Magna Legal Services Second Annual “Chopped” Legal Competition Returns to Atlantic City

Four top attorneys battle in mock trial competition to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, September 23, 2014 — After the success of last year’s program, Magna Legal Services is bringing back their “Chopped” mock trial competition during Magna’s 7th annual Atlantic City “Streamlining Relationships with Outside Counsel” event. Taking place November 12th and 13th at The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, four trial attorneys will once again battle it out in a mock trial setting, presenting their best argument to a panel of judges.

Consisting of claims executives and in-house counsel from Fortune 500 companies, the judges will provide feedback on the effectiveness of the presentations, and after each phase of the trial they will vote and “chop” a lawyer from the competition, leaving one ultimate champion. The attorneys will compete to win up to $5,000.00 in donations made in their firm’s name to CHOP (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).

Ted Schaer of Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy PC will be returning to defend his title after winning the judges’ votes in the first Magna CHOPPED competition. Ted will be challenged this year by three new competitors; Kelly Waters of Coughlin Duffy LLP, Stuart Miller of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, and Daniel Shapiro of Cole Scott & Kissane, PA have all stepped up to the challenge with the hope of winning the grand prize share of donations on behalf of their firms.

“We were not surprised by the success of last year’s competition. Attorneys can overdose on panel discussion CLE’s every day, including weekends. What most CLE programs lack is the entertainment factor, and that’s what we are delivering; suspense, drama, laughs and education. It is also an honor and privilege to be raising money for the deserving kids at CHOP,” said Peter Hecht, Magna’s Executive Vice President of Business Development. “I know that this year’s production will be an even greater success because we have four legends in the legal industry competing and I know our education chair, Richard Fabian, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Director of Litigation at The RiverStone Companies will be dreaming up another dynamic fact pattern with wicked twists for each phase of the competition.”

For more information regarding this event or to register to attend, please call Elaina Tancredi at (866) 624-6221 or [email protected].

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Peter Hecht
Executive Vice President Sales
Magna Legal Services
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