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Marlton
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PA 19103
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Michael A. Iaconelli

Partner | Litigation

Biography

Michael A. Iaconelli is a trial lawyer and partner in Klehr Harrison’s litigation department, where he has practiced since 1998. Prior to joining the firm, Michael practiced in the Princeton office of Stark & Stark, P.C. and, before that, served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Samuel G. DeSimone, A.J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, and Judicial Extern to the Honorable Theodore Alexander McKee, U.S.C.J., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Michael brings a broad range of experience and talent to his litigation, corporate and individual counseling practice, with an emphasis on shareholder divorce and corporate governance disputes, trade secret and non-compete matters, real estate and construction disputes, franchise law and a variety of business related disputes. Michael also serves as private legal counsel to numerous high net worth individuals and professional athletes throughout the country.

Michael’s extensive experience and skills have been developed through his representation of clients in numerous matters involving complex business disputes involving partnerships, closely held corporations and family owned businesses. To achieve the best possible results for his clients, Michael has utilized a multi-disciplined approach employing a wide range of methods, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. This "result oriented" approach has enabled Michael to resolve matters for his clients in the most favorable and cost-effective manner possible.

Michael earned his fourth degree — a Masters in Trial Advocacy — after graduating second in his class, with honors, from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. With his twenty-two year experience of trying cases and negotiating resolutions of complex matters in and throughout the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, New York, California and Delaware, along with his numerous appearances litigating commercial and securities matters before self-regulatory agencies across the country, Michael has achieved dynamic and client-driven results for his clients both inside, and outside, of the courtroom.

Services:

• Commercial Litigation
• Business Owner Disputes
• Directors & Officers Liability
• Employment Counseling & Litigation
• Real Estate & Construction Litigation
• Alternative Dispute Resolution

Credentials

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, with honors (2003)

Regent University School of Law, J.D., with honors (1995)

Rutgers University, B.A., Management & Finance (1989)

Rutgers University, M.P.A., magna cum laude (1992)


Admissions

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Supreme Court of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Memberships

Member,  Mercer and Gloucester County Bar Associations

Michael's more noteworthy representations include:
 
  • Recently trying two consolidated actions in the P.C.C.P. involving a Philadelphia property owner’s claims to ownership of our client’s $70 million commercial property via theories alleging adverse possession, boundary by consent and abandonment;
  • Successfully represented NFL and NBA players in a variety of business and real estate matters involving claims for tortious interference, breach of contract, and various state court claims;
  • Provided counsel and litigation alternatives to a high net worth client in connection with the redemption of a minority interest in a privately held company that yielded the client in excess of $300 million;
  • Served as co-counsel in obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement in a civil action brought on behalf of a nationally based general contractor against one of Philadelphia’s preeminent real estate developers, and its largest commercial tenant, in connection with the construction of a high-rise office tower, parking garage, retail shopping center and attached luxury hotel arising from violations of the Pennsylvania Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act;
  • Successfully litigated a minority investor’s shareholder oppression matter in New Jersey State Court alleging oppression and breach of fiduciary duty, and secured a seven figure recovery at the commencement of trial;
  • Successfully litigated a consolidated shareholder oppression matter in New Jersey Chancery Court in which the majority member was ousted, a fiscal agent appointed, and our client was awarded monetary and statutory remedies under the New Jersey Limited Liability Company statute;
  • Successfully defended a $34 million claim brought by a minority shareholder against the board of directors and corporate owners of a landfill in Western Pennsylvania involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression and common law fraud;
  • Successfully defended a $3 million claim brought against our private wealth advisor client by a former broker dealer, and obtained a seven figure result via counterclaims for securities violations by the broker dealer;
  • Successfully defended multiple actions in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey state courts brought against a Fortune 500 manufacturer of hardwood flooring alleging breach of contract, breach of warranty, and violation of state consumer protection laws;
  • Successfully represented a regionally based industrial coatings firm in an action brought by a competitor seeking injunctive relief and punitive damages stemming from alleged violations of a restrictive covenant;
  • Successfully litigated a complex breach of contract claim on behalf of a high-tech manufacturer of state-of-the-art robotics for use in large scale automation projects against a multi-national pharmaceutical company that utilized the client’s robotics in its research laboratories; and
  • Successfully represented general contractors and sub-contractors in actions involving alleged construction defects and performance related claims between owners, municipalities, third-parties, sureties and insurance companies.
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