The Lateral Lineup

The Philadelphia market has seen several lateral moves in the past month with the most recent between two local intellectual property boutiques.

Daniel N. Calder joined Volpe & Koenig as a shareholder from Ratner Prestia. He was the first lateral shareholder the firm has ever hired since its inception 20 years ago.

Calder had served as in-house patent counsel for JCPenny and RCA before joining Ratner Prestia. His practice focuses on technology with a specific expertise in solar cell technology.

Volpe Koenig has been on a growth spurt in its 20th year, leasing additional floors in United Plaza to accommodate. The firm now has 40 professionals and a total of more than 100 employees.

Kevin F. Berry joined Duane Morris as a partner from the Philadelphia office of Cozen O’Connor. Berry had been the chairman of Cozen O’Connor’s commercial litigation practice group from 2002 to 2006. He is now a member of Duane Morris’ trial practice group. Berry also serves as the general counsel to the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

He was most recently in the news for being named in a gender discrimination suit against his former firm by a female partner who was allegedly fired for her political work. Berry was not a name defendant in the suit.

Post & Schell brought on two attorneys into its insurance practice from Gibbons. William H. Black Jr. and M. Jane Goode, who had been with Hecker Brown Sherry & Johnson before it merged with Gibbons, joined Post & Schell as partners to handle insurance coverage matters.

Black was a former managing partner of Hecker Brown and both he and Goode were directors at Gibbons.

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads picked up real estate and land use attorney Stephen G. Pollock from Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. He joined the firm as of counsel.

His addition adds to that of William W. Keffer who joined as of counsel in the spring from Blank Rome.

After Blank Rome saw the departure of two public finance attorneys this year when Jeremy Spector and Jeffrey Blumenfeld left for Mintz Levin and Wolf Block, respectively, the firm was on the lookout for attorneys to build up the practice.

To that end, Blank Rome hired Linda L. D’Onofrio as a partner in the public finance group. She joined form Winstead and will work in the firm’s New York and Philadelphia offices. The firm said this marks the beginning of growth for the practice area.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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