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Connell Foley hires litigators, other professional staff

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Connell Foley LLP has hired nearly a dozen litigators and several professional staff who will join the firm in its Newark office.

Led by veteran trial attorney Jeffrey O’Hara, the group is comprised of six partners, one of counsel and four associates who will practice in the firm’s insurance and commercial litigation groups. With a national practice, the group focuses primarily on casualty cases involving large exposure, catastrophic events, as well as matters involving violation of franchise agreements, transportation and products liability claims.

Joining the firm are:

Matthew Bauer, who maintains a complex litigation practice concentrating in transportation, premises liability, product liability and general business disputes;

Laura Breitenbach, a partner who focuses on defending premises liability, product liability, professional malpractice and business litigation claims in both the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York;

Katie Bryan, a partner who has extensive experience in premises and general liability, products and professional liability, catastrophic loss, wrongful death actions, retail, and estate and trust litigation;

Bryan Couch, a partner who handles complex commercial disputes, trademark litigation, business torts and casualty claims, with a particular focus on contractual disputes arising from a wide variety of business relationships, primarily in the franchise and hospitality sectors;

Matt Schultz, a partner who counsels clients in premises and general liability, products and professional liability, catastrophic loss, consumer fraud class actions, wrongful death actions, contract disputes and business litigation; and

Patrick During, who focuses primarily in the areas of business litigation, product liability and tort law and also has substantial experience representing national franchisors in commercial and trademark litigation.

Also joining are Perri Koll, Kelly Krug, Joseph Megariotis and Justin Vogel, each of whom has substantial experience in business torts, commercial litigation and a variety of other general liability matters.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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