J. Kathleen (Jake) Marcus
Jake Marcus’ practice includes representation of individuals and businesses in the full array of small business issues (entity creation, copyright, trademark, contracts, litigation); discrimination (gender, employment, education, disability); HIPAA; healthcare; domestic violence; criminal defense (particularly involving alcohol and controlled substances); and the myriad legal needs of the LGBT community. A solo practitioner for 19 years, Marcus joined Cipolla Associates, LLC, as founding Managing Partner in 2012.
Marcus’ work as an attorney prior to her private practice includes serving as Litigation Coordinator for the Women Against Abuse Legal Center in Philadelphia, and on Planned Parenthood’s trial team in its challenge to the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act while an Associate at Pepper, Hamilton. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Legal Advisory Council to La Leche League International. She is currently a volunteer member of Legal Advocates for Birth Options and Rights (LABOR). She is also an appointee to the Jenkintown Borough Human Relations Commission.
A 1988 graduate of Temple University School of Law where she was Research Editor of the Temple Law Review, Marcus attended Bennington College and has a B.A. in Philosophy as well as a Certificate in Editing from Temple University. Someday she would like to resume her travels off the beaten track (Nicaragua – where she was shot at; Guatemala – where she was not shot at; Costa Rica – where she wanted to be shot at; as well as a full line of failed states: Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary). She might also want to return to living on a sloop though at the moment her children would object.
Stephen J. Cipolla
Stephen Cipolla counsels businesses of all sizes on commercial legal matters and litigation. Cipolla was inside antitrust counsel at Merck & Co., Inc. from 1991-2011. At Merck, he was recognized for his work in the 1993 acquisition of Medco, favorable and innovative settlements of commercial and antitrust litigation, comprehensive revisions to the company’s terms of sale and distribution practices, development of its antitrust compliance program, its joint venture with Schering Plough. He advised clients on vaccine pricing, new product pricing and stocking programs, contracting strategies for branded products in all segments of the market, competitive intelligence practices, trade and professional association membership and activities, collaborations and joint ventures with competitors, benchmarking and survey projects, and patient privacy. He is an American Bar Association member, and actively participates in its Antitrust Section. Cipolla regularly speaks publicly on antitrust and competition issues. He was co-chair of the American Conference Institute’s Pharmaceutical Antitrust Conference in 2011, and is a member of the Institute’s Antitrust Advisory Board. He has extensive experience in the law and economics of the pharmaceutical industry. He has managed complex multi-state and multi-district litigation in a wide array of substantive areas, including false claims, trade practices, IP, and other commercial areas.
Cipolla received his B.A. with academic distinction in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson Law School, ranked 5th in his class, before beginning his career as an Associate at Pepper, Hamilton in 1985.