Brendan P. McHugh



Brendan McHugh is a practical problem-solver and trusted advocate for a wide range of clients facing exposure from high-stakes investigations and pending or anticipated litigation. He is trusted by clients across many sectors to handle some of their most complex business and commercial issues, contract matters, and securities disputes. Brendan is known for his excellent rapport with clients and his dedication to achieving superb results.

Brendan is skilled in all aspects of litigation, ranging from pre-litigation counseling to the courtroom, and he routinely leverages his experience at both the trial and appellate level to advise his clients pragmatically and cost-effectively. Brendan has particular experience in the financial services industry and frequently represents clients in “industry” and “customer” arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and in successfully mediating such disputes. He also has meaningful practice before appellate courts, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and direct experience conducting internal investigations, as well as representing clients facing high-stakes government investigations.

Brendan maintains an active pro bono practice, for which he has been recognized by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the firm, Brendan excelled as a competitive swimmer at the collegiate and international level. Brendan is a multiple-time member of the U.S. National Team and, as such, represented the United States in several international competitions. Among other things, Brendan is a former National Champion and National Record-Holder, multiple-time finalist at Olympic trials, and multiple-time All-American and Academic All-American at the University of Pennsylvania.

Personal Interests

Brendan enjoys exercise and fitness, trivia and Philadelphia sports.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Washington and Lee University School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Washington and Lee Law Review (lead articles editor) (2015)

University of Pennsylvania
B.A. magna cum laude (2012)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Member, 2017 Roll of Honor (Pro Bono Work —First Judicial District of Pennsylvania)

Professional Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association — Young Lawyers Division
  • Washington and Lee University — Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society

Civic Activities

  • Middle Atlantic Swimming — Board of Directors, 2011-12; Governance Committee, 2019-present
  • University of Pennsylvania — Volunteer Swim Coach, 2015-17


  • Best Lawyers®— "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation, 2022 
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21

Awards Methodology

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