PHILADELPHIA – Complex litigation and business attorney Ken Trujillo
has moved to Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry from Schnader
Harrison Segal & Lewis.
In addition to his complex litigation practice at
Chamberlain, Trujillo will be a shareholder and will be responsible for growing
the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Trujillo will also work closely with Chamberlain Hrdlicka managing shareholder
Wayne A. Risoli on strategic direction, according to a Chamberlain release.
"My focus is on growing Chamberlain’s Philadelphia office
and expanding its national tax reputation into a multi-disciplinary practice by
attracting some of Philadelphia’s finest practitioners," Trujillo told the Pennsylvania Record.
Trujillo is a former city solicitor of Philadelphia and assistant U.S. attorney. He served as co-chairman of the host committee for the 2016
Democratic National Convention and has represented U.S. and foreign corporations
and government entities, executives, lawyers and other individuals, with
particular emphasis on contract disputes, securities, antitrust matters and other
"I joined the firm because it is one of the most profitable,
innovative and forward-thinking firms in the country," Trujillo said. "I am
thrilled to be part of its bright future."
The firm said Trujillo counsels clients on regulatory matters
and internal investigations and has represented public officials and government
entities, including city council members, mayors, governors, states, cities and
Native American tribes in civil and criminal matters.
"Ken is one of Philadelphia’s finest lawyers and an even
better person," Risoli told the Pennsylvania
Record. "We believe that Ken will be instrumental in the growth of our
Risoli said in the firm’s news release that Trujillo has a
reputation for not only his legal expertise, but also for scouting and
developing legal talent.
"(We are) particularly excited about Ken’s proven ability to
spearhead law firm growth with the addition of talented lawyers," Risoli said.
Historically a federal tax planning and tax controversy
boutique firm with a state and local tax (SALT) controversy law practice, Chamberlain
said the Philadelphia office is following the growth model of the firm’s other
offices. Chamberlain Hrdlicka has been named to the National Law Journal’s “Hot
List” and is the only law firm in Pennsylvania with attorneys nationally ranked
by Chambers & Partners in federal tax controversy.
With Trujillo’s leadership, Chamberlain Hrdlicka said its
Philadelphia office will concentrate on expanding into a multi-disciplinary
practice with a heavy focus on sophisticated specialty litigation.
Trujillo is a University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate
and adjunct professor of law at his alma mater. He also served on
President-elect Barack Obama’s presidential transition team in 2008, and in
2003, he served as counsel to Gov. Ed Rendell’s transition team.
Rendell appointed Trujillo to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania
Inter-Governmental Cooperation Authority, the board of commissioners of the
Delaware River Port Authority, and as a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Gaming
Trujillo is also a former Philadelphia mayoral candidate. He
withdrew his candidacy for that position in January 2015, citing personal
issues. He was also a partner at plaintiffs' class-action law firm Trujillo
Rodriguez & Richards, which was merged into Schnader Harrison in 2013.