Celebrating Twenty Years ... Reflections from the Founders of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
Philadelphia, PA (August 10, 2010) – Twenty years ago, the condition of the environment was of some interest but nothing like it is today. Only visionaries would have thought they could base an entire law practice on the subject. And, those visionaries are thrilled that today they are about to celebrate twenty-one years of a practice that continues to grow and maintain its original principles.
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, the highly recognized Bala Cynwyd and Cherry Hill boutique law firm, concentrates its practice on environment, energy and land use law and litigation. The seeds for an environmental practice really were sown in the early 1970s when Joseph M. Manko and Marc E. Gold were lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency Middle Atlantic Region based in Philadelphia. They joined with Bruce S. Katcher to form an Environmental Department at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen in the late-70s. Finally, the germ of a stand-alone practice took root in September, 1989, founded by Manko, Gold and Katcher, with strong impetus from then five-year attorney Robert D. Fox. They and the balance of the Wolf Block department, all for various reasons including dissatisfaction with a large firm management philosophy, decided to leave Wolf Block and form their own firm with philosophies that fit their professional and personal needs. Marc Gold laughs when he says, "Our vision was to create an environmental law firm, and people thought we were crazy for even considering it."