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.
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.
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 Modern yet warm, the building’s new collaborative work space challenges the traditional law firm model—outdated, heavy furniture is replaced with contemporary pieces, and floor-to-ceiling windows contribute to an open and light atmosphere.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.
Stuart T. O’Neal (Member), Katherine E. Senior (Of Counsel), and Anthony S. Cottone (Associate) successfully obtained a dismissal of their client, an outpatient radiology center, from a lawsuit involving a delayed diagnosis of cancer. The Complaint alleged that numerous Defendants were negligent in failing to identify and diagnose cancer in the Plaintiff. Claims against the radiology center included claims for ostensible agency and vicarious liability with regard to two (2) interpreting radiologists, as well as corporate liability and loss of consortium claims. Attorneys O’Neal, Senior, and Cottone were able to have their client dismissed prior to the undertaking of extensive discovery—saving their clients not only from potential liability, but significant time, effort, and cost of litigation.
PITTSBURGH, May 16, 2017 —Nineteen Burns White attorneys in offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were named to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers/Rising Stars lists. These attorneys have been identified as being outstanding among their peers in the legal profession.
The Pennsylvania Super Lawyers rating is a distinction received by no more than five percent of attorneys practicing in the state. Burns White’s distinguished recipients for this year include:
- John A. Bass, Member, practice areas: medical malpractice and long-term care litigation
- Robert E. Dapper, Jr., Member, practice areas: insurance coverage and extracontractual litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability, and trucking litigation
- David H. Dille, Member, practice area: workers’ compensation
- Russell D. Giancola, Associate, practice areas: medical malpractice, long-term care litigation, professional liability litigation, and general liability litigation
- Joseph A. Macerelli, Member, practice areas: medical malpractice, professional liability litigation, personal injury, insurance, and products liability defense
- James R. Schadel, General Counsel and Member, practice areas: legal malpractice defense, professional liability defense, and general liability litigation
- Patrick Sorek, Member, practice areas: commercial litigation and employment law
- David B. White, Executive Committee Member, practice areas: commercial litigation, products liability litigation, professional malpractice litigation, financial institution litigation, employment litigation, and energy industry litigation
- Valerie H. Lieberman, Member, practice area: workers’ compensation
- William J. Mundy, Executive Committee Member, Practice areas: medical malpractice, long-term care litigation, health care regulation, and litigation
The Pennsylvania Rising Stars rating is a distinction given to no more than 2.5 percent of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are either 40 years of age or younger, or who have been in practice for ten years or less. Our firm’s recipients include:
- Matthew G. Brouse, Member, practice areas: energy litigation and transaction
- Bryson F. Datt, Jr., Member, practice areas: trucking law, commercial litigation, business law, and insurance coverage and extracontractual litigation
- Scott R. Eberle, Member, practice areas: legal malpractice defense, professional liability defense, attorney disciplinary defense, and general liability litigation
- Patrick M. Horvat, Associate, practice areas: transportation, toxic tort litigation, and products liability litigation
- Molly L. Kremer, Associate, practice areas: railroad litigation, occupational and toxic tort litigation, and products liability litigation
- Matthew A. Meyers, Associate, practice areas: insurance litigation, insurance coverage and extracontractual litigation, commercial litigation, and trucking law
- Stephanie Solomon, Member, practice areas: commercial litigation, products liability litigation, retail and hospitality, trucking law, and professional liability litigation
- Dorothy C. Wolbert, Associate, practice areas: family law and collaborative law
- Courtney C. Barbacane, Of Counsel, practice areas: medical malpractice litigation, nursing neglect, and professional liability litigation
An annual rating service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division, inclusion on the Super Lawyers lists is based on a rigorous, patented selection process that consists of:
- a statewide survey of lawyers in more than 70 practice areas,
- independent research to identify outstanding lawyers,
- evaluation of candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition,
- a practice area panel review, and
- a discipline check of each candidate
Burns White LLC is a full-service law firm that provides corporate and litigation counsel to clients operating across a broad spectrum of industries nationwide. Harnessing the collective skill of more than 140 attorneys, the law firm operates offices in Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Mr. Jafry has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars for the past six years. In his practice, he defends physicians, nurses, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other medical providers in medical malpractice matters. In addition, he teaches trial advocacy at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. Mr. Jafry also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges from 2010-2014, and is currently participating as a Fellow as part of a program developed by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He graduated from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.
Named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list since 2014, Mr. Pagano focuses his litigation practice on long-term care and medical and nursing home malpractice defense. Prior to joining Burns White, he practiced in the areas of professional liability and health care litigation, municipal and public entity litigation, and employment litigation. Mr. Pagano also served in the United States Army and the New Jersey National Guard. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University.
Rising Stars is an annual rating service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division. No more than 2.5% of lawyers statewide are named to Rising Stars. To be eligible for list inclusion, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. The selection process for Rising Stars consists of:
• a statewide survey of lawyers in more than 70 practice areas,
• independent research to identify outstanding lawyers,
• candidate evaluations based on 12 indicators of peer recognition,
• a panel review by practice area, and
• a discipline check of each candidate
Burns White attorney, Jessica M. Jurasko, was named the 2017 Woman of the Year by Duquesne University’s School of Law’s Women’s Law Association (WLA). The annual event, held Thursday, April 20th, recognizes a female alumna who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women within the legal profession. In addition, the recipient has influenced women to pursue legal careers, has opened doors that historically have been closed to women lawyers, and has earned the respect of her colleagues by exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.
“This award is so meaningful to me because I was selected as Woman of the Year by the students,” said Ms. Jurasko. “I am hopeful that any young woman in less than ideal circumstances, who has that will ‘stirring within’ to aspire, can see me and know that she too could one day be standing before a crowded room full of wonderful people, having the privilege to work for one the largest and most successful law firms in Pittsburgh, as she receives the Woman of the Year Award from her beloved law school.”
Ms. Jurasko is a 2004 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, and has been an active member of the school’s alumni association for more than a decade. She served as an elected member of the Board of Governors, and as the President of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association in 2015-2016. She focuses her practice at Burns White in the areas of Health Care and Long-Term Care, Litigation, and Professional Liability.
Burns White, in conjunction with Oxford Development Company, cut the ribbon on its new corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood.
Known as Burns White Center, the firm’s new headquarters at 3 Crossings, a new neighborhood development, is a 110,000 square-foot building along Railroad Street and the Allegheny River. Burns White is the sole tenant of the facility.
“The move to 3 Crossings in the Strip District is an exciting step for Burns White as we continue to grow our business and footprint as an employer in Pittsburgh and beyond,” said David B. White. “We wanted a new and innovative space to accommodate the firm’s growth, creating a place that serves both our business and staff needs, while ultimately benefiting our clients.”
Burns White’s new space is different than more traditional law firm spaces, reflecting the needs of today’s workforce with a state-of-the-art building that focuses on collaborative work spaces, increased employee interaction, and efficiencies clients are looking for today. Additional amenities, such as a professional-grade fitness center and cafe with outdoor seating, provide places for employees to gather.
Burns White Center is part of the revitalization of a new and exciting corporate destination. The building is designed, and built to USBGC LEED Silver standards (certifications pending).
Burns White has appointed attorneys James R. Schadel as General Counsel, and Amanda H. Sargent as Associate General counsel for the law firm, effective immediately. In their new roles, Schadel and Sargent will evaluate potential firm conflicts, offer guidance on ethics issues, review firm contracts, and represent firm interests as appropriate. Schadel and Sargent will report directly to the firm’s five-member Executive Committee.
“Burns White is committed to the effective and principled practice of law. The appointment of these two talented legal professionals to serve as the firm’s counsel reinforces this commitment to our firm and the clients we serve,” said David B. White. “We are very pleased that Ms. Sargent and Mr. Schadel will guide the firm in these import, newly-created positions.”
Mr. Schadel has devoted the majority of his practice to defending lawyers and other professionals in liability matters and ethics defense. He is frequently asked to speak on the topics of legal malpractice, lawyer ethics, and risk management by various bar associations and legal organizations, and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Lawyers’ Professional Liability Committee, the PBA and Allegheny County Bar Association’s (ACBA) ethics committees, and ACBA Lawyer Insurance Committee. Additionally, he serves on the PBA House of Delegates and the Board of Governors for the ACBA.
Ms. Sargent is an experienced litigator who advises companies on product distribution and products liability matters, as well as on risk management tactics, risk avoidance techniques, and regulatory compliance issues. She represents a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, and has concentrated her practice on transportation law, general liability, and business matters, including contracts entity formation, and business disputes. Ms. Sargent also serves on the Burns White Mentoring Committee, aiding in the professional development of attorneys within the firm; is the co-chair of the firms Pro Bono committee overseeing service activities; and assists in firm recruitment by participating in on-campus interviews and mock interviews of law students.
Burns White attorney, Ahsan A. Jafry, has been selected as a Fellow to participate in a nationally recognized program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In his role as a Fellow, he will be trained to help identify, educate, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
According to LCLD President, Robert J. Grey, Jr., the Fellows Program offers high-potential attorneys “an extraordinarily rich year of relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.” The goal of the year-long, professional development program is to produce a generation of attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills who are committed to fostering diversity within their institutions and the legal profession at large.
“Mr. Jafry is extremely deserving of this honor. We are pleased that he will have the opportunity to participate in this program, and impact the legal profession with his insights and experiences with diversity,” said David B. White, executive committee member of Burns White. “He joins a select group of talented attorneys, from diverse backgrounds, recognized for their potential as leaders at their organizations, and within the communities which they serve.”
Mr. Jafry’s practice consists of defending physicians, nurses, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other medical providers in medical malpractice matters. Outside of private practice, Mr. Jafry was appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on its Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law – Camden, where he teaches trial advocacy. He is an active member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, and the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, and has served on the board of the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Jafry is active in numerous diversity initiatives in the community.
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 260 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows program, which has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. For more information on the LCLD, visit: www.lcldnet.org.