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August 27, 2010

Philadelphia Legal Recruiter, Susan Rubinovitz.of SMR Legal Search was chosen to judge The Pennsylvania Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards sponsored by The Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer.  Susan is president of SMR Legal Search, a legal recruiting firm based in Philadelphia that places attorneys and paralegals at permanent positions with corporations and law firms in the Northeast.  SMR Legal Search focuses mostly on placing attorneys and paralegals in Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in Philadelphia, Susan Rubinovitz was a practicing litigation attorney for 18 years.

The Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards take place each year to honor those attorneys in Pennsylvania under age 40 who excelled in law practice, pro bono work, community service and service to the bar.  This year The Legal Intelligencer received 106 worthy nominees and this year’s Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards rated the nominees in the areas of advancing the law, community/pro bono service, service to the bar, and other awards won.  It was particularly tough this year to narrow the list down to just 30 winners with so many worthy nominees.

In addition to Susan Rubinovitz, Esq, the other distinguished judges were:

James DeAngelo of McNees Wallace & Nurick – President of the Dauphin County Bar Association and 2005 Fast Track honoree

Dean Roger J. Dennis of The Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law;

John Hanof The Department of Justice – Executive Committee member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania

Lorraine Koc, Esq. of Deb Shops Inc. – Vice President and General Counsel;

Amber Racine of Anapol Schwartz – Executive Board member, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

The 30 very deserving winners of the 2010 Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards were announced by The Legal Intelligencer on August 3, 2010.

The winners are:

Catherine T. Barbieri, Fox Rothschild
Liam Y. Braber, Jacoby Donner
Morgen Cheshire, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Theodore F. Claypoole, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
Michael P. Daly, Drinker Biddle & Reath
John V. Donnelly III, Cozen O’Connor
John Encarnacion, White & Williams
Leigh Ann Fiero, Blank Rome
Cassandra J. Georges, Above & Beyond Dispute Resolution
Kevin M. Greenberg, Flaster Greenberg
Deborah Hong, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Kathryn M. Kenyon, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Jason A. Leckerman, Ballard Spahr k
Emily T. Lewis, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir
John Lucian, Blank Rome
Jeffrey J. Malak, Chariton Schwager & Malak
Inez M. Markovich, Deeb Petrakis Blum & Murphy
Steven D. Maslowski, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Mehrin Masud-Elias, Duane Morris
Jed D. Melnick, The Weinstein Group
Michael A. Morse, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Alka A. Patel, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Douglas K. Rosenblum, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Brad M. Rostolsky, Reed Smith
Nilam A. Sanghvi, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Amanda J. Sundquist, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
Joseph J. Tuso, Reed Smith
Lyle D. Washowich, Burns White & Hickton
Denise C. Werkley, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
Su Ming Yeh, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

A dinner reception honoring Pennsylvania’s 2010 Lawyers On The Fast Track will take place on October 28, 2010 at The Union League in Philadelphia.

You Can Be An Effective Advocate Without Being A Jerk

April 12, 2010

After practicing law as a litigator for over 18 years, it never ceases to amaze me how many attorneys confuse being rude and nasty to their opposing counsel with being a zealous advocate for their clients.  I was an extremely zealous advocate for my clients, but was always courteous to and considerate of my opposing counsel.

Being courteous to and civil to your opposing counsel is not to be confused with going along to get along.  It is always paramount that you advocate fully and zealously for your client and do not “give anything away” to gain favor with the attorney on the other side of the case.  However, you do not have to be rude to the attorney on the other side of the case to do so.

Not complying in a timely matter with discovery requests is usually not in your clients’ best interest.  If you are representing the plaintiff in the case, it is certainly not in your client’s best interest to delay the discovery process, as your client wants the case to move along quickly.  In addition, if it is not a contingent fee matter, it may cause your client to incur additional legal fees attendant with unnecessary discovery court hearings, etc.   Likewise, if you represent the defendant in a case, almost always billed hourly, your delay in responding to discovery requests will probably result in extra legal fees for your client, whose interest needs to come before your self interest in billing extra hours in the case.

Likewise, if your opposing counsel on a case asks for a reasonable extension on a discovery deadline, why not say yes?  A short extension will in most cases not prejudice your client, and the opposing counsel will hopefully, remember your courtesy and consideration when you ask him or her for an extension in providing discovery.

In addition, being disrespectful and less than courteous with judges will not gain anything for your client, future clients or for you.  Judges tend to remember which attorneys are rude and arrogant in their courtroom.

In the practice of law as well as in life, the most important thing that you have is your reputation.  Wouldn’t you rather be known as a zealous advocate who is a respectful, courteous person of good character rather than a zealous advocate who is a real jerk?