Joseph C. Monahan
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7657
F: 215-772-7620


Joseph C. Monahan serves as of counsel in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department  and is co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, business torts, insurance coverage and bad faith matters, class actions, and real estate disputes. Joseph has represented real estate developers, real estate agents, mortgage companies, insurers, reinsurers, insurance brokers, major universities and professional practices, among others, in all manner of disputes, throughout the multiple phases of litigation and appeal.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Joseph was a member at a local Philadelphia law firm and a partner at a large mid-Atlantic firm.

Selected Representations

  • Representation of real estate agents in multimillion dollar fraud claim filed by a series of allegedly aggrieved purchasers, obtaining a dismissal of all claims with prejudice
  • Representation of mortgage broker in dispute with former employees regarding numerous alleged breaches of contract, including the defense of a series of counterclaims for, among other things, fraud
  • Defense of a pharmaceutical marketing firm in a dispute regarding alleged breach of a restrictive covenant, including defense of the plaintiff’s efforts to obtain a temporary restraining order
  • In a case of first impression, defense of an ambulatory surgery center against clams of insurance fraud
    Representation of a reinsurer in a dispute with its retrocessionaire regarding the application of underwriting guidelines and the follow the fortunes doctrine
  • Representation of a reinsurer in a dispute with a cedent regarding coverage in light of the cedent’s underwriting practices
  • Representing a reinsurer in a dispute regarding termination of a managing general agent
  • Representing several insurance brokers in coverage disputes between the insureds and their respective carriers
  • Defending a property and casualty carrier through trial and appeal against claims of breach of contract and bad faith, where the issues included the effect of late notice and the application of certain coverage exclusions
  • Defending a variety of carriers in coverage disputes and bad faith actions
  • Pro Bono defense of an antiquities dealer concerning ownership of a rare book of historic significance purchased by the dealer at auction

Selected Publications

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Philadelphia
    • Fellow, Class of 2008
  • Mt. Airy Baseball
    • Board of Trustees
      • Commissioner, Majors Division

Academic Achievements

Joseph earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from University of Wisconsin Law School where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He received a B.A. degree in History from Boston College.