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May 3, 2021

Conrad O'Brien Named 2021 Litigation Department of the Year (Finalist) for General Litigation

Conrad O'Brien has been named a 2021 Litigation Department of the Year (Finalist) for General Litigation by The Legal Intelligencer as part of the publication's 2021 Professional Excellence Awards. This award honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in the entire state and is based on the firm’s 2020 litigation work.


A Q&A with managing partner, Nick Centrella, was published in The Legal Intelligencer. Nick looked back at some of the challenges and successes of 2020 and discussed what the firm is doing to prepare for its future.  


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. At Conrad O’Brien, we tackle complex cases with tenacity and serve clients with responsiveness and integrity. Our uniquely agile, collaborative approach to litigation allows us to solve clients’ problems. Whether it’s successfully taking a case to trial or preventing legal problems before they occur, we perform with the smarts and tenacity of a special-ops team. We work in small teams to handle cases efficiently and cost-effectively. Our attorneys are adept at resolving clients’ matters behind the scenes, but when that’s not possible, we do what we do best: take the case to trial and win.


Conrad O'Brien handles problems of businesses and law firms today and finds solutions: representing law firms against legal malpractice claims, navigating a company through an SEC investigation, representing the world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in medical malpractice litigation and other litigation involving catastrophic injury and/or death, representing one the most well-known religious organizations in the world, and keeping individuals from being indicted in white-collar investigations.


Conrad O’Brien’s Title IX, Due Process, and Campus Discipline practice, led by Patricia Hamill as Chair and Lorie Dakessian as Vice-Chair, continues to be an integral part of the firm's work. We have represented more than 200 students and faculty members nationwide in disciplinary matters or related litigation involving more than 100 colleges and universities. We represent and counsel students and faculty members throughout the country who are facing a lack of fairness during a campus investigation and disciplinary proceeding arising from alleged Title IX or conduct code violations in higher education. In 2021, our representations have also included navigating college and university policies in today’s world, including cases regarding alleged violations of COVID-19 protocols. 


The Legal Intelligencer is planning to honor the winners at an awards dinner set for June 24, 2021 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.