Maria Feeley is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP and a senior legal consultant for Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (a global risk management company acquired by Pepper in 2012), providing business integrity, compliance, security, investigation, due diligence, litigation management, and claims administration services. Since 2014, she has been serving as senior in-house counsel for the Deep Water Horizon Economic Claims Center in connection with the largest court-supervised settlement trust and program in U.S. history. Ms. Feeley is also 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.
In April 2014, Ms. Feeley was appointed as one of seven commissioners of 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. She is also an adjunct business law professor at Rosemont College, where she sits on the board of trustees.
Ms. Feeley is a trusted advisor to senior executives of leading corporations, academic institutions, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. She advises and represents domestic and international companies facing legal challenges throughout the United States. She has served as coordinating and strategic counsel for clients facing complex legal issues and litigation throughout the United States, and she counsels clients with respect to risk and litigation management.
She has successfully counseled clients and resolved complex commercial and other disputes throughout the United States in a variety of fora, including arbitration and federal and state courts. She has represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries facing allegations of sexual misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, tort, breach of contract, consumer protection, unfair trade practices, insurance, class actions and other claims. She understands the significant disruption litigation causes to businesses and organizations, 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.
Ms. Feeley also 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 a regular speaker before industry and professional associations and conducts in-house training and educational programs for clients.
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 is admitted to appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the District of Maryland and the District of New Jersey. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Philadelphia Bar Associations; the Hispanic Bar Association; Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia; the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania; and the Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia.