December 26, 2020


On December 22, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision in Com. v. Alexander, which overruled a DREADFUL decision by former Justice McCaffrey (fuck you very much you piece of shit disgrace to the bench), Com v. Gary.

You don’t need to know the legal implications except as follows (lawyers shut up I am keeping this simple, do not @ me to correct me):

1) Gary undid years of law that required police to get a warrant to search your car in most circumstances (unless you gave them permission to search, which you should NEVER DO).

2) Alexander overrules Gary, so now cops need a warrant again to search your car in most circumstances (again, unless you give them permission to search, which you should NEVER FUCKING DO).

3) DID I SAY NEVER GIVE COPS PERMISSION TO SEARCH YOUR CAR. EVER. IF THEY ASK “hey buddy, do you mind if I take a look in your car?” like they are trying to be your friend say “NO. GET A WARRANT“.

4) I bet most cops don’t know this yet, so this sticker may help teach them. Not like they care about the law anyway.


I have basically ceased practicing criminal law for many reasons, but THIS SHIT IS IMPORTANT AND I FEEL COMPELLED TO GET THE WORD OUT ASAP.

If you want one or 100, go to my web store, Black Metal Lawyer (yes this is a real thing).

Thought experiment (now the lawyers can talk): If this is on your car, and you are stopped by police, what effect, if any, does it have? #FuckThePolice #1312 #ACAB #getawarrant #copsarentpeople #exceptforrobocopherules

(Also, I do funny stuff on social media. @Black_Metal_Laywyer on Instagram and TikTok. Buy my dumb art at Black Metal Lawyer).

In Memoriam: A. Jordan Rushie.

December 17, 2020

For those of you who don’t know, Jordan Rushie died of natural causes at his home in August

He was only 38.

He and I didn’t talk at all the last few years (and frankly probably didn’t really like each other any longer). But that is not the point of this post.

He was my first (read: last) law partner and strongly influenced my early legal career. He definitely marched to the beat of his own drum. I do too. That’s probably why we got along initially. It just turned out our two marches weren’t in sync with one another, and we were each better served marching separately.

Due mainly to his hijinks (I think that is the best word to describe what Jordan did, and I hope that those who knew him agree with me), I now know some stellar lawyers (some of those lawyer are even decent human beings) whom I consider friends and mentors, including the following non-exhaustive list:

1) Scott Greenfield; 2) Brian Tannebaum; 3) Marc Randazza; 4) Elie Mystal; 5) Huma Rashid; 6) Larry Krasner; 7) Paul Hetznecker; 8) Marji Jo Snyder; 9) Jonathan Feinberg.

I am surely forgetting many people who deserve to be listed here; please do not let my forgetfulness be mistaken for a slight.

I was reminded recently by an interaction with one of the lawyers I listed above that it’s important to reach out to your friends and colleagues from time to time. Life is brutally short. Tell someone important to you today that you love them.

You might not be able to tomorrow.

Plight of the Fat Man – Not Getting Fat During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 31, 2020

Probably like you, I am bored. Real bored. And even a bit scared. The courts are closed. The gyms are closed. The restaurants are closed. Crime is way up. Business is way down.

Not good.

There is some good news. My house is now spotless. I have time to blog again, and put time into projects I had been putting off. I’ve even been playing some video games.


I finally had the time to setup a home office. It’s not pretty, but it is functional.

Anyway, this isn’t a post about my pet projects or political commentary regarding the economic shutdown. It’s about keeping the weight off while you’re cooped up in the home with no access to a gym, social distancing, and nothing to do except binge ice cream and watch TV.

So, without further ado…

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This Actually Happened In a Real Court

November 19, 2019

On October 7 and 8, 2019, a debtor named Steven Rosenblum testified at a trialΒ where his father Allan Rosenblum and Michelle Zarro, the sister of his children’s mother, wasΒ accused of claiming fraudulent ownership of 2 gyms owned by Steven in violation of sectionΒ 5105(a) of the Pennsylvania Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. The Fraudulent Transfer actionΒ was filed by a creditor of Steven Rosenblum’s after Steven declared bankruptcy and sought toΒ have a $76,800.00 judgment owed to the creditor discharged in the bankruptcy. The basis of theΒ Fraudulent Transfer action was that Allan Rosenblum and Michelle Zarro claimed fraudulentΒ ownership over the gyms in question to prevent Steven’s creditors from seizing and selling themΒ to collect on the debts they were owed. The bankruptcy in question, was filed on December 11,Β 2014, just days prior to a contempt hearing that was scheduled to determine whether or notΒ 

Steven would be held in contempt for refusing to turn over financial discovery requested by hisΒ creditor in the underlying judgment. However, the automatic stay instituted by the bankruptcyΒ petition allowed Steven to avoid having to appear at that hearing.Β The Fraudulent Transfer trial took place in the Bucks County Court of Common PleasΒ before Chester County Judge Robert Shenkin. Shenkin was brought in from Chester County toΒ preside over the matter on account of the creditor/plaintiff in this matter filing a Motion forΒ Change of Venue and a Motion for Recusal that accused Bucks County Judge Robert Mellon ofΒ misconduct. The Motion for Change of Venue brought up the fact that Andrew Weintraub, theΒ brother of Matthew Weintraub, shared a flyer for a boxing event on his Facebook page statingΒ that it was being promoted by his friend Steven Rosenblum and encouraging people to comeΒ out and check out the event. It is notable, that this boxing promotion was also not listed as anΒ asset in Steven Rosenblum’s bankruptcy paperwork.Β 

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Plight of the Fat Man – Recipes?

March 26, 2019

Chef Jordan

Perhaps I should rename Philly Law Blog Philly Food Blog… but hey, it’s my law blog and I’ll write about what’s on my mind.

What people have been asking me for a lot lately are low carb recipes, and what I eat on a daily basis.

I don’t actually have a lot of “recipes.” Rather, what I use are flavor combinations and some basic ingredients.

This is what I tend to cook with:

Sauce and Flavor Combinations

Asian: Coconut aminos (tastes like soy sauce), Tamari sauce (Soy sauce but gluten free), coconut oil, fish sauce (smells disgusting but makes everything taste delicious), duck fat (you can use coconut oil), Thai pepper, chili oil. Sriracha sauce has a little sugar in it but it’s not terrible. Avoid any sauces with sugar in them like hoisin sauce.

French: Garlic, olive oil, butter (I prefer Kerrygold), lemon, white wine vinegar, mustard (makes a fantastic dipping sauce), Worcester sauce, duck fat, salt, and pepper. High end cheese and red wine is acceptable in moderation. Key word: moderation. The beauty of French cooking is its utter simplicity.

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Plight of the Fat Man – Weight Loss Simplified in 5 Steps

March 20, 2019

Back in October of 2018, I wrote a post about how I lost about 70lbs in 4 months. It was very long.

At the time I wrote it, I weighed about 175lbs, down from 240lbs and a 42 in waist.

Today as I write this, I’m down to around 155lbs. 30 inch waist, small / medium t-shirt size, and a 15.5 slim fitted dress shirt.

So, to simplify and to answer all the questions everyone has been asking me, I’m going to write a relatively short post.

This is what has worked for me…

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Plight of the Fat Man – How I lost 70lbs in 4 Months

October 17, 2018














So, a little bit of background…

For most of my life I was in decent shape, or at the very least had a “dad bod.” Little bit of chub, but not enough that it affected my daily life. Never had six pack abs or any of that. However, my genetics suck in that I gain weight easily. Plus, I’m short, so I don’t wear extra weight very well.

In college I could basically eat whatever I wanted, exercise, and the weight could come off pretty effortlessly.

Nowadays, not so much.Β Or so I thought…

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Why is it so hard to get rid of squatters in Philadelphia, but so easy to get rid of deadbeat tenants?

November 14, 2017


Squatters? Yeah, we’ll get right on that…

Imagine this… you’ve been a landlord for years, and have become quite well versed at evicting tenants who don’t pay their rent.

You purchase a new property. But when you open the door and find people living there. They don’t have a lease, the place reeks of urine, and there is a giant dog who looks like it’s going to bite your face off. You tell everyone to get out, and they laugh at you. Is that a needle on the floor?

What’s going on here? This is your property, they’re trespassers, and this is illegal! So, you call the police, who show up at your property.

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Shared Office Space for Lawyers? Can You Ethically Run a Law Practice Out of WeWork?

November 13, 2017

Rushie Law PLLC World Headquarters

My, how the world has changed in just a few years…

In 2017, all my law books are on my iPad / Kindle, I use Uber to get downtown, and my faxes convert to .PDF and are sent to my email account. My files are all saved to Google Drive, meaning I can access them anywhere. My office voicemails are converted into an audio file, transcribed, and also sent to my email. Large documents are now sent to courts and opposing counsel on flash drives (or better yet, I just email them a link to my Google drive), and almost all of my filings are electronic. I have become a master at editing .PDF files. Some days it feels like my entire practice is run from my Macbook Pro, and the only things I need are a good scanner, printer, Adobe Acrobat, and stationary.

Transportation has also changed the nature of law. Client is too badly injured to make it to my office? No problem, I’ll take an Uber out to their place halfway across the City. Worried the client can’t make it into court? I’ll have an Uber pick them up and take them to the courthouse.

Suddenly, the whole world feels smaller and more accessible…

As technology shifts, I have found that the need for a huge office dwindles day by day. In 2014, I was paying $2500 a month plus U/O taxes for office space. My space was huge. It had a private conference room, a dedicated administrative room with filing cabinets, a giant printer, and supplies.Β The cost did not include the additional costs of coffee, paper, etc. It also did not take into account the man hours of simply having to gauge what supplies we had, what supplies we need, and keeping everything in check. We’re out of coffee? Someone has to run to the coffee shop. Jordan just printed out a gigantic court filing and we’re out of paper? That needs to be addressed stat.

In 2016, I decided to give shared office space a try. Many of you have asked me what it’s like, and whether it would work for your practice. I can’t answer that. ButΒ here is a day in the life of Jordan Rushie…

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An Open Letter to Dr. Zach Ruff, a Downingtown Assistant Principal

May 11, 2017

Anyone who reads this blog probably knows some stuff about me. I’m a First Amendment lawyer. I’m a conservative. I’m even openly Christian.

As you’re probably also aware, this video has taken the internet by storm, straight from my hometown of Downingtown, PA:

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