An impactful litigator

Mark was named 2019 Attorney of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer. This award honors an attorney who had a distinct impact on the law and the legal profession in Pennsylvania.

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A history of service

In 1996, Mark became the first attorney to simultaneously serve as President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He was also the youngest City Solicitor in the history of Philadelphia.

Fighting for equality

Mark led the Hangley Aronchick team in Whitewood v. Wolf, the case that struck down Pennsylvania's DOMA statute, paving the way for same-sex marriage.

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Mark Aronchick, a litigator and a founder and Chair Emeritus of the firm, graduated with honors in 1974 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. A past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mark was a member of Mayor William J. Green’s administration and was appointed as one of the youngest City Solicitors in the history of Philadelphia. 

In 1996, Mark became the first attorney to simultaneously serve as President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (where he has chaired the Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence.).  In the past he served as a member of the Judicial Conduct Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a member of the attorney Advisory Committee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Mark has been a member of both the Civil Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Judicial Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Bench-Bar Relations Task Force of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has served as Chair of the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. A former Treasurer and member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors, he has also co-chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Course.

Mark has lectured on trial advocacy, litigation techniques, and professional ethics. He serves on the Board of the Defender Association of Philadelphia as well as on the boards of several other civic and community organizations. He has received numerous awards and citations for leadership of civic and Jewish community organizations and for pro bono public projects. In 2019, he was honored by both the Legal Intelligencer as its “Pennsylvania Attorney of the Year” and the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of its “Best of the Bar,” in recognition of his work in several high profile litigations, including the Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Litigation.

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