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Jeffrey L. O'Hara

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Overview

Jeffrey O’Hara is an experienced litigator who, as of January 2018, has handled approximately 80 jury trials with 62 verdicts in a wide array of subject areas. A Certified Civil Trial Attorney since 1999, Jeff focuses primarily on defending casualty cases involving large exposure, catastrophic events. He has served as panel counsel for major national insurers as well as for a publicly traded franchisor.

Jeff is a four-time recipient of the "Bullseye Barrister" distinction for outstanding trial service from a Fortune 100 national retailer (December 2007, July 2009, May 2010 and July 2013) and has been named to The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers. Jeff has also been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2003, attaining the current rank of Advocate.

Jeff is a member of the ISOB (2015 to present), the FDCC (2011 to present), the IADC (2004 to present) and DRI's Trial Tactics Steering Committee (2003 to present). Finally, he served as a member of the legal committee for USA Triathlon and was the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games.

Experience

Representative Experience

  • Rattner v. Chubb National Insurance Company, Eastern District of Virginia, Opening Demand - $11.5 million, Final Offer - $0, 6 days of trial – policy declared void per fraud/concealment and intentional acts provisions, verdict of $945,000 on counterclaim.
  • Ahsan v. Staples, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn), Opening Demand - $2 million, Final Offer - $150,000, 6 days of trial – no cause for action
  • Malik v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, District of New Jersey (Newark), Opening Demand - $25 million, Final Offer - $3 million, 3 days of trial – case resolved during plaintiff’s proofs (terms of resolution confidential)
  • Kinghorn v. Apex Tool Group, Superior Court of Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Opening Demand - $32 million, Final Offer - $2.5 million, 13 days of trial – verdict of $16 million (terms of post-verdict resolution confidential)
  • Brown-Obot v. Helal, Superior Court of New Jersey (Essex County) Opening Demand - $1 million, Final Offer – $0, 6 days of trial – no cause for action
  • Sosa v. Clayton Concrete, Superior Court of New Jersey (Essex County) Opening Demand - $6 million, Final Offer - $1 million, 8 days of trial – damages only verdict of $675,000
  • Connors v. Target Corporation, Superior Court of New Jersey (Essex County) Opening Demand - $5 million, Final Offer - $350,000, 6 days of trial – verdict of $375,000. Secured full indemnity and reimbursement of all defense costs from co-defendant post-verdict
  • Miller v. Duane Reade, Supreme Court of New York (Kings County) Opening Demand - $100 million, Final Offer - $20 million, 35 days of trial – case resolved at close of plaintiff’s proofs for $22 million
  • Walczak v. Target Corp., Superior Court of New Jersey (Middlesex County) Opening Demand - $1.2 million, Final Offer - $0, 6 days of trial – no cause for action. Secured reimbursement of all defense costs from co-defendant post-verdict
  • Smith v. Ratan R. Park, Superior Court of New Jersey (Bergen County) Opening Demand - $15 million, Final Offer - $4 million, 12 days of trial – no cause for action
  • Melville v. US Bancorp, Supreme Court of New York (Kings County) Opening Demand – $2.5 million, Final Offer – $0, 5 days of trial (terms of post-liability verdict resolution confidential)
  • Olan v. Target Corp., Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) Opening Demand – $1.2 million, Final Offer - $100,000, 4 days of trial – no cause for action
  • Marrero v. Target Corp., Supreme Court of New York (Bronx County) Opening Demand – $5.6 million, Final Offer – $300,000, 13 days of trial – verdict of $1.3 million (terms of post-verdict resolution confidential)
  • Edison Salvage v. Garden State Paper Company, Superior Court of New Jersey (Bergen County) Opening Demand – $3.25 million, Final Offer – $260,000, 2 phase trial (1st phase 6 days, 2nd phase 2 days) – verdict of $295,000
  • White v. Morcos, Superior Court of New Jersey (Passaic County) Opening Demand $2 million, Final Offer – $0, 14 days of trial, directed verdict as to Morcos, $925,000 verdict as to other defendant
  • Alfone v. Caputo, Superior Court of New Jersey (Essex County) Opening Demand – $1 million, Final Offer – $0, 4 days of trial – no cause for action

Activities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • International Society of Barristers (2015 – present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate (2003 – present)
  • USLAW, Board of Directors (2008 – 2013)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (2011 – present)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (2004 – present)
  • Defense Research Institute: Trial Tactics Steering Committee (2003 – 2012)

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Featured Speaker, “Early Resolution Strategies – The Settlement Counsel Model,” 
    Chubb Group; Brandywine, DE, 11.2017; Alpharetta, GA, 4.2018; London, UK 9.2018, 09.2018
  • Speaker, "Catastrophic Event, Devastating Exposure: A Unique Approach to Fixing the Worst Problems,"
    IADC; Quebec City, Canada, 07.2017
  • Faculty, ITAP,
    Widener University; Chester, PA, 2003-present
  • Speaker, "The Ripple Effect – Employee & Public Safety,"
    Schindler Elevator Corporation Senior Leadership Meeting; West Palm Beach, FL, 02.2017
  • Speaker, "The Nuts and Bolts of TBI Claims," 
    Walmart TBI Center for Excellence Project; Bentonville, AR, 04.2016
  • Speaker, "Is your TBI Really TBS?,"
    ACE Group; Lafayette Hill, PA, 06.2015
  • Speaker, "The Anatomy of a Large Exposure Claim,"
    Great American Insurance Group; Phoenix, AZ, 05.2015
  • Speaker, "Ethics in Negotiations,"
    USLAW; Santa Monica, CA, 06.2013
  • Speaker, "Trial Tactics,"
    DRI; Las Vegas, NV, 03.2013
  • Faculty, ASIS International mock trial presentations
    Chicago, IL (September 2013); Philadelphia, PA (September 2012); Orlando, FL(September 2009), 02.2013
  • Speaker, "Litigation Lessons from Little League,"
    USLAW; Washington, D.C., 10.2012
  • Speaker, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,"
    USLAW; Phoenix, AZ, 04.2011
  • Speaker, "Damages,"
    DRI; Las Vegas, NV, 03.2011
  • Program Chair, New York Regional Meeting,
    IADC; New York, NY, 11.2010
  • Program Chair, "Spoliation of Evidence – the New Tort?"
    USLAW; Miami, FL, 08.2010
  • Faculty, ABOTA Trial College, 
    Princeton University; Princeton, NJ, 06.2010
  • Speaker, "Damages,"
    DRI; Las Vegas, NV, 03.2010
  • Faculty, IADC Trial Academy
    Stanford University; Stanford, CA, 07.2008
  • Chair, USLAW Spring Conference
    Miami, FL, 04.2008
  • Program Chair, "Complex Medicine,"
    DRI; Santa Monica, CA, 11.2005
  • Speaker, "Complex Medicine for Trial Lawyers,"
    DRI; Miami, FL, 11.2003

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2019)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers (2010, 2012-2018)
  • "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • “America’s Top 100 Attorneys” – New Jersey Lifetime Achievement designation (2016)
  • "Bullseye Barrister" award for outstanding trial service from Target Corporation: December 2007, July 2009, May 2010 and July 2013
  • Named to The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney (1999 – Present)
    • Recertified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 2006 and 2012
  • Recipient of the inaugural O'Hagen Award for Outstanding Service, USLAW (2007)

Education

Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1992)

University of California, Davis (B.A., Political Science, Minor in Education, 1988)

Mercer County College (A.A., Humanities, 1986)

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