Pádraig P. Flanagan is a Partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli and practices in the litigation group. Pat has extensive experience in representing clients in commercial and employment litigation in federal and state courts, as well as private binding arbitrations.
Pat’s commercial litigation experience includes intellectual property, franchise law, insurance coverage, trusts and estates, professional liability, consumer fraud, minority shareholder disputes and partnership dissolutions, and appellate practice. Pat has litigated patent and copyright infringement disputes involving consumer products, technological services and medical equipment devices, including license agreement disputes. He has also defended franchise owners from oppressive franchisor tactics, wrongful terminations, and litigated franchise contract disputes. Pat more recently tried a case against an independent contractor and its principals resulting in a jury verdict and final judgment in the amount of $531,000, including treble damages and attorneys fees under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Pat also secured a $350,000 judgment in a shareholder contract dispute and successfully tried a case in the United States Bankruptcy Court resulting in the dismissal of the creditor’s complaint to except from discharge a claim for $1 million in debt for alleged fraudulent representations and conversion of collateral.
Pat has successfully represented management in defending against employee claims of age, gender, national origin and religious discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Pat secured judgment in favor of a client resulting in the dismissal of claims made by two former employees who alleged they were victims of a hostile work environment and were wrongfully discharged for engaging in whistle blowing activity. He has also represented management against allegations of unfair labor practices before the National Labor Relations Board. Pat has obtained favorable rulings from the Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf of employers seeking to enforce employment agreements containing non-compete provisions and restrictive covenants. Most recently, he was successful in an emergent interlocutory appeal reversing the trial court’s order prohibiting the firm’s client from operating its business. Pat uses his prior professional experience in finance and operations management to counsel employers and human resource professionals in a wide range of employment and management issues including employment policies, reorganizations, workforce reductions, employee performance appraisals, employee discipline, and termination.
Pat is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He serves on the Board of the Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Pat previously served as a Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for a local bar association. He earned the Edmund P. Learned Award for outstanding scholastic achievement from John F. Kennedy University.
Pat lives in Lopatcong Township in Warren County with his wife and four children. His children attend the U.S. Naval Academy, Coastal Carolina University, and Lopatcong Elementary School. Pat coaches youth soccer and ice hockey.
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