Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. is a shareholder in the firm’s Blue Bell office. Mr. Greenleaf concentrates his practice in a wide-range of litigation matters, as well as appeals to Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.
Mr. Greenleaf has extensive experience in Pennsylvania’s trial and appellate courts in both the state and federal system, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in multiple and diverse areas of the law. This includes complex commercial and business litigations in numerous industries; defending class actions; insurance coverage and insurance bad faith litigations; business torts and interference claims; health care litigation; defending data breach claims; injunctions; litigation involving constitutional claims; and litigations involving government agencies.
Among Mr. Greenleaf’s recent jury trials, he was co-trial counsel in winning a $20 Million jury verdict following a two week trial for the Firm’s client, a golf course operator, in a contract dispute. The verdict was the largest commercial verdict ever awarded in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. In another case in which Mr. Greenleaf served as co-trial counsel, after four weeks of trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the Firm’s client, a regional health care system, won nonsuit in a nursing home wrongful death case alleging corporate negligence and vicarious liability.
Mr. Greenleaf has argued before both the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He presented the winning appellate oral argument in preserving a $2 Million jury verdict in a medical-device product liability case. Mr. Greenleaf was also co-counsel in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court case of Lesko v. Frankford Hospital, 11 A.3d 917 (2011), winning reversal of the Superior Court and trial court decisions, in order to enforce proper contract interpretation principles to reverse a $1.6 million judgment against the Firm’s client.
Mr. Greenleaf also recently won summary judgment on constitutional principles on behalf of an Episcopal parish, Bishop and church members in defending against defamation, breach of contract and tort claims alleged by a former priest. Mr. Greenleaf then successfully defended the favorable judgment on appeal in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
In addition to his experience in trial and appellate courts, Mr. Greenleaf has litigated cases before governmental and administrative agencies, and commercial arbitration matters under the American Arbitration Association rules.
In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Mr. Greenleaf was named a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, and a “Rising Star” from 2008 through 2012.
Mr. Greenleaf is a 2004 graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law where he served as president of the American University chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies from 2002 to 2003. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland. Following law school, Mr. Greenleaf served a judicial clerkship with President Judge Emeritus Stephen J. McEwen, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Mr. Greenleaf is active in the community both within and outside the legal profession. He is a Director of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a former Director of the Montgomery Bar Association and a former President of its Trial Lawyer’s Section. Mr. Greenleaf also represents child victims of abuse with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. Previously, Mr. Greenleaf served for six years as a hearing committee member for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board. Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Greenleaf previously served as a member of the Upper Moreland Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and as a Director of the Upper Moreland Free Public Library.
In November 2011, Mr. Greenleaf was elected to a four year term as Controller for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In that role, he oversaw the county’s $400 million in annual expenditures, as well as the county’s $500 million pension fund.
Mr. Greenleaf is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, the United States District Courts of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Greenleaf’s professional relationships include the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations.