John A. Gallagher
171 W. Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Firm: Gallagher Law
At the Gallagher Law Group, P.C., formerly known as the Law Offices of John A. Gallagher, P.C., our employment law attorneys are committed to serving the needs of our clients across the range of workplace rights issues, from handling Unemployment Compensation Hearings to the litigation of complex employer retaliation claims or Non-Compete matters. To learn how our experience and distinctive approach to employment law can benefit you, contact us in Paoli or any of our other five southeastern Pennsylvania offices.
We even the odds when you're facing a major corporate employer
Our thorough integration of high technology into every aspect of our practice allows us to develop and present cases with the maximum efficiency. That gives us the chance to use our time keeping in touch with our clients rather than groping for files and phone numbers. It also helps us confront even the biggest employers on something like an even footing. Our opponents often outspend us, but they never overwhelm us.
Employer defendants in workplace litigation are notorious for papering their smaller and financially weaker opponents into submission. The thought is that eventually, either you or your lawyer won't be able to afford to continue with the case or will lose the will do carry on. We know how to neutralize that advantage by seizing the initiative in defining the issues, streamlining the discovery stages of the case, and making sure your claim is ready for settlement or even trial before our opponents even know what hit them.
Our experience helps us position your case for prompt success
While it's often to your advantage to settle the case on favorable terms as quickly as possible, we can usually get your claims before a judge or administrative hearing officer within six months of filing. That's lightning fast in the world of litigation. Our focus on representing individuals with workplace issues, the selective nature of our practice, and our ability to respond quickly to your needs and tactical opportunities can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
We represent all kinds of clients: professionals, hourly workers, salaried employees, foreign nationals, laborers, professionals, technicians, older workers caught in a reduction in force, and female middle managers whose careers have mysteriously stalled under the weight of the glass ceiling.
Our Personal Injury Practice
In addition to strictly employment law matters, we handle Disability Claims and routinely assist our clients on Personal Injury claims that affect their ability to work. We know how to maximize personal injury recoveries, while at the same time protecting your loss of income through Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability claims. We are also experienced at protecting your job rights through statutes such as FMLA and ADA, and laws protecting you from wrongful termination.
Mr. Gallagher practices in the areas of employment, business and contract litigation. His clients are primarily individuals and small businesses seeking to assert or protect their rights. He has been very active in the Montgomery County Bar Association, having served as Chairman of the MBA's Labor and Employment Law Committee in both 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he served as Chairman of MBA's General Practice Committee. Mr. Gallagher recently relocated his main office to Paoli and he has joined the Chester County Bar Association.
Mr. Gallagher is an experienced trial lawyer. This experience often enables him to develop strategies allowing clients to reach satisfactory resolutions to their problems without resort to costly and time-consuming litigation.
As a Greater Philadelphia Employment lawyer with central locations, Mr. Gallagher can service clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Some of his most notable reported decisions are:
* Whitman v. Proconex , 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2930 (E.D. Pa. 2009) (denying summary judgment to defendant and granting plaintiff right to proceed to trial on FMLA case);
* Scholly v. JMK Plastering, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49958 (E.D. Pa. 2008) (upholding employee's right to sue for wrongful discharge where employer terminates employee in retaliation for employee's informal complaint for overtime);
* 146 Montgomery Investors, LP v. Parke Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Inc., 2005 WL 2562910 (Phila.Com.Pl. 2005) (granting petition of medical practice to transfer venue from Philadelphia to Montgomery County in real estate dispute).
* Karedes v. Gannett Company, Inc., et al, 423 F.3rd 107 (2nd Cir. 2005) (obtaining reversal of decisions dismissing libel and defamation claims on behalf of public figure).
* Northwestern Human Services v. Panaccio, 2005 WL 1353609 (E.D. Pa.) (obtaining dismissal of civil RICO action against accountant).
* Singley v. Villanova Univ., 851 A.2d 200 (Pa. Super 2004) (granting University's petition to transfer venue from Philadelphia to Delaware County in personal injury matter).
* John L. Karedes v. Colella, 100 N.Y.2d 45, 760 N.Y.S.2d 84, 790 N.E.2d 257 (2003) (highest State Court in New York reversing appellate decision and reinstating trial court finding that municipal contract valid and enforceable).
* In Re Bridgeport Fire Litigation, 61 Pa. D&C 4th 147 (2003) (certifying Class Action in industrial fire case).
* Gemini Business Machines v. Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems, 140 M.C.L.R. 53 (October 1, 2002) (vacating $1.2 million jury verdict and ordering new trial).
* Louis J. Karedes v. Village of Endicott, 297 A.D.2d 413, 746 N.Y.S.2d 96, (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., Aug 01, 2002) (affirming trial court's decision holding "midnight hour, lame duck" municipal contract binding on successors and thus valid and enforceable).
* In re Asousa Partnership, 264 B.R. 376 (Bankr.E.D. Pa., Jul 02, 2001) (examining abstention doctrine and remanding case back to state court).
* John L. Karedes v. Colella, 187 Misc.2d 656, 722 N.Y.S.2d 714, (N.Y.Sup., Feb 15, 2001) (successful mandamus action against Mayor and Village declaring municipal contract valid and enforceable).
* Grimm Bros. v. R & R Properties, Inc., 137 Montg.Co.L.R. 229 (2000), aff'd Dec. 1, 2000 (striking mechanic's lien).
* Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau v. VSI, 28 F. Supp. 2d 947 (E.D. Pa. 1998) (partially granting motion to dismiss and examining effect of limitation of liability clause on commercial contract as well as Pennsylvania's tortious interference with contractual relations doctrine).
* Bethel v. McAllister Brothers, Inc., 81 F.3d 376 (3d Cir. 1996) (in case involving libel/drug testing, court upheld trial court's decision to grant new trial on basis of fraud).
Prior to forming his own law firm, Mr. Gallagher practiced in the prominent Norristown law firm of High, Swartz, Roberts & Seidel from 1996 to 2006. Prior to working for High Swartz, Mr. Gallagher was an associate in the mid-sized Philadelphia law firm of Harvey, Pennington, Herting & Renneisen LLC, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, employment and negligence litigation, and labor relations.
Mr. Gallagher has handled a number of high-profile matters. He has appeared on Wally Kennedy - Live and has seen a number of his cases featured in publications such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, The Montgomery County Times Herald, The West Chester Daily Local and The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (New York). He has also discussed his cases on more than one occasion on all of the evening news programs and radio stations serving the Philadelphia region, as well as several media outlets serving the Southern Tier of New York. He has published numerous articles on a variety of topics, and is regularly consulted by suburban newspapers to obtain his views on civil rights issues.
He also publishes a blog, Employment Law 101, which provides current information on hot employment topics.
In 1991, Mr. Gallagher graduated cum laude from New England Law School, located in downtown Boston. While at New England, Mr. Gallagher was twice given the New England Scholar Award and was a Senior Editor on the Law Review. He was on the Dean' s List each semester.
Mr. Gallagher resides in Willistown with his four children, Dylan, Amanda, Charles and Sam. Dylan attends the University of Pittsburgh, and his other children attend the Great Valley School District. He has coached many activities, including girls and boys basketball, soccer and softball/baseball.
Areas of Practice:
Employment Law -- Employee
Employment Law -- Employer
Litigation & Appeals
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1991
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Dean's List
Honors: New England Scholar Award
Law Review: New England Law Review, Senior Editor
West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1985
In Wake of Exxon Valdez; Murky Legal Waters of Liability and Compensation, 25 N. Eng L. Rev. 571, 1990
Work Related Injuries: A Legal Tarpit, Benefits and Compensation Solutions, 1995
The Equal Opportunity Statement, Hiring & Discharge Compliance, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1998
Paid versus Unpaid Leave, Hiring & Discharge Compliance, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1998
Five Essential Handbook Policies, Hiring &Discharge Compliance, Vol. 2, No. 10, 1998
Seven Steps to Buying Computer Software, Newsletter of Independence Chapter of Association of Legal Administrators, 2002
Whitman v. Proconex, LEXIS 2930 (E.D. Pa. 2009) (U.S. Dist. 2009)
Scholly v. JMK Plastering, Inc.,, LEXIS 49958 (E.D. Pa. 2008) (U.S. Dist. 2008)
146 Montgomery Investors, LP v. Parke Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Inc., 2005 WL 2562910 (Phila.Com.Pl. 2005)
Karedes v. Gannett Company, Inc., et al, 423 F.3rd 107 (2nd Cir. 2005)
Northwestern Human Services v. Panaccio, 2005 WL 1353609 (E.D. Pa. 2005)
Singley v. Villanova Univ., 851 A.2d 200 (Pa. Super 2004)
John L. Karedes v. Colella, 760 N.Y.S.2d 84, 790 N.E.2d 257 (2003)
In Re Bridgeport Fire Litigation, 61 Pa. D&C 4th 147 (2003)
Gemini Business Machines v. Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems, 140 M.C.L.R. 53 (2002)
Louis J. Karedes v. Village of Endicott, 297 A.D.2d 413, 746 N.Y.S.2d 96 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept. 2002)
In re Asousa Partnership, 264 B.R. 376 (Bankr.E.D. Pa. 2001)
John L. Karedes v. Colella, 187 Misc.2d 656, 722 N.Y.S.2d 714 (N.Y.Sup. 2001)
Grimm Bros. v. R & R Properties, Inc., 137 Montg.Co.L.R. 229 (2000)
Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau v. VSI, 28 F. Supp. 2d 947 (E.D. Pa. 1998)
Bethel v. McAllister Brothers, Inc., 81 F.3d 376 (3d Cir. 1996)
Affiliations & Memberships:
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Montgomery County Bar Association, 2002 - 2004
Member - MBA Board of Directors
Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Committee
MBA, 2007, 2007 - Present
Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Committee
Chairman, General Practice Committee
Past Employment Positions:
Norristown Law Firm of High, Swartz, Roberts & Seidel, 1996 - 2006
Philadelphia Law Firm of Harvey, Pennington, Herting & Renneisen, LLC, Associate, 1991 - 1996
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Los Angeles, California