Obadiah "Obie" G. English joined Mannion Prior, LLP in December 2009 and was named a partner in January 2015. His practice is concentrated in litigation involving trusts, estates, guardianships, and other fiduciary matters, and select matters related to commercial and general civil litigation. He has represented both individuals and corporate clients in a variety of matters in the Orphans’ Court and the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania, including will and trust disputes, probate disputes, and fiduciary surcharge actions, and has appeared on appellate matters before the Superior and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Obie is representing clients in numerous ongoing will contests in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, as well as various trust and fiduciary litigation matters in each of these counties.
Obie is also a certified mediator specializing in Orphans' Court litigation and fiduciary matters.
A frequent lecturer, Obie recently presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 22nd Estate Law Institute on November 8, 2016. Obie has been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Litigation - Trusts and Estates. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Obie came to Mannion Prior from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia where he was an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.
Obie is currently Chair of the Probate & Tax Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association and former Chair of the Orphans’ Court Section of the Bucks County Bar Association. Obie is also a member of the Probate & Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia County Bar Association, the Bucks County Orphans’ Court Advisory, the Joint Justice Center Committee of Montgomery Bar Association and 38th Judicial District Judges.
Obie also served as an arbitrator in the Compulsory Arbitration Program for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Obie earned his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a member of the Honor Council and a member of the Sports Law Journal. While at Seton Hall, he worked as an intern for Judge Katharine S. Hayden of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and in the Federal Public Defender's Office. Obie earned his B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.