Deirdre E. McInerney is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Ms. McInerney concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation.
Representative engagements in which Ms. McInerney has assisted include:
Ms. McInerney has authored articles and assisted with numerous CLE presentations addressing various topics including resale price maintenance, class certification in private antitrust enforcement actions, antitrust standing, bundling and loyalty discounts, and maintaining distributor relationships.
- representation of the second largest hospital system in Pittsburgh against its largest competitor and the region’s dominant health insurer for alleged illegal monopolization and conspiracy to monopolize
- defending employers before the EEOC, the PHRC, and in federal court against claims of discrimination on the basis of race, age, disability and national origin, claims of sexual harassment, and claims related to wage and hour violations
- participating in a jury trial as second chair in a matter brought by a bank against several individuals and a brokerage firm and asserting claims for fraud and violations of the RICO statute
- achieving dismissal at the summary judgment stage of actions brought by a retailer and a distributor against a competitor, its president, and supplier and asserting claims of unfair competition and violations of the RICO statute and the Lanham Act
- achieving a no-payment settlement of 10b-5 claims asserted by three hedge funds that alleged that misrepresentations were made to them before they purchased blocks of stock from a major stockholder of the issuer
- defense of a major mushroom grower in a putative class action challenging alleged agreements to fix the prices and restrict the supply of fresh mushrooms in the United States
- achieving dismissal of a complaint brought against multiple corporate and individual parties including the seller and purchaser of a hotel that alleged violations of Section 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act including price-fixing and conspiracy
- supervising the collection, review and analysis of documents in response to third-party requests including a Civil Investigative Demand issued by the Department of Justice in connection with an antitrust investigation related to price-fixing by a dominant distributor and a third-party subpoena in a matter challenging whether the procedures employed by an industry-wide standard-setting organization unlawfully precluded a member’s participation
- assisting a public company in an internal investigation of its accounting practices relating to the company’s internal controls and financial reporting
- defending a large actuarial firm in professional negligence claim
- currently defending a purchaser of manufactured products against claims asserted by a dismissed supplier.
Ms. McInerney is active in pro bono matters, including obtaining full benefits for a disabled veteran for service-related injuries. She has represented multiple immigrants to the United States who were victims of domestic violence in obtaining legal permanent residence. In addition, Ms. McInerney is active in the firm’s pro bono practice group dedicated to assisting refugees and asylees in their pursuit of full U.S. citizenship and legal permanent resident status.
Ms. McInerney is active in community and professional activities including the Temple American Inn of Court, the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Philadelphia and the Rutgers Law Alumni Board. She serves as secretary to the executive board of the Temple American Inn of Court and vice president to the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Philadelphia.
Ms. McInerney is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. She also is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.