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.