August 30, 2011

Transportation Law Update, Volume 12, Number 8


Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Abeel and Gary N. Stewart were named 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine. The process started with thousands of ballots being sent to attorneys in Pennsylvania and then practice-specific “Blue Ribbon” panels reviewed the selections and listed the nominees with the highest scores.  The attorneys chosen represent the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania.

Timothy J. Abeel has defended transportation companies in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware for more than 30 years.  Tim has the distinction of being one of only 12 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the Transportation practice area. He established Rawle & Henderson’s largest practice group, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Section, which currently has 25 attorneys. Tim was one of the founders of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) and he served as President of TIDA in 2000-2001. From 1994 to 2003, he was a member of the TIDA Board of Directors.  His clients include some of the largest transportation companies and insurers of commercial motor vehicles in the United States.  Tim is a member of the Executive Committee of Rawle & Henderson LLP.

Gary N. Stewart is the resident partner in our Harrisburg office. Gary concentrates his practice in the area of commercial motor vehicle defense and has defended cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island as well as before the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the District of Massachusetts, the District of Rhode Island, the District of Connecticut and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits. He has also been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2007, 2009 and 2010.


Marc F. Ullom and Scott F. Griffith presented a program on the U.S. Constitution to fifty students and several teachers from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School on May 25, 2011. The Constitution Program was held at Laurel Hill Mansion, the restored summer home of the Rawle family on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The event was hosted by the Women for Greater Philadelphia (, stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion. The mansion is owned and maintained as a historic landmark.

Marc and Scott began with a discussion on the Constitution. They spoke about William Rawle, who founded Rawle & Henderson in 1783. They described Rawle’s family and detailed his role in the early Republic. Marc and Scott looked at the Constitution from a historical perspective and covered key topics such as: the need for our first ten amendments to the Constitution; religion and government; freedom of speech and the press; the legal system and lawyers; and the right to keep and bear arms.  In addition, Scott discussed some current issues and cases relating to the Bill of Rights, particularly the first two amendments.

The program was received enthusiastically, and students and adult attendees indicated they were very appreciative for the knowledge they gained.

For more information please contact Marc at or Scott at

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