Connell Foley hires trial group from LeClairRyan

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The law firm Connell Foley has bolstered its Newark office, adding 11 lawyers as part of a national trial group focused on casualty cases, it announced Monday.

The group was hired away from LeClairRyan, although many began their careers at Connell Foley, the Roseland-based firm said. The attorneys include six partners, one counsel and four associates, along with professional staff members.

Jeffrey O’Hara will lead the group, joined by:

  • Matthew Bauer, Laura Breitenbach, Catherine “Katie” Bryan, Bryan Couch and Matthew Schultz, partners;
  • Patrick During, of counsel; and
  • Perri Koll, Kelly Krug, Joseph Megariotis and Justin Vogel, associates.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Jeff, Bryan, the two Matts (Bauer and Schultz), Katie, Patrick and the balance of their team to Connell Foley,” Managing Partner Phil McGovern said in a statement. “Not only are they an exceptional group of attorneys for whom the trial bar has tremendous respect, but, just as important, they previously had long and accomplished careers with us and fit well within the fabric of Connell Foley.”

O’Hara is a certified civil trial attorney, and has handled approximately 80 jury trials in a variety of subject areas.

“Their practices bolster our already-significant litigation, insurance, and professional and products liability groups,” McGovern said. “As Connell Foley alums, they are part of the family.”