Burns White Recognized as Civil Defense Law Firm of the Year

The Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) named Burns White the Civil Defense Law Firm of the Year. The award was presented on July 12th at the 2018 PDI Annual Conference, and recognizes Burns White as the top civil defense firm that “best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, dedication to the practice of law, promotion of the highest ideals of justice in the community and has a demonstrated commitment to PDI and its members.”

The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1969, it now boasts a membership of approximately 600 lawyers, executives of insurance companies, self-insurers, and independent adjusters from across the state. Burns White attorneys Brian Kane, Joe Macerelli, and Dan Twilla are active participants in this important organization.

Litigation Legal Assistant – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Litigation Legal Assistant

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

We are looking to add a Legal Secretary with litigation experience to our growing office in West Conshohocken. This is a great spot for an entry- or mid-level secretary looking for a place to grow. We offer interesting and challenging work, excellent technical training opportunities, a flexible work environment, generous benefits package, and free in-building parking – without the taxes and traffic of working in Center City.

Requirements

•At least one year of experience as a Legal Assistant or Legal Secretary in a litigation practice.
•Ability to organize and prioritize workload and prioritize tasks with competing deadlines. Strong secretarial skills and technical skills including MS Office Suite applications, especially MS Word. Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done. Quick learner who 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 in person and via telephone with internal and external customers.

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.

Legal Assistant – Wilmington, DE

Job Title: Legal Assistant

Location: Wilmington, DE

About the Job

A dynamic, growing multi-office Healthcare/Long-Term Care Litigation Defense practice is in need of an experienced legal secretary for its Wilmington DE office. The person in this position will provide administrative support to attorneys, and also do some paralegal tasks that are billable to clients. This position provides an opportunity to take ownership and initiative, serve as a right hand, be fully involved in the legal aspects of cases, and have client contact.  This position offers interesting and challenging work, a fun and flexible work environment, and generous benefits package.

Requirements

•Experience as a Litigation Legal Assistant or Legal Secretary, preferably in a medical-related practice area such as long-term care, healthcare, medical malpractice, etc.
•Ability to organize and prioritize workload, efficiently handle multiple projects, and prioritize tasks with competing deadlines. Strong secretarial and technical skills including MS Office Suite applications. Excellent communication skills and demonstrated assertiveness, take-charge attitude, and team-oriented approach. Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done. 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 in person and via telephone with internal and external customers.

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.

Mary-Jo Rebelo Begins 3-Year Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee Term

Attorney Mary-Jo Rebelo started her three-year term on the Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), effective July 1st, 2018. Ms. Rebelo was elected to serve in this role by the general membership of the Bar Association, and joins a group of 23 other members responsible for rating, recommending and supporting qualified members for judicial offices and appointments in Allegheny County. These recommendations are based on a thorough review of potential candidates’ character, temperament, professional aptitude and experience.

“It is an honor to be elected onto the ACBA Judiciary Committee,” notes Ms. Rebelo. “I look forward to working with my fellow Committee members to help insure the continued integrity of our region’s legal system.”

Paralegal – Real Estate & Energy – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Paralegal – Real Estate & Energy

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

A paralegal position is being added to support growth in our Real Estate and Energy practices. This position is a unique opportunity to create systems and procedures to support a team, and offers potential for growth.

Job Duties

  • Preparing closing documents
  • Draft settlement statements and deeds
  • Prepare title affidavits
  • Order title insurance
  • Perform mortgage foreclosure work
  • Set up tests and inspections
  • Prepare lien letters
  • Draft title opinions

Requirements

  • At least three years Real Estate experience as a Paralegal, Closing Coordinator, or similar position in a mortgage or title company, title insurer, or banking setting.
  • Strong technical skills required including Word, Excel, Outlook, and an understanding of database concepts. Able to develop procedures and systems to help manage workload and ensure efficient recordkeeping. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities. Good communication skills, written and verbal. Able to work independently and as part of a team. Highly organized and attentive to detail, with good follow-up. Able to work efficiently and make the most of time. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations for improvement to supervisors.

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 in person and via telephone with internal and external customers.

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.

Joseph C. Romano Appointed to Disciplinary Board of Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Burns White attorney, Joseph C. Romano, to a three-year term as a Hearing Committee Member for District IV. His appointment will take effect on July 1, 2018. There are 150 Hearing Committee members in the State of Pennsylvania who conduct hearings and act as a formal reviewing body to determine if a case might require discipline.

“I am honored to take on this role for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Romano. “Maintaining the integrity of our state’s legal system is critical to insuring justice and public trust in our courts. I am happy to be a part of this process.”

Burns White Attorneys Granted Judgment as a Matter of Law in Legal Professional Liability Action after Negotiating for and Winning a Three-Day Summary Trial of Underlying Civil Rights Action

Attorneys James R. Schadel and Kenneth N. Schott, III earned a defense verdict after successfully trying an underlying civil rights action that formed the factual and legal basis for a legal malpractice action filed by a large insurance company against the firm’s clients, a lawyer and his law firm.  Burns White attorneys negotiated for and reached an agreement with opposing counsel to try the underlying civil rights action in summary fashion over three days and before a retired judge sitting as special master.  By way of contrast, a traditional jury trial would have lasted at least two weeks.  The efforts of the Burns White attorneys in negotiating for this summary trial format resulted in a significant cost savings to the firm’s clients.

The underlying plaintiffs asserted deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of an inmate at a county jail in purported violation of the inmate’s Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.  The insurance company alleged that the lawyer, hired to defend the company’s insured, mishandled the underlying civil rights action thereby causing the case to settle for more money than it was worth.  The insurance company filed a complaint against the firm’s clients praying for $1,700,000.00 in damages and asserting three causes of action: (1) negligence, (2) breach of contract and (3) vicarious liability against the law firm.

A legal malpractice plaintiff in Pennsylvania must prove – by a preponderance of the evidence – that a judgment would have been recovered in the underlying case “but for” the attorney’s alleged conduct before any evidence of legal malpractice may be introduced.  With a victory in the underlying civil rights action in hand, Burns White attorneys filed a Motion to Enter Judgment as a Matter of Law in the instant legal malpractice action on behalf of the firm’s clients arguing that Plaintiff could not introduce sufficient evidence of causation and damages.  The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania agreed and entered judgment in favor of the firm’s clients as a matter of law.

Burns White Cleveland, OH

Four Attorneys from Cleveland-Based Gallagher Sharp Join Burns White

Burns White LLC announced today that four partners from Cleveland-based Gallagher Sharp LLP have joined the firm, effective June 4, 2018. The addition of attorneys Kevin C. Alexandersen, Daniel J. Michalec, Colleen A. Mountcastle, and Holly M. Olarczuk-Smith expands Burns White’s existing Railroad and Mass Tort practice areas, and brings a new Maritime practice offering to the firm.

“Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with these highly-regarded attorneys, and have enormous respect for their legal talent and reputation,” said David A. Damico, Executive Committee Member. “Their addition aligns well with our firm’s continued strategic growth initiatives—reinforcing our presence in Cleveland and extending our reach within the Great Lakes region.”

All four attorneys join the firm as members, and will remain in Cleveland. Mr. Alexandersen chairs Burns White’s newly created Maritime practice, and co-chairs the Mass Tort Practice with Burns White attorney, Daniel Donahoe. “The opportunity to join this growing and dynamic firm allows us to expand our service offerings to a broader base of clients,” noted Mr. Alexandersen. “We look forward to working with the many talented attorneys at Burns White as we continue to provide innovative, thoughtful legal solutions to our clients.”

Burns White’s Cleveland office is located in the US Bank Centre, 1350 Euclid Avenue.

Another Defense Verdict for Railroad Team, 5th in 5 Months

T.H. Lyda and Edwin Palmer received another defense verdict on behalf of a Fortune 100 railroad client after a two-week long jury trial in Erie County, Ohio. Plaintiff was a 51-year old machinist claiming that exposure to noise from retarders in a large classification yard led to his development of hearing loss and unbearable tinnitus, or ringing in his ears. The defense team asserted that:

  • the railroad provided plaintiff with a reasonably safe place to work
  • noise level monitoring at the yard complied with all federal health and safety requirements
  • the plaintiff was included in defendant’s hearing conservation program and provided adequate hearing protection, and
  • the plaintiff’s hearing problems and tinnitus were the result of unprotected exposure to gunfire

The jury agreed and returned a verdict in favor of the railroad, finding that it was not negligent.

This result is the latest in a series of five straight defense verdicts obtained by the Burns White railroad team since the first of the year.

Daniel Cerrito Recipient of 2018 Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship at Duquesne University

Daniel Cerrito is the inaugural recipient of Burns White’s Diversity in the Law Scholarship, awarded to a first-year, diverse law student at Duquesne University’s School of Law. Mr. Cerrito, a graduate of the University of Arizona Honors College, was selected from a competitive pool of qualified applicants.

“Burns White is extremely pleased to support Daniel in achieving his legal aspirations through, not only funding, but practical work experience and mentoring,” noted David White, Executive Committee Member. “The goal of this scholarship is to provide academic and practical opportunities to deserving individuals in underrepresented groups to diversify the composition of the legal profession. Daniel is an extremely qualified candidate who embodies the spirit of this award.”

The annual $10,000 Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship is awarded to a qualified candidate who adds diversity to the incoming class, and includes a paid summer clerkship at the firm following the successful completion of the recipient’s second year of law school. In addition, a mentor from Burns White will work with Mr. Cerrito for the duration of his legal education.

“I am so honored to be selected for this award,” said Mr. Cerrito. “The Diversity in the Law Scholarship will allow me to focus on my legal studies by assisting me financially, academically, and professionally. I appreciate the opportunity, and am eager to start my law school career at Duquesne with the support of Burns White.”

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