Ethan R. O'Shea

Ethan R. O'Shea
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: EOShea@HRMML.com
Administrative Contact:
Marie J. Blockowitch
MBlockowitch@HRMML.com

Ethan O’Shea is a Principal of the firm and has been a member of the Litigation Department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin for 14 years. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, employment law, and criminal law. Ethan has counseled corporate and individual clients on a variety of employment, commercial and criminal matters. Ethan also appears regularly before the PA Human Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has tried cases in the federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Ethan was a Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as a member of the Child and Sexual Abuse Unit and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases in the Court of Common Pleas. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, Ethan served as a Law Clerk for The Honorable Edward G. Biester, Jr., Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Ethan is a member of the Pennsylvania, Bucks and Montgomery Bar Associations. He has lectured for the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Montgomery Bar Association and People’s Law School concerning employment law and employment law. Ethan is secretary of the Montgomery Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section, chair of the Montgomery Bar Association Employment Law Committee, and past vice-chair of the Criminal Defense Committee. He currently leads Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin’s Employment Law Group. Ethan serves as Secretary of the Plymouth Community Ambulance Association, has been a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montgomery County and Bucks County, and has served as a board member for the Montgomery County Victim-Offender Conferencing program. A graduate of Bucknell University with a degree in International Relations (B.A. 1990), Ethan received his J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1993. In 2003, he attended the Academy of Advocacy of Temple University.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, (J.D.1993)
  • Bucknell University (B.A.1990)
  • Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, Fall Semester 1988
  • Academy of Advocacy, Temple University, Summer 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

Speeches/Publications

  • The Perils of Independent Contractor Misclassifications, Employee Background Checks, and Workplace Investigations, CLE seminar presenter, Montgomery Bar Association, August 21, 2013
  • Criminal Culpability for Unintended Acts and Consequences, CLE seminar presenter, Montgomery Bar Association, January 29, 2013
  • HRMML Employment Law Alert: EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions, June 15, 2012
  • Lecturer, Identity Theft Issues, employee group of a local business
  • Lecturer, Criminal and Employment Law
  • People’s Law School re Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association and Montgomery Bar Association re Family Medical Leave Act.

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association – Secretary Trial Lawyers Section 2015
  • Montgomery Bar Association – Employment and Labor Law Committee: Vice-Chair 2007, Member – 2005, 2007-Current
  • Montgomery Bar Association – Vice-Chair Criminal Defense Committee 2010, Member 2000-Current
  • Montgomery Bar Association – Chair Employment Law Committee
  • Radnor Youth Soccer Program – Coach
  • Current Secretary of Plymouth Community Ambulance Association Board of Directors
  • Past Board member Montgomery County Victim-Offender Conferencing Program

Honors and Awards

  • Listed as “Awesome Attorney” for Criminal Defense, DWI/DUI, Traffic Law, and Employment/Labor Law, Suburban Life Magazine, 2012

Personal Interests

Ethan is an avid soccer, tennis and platform-tennis player, and is active with his three children’s PTO and community youth sports programs.

Employment

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a professional corporation in a suit filed by a former employee alleging age discrimination.
  • Assisted medical device manufacturing company in successful defense of employment discrimination claim.
  • Obtained defense verdict for principals of construction consulting firm against a claim made under Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law.
  • Obtained a confidential 6-figure settlement from a multinational pharmaceutical company for an employee resulting from the company’s violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Criminal

  • Represented numerous criminal defendants in a variety of felony and misdemeanor cases.
  • Obtained not-guilty verdict following a jury trial on all felony charges for a client charged with numerous offenses in a high-profile assault case.
  • Obtained not-guilty verdict following a non-jury trial for client wrongfully accused of assaulting estranged spouse.
  • Successfully argued pre-trial motions leading to the dismissal of charges against numerous clients because of unlawful searches and violations of the Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  • Negotiated guilty pleas on behalf of many clients leading to a reduction of charges and/or reduction of sentence.

Title Insurance Defense

  • Represent mortgage lenders in various actions to establish the validity and/or priority of the clients’ mortgages, and represent property owners to defend claims against title.
  • In a case of first impression in Pennsylvania, successfully obtained a judgment on behalf of a mortgage lender against a competing lender whose mortgage was declared void due to an improper notarization of the loan documents.

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