Justin O. Reliford


  • Williams College
    B.A. 2003
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    J.D. 2007
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • USDC, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • USDC, District of New Jersey
  • USDC, Western District of Michigan
  • USCA, Third Circuit

Justin O. Reliford, an associate of the Firm, concentrates his practice on merger and acquisition litigation and shareholder derivative actions. Justin joined the firm in 2011, after several years practicing as a management-side labor, employment and ERISA litigator.  Justin has extensive experience counseling clients through complex litigation matters, including nationwide class, collective and representative actions. 

Since joining KTMC, Justin has worked on case teams that have secured considerable financial recoveries for public stockholders and other corporate constituents.  Justin has likewise helped achieve significant corporate governance reforms at publicly traded companies across the country.  Justin has a firm belief in the value of strong corporate governance and a passion for protecting the rights of public investors.  

Representative Outcomes
  • Served as co-lead counsel in expedited merger litigation challenging Harleysville’s agreement to sell the company to Nationwide Insurance Company (Nationwide).

    Plaintiffs alleged that policyholders were entitled to receive cash in the merger in exchange for their ownership interests in the company, not just new Nationwide policies. Plaintiffs also alleged that the merger was “fundamentally unfair” under Pennsylvania law. The defendants contested the allegations and contended that the claims could not be prosecuted directly by policyholders (as opposed to derivatively on the company’s behalf). Following a two-day preliminary injunction hearing, we settled the case in exchange for a $26 million cash payment to policyholders.  

Speaking Engagements

Faculty Member – Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “Best Practices in Pre-Trial Litigation in the Federal Courts II” (2013) 


Super Lawyers Magazine (Pennsylvania) Rising Star 


Pennsylvania Bar Association 

Community Involvement

Philadelphia Diversity Law Group

St. Rose of Lima School Advisory Board