Occupy Chili

March 20, 2013

Occupy Chili

The 3rd Annual Fishtown Neighbors Association Chili Cookoff is this Sunday, March 24 at 2424 Studios in Fishtown.

Be there, or eat less chili and drink less beer than your friends will that day.

Buy your tickets here.


“Young Lawyer Happy Hour” β€” uh, where are all the lawyers?

January 25, 2013
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“But I read this book so I already know everything about civil litigation!”

I went to a young lawyer happy hour the other evening night held by the Young Lawyer’s Division of a local bar association. I hoped to maybe meet a few other lawyers in their first years of practice, perhaps share a war story or two, commiserate about Judge Jones or Judge Judy, and swap business cards.

As I saw it, it’s never a bad thing to know more lawyers to whom you could refer cases, or maybe have cases referred to me.

Did I mention free beer and food?

What could possibly go wrong?

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Want to be Pulled Over? Sign up for Philadelphia’s S.A.V.E Program.

December 4, 2012
You have rights. These books say so.

You have rights. These books say so.
They are precious. Don’t sign them away.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

These wise words attributed to founder Benjamin Franklin are too often lost on many today who figure “Well, I’m not doing anything wrong, so why shouldn’t I just agree to let police do whatever they want?”

And I thought on Franklin’s words today, after I learned about this little program here in Philadelphia called S.A.V.E. β€” a too-cute acronym for Stolen Auto Verification Effort. Let me explain this program to you. No, better yet, I’ll let the police explain it to you:

All Districts in the city still do the S.A.V.E. (Stolen Auto Verification Effort) program….

The SAVE program is a decal you put on your automobile that basically states that you don’t normally drive your vehicle late at night (between 12am and 6am). By putting this decal on your vehicle you are stating that you would like that vehicle to be pulled over if it is seen operating during those hours to ensure that the vehicle isn’t stolen.

Yes, you’re reading that right. It is literally a sign to the police that says “Please pull me over”. Read the rest of this entry »


ABA Blawg 100 β€”We’re big time! (And alphabetically right above Popehat.)

November 26, 2012

We are Popehat’s hat.

We made the 6th Annual ABA Blawg 100! Per our official ABA Blawg 100 profile:

Simple Justice’s Scott Greenfield calls Jordan Rushie and Leo Mulvihill β€œtwo kid lawyers with moxie, a sense of humor and a serious focus on what it means to start out in the practice of law.” These relatively new lawyers joined forces* early this year to blog and practice in their own small shop. In posts, they (mostly Rushie) log the unwritten rules they are gradually learning from experience and other practitioners about trial practice and finding clients.

Words of high praise from one of the internet’s foremost curmudgeons.

Thank you for the nomination β€” now vote for us here. [ed. – We’re under “Trial Practice.” Go figure.]

*The way this is written makes us sound like the Superfriends. Jordan would be Aquaman.

Update November 27, 2012:Β Eric Turkewitz has some nice words for us:

But the Blawg100 list does have value in that it can point readers to new blogs that they might not have noticed before, such as theΒ Philly Law BlogΒ β€” by two young lawyers with a fearless candor, acknowledging that they are young pups that are just learning. These are the kinds of guys that mentors love, the type who ask questions, work hard and don’t try to bluff with bad answers.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. We’re honored to be in the Blawg 100 list with you.


Will You Be My Friend? β€” Young Lawyer Edition.

November 20, 2012

“No.”

People hate lawyers. That’s the trope at least.

The fact of the matter is, though, that at some point in your legal career, someone will hate you. And their hate will run so deep that they have to tell others just how much you’re a terrible shark/shyster/scumbag/bottomfeeder.

Now, back in the days before the series of tubes, it took a while for these whisper-down-the-lane rumors to be spread about town. But now, in the age of the internet, no one knows you’re a dog. And even internet dogs can type mean things.

There recently appeared in this blog’s comments a scathing rebuke of our firm by a person whose real name, IP address, email address, and Facebook account, I will mercifully redact. Note: I have never represented this person, nor have I ever met them, as far as I know.

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While looking up a local bar’s phone number, I noticed an identical negative review on the Google Places page for my firm. There was a different (::cough:: fictitious ::cough) name used, but the similarities are striking:

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In all fairness, his dog wanted custody over his bitch’s puppies, and I don’t do family law.

Webber Calvan? Really? That’s not even a good fake name. “Maxx Hornball,” now, that would have been funny.

But thanks to the wonders of the internet and my powerful investigative skills, I’ve determined that attempted-blog-commenter a.k.a non-client reviewer “Webber Calvan” is the friend of an opposing party in a case where I’m counsel. Swell.

Note: This is the second time I’ve had non-parties to litigation personally attack me or my firm’s online reputation. I presume that it will continue to happen from time to time.

When I first read the comment on my blog β€” which was never actually posted to it because we moderate all comments β€” I simply laughed it off. Then I saw it was posted on my former Google Places page, and I thought a bit more about whether to respond. What better platform than Twitter to take a quick poll?

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Popehat offered sage advice: “The negative review is self-evidently stupid. Hellfire likely to generate Streisand Effect. Prudence, not grace.”

So here’s my prudent response: That old saying “you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs” β€” the legal equivalent of that is “you can’t do a good job as a lawyer without pissing some people off.”

Young lawyers, you will find that you make enemies as you continue in your legal careers. One day it might be a judge. Another day, it might be the prosecutor. Some days, you might irritate some person who thinks it’s a bright idea to try to write negative reviews about you on the internet.

You know what? Lawyers make friends on the weekends.

So, Mr/Ms “Weber Calvan,” to use the words of a wise French statesman:

I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!


Thanks to Working Class Creative for Our Awesome New Sign.

July 20, 2012

Thanks to Working Class Creative for Our Awesome New Sign.

We have a new hand-lettered sign thanks to Working Class Creative. Click on the photo to see more of their stuff, or get in touch with them at workingclasscreative@gmail.com.


Vincent Dispoto Lawyers Up and Sends Kensington Resident Threat of a SLAPP Suit for Re-Publishing Public Documents

July 18, 2012

Last week I wrote about Vincent Dispoto, who achieved notorietyΒ by threatening a Kensington resident with a SLAPP suitΒ for blogging about his criminal caseΒ and statingΒ his property taxes are late. Vincent Dispoto wants to put a nightclub that serves malt liquor baby shower nightclubΒ  in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Naturally, this drew some criticism and commentary from local residents, and now the criticism is drawing threats of a lawsuit.

Dispoto lawyered up, and his attorney wrote me this letter.Β (sorry, it’s a .DOC file, that is how it was sent to me.)

Our response can be found here.

And you can read about the whole saga here.

I represent Philadeliquency.


Developer Vincent Dispoto Threatens Defamation Lawsuit Against Fishtown.us Poster

July 12, 2012

Some of you know our neighborhood message board, fishtown.us.

TodayΒ Vincent R. Dispoto, Jr., a member of Dispoto Realty LLC, threatened a lawsuitΒ against a fishtown.us poster called “Kenzo” in connection with his blog, Philadeliquency.Β Mr. Dispoto is a developerΒ proposing a nightclub at 2644-58 E Huntingdon Street. The proposal has generated some criticism because it involvesΒ servingΒ take out malt liquor.

Kenzo had been critical of Dispoto’s proposal on the Philadeliquency blog, and pointed out that Mr.Β Dispoto was a defendant in the matter ofΒ State v. Dispoto, 189 N.J. 108 (N.J. 2007).

The Fishtown Lawyers, counsel for Philadeliquency, have responded.

A .PDF copy of our letterΒ is here.


Lawyers and their toys (don’t tell Brian Tannebaum).

May 3, 2012

I finally cracked. Look at this lunatic idiot.

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Written on my iWhatever.*

*The obligatory signature of all Apple users. What a-holes.


Why I do what I do.

May 1, 2012

Why I do what I do.

You’re probably not friends with me on Facebook. (In fact, I hope you can’t see much about me, because I’ve tried to lock that down as much as the privacy standards allow).

The other night, around 23.30 (that’s 11.30pm for you normal people who don’t use military time), I was up reading through hundred of pages of correspondence, agreements, and laws. And I was exhausted because I had been up since 7.30 that morning doing the same thing. Even though my wife was asleep, and I wanted to be in bed too. But I felt good being awake. So I typed this silly post on Facebook. And really, this sums up exactly how I feel about being a lawyer.

This is why I do what I do.