The Legal will be presenting another group of Pennsylvania luminaries with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year. Our focus in selecting this group of noteworthy individuals was to represent the figures who have helped to shape the law in Pennsylvania, whether through their work on the bench, assisting those in need of legal services, building a firm or any other means. We had only a select few requirements: the attorney must have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state and must still be practicing law.

Selecting these winners was not a simple process. We began by consulting trusted members of the community for their recommendations of attorneys to consider, as well as mining the knowledge of our experienced staff. We ended up with a list of names more than three times as long as the one you see below. It would have been easy to honor far more attorneys, but through several rounds of discussion, we pared down the list. We feel these attorneys represent the best the Pennsylvania legal community has to offer. They have collectively moved forward the legal profession in the state, helped foster the legal education of younger attorneys and stood as examples of some of the best virtues of Pennsylvania attorneys.

Information about each award recipient will be included in a special supplement to be published this spring, and they will be honored at a celebratory dinner on May 29. The following attorneys, in alphabetical order, are this year’s recipients of The Legal’s Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • Harold Berger, Berger & Montague
  • Ralph E. Cindrich, Cindrich & Associates
  • Ida Chen, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • John G. Chou, AmerisourceBergen
  • Romulo L. Diaz Jr., PECO Energy Co.
  • Kate Ford Elliott, Pennsylvania Superior Court
  • Abbe F. Fletman, Flaster Greenberg
  • Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania Senate
  • Arthur E. Grim, Berks County Court of Common Pleas
  • Nina M. Gussack, Pepper Hamilton
  • Gregory Jordan, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Thomas R. Kline, Kline & Specter
  • William H. Lamb, Lamb McErlane
  • Cletus P. Lyman, Lyman & Ash
  • Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky
  • Patrick J. O’Connor, Cozen O’Connor
  • David H. Pittinsky, Ballard Spahr
  • Lloyd Remick, Zane Management
  • William R. Sasso, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
  • Bernard W. Smalley Sr., Tucker Law Group
  • Joan N. Stern, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
  • Stewart M. Weintraub, Chamberlain Hrdlicka