Power Crowd Attends Arthur Makadon Memorial

The Inquirer reports on Monday’s memorial for Arthur Makadon, the Philadelphia lawyer who was connected just about every insider in town. Roughly 300 people showed up for the memorial at the Kimmel Center.

In addition to Rendell, Mayor Nutter attended, along with other leaders of local government and business.

“I and several others are faced with the problem of who shall we call when faced with a complex problem,” said Rendell. “He had no agenda, and he told the truth.”

He avoided philanthropic giving, but was generous to fellow lawyers at Ballard, staff, friends, family, and others, Stewart said. He was cynical about politics, but willing to offer politicians his advice, which often was sought.

David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp., former chairman of Ballard Spahr, and a longtime friend, praised Makadon’s loyalty and his legal skills. “If you ever had a matter that involved the [fate] of your company or your personal reputation, there was no better lawyer to go to,” Cohen said.

Makadon died July 24 at age 70.