O’Hagan Meyer is pleased to announce our expansion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and New Jersey with the addition of John P. Morgenstern and his team to our existing Philadelphia and Wilmington offices. John and his team join Tamara Grimm, who heads up our Employment Practice in Philadelphia, and Alan Albert, who chairs our Business Litigation and Employment Team in Wilmington. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in defending high exposure commercial and excess liability claims; employment litigation; professional liability; business litigation and class action defense. John and his team work with a number of our clients in the defense of high exposure claims not only in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, but in litigation across the country.
John P. Morgenstern now serves as the managing partner of our offices and operations in Philadelphia and New Jersey, where he represents licensed professionals, sports organizations, and insurance companies in high-profile and large exposure litigation, including serving as one of the lead attorneys in the recent USA Gymnastics litigation. John is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators (PA), and has earned Super Lawyers recognition in 2018, 2019 and 2020. As an officer in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, John was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in Baghdad in 2004. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and Widener University School of Law where he served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society. His book The Interrogators’ Guide to Investigations, Depositions & Discovery: What Trial Attorneys Can Learn from the World’s Best Interrogators (Archway 2018) has earned top-seller recognition in its category on Amazon and encourages civility in the legal profession using proven methods for establishing rapport.
Penelope “Penny” O’Connell specializes in defending institutions and businesses against sex abuse and trafficking claims, and representing nursing homes, long-term care facilities, outpatient drug and alcohol rehab centers, and other skilled care facilities against allegations of professional negligence. Penny defends public and private employers against claims of workplace discrimination and wrongful termination. She was heavily involved in defending religious orders and parishes and schools following Delaware’s 2007 repeal of the statute of limitations in child sex abuse claims. Penny is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey and serves as a Delaware-certified mediator
Christopher C. Negrete defends licensed professionals, including skilled nursing facilities, architects, engineers, and insurance professionals against allegations of professional negligence. His extensive litigation and transactional experiences include defending private and governmental entities in employment and civil rights matters; businesses in commercial disputes; design professionals and contractors in construction defect litigation; and designers, manufacturers and retailers against product liability law suits. Chris advises insurance companies in disputes regarding the extent and scope of the coverages afforded by their policies.
Tamara Sorokanich Grimm chairs the employment law defense team in our Philadelphia office. As a partner licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York, Tamara defends and advises employers in matters involving discrimination and retaliation based on race, gender, age, disability, and religion, as well as wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, medical leaves and whistle blower claims. Her practice includes the litigation of restrictive covenants in employment contracts, disputes over confidentiality agreements and the misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as the drafting of employment contracts, severance packages, employee handbooks and disciplinary policies.
Alan D. Albert is a nationally honored trial lawyer who has represented clients from Muhammad Ali to multinational corporations in a broad array of commercial disputes, white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, intellectual property litigation and other governmental and regulatory matters. Alan has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America continuously for the past 20 years, and is one of a small number of lawyers in the country to be recognized by Best Lawyers in six distinct categories – in particular, business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark litigation, trademark law, and governmental relations. A graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude), University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School (cum laude), Alan’s writings on law, government and public policy have appeared in journals including the Harvard Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Harvard Political Review, as well as in newspapers and news magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has co-authored books on environmental law, land use, and public finance including the Virginia Environmental Law Handbook.
Brian C. LeGrow brings years of trial and appellate experience to our Philadelphia office, where he specializes in defending architects, engineers, and contractors of every discipline in all aspects of construction defect litigation. Brian’s practice includes business and commercial litigation, professional liability, personal injury defense, premises liability, and landlord tenant law. Mr. LeGrow is a frequent lecturer on various litigation and business matters for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Business Institute, and Delaware County Bar Association Real Estate Practices Committee.
Lynn Ernest Roberts, III focuses his practice on complex commercial, employment, and premises liability litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to joining O’Hagan Meyer, Mr. Roberts served as Assistant General Counsel at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, where he focused on legal matters central to higher education law including Title IX, EO/EEO, and ADA matters. At another prominent Philadelphia law firm, Mr. Roberts defended toxic tort and product liability cases. He is experienced in all facets of litigation from the initial investigation through trial. Mr. Roberts served as the Judicial law clerk to The Court of Common Pleas for the State of Delaware, New Castle County, where he drafted legal opinions and memoranda for five judges and one Commissioner.
Adrianna Del Principe is an associate in the Philadelphia office where she focuses on complex employment, commercial, and general liability litigation. Adrianna is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law where she was certified as an intern in the Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic to represent clients in Social Security disability and Medicare/Medicaid matters, including arguing appeals to the Social Security Administration.
O’Hagan Meyer is a national law firm, representing a variety of litigation and employment related matters, including traditional labor, employment class actions, employment practices liability, professional liability and E&O claims, not-for-profits, D&O claims, fiduciary litigation, class actions and collective actions, condominium and homeowner associations, cyber liability, intellectual property, architects and engineers, construction and other specialty claims. With over 130 attorneys located in thirteen cities across the United States, O’Hagan Meyer is committed to providing practical, innovative and exceptional litigation and advisory services to our clients.
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