Stuart T. O’Neal and Anthony S. Cottone Obtain Dismissal of Claims Against Hospital Client for Slip and Fall

After a Complaint was filed, Preliminary Objections were aggressively pursued. Stuart and Anthony’s aggressive defense and pursuit of their Preliminary Objections forced the Plaintiff to dismiss the action in Court prior to any further pleadings or discovery being exchanged. Their legal strategy helped save the client significant time, effort, and cost.

Litigation Paralegal – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Litigation Paralegal

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

Exciting opportunity in a dynamic and growing Healthcare, Long-Term Care, and Medical Malpractice Defense Litigation practice area.  Provide support and assistance to attorneys in the practice of law and with general case management.  This includes preparing and organizing documents; reviewing and summarizing deposition transcripts; conducting and summarizing research; supporting depositions, trials, and other activities; interacting with clients, opposing counsel, and external agencies; and contributing to a positive and successful team effort.

Job Requirements

  • Paralegal Certificate or Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • At least two years’ experience as a litigation paralegal.  Experience analyzing and summarizing medical records preferred.
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize workload.  Demonstrated ability to take ownership and initiative by actively managing files, deadlines, etc.  Excellent communication skills and assertiveness to coordinate deadlines among multiple attorneys.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Extremely reliable in attendance, meeting deadlines, and anticipating what needs to be done.  Able to effectively and efficiently manage multiple projects and competing deadlines.  Ability to adapt to changing priorities and remain flexible to meet client and attorney needs.  Strong commitment to quality client service.  Strong PC skills, especially MS Word and Excel.

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.

Workers’ Compensation Paralegal – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Workers’ Compensation Paralegal

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

This position is in Burns White’s Workers’ Compensation practice group in its Pittsburgh office.  Responsibilities will include coordinating and receiving receipt of medical records, processing invoices, sending and receiving authorizations, calendaring hearing notices, and more.

Job Requirements

  • Paralegal certificate or degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Workers’ Compensation paralegal or legal secretary experience required.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and prioritization skills.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Able to effectively and efficiently manage multiple projects and competing deadlines.  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.  Strong commitment to quality client service.  Strong PC skills including MS Office.

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.

Employment Associate – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Employment Associate

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

Burns White seeks to hire an Employment Associate to join its Philadelphia office.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 1-5 years of litigation experience.

Candidates must be licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong research and 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.

Jim Schadel, Laura Benson Granted Motion for Summary Judgment in Legal Malpractice Matter

While an appeal has been filed, James R. Schadel (Member) and Laura E. Benson (Associate) successfully obtained a dismissal of their clients, a lawyer and his law firm, in a legal malpractice matter arising from an underlying personal injury claim, and specifically, the settlement of that claim. Plaintiff asserted claims of professional malpractice and misrepresentation, alleging that the attorney had a conflict of interest in representing both her, and her then-husband’s, interest at the time of the settlement, and that the attorney concealed this conflict from her. Ultimately, Plaintiff was unsatisfied with the settlement amount she received for her loss of consortium claim, and alleged she was induced to accept less than it was worth. Attorneys Schadel and Benson’s Motion for Summary Judgment was granted three weeks before the start of trial, saving their clients the significant cost, time and burden of a lengthy and expensive trial.

Lien Specialist – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Lien Specialist

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Provide support to attorneys and coordinate the lien process for the Medicare Department including making contact with Medicare, reviewing files, analyzing liens and creating charts, and maintaining internal recordkeeping systems.

Job Duties

  • Support the Medicare Account Specialist and Attorneys throughout the lien process
  • Daily calls to the  Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC) and Commercial Repayment Center (CRC)
  • Review files for completeness and anticipate next steps
  • Create lien charts
  • Analyze Liens
  • Providing up to date portal information to paralegals/attorneys when needed
  • Staying current on dockets
  • Keep Lien Manual up to date
  • Know when to escalate matters to responsible attorney or paralegals
  • Research information via in house database, internet or portals
  • Ability to handle client caseload

Job Requirements

  • Paralegal certificate, legal assistant, administrative assistant training program preferred.
  • At least one year experience as a paralegal, legal assistant, administrative assistant, or other similar position.
  • Highly organized.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Patient and diligent in interacting with external agencies and internal customers.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Good follow through and follow up.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), and ability to effectively interact with all organizational levels.  Strong computer skills, particularly MS Office.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, keyboard, 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 extensively 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.

Paralegal/Medicare Account Specialist – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Paralegal/Medicare Account Specialist

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Responsible for intake of files.  Responsible for collection, follow up, and organization of files including medical records, authorizations, set-aside submissions, and settlement documents.

Job Duties

  • Complete accurate time entry for billing purposes on a daily basis.
  • Complete authorization requests, when appropriate, at the time of file assignment and send to the appropriate individual(s).
  • Monitor and set docket activity according to the guidelines of the specific file/referral.
  • Accurately prepare Medicare Set-Asides, ensuring that the appropriate documents are submitted on a timely basis.
  • Enter and maintain data into various systems (ProLaw, Cherwell, etc.) according to departmental standards and client expectations.
  • Effectively work to obtain settlement documents, track outstanding requests, and follow up on missing documents.
  • Keep a current working knowledge of applicable CMS and MSPRC rules and regulations as they relate to Medicare Set-Asides, submissions, and conditional payments.
  • Maintain and consistently apply a thorough understanding of each client’s policies and procedures.
  • Diligently monitor various file closure trigger letters for individual files and report to the responsible attorney when matters appear to be ready for closure.
  • Review and analyze conditional payments, update information in the spreadsheet for the responsible attorney, and provide reports to client in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable and responsive primary point of contact for clients regarding file status, updates, items needed for referrals, submission status, etc.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and client service at all times when interacting with clients via phone, email, and in person.
  • Monitor and handle CMS development letters/requests to accurately determine needed items, provide timely reports to clients, and accurately track progress.
  • Monitor and send out CMS approval letters to clients in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Review and submit SSVS letters to clients in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Monitor revision requests from clients and promptly report to supervisor for calendar/production maintenance.
  • Use good judgment in determining when cases require escalation to the responsible attorney.
  • Use good judgment in reporting issues and potential issues to supervisor, including difficulties in obtaining information or in working with responsible attorneys.
  • Occasionally attend meetings with clients (which could include travel) to provide training or participate in client service meetings or client relations activities.

Job Requirements

  • Paralegal degree or certificate.
  • At least one year experience as a paralegal working with medical records preferred.
  • Highly organized.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Patient and diligent in interacting with external agencies and internal customers.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Good follow through and follow up.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), and ability to effectively interact with all organizational levels.  Strong computer skills, particularly MS Office.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, keyboard, 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 extensively 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.

Burns White Center Featured as One of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices

Burns White Center was recognized by The Pittsburgh Business Times as one of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices. Each week, the paper showcases interesting, inspiring and attractive office spaces in the Pittsburgh region. (See the article here)

Burns White’s Pittsburgh headquarters is an 110,000 square-foot ‘urban flex’ facility which opened for business in March 2017. Located at the crossroads of 26th and Railroad streets on the Allegheny River, the firm is part of the Strip District’s expansion—an intensive effort to integrate the neighborhood’s historic and authentic past with technology start-ups, growing companies, and research and development firms. Modern yet warm, the building’s new collaborative work space challenges the traditional law firm model—outdated, heavy furniture is replaced with contemporary pieces, and floor-to-ceiling windows contribute to an open and light atmosphere. Terraces and a large, open café with a balcony offer scenic views of the city and river where employees and visitors can meet and relax.

Burns White Center was designed by Gensler, a collaborative design firm headquartered in New York City, and is designed and built to USBG LEED Silver standards.

Workers’ Compensation Associate – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Workers’ Compensation Associate

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

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

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 1-5 years of experience; workers’ compensation experience a plus.

Candidates must be licensed to practice in New Jersey and 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.

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.

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