Mayer Horwitz is presently “of counsel” to the firm of Dashevsky Horwitz Kuhn & Novello, P.C. after a successful 45 years of active practice. During his illustrious career, he held the preeminent peer review rating of AV, by Martindale-Hubbel, the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. Mr. Horwitz graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Business Administration (1961, B.S.) after which he attended Temple University Law School (1964, J.D.).
Since the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Horwitz has been actively involved in the Philadelphia Bar Association – America’s first chartered metropolitan bar association (founded in 1802) and Pennsylvania’s largest local bar association. Early on, Mr. Horwitz was nominated to chair many Committees, including the Compulsory Arbitration, the Alternative Dispute Resolution, the State Civil, Judicial, Procedural Rules Committees. After being elected to serve on the association’s Board of Governors he won election to its Executive Board to serve the 13,000-member bar association as its Secretary.
Mr. Horwitz has had the privilege of serving as a Judge Pro Tempore on assignment from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas since the program’s initiation in 1991, assisting the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in evaluating and resolving lawsuits. He was certified as a Mediator by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA and conceived a Mediation Program for Philadelphia County Courts for which he was Chairman of over 300 volunteer lawyer-mediators. He has been a lecturer for both state and local bar associations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the American Judicature Society and the American Arbitration Association, and the American Bar Association.
From 1988-1989, Mr. Horwitz proudly displayed his dedication to the preservation of the American legal system by serving as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, after years of committee service. PTLA has sought to protect the rights of all individuals in the civil and criminal fields of jurisprudence and continues to be a growing and vital force in the Philadelphia Community. Mr. Horwitz’s recognition and momentum from his local leadership propelled him to a seat on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, one of the most powerful associations of justice in the Nation.
On the state level, Mr. Horwitz was a designated Philadelphia Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s policy setting body, the House of Delegates, where he has served on various committees. Mr. Horwitz has been appointed by the Disciplinary Board to serve as Chairman of a Hearing Committee, to assist the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in performing its constitutional duty to regulate attorney conduct.
On the national level, Mr. Horwitz has served as the Vice-Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Tort & Insurance Practice Committee. He was appointed to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the 400,000 member association, which is representative of the entire legal profession in the United States..
Mr. Horwitz has served as Chancellor of the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society’s Philadelphia Graduate Chapter. He was also National Scholar and National Treasurer of the same organization which emphasizes the pursuit of and adherence to Truth, Ethics, and Righteousness in the practice of law, administration of justice, and service to the public.
In 2009, he was the inaugural President of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation. The Foundation, which serves as the charitable arm of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, enhances and enriches the personal and professional interests of the members of the Society, members of the general legal community and all others whose freedom and security are protected by a strong, vigorous and independent legal profession. The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is the Jewish law society dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of its members of the Bench and Bar by promoting opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service. In 2009 the Brandeis Law Society presented Mr. Horwitz with the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award recognizing his sustained commitment to serving the legal and broader community. He has also received a Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award. The organization, comprised of community leaders, advocates for cultural harmony and religious tolerance.
Being ever vigilant to protect of the freedoms granted by founding forefathers of our great nation, Mr. Horwitz served as a member of the Board of the United States Selective Service System, which provides manpower to the armed forces in an emergency.