Colin McGrath

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Colin McGrath
Colin McGrath is an associate in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Appellate practices. He focuses on litigating commercial and restructuring disputes in state and federal courts.

Mr. McGrath’s recent experience includes serving on Weil teams representing:

  • PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company in connection with their chapter 11 cases and related litigation proceedings in California federal court.
  • National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation in litigation related to the restructuring of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and other Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr. McGrath also has an active pro bono practice. He currently serves on a Weil team prosecuting a class action challenging the State of New Hampshire’s involuntary detention of people experiencing mental health crises in hospital emergency rooms without providing due process hearings. Earlier, he led a Weil team litigating a federal civil rights action on behalf of a domestic violence survivor against the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The lawsuit asserted claims under the U.S. Constitution and Fair Housing Act challenging HPD’s practice of excluding domestic violence survivors from subsidized housing voucher “bifurcation” hearings that could help survivors retain their subsidized housing. In February 2020, Weil negotiated a groundbreaking settlement in this case, which provides domestic violence survivors the means of obtaining new housing vouchers in their names, safeguarding against the loss of housing.

Mr. McGrath received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Silverman-Rodin Scholar and served on the board of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. During law school he interned in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Section. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald A. McHugh of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and then earned his Ph.D. in History the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McGrath received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music, each magna cum laude, from Northwestern University.

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