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Alfred W. Putnam, Jr.

Senior Counsel and Chairman Emeritus


Alfred Putnam is a trial and appellate litigator clients turn to when the stakes are at their highest. He has won two million-dollar jury verdicts in federal commercial cases and has tried cases in several courts of common pleas and orphans courts. Alfy is also experienced in commercial arbitration proceedings. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute.

Appellate Litigation

Alfy is perhaps best known for his experience in the appellate process. A former law clerk to the Honorable Arlin M. Adams on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he taught a course in appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for five years. His appellate work has produced excellent results for clients including, in some cases, favorable settlements after the briefs were filed but the cases were argued and decided.

Corporate Disputes

Several of Alfy’s matters have involved disputes between joint venturers or among shareholders of closely held companies. He has both trial and appellate experience in cases involving “dissenters’ rights” statutes and has both brought and defended suits based on the protections given certain minority shareholders under Pennsylvania’s Business Corporation Law.

Faculty Positions

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School — Appellate Advocacy course


Bar Admissions



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Hon. Arlin M. Adams, 1978-1979


University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law Review - Editor-in-Chief (1978)

University of Oxford
B.A. first class honors (1975)

Harvard University
A.B. summa cum laude (1973)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Law Institute
  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow, 1997-present
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court — Master, 1994-present (President, 2002-04; Chairman, 2005-07)
  • Vector Security — Director, 2012-present
  • University of Pennsylvania Order of the Coif — President 1989-present
  • The Philadelphia Contributionship — Director, 2012-present
  • Philadelphia Club — President, 1993-97

Civic Activities

  • Lankenau Medical Center Foundation — Trustee, 1988-present (Chairman, 1996-present)
  • Jefferson Health System — Board of Governors, 1995-2014 (Chairman, 2004-09)
  • Main Line Health System — Board of Governors, 1993-2005
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center — Trustee, 1995-98
  • The People for John Heinz — Secretary and Counsel, 1991-95

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Chairman, 2005-15


  • Best Lawyers® — Appellate Practice (Lawyer of the Year, 2024); Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation, 2020-24
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers — 2004-05, 2007-23
  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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