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Former Philly Police Officer Acquitted of Love Triangle Murder Charges

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Philadelphia, PA – March 5, 2017: After serving six years in prison for wounding a man he caught in bed with his ex-wife, former Philadelphia police officer David Wade Howard was acquitted Thursday of first-degree murder, as reported by Joseph A. Slobodzian on Philly.com, “Former Philly Cop Acquitted of Love Triangle Murder Charges“.

The 53-year-old David Howard erupted in loud sobs as the foreman of the Common Pleas Court jury announced the verdict after about two hours of deliberations. As acquittals followed on conspiracy and gun charges, Howard embraced criminal defense lawyer Richard T. Bobbe III, of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt, and Flores, and then raised his right hand and formed a fist.

The quick verdict after two days of testimony appeared to be a rejection of the key witness against Howard: Alisa Davis, 40, his former girlfriend and the mother of his two children. Davis accused Howard of agreeing to kill her estranged fiancé, William Blount, 49. Her relationship with Blount soured when Howard returned to Philadelphia after being paroled from prison. Howard served about six years for a 2004 case in which he was convicted of shooting and critically wounding a Williamsport, Pennsylvania man he caught in bed with his ex-wife in her Lycoming County apartment.

Davis, however, gave three conflicting statements to detectives before implicating Howard, and on the witness stand testified in a nonchalant monotone. Davis, 40, was arrested in March 2015 and pleaded guilty nine months later to third-degree murder and conspiracy in Blount’s slaying. Davis, who did not have a plea deal with prosecutors, will be sentenced Thursday and faces 40 to 80 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman declined to comment on the verdict.

Bobbe said afterward that he expected Howard to be released from prison Thursday night.

“I’m thankful for the jury’s service,” Bobbe added. “For Mr. Howard, it’s been an odyssey of 15 months or more looking for justice, and I’m thankful he found it today.” Howard, a city police officer for 13 years before his arrest in 2004, did not testify in his defense. The jury was not told about Howard’s earlier conviction.

On Easter 2014, Blount was in the driver’s seat of his 2000 Plymouth Voyager at 2:35 a.m., parked in the 3300 block of North 18th Street in Tioga — about 25 yards from Davis’ house — when someone fired seven or eight shots through the windshield, hitting him in the head. No gun was recovered and no physical evidence linked Howard to the crime, just Davis’ testimony that she asked Blount to meet her there so Howard could ambush him.

Fairman argued that Howard returned to Philadelphia in 2011 after being paroled, hoping to reunite with Davis and their children. Instead, Howard found Davis engaged to Blount. As the relationship between Blount and Davis soured, a series of arguments involving them and Howard continued until the shooting. Fairman told the jury that Davis’ testimony was corroborated by phone records and text messages between her and Howard.

Bobbe, however, argued that contemporaneous text messages between Davis and another hopeful suitor meant that man could also have been the shooter.

Founded over 20 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of criminal, employment, personal injury, civil rights, and family law. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information on the firm or its attorneys, please see gpffstaging.wpengine.com or contact Ronald Greenblatt at 215.735.1600.

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Pennsylvania Minor Sues Apple for Serious Injuries When iPhone 5 Exploded

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Philadelphia, PA – February 7, 2017: After a Pennsylvania minor’s Apple iPhone 5 allegedly exploded in his pants pocket nearly a year ago, Apple is being sued for the serious injuries he allegedly suffered due to the incident.

The plaintiff is represented by personal injury attorney Harry J. Kane Jr. of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, in Philadelphia. Mr. Kane commented, “We intend to hold Apple accountable for their actions in failing to make this product safe. People expect that when they buy a cell phone, it won’t explode in their pocket. We look forward to our day in court.”

Kyler Mowery of Orwigsburg (legally represented by his mother Joni Mowery) filed suit on January 19th in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, against Apple, Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif.

“On or about Feb. 22, 2016, plaintiff was injured when the subject phone exploded in his pocket due to a defective condition of the phone and/or its battery, thereby sustaining serious and permanent injuries more fully set forth herein,” the suit reads. Mowery believes Apple failed to design the phone to operate properly or warn customers of the possible risk of the phone exploding, among a number of other allegations, and claims to have suffered severe burns, internal injuries, nervous system shock, aches, pains, mental anxiety and anguish, and other injuries in the accident.

For charges of negligence and strict liability, the plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages not in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs of suit.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170103755. Case Update published on The Penn Record on March 14, 2017: Counsel for Apple says exploding phone lawsuit should be heard in Schuylkill County

Founded over 20 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of criminal, employment, personal injury, civil rights, and family law. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information on the firm or its attorneys, please see gpffstaging.wpengine.com or contact Ronald Greenblatt at 215.735.1600.

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Temple University Settles with Ousted Provost Dr. Hai-Lung Dai

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Philadelphia, PA – January 21, 2017: Temple University has reached a settlement with previously ousted provost Hai-Lung Dai and he will be coming back to the university.  Dr. Dai will be returning as vice president for international affairs. The settlement also states that the sexual harassment complaint against him could not be substantiated and holds him harmless for a shortfall in the university’s merit scholarship budget, a spokesman for the board of trustees confirmed, as reported by Susan Snyder of Philly.com.

There is also a monetary settlement, but Temple University officials would not release details. Dr. Dai declined to comment on the settlement, but said he was pleased with the terms of the agreement. “The most important thing is that my name is cleared,” Dai said Friday. “And also I am certainly excited about the continuing opportunity for me to serve the mission of educating students.”

Then-Temple president Neil D. Theobald abruptly removed Dai from his post in June, amid a growing rift between them as concerns mounted over a $22 million shortfall in the merit aid budget for 2016-17. The board subsequently took a vote of no confidence in Theobald, holding him responsible for the shortfall and setting a date for a termination vote. Theobald subsequently resigned.

Kevin Feeley, the board spokesman, said at that time that Theobald had sent an email to university officials suggesting that he removed Dai because of sexual harassment allegations. The board appointed a committee to look into the harassment complaint.

Dai at the time decried the allegations as “complete and utter fabrications” and said, “I will not rest or retreat until I have pursued every avenue available to me, including through a court of law, to restore my good name.” As part of a three-paragraph statement Friday, Temple University said an independent firm investigated the complaint and could not substantiate it.

Dr. Dai was represented by employment attorney Patricia Pierce of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC in Philadelphia [who] said in response to the outcome “It was our honor to represent Dr. Dai. It was our mission to see his good name restored and see him continue his good work at Temple. Mission accomplished!”

The university statement said the scholarship budget shortfall was the result of “the unanticipated popularity and success” of the program. “This program, together with other initiatives implemented by the university in recent years, had a positive impact on applications, enrollment, diversity, and student success,” the statement said.

Dai was particularly pleased about that part of the statement. Although the university overspent on the scholarship program, the program brought more talented students to the university, which ultimately boosted the university’s overall budget, he said.

Feeley said the university continues to hold Theobald responsible for not informing the board early on about the shortfall in its budget. The university only had positive words for Dai on Friday.  “We are grateful to Dr. Dai for his distinguished service to Temple, and we welcome him back to our administrative team in his new role,” the university statement said.

Dr. Dai, a chemist, has been on campus doing his work as a research professor. He said he would talk with Temple president Richard Englert about a date to begin his new vice presidential role. His prior job of provost is now filled by JoAnne A. Epps, the former law school dean.

Dr. Dai said he was grateful for support from the board of trustees, faculty, and students throughout the ordeal. “They have shown great moral courage and judgment in the entire matter,” he said. “I’m very grateful for that.”

Richard T. Bobbe III Joins Firm as Senior Associate

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PHILADELPHIA, PA. December 8, 2016: Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (WGP), is pleased to announce that criminal defense attorney Richard T. Bobbe III has joined the firm as a senior associate.

Richard T. Bobbe III is a trial attorney with nearly two decades of experience in criminal law. Mr. Bobbe has tried virtually every variety of criminal case from drug possession to homicide and he has successfully represented individuals in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he successfully handle literally thousands of cases.  Mr. Bobbe then worked at a civil law firm, where he handled professional malpractice (legal and medical), fraud investigations, defense of automobile personal injury cases from inception through trial, including arbitrations and mediations. For the past 8 years he has been President of Richard T. Bobbe III, LLC, where he has handled a variety of criminal and civil litigation matters.

Mr. Bobbe currently serves on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Chapter Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia District Attorney Alumni Association. He earned his law degree in 1999 from Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was President of the SBA and served on the Board of Trustees, and was a founding member of the Dickinson Rugby Football Club. He received his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1994.

Founded over 20 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of criminal, employment, civil, and family law. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information on the firm or its attorneys, please see gpffstaging.wpengine.com  or contact Ronald Greenblatt at 215.735.1600.

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WGP Announced as 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

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Philadelphia, PA – December 1, 2016: Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores announced as part of an extraordinary group of law firms in 2017 represented in the year’s “Best Law Firms” rankings.

We are pleased to announce that Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores received recognition in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings for the fourth time. The rankings are defined by practice area both nationally and by metropolitan areas. For the fourth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have included Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores within the ranks of the best law firms in the country based on evaluations from clients and lawyers, as well as a review of additional information provided by the firms. Attorney Patricia Pierce was also included in the Best Lawyers for 2017.

Our firm’s directory page can be viewed on The U.S. News Best Lawyers web site.

Our firm was included in the following practice areas within the Philadelphia region:

  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

To learn more about how the U.S. News Best Law Firms are selected, please click here for more information.

We are honored by the recognition and continue looking forward to serving our clients with the same level of service and experience as we have since our firm’s inception over 25 years ago.

Founded over 25 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of criminal, employment, civil, and family law. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information on the firm or its attorneys, please see gpffstaging.wpengine.com or contact Ronald Greenblatt at 215.735.1600.

Firm Opens Office in Atlantic City

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Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (WGP), is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The office location is 1616 Pacific Avenue, Suite 316. Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Phone: (609) 246-7944.

The firm also has major offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey and has been handling criminal and civil matters in NJ for over twenty (20) years. According to Managing Partner Ronald Greenblatt, “It is because our practice at the Shore has grown so much, we felt the need to open this office so we can better serve our clients. When we decided to open our Shore location, there was no better choice than Atlantic City in the historic Schultz-Hill Building.  Atlantic City is the heart and soul of the Jersey Shore. While we know that this fine city is struggling now, we look forward to being a part of another Atlantic City comeback.”

The firm has deep ties to the Atlantic City Community. Ron Greenblatt lived on Sovereign Avenue as a child and worked at Resorts Casino while he was in college. Patricia Pierce was raised in Cumberland County and now resides in Cape May County. Firm associate, Ashley Shapiro, graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2001, where she was on the Crew Team before going on to be a Division 1 college rower.

Founded over 20 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of criminal, employment, civil, and family law. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information on the firm or its attorneys, please see gpffstaging.wpengine.com  or contact Ronald Greenblatt at 215.735.1600.

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