Terence Grugan
Terence Grugan

Terence M. Grugan


Tel 215.864.8320
Fax 215.864.8999

Terence M. Grugan is an associate in the firm's White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. In his white collar practice, Mr. Grugan represents individuals and entities who are targets, subjects, or witnesses in criminal, regulatory, or administrative government investigations, including investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, local, state, or federal inspectors general, and local law enforcement. Mr. Grugan has defended clients from the preliminary stages of an investigation through trial in state and federal courts. As a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act appointment panel, Mr. Grugan regularly represents in court individuals subject to federal criminal investigation and prosecution.

In addition, Mr. Grugan has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for large and small entities, including investigations involving allegations of fraudulent business practices, campaign finance improprieties, tax fraud, government contracting fraud, and others.

Mr. Grugan also maintains an extensive commercial litigation practice, representing clients in complex contract disputes, shareholders disputes, internal corporate governance disputes, and professional liability matters in state and federal courts, and before professional arbitration panels.

Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Grugan worked as a Special Investigator with the Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General. As a Special Investigator, he conducted criminal and administrative investigations into fraud and corruption in Philadelphia city government, including investigations into prescription drug fraud involving city health clinics, abuses in city property dispositions, government benefit fraud, and government contracting fraud.

Representative Matters

White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations

  • Represented the former mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General prosecution involving multiple counts of theft and corruption-related offenses
  • Represented a former judge of the Philadelphia Traffic Court in a prosecution involving multiple counts under the federal mail and wire fraud statutes relating to an alleged ticket fixing scheme. The client was acquitted of all charges following a two-month trial in federal court in Philadelphia.
  • Represented an individual accused of involvement in a scheme to submit false claims to the federal government
  • Represented a company subject to investigation by the Pennsylvania Inspector General for fraud involving the use of disadvantaged business entities in execution of government contract
  • Represented a charter school in a Pennsylvania Inspector General investigation
  • Represented witnesses in federal grand jury investigations
  • Represented witnesses in a NASA inspector general investigation

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented a large investment firm in a three-week FINRA arbitration involving claims of unsuitable investments and professional negligence
  • Represented a placement agent in a securities fraud suit in California Superior Court
  • Represented a major national corporation in an antitrust class action suit in federal court in the District of New Jersey

Pro Bono

Mr. Grugan has performed extensive pro bono work. He is the co-founder of the Ballard Academy for Student Entrepreneurs (BASE), a nationally-recognized student-based accelerator. Mr. Grugan has also represented clients in landlord-tenant disputes in Pennsylvania state court and before Philadelphia arbitration panels. He also regularly accepts appointments to represent criminal defendants in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania through the CJA Panel. Finally, he is a member of the board of directors of New Leash on Life USA, a Philadelphia prison dog-training and prisoner re-entry organization.

Judicial Clerkships

Judicial clerk, Hon. Timothy J. Savage, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Temple American Inn of Court

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network

Philadelphia Bar Association

Board Memberships

New Leash on Life USA


"Yates and Curbing Prosecutorial Overreach," The Legal Intelligencer, May 5, 2015

Co-author, "New York AG Takes Proactive Approach to Regulation of Nonprofits," Ballard Spahr alert, April 15, 2015

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2009, cum laude)
Member, Temple Law Review

La Salle University (B.A. 2003)