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WGP Attorney Patricia Pierce Selected for Inclusion in 2017 Best Lawyers in America

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Philadelphia, PA – August 19, 2016: Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (WGP), is pleased to announce that partner Patricia Pierce was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken SC). Patricia V. Pierce was selected in the area of Employment Law – Individuals and has been named to U.S. News’ Best Lawyers every year since 1995.

Patricia V. Pierce heads the firm’s Employment Law Practice and co-chairs the Civil Rights Practice. She represents employees and consumers in individual, class and collective civil litigation in employment, civil rights and consumer protection matters. In addition, Patricia provides advice, training and representation to select small businesses and non-profit corporations in EEO and personnel matters. She is a frequent author and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and a past President of the Board of Directors of Women Organized against Rape. Patricia began her legal career as a criminal lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she represented indigent criminal defendants in matters ranging from retail theft to rape and attempted murder. She has remained committed to advocating for the rights of others, having represented victims of sexual assaults, police abuse, workplace discrimination and civil rights violations. Among her career highlights, Patricia secured a $2.5 million verdict on behalf of a sales manager who was sexually harassed at work; a $300,000 verdict for a client who was subjected to ethnic harassment; and with Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores criminal defense lawyer James Funt, a $4 million verdict against the University of Pennsylvania on behalf of a former School of Dental Medicine faculty member; as well as numerous other notable verdicts and settlements. Patricia received her undergraduate and law degrees from Rutgers College of Arts & Sciences (B.A. 1973, magna cum laude) and Rutgers School of Law (J.D. 1976, magna cum laude), respectively.

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.

Four WGP Attorneys Selected to 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

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Philadelphia, PA – May 24, 2016: Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (WGP), is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected to the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are named the Super Lawyers list.

Attorneys named to the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list:

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 state and federal criminal defense, employment law, civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, 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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Attorney Ashley E. Shapiro Selected to 2016 New Jersey Rising Stars List

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 Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (WGP), is pleased to announce that Ashley E. Shapiro has been selected to the 2016 New Jersey Rising Stars list in the areas of Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations, and DWI/DUI. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. To be eligible, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

Ashley E. Shapiro’s practice concentrates on the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations as well as Federal, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Criminal Defense matters.

Ms. Shapiro has successfully represented clients in federal and state criminal proceedings in both adult and juvenile courts. These cases have involved various types of criminal offenses, including, but not limited to, bankruptcy fraud, fraudulent appraisals, tax crimes, structuring, embezzlement, theft, weapons offenses, drug crimes, robbery, burglary and aggravated assaults. Ms. Shapiro has extensive experience in handling bail motions, plea negotiations, sentencing hearings, suppression motions, and trials. She has also assisted with numerous forfeiture matters related to large criminal cases. Ms. Shapiro has effectively defended Driving Under the Influence matters, possession of controlled substances, theft, and other misdemeanor charges in the Philadelphia Municipal Court system. Similarly, in the many NJ Municipal Courts, Ms. Shapiro has represented defendants in DWI matters, shoplifting cases, drug crimes, and other disorderly-related offenses. In addition, Ms. Shapiro has significant legal research and writing experience, having handled complex legal arguments at the trial court level and on appeal to courts such as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Shapiro was born and raised in Ventnor, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida (cum laude, 2005), where she was a scholar-athlete who double majored in Psychology and Legal Studies while a four-year member of the Division I Women’s Varsity Rowing team. She received her law degree from Florida A&M University (cum laude, 2008) and an LL.M in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2011. She is active in the Camden County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL).

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

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 state and federal criminal defense, employment law, civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, 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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Attorney Harry J. Kane, Jr. Elected to Partnership

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Attorney Harry J. Kane, Jr. Elected to Partnership

Philadelphia, PA – April 28, 2016: Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (WGP), is pleased to announce that attorney Harry J. Kane, Jr. has been elected to partnership in the firm.

Harry J. Kane, Jr. is based in the Philadelphia office and concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury litigation, employment litigation and Workers Compensation. After graduating from Georgetown University in 1985 (B.A., American Government), Harry received his law degree from Villanova Law School in 1988. At various times in his career, he has been an insurance defense attorney, a solo practitioner, in house-counsel for a public utility and a major insurance carrier. For the past nine years, Harry has practiced Plaintiffs’ work almost exclusively. This range of experiences has given Harry the ability to look at civil litigation from both sides of the courtroom and work toward the best possible result for the client.

Throughout Harry’s 27 years of experience as an attorney, he has tried dozens of cases to Jury verdict and has conducted hundreds of Arbitrations, inside and outside of the court system. Harry serves as an Arbitrator in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program, a Judge Pro Tem in the Day Forward Program, a solo neutral arbitrator in ADR proceedings and an arbitrator in UM/UIM proceedings.

Harry’s current practice involves civil litigation throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey with an emphasis on Personal Injury, Employment Litigation and Workers Compensation. Harry has successfully represented several members of Local Union 1 of the Independent Dockworkers Union (Gloucester, NJ) in both personal injury and Workers Compensation proceedings.

Founded over 20 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of state and federal criminal defense, employment law, civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, 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.

For additional information, please contact Ronald Greenblatt at 215.735.1600.

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Jury Awards Philadelphia Man Over 1 Million Dollars for being Falsely Arrested for the Homicide of a Philadelphia Police Officer

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Philadelphia, PA – April 20, 2016: A Philadelphia jury awarded $1,030,250 to Kareem Alleyne in his lawsuit against three veteran Philadelphia homicide detectives for false arrest and malicious prosecution.

The facts of the case were as follows: In 2014 Mr. Alleyne was acquitted of charges of Homicide by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter that he killed an off-duty Philadelphia policeman with his car. The Judge in the criminal case (where Mr. Alleyne was also represented by WGP Attorney James Funt) found there was insufficient evidence to charge him. He then filed this lawsuit charging the officers with deliberately withheld or failed to disclose important information damning evidence that the officer had been stalking Mr. Alleyne because he dated the officer’s former girlfriend. Of note, Mr. Alleyne’s legal team called as a witness an internet reputation expert who testified that the publicity caused by being called a “cop killer” would never go away since it was written about extensively in so many papers.

Mr. Alleyne was represented by Jamie Funt and the team of defense attorneys at Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores. The Honorable Anne Butchart presided over the trial.

Attorney Jamie Funt said, “We are so grateful to this jury for giving Mr. Alleyne his good name back. Kareem is a good, decent person who was only arrested because Mark Brady was a police officer. This verdict sends the message of how wrong the arrest in this case was.”

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.  For more information on the case, please contact Jamie Funt at 215.735.1600.

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WGP Announced as 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

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Philadelphia, PA – April 22, 2016: Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores announced as part of an extraordinary group of law firms in 2016 represented in the year’s “Best Law Firms” rankings. We are pleased to announce that Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores received recognition in the 2016 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, Engle, 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 2016. Our firm’s directory page can be viewed on The U.S. News Best Lawyers web site here. 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 was founded nearly 20 years ago.