PA Lawyers Who Made the 6th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100 List

Thousands of law-related blogs vie for attention from peers and prospects.  Only 100 make the coveted ABA  list each year.  Congratulations to those from PA.  To achieve this level of recognition  requires consistent effort and dedication.  The payoff is a decided elevation in name recognition.  Does it pay off in clients?  Let’s hear from those of you who’ve been nominated. 

How Appealing

As Nicholas Wagoner from Circuit Splits points out, Howard Bashman not only continues to churn out links on this appellate news-watch blog but also points readers to high-quality reporting on the subject. Bashman, practicing out of Willow Grove, Pa., also sends readers directly to federal and state court opinions so they can brush up on the latest appellate news from original sources.

Litigation & Trial

It’s a close call, but this blog from Philadelphia plaintiffs-side tort lawyer Max Kennerly is more about civil litigation and being a trial lawyer than tort law per se. Lengthy posts dig deeper than the mainstream media into the cases of the day—usually tort cases. But other posts cover First Amendment topics, law practice topics and legal news of import in Pennsylvania.


Philly Law Blog

Simple Justice’s Scott Greenfield calls Jordan Rushie and Leo Mulvihill “two kid lawyers with moxie, a sense of humor and a serious focus on what it means to start out in the practice of law.” These relatively new lawyers joined forces early this year to blog and practice in their own small shop. In posts, they (mostly Rushie) log the unwritten rules they are gradually learning from experience and other practitioners about trial practice and finding clients.



You’ve got a few more months until taxes are due, but you can read Taxgirl year-round. Philadelphian Kelly Phillips Erb blogs about taxes for Forbes, and it’s not just a personal finance blog; she also reports on political wrangling over tax legislation and tax-related news from the media. If you want to know about the tax woes of Prince and Michael Vick, Taxgirl’s your girl.


Tort Talk

Daniel E. Cummins, a frequent contributor to Pennsylvania Law Weekly, is an insurance defense attorney in Scranton, Pa. Tort Talk provides in-depth analysis of recent Pennsylvania tort cases and notes CLE events and national tort reform efforts.


You can view the list of all the nominated blogs here, and then click on the provided link to vote for ones  you like best.  Good luck to our PA bloggers.


  • By Jordan Rushie, December 26, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    It doesn’t pay off in clients, at least directly. Law blogging is a labor of love.

    But it’s fun, you get to contribute to the conversation, and you’ll meet interesting people. Sometimes these people will refer you work or want to co-counsel with you.

    Even being an ABA 100 Blawgger hasn’t made my phone ring more. Most of my clients don’t even know I have a blog.

  • By Max Kennerly, March 3, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    I’ve long argued that the primary marketing purpose of a legal blog is to have something good to show people who have been given your name by someone else. How do we as consumers evaluate, say, plumbers or doctors or accountants or new cars or new cellphones? We type the name of the person or product into Google and spend a couple minutes reading their website, then maybe looking around for third-party reviews.

    I doubt the ABA Journal mention has directly lead to any clients at all — what are the odds of, say, the administrator of an estate finding a wrongful death lawyer on the ABA Blawg 100? — but it is a marker of quality (at least with regard to the legal writing on the site) for people already looking into hiring me or my firm.

  • By Ellen, March 12, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    You’re absolutely correct. All of these recognitions do indeed tend to tip the scales in favor of one attorney versus another. I just went through this today in assisting someone search for an attorney, and the fact that one was a “Super Lawyer” and another was not, seemed to make a difference. Of course, in PA one must put some information along with the designation so that the average person is not misled as to its significance. This particular lawyer did not. When I also added that piece of information, the scale tipped in the opposite direction.

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