In The News


May, 2019

Tom Grace was nominated to be a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the 13th consecutive year.

May, 2019

Nicole Jackson was successful in obtaining Judgment on the Pleadings while successfully defending multiple school district administrators against allegations of failure to protect against student on student bullying.

December 2018

Jay Kennedy was able to obtain dismissal of all claims against an Intermediate Unit land-owner, with no settlement monies paid on its behalf, stemming from a negligence claim made by a bicyclist who fell off of a steep embankment while biking on the property.

November 2018

Jay Kennedy secured a voluntary dismissal with no settlement monies paid in an arbitration appeal jury matter by successfully navigating the FERCA privacy interests of a student involved in a tripping incident during recess on a playground. Jay was able to successfully demonstrate to the Court that Plaintiff was tripped by a student, and not as a result of a defective pavement through eyewitness statements while protecting the FERCA privacy interests of all students involved, while working in conjunction with the School District Solicitor and Superintendent.

October 2018

Jeff van der Kwast secured a defense verdict in an uncontested liability Limited Tort matter after a 4 day jury trial.

May 2018

Tom Grace was nominated as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the 12th consecutive year.

October 2017

Jay Kennedy secured a Summary Judgment decision in favor of his client, a school district who was sued by a local township seeking common law and contractual indemnity for a trip and fall claim on property owned by the school district and leased to the township.

May, 2017

Tom Grace was nominated as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the 11th consecutive year.

May, 2017

Grace & Kennedy, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jeffery van der Kwast will be joining the firm as a Partner. Jeff is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania New Jersey and Delaware.

September, 2016

Nicole Jackson was successful in securing the dismissal of a Community College via motion practice from a suit involving a man who suffered burn injuries while servicing a cyrogenic tank filled with nitrogen gas.

August, 2016

Jay Kennedy recently presented as a panelist for PBI's CLE seminar on Slip and Fall Liability.

July, 2016

Nicole Jackson was successful in securing the voluntary dismissal and withdraw of all claims made against a Montgomery County School District via Motion on the Pleadings practice, using a recent appellate court decision which analyzed the real property exception of the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act in relation to foreign substances on the surface of the school district's real estate. For questions related to this case, please contact Nicole Jackson.

July, 2016

Jay Kennedy recently successfully argued in front of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Delaware County school district that had been sued for state created danger Section 1983 claims as well as inadequate security claims. The Third Circuit panel upheld the Eastern District's ruling in favor of the School District which dismissed all claims against the school district. For a copy of the Opinion, please contact Jay Kennedy.

June, 2016

Jay Kennedy was successful in securing the dismissal of all claims against a Chester County School District through 12(b)(6) Motion practice. Plaintiffs' claims of state created danger, Section 1983 and Title IX violations were dismissed with prejudice. For a copy of the Opinion, please contact Jay Kennedy.

May, 2016

Jay Kennedy was successful in securing the dismissal of all claims via motion practice brought against a Delaware County school district stemming from allegations of excessive force, constitutional violations, Section 1983 claims and inadequate training. For a copy of the Opinion, please contact Jay Kennedy.

May, 2016

Tom Grace was named a Pennsylvania Superlawyer for the 11th consecutive year. It is an honor that is bestowed on less than 2.5% of all practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.

March, 2016

Grace & Kennedy, P.C. is pleased to announce that Nicole Jackson has recently joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Jackson is a graduate of the Delaware Law School of Widener University. Her practice will focus on the representation of municipal and corporate entities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

May, 2015

Tom Grace was named a Pennsylvania Superlawyer for the 10th consecutive year, and Jay Kennedy was named a Pennsylvania Superlawyer Rising Star for the 8th consecutive year.

April, 2015

Jay Kennedy was successful in securing Summary Judgement for a local school district that had been sued by a high school football player who allegedly sustained concussions while competing in a football game. Plaintiff alleged 1983 claims on state created danger grounds. For a copy of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania decision, please contact Jay Kennedy at jkennedy@gracekennedylaw.com.

April, 2015

Tom Grace celebrated the 25th anniversary of his date of admission into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

March, 2015

Tom Grace celebrated the 32nd anniversary date of his membership within the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

February, 2015

Jay Kennedy was successful in securing the dismissal of a student's claim of inadequate security, and Section 1983 State Created Danger claims against a local school district.

February, 2015

Jay Kennedy recently served as a panelist and guest lecturer at PBI's CLE symposium regarding slip and fall liability.