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March 2016

Michael Cawley Joins Gordon & Rees as Partner in Philadelphia Office

Michael J. Cawley has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the Philadelphia office. He is a member of the firm’s Insurance, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability Defense, and Class Action practice groups. 

Cawley concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith disputes, commercial litigation and professional liability matters. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state, federal and bankruptcy court. Cawley’s experience includes the representation of insurers and insureds in all forms of insurance coverage disputes and the litigation and trial of complex professional liability cases. He is a member of the firm’s Class Action Defense practice.

More recently, he has complemented the above practice areas by developing proficiency in litigation involving intellectual property, e-commerce and other technology-based claims and in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements related to those industries including distribution agreements. Cawley has counseled and litigated consumer credit matters for lenders, including issues arising under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and has addressed other compliance issues dealing with federal and state laws governing consumer credit. 

"We are extremely pleased to have Michael join us as a great addition to our Philadelphia office and the firm's national insurance practice,” said William Shelley, managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office and co-chair of the firm’s insurance group.

“I am excited to have joined Gordon & Rees and to have the opportunity to practice with some of the best insurance coverage lawyers in the country,” said Cawley.  “Gordon & Rees has demonstrated a remarkable ability to embark on an extraordinary expansion during what have been the most challenging of times for our profession. The firm's excellent reputation throughout the country and its dedication to client service made the decision to join Gordon & Rees an easy one.  I look forward to this next chapter in my career.”

Cawley earned his B.S. from University of Scranton, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Among the fastest-growing firms in the country, Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 650 lawyers and 37 offices in 24 states. Gordon & Rees is currently the 71st largest law firm in the United States, and ranks No. 21 on the American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard.

Michael J. Cawley



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