Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
From the Big Apple to the Steel City, with a pit stop in the City of Brotherly Love, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis is expanding. The firm has brought on five lawyers in its New York office, brought back a partner from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott to its Pittsburgh office and seen the return of an associate from a clerkship to its Philadelphia office. Schnader Harrison managing partner Diana Donaldson said the managing partner of the New York office is “very dynamically looking to build” the office and has been in touch with recruiters to help do just that. The New York additions that are joining on Oct. 16 will come from the litigation firm Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer and will focus on products liability and insurance coverage litigation. Donaldson said their practices complemented the firm’s work in Philadelphia and San Francisco with regard to the products liability work. She said the firm also has a strong mass torts practice in the New York office. Saul Wilensky, Carl Schaerf and Bruce Strikowsky were partners at Lester Schwab and will maintain that status at Schnader Harrison. Allison Fihma and Matthew J. Kelly Jr. will join the firm as associates, bringing the New York office to 25 attorneys. Wilensky has served as counsel for cases involving the design, manufacture and repair of products, including swimming pools, punch presses, automobiles, airplanes, ships and consumer appliances. Schaerf often works closely with Wilensky on products liability litigation and also handles insurance coverage and general commercial litigation. Strikowsky’s practice focuses on insurance coverage counseling and litigation, including general liability insurance and insurance for property, professional liability, directors and officers, employment, environmental impairment and health care risks. Fihma and Kelly’s practices focus generally on products liability and toxic torts actions. According to Donaldson, a recruiter put the groups in touch around August, and the deal was completed about four weeks later. “We have, already, the client letters in the door in substantial numbers,” she said of the clients following the five attorneys to Schnader Harrison. The firm does not plan on stopping the growth of the New York office with these latest additions, she said. Other areas that may be a fit would include expanding the international practice that is based out of New York and growing the transactional side of the office. There is also a strong base to grow the labor and employment practice within the office, Donaldson said. Thomas C. Gricks III was with Schnader Harrison in Pittsburgh from 1994 until 2003 when he left for Eckert Seamans. He rejoined his former firm on Oct. 1 and will continue his construction and environmental law practice. His practice includes arbitration and litigation related to claims of breach of contract, delay, disruption and damages. He also assists clients in the area of environmental law when it comes to acquisitions and divestitures. Maura McAnney of McAnney Esposito & Kraybill Associates said Gricks started out at Eckert Seamans, moved to a special counsel position within Westinghouse and then went to Schnader Harrison in 1994. Around the time he left Schnader Harrison’s Pittsburgh office, McAnney said some of the founders of that office had left shortly before. She said the firm has been interested in growing the Pittsburgh office and has considered different opportunities. Gricks, she said, is a well-regarded environmental attorney. Donaldson said Gricks had always maintained ties with the firm’s Pittsburgh lawyers and said the office’s managing partner was happy to carve out work for him to rejoin. A particular client was interested in having Gricks join the rest of the team from Schnader Harrison that was working for the client out of the Pittsburgh office, she said. The firm has a significant amount of environmental work in that area, and Donaldson said Gricks has brought some clients with him as well. In Philadelphia, Chad Cooper will rejoin Schnader Harrison as an associate after spending the last two years as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Berle M. Schiller for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Cooper was an associate with the firm from 2002 to December 2004. His practice focuses on litigation matters including contract disputes and patent litigation. He also rejoined the firm on Oct. 1. Schnader Harrison expanded into Delaware earlier this year with the opening of a Wilmington office in February. The office handles bankruptcy and litigation work with the help of three of the firm’s attorneys who were brought down to Delaware to help get things started. Donaldson said the firm has not added anyone new to the office, but said it has proved useful in attracting potential lateral talent. She said the attorneys joining from New York were pleased to know they had the use of a Delaware office, and there is a potential lateral currently talking with the firm who was excited about the prospect of locating to Delaware. After seeing two mergers become troublesome, Schnader Harrison is slowly restarting the growth process. The firm merged with 50-attorney Goldstein & Manello of Boston in January 2000 and then merged six months later with 45-attoney Mesirov Gelman Jaffe Cramer & Jamieson. Within about two years the key players from the acquired firms had left, and the firm has slowly been growing back to size. “We’re being moderate about how we go about growing,” Donaldson said. The firm is not, she said, opposed to entering new cities, but is moving ahead “deliberately.”

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.