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Marc and Jerome Bogutz Join Wilson Elser’s Philadelphia Office; William McDevitt Moves to National Firm with Leaders of the Pennsylvania Bar

Philadelphia (July 16, 2013) – Leaders of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Marc Bogutz, co-chair of the bar’s Professional Liability Committee, and his father Jerome Bogutz, past president of the Pennsylvania Bar and former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar, have left their Philadelphia-based law firm and moved their professional liability practice to national law firm Wilson Elser.

William McDevitt, a member of their practice, has made the leap to Wilson Elser as well. The younger Bogutz and Mr. McDevitt have joined the firm as partners and the elder Bogutz has joined as of counsel.

“This team is joining a thriving national lawyers practice,” shared Jonathan Dryer, deputy regional managing partner of the Philadelphia office. “We are excited to have them join us, and look forward to their contributions both on the local level and across Wilson Elser offices nationwide. Their experience as leaders within their former firms and the legal community at-large will prove beneficial to our clients and the firm as a whole.”

In addition to representing lawyers in civil matters and disciplinary proceedings, which comprises approximately 75 percent of their practice, the team also handles liability matters on behalf of other professional disciplines including architects, engineers, agents and brokers and others. Their practice also encompasses general commercial litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage and bad faith matters.

“It was a combination of good timing and an excellent personality/cultural fit,” explained the younger Mr. Bogutz, who was chair of his former firm’s professional liability practice, a firm shareholder, and a member of the firm’s six member board of directors. “Wilson Elser provides us with a national platform from which to grow our business and the ability to offer our clients broader geographic coverage and service offerings. Our joining also provides Wilson Elser clients with a deeper bench in Philadelphia in the area of professional liability.”

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