A regional powerhouse proud of its mastery over the Mid-Atlantic
region, Saul Ewing has strong practices in commercial litigation,
business and finance, bankruptcy, real estate, higher education,
insurance, public finance and labor and employment law, among other
legal disciplines. The firm, which celebrated its 90th
anniversary in 2011, follows a self-described "smart growth"
strategy and, in recent years, has expanded and opened offices in
Washington, DC, Boston and Pittsburgh.
An Artistic Legacy
In 1863, Philadelphia attorney John G. Johnson, who argued more
than 180 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court over the course of his
lifetime, founded the law firm that would eventually become Saul
Ewing. Johnson's legacy extended beyond his legal acumen and
reoccurring appearances before the Nine. Also a passionate art
collector, upon his death in 1917, Johnson bequeathed his extensive
art collection to the city of Philadelphia. After his death,
Johnson's associates formed Pritchard, Saul, Bayard & Evans,
which, after a split in 1921, became what is now known as Saul
Ewing. The firm's first client was the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine
Arts (PAFA), which remains a client to this day. From 2006 through
2008, Frederick D. Strober, a partner in the firm's Project and
Resource Development Department, represented PAFA when it purchased
The Gross Clinic jointly with the Philadelphia Museum of
Art, enabling the famed painting by Thomas Eakins to remain in the
city of Philadelphia.
Political Past and Political Present
Saul Ewing has a strong political history that encompasses
government, military and civic service and includes one of its
attorneys, the late Henry S. Ruth Jr., who served a year (1974) as
the Watergate special prosecutor that brought down President
Richard Nixon. More recently, firm attorneys have left to assume
leadership positions in state government, including former Saul
Ewing Managing Partner Stephen S. Aichele, who left in January 2011
to join Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's Cabinet as General
Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Aichele currently
serves as Gov. Corbett's Chief of Staff. During the 2008
presidential election, the firm awarded pro bono credits for
attorneys who engaged in voter protection work after training with
the Obama campaign, which deployed attorneys on Election Day in
efforts to keep polls open to accommodate long lines of voters.
Breaking Away From the Herd
Saul Ewing has gained notice for its initiative and creativity.
To encourage what it calls a healthy work/life balance, the firm
allows attorneys to propose working schedules to their superiors
that allow them to telecommute or work out of office part time. The
firm has also sought to proactively respond to clients' concerns
about fees when it launched in 2008 a series of fixed fee
arrangements for legal work. The "Cost Certainty Commitment"
initiative, which began with due diligence work, has grown to
include fixed-fee arrangement for a broad range of legal work.