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1835 Market Street - Suite 1400
Philadelphia
PA 19103
215.569.4283 phone215.568.6603 faxpwillan@klehr.com
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Paige M. Willan

Partner | Litigation | Intellectual Property

Biography

Paige M. Willan focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration at both the trial and appellate level. She has experience with cases pending before a variety of state and federal courts, including appeals to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Willan has represented clients in both the prosecution and defense of a wide array of commercial claims, including complex contract and business tort claims, actions for the avoidance of fraudulent conveyances and preferences under federal and state bankruptcy law, copyright and misappropriation of trade secret claims, petitions for confirmation of international arbitral awards, and allegations of professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.

In addition to her commercial dispute resolution practice, Ms. Willan has experience representing clients in investigations conducted by federal and state government agencies. She has also provided pro bono representation to veterans who have been denied disability benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Before becoming a member of the Bar, Ms. Willan lived and worked in Ukraine for an organization promoting public diplomacy through educational and cultural exchange. Ms. Willan is fluent in Russian and proficient in Ukrainian.

Awards and Honors

Symposium Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law (2008)

 

Credentials

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude (2008)

Bryn Mawr College, B.A., magna cum laude (2002)


Admissions

Pennsylvania

New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


Boards/Memberships

Managing Editor,  TYL, Young Lawyers' Division, American Bar Association (2014-2015)

Member,  ABA's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council (2014-2015)

Member,  American Bar Association

Member,  New York City Bar Association

Member,  Philadelphia Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors,  Philadelphia Artists' Collective

Former Editor-in-Chief,  The Young Lawyer (2015-2017)

Fellow,  Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

Fellow,  American Bar Foundation

Publications

Speeches and Publications

"E-Discovery Disasters and How to Avoid Them," accredited CLE presentation

"Letters of Intent: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," accredited CLE presentation with Gregory G. Gosfield

"20/20 Hindsight: A Litigator's Critique of Merger and Acquisition Agreements in Private Company Transactions," accredited CLE presentation with Michael Coran

"Mobile Strategies for Trial Presentations and Traveling for Trial," accredited CLE presentation with Paul Nofer and Kerry Slade

"Finding the Money: Piercing the Corporate Veil & Successor Liability," accredited CLE presentation with Michael Coran

"Basics of U.S. Contract Law, " presented for a group of Bosnian attorneys in connection with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative's Balkan Regional Rule of Law Network program

  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a hedge fund’s five claims for alleged violations of ERISA in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on behalf of a regional bank;
  • Obtained a permanent injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of a regional bank in connection with a claim for willful trademark infringement against a former customer;
  • Achieved a dismissal on the pleadings on behalf of the officers and directors of a North Carolina food and beverage distributor in a suit for breach of contract and unjust enrichment in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas;
  • Obtained a dismissal at the summary judgment stage of claims for fraud, breach of contract, conversion, violation of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, trespass, and negligence brought against a distributor of recreational vehicles in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas;
  • Obtained two successive dismissals on the pleadings of claims for tortious interference with contract, the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, tortious interference with rights of inheritance, invasion of privacy, indemnity, and injunctive relief on behalf of a regional bank and an attorney in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas;
  • Represented a regional bank and its investment subsidiary in successful interpleader action involving accounts containing approximately $1.5 million in funds for which there were more than 50 claimants;
  • Litigated coverage dispute and negotiated favorable settlements of breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of twelve former directors and officers of a bankrupt publicly-traded insurance company and its subsidiaries; and
  • Successfully defended a petition to vacate a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a former equity partner and member of the executive committee of a dissolved national law firm.