In May, Cozen O’Connor expanded into western Pennsylvania, opening an office in Pittsburgh with three partners from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney: (pictured, l-r) Thomas Giotto, Jeremy Garvey and Gene Giotto

Cozen O’Connor continued a slow-motion raid on Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, with the addition of six more lawyers in October: (top, l-r) Matthew Clyde, Lynn Brehm, John Wilson. (bottom, l-r) William Moorhead, Gabrielle Lee, Brian Casal

In a prescient move, Cozen O’Connor debuted a new practice group focused on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, hiring five Philadelphia lawyers, including four attorneys from Pepper Hamilton in February: Gina Maisto Smith (left) and Leslie Gomez (right) of Cozen O'Connor.

In October, Deborah Spranger, a leader of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s business and finance and life sciences practices, jumped to Pepper Hamilton’s Berwyn office, adding to the latter firm’s recently formed health sciences department.

Back in February 2017, Blank Rome announced two partner hires in two days, bolstering its corporate and securities practice in Pittsburgh and its energy and finance practices in Washington, D.C.: Brendan Delany (left) and James Barnes (right) of Blank Rome.

Early in 2017, Kline & Specter partners David Caputo (left) and Andy Youman (right) left the firm to form their own shop, Youman & Caputo, which focused on catastrophic injury and whistleblower cases.

Rachael M. Bushey (left) and Jennifer L. Porter (right), who left Pepper Hamilton for Hogan Lovells in 2016, returned to the firm, joining a health sciences department that looked very different than it did when they left.

Two Pittsburgh law firms became one back in November. Houston Harbaugh grabbed business litigation boutique Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, with an eye on diversifying their litigation offerings. Houston Harbaugh partner and executive committee member Alex Thomson (pictured) said the two firms had some mutual clients and referred work to each other, and several partners at the two firms were personal friends.

A spinoff was born out of central Pennsylvania’s Rhoads & Sinon, Pillar + Aught, which took 11 lawyers into a modern law firm with a greater emphasis on using technology. Later, in October, Pillar + Aught brought on two new lawyers and expanded its office space. The firm added Angela McGowan (left), who took the lead in the firm’s real estate practice and commercial litigator Steve Moniak (right), who joined the firm in April, adding to its financial institutions practice.

Eight lawyers from Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel moved to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, rebuilding Buchanan’s labor and employment practice in Philadelphia. Partners Joseph Centeno, Larry Besnoff, Jacqueline Gallagher and Min Suh (pictured, l-r) made the move along with associates Teleicia Dambreville, Gregory Eck, Charlene Barker Gedeus and Michael Truncellito. Centeno was named co-chair of Buchanan’s labor and employment section along with David Laurent.

Indianapolis-based Ice Miller opened an office in Philadelphia, taking three lawyers from Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel. Ice Miller hired Frederick Tecce (left) and Aaron Ettelman (right) as partners and Bryon Wasserman (center) as of counsel to launch the office. Tecce landed in the Philadelphia office as managing partner there and was named to lead the IP practice.

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