2020 Vault Rankings
About Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP operates from nine offices in California; Delaware; New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and internationally in Jakarta.
Schnader was founded in Philadelphia in 1935 by three of today’s four named partners—including former Pennsylvania Attorney General William A. Schnader and his assistant Deputy Attorney General, Bernard G. Segal. Francis A. Lewis rounded out the trio until Earl G. Harrison joined the firm in 1948, making it a quartet. The firm was founded with a “service” mentality that remains a guiding principle to this day. The firm also boasts a historic role in the development of laws such as the Uniform Commercial Code and Uniform Probate Code.
Representing Clients from Artsy to Athletic
Offering a full array of legal services, Schnader serves clients in the art, aviation, communications and media, construction, health care, higher education, insurance, railroad, retail, and sports industries, among others. The firm touts itself as an expert at working with middle-market corporate clients thanks to its understanding of the unique needs of these companies: issues like tight margins, expansion, and staffing.
Schnader has some big accomplishments when it comes to its more niche industry practices. In the art world, the firm has represented clients in multi-million-dollar art finance deals—for example, helping a client craft a loan secured by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol pieces—and in disputes, such as representing artist Patrick Cariou in the highly publicized copyright fair use lawsuit Cariou v. Prince. When it comes to sports, Schnader has made its mark by defending major universities in trademark infringement suits, representing the Oakland Athletics Baseball Club in state and bankruptcy courts, and defending national fitness and sports equipment companies in products liability lawsuits. In the railroad industry, the firm has a long history of representing major railway companies, and recently achieved a U.S. Supreme Court victory that changed the landscape of Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) jurisprudence.
Pro Bono Roots
The firm’s founding partners shared a vision of giving back to the community and providing ample pro bono legal services. Between the four of them, the founders filled roles in the Philadelphia Bar Association and American Bar Association, founded the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, chaired the American Bar Association Bill of Rights Committee, and served as directors of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. The culture of giving didn’t end with the firm’s founders. Schnader has secured a long list of pro bono victories, including successful overturns of wrongful murder convictions and death penalty sentences. The firm also advises nonprofit organizations nationwide such as private foundations, philanthropic trusts, universities, and community-based organizations through its cost-conscious nonprofit practice group.
1600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7286
Managing Partner: Nicholas J. LePore, III
Co-Managing Partner: Theresa E. Loscalzo
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250
The firm has an online self-apply system. Please see the firm’s site for more information: https://www.schnader.com/careers/.
Cherry Hill, NJ
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Wilmington, DE I Jakarta (affiliated office)
Tax & Wealth Management
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.