Selected To:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2006-2016

Bar Admissions
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for New Jersey

U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury and Property Damage Defense

  • Product Liability, Commercial and Consumer

  • Commercial Premises Liability

  • Homeowner Premises Liability

  • Construction Accidents

  • Private Vehicular Liability

  • Commercial Vehicular Liability

  • Railroad Litigation, FELA and Third Party

  • Dram Shop Liability

  • Construction Defense Claims

  • Mediation and Arbitration

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Errors and Omissions Defense

Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1977)
St. Joseph’s University (B.A., 1973)

Thomas F. Reilly

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Phone Number : (215) 972-5417
Fax Number : (215) 972-7008
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One Logan Square
130 N. 18th Street, 26th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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THOMAS F. REILLY graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1969, St. Joseph’s University in 1973 and Temple University School of Law in 1977. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles A. Lord of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1977 until 1978.

In 1978 Mr. Reilly joined Margolis, Edelstein & Scherlis, where he worked with Edward L. Edelstein until 1982 when he became a founding partner and shareholder at Gallagher, Reilly and Lachat until 2000 and a partner with Swartz Campbell LLP from 2000 until 2011. Mr. Reilly is involved primarily in the defense of serious personal injury matters for insurers and self-insureds as well as commercial litigation (employment contracts, contractual disputes, negotiation of purchase agreements). His personal injury cases primarily involve products liability (commercial products such as forklifts, trucks, and other industrial equipment as well as consumer claims involving various small appliances, exploding or defective glass products, food products, etc.), construction accidents involving both workers and bystanders, commercial premises liability (such as slips, trips, and falls, failure to provide adequate security such as ATM assaults or tenant assaults, the infamous Pier 34 collapse, etc.), dram shop liability (hotels, banquet facilities, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs, etc.), commercial vehicular liability and private vehicular liability.

Mr. Reilly has handled hundreds of seven and eight figure cases over his 38 year career as a trial lawyer. Mr. Reilly has a keen interest in trial advocacy, having received a Diploma in Teaching Advocacy Skills from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in March of 1997. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Mid-Atlantic Deposition Program, Taking and Defending Depositions, at Temple University School of Law. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in September of 2000 and re-certified in 2005, 2010, and 2015.

Mr. Reilly has sat as a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in hundreds of cases since 2000.  He also actively serves as a private mediator and arbitrator in a variety of matters involving personal injury, property damage, insurance, commercial and contractual claims. 

In 2006, Mr. Reilly was initially named a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Mr. Reilly is rated “AV Preeminent”, the highest level of professional excellence attainable, by Martindale-Hubbell. 



Professional Associations

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
American Bar Association
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; Section of Litigation
Brehon Law Society
National Association of Railroad Trial Lawyers
Philadelphia Bar Association

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