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The Association provides for four classes of membership. Regular, Young Lawyer, Privileged and Government. Membership is limited to individuals and cannot be vested in firms or partnerships and applicants must be sponsored by two Regular Members.

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Daniel Ferhat, President

Daniel Ferhat, President

The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) is a local defense bar organization that acts as a voice for its members and the clients they serve on emerging issues of interest.


It was shortly after World War II that Attorney Ralph Croskey led a movement of prominent Philadelphia defense lawyers to form an organization as a social club for those practicing in tort and insurance law.

Minutes of those organizational days and the days that followed are lost in history, but recollections from members of today's defense bar have Mr. Croskey as first president and the guiding force of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) for some 20 years.

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