We Solve Problems
Our team of experienced attorneys have more than 30 years of experience representing individuals and corporations in a variety of legal matters throughout the United States. The firm's clients are as diverse as the issues that arise in business every day.
Since the firm was established in 2002, we have achieved millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our business clients, while we have also successfully defended more than $250 million in claims asserted against our clients.
When your business or assets are at risk, there should be no surprises. All matters are pursued with competence, diligence and skill. The firm has a remarkable track record of success in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in all forums.
What makes us different?
Concannon & Charles is a full‑service law firm providing aggressive but efficient legal services to businesses in all areas of corporate law and commercial litigation. The firm has a proven track record of success in state and federal courts nationwide. We offer an alternative to the often impersonal, revenue centered “business of law” conducted by many law firms. Instead, we prefer to engage in the old fashioned “practice of law.” We focus on understanding our clients’ ultimate business objectives and meeting each individual client’s needs.
Our practice is as diverse as our client base. The firm provides advice and representation in traditional and emerging areas of law to local, regional, national and international businesses. Most of our clients are businesses founded and managed by forward thinking entrepreneurs who expect the same high level of commitment from their legal counsel as they do from themselves. We solve problems and find solutions.
Concannon & Charles
810 Asbury Avenue, No. 212
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226
100 Sun Valley Road, No. 329
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
Main Phone: (610) 293-8084
Fax: (877) 736-2434
EMAIL: click here
Areas of Practice
Explorers can recover Titanic’s Marconi telegraph
In a landmark decision, a federal judge allowed the firm's client, R.M.S. Titanic, Inc., to recover the "voice of the Titanic" from inside the ship's hull. The proposal was fiercely opposed by the U.S. Government, but the court sided with the explorers. The ruling made international headlines, and David Concannon was interviewed and quoted by The Washington Post, New York Times and Associated Press.
03-07-18 and 04-30-20
Judge Awards Hydraulic Company $3.1M in Trade Secrets Theft Case
A York, PA-based manufacturer of hydraulic parts for use in NASA rocket launches has been awarded more than $3 million in its lawsuit against former employees and its competitors for misappropriation of its trade secrets. The firm successfully represented Advanced Fluid Systems in its case against North Carolina engineering firm, Livingston & Haven, and two former AFS employees, Kevin Huber and Thomas Aufiero, in a stunning case of employee dishonesty and breach of fiduciary duty. The judgment was unanimously upheld by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on April 30, 2020.
The firm's client, motorcycle racing phenom Elena Myers Court, was featured on Inside Edition in a story about sexual assaults committed by massage therapists. Elena is one of four victims that reported being sexually assaulted during massages at the 12Fit Spa in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Loews and the 12th Street Gym, the operators of the spa, failed to perform a background check on their massage therapist, Jerome McNeill. McNeill had an extensive criminal record, including a prior arrest for kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl, a conviction for reckless endangerment, and a recent arrest for sexual assaulting a customer at another area spa. McNeill was eventually arrested and convicted of sexual assault. The Court case was resolved in March 2019.
Seven years after Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos asked David Concannon to find and recover the F-1 engines that launched men to the moon on Apollo 11, the engines have gone on public display at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
Courtroom View Network, the only news organization in the country exclusively focused on filming high-stakes civil trials, has recognized the firm's trial victory in Skiles v. Lamartek as No. 4 in the "Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2016."
This was a hard fought victory, and it extends our winning streak to 21 years without a loss at trial.
The firm has filed a second federal lawsuit on behalf of a California woman against Philadelphia’s Loews Hotel, the owners of 12th Street Gym and masseur Jerome McNeill, alleging that she was sexually assaulted during a massage inside the Center City hotel’s 12Fit Spa, which is operated by the gym. McNeill had an extensive criminal record, including prior arrests for aggravated sexual assault, but was still permitted to be alone with nude and nearly-nude patrons. Discovery in the first case revealed that at least three other women had been improperly touched by McNeill.
Scuba diving accident litigation update: The firm has successfully defended a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow of National Geographic cinematographer Wes Skiles. After a three week trial, a Palm Beach County, Florida jury deliberated for four hours before returning a defense verdict in favor of the firm's client, Lamartek, Inc., doing business as Dive Rite.
After 14 years operating as the Law Offices of David G. Concannon, LLC, the firm has officially changed its name to Concannon & Charles in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Matthew T. Charles, Esq. over the past seven years. Frankly, it's about time for an upgrade.