4 Essex Avenue, Suite 200
P.O. Box 259

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

CALL: 908-658-3800

FAX: 908-658-4659


The litigation team at Flanagan, Barone & O’Brien (f/k/a Purcell, Mulcahy & Flanagan) is one of the cornerstones of the firm, originally established to provide superb and cost effective litigation services to the insurance industry and its insureds. Today, our litigation practice spans the entire spectrum of individual and commercial litigation matters. Above all, we pride ourselves on our responsiveness to client needs and requests for legal counsel on matters as they arise. The Flanagan, Barone & O’Brien team work efficiently and effectively to provide exceptional results and representation in line with larger, big law firms, but with the attention and personal touch only available with a smaller sized firm. We provide excellent legal services at a reasonable cost.

The areas in which our firm’s attorneys frequently litigate include personal injury insurance defense and coverage, products liability, employment law, commercial and professional liability/malpractice. Issues we frequently litigate include insurance and contract interpretation, fraud, professional responsibility, employment retaliation, harassment and discrimination (based on age, sex, race, disability, national origin, religion, etc…), partnership disputes, property damage, trusts and estate disputes, subrogation and construction.

We are skilled in all aspects of litigation and regularly appear in state and federal courts as well as before various administration agencies. Our attorneys are admitted to the New Jersey and New York bars and are active in the Superior Court of New Jersey, United States District Court for the State of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. We have years of successful experience with both mediation and arbitration. Flanagan, Barone & O’Brien attorneys are experienced in handling all levels of federal and state court appeals. The hallmarks of our appellate practice are strong writing, sound reasoning and persuasive oral argument.

At Flanagan, Barone & O’Brien we are proud of the many accomplishments of our employees both in and out of the courtroom. Our attorneys regularly serve as guest speakers on instructive litigation panels through the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Continuing Legal Education Board and have even been designated as Certified Civil Trial Attorneys by the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Attorney Certification.

The Flanagan Firm provides legal services in a professional and cost-effective manner. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively to strike a balance between the cost-benefit analyses of defending a claim while maintaining the integrity of our clients in an effort to avoid frivolous or non-meritorious claims. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with in-house insurance counsel and are geared towards early resolution of claims. This lends itself to the Flanagan Firm’s success in mitigating costs across the board for our clients, by achieving dismissals of non-meritorious cases. We aggressively analyze cases, evaluate claims, assess the likelihood of success and potential value of claims, estimate the range of discovery issues, project costs and budgets and consider the many outside factors that impact litigation and the bottom line of our clients. We strategically plan to resolve lawsuits in the best way possible whether through aggressive motion practice, settlement or mediation, arbitration or trial.