Brian G. Flanagan
PRIMARY AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Flanagan's practice focuses on civil litigation, primarily in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights. He is a highly accomplished litigation attorney with extensive experience in state and federal courts, and has served as lead counsel in more than 70 jury trials. He possesses over 15 years of employment and civil rights litigation experience, and over 13 years of prosecutorial experience.
Prior to joining Gebhardt & Kiefer as a Partner in 2016, Mr. Flanagan was a Section Chief in the NJ Office of the Attorney General, where he supervised approximately 25 lawyers. His Section was in charge of Tort Litigation and Judiciary, and was responsible for defending all personal injury litigation filed against the State of New Jersey, its officials and employees. In addition to the principal departments of the State and numerous agencies and commissions, Mr. Flanagan's section defended NJ Transit, various state colleges and UMDNJ. The Section also provided legal representation to the Judiciary and state/county law enforcement in federal and state trial court and administrative litigation. The matters handled by Mr. Flanagan and his team included employment litigation and civil rights claims.
Highlights of Mr. Flanagan's experience include his assignment as lead counsel to a negligence action involving a catastrophic injury that resulted in a very favorable jury verdict that was well under the arbitration award and settlement offer. Mr. Flanagan was highly commended by the Attorney General for his litigation efforts. He was also honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2009.
Mr. Flanagan conceptualized and implemented litigation strategy to defend the state and its officials on lawsuits stemming from allegations of racial profiling by members of the State Police. He championed dispositive motion practice that resulted in the dismissal of more than 15 lawsuits. He received a Public Recognition Award from the department as well as a Team Partnership Achievement Award from the state for production and establishment of the public archive, which allowed public inspection of more than 100,000 documents relating to racial profiling issues. Mr. Flanagan also garnered public recognition for representing high-level state officials called to testify before the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation on the allegation of racial profiling by the State Police and the Attorney General.
Mr. Flanagan led the litigation efforts on behalf of the Attorney General and the Director of the Department of Human Services in the successful defense of the department and their employees in a civil rights lawsuit involving claims of equal protection and substantive due process in US District Court, resulting in a no cause jury verdict in favor the employees.
In addition, Mr. Flanagan successfully represented State Troopers in a civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force (fatal shooting), illegal search, and failure to provide medical care, which resulted in a no cause jury verdict in favor of the troopers in US District Court.
Mr. Flanagan is a graduate of Widener University School of Law, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and before the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATION
Mr. Flanagan has served as an adjunct law professor for Rutgers University School of Law, as well as an instructor for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, and the Criminal Justice Training Academy.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, 2009