Welsh & Recker Bolsters Preeminent Bench of Courtroom Attorneys

June 1, 2023

Samuel Silver and Bruce Merenstein join the firm as Partners

PHILADELPHIA, PA —Welsh & Recker, historically Philadelphia’s leading white collar defense firm, broadens its reach by adding Samuel W. Silver and Bruce P. Merenstein as partners. Their collective 60 years of trial and appellate experience will deepen Welsh & Recker’s roster of accomplished trial attorneys, cementing the firm’s reputation as Phil­­adelphia’s premiere boutique firm of courtroom lawyers.

Merenstein officially began at Welsh & Recker on May 1and Silver will officially join on June 1. Silver and Merenstein join the firm from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia.

Silver has extensive trial experience in both civil and criminal cases, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a former chair of Schnader’s Litigation Department. In addition to his broad civil and criminal caseload, which has ranged from toxic torts to corporate disputes and has included representing professional equestrians, his career has featured several prominent pro bono endeavors, including death penalty cases and cases involving claims of wrongful convictions. He is the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, teaches at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and regularly serves on the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. 

Merenstein is the former chair of Schnader’s Appellate Practice Group, and has handled hundreds of appeals in federal and state court. His extensive appellate work and related trial counseling runs the gamut of civil and criminal matters, covering everything from commercial disputes and constitutional litigation to bankruptcy cases and habeas appeals. A former clerk to the late Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he also has resolved hundreds of discovery and other protracted disputes in his capacity as a court-appointed special master.

“We remain committed to providing unparalleled representation for our clients, with our experience, willingness and ability to defend them in court,” said Catherine M. Recker, co-founding partner of Welsh & Recker and member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers. “Sam and Bruce are formidable litigators with sterling courtroom reputations. We are thrilled to welcome them to our team.”

Silver noted, “We have been close with Bob Welsh and Katie Recker for years. Their firm is a group of extremely talented lawyers who have enjoyed a high level of success in the courtroom. In addition to being a great opportunity to work in a boutique environment with a sophisticated array of both civil and criminal cases, joining them presents a rare opportunity for the sort of close collaboration among trusted friends and colleagues that produces the best results for clients. We look forward to the challenge and the sheer enjoyment that this combination promises.”

“Sam and I are excited to join the only go-to courtroom firm of its size in Philadelphia. The matters that Welsh & Recker’s lawyers handle are complex and important, and our experience in collaborating with them over the past decade has been very positive,” added Merenstein.

About Welsh & Recker

Founded in 1996, Welsh & Recker is one of the preeminent trial and appellate firms in Philadelphia and the surrounding region, specializing in white collar defense and government investigations, parallel civil fraud and fraud adjacent matters, and complex and high-stakes civil litigation. Welsh & Recker’s experienced team of trial and appellate attorneys takes a courtroom-focused approach to defending clients in all manner of criminal and regulatory cases, including bank, tax, securities and healthcare fraud, public corruption, money laundering, RICO violations, environmental crime, antitrust matters, and trade and export violations.  Our attorneys also have decades of experience in representing clients in significant civil matters ranging from products liability and mass torts to intellectual property and other commercial disputes.

Welsh & Recker is a certified Women Owned Business enterprise. For more information, please visit www.welshrecker.com.



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