Maria Feeley is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Ms. Feeley is chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, vice chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and a member of the firm’s Hiring and Contributions Committees.
Ms. Feeley focuses her practice on complex business and commercial disputes, products liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, social media law and education counseling. She has litigated matters in a variety of fora, including arbitration, federal and state courts. She understands the significant disruption litigation causes to businesses, as well as the expense and risk associated with litigation, and counsels clients on alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration and mediation, as well as strategies to reduce the risk of litigation.
She advises and represents domestic and international manufacturers, distributors and retailers in lawsuits throughout the United States. She serves as coordinating counsel and strategic counsel for clients facing litigation throughout the United States, and counsels clients with respect to litigation management, pre-litigation strategies, and other issues such as risk management.
She has represented insurance companies in complex insurance disputes and bad faith lawsuits, and served as national counsel for insurers, managing their litigation and outside counsel throughout the United States.
Ms. Feeley is an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, and is often appointed to chair civil arbitration panels. She is an adjunct professor at Rosemont College, where she teaches business law and sits on the Board of Trustees. She is a regular speaker before industry and professional associations, and conducts in-house training and educational programs for clients.
In April 2014, Ms. Feeley was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, an independent agency charged with enforcing the Ethics Act, which applies to public officials, public employees, and candidates and nominees for public office.
Ms. Feeley provides pro bono legal services through the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), and through the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, served in the Attorney Mentoring Program, the Temple LEAP Program, the Legal Hotline Program, the Lawyer-for-a-Day Program and Law Week, and served as a judge in the National Moot Court Competition. Ms. Feeley has coached in the Philadelphia Reads Program and participated in the Philadelphia Department of Education Career Day. Through the Homeless Advocacy Project, she assisted displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Before joining Pepper in January 2004, Ms. Feeley was an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Property Departments of White and Williams LLP, where she worked extensively on complex commercial litigation matters, insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits, products liability and construction defect cases, and real estate errors and omissions cases.
Ms. Feeley is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland bars. She also is admitted to appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the District of Maryland and New Jersey. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, and the Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia.