John Grugan is a partner at Ballard Spahr and specializes in government enforcement defense. He represents clients in investigations and complex litigations brought against them by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general.
He has extensive expertise conducting internal investigations on behalf of boards of directors and corporate management, from highly publicized claims to sensitive cases that never make headlines. Furthermore, he represents clients in False Claims Act litigation.
Early Life and Education
John Grugan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the son of Francis and Mary (Finnegan) Grugan. He earned a reputation as an entertaining storyteller who kept his friends and family laughing with his sharp-witted anecdotes.
He was a loving father, husband and grandfather. Survived by his loving wife Irene and daughters Kathleen Curry (George) and Emily Grugan, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was the father of County Armagh GAA player Rory Grugan and an active member of Ballymacnab Round Towers GAA. A highly popular and respected figure within his community, especially among younger generations, he also held leadership positions within his local church. Tragically, his brothers Patrick, Michael, Daniel; sister-in-law Joyce Grugan; sisters-in-law Florence Johnson and Maria Bonder; as well as many of Rory’s Finnegan cousins will mourn his passing.
John is the co-practice leader of Ballard Spahr’s municipal securities regulation and enforcement group. He also represents clients in a range of complex litigation, such as defenses to government investigations or securities class actions.
He is a frequent lecturer and author on government investigations of financial services institutions, as well as protecting corporate interests during internal investigations. He is listed in Chambers USA for Litigation–Securities (Pennsylvania), Legal 500 for securities litigation, and Benchmark Litigation annually as a “local litigation star”.
In addition to his practice at the firm, he serves as an advisor to several Philadelphia-area civic and charitable organizations. He is a member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and actively involved with his alma mater St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and Select Greater Philadelphia.
Achievements and Honors
Grugan scored 334 points in 76 career games, tying Tom Lemieux’s all-time single season point record set during 1999-02. Additionally, he ranked second and third respectively in goals per game and assists.
He earned the distinction of being named CSAC Player of the Year in 2009 and was twice an All-Conference selection. Additionally, as a junior he led the CSAC in goals and assists.
John Grugan specializes in government enforcement defense, representing clients during investigations and litigation conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, self-regulatory organizations, as well as state securities regulators. Additionally, John represents clients in criminal and civil matters arising under the False Claims Act and other federal laws, as well as litigation involving government procurement matters.
John Grugan was the kind of guy you’d want by your side for a weekend of skiing fun. A well-known member of his local GAA club, he and his wife had four children to raise.
He had an affinity for the Philadelphia Flyers and enjoyed playing golf.
After graduating Ridley High School, Grugan made the choice to attend Division I Hofstra University; however, he quickly became disenchanted with their reputation for academics. Ultimately, Grugan switched his mind and joined Cabrini lacrosse team instead – which paid off handsomely as he became one of the top players in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) history and three-time Player of the Year. His numbers speak for themselves: 334 points on 206 goals and 128 assists in 76 games is truly impressive; just look at those numbers!
John Grogan boasts a net worth of $1.5 Million. He is an author and journalist who has held various positions such as columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening magazine.
He resides in eastern Pennsylvania with his wife Jenny and their three children, Patrick, Colleen, and Conor. Additionally, they own two dogs.
He is the author of Marley & Me, which was made into a movie in 2008. In addition to that book, he has penned numerous other works and earned several awards for his writing. With degrees in journalism and English from Central Michigan University under his belt, he has achieved success as an author.