Trish is a partner in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey office. Trish concentrates her practice on complex litigation and appellate advocacy, including mass torts, consumer rights litigation, class actions and contract disputes. She received a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Swarthmore College in 1997; a Master’s of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in 1999; and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003. Trish was a law clerk to Judge Anita B. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the 2003-04 term. Following her clerkship, Trish practiced law at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, focusing on pharmaceutical products liability defense. She joined Bailey & Glasser LLP in 2009. Trish is an adjunct professor of legal writing at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is an active volunteer on behalf of abused and neglected children referred to the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. In 2017, she received a Distinguished Advocate award from the Support Center for her twelve years of volunteer work.
Toyota Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Product Liability Litigation
In 2009, we filed one of the first wrongful death actions alleging sudden-acceleration defects in a Toyota Camry. Ultimately, our lawyers were appointed to key MDL leadership roles in what came to be, at the time, one of the largest products liability cases ever filed. Ben Bailey served on the plaintiffs’ lead counsel committee pursuing economic-loss damages; Eric Snyder serves in the same capacity on the committee pursuing personal injury claims. The firm played a leading role in developing expert testimony on the sudden acceleration defect in 2002-2010 Toyota vehicles. The economic-loss claims settled for $1.6 billion. Hundreds of personal injury claims have also been settled; dozens remain pending.
Collins v. Experian
Collins v. Experian – Bailey & Glasser obtained reversal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit when the court found that that under § 1681i(a) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a consumer may recover actual damages even if the defendant credit reporting agency did not publish the consumer’s false credit information to a third party.
New Jersey, 2003
West Virginia, 2016
Judicial Intern, The Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2001
Law Clerk, The Honorable Anita B. Brody, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2003-2004
Pepper Hamilton LLP, 2004-2009
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
Adjunct Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research at Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 2011-2012
Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2018
Q: Let’s start out with a general overview of your practice. How do you describe to recruits or family what it is you do?
A: I am a litigator and work on a variety of cases, but most often individual and class actions involving predatory lending, contract disputes, product liability, and personal injury.
Q: What do you like about your practice? What is professionally satisfying?
A: I like my practice because I have factually and legally challenging cases and feel like I can do a lot for my clients because of BG’s resources and talent pool. It is professionally satisfying to consistently achieve great results for our clients even in tough cases.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done as a lawyer?
A: Represented the City of Charleston in protecting their gun safety laws. Politically it was an uphill battle, and the work was fascinating.
Q: What cases are keeping you busy these days?
A: A few small contract disputes, a nationwide class action regarding a firearm defect, and a large WV case about media rights for WVU.
Q: How were you hired for those matters?
A: For the defense cases, the clients were pre-existing.
Q: Can you describe for us their current procedural posture, or resolution?
A: We are in the midst of discovery on the contract disputes and WVU case. Depositions are coming up in two of those cases. We are working towards class cert in the product defect case.
Q: What were/are some of the challenges you face?
A: Adversaries with unreasonable resolution expectations!
Q: What is the impact on clients or the industry from this case?
A: The clients stand to incur significant financial loss if we are unsuccessful.
Q: Is this the type of practice you imagined yourself practicing while in law school?
A: Yes. Much of my practice is research and writing advocacy, which I focused on in law school.
Q: Why did you pursue a career in the law in the first place?
A: I like the way lawyers have to think, I like to write and learn about new industries and topics, and I thought lawyers had a big societal influence.
Q: Did you have a favorite class or professor that was particularly influential in your studies or future career?
A: Appellate advocacy.
Q: What do you wish you had known or done differently in school? Or, put another way, do you have advice now for current law school students?
A: Focus on legal writing, and clerk if possible! (I did).
Q: Is there anything in particular early in your career that you consider key to arriving at your current level of excellence?
A: Clerking, mentoring from senior attorneys, hard work!
Q: How has your practice changed since the early part of your career?
A: I was at a large defense firm for 4.5 years before joining BG, and now I do work on both sides of the “V”. I also used to work a big firm schedule. BG has allowed me to work a flexible schedule while my children are young, without having to sacrifice interesting and challenging work.
Q: Can you share a lawyer you have come up against in a case/negotiation that you admire, and why?
A: Defense counsel for an insurance company in a very sad drowning case. He was respectful of the plaintiffs and of us, and was a fair opponent.
Q: Is there a case/deal/client in your career that stands out as a “favorite” or one that is particularly memorable?
A: We recently helped the owners of a large car dealership recover in the Toyota litigation. They were smart, thoughtful clients and we did great work, for which they were grateful. By the end of the case they had become friends.
Q: Tell us about how you interact with clients. Do you view it as important to develop business, and if so, how do you?
A: My client interaction generally develops after we have a case into the firm. I like to have frequent and open communication with clients and make them a part of the decision making in the case to the extent appropriate. Client interaction is usually an enjoyable part of my job.
Q: Tell us about your career path. Did you start at your current firm? If so, what kept you there? If not, what persuaded you to join your current firm?
A: I practiced with a large firm in Philadelphia before this one, but left after having my second child. BG hired me to work part time from home in 2009. In 2012, I opened an office for the firm in Haddonfield, NJ. I have been steadily increasing my work load and managing cases instead of only writing and researching. I became a partner in the firm in January 2015. BG is a wonderful place to work. We have the best cases and, in my opinion, the smartest and most collegial lawyers I’ve known. I consider it a privilege to be with them and am very happy after five plus years.