PATRICK T. HENIGAN

Phone: 1-610-565-3700 x254Email: phenigan@eckellsparks.com

Pat has over 20 years’ experience handling complex litigation matters. He has tried in excess of 100 cases to verdict and participated in several hundred arbitrations. Pat’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation in civil and Orphans’ Courts. In addition to representing clients in civil court, Pat has litigated matters before several administrative bodies including the Trademark Appeal Trial Board.

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Pat Henigan is recognized by Suburban Life Magazine as an “Awesome Attorney”, awarded to the Philadelphia area’s top attorneys who go above and beyond to meet clients’ needs and provide the Philadelphia area’s best legal counsel and representation. Read more.

Significant Legal Work

  • Church of the Overcomer v. Delaware County Board of Assessment Appeals, 18 A.3d 386 (Pa. Commw. 2011)
  • Van Impe, E. v. A.N.T.P., Pa. Superior No. 2442 EDA 2011 (August 21, 2012)
  • Philadelphia use of Allied Roofers v. Joseph S. Smith Roofing, Inc., 599 A.2d 222 (Pa. Super.1991) (Enforceability of “joint pay” clauses in construction contracts)
  • Erlichman v. Judge Technical Services, 769 A.2d 1212 (Pa. Super 2000) (Noncompete is not enforceable where employer failed to notify employee that execution of the Noncompete was a condition of employment until employee accepted position and commenced employment)
  • AdamsUSA v. Reda Sports, Third Circuit, No. 05-2395, (opinion March 22, 2007) (Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a Motion to Open a Judgment)
  • Hess v. Port Authority, 8 F.3d 811 (3d Cir. 1993)(Quasi-governmental agency immunity under the Eleventh Amendment).
  • Costa v. Chertoff et al, Eastern District of Pennsylvania., No. 07-2467 (Memorandum Opinion December 11, 2007)(Legal resident alien has right to prosecute action under the Administrative Procedure Act to require the FBI and the INS to process his application for citizenship)
  • Christopher v. First Mutual Corp., Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 05-0115 (Memorandum Opinion October 9, 2007) (Mortgage lender granted Motion of Judgment on the Pleadings in lender liability action)
  • Hartnett v. Atlantic Limousine et al., Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 89-8787 (Approval of class action settlement for a class of Atlantic City limousine drivers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act)

Appointments

  • Marple Township Planning Commission, Chairman, 2013
  • Marple Township Planning Commission, Member
  • St. Joseph’s Athletic Hall of Fame Committee

Recognition

  • United States District Court For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania – Certificate of Recognition for service and participation on the Plaintiffs’ Employment Panel
  • Legal Intelligencer – Best Commercial Litigation Verdicts of 2011
  • Suburban Life Magazine – Awesome Attorney 2012

Community Activities

  • Marple Newtown Soccer Association – board member, director of player development and travel team coach
  • Marple Township political committees
  • Delco Celtic Adult Soccer – administrator and player-coach
  • "When I was sued for a significant amount of money and assets, I retained Eckell Sparks. They developed a comprehensive litigation strategy to give me the best chance of success. They were easy to get a hold of, fair with billing, and kept me regularly informed and up to date on how my case was proceeding. When we were unable to achieve a fair settlement, my lawyer was confident in taking the case to trial. In the courtroom, they were strong, articulate and persuasive. After two days of trial, we achieved a very favorable verdict and made out even better than our last settlement offer."

  • "I could not be happier with the experience I had with Eckell Sparks. My attorney walked me through the process of my discrimination suit step by step and held my hand the whole time. I had no prior experience with anything like this and they answered every one of my questions without all the fancy legal jargon. They were always accessible to me whenever I had concerns or thought of something that could be useful. From our first meeting to the last hearing, they were absolutely wonderful. This firm helped me through an awful experience with my previous employer and fought for me and what I deserved to the end. They talked me through every aspect in a way that was comfortable and like talking to an old friend. If I had to do the entire lawsuit over again, I would go with this firm."

  • "I would feel very confident with this firm's representation should I have any future matter, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for strong, quality representation."

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Areas of Practice

Admitted to Practice

  • Pennsylvania 1987
  • New Jersey 1997
  • United States Supreme Court 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 1994
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 1987
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 1991
  • Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania 1994
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 1994
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 1994
  • Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts 1993
  • Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey 1997

Education

  • Saint Joseph’s University, B.S. degree Industrial Relations 1983
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D. 1987

Professional Memberships

  • Delaware County Bar Association—Civil Legal Education Committee, Civil Practice Committee
  • Delaware County Bar Assocation—Board of Directors
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Guy DeFuria Inn of Court