Andrew J. Defalco
Andrew J. DeFalco, a Member of the firm, is a business litigation attorney who specializes in the representation of companies and individuals in complex corporate and commercial cases, at both the trial and appellate level. He routinely represents clients in sophisticated legal matters, including merger and acquisition disputes; “business divorces” and shareholder, partnership and derivative disputes; real property disputes; fraud, civil RICO and other business tort and contract disputes; defamation claims; invasion of privacy claims (including claims relating to computer and internet privacy statutes); banking disputes including mortgage foreclosures and confession of judgment; and other commercial, corporate and business disputes. Mr. DeFalco also has significant experience with construction litigation, insurance litigation, fidelity and surety representation, election law representation, and employment litigation. Mr. DeFalco is also a top appellate lawyer who has successfully briefed and argued appeals before the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Super Lawyers – the “ultimate guide to the top lawyers in Pennsylvania” – has named Mr. DeFalco as a “Super Lawyer” from 2015 through 2018, based upon his high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. DeFalco is a frequent author and speaker who has been published regularly in the Legal Intelligencer the GC Mid-Atlantic, and other publications, and has lectured on business law, the attorney-client privilege, and insurance issues.
An active trial and appellate attorney, Mr. DeFalco has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts, and private arbitrations. Some of his most notable representations include:
Represented a multi-national corporation in litigation involving the international sale of goods in Eastern Europe, and obtained a favorable jury verdict;
Represented a prominent Philadelphia car dealer in litigation involving the acquisition of an automobile dealership, and secured the acquisition on favorable terms;
Represented a prominent developer of post-acute care facilities in a dispute over the acquisition of historic property, reaching a favorable settlement;
Represented a prominent Philadelphia restaurant organization in litigation alleging fraudulent inducement to enter into a lease, obtained a favorable settlement and tried the case to verdict;
Represented manufacturers of flexible dye equipment in a business divorce case; obtained a $1.3 million verdict in binding arbitration against the acquiring entity;
Represented a prominent developer in fraud litigation against a national bank, where a favorable confidential settlement was reached;
Represented personal injury victims in a Civil RICO claim against aircraft manufacturers which conspired to defeat a valid claim, where a favorable settlement of over $1 million was reached;
Represented a prominent Philadelphia sports personality against vicarious liability claims relating to the conduct of family members, where the entire claim was dismissed;
Represented a Pennsylvania casino investor in litigation relating to alleged improper political donations, with a favorable result;
Represented a prominent Philadelphia attorney in defamation litigation against a “legal watchdog” blog; and
Represented a former Philadelphia news personality in negligence and invasion of privacy litigation against a network news organization. Mr. DeFalco has also handled successfully numerous appeals before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
Mr. DeFalco received his J.D. in 1999 from the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he was a starting defensive tackle on the football team. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
His publications include “Is RICO a Remedy in Garden-Variety Business Contract Disputes,” The Legal Intelligencer/GC Mid-Atlantic, Oct. 24, 2012 at 4; “The Application of Attorney-Client Privilege to Email Strings,” The Legal Intelligencer/GC Mid-Atlantic, Aug. 22, 2012, at 5; “An Overview of the Pennsylvania Attorney-Client Privilege in a Corporate Setting,” Accredited CLE Presentation through S. Freedman & Co., Inc. (Jul.-Aug. 2012); “Licensed to Defraud?”, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, January 2006, at 19; “Bilt-Rite and the Future of Architecture”, The Legal Intelligencer, Apr. 17, 2006, at 6; and “Litigating the Insurance Coverage Dispute”, National Business Institute’s Insurance Coverage Law in Pennsylvania Seminar (May 2005).
When not practicing law, Mr. DeFalco enjoys spending time with his two children, David and Caroline. He is an avid sports fan, and an enthusiastic patron of Philadelphia’s many fine restaurants.
- Notre Dame Law School J.D. 1999
- Bucknell University B.A. 1995
- Commercial Litigation
- Pennsylvania, 1999
- New Jersey, 2000
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit