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Justin M.
O'Donoghue

Partner

Mr. O’Donoghue focuses his practice in Education Law, representing public school districts in a wide range of matters and serving as counsel to the board for many schools and school districts in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: jodonoghue@wispearl.com
Assistant
Barbara Nave
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Mr. O’Donoghue represents public school districts in all aspects of their day-to-day affairs, including contracts, procurement, employment, financial and budgetary concerns, students’ rights, student discipline, Right to Know requests, policy issues, and construction matters. He has also served as special counsel prosecuting student discipline cases and serves as counsel to the board for numerous schools and school districts in Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, and Philadelphia Counties.

In addition to representing school clients, Mr. O’Donoghue serves as the Assistant Solicitor to the Montgomery County Housing Authority, advising its MCHA Board of Directors and Administration on a daily basis regarding a variety of matters including construction, procurement, litigation, employment, civil rights, and regulatory issues.

Mr. O’Donoghue has successfully represented both public and private sector clients in the Courts of Common Pleas of Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the respective appellate courts.

Mr. O’Donoghue is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and was a Board member of the Abington Educational Foundation from 2009 – 2018. A graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a member of the Law Review, he received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland.

Representative Matters
  • Negotiated energy savings contracts on behalf of multiple school district clients.
  • Successfully represented a school district before the Secretary of Education in a taxpayer attempt to derail the two large construction projects.
  • Assisted and advised the School District of Upper Dublin with the successful passing of the first Debt Act referendum in Pennsylvania.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Dealing With Outside Organizations & Insurance Coverage for Events: It’s What You Don’t Know that May Hurt You.” Co-presenter. Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. 2012.
  • “Legal Issues in Technology.” Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. 2012.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” Co-presenter and co-author. National Business Institute. 2004.
  • “Municipal Liability under the Tort Claims Act.” Co-presenter. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. 2002.
Personal Interests
  • Mr. O’Donoghue is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and a Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder. He lives in Montgomery Township with his wife and daughter and their yellow Labrador retriever.
Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1997)

Loyola University Maryland (B.A. 1994)

Professional and Civic Memberships

Montgomery Bar Association

Abington Educational Foundation Board Member (2009-2018)

Devereux, PA Golf Classic Committee Member

Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

Pennsylvania School Boards Association

Justin M.
O'Donoghue

Partner

Mr. O’Donoghue focuses his practice in Education Law, representing public school districts in a wide range of matters and serving as counsel to the board for many schools and school districts in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: jodonoghue@wispearl.com
Assistant
Barbara Nave
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Mr. O’Donoghue represents public school districts in all aspects of their day-to-day affairs, including contracts, procurement, employment, financial and budgetary concerns, students’ rights, student discipline, Right to Know requests, policy issues, and construction matters. He has also served as special counsel prosecuting student discipline cases and serves as counsel to the board for numerous schools and school districts in Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, and Philadelphia Counties.

In addition to representing school clients, Mr. O’Donoghue serves as the Assistant Solicitor to the Montgomery County Housing Authority, advising its MCHA Board of Directors and Administration on a daily basis regarding a variety of matters including construction, procurement, litigation, employment, civil rights, and regulatory issues.

Mr. O’Donoghue has successfully represented both public and private sector clients in the Courts of Common Pleas of Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the respective appellate courts.

Mr. O’Donoghue is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and was a Board member of the Abington Educational Foundation from 2009 – 2018. A graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a member of the Law Review, he received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland.

Representative Matters
  • Negotiated energy savings contracts on behalf of multiple school district clients.
  • Successfully represented a school district before the Secretary of Education in a taxpayer attempt to derail the two large construction projects.
  • Assisted and advised the School District of Upper Dublin with the successful passing of the first Debt Act referendum in Pennsylvania.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Dealing With Outside Organizations & Insurance Coverage for Events: It’s What You Don’t Know that May Hurt You.” Co-presenter. Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. 2012.
  • “Legal Issues in Technology.” Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. 2012.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” Co-presenter and co-author. National Business Institute. 2004.
  • “Municipal Liability under the Tort Claims Act.” Co-presenter. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. 2002.
Personal Interests
  • Mr. O’Donoghue is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and a Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder. He lives in Montgomery Township with his wife and daughter and their yellow Labrador retriever.