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Blank Rome’s James Quinlan Moderates Brehon Law Society Panel on Commodore John Barry, Father of the U.S. Navy

Blank Rome Associate James J. Quinlan moderated the panel discussion on “Bridging Barry: A Review of Commodore John Barry's Legal Significance and the Bridge That Bears His Name,” hosted by The Brehon Law Society on April 29, 2015, in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Quinlan currently serves as vice president of The Brehon Law Society.

The maritime-focused panel, which offered CLE credit for participants, focused on the legal and historical significance of one of Philadelphia's greatest Irish heroes, Commodore John Barry, father of the U.S. Navy. The presenters included John M. Elliott, Chairman and CEO of Elliot Greenleaf, former Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, and Tim McGrath, author of “John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail.”

The Brehon Law Society was founded in 1976 as a professional association that fosters the profession of law among individuals of Irish ancestry. Over the past 40 years, the Society has grown from a handful of lawyers to over 500 members and now has branches in many of the law schools in the greater Philadelphia region. To learn more, please visit

At Blank Rome, Mr. Quinlan concentrates his practice in complex tort litigation, with particular emphasis on matters arising from product liability, aviation, maritime, and other transportation accidents. In addition to his role as vice president of The Brehon Law Society, Mr. Quinlan was also appointed to the North American Advisory Council for Shannon Development, an Irish governmental agency responsible for Ireland's Shannon region and transportation infrastructure. He serves as Parliamentarian on George Washington University Alumni Association’s (“GWAA”) Executive Committee as well as member-at-large on GWAA’s Board. Mr. Quinlan also serves as chair for the Philadelphia GW Alumni Philadelphia Club.

From left to right: Tim McGrath, James Quinlan, John Elliott, at the
CLE Presentation on April 29, 2015