third annual presentation on the Constitution the firm has made to the Holy Cross Parish School students. Scott focused on the importance of the Constitution, why the Bill of Rights was added by the Founding Fathers, and cases he has defended that illustrate some of the Amendments. The students said they enjoyed both the presentation and the discussion session with Scott.
LEGAL INTELLIGENCER HONORS FIRM
Rawle & Henderson LLP was honored as the oldest law firm in Pennsylvania at The Legal Intelligencer’s 170th Anniversary Dinner. in June 2013. The event was held at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia.
Carl D. Buchholz, III, (l.) accepted the award from The Legal Intelligencer’s editor in chief, Hank Grezlak (r.). Carl addressed the attendees and gave a brief history of Rawle & Henderson LLP, beginning with its founding by William Rawle in 1783 and including its growth to its current status of 125 attorneys with seven offices in five states.
(photo: Legal Intelligencer)
2013 KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE
In May 2013, employees, family and friends of Rawle & Henderson LLP participated in the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. The firm’s team “HENDERSON FOR HIGGINS” raised $6,119, surpassing its 2013 goal of $5,000. Over the last seven years, Rawle & Henderson’s team has raised over $44,000 in support of Komen’s initiatives including increasing breast cancer awareness, education and mammograms among the uninsured and underinsured.
Rawle & Henderson LLP has participated in the race for the past six years in honor of its former partner, Ann-Michele Higgins, who lost her struggle with breast cancer in September of 2007.
Individuals can still give to the HENDERSON FOR HIGGINS 2013 Race for the Cure team by making a donation or soliciting donations. You can access the “HENDERSON FOR HIGGINS” website directly at the following address: