Adam J. Taliaferro, the well-known motivational speaker, former Penn State University football player and prominent fundraiser for spinal-injury charities, has joined Duane Morris in the firm’s Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice.
Taliaferro joins as an associate in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, strengthening Duane Morris’ national employment practice as well as its gaming law capabilities.
Taliaferro focuses his practice on employment law litigation. He represents clients in a variety of employment law matters, as well as representing clients in the gaming industry, with regard to National Football League (NFL) contracts, among other areas.
The 2001 book, Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story (Triumph Books) is about Taliaferro’s miraculous recovery from a spinal-cord injury he suffered in his freshman year after tackling an Ohio State University opponent headfirst. After being told he had only a small chance of walking again due to the injury, he was able to overcome his paralysis and walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital only four months later. He then led his team onto the field to start the next season. Taliaferro is the founding board member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries on the field. Taliaferro was also the honorary chairman for the 2002 Special Olympics Summer Games.
Taliaferro has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2009 Philadelphia Sports Writers Humanitarian Award and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award.
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