Stephen T. O'Hanlon

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

O'Hanlon Schwartz, PC
Stephen T. O'Hanlon
O'Hanlon Schwartz, PC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Employment Litigation, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2008

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, French

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

O'Hanlon Schwartz, PC

1500 John F Kennedy Blvd
Suite 1410
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Visit website


Stephen T. O'Hanlon is the founder of his own firm O'Hanlon Schwartz, P.C., located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Providing representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area, he divides his practice among criminal defense, employee workplace discrimination and civil rights law. Mr. O'Hanlon is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Mr. O'Hanlon defends people who have been charged with misdemeanors or felonies, and his representation starts with pretrial hearings and goes through trials and, if necessary, appeals. The types of cases that he has experience in include driving under the influence, drug possession and distribution, assault and other violent crimes, weapons violations, theft and homicide. In his employment law practice, he assists people who have been discriminated against due to their disability, pregnancy, race, gender, religion or national origin. Mr. O'Hanlon's civil rights cases have included police brutality and First Amendment violations. He has received a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo for the quality of his work and high degree of ethics.

Mr. O'Hanlon holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. After receiving a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2004, he came to the United States for his legal education and enrolled at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. While he was there, Mr. O'Hanlon served on the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2008.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employee

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Disability, Discrimination, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Law - Employer, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Labor Law, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Police Misconduct, Probation, Prosecution, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sex Offenses, Sexual Harassment, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Unions, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 40% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Rights
  • 10% Employment & Labor: Employee

First Admitted: 2008, Pennsylvania

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer in Philosophy of Law, Temple University, 2008 - 2010
  • Lecturer in Philosophy of Law, Rutgers University
  • Stephen O'Hanlon, Culture, Religion, and Education: A Multicultural Analysis of Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence, JOURNAL OF MULTICULTURALISM IN EDUCATION (2008)
  • Stephen O'Hanlon, Justice Kennedy's Short-Lived Libertarian Revolution: A Brief History of Supreme Court Libertarian Ideology, 7 CARDOZO PUBLIC LAW, POLICY, & ETHICS JOURNAL 1 (2008)
  • Stephen O'Hanlon, Towards a More Reasonable Approach to Free Will in Criminal Law, 7 CARDOZO PUBLIC LAW, POLICY, & ETHICS JOURNAL 395 (2009)
  • Stephen O'Hanlon, Equality, Entitlement, and Efficiency: Dworkin, Nozick, Posner, and Implications for Legal Theory, 8 CARDOZO PUBLIC LAW, POLICY, & ETHICS JOURNAL 31 (2009)
  • Stephen O'Hanlon, Federalist 37: Man, Language, and Theory, 25 CANADIAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND JURISPRUDENCE 137 (2012)
  • Staff member, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Temple University School of Law, 2008
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2017
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Excellence in Constitutional Law, 2008
Educational Background:
  • Trinity College Dublin, Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honors, Economics & Philosophy, 1996
  • The London School of Economics, England, Masters of Philosophy, 2005
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Office location for Stephen T. O'Hanlon

1500 John F Kennedy Blvd
Suite 1410
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 267-546-9066


6 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

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