Burns White Grows Medical Malpractice Defense Practice, Adds Premier Legal Team

Burns White added a team of five to its medical malpractice defense practice. Attorneys David Johnson, Ashley Griffin, and Daniel Margonari joined the firm as members. Deborah Durkin and Pamela O’Roark joined as paralegal and legal assistant, respectively. The majority of their practice is focused on healthcare matters representing hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals with medical malpractice claims.

“I’ve known Dave Johnson for many, many years. He’s recognized as one of the premier medical malpractice lawyers in this region,” said David White, Burns White Executive Committee Member. “We are extremely pleased to welcome this skilled team, and expect that they will add bench strength in the healthcare sector of our practice.”

Prior to joining the firm, all five worked at Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, PC, where Mr. Johnson was a founding member and President. “Being part of a larger firm brings efficiencies, and allows us to draw on other resources that will benefit our clients,” noted Mr. Johnson. “The medical malpractice defense practice that we’ve built over the years fits in seamlessly within the Burns White structure, and I am confident that we will be able to grow our client base and expand our geographic footprint.”

Burns White Promotes Seven Attorneys to Membership Status

Burns White announced the promotion of seven attorneys to Member, effective Jan. 1, 2018. These talented attorneys, located in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, have diverse legal practices that support the needs of our clients, and the growth of the organization.

Pittsburgh
Laura E. Benson joined Burns White as an Associate in 2013, and assists clients in a wide range of industries—providing counsel in complex and commercial litigation, white-collar defense, corporate compliance, and government investigations. She received her legal degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

In 2008, Patrick M. Horvat joined Burns White’s Pittsburgh office. He primarily concentrates his practice in transportation law, and is well versed in matters relating to products liability, general litigation, and business matters. Mr. Horvat is a graduate of Barry University School of Law in Miami, Florida.

Attorney Matthew A. Meyers focuses his practice in the areas of insurance litigation, insurance coverage and extracontractual litigation, commercial litigation, and trucking law. He joined the firm in January of 2016, and is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

For more than 20 years, Ralph M. Monico has represented clients in a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters, with a focus on professional liability defense and licensure. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Dorothy C. Wolbert joined Burns White as an Associate in 2015, and is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Family Law practice where she manages, among other issues, complex divorce, custody and support matters, and protection from abuse cases. She received her legal degree from Cleveland State University.

Philadelphia
Kirsten B. Hare has more than 25 years of experience handling professional liability matters as part of the firm’s Healthcare and Long-Term Care Group, defending hospitals, physicians, residents and nurses in major medical malpractice matters. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Law.

Elizabeth A. Stefanski joined Burns White as an Associate in 2012. She is experienced in complex state and federal litigation, and focuses her practice on the defense of healthcare facilities and medical professionals. Ms. Stefanski is a graduate of Widener University School of Law.

RN/Medical Review Analyst – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: RN/Medical Review Analyst

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Provide medical review and oversight in the completion of Medicare Set-Asides. Provide consultation to attorneys and others related to medical subject areas. Identify workflow and quality issues related to the medical review process, and serve as a lead to Medical Records Specialists in the preparation of medical narratives and other documentation.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or graduate of nursing school strongly preferred. Current RN license preferred. Certified Life Care Planner a plus.
  • Experience in nursing, paralegal, or medical records review required.
  • Superior analytical skills. Attentive to detail and highly accurate. Excellent time management, prioritization, and organization skills. Ability to adapt to changing priorities and remain flexible to meet client and attorney needs. Able to take initiative and anticipate what needs to be done. Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), and ability to effectively interact with all organizational levels. Strong computer skills, particularly MS Office familiarity.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, keyboard, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sedentary position which requires sitting for extended periods, most or all of the day. Some standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate extensively via email. Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate via telephone.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies. Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours.  Occasional overtime as required.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Healthcare Associate – Cherry Hill, NJ

Job Title: Healthcare Associate

Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

About the Job

Burns White seeks to hire a Healthcare Associate to join its Cherry Hill, New Jersey office.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 1-2 years of litigation experience and must be licensed to practice in New Jersey.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are prerequisites.  Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work individually and in teams.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with clients in person and via telephone.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies. Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours. Occasional overtime as required

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Workers’ Compensation Associate – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Workers’ Compensation Associate

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Burns White seeks to hire a Workers’ Compensation Associate to join its Pittsburgh office.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience; workers’ compensation experience a plus.

Candidates must be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are prerequisites.  Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work individually and in teams.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with clients in person and via telephone.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies. Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours. Occasional overtime as required

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Healthcare Associate – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Healthcare Associate

Location: Philadelphia, PA

About the Job

Burns White seeks to hire a Healthcare Associate to join its Philadelphia office.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience in healthcare, long-term care, personal injury, medical malpractice and/or related practice areas.

Candidates must be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and additional membership in New Jersey is preferred.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are prerequisites.  Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work individually and in teams.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with clients in person and via telephone.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies. Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours. Occasional overtime as required

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Philadelphia Office to Host Employment Seminar

Burns White will be hosting an Employment Law Seminar on Friday, January 19th from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include:

  • Current status of Department of Labor Regulations
  • Workers’ Compensation best practices
  • Non-Discriminatory reasons for termination
  • Immigration
  • Sexual harrassment
  • Practical lessons in Employment Law

Participating attorneys include: Jeffrey Adler, Stuart O’Neal, Angela Cronk, Meghan Campbell, Max Kimbrough, Mark Sottile, Gilda Arroyo, and Katherine McLay.

Attendees can receive three (3) CLE and SHRM credits. To sign up for the seminar, please contact Jennifer Love at jllove@burnswhite.com by January 10th, 2018.

Litigation Legal Assistant – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Litigation Legal Assistant

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

A dynamic and growing Healthcare Defense Litigation practice is in need of an experienced legal secretary.  Support attorneys in their day-to-day practices, have an opportunity to take ownership and initiative, serve as a right hand, and have client contact.

Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  College, business school, or other continuing education preferred.
  • At least two years’ legal secretary experience.  Litigation experience required.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload, efficiently handle multiple projects, and prioritize tasks with competing deadlines.  Strong secretarial skills including typing, proofreading, spelling, grammar, and math.  Strong technical skills including MS Office Suite applications, especially MS Word.  Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done.  Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Professional manner with clients, attorneys, and others.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching.  Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.  Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.  Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with clients in person and via telephone.  Ability to crawl, reach, and stretch so as to prepare and maintain files.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities.  Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies.  Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours.  Occasional overtime as required.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Burns White to Host Employment Law Seminar December 7th

Burns White will host a seminar on Employment Law on Thursday, December 7th at its offices in the Strip District. The half-day session will review, among other topics:

  • EEOC Enforcements Actions and Priorities
  • Family Medical Leave Act/ADA
  • Immigration
  • Overtime/Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Social Media/Background Checks

Attendees will receive 2.5 CLE and 2.5 SHRM PDC Credits. (Approval pending)

To register, please contact Jennifer Love at jllove@burnswhite.com by November 30th.

Employment Law Seminar Details

 

Attorney Granaudo-Gesty Obtains Motion to Dismiss for Radiologist

A medical negligence action was filed against a Delaware radiologist for allegedly contributing to a patient’s death by misinterpreting CT scans. In response, Attorney Maria Granaudo-Gesty filed a Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s claim for failing to comply with the requirements to toll the statute of limitations. The Court granted the motion after accepting Ms. Granaudo-Gesty’s proposed interpretation of the statute. The radiologist was dismissed as a party, saving the client significant discovery costs.

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