Each year, we at The Legal take a look back at all the lateral moves in Pennsylvania in an effort to determine the 10 most important lateral hires of the previous year. Profiles of the top laterals and details about each move will be included in our Top Lateral Hires of 2013 supplement, scheduled to be published in The Legal on Feb. 25.

To come up with the Top 10 moves, we take into account the effect the departure had on the former firm, the impact the lateral addition represented for the new firm and the buzz around the market when the move took place. This list is compiled with the help and insight of those in the industry and the historical background from our own archives of all members involved.

In the end, all lateral moves from the past year are narrowed down to the 10 lateral moves that made the biggest waves. Following, in no particular order, are the names of the 10 Pennsylvania attorneys or groups of attorneys who have been selected to that list:

The Top Laterals of 2013

  • William P. Shelley, Ann Thornton Field, Joshua Wall, Joseph A. Arnold, Jacob C. Cohn, C. Tyler Havey, James E. Robinson and Catherine Slavin to Gordon & Rees
  • Bradley J. Mortensen, Ralph J. Luongo, Elaine Whiteman Klinger, Cynthia Ruggerio, Susan Bradford Thauer, Elizabeth A. Bartman and Anneliese Scott to Carrol McNulty Kull
  • Gregory B. Jordan to PNC Financial Services Group
  • David J. Wolfsohn and Aleksander J. Goranin to Duane Morris
  • Kenneth I. Trujillo, Lisa J. Rodriguez, Ira Neil Richards, Pedro Ramos, Nicole Miles Acchione and Gary M. Goldstein to Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
  • Marc L. Bogutz, Jerome E. Bogutz and William F. McDevitt to Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
  • Peter J. Deeb, Stephen H. Frishberg, Inez M. Markovich, Frank G. Murphy and Kevin G. McDonald to Anderson Kill
  • Kenneth S. Komoroski to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Michael L. Krancer to Blank Rome
  • David M. Laigaie to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

The Runners-Up

  • Debra Dunne to Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Halmon L. Banks III to Banks Law
  • Herman C. Fala to Liberty Property Trust
  • Sarah Lockwood Church, Joni Landy, Paul Kasicky and Kevin A. Wiggins to Saul Ewing
  • Stephen S. Aichele to Saul Ewing
  • Rick Grimaldi and Lori Armstrong Halber to Fisher & Phillips
  • David A. Nasatir to Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel
  • Gina Maisto Smith to Pepper Hamilton