of Common Pleas and, by appointment
of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice
John Roberts, is one of the two lawyers
in private practice who serve on the U.S.
Judicial Conference Advisory Committee
on Evidence Rules.
“I can’t think of anything else I could
have done with my life that I would have
enjoyed as much as what I’m doing now,”
he says. “I really hit the big one.”
FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS AFTER
graduating from Penn in 1966, Hangley
worked for Schnader Harrison Segal &
Lewis in Philadelphia. There, alongside
legendary lawyers like Bernie Siegel and
Pennsylvania Attorney General William
Schnader, he was given the opportunity to
try all sorts of cases, laying the groundwork
for his eventual reputation as a jack-of-all-trades litigator.
Then, one night in 1968, lawyers
Stephen M. Goodman and Neil Epstein
visited Hangley at his home. The young,
ambitious attorneys said they were
interested in starting their own firm.
They had already discussed it with a
handful of their peers who said they’d
be interested in making a go of it. They
wanted to know if Hangley, who was 28
at the time, would join them.
“We were young, optimistic, and I
thought this was my chance to strike out
on my own and build something from the
ground up,” says Hangley. “It all worked
out great in the end, but that doesn’t mean
it wasn’t a really stupid idea.”
Those early years were challenging
but rewarding. “I was thrilled that Bill
decided to join us,” recalls Goodman,
now a partner at Morgan Lewis. “Not
only was he a fine lawyer, but he was a
real people person. You might say he had
a wonderful performance style, which I
attribute to his having been a musician.
Musicians are used to satisfying an
audience, and I think that is a core
ingredient in Bill’s personality and his
success as a lawyer.”
Hangley’s firm still embodies the youthful
energy and optimism of those early years.
“This is a teaching institution. Young
lawyers come here to learn how to lawyer.
And people seek us out, seek me out,
because we can try cases. There just aren’t
many firms out there who do that these
days,” says Hangley.
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