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Citing an entrepreneurial need to captain his own ship, former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Clifford E. Haines will leave Litvin Blumberg Matusow & Young after 23 years with the firm to open his own law offices. Haines’ official last day was Feb. 13, though he planned to take a few weeks to work out transitional issues such as client files with his former partners before opening the doors of Haines & Associates on the 27th floor of the 1700 Market St. building. He said he expects to hire two associates almost immediately — though he declined to say whether they would come from Litvin Blumberg — and plans to build his own plaintiff trial lawyer firm. “I think everyone at one time or another dreams about being their own boss and creating their own law firm,” Haines said. “But the opportunity is not always there. There are personal and economic issues. But now the time is ripe for me to pursue such an opportunity. I have an established reputation in the marketplace.” Haines said the 23-attorney Litvin Blumberg had become too large for his tastes. “There are a lot of ways to practice law,” Haines said. “I just think it’s hard when you have a bunch of strong-willed people in the presence of one another trying to make decisions. It’s easier to impose your will on yourself than others. The growth in lawyers results in exponential growth in management, and I think that becomes cumbersome and not cost-effective.” At the end of January, Haines said, he informed Litvin Blumberg’s management committee — Ted Caldwell, Roberta Pichini and Ronald Wolf — that he would be leaving and then told firm founder and mentor Gerald Litvin. Caldwell said he was not surprised when Haines announced his resignation but declined to say why. Despite Haines’ statement about the firm’s management structure, Caldwell said that he and his partners are “very satisfied with how things are run.” Several sources familiar with the firm said that some interpersonal conflicts also contributed to Haines’ departure. Haines declined to comment on that topic and said the main reason for his resignation was a need for change. It is common for trial lawyers to break off from established firms to hang their own shingle. Shanin Specter, Thomas Kline and Nancy Fullam all left the Beasley law firm to do just that. But those lawyers were in their 40s, while Haines will turn 60 this year. Haines also plans to run for Pennsylvania Bar Association president when his term on the PBA’s Board of Governors expires in 2006. “I explored the possibility of [finding another partner to share responsibilities], and I’ll continue to do that,” Haines said. “But business relationships are intimate, and it’s crucial to find the right fit. And I have some pretty strong views about what you need to do to be a literal trial lawyer. And I think I’m more interested in developing people that could ultimately take over. But for now, I want to try things my way.” Haines said he needs a deeper support staff than could possibly be generated at Litvin Blumberg and believes he will build a firm that can fill those needs. After serving a stint in the Army from 1966 to 1968, Haines attended Ohio State University College of Law. Upon graduation in 1971, Haines took a position in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he worked with a fabled group of prosecutors assembled by then-DA Arlen Specter. The group included current DA Lynne Abraham, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge James Gardner Colins, former U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille, Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Leadbetter, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge John W. Herron and Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll chairman Arthur Makadon. After nine years in the office, where he rose to become chief of both the homicide division and hiring and training, Haines left for Litvin Blumberg in 1980. He established himself as one of the city’s premier trial lawyers and served as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar in 1997. He is also chairman of the board of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Despite his impressive resume, Haines said he is filled with a mixture of sadness, fear and excitement. “Sure it’s sad to be leaving such talented lawyers, but we will work to make sure it will be an amicable parting,” Haines said. “I think that to go forward in life, you have to be focused on the excited part and not the sad or scared parts. And that’s what I plan to do.”

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