Michael D. O'Mara

Chair, Litigation

momara@stradley.com

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Overview

Mike O’Mara is a recognized trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex and contentious commercial disputes. He chairs Stradley Ronon’s 65-attorney litigation department and also serves on the firm's board of directors.

Mike’s experience covers a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, including financial services cases, merger and acquisition disputes, class actions, ERISA claims, and insurance and commercial real estate matters. He also counsels a number of nonprofit organizations, including religious, educational and health care organizations, on a wide variety of litigation-related matters. Mike routinely tries cases in federal and state courts, as well as before private arbitrators. He was selected to join the Litigation Counsel of America, a prestigious invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society open to just one-half of one percent of U.S. lawyers. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Villanova School of Law, where he teaches a class on trial advocacy.

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Results

Representative Matters

  • tried an $80 million dispute between a marine terminal operator and its landlord port authority before a panel of three arbitrators, securing an unanimous award in his client’s favor
  • tried a $40 million condemnation case on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, securing a favorable settlement several days into a jury trial
  • tried a Fair Labor Standards Act and retaliation case, securing a complete defense verdict for a multistate employer following a week-long federal court jury trial
  • defeated a preliminary injunction petition filed by a publicly traded company seeking to preclude a former high-level executive from embarking on a new business venture
  • defended a Swiss electronics company against patent infringement claims relating to transistor design in high-speed logic circuits
  • secured dismissal of a multimillion dollar lawsuit alleging civil conspiracy and tortious interference against a global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals
  • secured dismissal of alleged violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against a global manufacturer of industrial heating and ventilation equipment
  • represented investors in South Carolina federal court in a securities fraud case against a Wall Street short seller, securing a liability finding
  • secured the dismissal of more than 50 cases against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other religious institutions
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, James Madison University
Memberships

  • Adjunct Faculty, Villanova School of Law
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Board of Directors, The Center for Autism
  • Board of Directors, Malvern Retreat House
  • Board of Governors, St. Thomas More Society
  • Development Advisory Council, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Economic Experts: What They Can Add to Your Employment Case, How to Work with Them and When You Don’t Need Them,” PBI 20th Annual Employment Law Institute
  • Presenter, “Tort Reform in 2012. What’s New? What’s Next?,” 53rd Annual Society of Insurance Financial Management Conference
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Recognition

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, recognized for Pennsylvania: General Commercial Litigation

  • The Legal Intelligencer, “Lawyers on the Fast Track” 

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star

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In The Community

Mike serves on the boards of The Center for Autism, Malvern Retreat House, the St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia and Saint John Vianney Center. He is also a member of the Development Advisory Council for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

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