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Rawle & Henderson Expands Regional Practice.

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 4, 1998--Rawle & Henderson, the Nation's oldest law firm, has announced that five litigators from Palmer Biezup & Henderson have joined the Firm.

Heading the group of newcomers is Timothy J. Abeel, a partner, who focuses his practice on the defense of trucking companies and their insurers, and maritime law, in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

David P. Thompson has also joined Rawle & Henderson as a partner. He focuses his practice on maritime law, insurance coverage disputes and commercial motor vehicle defense in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

Also joining the Firm's transportation practice group are former Palmer Biezup & Henderson associates Jon M. Dumont, James J. Musial and James E. Prendergast.

According to Rawle & Henderson Chairman James C. Stroud, "We are pleased to add these experienced litigators to our Firm. The new group's capabilities not only strengthen our Firm in the areas of trucking defense, maritime law, and insurance coverage, but also expand the regional reach of our practice into New York, Delaware and Maryland."

This is Rawle & Henderson's second acquisition in the past year. In August of 1997, twelve litigators with practices in aviation, business & commercial litigation, and employment law, joined Rawle & Henderson from LaBrum & Doak.

Abeel has defended trucking companies and shipowners for over 20 years in the Courts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. He is a founding member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

He is also Vice Chair of the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and he is a member of the American Trucking Association Litigation Center, the Trucking Law Subcommittee of the Defense Research Institute, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association and the Transportation Lawyer's Association.

Additionally, Abeel has been a member of the Maritime Law Association since 1977 and he serves on the MLA's Maritime Personnel Committee which monitors developments in maritime personal injury law.

Abeel noted that, "By joining Rawle & Henderson, our group has gained additional resources and personnel not previously available to us. We will now be able to provide more complete service to our clients on a regional basis."

Abeel's clients include self-insured trucking companies, insurers which specialize in underwriting risks in transportation, and marine insurers.

Thompson is an honors graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. He has sailed aboard U.S. flag tankers, container ships, and general cargo vessels. He held a Third Mate's license from the U.S. Coast Guard. He also attended the College of Insurance in New York prior to his graduation from Fordham Law School in 1987.

Thompson is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the New Jersey Motor Truck Association and the Delaware Motor Truck Association. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

Dumont is a 1993 graduate of Villanova Law School who has defended private and public bus and transit authorities in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. He is a member of the Traffic Club of Philadelphia and the Maritime Law Association.

Musial graduated cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 1993. He served as law clerk for the Honorable Calvin E. Smith of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas during 1993-94. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association and the Philadelphia, American, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Associations.

Prendergast is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law who served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia from 1992 to1994. He served on the Board of Directors of the the Northeast Philadelphia Victim Witness Association in 1993 and 1994.

His background in criminal law allows him to represent trucking companies and their drivers in criminal prosecution. His practice also includes insurance fraud litigation.

Rawle & Henderson, founded in 1783, is a litigation firm dedicated to the areas of products liability; transportation (aviation, maritime and trucking); business and commercial litigation; professional liability; environmental; construction; workers compensation; insurance coverage and employment relations. The Firm has offices in Philadelphia, Marlton, N.J. and New York.

 CONTACT: Rawle & Henderson
 James C. Stroud, Esq., 215/575-4305
 Jane K. Stimmler (Agency), 610/446-1700


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