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Stephen G. Rhoads
Berwyn Office

1235 Westlakes Drive
Suite 200
Berwyn, PA 19312

P: 610-889-2244
F: 610-889-2220

Biography

Stephen G. Rhoads is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department.

He concentrates his practice in the areas of professional and general liability defense, construction disputes, commercial litigation, and advising educational and non-profit institutions on risk-management.

Stephen works on a wide variety of commercial disputes involving construction, employment, contract, shareholder, insurance coverage and other business disputes. He dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to complex construction and payment disputes for commercial and residential builders and design professionals, and for residential and commercial property owners.  An advocate of alternative dispute resolution, he has successfully resolved various claims through arbitration and mediation in federal and state courts and through the American Arbitration Association.

Drawing on his academic background in counseling, Stephen is also uniquely qualified to serve as counsel to mental health and allied professionals, as well as educational and non-profit institutions facing professional and general liability claims. He defends licensed professionals in proceedings before the Pennsylvania licensing boards and in malpractice claims in Pennsylvania state and federal courts.

As a former university administrator, Stephen specializes in risk management, conflict resolution and litigation for independent schools, colleges and universities. He has conducted various internal investigations for schools, prisons and residential treatment facilities.

Prior to returning to Montgomery McCracken, Stephen was a partner at a Chester County-based law firm.

Selected Representations

  • Obtained a significant award in favor of a general contractor client for unpaid materials and services, attorneys’ fees and interest due from the owner of a luxury home following a six-day hearing before the American Arbitration Association.
  • Following a week-long hearing before the Pennsylvania Board of Psychology, obtained a decision in favor of a licensed psychologist accused of having an intimate relationship with a client.
  • Currently representing a contractor in mechanic’s lien claims for material and services furnished on a series of self-storage facility projects.

Selected Publications

  • Quoted in, “Partner, Founder’s Grandson Returns to Montgomery McCracken,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 6, 2018
  • “Legal Issues in the Life of a Therapist’s Practice” – a presentation to the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, April 2010
  • “How to Handle Subpoenas, Court Orders and Complaints to Professional Licensing Boards” – a presentation to the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, April 2007
  • “What You Need to Know About Title IX” – a presentation to clients, December 2015

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics Conference, December 2018

Community Involvement

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Member of  West Pikeland Township Zoning Hearing Board
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust, Inc.
  • Advisory Board Member for the W.C. Eagles Field Hockey Club

Honors & Awards

  • Martin-Hubbell AV Preeminent-Rated Attorney
  • Recognized in as a top rated lawyer in Philadelphia for Business Litigation in The Legal Intelligencer, 2012
  • Recognized as a top lawyer  in Main Line Today Magazine, 2014,2016, 2017, 2018

Academic Achievements

Stephen received a J.D. degree from New England Law in Boston in 1986. He received a M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from St Lawrence University in 1981 and a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University in 1978.