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David Marion Receives James Wilson Award from Penn Law

October 27, 2017

David H. Marion, Senior Counsel at White and Williams LLP, recently received the James Wilson Award presented by the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Alumni Society Board of Managers. The James Wilson Award is the highest honor which they bestow and is presented to a Penn Law alumnus in honor of a lifetime of service to the profession. Dean Ted Ruger emphasized that “it speaks to the high esteem in which the recipient is held by the Penn Law community.”

David is part of a four-generation University of Pennsylvania family, including his father Louis and son Charles who, like David, earned both Wharton and Penn Law degrees. The 4th generation is represented by two granddaughters, Cameron Hayes, a sophomore, and Amelia Marion, a freshman.

As a Penn Law student, David was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, won the Harrison Cup Moot Court competition, and was named to the Order of the Coif Honor Society. He graduated magna cum laude and was elected President of his graduating class.

David has demonstrated his loyalty to Penn Law through years of active service and support. He served as president of the Law Alumni Society and as a member of the Board of Overseers. He taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor, and represented Penn at the Salzburg Seminar in America Studies. For his service to Penn, David previously received the University’s Alumni Award of Merit and the Law School’s Distinguished Service Award.

David concentrates his practice in business litigation, antitrust and securities class actions, professional liability, First Amendment law and alternate dispute resolution. David’s extraordinary record of success has uniquely earned him listing in “Best Lawyers in America” in six practice areas, including “Bet-the-Company” litigation.

White and Williams Managing Partner, Patricia Santelle, was present at the award ceremony along with numerous colleagues from the firm and the Philadelphia legal community, and noted that “David’s precedent-setting victories are a testament to his command of the law and tenacity.” 

David is a veteran litigator with victories in both federal and state trial courts, in the U.S. Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts. He has been elected by his peers to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

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