John C. Grugan


John C. Grugan co-leads the firm's Municipal Securities Regulation and Enforcement Team. He 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 listed annually in Benchmark Litigation as a "future star" in litigation and a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and Philadelphia magazines. In the community, he is active with several Philadelphia-area civic and charitable organizations.


Representative Matters

  • Representation of a federal student loan servicer challenging the legality of state licensing requirements. In a decision of first impression in the Second Circuit, the federal court granted summary judgment in the servicer’s favor, finding the state licensing requirements were preempted as applied to federal student loan servicing.
  • 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 in several putative class actions relating to the servicer’s administration of a number of federal programs. In decisions of first impression in the Ninth and Eleventh circuits, the federal trial courts dismissed all claims upon motions to dismiss.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. James McGirr Kelly, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, Litigation: Securities (Pennsylvania), 2021

Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star," Securities, White collar crime, 2021

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