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Arlin M. Adams

Retired Partner
T 215-751-2072
    Mr. Adams has a diversified litigation and appellate practice and has handled numerous complex litigation matters. He has extended knowledge of class action litigation and punitive damage matters. Before becoming counsel to the firm, he served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1987. His professional and civic leadership has been evident throughout the length of his distinguished career, and in 2001, Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna to honor his many achievements. The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship on Constitutional Law in his honor in 2005.

    AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

    Governmental Service
    In 1995, Mr. Adams was appointed by the court as trustee in the New Era bankruptcy case, the largest nonprofit bankruptcy in history at that time. Earlier, he was appointed by then-Gov. Casey as chair of the commission investigating the prison riot at Camp Hill. Thereafter, he served as the Chapter 11 Trustee in the Coram Healthcare Corporation successful reorganization in the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. He also served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission and was a member of the board of the Federal Judicial Center. He was secretary of public welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1966.

    Investigatory Appointments
    From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Adams served as independent counsel in regard to the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 1994 to 1995, he conducted an investigation of the Pennsylvania attorney general for alleged criminal activity and for Fox Chase Cancer Center for allegations of improper medical research. He has served on many other investigatory panels and counsel appointments.

    COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

    • The William Penn Foundation, trustee
    • University of Pennsylvania, trustee
    • The Philadelphia Museum of Art, honorary director
    • Einstein Medical Center, chair
    • American Philosophical Society, past president
    • The Philadelphia Diagnostic Center, chair
    • Annenberg Research Institute, chair
    • The Constitution Center, trustee
    • Bryn Mawr College, trustee

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    Education

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1947
    • Temple University, B.S., Highest Honors, 1941

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    • Pennsylvania Superior Court
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    • Commonwealth Court

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania, 1947

    Clerkships

    • Chief Justice Horace Stern, Pennsylvania Supreme Court

    Professional Affiliations

    • Judicial Fellows Commission, U.S. Supreme Court,former chair
    • American Bar Foundation, member
    • American Bar Association, House of Delegates
    • American Bar Association, former chair of the Trade Association Committee
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, judge, 1969-1987
    • American Judicature Society, former president
    • American Law Institute, member
    • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, past trustee
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, past chancellor
    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, faculty member, 1956-1956
    • American Institute of Banking, faculty member

    Other Distinctions

    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for appellate law, arbitration, and mediation, 2005-2014
    • Named "Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year for Mediation" by The Best Lawyers in America, 2012
    • American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Award for Distinguished Public Service, 2011
    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Arlin M. Adams Professorship on Constitutional Law, established by University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation, 2005
    • Noted as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" for appellate law, 2004-2010
    • The James Wilson Award, Law Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania, 2001
    • Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna, established by Susquehanna University, 2001
    • Philadelphia Bar Association Bar Medal, 1999
    • University of Pennsylvania, Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1998
    • The Philadelphia Award, highest honor for community service in the Delaware Valley, 1997
    • Villanova University, Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1987
    • U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1945