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Two Schnader Attorneys Are Honored With a 2008 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award

On May 28, 2008 by Schnader in News

May 28, 2008 – Philadelphia, PA: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is proud to announce that Carl A. Solano and Keith E. Whitson are each recipients a 2008 Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Pro Bono Award in recognition of their respective records and dedication to pro bono work and public service.

“We are very proud of Carl and Keith and on behalf of the Firm, would like to congratulate both of them on this great honor,” said Chairman Ralph Wellington. “The on-going effort by both Carl and Keith to pursue pro bono projects and to include public service as part of their respective practices reflects and represents the ideals of our Firm, and especially those of two of our founders, Earl Harrison and Bernie Segal. Their commitment to pro bono work should serve as a model for all young attorneys.”

The PBA Pro Bono Awards – a program that is now in its 21st year – are presented annually to lawyers who have shown a strong and on-going commitment to the cause of pro bono and have worked to provide free legal services to those in need. The 2008 Pro Bono Awards were announced at the PBA Annual Pro Bono Conference, which was held in Harrisburg in connection with the PBA Day on the Hill at the beginning of May. The awards will be presented at the PBA Annual Meeting on June 5, 2008, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Solano, who is a member of Schnader’s Appellate Practice Group, and chair of the Firm’s Communications and Media Practice Group, has been practicing law, with a primary focus on appellate matters, for 30 years. His active appellate and motions practice involves most fields of substantive law, and he appears in federal and state courts throughout the United States and, most frequently, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and all three appellate courts of Pennsylvania. A leader in the field, he is the incoming Chair of the PBA’s Appellate Advocacy Committee, often writes and serves as a speaker on a wide range of appellate topics, and recently served as a contributing author to the Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, published in 2007. Mr. Solano’s First Amendment practice focuses primarily on advice and the defense of communications companies in libel and privacy matters, which he handles in both trial and appellate courts. He is has been consistently recognized by the publishers of Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice and First Amendment law, and by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for appellate practice.

Mr. Whitson is the chair of the Firm’s Products Liability Practice Group, and focuses his practice on general commercial litigation, product liability litigation and environmental law. Within these areas of practice, he also has broad experience in bankruptcy litigation and insurance coverage disputes. He also serves on the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Active within the professional community, he serves on the Court Rules Committee and the Gender Equality Task Force of the Allegheny County Bar Association; he is also a member of the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Whitson is also an active leader in the larger regional community, serving on the board of the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross. In 2005, he was named a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by the publishers of Super Lawyers and Law & Politics.


Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is a law firm of 200 attorneys with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, California, Washington, DC, New Jersey and Delaware. Schnader serves local, national and international clients ranging from large corporations to start-ups and entrepreneurs to individual clients in more than 40 areas of the law. In addition to the firm’s traditional strengths in complex litigation, commercial transactions, wealth management, and family law, the firm has significant experience and depth in intellectual property, international commerce and labor laws, financial services, construction law, real estate development, corporate governance, appellate services, technology-based companies, media and communications, government relations and regulatory affairs, aviation issues, business reorganization, and securities and shareholder litigation. For more information visit or contact Caroline M. Brobeil, Public Relations Manager for the firm.

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