About Barry Penn

Mr. Penn is a native of Boston who came to Philadelphia to teach science at a Philadelphia high school after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1971. Mr. Penn was actively involved in the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Union until he resigned in 1977 to attend law school. He attended Widener University where he was editor in chief of the law school's legal periodical and author of several articles on asbestosis and worker safety.

He worked initially for a labor firm handling labor law matters of the union clients including the Transit Workers Union as well as product liability and construction site accident claims. For twenty years, Mr. Penn handled many employment claims involving FMLA, prevailing wage claims, workers' compensation and restrictive covenants for one of the largest privately owned temporary personnel companies in the United States.

Mr. Penn successfully defended his temporary personnel placement client against one of its temporary employees who was catastrophically injured in the matter of Badir v. Loral Defense Systems, et al. Docket No. A-00163-99T5 which was eventually affirmed by the New Jersey Supreme Court. He also has concentrated on commercial litigation matters in State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey involving corporate, non-complete agreements, partnership and real estate disputes, FOIA and Qui Tam actions.

Mr. Penn has litigated cases in the courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and successfully prosecuted them through the appellate courts of those states. He has been an active volunteer attorney with the Philadelphia Mortgage Diversion Program. Mr. Penn is also a New Jersey Bar Exam grader.