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William J. O'Kane, Jr.

Partner

DIRECT DIAL: (856) 354-3157

OFFICE: Haddonfield, NJ
OFFICE PHONE: (856) 795-2121
OFFICE FAX: (856) 795-0574

Biography

Bill O’Kane is an accomplished trial lawyer who represents clients in significant product liability, commercial, insurance and other personal injury litigation matters.  He has tried more than 25 cases to verdict.

Bill’s extensive product liability litigation experience includes toxic tort claims, including chemical exposures, exercise equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, household and consumer products, motor vehicles and construction equipment.  Bill’s thoughtful, direct  approach lends itself to these types of matters and is appreciated by his clients.

Bill successfully defended a national law firm in a legal malpractice action in which a Fortune 500 Company sought more than $75 million in damages.  The case involved complex issues of environmental, securities and corporate law and arose out of the law firm’s representation of the Company in a corporate acquisition.  Along with Frank Allen, Bill secured a defense verdict for his client.

Bill also successfully defended a home healthcare company, in a personal injury case where a teenage boy sustained a traumatic brain injury.  Bill’s skillful and tactical defense lead to all claims against his client being dismissed on Summary Judgment which was sustained on appeal through to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Bill’s commercial practice includes bid protest litigation.  Bill successfully represented EDS in a bid protest brought by IBM related to EDS winning a $90 million contract with the State of New Jersey.

Bill resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife Carolyn and their three children.

Representative Experience

Other significant matters include:

  • Hamrick v. City of Paterson - Co-Lead trial counsel with Frank Allen in the defense of the City of Paterson in four fire fatalities. Summary Judgment on immunity defenses recently denied, case currently on Interlocutory Appeal;
  • Co-Lead counsel with Chris Gibson in the defense of a client's first asbestos exposure mesothelioma case. Case dismissed on Summary Judgment after expert discovery was completed. Currently on Appeal;
  • Product Liability/Toxic Tort - defense of a benzene cancer case, venued in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, case resolved after motions in limine were filed and a week before jury selection for less than our client's anticipated cost of trial;
  • Defense of a home health equipment/supply company, in a product liability - electrical bed fire case where a grandmother was on fire and transferred fire on her person to another room in the house prior to her death. Plaintiff made $10M demand case settled for confidential amount reflective of the cost of an anticipated four week trial;
  • Defense of an exploding aerosol can product liability case involving loss of an eye and a closed head injury; case settled favorable for a confidentail amount at mediation after oral argument on Summary Judgment motion involving Daubert issues.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member of the New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member of American Trial Lawyers Association

  • Awards And Recognition

  • Named a “Top Attorney” by SJ Magazine (Product Liability, 2014)

    *No aspect of this communication has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Further information about methodologies for rating or selecting attorneys is available on our website's Award Methodology page.

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    Practice Areas

    • Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance
    • Personal Injury Services

    Admitted:

    • New Jersey - 1991
    • Pennsylvania - 1991

      

    Education:

    • Boston College, (B.S., 1987)
    • Villanova Law School, (J.D., 1991)

    our offices
    • Haddonfield, NJ

      One Centennial Square

      33 East Euclid Avenue
      Haddonfield , NJ  08033
      Phone: 856-795-2121
      Fax: 856-795-0574

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    • Philadelphia, PA

      One Liberty Place

      Thirty-Second Floor
      1650 Market Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19103
      Phone: 215-963-3300
      Fax: 215-963-9999

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    • Hackensack, NJ

      Court Plaza South, West Wing

      21 Main Street, Suite 353
      Hackensack, NJ 07601-7095
      Phone: 201-342-6000
      Fax: 201-342-6611

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    • Princeton, NJ

      101 Carnegie Center

      Suite 300
      Princeton, NJ 08540
      Phone: 609-580-3700
      Fax: 609-580-0051

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    • Flemington, NJ

      Flemington

      361 Route 31, Building E
      Suite 1301
      Flemington, NJ 08822
      Phone: 908-788-9700
      Fax: 908-788-7854

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    • Red Bank, NJ

      Red Bank Office

      Riverview Plaza
      10 Highway 35
      Red Bank, NJ 07701-5902
      Phone:  732-268-8000
      Fax:  732-345-8420

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    • Wilmington, DE

      300 Delaware Avenue

      Suite 1100
      Wilmington, DE 19801
      Phone: 302-777-4350
      Fax: 302-777-4352

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    • New York, NY

      44 Wall Street

      Suite 1285
      New York, NY 10005
      Phone: 212-292-4998
      Fax: 212-461-2223

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