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William T. Hangley
William T. Hangley, a trial lawyer, is a founder and the former Chair of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.His trial practice includes First Amendment, antitrust, intellectual property, estates, franchise, environmental, construction, employment, securities, attorney malpractice, and general business cases.
Attorney Malpractice defense accounts for approximately 20 percent of Bill's caseload.
A 1966 graduate cum laude of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Bill was Comment Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.He holds a BS in music from SUNY College at Fredonia and taught elementary school vocal music in another life.By appointment of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Bill served on the on the United States Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules for six years, completing his service in 2012.
Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and served a two-year term as Chair of the College's Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence.
For the past several years, he has served on the College's Task Force on Discovery and the Civil Justice System.
Over the years, he has served on various College committees and task forces including the Pennsylvania State Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Importance of an Independent Judiciary.
In 2002, on behalf of the College, Bill wrote and published the College's attack on the appellate trend toward "unpublished," "non-precedential," or "uncitable" opinions (see "Opinions Hidden," below), and later testified on behalf of the College before the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules in support of then-proposed Fed.
The Standing Committee of the Judicial Conference cited and quoted "Opinions Hidden" in submitting the proposed new rule to the United States Supreme Court for consideration.
Bill is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute.He served two terms as a member and ultimately Chairman of the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Board.He is a Master of the Bench of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court.
By appointment of the Board of Judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Bill served as a Judge Pro Tem of that court during a crash program to reduce docket backlog in that court.He presided over jury and nonjury trials.
Bill is a member of the Advisory Committee of Community Legal Services, has been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and has served in the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates.Bill served a three-year term as a member of the Council (the governing body) of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.During his long involvement in Section leadership he has chaired several committees and task forces (Civil Procedure, Merit Selection, Discovery, Training the New Lawyer, and others).He is currently the Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Task Force of the Section.
Beginning with its first edition, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has named Bill as one of five or six Band One Commercial Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.
He has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as one of a handful of "Bet Your Company" Pennsylvania trial lawyers.
Bill is consistently named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
Bill has been identified every year in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 10 lawyers in Pennsylvania, and he is often in the top three.
He is also named annually in Who's Who Legal and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, as one of Pennsylvania's top five business trial lawyers.
Who's Who in America, 1995 - Present
William T. Hangley, a Co-Founder of the firm and its Chair since its inception, said: "Letting go of the reins of leadership is a little bit scary, particularly in these challenging times for law firms, but Mark Aronchick has been great in everything he has tried.
Hangley will continue his bet-the-company trial practice, and he will continue to serve on the firm's Board of Directors.
"I hope to build on the great leadership that Bill Hangley provided over the past nineteen years," said Aronchick, "and I look forward to working with Ron Schiller and David Pudlin.
As the firm celebrates its 19th anniversary this month, it looks back on its remarkable growth and success under Bill Hangley's leadership.
Founded in 1994 with 16 lawyers and 25 total employees, the firm has grown to 47 attorneys and over 100 total employees in four offices.
The firm cherishes its unique culture of uncompromising high standards, a collegial atmosphere and a commitment to the community through pro bono work and civic engagement.
At the same time that it has maintained these qualities, it also has had great financial success, and in each of the past three years it enjoyed record revenues and profits.
"When Bill Hangley, Mark Aronchick, Dan Segal and I founded the firm in 1994, we wanted to establish a culture of excellence in an environment in which each attorney could feel secure about his or her long-range future, and I am delighted that we have achieved that goal," said David Pudlin.
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia - About Cls / CLS' 2011 Leadership Council
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