Rudolph Clarke, LLC, a Philadelphia-area law firm, has cut ties with state Rep. Mike Zabel (D-Delaware) after allegations emerged that he sexually harassed a lobbyist four years ago.
Michael Clarke, a partner with the firm that has offices in Bucks and Montgomery County, as well as Delaware, Chester, Burlington and Philadelphia Counties, told Law.com that Zabel is no longer with the group.
Zabel had served in an of counsel capacity for the past three years with Rudolph Clarke, LLC.
The Cornell Law School defines “of counsel” as an attorney who is affiliated with a law firm, but not employed as a partner or associate. This designation often identifies a semiretired partner, an attorney who occasionally uses the office for a few clients, or one who only consults on certain matters
“The reaction at the firm is that the firm won’t tolerate this type of behavior that has been alleged against him,” Clarke said.
Rudolph Clarke lists 19 attorneys on its website, including state Reps. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), Benjamin Sanchez (D-Montgomery), and state Sens. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks), and Maria Collett (D-Montgomery).
Zabel, who was elected in 2018 to represent the 163rd District in suburban Philadelphia, was admitted to practice in 2011, and has worked a several top-tier law firms in the city.
According to LinkedIn, after spending more than a year at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, he spent six years at Cozen O’Connor, and then a year each at Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers and Rawle & Henderson before beginning his legislative career.
His bio on the previous webpage at Rudolph Clarke read that Zabel handled hundreds of criminal trials and preliminary hearings during his time as a litigator.
Zabel, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has co-sponsored bills on a range of issues, including protection from abuse hearings, guns, financial disclosure for hospitals and overtime pay.
I’m sorry but what kind of over sensitive people are you all. Seems to me he has a drinking problem that’s all. No need to throw him out of affiliations with prior law firms. I really didn’t see anything that bad in the behavior other than rubbing somebody’s back and making rude comments? I think what Barbara Keffer did as mayor of upper Darby is a lot worse! And please don’t bring Matt Gates into this because those allegations are just junk. I don’t see a need to destroy peoples career because people get a little sloppy when drinking. Usually that can be handled in a much better way than these mob attacks and cancel culture. Thank God I’m a conservative I don’t belong to the mob crowd but I’m sticking up for Mike. We also lost a good Senator from this mob style cancel culture. Meanwhile we have a guy who is supposedly our new Senator that was barely vetted (he literally has nothing other than his opinions to run on and a bad history as a mayor) and shows up in sweat pants to vote yet no one says a word. As long as you can kill your children and leave them dead in the sink at Planned Parenthood and then hit the bars on a Friday night again everything‘s OK. Right you Delco “ladies”?
I’m a bit creepy. When do pedophiles like me get run out of town?
He looks a bit creepy. When do pedophiles like Matt Gaetz get run out of town?