Thomas F. Reilly

Partner

treilly@chartwelllaw.com
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(215) 972-5417
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(215) 972-7008
Philadelphia, PA
130 North 18th Street
26th Floor
Philadelphia
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PA
19103
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PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury and Property Damage Defense

Mediation and Arbitration

Product Liability, Commercial and Consumer

Homeowner Premises Liability

Construction Accidents

Private Vehicular Liability

Commercial Vehicular Liability

Railroad Litigation, FELA and Third Party

Dram Shop Liability

Construction Defect Claims

Commercial Litigation

Professional Negligence

Errors and Omissions Defense

Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for New Jersey

United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

Temple University School of Law

J.D., 1977

St. Joseph's University

B.A., 1973

Thomas Reilly focuses his practice on the defense of serious personal injury matters for insurers and self-insureds. He also assists clients in commercial litigation, including employment contracts, contractual disputes, and negotiation of purchase agreements. Mr. Reilly has handled hundreds of seven and eight figure cases during his 40-year career as a trial lawyer. He is also an experienced and effective mediator.

Mr. Reilly defends clients in products liability claims, including those involving commercial products such as forklifts, trucks, and other industrial equipment, in addition to consumer claims concerning various small appliances, exploding or defective glass products, food products, etc. He also handles construction accidents involving both workers and bystanders, commercial premises liability (slips, trips, and falls, failure to provide adequate security/ATM assaults or tenant assaults, and the infamous Pier 34 collapse), dram shop liability (hotels, banquet facilities, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs), and both commercial and private vehicular liability.

Mr. Reilly has a keen interest in trial advocacy, having received a diploma in Teaching Advocacy Skills from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. For decades, he has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s MidAtlantic Deposition Program, Taking and Defending Depositions, at Temple University School of Law and has served as Team Leader of the Program since 2011. He is also certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in September of 2000 and re-certified in 2005, 2010, and 2015.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Reilly has sat as a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in hundreds of cases since 2000.  He also actively serves as a private mediator and arbitrator in a variety of matters involving personal injury, property damage, insurance, commercial and contractual claims. Mr. Reilly is highly regarded for his ability to understand complex disputes and evaluate them fairly.

Notably, Mr. Reilly has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2006.

A frequent lecturer, Mr. Reilly has given numerous client and group-specific presentations to organizations such as the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters on defense and trial tactics.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reilly was a partner with a well-known regional insurance defense firm. Prior to that, he was a founding partner and shareholder at Gallagher, Reilly and Lachat.

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; Section of Litigation
Brehon Law Society
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Philadelphia Bar Association

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2006-2019)

Thomas Reilly focuses his practice on the defense of serious personal injury matters for insurers and self-insureds. He also assists clients in commercial litigation, including employment contracts, contractual disputes, and negotiation of purchase agreements. Mr. Reilly has handled hundreds of seven and eight figure cases during his 40-year career as a trial lawyer. He is also an experienced and effective mediator.

Mr. Reilly defends clients in products liability claims, including those involving commercial products such as forklifts, trucks, and other industrial equipment, in addition to consumer claims concerning various small appliances, exploding or defective glass products, food products, etc. He also handles construction accidents involving both workers and bystanders, commercial premises liability (slips, trips, and falls, failure to provide adequate security/ATM assaults or tenant assaults, and the infamous Pier 34 collapse), dram shop liability (hotels, banquet facilities, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs), and both commercial and private vehicular liability.

Mr. Reilly has a keen interest in trial advocacy, having received a diploma in Teaching Advocacy Skills from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. For decades, he has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s MidAtlantic Deposition Program, Taking and Defending Depositions, at Temple University School of Law and has served as Team Leader of the Program since 2011. He is also certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in September of 2000 and re-certified in 2005, 2010, and 2015.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Reilly has sat as a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in hundreds of cases since 2000.  He also actively serves as a private mediator and arbitrator in a variety of matters involving personal injury, property damage, insurance, commercial and contractual claims. Mr. Reilly is highly regarded for his ability to understand complex disputes and evaluate them fairly.

Notably, Mr. Reilly has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2006.

A frequent lecturer, Mr. Reilly has given numerous client and group-specific presentations to organizations such as the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters on defense and trial tactics.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reilly was a partner with a well-known regional insurance defense firm. Prior to that, he was a founding partner and shareholder at Gallagher, Reilly and Lachat.

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; Section of Litigation
Brehon Law Society
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Philadelphia Bar Association

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2006-2019)

Resources