Law Offices of Popper & Yatvin


After nearly 33 years, Popper & Yatvin will be closing its doors on December 31st, 2020. Though we are sad to see this day come, we are also looking forward to our next chapters.

Howard Popper is retiring from the practice of law.  After nearly four decades as a trial attorney, Howard is looking forward to taking some time off, spending time with family and his dogs and, as soon as things improve, catching up on some long overdue travel.

Alan Yatvin will be joining the law firm of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC (GPFF) as a partner. He will chair the firm’s Civil Rights department.  GPFF is a full-service law firm offering individuals assistance in virtually all areas of criminal, employment, personal injury, civil rights, and family law. The firm has three offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Alan also plans to catch up on cancelled travel.

Megan Springfield Chamberlain, our administrative assistant for the past ten years, will be joining Alan at GPFF.

Alan and Megan will continue to be available to serve Popper & Yatvin’s clients.  As of January 1st, they can be reached through the firm’s website  Our blog will find a new home on GPFF’s website, where Alan will continue his observations on legal sundry on the GPFF Blog.

We thank all the clients and colleagues who have supported us over the years and trusted us to care for their legal needs.

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News and Events

  • The 2020 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers includes Alan L. Yatvin of the Philadelphia Law Firm Popper & Yatvin.  This is Yatvin’s 17th consecutive year of being honored, having been named a Super Lawyer every year since the program’s creation in 2004.
  • Martindale-Hubbell has again in 2020 recognized Popper & Yatvin partners Howard D. Popper and Alan L. Yatvin with the highest possible level of professional excellence – AV Preeminent.  This peer review rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a 5/5 Legal Ability rating.
  • On October 25, 2017, Popper & Yatvin partner, Alan L. Yatvinaddressed law enforcement and civil society representatives from West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal) on police reform experiences and strategies.  The program was part of the United States Department of State’s Study Tour to Review Use of Force and De-escalation Training, Enhance Community-policing Practices, and Strengthen Interagency Coordination in the Sahel
  • On August 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit agreed with Popper & Yatvin attorney, Alan L. Yatvin, in M.R. v. Ridley School District, ruling that a parent who seeks retrospective reimbursement to remedy a school district’s failure to honor its obligations under the “stay-put” provisions of the Individual’s with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) is a prevailing party entitled to attorney’s fees.  Referring to Yatvin, the Court wrote: “[W]e note that the litigation here was conducted by highly qualified and experienced counsel…”  Footnote 9.
  • On June 12, 2016, The Inquirer published a commentary by Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Miranda v. Arizona.
  • Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Popper & Yatvin partner Howard D. Popper for his 30 years of service to the legal community.
  • Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin has been elected to a three year term as one of the 18 members of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), commencing January 2015. Read more on our blog.
  • The Fall 2014 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer, the quarterly magazine of the Philadelphia Bar Association, features an article on Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin.
  • On November 8, 2014, Alan L. Yatvin was a member of the panel entitled: Ethical Considerations During Pre- Trial Proceedings, at an ethics training by the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) held an ethics training in The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • On April 29, 2014, Alan L. Yatvin was sworn into the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia and assigned as provisional International Co-Lawyer for a confidential suspect under investigation in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC),  also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
  • On April 29, 2014, Alan L. Yatvin gave written testimony on behalf of the American Diabetes Association before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on “Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety
  • Popper & Yatvin Settles Suit Over Philadelphia Police Shooting of Emotionally Disturbed Man.  Alan L. Yatvin was interviewed for a story which played on Philadelphia’s public radio station, WHYY-FM. Click here, then click on the play button ► below the headline to listen to the story.  
  • Popper & Yatvin obtains $1.8 Million settlement in fatal police shooting.  Read about it here.
  • On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin, along with Daniel Lorber, MD, presented a training on diabetes at the New York City Police Academy on January 31, 2014.   Click here to read more.
  • Alan L. Yatvin’s work insuring that police respond appropriately to persons with diabetes is highlighted in the January 2014 issue of the American Diabetes Association’s magazine, Diabetes Forecast.  Click here to read the article.