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Arthur Makadon L’67 passes away at 70

July 24, 2013

Arthur Makadon L’67, one of the most prominent litigators in Philadelphia and a lecturer at the Law School, who served as a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers and Penn Trustee, died Tuesday. He was 70.

Makadon was chairman of the Center City law firm Ballard Spahr LLP from 2002 to 2011, where he developed the firm’s premier litigation practice. He was a principal adviser to Ed Rendell as mayor and governor and also served as chief assistant district attorney to Arlen Specter.

Makadon graduated from the Law School cum laude, served as editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

“Arthur was a superb lawyer and great friend of the Law School,” said Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts. “He taught trial advocacy for many years and inspired a generation of future leaders of the Philadelphia bar. He will be deeply missed.”

The Arthur Makadon Appellate Advocacy Program at the Law School was established in his honor by Ballard Spahr. It helps fund faculty who teach appellate advocacy as well as students who compete in national moot court competitions.

Makadon focused his legal practice on litigation, white collar defense, and internal corporate investigations. At the Law School, he taught a course on Conducting Internal Investigations as recently as last spring.

“Arthur was as fine a litigator as the firm has ever seen,” said Mark S. Stewart, L’82, who succeeded Makadon as Ballard Spahr chairman. “He was tenacious and possessed of uncommon wisdom and impeccable judgment.” 

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