John C. Grugan is a partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation and corporate investigations. Mr. Grugan regularly represents companies and individuals in SEC investigations and enforcement actions, including disclosure and accounting matters and insider trading cases. He also has significant securities litigation experience and has represented numerous public companies and their officers and directors in the defense of securities class actions and derivative actions.
Mr. Grugan also has substantial experience directing internal investigations on behalf of companies, their boards of directors, or committees of those boards. His experience conducting internal investigations ranges from public matters involving claims of embezzlement and fraud to highly sensitive and confidential cases where misconduct by senior management of public companies and private institutions was alleged. Mr. Grugan is a frequent lecturer on SEC enforcement, conducting effective internal investigations, and directors' and officers' insurance in the context of government investigations.
Mr. Grugan's practice also focuses on complex civil litigation. He has represented companies of all sizes in a wide variety of matters, including False Claims Act litigation, defamation suits, and complex commercial disputes. In addition, he maintains an active insurance practice and regularly represents insurers against claims of bad-faith conduct.
Mr. Grugan is listed in Benchmark Litigation as a "future star" in litigation and since 2010 has been named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and Philadelphia magazines.
Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Grugan served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Honor Program, Civil Division. At Ballard, Mr. Grugan is the Philadelphia Hiring Partner.