Barkha Patel

Associate
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

Premises Liability
Commercial Transportation
Employment Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 2013

New Jersey, 2013

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2014

EDUCATION

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Juris Doctorate, 2013

Moot Court Board
Justice (President) for Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity

Dean’s Scholar (Teaching Assistant) for Civil Procedure with Professor Bret Asbury

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Political Science, Philosophy 2010

Enrolled in the accelerated six-year BA/JD program

Student Ambassador
Pennoni Honors Program

LANGUAGES

Gujarati
Hindi
Spanish

ASSOCIATIONS

Philadelphia Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

AWARDS

Cozen O’Connor Best Court Competition Brief Award

Phillip C. Jessup International Law Competition- Mid Atlantic Super Region Champion, 2012

Barkha Patel’s well-rounded experience as a trial lawyer, mediator and judicial clerk brings a balanced and unique prospective to the firm’s clients. Barkha handles premises liability matters for a “Fortune 500” company on behalf of the firm. Barkha handles cases involving simple slip and falls as well as more sophisticated personal injuries cases. Barkha manages her own caseload and handles all aspects of her cases including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, arbitrations, and trials. Barkha also handles commercial transportation and employment law matters. Barkha is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and regularly appears in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts, as well as the District of New Jersey.


Prior to joining McDonnell & Associates, Barkha worked at an insurance defense firm handling personal injury matters. She handled all aspects of her cases from client meetings to jury trials. Barkha concentrated her practice on analyzing insurance fraud on the part of medical providers and facilities. Prior to going into private practice, Barkha served as a judicial law clerk for the New Jersey Superior Court in Mercer County assisting several civil division judges. In that capacity, Barkha analyzed briefs, motions and other pleadings for three different judges. She also prepared bench memoranda, orders and opinions. Further, Barkha worked as a court appointed mediator for small claims disputes.


Barkha is an Indian-American who is a fluent Gujarati speaker. She is also conversational in Spanish and Hindi. She is currently learning American Sign Language to compliment her linguistic abilities. Barkha resides in Cherry Hill with her husband. She enjoys planning future travels, and volunteering at a local animal shelter.


Barkha Patel successfully defended a rear end motor vehicle accident case to a defense verdict that involved personal injury claims in excess of $40,000. Defendant stipulated to negligence. However, Barkha was able to prove to the jury that the injuries alleged were not caused by this accident.


Barkha successfully defended a personal injury claim arising out of a motor vehicle accident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff made a right turn into a shopping plaza down the shoulder at the same time that the Defendant made a left turn into the plaza. Plaintiff claimed low back injuries caused by the accident. Barkha defended the matter in front a Philadelphia jury on liability and causation. The jury found that the Defendant’s negligence was the factual cause of injury to the Plaintiff, but awarded significantly less than plaintiff’s demand.

Publications

“Trash Talk,” The 33rd Anthology, 2008 ~ environmental policy publication exploring NJ’s sanitation regulations

“Abandoning the Blame Game at Your Firm,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 4, 2014

“A guide for young litigators to be renewed each day,” Pennsylvania Bar Association YLD Spring 2015 issue

 Barkha Patel

Associate
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

Premises Liability
Commercial Transportation
Employment Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 2013

New Jersey, 2013

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2014

EDUCATION

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Juris Doctorate, 2013

Moot Court Board
Justice (President) for Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity

Dean’s Scholar (Teaching Assistant) for Civil Procedure with Professor Bret Asbury

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Political Science, Philosophy 2010

Enrolled in the accelerated six-year BA/JD program

Student Ambassador
Pennoni Honors Program

LANGUAGES

Gujarati
Hindi
Spanish

ASSOCIATIONS

Philadelphia Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

AWARDS

Cozen O’Connor Best Court Competition Brief Award

Phillip C. Jessup International Law Competition- Mid Atlantic Super Region Champion, 2012

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