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Conrad O'Brien

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Chairman: James J. Rohn
Managing Partner: Nicholas M. Centrella
Number of partners: 17 Number of lawyers: 30

Firm Overview:
Conrad O’Brien is a Philadelphia-based litigation boutique. Founded in 1984 by three litigation attorneys from a major Philadelphia law firm, Conrad O’Brien has established itself as the insider’s law firm—winning bet-the-company cases for AmLaw 100 firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-stakes cases for government entities and individuals. The firm tackles complex cases with tenacity and serves clients with responsiveness and integrity. Conrad O’Brien’s uniquely agile, collaborative approach to litigation allows it to solve clients’ problems. Whether it’s successfully taking a case to trial or preventing legal problems before they occur, the firm performs with the smarts and tenacity of a special-ops team.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Commercial Litigation
Education Law
Employment Law
Government Relations
Products Liability & Complex Torts
Professional & Fiduciary Litigation
White Collar & Internal Investigations
Title IX & Campus Discipline

Commercial Litigation:
Conrad O’Brien is the law firm to trust for business disputes of all sizes and complexities, including true bet-the-company problems. The firm is a trusted partner of Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-sized companies and start-ups. The firm’s uniquely agile, collaborative approach to litigation allows it to effectively and efficiently solve clients’ problems. The firm assesses business clients’ goals and positions them to defeat claims in court or reach a favorable settlement, often in the service of allowing real-world business transactions to go forward. Drawing on its collective experience spanning a variety of industries and substantive areas of the law, the firm is well prepared to evaluate and prepare complex cases. Conrad O’Brien’s attorneys work hard to resolve all of its clients’ matters behind the scenes, and when that’s not possible, it takes cases to trial and does what the firm does best—win.

The firm specializes in the following commercial litigation sub-areas: class action; construction litigation; contract litigation; insurance; intellectual property litigation; receiverships; securities; unfair competition and trade secrets.
Key Clients: Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Transamerica Corporation (and subsidiary companies); Country View Family Farms, LLC (sister company to Hatfield Quality Meats); ScottCare Corporation
Contact: Nicholas Centrella  Tel: 215 864 8066
Email: [email protected]

Professional & Fiduciary Litigation:
Conrad O’Brien has decades of experience successfully handling malpractice, errors and omissions, professional negligence, defamation, and breach of contract claims. The firm has a strong practice of defending global law firms in malpractice claims. The attorneys also have substantial experience working with lawyers and law firms to address internal partnership disputes, including partner separations, firm breakups, and partner compensation. The firm has expertise handling medical practice disputes. The attorneys in this practice are adept at assisting our clients in managing and coordinating the disparate resources that are available for their defense, such as client reserves, insurance carriers, and governmental payors.

Conrad O’Brien attorneys also represent individual and institutional clients who serve others in a fiduciary capacity, including executors or executrices of an estate, trustees of a trust, or administrators of an ERISA plan.
Key Clients: Many AmLaw 100 law firms; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Jefferson Health/Main Line Health
Contact: Nicholas Centrella  Tel: 215 864 8098
Email: [email protected]
Contact: John (Jack) Guernsey  Tel: 215 864 8066
Email: [email protected]

Products Liability & Complex Torts:
Conrad O’Brien has served as trial, national, and regional counsel, representing clients spanning industries—including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, oil, tobacco, sporting goods, appliances, and electronics. The firm’s case experiences include chemical exposure, toxic tort and asbestos litigations, environmental and property exposure litigations, and the more traditional defective mechanical product matters.
Key Clients: The Dow Chemical Company; Illinois Tool Works
Contact: Howard Klein  Tel: 215 864 8068
Email: [email protected]

Title IX, Due Process & Campus Discipline:
Conrad O’Brien represents and counsels both accused and complainant students throughout the country who have suffered from a lack of fairness during a campus investigation and disciplinary proceeding arising from a Title IX or student code violation in higher education. Conrad O’Brien undertakes such representations, often attempting to resolve the cases behind-the scenes and avoid litigation, and, where resolution cannot be achieved, filing lawsuits against the colleges for breach of contract, Title IX or other civil rights violations, and tort. The attorneys also represent professors in alleged code of conduct or tenure disputes.
Contact: Patricia Hamill  Tel: 215 864 8071
Email: [email protected]

White Collar & Internal Investigation:
The firm’s expertise extends to fraud, antitrust, computer crimes, embezzlement, False Claims Act, perjury, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forfeiture, health care enforcement, insurance-related crimes, money laundering, public corruption, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, state and federal securities laws, and state and federal tax laws. Clients also regularly select Conrad O’Brien to conduct internal investigations when faced with internal complaints, whistleblower actions, government inquiries, or litigation.
Contact: Jud Aaron  Tel: 215 864 8097
Email: [email protected]

Education Law:
Conrad O’Brien represents and advises charter schools, public schools, early education providers, Archdiocesan schools, private schools, education management organizations, and higher education institutions. Conrad O’Brien works closely with its clients to ensure efficient, effective, and compliant school operations. Conrad O’Brien also represents and advises technology companies on regulatory compliance issues relating to sales to educational institutions.
Contact: Patricia Hennessy  Tel: 215 864 8076
Email: [email protected]