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Five Connell Foley Partners Named to 2017 Irish Legal 100

10.26.2017
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Connell Foley LLP is proud to announce that firm partners John Cromie, William  McGloin, Philip McGovern Jr., Kathleen Murphy and Robert Ryan were named to “The Irish Legal 100” for 2017. 

The Irish Legal 100, founded in 2008 by the Irish Voice newspaper in New York, is an annual compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots. The list includes attorneys, legal scholars and members of the judiciary who have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavor. According to the publisher, “The Irish Legal 100 represents our most vibrant Irish network designed to bring people together, foster modern relationships with Ireland and to advance the interests of Irish America.”

Connell Foley’s partners and the other Irish Legal 100 honorees were recognized at a formal reception at the Washington, D.C. residence of the Irish Ambassador to the United States on October 26, 2017.

Honorees have included United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, United States Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor and many others. This year, the Irish Legal 100 gave special recognition to Dean John Feerick of Fordham University School of Law. Dean Feerick was primarily responsible for the composition of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

John Cromie is the chair of Connell Foley’s Corporate and Business Law Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He represents entities ranging from Fortune 100 public companies to privately owned mid-cap enterprises and startup ventures on a wide range of real estate and financing transactions. He is well-versed in the area of mergers and acquisitions, as well as in the purchase, sale, leasing and development of commercial real estate. He also has significant experience representing lenders and documenting asset-based and real estate-based commercial loans and credit facilities.

William McGloin is a partner in Connell Foley’s Professional Liability, Insurance Defense, Product Liability and Commercial Litigation practice groups. He helps businesses and individuals navigate and successfully resolve complex legal issues through advocacy, risk management and, when needed, litigation. He has litigated all types of civil matters, including professional liability, general liability, products liability, construction defect, wrongful death, premises liability and transportation matters. He has been named to The Irish Legal 100 every year since 2014.

Philip McGovern Jr. is Connell Foley’s Managing Partner. He concentrates primarily on commercial real estate and corporate transactions, real estate development, land use, complex commercial financing and commercial leasing. He also serves as general corporate counsel to numerous mid-cap companies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where he works on entity formation, financing, contractual negotiation, acquisitions/dispositions and succession planning. He has been named to the Irish Legal 100 each year since 2015.

Kathleen Murphy, a partner at Connell Foley, focuses her practice on litigation and labor and employment law. A veteran of more than 100 verdict trials, she brings a strong track record of careful preparation leading to successful outcomes in the defense of automobile negligence claims, personal injury actions and product liability trials. She has a broad base of knowledge related to admissibility, evidentiary and substantive issues, as well as an extensive background arguing cases before the state’s appellate courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has been named to the Irish Legal 100 every year since 2015.

Robert Ryan is Chair of the Professional Liability Group and Co-Chair of the Trial Practice Group at Connell Foley. A five-time Certified Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Bob has dedicated his professional practice for over 35 years to the litigation and trial of substantial matters. His practice places particular emphasis on the representation of attorneys, architects and engineers in major professional malpractice litigation and he has served as lead counsel in the representation of professional firms in significant litigation matters venued in both the state and federal courts. He has been named to The Irish Legal 100 every year since 2013.

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