Joseph J. McHale

Partner-in-Charge

jmchale@stradley.com

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Joseph McHale

Overview

Joe McHale is a nationally recognized trial attorney, the partner-in-charge of Stradley Ronon’s 28-lawyer Malvern, Pennsylvania, office, and the leader of the firm’s products liability & mass tort defense, and life sciences practice groups. An experienced litigator, he has tried close to 60 cases to verdict. Joe is also a registered pharmacist, which gives him a unique perspective and insight into the life sciences industry. 

Joe’s experience as a trial attorney involves representing pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, pharmacists, physicians, nurses, hospitals, health systems, pharmacy benefits managers and businesses. His work varies from trials in federal and state courts to private arbitrations to appearances before state agencies. His experience covers medical malpractice, health care claims, products liability issues, commercial claims, personal injury claims and insurance matters. He is also counsel to a group of health system risk managers. In addition to his busy trial practice, Joe serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where he has taught Pharmacy Law for more than 20 years.
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Representative Matters

  • defended a car sharing agency in a products liability claim; while his co-defendant suffered a $16 million plus verdict, Joe obtained a defense verdict for his client
  • obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability claim against a school in a matter where the plaintiff suffered debilitating injuries to her hand and demanded over $1 million to settle the matter
  • defended a religious institution in a variety of different matters that resulted in numerous defense verdicts 
  • defended numerous medical malpractice claims for health systems and practitioners

  • as trial co-counsel, obtained a defense verdict for a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company in the first phenylpropanolamine (PPA) case tried in Pennsylvania

  • defended a high school basketball coach against a student who claimed she was “mentally abused” by him; a defense verdict was returned after trial
  • obtained dismissal for a local hospice at trial against claims from a volunteer who was severely injured after falling off a ladder while working at the hospice
  • defended a crane operator and distributor in a case where a worker was severely injured when a crane dropped two tons of steel on him; a defense verdict was returned in less than one hour
  • defended a governmental agency in a number of cases of first impression involving the Social Security Act as it relates to reimbursement rates paid to pharmacists, which included obtaining favorable judgments for the agency at the trial and appellate stages
  • obtained a defense verdict for the largest manufacturer of spiral staircases in the United States in a products liability matter
  • defended a construction company in a products liability/negligence action that resulted in a defense verdict, despite the plaintiff’s demand in excess of $3 million

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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Widener University School of Law
  • M.S., Saint Joseph's University
  • B.S., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
Memberships

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • Board Chair, American Diabetes Association for the Central, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Regions
  • Board Member, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
  • Past President and current Board Member, Eagles Fly for Leukemia
  • Fellow, American Society for Pharmacy Law
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • American Bar Association, Health Law, Antitrust and Products Liability Litigation Sections
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Pharmacy Malpractice,” Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar
  • Presenter, “Pharmacy Law Update” Delaware Valley Society of Hospital Pharmacists
  • “How Pharmacy Law Impacts You and Your Patients – Real-World Cases and Consequences,” Pharmacy Learning Network Conference
  • Presenter, “Pharmacy Law Update” University of the Sciences, Philadelphia
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Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
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In The Community

Joe serves on the Boards of the American Diabetes Association for Central, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Regions, The Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, and Eagles Fly for Leukemia. He is also a Steering Committee Member of the Jay Sigel Invitational – a charity golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer research and treatment.
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