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Conrad O’Brien added two new attorneys. Jonathan Cohen joined as of counsel in the firm’s Title IX, due process and campus discipline practice.

Meghan A. Farley joined as an associate, focusing on commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

Cohen joins Conrad O’Brien with many years of experience focusing on university disciplinary matters, commercial litigation, defamation and trade secrets litigation.

Farley joins the firm following a federal clerkship for U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.



The University of Pennsylvania Law School‘s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law is set to present a panel program titled, “Foreign Interference in the Democratic Process: Countdown to the Midterms” from 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 2.

This program will look at ways to protect against foreign interference, the adequacy of internal defenses, quantification of scope and impact on campaigns and outcomes, U.S. retaliation and the future of foreign interference operations.

Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer is set to moderate the panel discussion.

Scheduled panelists include Clint Watts, research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and MSNBC commentator; Raymond Baker, an authority on dark money; and Shawn Turner, communications director at Center for a New American Security and contributing national security analyst on CNN.

This program has been approved for two ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers.


Elected and Appointed

Gross McGinley appointed John F. “Jack” Gross to managing partner of the firm.

Gross was elected at the firm’s partnership retreat during which two deputy managing partners were also named: Howard S. Stevens and Loren L. Speziale.

An attorney with Gross McGinley for 20 years, Gross has been involved in firm leadership, serving on multiple management and leadership committees, most recently as chair of its finance committee.

In his legal practice, Gross counsels clients in general business matters as well as more complex deals involving real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and succession planning, intellectual property, data security and privacy, and more.

He serves on several boards and advisory committees for nonprofits and municipal entities, including the Da Vinci Science Center, Lehigh Valley Coalition on Health Care, PNC Bank and the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority.

Stevens is chair of the firm’s medical malpractice defense group, representing large hospitals and health networks as well as individual physicians in medical malpractice claims.

Speziale, chair of the firm’s employment group, counsels small to midsize businesses on employment and corporate matters including financing, policies and procedures, contracts, business structure, sales and acquisitions.



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