Representing You Since 1982

For more than thirty years, the attorneys of Gallagher & Rowan, P.C. have zealously represented their individual and corporate clients in a dedicated and professional manner. The firm has maintained the highest standards as evidenced by consistent client retention.

We specialize in litigation, appellate practice & estate planning serving the greater Philadelphia region.


Since it was established, the firm has concentrated in litigation. The majority of the litigation has been primarily focused in the area of property and casualty defense, mostly within the context of railroad and transportation law.  Other areas of litigation include commercial litigation involving real estate, contract disputes, securities litigation and employment discrimination suits, in which it has represented both employers and employees.

Appellate Practice

The firm has been involved in the preparation and presentation of appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals have dealt with a variety of issues and have necessitated the preparation of extensive briefs in addition to presenting arguments before the respective courts.

Estate Planning

The estate planning practice at Gallagher & Rowan concentrates on both the personal and financial aspects associated with end-of-life situations and catastrophic disability. We assist with all legal tasks associated with the creation of an estate plan, and ensure that the assets are protected and distributed in a manner consistent with your intentions.

Clients We Serve

  • AIG
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • AVIS Rent A Car
  • Budget Rent-A-Car Corporation
  • Claims America, Inc.
  • Consolidated Rail Corporation (CONRAIL)
  • Mosher Administrative Services
  • MSI Insurance
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation
    a/k/a Amtrak
  • National Restoration & Facility Services, Inc.
  • New Jersey Transit Rail Operations, Inc.
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Knapp Schenck Strategic Markets
  • Korman Communities
  • North American Specialty Insurance Company
  • Prudential Insurance Company
  • School District of Philadelphia

Attorney Profiles

Gallagher & Rowan attorneys regularly appear before judges in state and federal courts in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey and the State of Delaware.

Meet Our Partners

Paul F.X. Gallagher, Esq.

Born: Philadelphia, PA, November 29, 1947paul_photo
Admitted to Bar: 1972 Pennsylvania, 1988 New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Preparatory Education: St. Joseph’s College (B.A.,1969)
Legal Education: Temple University (J.D.,1972)
Graduate: National Society of Trial Lawyers – Advanced Program.

The firm’s founding shareholder, Paul F.X. Gallagher, Esq., has represented railroad corporations for over 40 years. He is a former Vice President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) and a member of the executive committee thereof. He actively speaks at seminars held twice per year for railroad litigators. Mr. Gallagher is also a former instructor at the NARTC Trial College. Mr. Gallagher is a former law clerk to Honorable James T. McDermott, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County; former staff trial counsel, Penn Central Transportation Company, and trial lawyer representing railroads, insurance companies and self-insured corporations since 1973.

Member: Philadelphia, New Jersey, and American Bar Associations; Philadelphia Association of Defense Lawyers; Pennsylvania Defense Institute; Lawyers Club of Philadelphia; Lawyer Reference Service; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; Association of Transportation Practitioners
Contact: (215) 732-8900 ext. 120;

Maureen Rowan, Esq.

Born: Philadelphia, PA, May 26, 1958SONY DSC
Admitted to Bar: 1983 Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Preparatory Education: LaSalle College (B.A.,1980)
Legal Education: Temple University (J.D.,1983)

Named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” for the years 2013-2014, Ms. Rowan has been engaged in the defense of railroads, self-insured corporations and insurance companies for over 3 decades. She is a member and current Eastern Regional Vice President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), and is a regular speaker at NARTC conferences and at Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Southeastern Claims conferences. Ms. Rowan is also a former instructor at the NARTC Trial College.

Member: Philadelphia Bar Association; Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
Contact: (215) 732-8900 ext. 111;

Christopher J. Carlson, Esq.christopher-j-carlson

Born: Jersey City, NJ.
Admitted to Bar: 1993 New Jersey; 1994 Pennsylvania; 1993 U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; 2006 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Preparatory Education: Rutgers College of Rutgers University (B.A. 1990)
Legal Education: Rutgers School of Law (J.D. 1993)

Mr. Carlson is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. This designation, held by less than 2% of New Jersey attorneys, requires a rigorous application process demonstrating trial experience, peer and judicial references, passage of a written examination, and continuing legal education, with re-certification required every five years. He has handled matters in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties and in each Federal vicinage. Mr. Carlson’s practice concentrates on the defense of New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury matters on behalf of insurance companies, self-insured entities and third-party administrators, in the fields of premises liability, catastrophic injury, tractor trailer, motor vehicle, product liability and construction claims. He has also handled commercial, insurance coverage, fire loss, Dram Shop, subrogation and first party “Personal Injury Protection” (“PIP”) matters, as well as Workers’ Compensation claims. Mr. Carlson has periodically lectured to clients and industry organizations on topics and recent developments in case law in many of these practice areas.

Member: National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Contact: (856) 533-2384;

Raymond J. Hunter, Esq.

Born: Pittsburgh, PA, September 14, 1970SONY DSC
Admitted to Bar: 2001 Pennsylvania, 2001 New Jersey; 2003 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Preparatory Education: Northern Arizona University (B.S.,1998)
Legal Education: Villanova School of Law (J.D.,2001)

Mr. Hunter has spent his entire legal career at the firm, defending railroads, self-insured corporations and insurance companies. He is the firm’s primary brief writer and has been successful on appeals in preparing and presenting arguments before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Member: Philadelphia Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Contact: (215) 732-8900 ext. 113;

Meet Our Associates

Lauren C. McConnell, Esq.

Born: Houston, TX, October 19, 1981
Admitted to Bar: 2007 Delaware; 2008 U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; 2009 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Prepatory Education:
Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 2004)
Legal Education: Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2007)
Member: Delaware State Bar Association; American Bar Association.

Contact: (215) 732-8900 ext. 110 (PA);  (302) 295-4866;

Clinton E. Creasy , Esq.

Born: Nashville, TN, March 19, 1984
Admitted to Bar: 2009 Pennsylvania
Preparatory Education: New York University (B.Mus,2006)
Legal Education:
Widener University School of Law (J.D.,2009)
Member: Philadelphia Bar Association

Contact: (215) 732-8900 ext. 103;