Mary J. Hackett

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Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, with honors; Elected to the Order of the Coif, Managing Editor, Law Review, 1987
  • Mount Holyoke College, BA, Economics and Politics, 1984
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Affiliations

Board Member, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

Mary focuses her practice on financial services litigation. She has handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including managing the defense of more than 100 class actions across the United States for financial services companies. Her experience spans across a broad range of litigation areas related to various lines of businesses encompassed within financial services companies, particularly retail and wholesale or corporate banking (including credit reporting, deposit account and consumer and commercial lending); wealth management, corporate and personal trust; credit card (including processing and collection issues); brokerage and capital markets; equity investment; securities lending; mutual fund investments; and insurance sales and claims reimbursement practices.

An experienced trial lawyer, Mary has represented clients in numerous trials and injunction proceedings throughout the country involving claims for breach of contract, tortious interference with contractual relations, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and unfair trade practices.

Mary brings a practical perspective to managing litigation and dispute resolution, having previously served as Chief Counsel-Litigation for PNC Financial Services Group.

She is a member of the firm's Board of Partners.

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Obtained landmark decision in 2015 pro bono matter confirming as legally valid common law same-sex marriage retroactively to 2001 for widow whose spouse tragically passed six months before Pennsylvania court struck down Pennsylvania's statutory ban on same- sex marriages.

Obtained a seminal decision in Pennsylvania state court on the right of a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, to obtain a receiver during a commercial foreclosure action of a $100 million development, even in the face of lender liability counterclaims asserted by the borrower.

Represented a major financial institution in obtaining $30 million verdict after two-month jury trial for breach of contract and tortious interference in connection with award of major government contract. Verdict was upheld and paid.

Successfully defended clients accused of breaching a non-compete agreement and misappropriating trade secrets in two-week jury trial.

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of our client in a securities fraud case.

Represented a Fortune 500 global supplier of specialty materials, including fiberglass, in a three-week jury trial involving complex claims of patent infringement.

Successfully enforced mutual fund administration contracts protecting a multinational banking and financial services company’s $1.5 billion acquisition of an active equity management company and resulting in a $100 million injunction bond, the largest in Pennsylvania history.

Successfully defended the sports broadcasting division of an American commercial broadcast television network in a breach of contract litigation against the an American professional ice hockey team concerning a television rights agreement valued in excess of $100 million.

Obtained a directed verdict for a multinational banking and financial services company at the close of plaintiffs' case on claims of retaliation, discrimination and defamation. Court of Appeals affirmed entry of directed verdict.

Obtained dismissal of a putative class action pending against a Fortune 100 financial institution and affiliates challenging the bank's conversion of billions of dollars of assets in common trust funds to shares of affiliated mutual funds. The Missouri federal court granted the defendants' motions to dismiss and held that the bank was entitled to recover its fees and cost incurred in prior, duplicative litigation.

Successfully defended more than 20 discovery motions, defeated a request for multi-district litigation proceeding, and ultimately obtained dismissal of putative class action pending against a Fortune 100 financial institution challenging the bank’s administration of personal trusts.

Successfully defended mortgage lenders in a variety of claims asserted in the class context in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida.

Successfully defended a Fortune 100 financial institution in a putative class action pending in federal court in Florida seeking recovery of more than $100 million for alleged violations of the Drivers Privacy Protection Act.

Successfully defended a financial services company in putative class action pending in federal court in Philadelphia based upon enforcement of terms of prior class action settlement.

Successfully defended an American multinational banking and financial services holding company in putative class action pending in federal court in Chicago challenging investment of trust assets in affiliated mutual funds.

Obtained ruling that plaintiffs and their counsel engaged in vexatious litigation and forum shopping which resulted in payment of $3.5 million in fees to a Fortune 100 financial institution.

Represented a federation of health insurance organizations in putative nationwide class actions pending in a multi-district litigation proceeding in Florida federal court, brought on behalf of all medical doctors in the United States, alleging a RICO conspiracy regarding claims processing and payment practices. The case was resolved.

Successfully defended a federation of health insurance organizations in putative nationwide class action pending in multi-district proceeding in Florida federal court brought on behalf of a nationwide class of non-MD health care providers alleging a RICO conspiracy regarding claims processing and payment practices. The Court granted the defense group’s motion to dismiss which Mary argued for the defense group.

Successfully defended a Fortune 100 financial services company in putative class action pending in state court in California arising out of the bank’s role as bond trustee.

Successfully defended Fortune 100 financial institution in numerous class actions claiming that the bank aided and abetted Ponzi schemes.

Tried nine cases to a jury (securities fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, patent infringement, tortious interference, theft of trade secrets and confidential information, defamation, employment discrimination and paternity).

Successfully defended two Fortune 100 financial institutions in numerous class actions and single-plaintiff claiming that the bank aided and abetted Ponzi schemes.

Tried, successfully defended and/or resolved more than ten securities lending investment cases for a Fortune 100 financial services company and a major financial institution.

Named to BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service All-Star Team”

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2012-2014; also included in Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Business Litigation

Co-author, "Ponzi Schemes and Banks: Positive Trends in Tort Law," BNA’s Banking Report, Bloomberg Law, September 10, 2013
Speaker, "Wealth Management Litigation Update and Lessons Learned," American Bankers Association Wealth Management and Trust Conference, 2014
Speaker, "Anatomy of a Fixed Fee Negotiation - The New Market Dynamics," Sandpiper Partners' Second Annual Pricing and Profitability Conference, 2013
Speaker, "Wealth Management Litigation Update," 2013 Trust and Wealth Executive Seminar, 2014
Speaker, "Anatomy of a Fixed Fee Negotiation," Lexis/Nexis Second Annual Roundtable Pricing and Profitability Conference, 2012
Speaker, "Wealth Management Litigation Update - Life After 2008," American Bankers Association, 2012
Speaker, "Trends in Trust Litigation and How to Mitigate Risk," Fiduciary Status and the Wealth Management Industry in the 21st Century, 2011
Speaker, "Financial Services Litigation Update," Financial Services Roundtable, 2010
Speaker, "Wealth Management Litigation Update," American Bankers Association, 2010