Mark A. Kearney
Mark A. Kearney, a hiring and managing shareholder, has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation and in matters relating to the fiduciary obligations owed to private and public entities and their stakeholders. The 2009 President of the 2200-member Montgomery Bar Association, his national trial practice is concentrated in commercial, financial, employment and consumer litigation with special emphasis on the representation of business owners, investors, directors and officers. His varied experience also includes serving as lead counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in class actions, multi-district litigations, mass tort actions, and in regulatory investigations throughout the United States. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania "SuperLawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a "SuperLawyer" for the Corporate Counsel edition of Law & Politics Magazine from 2008 - 2012 and has received the highest peer rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell since he became eligible in 1992. He is repeatedly elected as a Top 100 lawyer in Pennsylvania and in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area by Thomson Rueters.
Mr. Kearney received his B.A. in Economics and English with honors, and his J.D. from Villanova University in 1987, where he presently serves on the Law School's prestigious Board of Consultors. Following law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, universally recognized as a leading jurisdiction for resolutions of directors and officers liability issues and business disputes. He is published as a lead author on Delaware fiduciary standards in two editions of the Villanova Law Review (1995, 1996) and was a contributing editor to Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, where he wrote extensively on commercial, banking and corporate litigation for the international legal and financial community. A sampling of his articles include: "The Poison Pill as Shield and Gavel";"The Redemption of Poison Pills: The New Battleground"; "Update on Target Auctions and Poison Pills"; "Paramount v. Time: New Options for Directors with Long Term Plans"; "Foreign Sovereign Investment in the Advisors Gain New Immunity from Racketeering Statutes"; "The Evolving Standard of Scrutiny Applied to Directors' Decisions"; "Cede III: Towards a Clear Standard for Corporate Fiduciaries".
In February, 2012, Mr. Kearney was appointed by the United States District Court to the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Kearney presently serves the Pennsylvania Bar Institute as its 2013-14 Vice President after serving as Secretary in 2012, Treasurer in 2011 and four years as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Kearney is a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Montgomery Bar Association, Villanova University School of Law, St. Joseph’s University Masters in Business Administration Program, Neumann College Sports Management Program, and the Widener University School of Law.
Mr. Kearney has twice received the national Thomson Reuters Luminary Award for Communications Excellence from the National Association of Bar Executives, and was honored in April 2011 with the prestigious Henry Stuckert Miller Public Service Award in recognition of his extraordinary service to the public and legal community.
In February 2012, the Pennsylvania Bar Association bestowed its prestigious Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award upon Mr. Kearney in recognition of his innovative leadership of several legal and community organizations from 2007 to 2012.
In May 2012, the Pennsylvania Bar Association bestowed its exemplary Pro Bono Award upon Mr. Kearney.
A member of the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, State of Delaware, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Third and Eleventh Circuits and the United States District Courts in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he served as the founding and eight-year Chairperson of The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Mr. Kearney served as Chairperson and President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation in 2010 and 2011, Vice President of the Foundation in 2013, and the two-year Chair of the Managing Partners Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association. He also served as the President of the 2200-member Montgomery Bar Association for 2009, having served as President-Elect for 2008, Vice President and Continuing Legal Education Chair for 2007, Treasurer for 2006, Secretary for 2005, and Chair of its Federal Court Practice Committee, and as a nine-year member of its Executive Committee; he also serves as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; he also served on the Board of Directors of financial institutions and publicly traded corporations; he is an appointed Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and Montgomery Bar Foundation, and serves as a delegate, and member of the Capital Club, to the Pennsylvania Bar Association from Eastern Pennsylvania; he also has been appointed as a Member of the Hearing Committee for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for two consecutive terms; he has been appointed by the United States District Court to Merit Panels for the Recommendation or Retention of United States Magistrate Judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; he has been appointed as a Discovery Master in complex litigation; and, he has served as an arbitrator and expert witness in commercial legal malpractice and consumer matters.
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