MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser 2020 Super Lawyers

MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser is proud to announce that four of our partners, David J. MacMain, Matthew J. Connell, Brian H. Leinhauser, and Janelle E. Fulton, have been selected to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers annually selects attorneys according to a process that combines peer evaluations with independent research to verify credentials, professional accomplishments, awards, and pro bono and community service. Only five percent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania are selected to Super Lawyers and consumers consult the Super Lawyers list when searching for trusted legal counsel.

David J. MacMain, founding member and managing partner, has been previously selected to Super Lawyers in 2004 and each consecutive year since 2006. David has broad and extensive trial experience, bringing more than 150 cases to verdict in favor of his clients. During a legal career spanning more than 25 years, David has focused his practice on the representation of public entities, public officials, and educational institutions, throughout Pennsylvania in a wide variety of civil rights and employment claims. David is a member of The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Association of Defense Trial Lawyers, and the Defense Research Institute, where he currently serves as the 2020 Chair of the Governmental Liability Committee.

Matthew J. Connell, founding partner, has extensive litigation experience defending private and public sector clients. This is Matthew’s first year selected to Super Lawyers. He routinely counsels clients and handles all phases of litigation.  Matthew has also served on an advisory board for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Labor and Employment Subcommittee and is currently a member of the Chester County Bar Association, the Delaware County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the PA Chamber of Commerce, the Defense Research Institute, and the Society of Human Resource Management.

Brian H. Leinhauser, founding partner, has been selected to Super Lawyers for four consecutive years and was named a Rising Star each year from 2011 through 2016 completing ten years recognized by Super Lawyers. He concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment matters, school law, civil rights, business advising, and appellate cases. His employment law experience includes representing public and private entities in matters relating to labor relations, collective bargaining negotiations, personnel and human resources consultation, employment discrimination claims, internal investigations, and general litigation matters. He advises schools on daily operational issues, compliance matters, and advocates for them before state and local administrative agencies.  He also advises small businesses on the numerous issues related to their operations including employee matters, real estate and contact issues, and government compliance.  Brian has served as Chair of the Community YMCA of Easter Delaware County’s Board, and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Group, and the Labor and Employment Defense Group.

Janelle E. Fulton, partner of MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser, has been selected to Super Lawyers each year since 2010. She has more than two decades of experience successfully defending municipal and civil rights claims against public entities and public officials, enforcing restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and employment agreements, and defending against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and defamation. Janelle also devotes a significant portion of her practice to counseling and advising clients on a wide range of employment-related and civil rights issues. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Janelle is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, and the Chester County Bar Association.

Our legal team is well prepared to advise clients on complex issues faced by employers, government officials, and educational institutions. During these uncertain times, clients know that they can turn to MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser for trusted counsel in areas of uncharted legal territory. To learn more, call us at 484-318-7106 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Philadelphia, Chester County, and New Jersey from our office in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser LLC Plays A Big Part in the 2020 DRI Civil Rights Conference

MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser played a large role in the 2020 DRI Governmental Liability Conference held in San Diego from January 29-31. The conference, which was attended by over 475 lawyers and insurance professionals from all over the country, is the pre-eminent civil rights conference. David MacMain is the Chair of the Committee and played a large part in planning the conference. MacMain also moderated a panel discussion called “Trial Masters – The Best of the Best” in which 3 battle tested trial lawyers experienced in civil rights trials shared their thoughts, tips and secrets on successfully trying 1983 cases to a jury.  Tricia Ambrose hosted a Women in the Law lunch which afforded fellowship and networking opportunities for female (and male) attendees. Janelle Fulton hosted a Diversity Reception for the entire conference  – for which the firm was also a sponsor. And Samatha Ryan hosted the Young Lawyers Dinner which  connected young lawyers and allowed them the chance to begin building their network.


The MacMain Law Group LLC, has changed to MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser

We are happy to announce that the name of our firm, The MacMain Law Group LLC, has changed to MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser. Our firm continues to be committed to delivering excellent service with high ethical standards that our clients have always expected of us. As attorneys with more than sixty years of experience, we understand the importance of real-life issues and providing practical advice and advocacy for our clients. We are dedicated to excellence in every representation and client interaction.

David J. MacMainMatthew J. Connell, and Brian H. Leinhauser are the founding members and named partners at the firm. Each attorney has extensive experience representing public sector and private sector clients in a variety of practice areas, including civil rights, litigation, labor and employment, education law, and small business consulting. Each attorney is a tenacious and diligent legal advocate for their clients. The team at MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser looks forward to continuing our relationships with our clients and the continued growth of our firm in the future.

David MacMain Is Featured On A Podcast

David MacMain was interviewed by Frank Ramos of DRI as part of his “A Conversation With . . .” series. In his 30 minute interview, which is in a conversational tone, Frank speaks with David as to how David switched careers from law enforcement to law, his practice, the firm, and David’s thoughts on counseling and defending law enforcement in these times.


MacMain Appointed as Solicitor for the Chester County Sheriff’s Office

David MacMain of MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser was appointed as solicitor for the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.David MacMain was appointed by newly-elected Chester County Sheriff, Fredda Maddox, to serve as Solicitor to her new administration. MacMain stated that “I am honored to assist Sheriff Maddox as she takes office in these historic times, and with bold new ideas for her office.”  Sheriff Maddox appointed Kevin Dykes – former Chief County Detective for Chester County – to serve as her Chief Deputy Sheriff. Sheriff Maddox, Chief Deputy Dykes and Solicitor MacMain all served together as State Troopers at the Avondale, Chester County Station.

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

David MacMainDavid MacMain of MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser was admitted to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. was invited, and admitted to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. ADTA invites only one defense trial attorney to be its prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, The United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. An ADTA prime membership is, in essence, a statement of the high regard in which that defense trial attorney is held by his or her peers in the defense trial bar of their city and state or province. David, who has tried over 150 civil trials, and presents and speaks on trial and pre-trial issues, is honored to be a member of this prestigious professional organization.

Is Your Company’s Drug Policy Effective and Enforceable?

Matthew J. Connell, business lawyer advises HR professionals in revising their company's drug policies.Nearly 120,000 residents of Pennsylvania carry medical marijuana cards, enabling them to legally purchase and use cannabis for a variety of conditions ranging from epilepsy to anxiety disorders. This presents a dilemma for many employers because marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

The attorneys at MacMain Connell & Leinhauser believe it is critical for employers to tackle this problem now by addressing the use of medical marijuana in their company drug policies. Matthew J. Connell, a founding partner of MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser, outlined some of the legal issues facing Pennsylvania employers in a recent article in the Reading Eagle. View the full article here.

Attorney Connell, who sits on a subcommittee convened by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, warns that revising a company’s drug policy does not automatically mean all employees must be allowed to have medical marijuana. Whether or not an employer allows a given employee to have medical marijuana will depend on the circumstances of the position.

If you have any questions regarding liability or other policy matters concerning medical marijuana, call our legal team at MacMain Connell & Leinhauser at 484-318-7106. We can work with you to draft a road map that can help protect you and your employees as state and federal marijuana laws continue to evolve.

David MacMain presented at the County Commissioners Association

David MacMain presented at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s annual conference.David MacMain presented at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Annual Conference on August 5, 2019 in Reading, Pennsylvania. David’s presentation – “The Tort Claims Act – Where Counties Get the Royal Treatment”- addressed the application of the Pennsylvania’s Tort Claims Act to County agencies and recent developments to the Act. The session was attended by County Solicitors and officials from throughout Pennsylvania.

Tricia M. Ambrose Named A Partner at MacMain Connell & Leinhauser

MacMain Connell & Leinhauser is extremely pleased to announce that Tricia M. Ambrose has been named a Partner in the firm on June 4, 2019. Attorney Ambrose, who has been with the firm almost from its inception in the spring of 2013, focuses her practice in civil rights, governmental defense, employment, educational law, tort and professional defense matters. She has extensive trial experience both as an assistant District Attorney for Chester County, and in her years with MacMain Connell & Leinhauser.  Tricia received her undergraduate degree from Temple University in Psychology and her law degree from Widener University School of Law. Tricia is active in the Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee and serves as the liaison to Women In the Law Committee.  Managing Partner David MacMain, speaking on behalf of the firm partners Brian Leinhauser, Matthew Connell, and Janelle Fulton, commented that “Tricia has earned this with her outstanding legal skills, hard work, loyalty, always sunny disposition, excellent results, dependability, client confidence and compliments. Our firm is all the better to have Tricia as a partner.”

MacMain Law Group Partners Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2019

West Chester law firm, partners recognized by Super Lawyers in 2019.

MacMain Connell & Leinhauser proudly announces that three of our partners have been selected to the Super Lawyers 2019 list of top-rated attorneys. Managing partner David J. MacMain, partner Brian H. Leinhauser, and partner Janelle E. Fulton received designations for their excellence in the field of law. Super Lawyers selects outstanding lawyers from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for their legal achievements. Attorneys chosen for this distinction are among the top 5 percent in their state.

Each year, Super Lawyers puts together a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding lawyers to be used as a resource for consumers searching for legal counsel. The list is broken down by state and the attorneys’ areas of practice.

Super Lawyers chooses attorneys using their patented multi-phase selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. Twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement factor in to the review of each candidate.

Meet our Partners Recognized by Super Lawyers

Managing partner and attorney David J. MacMain has been named a top-rated civil rights attorney in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This is his 15th year being recognized by Super Lawyers. David handles cases involving civil rights and employment claims including those involving allegations of police misconduct, sexual harassment, discrimination, First Amendment issues, workplace claims, and more. He frequently speaks on subjects such as civil rights, municipal liability, employment litigation, police and prison-related cases, and ethics, among many other topics.

Super Lawyers selected partner and attorney Brian H. Leinhauser as a top-rated employment and labor attorney in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 2019. This is his third consecutive year he has been honored by Super Lawyers. Brian has extensive experience handling a variety of employment law matters and represents public and private educational institutions on numerous legal issues. He presents at conferences and seminars to both public and private employers on best employment practices, policy review, employment discrimination issues, and school policies.

For the 10th consecutive year, partner and attorney Janelle E. Fulton has been named a top-rated employment and labor attorney in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Super Lawyers previously selected her to Rising Stars in 2005, 2006 and 2007; she is also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. As an attorney for more than 20 years with considerable trial and arbitration experience, Janelle devotes a significant portion of her practice to counseling and advising clients on a wide range of employment-related and data privacy issues.

Trust our civil rights and employment law attorneys at MacMain Connell & Leinhauser LLC to advise you on the challenging issues that employers, government officials, and public and private education institutions face. For more information, call us at 484-318-7106 or contact us online. From our West Chester, Pennsylvania offices, we serve clients throughout Philadelphia, Chester County, and across the state.