Gregory M. Harvey - Election LawGregory M. Harvey’s practice has resulted in more than 150 reported judicial decisions and includes extensive experience on appellate briefing and argument, First Amendment law, securities litigation and public election law.

Gregory’s First Amendment practice has included representation of several daily newspapers. His commitment to First Amendment and public election law has earned him the James Madison Award of the Society of Professional Journalist (Philadelphia Chapter), and the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee. Gregory was also elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honorary association which recognizes excellence in trial practice. Election to membership is extended by the College only by invitation, after careful examination of the nominee’s experience, skill, ability and ethical standards.

Gregory’s appellate oral arguments have resulted in notable victories. The decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the case known as In re Combustion Engineering, Inc., 391 F.3d 190 (Dec. 2, 2004), increased by more than $200 million the funds to compensate the parties for whom Gregory argued. In a Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Court appeal, Gregory was selected by PECO Energy Company to argue for the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Electric Competition Act, involving PECO’s right to recover more than $5 billion in “transition costs” as part of the deregulation of electric utilities. The significance of the Commonwealth Court’s unanimous decision sustaining PECO’s position is the subject of Gregory’s article published in The Pennsylvania Lawyer (November-December 2001) titled “Deregulation Done Right-How a different choice in the legal structure of electric deregulation has so far saved Pennsylvania from California’s fate.”

Gregory’s other important appellate victories in recent years include In re CoreStates Trust Fees Litigation, 39 F.3d 61 (3d Cir. 1994), affirming 837 F. Supp. 104 (E.D. Pa. 1993)(putative class action challenging bank’s trust fees could not be maintained under either the diversity or federal question jurisdiction of the federal courts, notwithstanding that there was no right to conduct a class action in the state court having exclusive jurisdiction of fiduciary trusts); Costello v. Ocean County Observer, 136 N.J. 594, 643 A.2d 1012 (1994)(summary judgment granted to newspaper defendants by intermediate appellate court affirmed on federal constitutional grounds despite exceptionally unfavorable facts); Jubelirer v. Singel, 162 Pa. Cw1th. 55, 638 A.2d 352 (1994)(en banc), and two related cases, Donatelli v. Mitchell, 2 F.3d 508 (3d Cir.), affirming826 F. Supp. 131 (E.D. Pa. 1993), and Greenwood v. Singel, 1993 WL 77271 (E.D. Pa. 1993)(adjudicating various state and federal constitutional issues arising from a battle for control of the Senate of Pennsylvania; Gregory was chief counsel in the Jubelirer case and obtained a unanimous en banc decision sustaining the constitutionality of counting the vote of a senator elected under disputed circumstances on the issue of his own seating).

As in these recent decisions, earlier cases argued by Gregory have established important legal principles, such as: D. H. Overmyer Co. v. Frick Co., 405 U.S. 174 (1972), resulting in a unanimous decision sustaining the constitutionality per se of confession of judgment, one of the few appellate decisions sustaining the creditor position; Garner v. Wolflinbarger, 430 F.2d 1093 (5th Cir. 1970), argued by Gregory for the American Bar Association as amicus curiae and resulting in the reversal of a trial court ruling that plaintiffs in derivative litigation were entitled automatically to corporate attorney-client communications because they were shareholders; and Intraworld Industries, Inc. v. Girard Trust Bank, 461 Pa. 343, 336 A.2d 316 (1975), tried and argued on appeal by Gregory for the party seeking to obtain payment under a letter of credit and still the leading case in Pennsylvania sustaining the sanctity of such instruments against efforts by bank customers to enjoin their being honored.

Gregory’s cases also include tenacious efforts to achieve justice for his clients, as in NABCOR v. Philadelphia National Bank, in which an $8 million verdict entered under controversial circumstances by a state court trial judge was ultimately set aside and a new trial denied by the intermediate appellate court, and the judge himself was both defeated by the voters for retention and twice held to deserve disciplinary removal from the bench (both instances occurring after his electoral defeat).

Gregory’s representations involving public election law have frequently been referred to in the legal press and in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily Newse.g., “one of the state’s leading authorities on election law” (The Legal Intelligencer, Sept. 28, 1999); “a leading election lawyer” (The Inquirer, June 2, 1994); “state elections law expert” (The Inquirer, May 29, 1993); “one of the state’s top election attorneys” (Daily News, May 14, 1991). Gregory also holds elective political party office as a member and Ward Co-Chair of Philadelphia’s 8th Ward (Center City West) Democratic Executive Committee.

Gregory was senior counsel at  Montgomery McCracken, and previously a senior litigation partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Selected Publications

Quoted, “Court Watchers See Pa. GOPs Gerrymandering Appeal as a Long Shot,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 29, 2018

Quoted, “Wolf’s Dismissals Spotlight Agency Independence,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 29, 2015

Quoted, “One-Third of Phila. Judicial Candidates Have Quit Race,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 30, 2015

Authored, “Electric Deregulation Done Right: How a Different Choice in the Legal Structure of Electric Deregulation Has So Far Saved Pennsylvania From California’s Fate,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, November-December 2001

Authored, “The Florida Election Vote: What if it Had Happened Here?” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, March-April 2001

Selected Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “The Pa. Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision – Pro and Con,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Webinar, February 27, 2018

Course planner and moderator, “Pennsylvania Election Law,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminars (Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg) November 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2003.

Course Planner and Moderator, “The Supreme Court and the Presidential Election”

“A Chancellor’s Forum Presentation,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute and The Philadelphia Bar Association, April 2001

Faculty, “Election 2000 and the Courts: Can Future Elections Withstand Equal Protection Scrutiny?,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2001

Community Involvement

The Philadelphia Award, Board of Trustees

Member and ward co-chair of Philadelphia’s 8th Ward (Center City West) Democratic Executive Committee

City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics, former chair

Honors & Awards

Listed as Lawyer of the Yearin the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© – First Amendment Law, Philadelphia

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©– Appellate Practice; First Amendment Law; Litigation – First Amendment

James Madison Award of the Society of Professional Journalist (Philadelphia Chapter)

Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee

Listed in the Marquis Who’s Who® directories, including Who’s Who in the World® and Who’s Who in America®

Professional Activities & Achievements

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow

Academic Achievements

Gregory graduated with an A.B. degree in 1959 from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and with a J.D. degree in 1962 from Harvard Law School.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • First Amendment and Media
  • Political and Public Election Law

Admitted to Practice

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Law School

Harvard Law School

Undergraduate School

Harvard University