Based in Philadelphia, the nearly 80-year-old firm Dilworth Paxson cuts a distinguished profile in the Keystone State as a multi-service law firm. Dilworth attorneys seemed to have on several occasions played a part in landmark events in U.S. history.
Breaking Down Walls, Building Homes
A penchant for work of historical proportions has seemed to follow Dilworth Paxson ever since its founding in 1933 by namesake Richardson Dilworth, a Pennsylvania politician who later made waves as mayor of Philadelphia when he attempted to reform city government by pushing for the elimination of patronage and the extension of civil service examinations.
Heard of Brown v. Board of Education, for example? Early in the firm's history, Dilworth implanted a strict meritocracy, and the firm was the first in the Philadelphia area to offer a position to William Coleman, a black attorney with a Harvard law degree who had had trouble finding a position at other area firms. Coleman later became a major contributor to plaintiffs' briefs in Brown after Thurgood Marshall, then a New York attorney, recruited him to assist in the case that led to the end of racial segregation in schools. Coleman toiled at the Philadelphia firm during the day, and commuted to New York to work with Marshall on the weekends. He later became a partner at Dilworth Paxson.
In addition to helping tear down the walls of segregation in Brown, Dilworth attorneys also set about building new, friendlier ones when the firm represented Bill Levitt, the mastermind of Levittown, the country's first planned community and herald of the coming postwar suburbia building boom. Levittown came to life as World War II veterans bought houses for their families with financial assistance from the Veterans Administration and the GI Bill.
Counsel in the 21st Century
While the days of counseling the movers and shakers of the greatest generation may be fading, Dilworth has continued to adapt and expand in the 21st century. The firm still has its headquarters in Philadelphia, but its more than 100 attorneys are spread out between offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, DC. With practices in nearly every major legal arena from antitrust and healthcare law to real estate and tax law, the firm has served clients like Bank of America and the Dow Chemical Company. According to U.S. News, Dilworth is particularly strong in the Philadelphia area in corporate law and in the bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights arena.
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