Prominent Trial Attorney David Marion Joins White and Williams
On September 1, White and Williams LLP welcomed David H. Marion to the Firm. Mr. Marion has a distinguished reputation for his successful trial practice, focusing on business litigation, antitrust and securities class actions, First Amendment and professional liability issues. He is joining the firm as Senior Counsel in the Philadelphia office.
Mr. Marion’s experience includes acting as both plaintiffs and defense counsel in many significant antitrust, ERISA, securities and RICO actions and class actions. Mr. Marion successfully argued the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps, which expanded First Amendment protection for news media. He represented another newspaper in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case liberalizing standards for the grant of summary judgment. A few noteworthy victories include: substantial plaintiffs’ jury verdicts in a business tort case against a broadcast network, a consumers’ vertical price-fixing antitrust class action, and the defense of a major public utility in precedent-setting federal ERISA class actions. Mr. Marion has also successfully defended cases and class actions involving claims of conspiracy, antitrust, ERISA, RICO and Civil Rights Act violations, has represented numerous other law firms and lawyers, and acted as court-appointed receiver and special master as well as mediator and arbitrator in alternate dispute resolution situations.
Appointed by the U.S. District Court on motion of the Securities Exchange Commission as Receiver, for Bentley Financial Services and related companies, his Receivership has collected more than $320 million to benefit victims of a Ponzi scheme.
“We are so pleased to welcome David to White and Williams,” said firm Managing Partner, Patti Santelle. “He brings gravitas that is rare to encounter and both a local and national reputation for handling challenging, high profile cases while also contributing in a meaningful way to his community. His trial prowess, appellate court success and prestigious record will strengthen our firm and our commitment to excellent client service.”
Mr. Marion is a former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and most recently was a partner at Archer & Greiner PC. Prior to that, he was a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, where he served a seven-year term as Chairman of the firm after serving as Chairman of its Litigation Department.
Mr. Marion has been honored by Chambers USA as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation. Best Lawyers in America has uniquely recognized Mr. Marion in six practice areas including Commercial Litigation, “Bet the Company” Litigation, Appellate Practice, First Amendment Law and Legal Malpractice Law, naming him the Lawyer of the Year for First Amendment Law in 2013 and for Appellate Practice in 2010. Mr. Marion has also been named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine, and elected to Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Mr. Marion’s service, influence and recognition are far reaching. He is the National Chancellor of the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society, a professional society founded in 1921, which emphasizes the pursuit of and adherence to Truth, Ethics, and Righteousness in the practice of law, administration of justice, and service to the public. He serves on the Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors, has been both faculty and an Advisory Board member of The Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation and served as President of the Penn Law Alumni Society and as a member of its Board of Overseers. He has served as President of both the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia and the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s “President’s Award.” In 2013, Mr. Marion was the recipient of the Learned Hand Award presented by the American Jewish Committee. Additionally, he has received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Mr. Marion graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Penn Law Review, recipient of the Harrison Cup Moot Court Award and President of his class.
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