John C. Grugan


John C. Grugan represents clients in government investigations and complex litigation brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and state attorneys general. In addition, John has substantial experience working with boards of directors, audit committees, and corporate management to direct corporate internal investigations. John’s experience includes numerous engagements in which he handled corporate investigations and related negotiations with the government, after which the government declined to prosecute or pursue litigation.

John is a frequent lecturer and author on topics such as government investigations of financial services institutions and protecting corporate interests in internal investigations. He is ranked in Chambers USA for Litigation—Securities (Pennsylvania), is recognized in Legal 500 for securities litigation, and is listed annually in Benchmark Litigation as a "local litigation star" and a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and Philadelphia magazines. In the community, he is a member of several non-profit boards and is active with several Philadelphia-area civic and charitable organizations. At Ballard, John has held a number of leadership positions, including serving as a member of the Firm’s Elected Board.


Representative Matters

  • Representation of a federal student loan servicer in litigation in which a state attorney general challenged all aspects of the servicer’s performance, including its administration of several federal loan forgiveness programs. After a lengthy litigation that received national and Congressional attention, the matter was resolved on a no admission, no penalty basis.
  • Representation of a publicly-traded energy company in a DOJ investigation relating to the company’s participation in the political process. After a lengthy investigation, the government declined to pursue charges against the company or its executives.
  • Representation of a federal student loan servicer challenging the legality of Connecticut and California state licensing requirements. In decisions of first impression in the Second and Ninth Circuits, the federal courts granted summary judgment in the servicer’s favor, finding the state licensing requirements were preempted as applied to federal student loan servicing.

Professional Highlights

Board Memberships & Community Service

Member, Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School

Member, Good360 Board of Directors

Member, Franklin Institute Executive Corporate Board

Past President, Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd



Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1998)
Editor-in-Chief, Temple Law Review

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1992)


New Jersey


U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court