Burns White promotes four attorneys to membership status

Dec 20, 2013 | News

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 20, 2013 — Burns White LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of four attorneys to Member, effective Jan. 1, 2014: Jason J. Cervone, Stephen A. Hall and Amanda H. Sargent of the Pittsburgh office and David M. McGeady of Philadelphia.


Mr. Cervone joined Burns White in 2004, and focuses his practice in the areas of banking, business practices, general liability litigation and railroad defense litigation. Primarily, Mr. Cervone, who is a certified commercial lender and an approved title attorney, advises clients in all facets of commercial transaction and investment matters, while also representing traditional lenders in connection with financing and other related fields. In addition, Mr. Cervone has defended multiple railroads in complex litigation matters throughout the Northeast. Mr. Cervone graduated from West Virginia University School of Law.

An attorney at the firm since 2004, Mr. Hall practices in several areas of trial and appellate litigation, including railroad defense involving occupational injury, grade crossing and wrongful death claims brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), and also has substantial experience in products liability, premises liability and other commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Hall co-chairs the Estate Planning and Administration Group, assisting families with a wide range of estate planning needs, including planning for children with special needs. Mr. Hall received his J.D. with distinction from Ohio Northern University, where after graduation he served for two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John M. Cleland, former President Judge of the McKean County Court of Common Pleas.

Ms. Sargent, who joined the firm in 2005, represents a diverse array of clients in the areas of transportation law, business law and general litigation. Ms. Sargent concentrates her practice on transportation law and railroad/maritime litigation matters, with an emphasis in occupational disease claims and toxic tort litigation under FELA and the Jones Act. She also counsels clients on general business matters, including business contracts, entity formations and business disputes. Ms. Sargent is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.


Mr. McGeady, who has been with the firm since 2007, brings a 17-year career in nursing to his practice in defending healthcare facilities and medical professionals in professional liability and medical malpractice claims. He received his J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, Evening Division and graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a B.S. in Nursing. A practicing nurse, Mr. McGeady has worked primarily in neurosurgical intensive care and post-anesthesia care units almost continuously from 1996-present.