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John A. Gallagher

Employment and labor Attorney at Malvern, PA

4.6   37 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1991
    Suspended Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Chester County and Montgomery County Employment Lawyer. Discrimination Lawyer. Sexual Harassment Lawyer. Overtime lawyer. Unemployment Hearing Lawyer. Philadelphia Wrongful termination Lawyer. Pennsylvania Non-Compete Lawyer. Family and Medical Leave Attorney. Philadelphia Disability Lawyer. Americans With Disabilities Attorney. Unemployment Lawyer. Hostile Work Environment Lawyer. We handle all types of employment law cases Southeastern Pennsylvania.

    32 years

  2. Business
    Pennsylvania Breach of Contract Lawyer. Philadelphia Non-Compete Contracts. Lawyer. If you believe that you have an oral or written contract under which you are owed money, please visit our website at Our main office is in Paoli, Chester County. We also have offices in Montgomery County and Philadelphia.

    32 years

At work, I am very  dedicated to our clients and obtaining justice.


At home, I am very dedicated to my family (7 kids! 2 in college!), and bettering the World around us through service and kind spirit.


At play, I play hard, but safe!

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Gallagher Law Group, P.C.
5 Great Valley Parkway
Suite 210
Malvern, PA, 19355

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4.6 / 5.0
  37 customer reviews
Posted by Miriam | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Unemployment Lawyer in Pa.
I have worked with Mr. Gallagher on numerous occasions. Most recently in my own unemployment case. He is knowledgeable, professional, and accessible. He was obviously more experienced than opposing counsel and of course, won my case! I have no hesitation recommending him. He is the best lawyer you'll find in his area of expertise.
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Posted by Ron | October 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Career Saver
As I write this review I have been back to work for almost 2 weeks. I was reinstated thanks to the tenacious efforts of my Attorney, John A. Gallagher. I was looking at the loss of a career I loved and 29 years of my life. Not only was I fully reinstated, but I also kept my Title and Salary. I can say that I would not have been able to prevail without an Attorney who was tenacious and thoughtful. If you are reading this review, and you are in dire straits and trying to save your career, call him!!! He is The Career Saver!!!
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Posted by Crystal | May 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Impressive Expertise
Mr. Gallagher has provided legal advice and guidance during a difficult work situation. I found him to be experienced, responsive, knowledgable and honest. While working with John, I felt as though my situation was in adept and trustworthy hands, and he did not steer me wrong. I would highly recommend John to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from John Gallagher again.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Senior Executive
John, did the improbable, I had the PA Unemployment folks chasing after me over a claim they investigated in which they had determined (incorrectly that I had knowingly received benefits. John was able to get the Referee to see the investigators had not done their job correctly, saving me $17k.
Posted by Gary | August 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision made I hired John Gallagher
I searched for advice on how to present my case at an upcoming hearing and I came across John’s videos on line. John’s advice on hiring a lawyer really hit the spot for me. I visited his website and called. He got back to me within the hour. I met with John at his office and we went over the case. I had verbally resigned from the company but then decided to retire in December 2018 via an email to my supervisors. John was very direct and honest on the likelihood of winning a case when someone quits. At the hearing John was FANTASTIC. The referee made the decision in my favor. I received the ruling by mail the very next day. My advice to anyone going to a hearing is Hire a Lawyer and if possible Hire JOHN GALLAGHER.
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Posted by N. | November 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ethics at Workplace and Continual Harrasment
I sought out John Gallagher after watching his many educational videos he had posted online. He was always very pleasant and took the time to listen to my situation at work. It has been many brutal on going years with a company that I started off doing very well in and now it just turned into many layers of harrasment from managers whom I report to. He was honest, and very direct on what my legal stance would be. And also advised me on how I could protect my job if it came down to it. If you need someone who is not here to waste time and money Mr GALLAGHER is definitely the legal council you would want to seek out and represent you!
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Posted by anthony cappiello | October 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal support- employment
Whnen it comes to employment law John gets it. I did a lot of research and most lawyers I talked to did not really understand the law when it comes to employment status and my issues but John was right on top of it. In addition, He gave me the freedom to try and handle the case and if that failed he would pick up the pieces. You will not be unhappy if you use John.
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Posted by Joshua | October 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and Thorough
I reached out to Mr. Gallagher the first time, and from that point on he was very thorough and great at explaining the nuances of my case. He was always available and willing to accommodate any situation, and worked with me to meet my personal needs. He provided great follow up and advise. I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Gallagher.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Non-Compete with former employer
I reached out to John to help me with a Non-compete issue with my former employer. He worked diligently to help us come to an agreeable resolution so I could move forward in my career with my new employer. I would certainly recommend John for any issues related to a non-compete as he is very well versed in all scenarios and aspects of the law.
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Posted by Bonnie | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Employment Law Attornry
John handled my unemployment compensation appeal hearing. We won! He is very knowledgeable about employment law. He is energetic and thorough. He worked with me to get all the facts about my case. He was ready for the employers argument and prepared me for how to respond to the referee and employer questions. I learned the hard way, from a prior unemployment situation, where I was unjustly fired and was denied my benefits. Having a good attorney is a necessity. It does not cost much to have proper representation. It costs much more to lose your benefits. I highly recommend John Gallagher.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent advice
John Gallagher is amazing. He helped me with a variety of issues over the years. His intelligence and capability is unmatched. Trust him with any matter related to the law, he doesn't give up.
Posted by Ray | January 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent representive
My former employer was appealing my Unemployment Compensation Claim. A Notice of Hearing was pending. I needed representation fast. A quick web search led me a blog and then to John. After two emails I knew I wanted him on my side. We met to discuss my situation and I felt reassured afterwards. John guided me through this complex process with great skill. I would recommend him to anyone in a similar position.
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Posted by David | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would've done very Poorly without him. Excellent Job. Highly Recommend.
I contacted Mr. Gallagher after being denied my Unemployment Compensation. I was discharged for a completely ridiculous reason after nearly 15 years of dedication. I felt it was unfair that I was denied and have a family to support. I'm from the Pittsburgh area, which is on the opposite side of Pennsylvania from Mr. Gallagher. I searched for an Unemployment Compensation attorney and found Mr. Gallagher's YouTube videos. I felt that he must be the real deal if he is willing to take the time to make videos to assist non-clients. He even offers to discuss the case without a fee to offer some assistance. When I contacted Mr. Gallagher, he is a very "down to Earth" individual. He completely changed my thought process and prepared me for my case much differently than I would've done on my own. Although he is on the opposite side of the Pennsylvania, he was still willing to represent me at my hearing. At the hearing, Mr. Gallagher made my employer look very unprepared, showed many faults in their presentation, and objected evidence that could've otherwise been detrimental to my case if he wasn't there. There is no doubt that I would've lost my case without his representation. My only regret is not contacting him sooner.
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Posted by joseph | June 22, 2015
great attorney
John is a great attorney he lead me in the right direction to stick it to my former employer who was trying to fight my unemployment. Thanks to john we won and now I can finally rest easy and look for employment. Thank you john.
Posted by Jo | May 30, 2015
"Speak softly and carry a big stick"
If you are looking for an attorney that can negotiate in a soft, peaceful and knowledgeable manner while simultaneously exuding the kind of strength that reveals he will not back down from a fight, then John Gallagher is the attorney for you. Since this was my first time experiencing anything like this, I was filled with questions, fear and anxiety. Before finding John, I sought counsel from several other attorneys that actually made me feel worse. Right from the start, John won me over with his charismatic, take charge personality. He is a true professional that cares about his clients and is willing to go the extra mile. I highly recommend John.
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Posted by Pat | May 19, 2015
I recommend John Gallagher!
John Gallagher recently represented me after being let go from my job after 13 years without any warning. John was super knowledgeable in employment law (you would be surprised about the things we do not know), he was very professional, caring and worked very hard to negotiate a good settlement for me and my family. John Gallagher is definitely the best in the business and I will recommend him to all my friends and family members!!!
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Posted by Craig | May 12, 2015
Nobody better in Employment Law issues
John helped me fight a federal non-compete lawsuit in Ohio for 4 years. It was very complicated. A friend and I were sued by the very large company that once employed us, and John came up with a great strategy. We eventually reached a fair settlement, and then won cases filed by the company that hired us both in Ohio and New Jersey (they did not support us in the lawsuit, and turned against us instead). John always kept us up to date, treated us fairly from a fee perspective, and won using a great strategy. I would highly recommend John to anyone with a non-compete issue. He is straightforward, smart and creative – and kept us sane during a very hard time.
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Posted by Barbara D. | May 4, 2015
Excellant experience
John Gallager proved himself to be an exemplary attorney. He was helpful, knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy & responsive. I knew my case was in good hands. It was not all about money but getting a fair settlement. He always gave solid advice. I sincerely thank him for his concern & expertise. Thank you for everything. If I ever need legal help Mr Gallager Will be my first call. I would highly recommend Mr Gallagher to anyone needing legal assistance .
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Posted by Travis K. | August 7, 2014
Excellent representation!
Mr. Gallagher represented me in a case involving a non-compete/non-solicitation agreement. He kept me informed of each development in my case, he set reasonable expectations as to what I could expect, and he represented my interests aggressively. Ultimately the matter was settled and the outcome exceeded my original expectations. I would recommend Mr. Gallagher very highly to anyone looking for legal representation in employment law.
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Posted by Joe | August 29, 2013
Gallagher review
John was clearly an asset who did a great job for me and handled my case well. He came up with an out of the box approach. He did excellent research on the issue at hand . He handled the opposition well. I am very happy with his knowledge of the law his preparation and his work ethic. He handled himself professionally with the court and the oppositions' legal team.
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AVVO RATING 5.5 (Average)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Suspension issued in PA, 2021
updated on 02/22/2021

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of John A. Gallagher
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • High, Swartz, Roberts & Seidel
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Harvey, Pennington, Herting & Renneisen
  • 1991 - 1996


  • New England Law School
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Whitman v. Proconex, Inc.
  • Won Court Ruling in FMLA Case
  • Scholly v. JMK Plastering, Inc.
  • Won Overtime Retaliation Case
  • Karedes v. Gannett Company, Inc.
  • Won Libel/Defamation Case
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  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Chairman, General Practice Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Committeee
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2002 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • Awesome Attorneys 2010
  • Suburban Life Main Line Magazine
  • 2010
  • Readers' Choice Elite Lawyer for Workplace Issues
  • SmartCEO Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Employment Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2009
  • Distinguished Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • New England Scholar
  • New England Law School
  • 1991
  • New England Law Review
  • New England School of Law
  • 1990
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  • Hiring & Discharge Compliance
  • The Equal Opportunity Statement
  • 1998
  • Hiring & Discharge Compliance
  • Paid versus Unpaid Leave
  • 1998
  • Benefits and Compensation Solutions
  • Work Related Injuries: A Legal Tarpit
  • 1995
  • New England Law Review
  • In Wake of Exxon Valdez; Murky Legal Waters of Liability and Compensation
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • Montgomery County Bar Association Annual Employment Law Seminar
  • Recent Developments in Employment Law
  • 2007
  • Annual Employment Law Seminar
  • FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse John
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gallagher is very approachable when I have any employment or labor law related questions that come up. He is very knowledgable regarding this area of the law. He has a unique ability to explain these complicated concepts so that they can be understood. Given his approachability, knowledge, and communication skills, he is the go-to guy to get up to date information on labor and employment law cases."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Concentrates in this area of law and knows his stuff."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
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