Nicholas M. Centrella and Patricia M. Hamill were each selected as Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2019 Influencer of Law Winners in Business Litigation. The award winners were selected by Inquirer readers and evaluated by expert panel judges, who felt both Nick and Patricia have shaped, changed, and transformed the legal industry. The nominations were rated on accomplishments in specialized practice, business impact, and civic/community services.
Nick and Patricia will be recognized with the 54 award winners at an industry Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 26th, at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia and profiled in a special section on the Sunday Inquirer. The program will feature opening remarks by Terry Egger, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. The program will also feature fireside chat with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Nick is the managing partner of Conrad O’Brien and has over 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Nick’s civil practice focuses on the representation of AmLaw 100 and small to mid-sized law firms in legal malpractice and other civil actions, religious organizations, hospitals and other organizations in cases involving alleged child abuse, and the defense of major corporations and non-profit entities in complex commercial, regulatory, civil RICO, personal injury, and products liability disputes. Nick has experience defending corporations and individuals in federal grand jury investigations and criminal proceedings. Nick also advises and defends religious institutions, schools and other clients regarding First Amendment, education and employment issues.
Patricia is a partner at Conrad O’Brien. She has spent nearly 30 years appearing in federal and state courts throughout the country, successfully representing insurance and Fortune 500 companies in the defense of consumer fraud and securities class action lawsuits as well as other complex commercial or business-to-business litigation. Patricia has built a nationwide practice litigating against colleges and universities on behalf of college students who have been subjected to campus disciplinary proceedings or who have been suspended, expelled from or otherwise disciplined by their colleges following campus disciplinary hearings for alleged sexual misconduct or other alleged Student Code violations. Patricia often attempts to resolve the cases behind-the scenes and avoid litigation but files lawsuits where resolution cannot be achieved. Patricia has expanded her practice to representing professors in alleged code of conduct violations or tenure disputes. In addition to her practice, Patricia is also a member of the firm's three-person Executive Committee that manages and oversees the firm.