Founded in 1984, Conrad O’Brien has earned the reputation for tackling cases with tenacity and serving clients with responsiveness and integrity. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The law firm also has office locations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The attorneys practices in a wide range of areas including Complex Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Employment Law Government Relations, Products Liability and Complex Torts, Professional and Fiduciary Litigation, Title IX Due, Process and Campus Discipline and White Collar and Internal Investigations. At Conrad O’Brien they established itself as the insider’s law firm—winning bet-the-company cases for AmLaw 100 firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-stakes cases for government entities and individuals. The attorneys are adept at resolving clients’ matters effectively and efficiently, working hard to successfully take a case to trial with winning results.
James J. Rohn the Chairman at Conrad O’ Brien, is considered one of the country’s leading white-collar lawyers. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Jim joined the firm in 1989 as Managing Shareholder, a position he held for more than 18 years before assuming the Chairman’s role in 2006. Jim has tried and been lead counsel in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation cases, representing clients in civil RICO, class actions, antitrust, insurance, securities, asset recovery, environmental and legal malpractice cases. He has received national recognition for his white collar defense practice, representing companies and individuals in grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations and regulatory compliance proceedings.
Jim has decades of experience working inside and outside of government. Jim clerked for the Honorable Louis Bechtle, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After serving as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, he rose to First Assistant. While representing the United States, Jim tried several significant and complex white collar cases and argued before the Third Circuit. Jim’s most significant case was chronicled in the film American Hustle, the Philadelphia ABSCAM case.
Success does not come without grit, a long-distance runner Jim completed his first marathon at age 60. His approach to clients embodies the same long-range thinking and relentless determination that a marathon requires. Rather than just solving problems, Jim’s methods include detection, inoculation, and prevention toward your company’s long-term health. Clients praise his keen listening skills, unique in today’s climate. Jim’s philosophy is to keep clients out of the courtroom with strategic assessment of potential areas of liability and advice tailored to eliminate or reduce exposure.
Jim graduated from Villanova University receiving both his B.A., 1972 and his J.D., 1975. In addition to his practice and Firm leadership role, Jim has actively served the broader community. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) (1998–2008), where he was also chair of the Audit Committee (2004–2008). Jim served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cornerstone Christian Academy, a mission school for at-risk children in Southwest Philadelphia (1998–2010) where he has also served as chair of the Board (2004–2007). Currently, Jim is a member of the Academy’s Trustee Advisory Board. He served as an Elder of Hope Community Church and has served as a part-time faculty member at Temple University Law School and later Villanova University Law School, where he lectured on trial advocacy.
Jim Rohn’s work has been recognized by the most esteemed assessors of attorneys: he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; he is the first PA lawyer in the white-collar category named “eminent practitioner” in 2017 by Chambers USA after 11 years in Band One, White-Collar; he was described in Chambers as “one of the preeminent lawyers in the city,” a “brilliant strategist on investigative matters,” and “esteemed white-collar litigator nationally”; he is recognized in Best Lawyers for Bet-the-Company Litigation.
Jim’s motto is “let’s do life,” which means you are not alone when you work with him. Jim firmly believes that a law firm must not only produce results but also inspire loyalty in clients, distinguish itself in the field, and assemble winning teams. You are part of the team.
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