Dilworth Paxson Announces New Leadership Team


June 25, 2018 (Philadelphia, PA) — Dilworth Paxson LLP is pleased to announce that partners Patrick Northen and Brett Wiltsey have been appointed as the firm’s Co-Chief Operating Officers. Northen and Wiltsey will join Dilworth’s senior leadership team for a four-year term.  James Hennessey, who has served as COO for the last eight years, will return on a full-time basis to his litigation practice and remain on the leadership team for the balance of 2018.

“For the past 8 years, Jim Hennessey has been a confident and capable hand at the tiller, keeping our organization on a steady course through often unpredictable waters, and we owe him a profound debt of gratitude for his exemplary service in this challenging role,” said Dilworth CEO and Chairman Ajay Raju.  “In Pat and Brett we find two colleagues who share the same traits we have so deeply valued in Jim, and who will undoubtedly bring their own perspectives and ideas to bear as we approach the third decade of this new century.”

Patrick Northern, Co-Chief Operating Officer; Senior Leadership Team Member; Litigation Department Operating Committee

Northern concentrates his practice on commercial and complex civil litigation.  He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving shareholder litigation, equipment lease financing litigation, appellate litigation and prosecuting and defending other breach of contract and commercial tort cases.

Brett Wiltsey, Co-Chief Operating Officer; Senior Leadership Team Member

Wiltsey counsels clients in litigation strategy, real estate development, tax credits and financial incentives and government relations.  His financial services practice includes guidance to regional and national financial institutions in litigation concerning Articles 3, 4 and 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code, Federal Regulation E, consumer fraud, fraudulent endorsements and similar litigation matters, as well as workout, bankruptcy, and the drafting of loan and loan modification documents.

Northen and Wiltsey will continue their client-facing roles, in addition to taking on their new COO responsibilities.






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