October 2016

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - An Excellent Model For Ethical Practice

The lawyers at the Locks Law Firm are single-minded in their dedication and devotion to zealous representation of our clients. However, we also believe that in the course of our zealous advocacy of our clients, it is important that we scrupulously adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct, which is the code of ethics that governs all aspects of an attorney’s practice. I have always believed that it is possible to get great results for my clients and yet not cross the border into any practices which even remotely seem to be unprofessional or lack an ethical foundation.

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Attorney or Counsellor?

As I was replacing some of my business cards in my wallet this morning, I noticed the words “Attorney At Law” beneath my name.  In itself this wasn’t surprising, since I have been actively practicing law for nearly 25 years, but it got me to thinking: am I more “attorney” at law, or “counsellor” at law?  And: is there a difference?


In the not-so-distant past, families had a trusted lawyer, a counsellor, who administered to all or most of the family’s legal needs.  That lawyer wrote wills, managed real estate transactions, advised about business ventures and handled criminal and other matters as they arose.  Often, the lawyer would be called on discuss other sensitive matters, and asked to offer advice on the best way to proceed.

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Locks Law in the Philadelphia Business Journal and Honored by The Sierra Group

Today, Locks Law Firm was honored to receive the Summit Award for employers of distinction, providing opportunities for people with disabilities from The Sierra Group. We are the inaugural winner of this award and are proud of the partnership with have formed with The Sierra Group, offering internships and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


October is National Disability Awareness Month. To learn more about how you can support those with disabilities, contact the Sierra Group ( To learn more about our partnership with them, please see the attached article from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Andrew DuPont Participates in an International Asbestos Conference in Brazil

On October 6, 2016 I was honored to speak at the Seminario Internacional do Amianto: Uma Abordagem Socio-Juridica (International Asbestos Conference: An Approach to Social Justice) in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference brought together doctors, attorneys, prosecutors, judges, scientists and victims advocates from Brazil, Portugal, Italy, the United States and other countries, in order to discuss the health hazards of asbestos, asbestos civil and criminal actions in various national and international legal systems and the efforts to ban the mining and use of asbestos in Brazil.

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