John R. McGinley, Jr.

Member
Chair, Executive Committee
Board of Directors

Overview

Jack McGinley is a trial attorney with more than 45 years of legal experience. He concentrates his practice in corporate, business, real estate, and professional liability matters. He also has significant experience in handling matters on behalf of nonprofit organizations. At Eckert Seamans, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Executive Committee.

Jack previously served in the public sector as an assistant district attorney of Allegheny County. He later cofounded the firm Grogan Graffam McGinley, P.C., where he practiced for more than 30 years before joining Eckert Seamans as an equity partner in 2002. Throughout his legal career, he has successfully tried numerous high-profile cases to verdict. He also chaired the Independent Regulatory Review Commission of Pennsylvania for more than 10 years and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.

Jack has complemented his legal career with various business interests and service to many nonprofit corporations. He is the former chair of Rockwood Casualty Insurance Company and the current chair and president of Ballymoney & Company, a business that develops and manages real estate properties. He has also served as a director of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club and Wilson McGinley Inc., a wholesale distributor of beer and malt beverages. He currently serves as a director of Duquesne University, emeritus trustee of Saint Bonaventure University, and chair of the Rita McGinley Foundation. He chaired Pittsburgh Mercy Hospital through its joiner with UPMC.

Representative Matters

  • Represented major health system in liquidation—utilizing a team of firm attorneys to address employment law; employee benefits, including pension plan terminations; dissolution of the corporations through which the health system operated; resolution of class actions; and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues—to ensure that the assets were promptly liquidated and that creditor claims against these assets were promptly processed. Client chose to dissolve under the supervision of the courts pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Law, rather than by filing for bankruptcy, becoming one of the largest nonprofit corporate dissolutions in the history of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Orphans’ Court. The lack of precedent required great flexibility from the Court and the attorneys in formulating a procedure that followed the Orphans’ Court rules, yet took into account the size and complexity of the case.
  • Handled litigation work regarding the politically-charged closure of a major hospital in Pittsburgh. The client prevailed in a number of suits that were filed in an attempt to stop the closure.
  • Resolved cases with the Internal Revenue Service concerning federal estate taxes.
  • Successfully represented plaintiff in matter pertaining to a major gas explosion.
  • Represented major mass media corporation in litigation regarding liabilities in connection with net leases.
  • Appointed by St. Bonaventure University to lead panel on review of its basketball program following forfeiture of six victories after the National Collegiate Athletic Association declared one of its players ineligible on academic grounds, in addition to two additional forfeitures and the resignation of the university’s president.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Commission for Appellate Judges
  • American Bar Association
  • Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Chairman Emeritus 
  • Allegheny Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Member and Past Governor
  • Rockwood Casualty Insurance Company, Former Chairman
  • Corporate Advisory Board for the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Former Member

Community Involvement

  • Pittsburgh Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc., Director
  • Duquesne University, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Duquesne University, Chair Investment Committee, Director 
  • Duquesne University School of Law Advisory Board
  • St. Bonaventure University,  Emeritus Trustee
  • UPMC Executive Committee (2102), Board of Trustees
  • UPMC Mercy Hospital, Former Chair
  • Wilson-McGinley, Director

Awards and Recognition:

  • Bestowed with the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award
  • Selected for inclusion as Best Lawyers 2018 Bet-the Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by St. Bonaventure University
  • Inducted into Central Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into Duquesne University’s Century Club of Distinguished Alumni
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers of America
  • Selected for inclusion in the Irish Legal 100
  • Attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Featured:

Jack McGinley, Jr., featured in Pittsburgh Business Times "Personalities of Pittsburgh"

News and Insights

Media Coverage:

  • “Attorney to chair Duquesne U. board of directors,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 19, 2017
  • “St. Francis Health Center estate closes, seven years later,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 24, 2009.

Interests

Jack is the chair of the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, which provides funding for college scholarships and aid to the homeless, among other causes. He also serves as the challenge grant coordinator for Attorneys Against Hunger, an annual campaign administered by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation that has administered more than $1.3 million in grants since it was established in 1993.