Robert J. Hagerty is pleased to announce the establishment of his employment law practice in Moorestown, New Jersey at 714 East Main Street. Mr. Hagerty was admitted to the bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1985. He is a graduate of Rutgers-Camden School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut.
Prior to opening his office, Mr. Hagerty was a shareholder at the law firm of Capehart & Scatchard, a Central Jersey regional full-service law firm, anchored in Mount Laurel. Mr. Hagerty served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Department of Capehart for over a decade during his twenty-five year career with the firm. Choosing to leave was a difficult decision for Mr. Hagerty. “The attorneys at Capehart are top-notch lawyers and great people. Even though the firm quadrupled in size while I was there, it never lost that ‘family feel.’ Still, I always wanted a firm of my own.”
Mr. Hagerty has represented a broad spectrum of employers in State and Federal Court in employment litigation, from manufacturers to school boards, the service industry to the State of New Jersey and its agencies, including the New Jersey State Police. For employers in need of his services, Mr. Hagerty notes that they can obtain large firm representation and experience for a fraction of the cost, as his overhead cost load has been reduced by 90%. He is quick to point out that his rate has not been similarly reduced, but the savings available are substantial. “You simply do not need an army of associates ‘helping’ your attorney defend these cases.” In recognition of the fact that he will be performing both associate-type tasks as well as partner-level work, Mr. Hagerty bills his time at a lower rate for those tasks, even though he is likely to complete them much more quickly than a recent law school graduate. In addition to representation in court, Mr. Hagerty is experienced in workplace diversity training and corporate investigations of claims of discrimination.
Although his focus is on the employer, Mr. Hagerty has also represented employees, securing million-dollar plus jury verdicts for some. He has also defended employers before juries at trial, once obtaining a dismissal at the close of plaintiff’s case. “Let’s face it,” Mr. Hagerty says, “there is an advantage in representing both employers and employees—you have more insight into the ‘other side.’”
Mr. Hagerty can be reached by email at email@example.com and telephone at 609-304-7541.