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March 23, 2009

Philadelphia Bar Association Mourns Loss of Wolf Block

The Philadelphia Bar Association expressed profound sadness over news that the venerable Philadelphia law firm Wolf Block has decided to unwind its business due to economic difficulties.

“This is a sad day for Philadelphia,” says Sayde Ladov, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to our friends and colleagues at Wolf Block.”

She continues, “Philadelphia is a city brimming with history, and as a century-old institution, Wolf Block is an important part of that tradition. Wolf Block lawyers have been at the forefront of litigation that has changed the face of Philadelphia. In addition, Wolf Block has been an outstanding corporate citizen that has contributed to the common good, producing judges of state and federal courts, former city officials, chancellors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association and even a president of the American Bar Association.”

Ladov adds, “This is a difficult day for Philadelphia’s lawyers, reminding us that no one is immune to current economic challenges. Despite the loss of this venerable law firm, however, we remain confident that Philadelphia’s legal community will weather this storm and emerge stronger as a result.”

“As Philadelphia lawyers, we have a responsibility to ensure continued access to justice,” she says. “For more than 200 years, the Philadelphia Bar Association has fought to protect legal rights, advocate due process and ensure the rule of law. We have survived a civil war, two World Wars and a Great Depression.

“I want to assure citizens that Philadelphia’s legal community will survive this economic crisis, too, and that the Philadelphia Bar Association will continue on its mission of promoting access to justice.”

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