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Brian Joseph Foley

Wrongful termination Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

4.9   31 reviews

also known as Brian J. Foley


Licensed for 29 years

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“People don’t set out to buy lawsuits. They retain lawyers to solve their problems quickly and efficiently. Creativity and problem-solving skills are essential — especially when combined with a threat of a lawsuit by an aggressive, well-trained attorney.” – Foley

Brian J. Foley looks at problems and disputes from more than just the traditional angles, saving his clients time and money.

Foley was trained by the best: Dartmouth College, where he graduated with honors, and top 10-ranked University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he won the Prosser Prize in Torts and was selected as an editor of the California Law Review, the school’s prestigious, flagship journal.

After graduating, Foley clerked for a highly respected federal judge in Philadelphia, the late Hon. Edmund V. Ludwig. He started practicing at Dechert LLP, one of the top law firms in the world. He heeded the call to teach and became a law professor. He helped change the way law is taught —  in several traditional subjects, in co-founding the Applied Legal Storytelling movement, and in creating courses in legal writing, public speaking, and creative problem-solving. He was soon training practicing lawyers, in Continuing Legal Education programs and as a private consultant.

After a 17-year career, which included serving as a visiting professor for two years at highly-ranked Boston University School of Law, winning the award for best professor from Drexel Law’s first graduating class a year after his visiting professor appointment there ended, and as a tenured, full professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Foley decided to put his ideas into practice. He returned to Philadelphia and volunteered, pro bono, for the Defender, where he helped win appeals in criminal cases. Last Fall, he opened his own practice, with the goal of providing top-flight, cost-efficient legal representation that the middle class can afford.

“Access to justice is important to me. Middle class people don’t qualify for free legal aid but can’t afford top-flight private lawyers. I already had a successful career as a professor, so I am in a good position to provide reasonable rates.” – Foley

One focus is Foley’s practice representing professors, students, and others against colleges and universities.

“The ‘corporatization’ of higher ed has destroyed the honor system that prevailed between faculty, students, and administration and has turned these relationships into legalistic, adversarial ones. The new, Corporate U. is protected by overstaffed administrations, legal departments, and high-priced outside counsel. On the other hand, professors and students stand unprotected. They need a lawyer who knows that environment to fight for them.” – Foley

Unfortunately, most of our culture is becoming more and more adversarial. Foley can help you solve your problems — and perhaps turn them into opportunities.

“People I help are great people. Very smart, with interesting and challenging careers – professors, lawyers, creatives, business owners, and working people. They deserve a dedicated advocate.” – Foley

Licensed for 29 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 10/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Brian J. Foley, Attorney at Law
6701 Germantown Ave.
Ste 200
Philadelphia, PA, 19119-1905

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by M.J.M., PhD | February 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A True Advocate for Faculty!
As a professor at a local college, I contacted Attorney Foley when I felt that my job was in jeopardy due to abrupt restructuring in my workplace coupled with a lack of transparency in administrative decisions. Brian’s background in higher education enabled him to quickly grasp the dynamics of my situation which immediately put me at ease. Moreover, his attentiveness to my concerns helped me see the big picture and decide what was in my best interest regarding the terms of my new faculty contract. Simply put, Attorney Foley’s legal advice was invaluable and I am truly grateful that he was in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2018
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Academic Background Was a Huge Plus!
Brian helped me regarding a tenure and promotion issue and was 100 percent successful! He helped me fight back aggressively to defeat a malicious, unfounded defamatory objection that would have hampered the progress of my career. He is amazing. He listened well. Unlike very few people I've ever met, he understood the psychology of the situation and used it to my advantage. A genius.
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Posted by Michelle | September 1, 2022
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Employment Reinstatement
Without the help of Brian J. Foley Law, I know that I would not have had the successful outcome of being reinstated to my job after a long fight with my employer. Mr. Foley took on a very difficult case and encountered multiple issues that no one expected and few had ever seen. He worked endlessly to make sure that the truth was told. He stood by every one of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy process. Brian Foley responded within hours with any questions or concerns I ever had. I’m referring him to all my friends and family. I am so happy that I found Brian J Foley, Attorney at Law!
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Posted by William | August 19, 2022
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Fantastic!
Brian wasn't able to help me directly, but provided some experts who would, even when it wouldn't benefit him directly. He is a true man of the people and gracious of his valuable time.
Posted by MB | February 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
C19 Exemption Excellent Attorney
Brian was on my side 100% of the way; I had called a few lawyers and they suggested that my beliefs weren't "strong" enough and seemed disinterested in helping me. With Brian it was the polar opposite. He was readily available and answered all of my questions, also helping me with my exemption. I would have been fired without him. I thank God for lawyers like Brian and I really can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2022
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Fantastic experience
Brian helped me with a vaccine mandate at the University where I work. Although it was only a consultation, he helped me resolve the situation to my satisfaction within a day. Brian clearly cares about helping faculty members, and is well versed in academia. If you are looking for an attorney with higher ed experience who will take your side, don't hesitate!
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Posted by CJ | December 17, 2021
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Best Lawyer Ever
I must say, Brian Foley was the best possible lawyer I could have gotten on this issue. He was patient, kind, and listened to me. His advice was spot-on. Because he understood my situation fully, he told me about the options and shared with me the consequences of each option. Then we made the best decision for ME (not him, or the administration). The outcome was everything that I could have hoped for!
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Posted by Jeff | February 27, 2021
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5 stars for sure!
I first found Brian because of his stellar reviews and I'm happy to say that he lived up to his high rating and much more. His fees are reasonable for his services, his communication is lightning fast, and he's top rate in a wide range of situations and cases. I hired him to defend me against defamation and we won. He'll fight for you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2021
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Meaningful results found here
Brian helped me navigate through a toxic work environment that resulted into a meaningful outcome. I was bullied and retaliated at work and under tremendous amount of stress. His initial responsiveness to my case protected me and helped me make more sound decisions at work and ultimately resulted into rewards that will help me move on to my next career path.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
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Consultation for a Grievance
I contacted Brian with some concerns about a grievance process at my workplace. We spoke a few times over the phone and we exchanged several emails. In all our exchanges he was courteous, responsive, and professional. He helped me reason through the consequences of certain decisions and how they might affect my position. His clear-headed and supportive counsel, beyond being practically valuable, was a source of confidence for me. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Melanie | July 7, 2020
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Professional and Supportive
Brian helped me negotiate a very costly bill with a contractor who did not finish the job and damaged my property. It was a very stressful situation and Brian helped me delineate and strategize how to approach the situation. He promptly responded to all my questions and handled it all with a high level of professionalism. I was able to reduce my bill significantly. Most importantly to me was that Brian was very supportive and compassionate during the whole process.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2020
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Consult for Termination Agreement
I requested a consultation with Brian to discuss a termination agreement. After he reviewed, we discussed via phone, each of the paragraphs' meaning and implication (4 pages). Brian was thorough and insightful. He ensured I understood the wording and cited various examples for clarification. Brian answered questions to my satisfaction. He returned my calls and texts messages promptly. Even after our consultation, he followed up with additional suggestions, which I found helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2020
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Super helpful
Brian was super helpful and quick to help for my quick turnaround on a Severance Agreement. He was really informative for sections I didn't fully understand and was helpful with my questions around future plans for myself in conjunction with the agreement.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
E. Polett
I hired Mr. Foley for an issue I was having with my employer. From our first conversation I could tell I was in the right hands. He has a very high level of knowledge of employment law. He asked thorough questions, listened intently, took copious notes, requested information and documentation, and left no stone upturned. He was compassionate, honest and realistic every step of the way. I never felt surprised or unclear during, what was for me, a very difficult time. Mr. Foley negotiated with my former employees' legal representative in an extremely professional manner which ended in a very positive outcome for me. He was also very fair with his rates/fees. I am very grateful for Mr. Foley and his expertise and would recommend him to anyone seeking legal assistance regarding their employment.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2019
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Excellent and caring lawyer for academics
I had a contract renewal/tenure dispute with the university I was employed with. AAUP referred me to Brian J. Foley, and after reading his reviews; I retained him to represent me in this dispute. Mr. Foley’s legal expertise, as well as his knowledge of academia and the workings of university organizations, made him a powerful and aggressive advocate on my behalf. Mr. Foley promptly responded to emails, addressing all of my questions and concerns about the process. Additionally, he is able to explain the complexities of the law and the dispute process in a clear and comprehensible way, as well as treating me like a colleague. This allowed me to feel comfortable about the process and confident in Mr. Foley’s advocacy. More importantly, because of his advocacy, the matter ended with an excellent result for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Foley to any friend or colleague who was in need of legal services.
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Posted by JC | May 8, 2019
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Employment Contract
Brian did a terrific job at helping negotiate a fair agreement with my employer that took into account all specific items I wanted in it. He took the time to explain the options I had, and the best path forward. He also was quick to respond to my correspondence, and availed himself at a convenient time for me. I would strongly recommend Brian for anyone who has questions about their employment situation, or may have a more serious employment related matter.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2018
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Excellent Experience ! Highly Recommend Him!
I hired Brian Foley to assist me with an employment situation which had gotten to be intolerable. It was a matter of age/gender discrimination that had gotten worse and I could no longer bear it. Brian Foley filed an EEOC Complaint and then managed to negotiate a settlement for me with my employer that I was very happy with in a short period of time. I found him to be very supportive and felt like he truly cared about me and my situation. He was always in contact with me through this whole process and was easy to communicate with. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who might be in a similar situation. He also was more than fair with billing for his services. He is very knowledgeable in employment related issues. I could not have found a better lawyer than Brian.
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Posted by Mark | May 31, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Brian was very knowledgeable and compassionate. He always kept me updated with developments with my case. I felt at ease when discussing details on my situation and he provided various options and pathways we could explore. During this trying time I knew he had my best interest in the forefront. Brian’s fees were very fair. I was very satisfied with his services. Brian is very easy to speak with and explained everything thoroughly.
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Posted by Darrin | April 8, 2018
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A man of character
I worked with Brian for several months. He gueniely had my best interest at heart. He took the time to explain the legal process we were going through and was very fair with his time.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
workplace discrimination - multiple
I worked with Brian Foley over the course of several months and he was the consummate professional. Promptly returning phone calls, and texts when warranted- providing written comprehensive documents when and where needed - both to the workplace and to outside agencies. Reviewing and editing internal employee-mandated documents.I would work with him again.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Rutgers Law School
  • 2017 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Offices of Caroline Goldner Cinquanto
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Brian J. Foley, Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Interim Chief
  • Appeals Division for the Montgomery County Public Defender
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Professor of Law
  • Florida Coastal School Of Law
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
  • Boston University School Of Law
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
  • Thomas Kline School of Law, Drexel University
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Defender Association Of Philadelphia
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Florida Coastal School Of Law
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
  • Touro Law Center
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Legal Methods Professor
  • Widener University School Of Law, Delaware
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Legal Writing Faculty
  • Rutgers School Of Law Camden
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Connolly Epstein Chicco Foxman Englemeyer & Ewing
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Dechert
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United States District Court EDPA
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Staff Writer
  • The Keene Sentinel
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Composition Center Coordinator
  • Dartmouth College
  • 1987 - 1988
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Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • California Law Review
  • Member & Associate Editor
  • 1991 - 1993

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Awards

  • Excellence in the Classroom - Teaching Award
  • Kline School of Law, Drexel University
  • 2009
  • Prosser Prize in Torts
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • 1991
  • Citation for top performance in English upper-level seminar
  • Dartmouth College
  • 1986
  • Class of 1846 Latin Prize
  • Dartmouth College
  • 1984
  • Carl and Effie Ellis Endowed Scholarship
  • Dartmouth College
  • 1984
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Publications

  • FOR THE SAKE OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS”: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF ROGER CLARK (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill) (invited)
  • Mobilising Law on the Side of Peace: Security Council Reform and the Crime of Aggression
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court
  • Using Powerful Storytelling Techniques to win your Employment Law Case
  • 2018
  • Mt. Airy Learning Tree
  • Know Your Rights- Dealing with the Police
  • 2017
  • Applied Legal Storytelling Sixth Biennial Conference
  • The Funny Relationship Between Law and Comedy
  • 2017
  • Rutgers Law School
  • CLE Storytelling for Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Mt. Airy Learning Tree
  • Know Your Rights- Dealing with the Police
  • 2016
  • Mt. Airy Learning Tree
  • Know Your Rights- At Work
  • 2016
  • Applied Legal Storytelling Fifth Biennial Conference
  • Confessions of a Casebook Professor Who Used to Teach Legal Writing and Who I s Now Actually Doing Legal Writing, Or, I Know What You Students Did Last Summer: What I Learned from What Turned Out to Be My ‘ Practice Sabbatical ’
  • 2015
  • National Lawyers Guild Presentation to Public, Jacksonville, FL
  • Know Your Rights - Fourth and Fifth Amendments
  • 2013
  • CLE Literature and the Law
  • The Permitted, the Prohibited, the Silent, and the Absent Narratives in Criminal Sentencing
  • 2013
  • CLE - The Rule of Law Today: The War on Terror; Immigration Reform
  • Questioning the Necessity for Sweeping Legal Change after 9/11
  • 2008
  • CLE - Widener University School of Law Alumni Day
  • The Art of Persuasion
  • 2001
  • CLE
  • Storytelling for Lawyers: How to Use the Most Powerful Tool of Persuasion to Win Your Cases
  • 2001
  • CLE
  • Facts from Fiction: Using Fiction Writing Techniques in Writing Facts Sections
  • 2000
  • CLE
  • Practical Brief Writing Skills
  • 1999
  • CLE
  • How to Write Winning Briefs
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Discrimination Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of having Brian serve as my co-counsel in a 2019 jury trial. We represented the plaintiff in a whistleblower retaliation case vs. the State of New Jersey. Brian delivered with his talents in examining witnesses, arguing points of law and helping me to tell a persuasive story to the jury. He went the extra mile for our client as I’ve seen him do for every client he’s taken on."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Brian since I was a student in his Federal Civil Procedure course. Since then, Brian has been a mentor to me, and I even had the pleasure of working alongside him in a complicated commercial/employment dispute. I have always known Brian to be quick on his feet, capable of condensing complicated issues and principles into simple frames and terms, genuine, and caring. In short, Brian is a stellar advocate. I endorse him without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Had a client matter question regarding a wrongful termination. Brian thoroughly and quickly provided competent answers and insights. Very helpful. Highly recommend for employment-related issues."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Genuine and genius all in the same package."
Unknown Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian Foley. He has unparalleled experience as an attorney and professor in many areas of the law."
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Philadelphia Wrongful termination Lawyer Brian Joseph Foley
Brian Joseph Foley
Wrongful termination Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 29 years