On October 17, 2023, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Julia K. Munley and Jennifer L. Hall to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, respectively.
Julia K. Munley earned a bachelor’s degree from Marywood University and a juris doctor from the Dickinson School of Law. After one year as a law clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Judge Designate Munley joined Masterson, Braunfeld, Maguire & Brown in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1993 before becoming as an associate at Mazzoni & Karam Law Offices in Scranton in 1995. From 2001 through 2016, she worked as a trial attorney and partner at Munley Law in Scranton. Since 2016, Judge Designate Munley has served as a judge on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas. The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by a 52-45 vote. She will become a U.S. District Judge upon receiving her judicial commission.
Jennifer L. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University, and juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a law clerk to Judge Sharon Prost on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 2006 to 2007 and Judge Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2007 to 2008. Judge Designate Hall worked as a patent lawyer at Fish & Richardson P.C. in Wilmington, Delaware from 2008 to 2011 before serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Since 2019, she has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by a 67-29 vote. She will become a U.S. District Judge upon receiving her judicial commission.
The litigation attorneys at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., are accomplished business trial lawyers, providing comprehensive support in litigation across a broad spectrum of matters throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and other jurisdictions upon a special admission basis. Our clients are regional and national small, medium and large companies and individuals who seek well planned and aggressive, but cost effective litigation. We counsel, we budget, we have a deep bench, we act quickly when needed and we have experienced trial lawyers who know the courts and bench. We serve regularly as local counsel for some of the largest law firms in the country when they have matters in this region.
Henry M. Sneath - Practice Chair
Co-Chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Litigation Practice, and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice, Henry Sneath is a trial attorney, mediator, arbitrator and Federal Court Approved Mediation Neutral and Special Master with extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract litigation, intellectual property matters, patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, DTSA claims, cyber security and data breach prevention, mitigation and litigation, probate trusts and estates litigation, construction claims, eminent domain, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, products liability and catastrophic injury litigation, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith claims.
Samuel H. Simon - Practice Chair
As co-chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Litigation Group, Sam focuses his practice on commercial/business litigation. Sam regularly represents clients in the construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and wholesale/retail/ distribution industries, as well as individuals in matters such as:
- Construction litigation
- Environmental litigation
- Breach of contract disputes
- Oil and gas litigation
- Restrictive covenants (non-compete agreements)
- Civil rights
- Collections/creditors’ rights
- Lease disputes