Philadelphia's 'Dean Of The Trial Bar' Joins Morgan Lewis As Senior Counsel

Friday, October 1, 2004 - 01:00

S. Gerald Litvin, considered by many to be the dean of the Philadelphia trial bar, is joining the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in the new position of senior counsel.

Mr. Litvin has tried more than 200 cases to verdict and has trained more than 1,000 trial lawyers in the art of courtroom persuasion. He has a national reputation as a trial advocate as well as a teacher of trial advocacy.

Steven R. Wall, leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Practice, and one of dozens of Morgan Lewis lawyers who have attended Mr. Litvin's Academy of Advocacy, said: "Every lawyer who has attended a Litvin lecture or watched him deliver a closing argument, and followed his remarkable career, has no doubt wondered what it would be like to work with him side-by-side on a daily basis. We are incredibly fortunate to have that chance now."

"Over the years, I have had the pleasure of training about 40 Morgan Lewis lawyers, and they have invariably been 'the best of the best,'" Mr. Litvin said. "Several of them - including Jami McKeon, Michael Banks and Gordon Cooney - are among the brightest starts of the Academy's superbly talented faculty. I can honestly say that I have been learning more from them in recent years than perhaps they once learned from me."

Mr. Litvin started his own firm in 1968, which ultimately became Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow & Young, with which he was associated for 36 years (the firm dissolved earlier this year).

Richard Rosenblatt, a partner in the Morgan Lewis Labor and Employment Practice Group in Princeton, NJ and Philadelphia, recently was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's "40 under 40" for 2004 in the September 13 edition. This honor is given to New Jersey Attorneys the publication believes are worth watching, not only for what they have achieved so far in their careers but also for the potential they show to be among the leaders of the New Jersey Bar in the not-do-distant future.