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1 Brings You Pennsylvania S LEGALLEADERS Presenting TOP RATED LAWYERS pittsburgh edition Victor Pribanic Pribanic & Pribanic, LLC Leading attorney in medical negligence Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, LLC PEnnsylvania s Eminent Personal Injury Law firm Edgar Snyder & Associates Top rated Western Pennsylvania Law Firm A Special Advertising Supplement To The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the wall street journal a s p e c i a l s u p p l e m e n t t o

2 Pennsylvania s legal leaders Brings You Pennsylvania S LEGALLEADERS Presenting TOP RATED LAWYERS Philadelphia edition Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, LLC PEnnsylvania s Eminent Personal Injury Law firm Victor Pribanic Pribanic & Pribanic, LLC Leading attorney in medical negligence Edgar Snyder & Associates Top rated Western Pennsylvania Law Firm A Special Advertising Supplement To The The Philadelphia Inquirer the wall street journal a s p e c i a l s u p p l e m e n t t o 25 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

3 CAROSELLI, BEACHLER, MCTIERNAN & CONBOY, LLC medical malpractice, PerSonaL injury, workers compensation Luigi Ciuffetelli From Left: Thomas g. smith, David g. Mcgowan, Craig e. Coleman, John W. McTiernan, edwin H. Beachler, William R. Caroselli, g. Timothy Conboy From Left (inset Photo): David s. senoff, William R. Caroselli, Thomas More Marrone with OFFiCes in PHiladelPHia and PiTTsBUrgH, THe plaintiffs personal injury firm Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy has the scope, talent, and resources to represent injured individuals and their families throughout Pennsylvania. THere are a lot OF FirMs in PiTTsBUrgH Or Philadelphia that handle significant cases, but this is one of the few practices that is pushing the envelope on a statewide basis, notes David s. senoff, who, along with Thomas More Marrone, is one of the two partners working out of the Philadelphia office. indeed, CarOselli, BeaCHler, MCTiernan & COnBOy Has established a reputation as one of the premier firms in the state for workers compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, asbestos litigation, class actions, and social security disability and bad faith insurance claims. since its inception in 1972, THe FirM Has Been at THe FOreFrOnT of its field. it was one of the first practices in Pennsylvania to handle an asbestos disease claim. Founding partner William R. Caroselli also tried the first cigarette-related lung cancer case. We re not afraid TO stand UP and FigHT TO advance THe interests of our clients, Caroselli says. We ve been involved in a number of pioneering matters over the years which many lawyers initially shied away from that are now part of the everyday practice of law. recently, THe FirM Has Been involved in some of Pennsylvania s most notable cases, including a lawsuit against a sitting governor for eliminating health insurance for the working poor and the internationally-recognized Kids-for-Cash case, in which members of the Luzerne County bench were accused of accepting bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers. OUr access TO experts, TeCHnOlOgy, and financial resources puts us in the position to handle these cases without having to ask clients to pay for the associated costs, since fees are generally contingent on a case s outcome, Caroselli notes. given THeir TraCK records, THe attorneys OF CarOselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy have been recognized for being among the best in their respective fields. Many have been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and more than half have been included in The Best Lawyers in America. The firm as a whole has also been ranked Tier 1 nationally for plaintiffs product liability litigation by U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms. Philadelphia Office 1845 Walnut street, 15th Floor Philadelphia, PA ph: fax: TOP RATED LAWYERS william r.caroselli edwin h. beachler john w. mctiernan timothy conboy daniel K. bricmont craig e. coleman KeVin w. Lee thomas m. marrone fred c. SoiLiS Pittsburgh Office 20 stanwix street, 7th Floor Pittsburgh, PA ph: fax:

4 Brings You Pennsylvania S LEGALLEADERS Presenting TOP RATED LAWYERS Welcome to Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders, a new publication featuring legal talent to be found across the state. The attorneys featured in this publication and our companion online edition have all achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings. The AV Preeminent rating is a significant accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. In addition to presenting profiles of many of these Top Rated attorneys, this publication features articles on current trends in the law as well as helpful tips on finding and working successfully with lawyers and law firms. We hope you will keep it handy as a valuable resource in finding top legal talent and to assist you in making more informed legal decisions. Also, please be sure to visit our online edition of Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders at pennsylvaniatoprated to find a directory of all of Pennsylvania s AV Preeminent rated attorneys listed by their practice areas. Sincerely, F E A T U R I N G Lester Goodman Director of Custom Projects, ALM Media, LLC Highlights in this issue: 6 Pennsylvania law 2013 Some of the Keystone State s most notable and notorious legal stories of the past year. 7 An Advocate for the Disenfranchised and Uninsured Helping working families has helped Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy build a statewide reputation for excellence. Cover photo by: Chandler Crowell 11 Pennsylvania s Products Liability and Personal Injury Leader Victor Pribanic has led Pribanic & Pribanic to countless multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. 13 Helping Injured People Take Back Their Lives A passion for helping accident victims and people with disabilities puts Edgar Snyder & Associates at the forefront of Western Pennsylvania personal injury law. Also featured: 10 Whistleblower Rewards to Fight Government Fraud 12 Consideration for Business Insurance 14 Starting a Business: Selecting a Good Lawyer 16 In a Personal Injury Case, a Settlement May Be the Way Publishers do not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate. ALM Media, LLC (or either party s affiliates, employees, officers, directors or agents) does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause. This magazine includes paid attorney advertising. Consumers should contact the state bar for verification and additional information prior to securing the legal services of any attorney. ALM, Top Rated Lawyers, and Top Ranked Law Firms are trademarks of ALM Media Properties, LLC.

5 Pennsylvania S TOP RATED LAWYERS Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders helps take the mystery out of locating a high-quality advocate to protect you, your family, your business and all other assets. Legal Leaders are considered first-rate in their field. Keep this comprehensive list for those times when you need assistance from one of our Legal Leaders. The lawyers listed here are always happy to help. Ainsman Levine & Drexler LLC Personal Injury Page 16 Bauer & Associates, LLC Paul Bauer Criminal Defense Page 18 Brennan Law Offices William J. Brennan Criminal Defense Page 19 Brooks Bradley & Doyle Daniel S. Doyle Commercial Litigation, Insurance, General Litigation, Personal Injury Page 19 Burton Neil & Associates, Debt Collection, Litigation, Judgment Enforcement Page 17 Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, LLC Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation Page 2 Catania & Parker, Francis J. Catania Municipal Law, Government Relations Page 19 CGA Law Firm, Rees Griffiths Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration Page 17 Clifford B. Cohn, Esq. Legal Malpractice, Commercial Litigation, Estate Litigation Page 19 Dinsmore & Shohl P.J. Murray, III Commercial Litigation, Discrimination, Construction Page 20 DiSandro & Malloy PC E. Douglas DiSandro Plaintiffs Personal Injury, Alternative Dispute Resolution Page 15 Duffy, North, Wilson, Thomas & NIcholson, Bruce A. Nicholson, Esq. General Practice, Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates Page 21 Dugan & Associates Mitchell H. Dugan Workers Compensation, Social Security, Personal Injury Page 20 Edgar Snyder & Associates Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Social Security Disability Page 24 Elder Law Offices of Gerhard & Gerhard Robert C. Gerhard III, Esq. Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning Page 20 Elman Technology Law Gerry J. Elman Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Technology Page 20 Fairlie & Lippy, Steven F. Fairlie Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation Page 20 Family Legal Center, LLC Laura Cohen, Esq. Family Law, Wills and Probate, Child Custody Page 15 Fisher Zucker LLC Jeffrey Zucker Business & Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law Page 22 Fox Rothschild Jerald David August Business & Commercial, Taxation, Trusts and Estates Page 9 Fried, Kane, Walters, Zuschlag & Grochmal Michael D. Sherman Workers Compensation, Litigation Page 21 George J. Miller, Esq. Civil Law, Business & Commercial, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates Page 20 Gerald S. Stanshine & Associates, LLC Gerald S. Stanshine Criminal Law, Personal Injury Page 21 Goldberg Persky White, David P. Chervenick, Peter T. Paladino Asbestos Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability Page 8 Graf & Graf, Bayard Graf Business & Commercial, Trusts and Estates, Commercial Litigation Page 20 Harkins Cunningham John Harkins Business & Commercial, Securities, Intellectual Property Page 18 Hollstein Keating Cattell Johnson & Goldstein, Litigation, Products Liability, Insurance Law Page 14 Joseph A. Ryan and Associates Family, Taxation, Business & Commercial Page 21 Law Office of Alfred G. Yates, Jr., Class Actions, Probates and Estates Page 22 Law Office of NiaLena Caravasos Federal Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime Page 19 Law Offices of Gallagher & Rowan Complex Litigation, Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage Page 12 Law Offices of Harry M. Paras, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Personal Injury Page 21 Law Offices of Howard Bruce Klein, PC White-Collar Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation Page 20 Law Offices of Michael D. Fioretti Family Law, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution Page 20 Law Offices of Paul J. Winterhalter, Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Litigation, Municipal Page 17 Law Offices of Robert F. Zielinski, LLC Intellectual Property, Litigation, Technology Page 22 Louis Coffey Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, Commercial Litigation Page 19 MacDonald Illig Real Estate, Banking & Finance, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation Page 18 Mammuth & Rosenberg Marc S. Rosenberg Personal Injury, Products Liability, Wrongful Death Page 21 McCann & Geschke, Medical Malpractice Defense, Premises Liability Page 18 Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, Gary J. Ogg Automobile Accidents, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation Page 21 Pribanic & Pribanic, LLC Victor Pribanic Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Automobile Accidents, Products Liability Page 5 Sandals & Associates, Alan M. Sandals Employee Benefits/ERISA, Pension Rights/ERISA, Class Actions Page 21 Sheller, PC Whistleblower Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability Page 10 Shelly Law Offices, LLC Carol A. Shelly, Esq. Plaintiff Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Motor Vehicle Accidents Page 15 F E A T U R I N G SPK Swensen Perer & Kontos Alan H. Perer, Diane W. Perer Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death Page 15 Tarasi & Tarasi Louis M. Tarasi, Elizabeth M. Tarasi Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation (Oil & Gas Rights) Page 17 Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, Richard DiSalle Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Products Liability, Trusts and Estates Page 19 Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller, A Professional Marc G. Brecher Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice Page 19 Steven G. Wigrizer Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability Page 21 Williams Coulson, Attorneys at Law Mary Jo Corsetti Trusts and Estates, Business, Tax, Commercial Litigation Page 19 4 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

6 PRIBANIC & PRIBANIC, LLC PerSonaL injury, medical malpractice, auto accidents, Product LiabiLity Chandler Crowell SinCe its FOUnding 28 years ago, PriBaniC & PriBaniC, llc has become one of the country s leading plaintiffs personal injury and medical negligence law firms, with nationally recognized trial lawyers who have handled cases across the united states. OUr ability TO Try a range OF Cases in COUrTrOOMs throughout Pennsylvania and other states has allowed us to succeed time and again against powerful opponents, notes founding partner Victor Pribanic. WHile THe FirM is Well-KnOWn FOr its WOrK in MediCal negligence, its attorneys are also experienced in such diverse areas as product liability, workers compensation, securities litigation, criminal defense, motor vehicle accidents, and environmental litigation. THe COMMOn denominator in THese Cases is THaT WHen people break safety rules they cause injury or illness, and our law firm has very, very strong resources in that respect, Pribanic says. The resources we have at hand include a full-time medical doctor and a registered nurse, who is also an attorney, to help evaluate these matters. Over its HisTOry, PriBaniC & PriBaniC Has Handled a number of high-profile cases. Recently, the firm filed a case in Washington, D.C. against a cell phone manufacturer, service provider, and lobbying group on behalf of a woman who died at the age of 24 after developing a brain tumor where her cell phone s antenna touched her head. THe TOday MUCH-Maligned Trial lawyer Has Been responsible for making cars, homes, hospitals, and our communities safer, Pribanic notes. We believe that the litigation in which we are involved on behalf of our client who developed a brain tumor as a result of the use of her cell phone is in that same tradition. success in this case will mean justice to the extent it is available by human devices for her family, as well as a safer world for the billions of people who use cell phones. While it may be too late for many cell phone users to avoid harm, future use can always be changed, and it is our fervent hope that the cases pending in the District of Columbia will indeed accomplish that. TOP RATED LAWYERS Victor h. Pribanic PriBaniC & PriBaniC Has Been recognized By U.S. NEWS Best Lawyers Best Law Firms as a national Tier 1 law firm in plaintiffs medical malpractice law and product liability litigation. Pribanic, who is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has also been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale- Hubbell and included in both The Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers annually. He has also been nominated and elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and the international society of Barristers. He emphasizes, it s Been a great, great Privilege TO Be a lawyer who has been empowered to do as much good for others as i think i have. Pittsburgh 513 Court Place Pittsburgh, PA ph: toll free: fax: McKeesport 1735 Lincoln Way White oak, PA ph: toll free: fax: Brookville 1 sylvania street Brookville, PA ph: toll free:

7 Pennsylvania s legal leaders Pennsylvania law 2013 Pennsylvania saw remarkable cases in areas of law enforcement, environmental, criminal and property laws in Here are some of the year s notable legal stories. The Keystone State s lawmakers and attorneys have had to react to notorious acts of child abuse and money-draining real property issues, in the hopes of crime prevention and to correct financial burdens. The initiatives enacted in 2012 could have immediate impacts on Pennsylvania s laws in Pennsylvania Law Helps Communities Reclaim Blighted Property In October, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill designed to help local governments take control of blighted properties and return them to the tax rolls. The new Land Bank Act updates tax sale laws written in 1923 and allows governments to cancel tax liens and bank foreclosures. That way, municipalities can sell delinquent properties to developers or new owners willing to improve them. More than 1.5 million homes are in the process of foreclosure nationwide. Consumer advocacy groups have estimated that the economic impact on neighboring properties amounts to about $2 trillion. Across Pennsylvania, officials have counted more than 300,000 vacant or delinquent properties, with 40,000 in Philadelphia alone. They estimate that these properties cost taxpayers $20 million a year to maintain. The Land Bank Act would return these properties to the tax rolls in towns that are struggling to maintain a solid tax base. It s cheaper for local governments to clear tax liens and other claims against properties than to track down hard-to-find absentee owners to pay them. The Allegheny County Economic Redevelopment Department alone budgets $100,000 a year for claims, each of which can take years to process. The new law should shorten the process and reduce administrative costs. In addition, the law allows each municipality to create a land banking authority to process claims on local properties. These authorities will alleviate pressure on local sheriffs departments and redevelopment authorities, which have been hard-pressed to deal with the workload. The new law will be especially helpful in urban centers, where poverty and absentee landlords aren t uncommon. The Land Bank Act specifies that only municipalities with popula- tions of at least 10,000 can create independent land banking authorities. That is less helpful to smaller towns, such as the community of Jeanette, PA, where the population totals slightly fewer than 10,000. The township wants to tear down the Monsour Medical Center, which closed in But its demolition will cost as much as $1 million, which is more than the town s $5.1 million budget can afford. Officials from Jeanette and other small communities argue that the new land banking provisions would be more effective if they allowed multiple small towns to combine their resources. Meantime, the new law may prove to be an efficient way to rid large cities, such as Pittsburgh, of its slumlords. There, more than 16,000 delinquent properties account for about 11% of parcels citywide. Rural communities may also benefit by repurposing existing buildings to house an influx of workers helping drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region. Liz Hersh, executive director at the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, told The Fulton County News, It allows people to capitalize on the existing resources that we have. 6 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

8 cover SPOTLIGHT an advocate for the Disenfranchised and Uninsured Helping working families has helped Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy build a statewide reputation for excellence. Luigi Ciuffetelli caroselli, Beachler, Mctiernan & Conboy, LLC, (CBMC), has built a reputation for excellence across Pennsylvania through its personal injury and class action lawsuits against insurance companies. We have incredible breadth both geographically and in terms of practice areas, says David senoff, managing attorney of the Philadelphia office. If you look at statewide insurance defense firms, there is no comparable plaintiffs firm that s truly statewide. the firm first opened its doors in Pittsburgh in 1978, expanded to Philadelphia in november 2008, and has grown to employ 20 attorneys between its two offices. the depth of their collective experience allows them to help struggling clients defeat powerful opponents. the firm has a history of representing working families, says senoff, who attended temple University for undergraduate studies and law school. his interest in law began while playing defense attorney Clarence Darrow in a third-grade reenactment of the scopes Monkey trial. When I stood up in front of my class and delivered my closing argument, I knew then that it was what I wanted to do, he recalls. several high-profile cases have helped secure the Philadelphia office s reputation for representing the vulnerable and winning on their behalf. In the wellpublicized Kids for Cash scandal, the firm filed a classaction suit against two Luzerne County judges accused of receiving bribes from the owners of for-profit youth detention centers in exchange for sending youth offenders to their facilities for minor infractions. the purpose of the juvenile justice system is not to incarcerate or warehouse youth offenders, senoff says. all these people had this same experience over and over again and just couldn t put the pieces together until the U.s. attorney indicted them. We came in to try and obtain some justice for these incarcerated youths and their families. one judge ordered that the plaintiffs receive a $17.75 million partial settlement. the case with the non-settling defendants is pending; the trial is set to begin in December. CBMC has also made its mark in two health insurance lawsuits. Pennsylvania Gov. tom Corbett defunded the adultbasic Care health insurance program, a health care system for Pennsylvania s working poor that, by law, was funded through the state s share of the nation s tobacco industry settlement. senoff says the firm filed a class-action suit seeking an order that the governor perform his duty under the tobacco act. adultbasic had covered 42,000 low-income adults across Pennsylvania, with another 500,000 waiting to join the rolls. all of these people were thrown off adultbasic without any recourse, senoff says. We were drawn to this because it affected the working poor, and it was the kind of case that was too important to pass up. and no defendant is too powerful. CBMC is taking on highmark, Pennsylvania s largest nonprofit health insurer. two former Members of highmark allege that highmark is earning and retaining excessive profits despite the company s nonprofit status. We filed a lawsuit against highmark alleging that their activities are in violation of the Pennsylvania nonprofit law, says senoff. the case against highmark is still in discovery, but senoff is optimistic based on favorable early rulings. the trial is scheduled for september. significant victories have earned CBMC numerous accolades. two of the firm s attorneys, including senoff, are members of the Multi-Million Dollar advocates Forum. the group recognizes trial lawyers who demonstrate excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict and final judgment, award, or settlement in the amount of $2 million or more. and 14 of CBMC s lawyers have been selected as Pennsylvania super Lawyers, with five among them selected multiple times. More important than recognition, though, is the intrinsic reward of taking on cases that matter, partner John Mctiernan, explains: We re committed to helping out those individuals who would otherwise not be in a position to help themselves. Susan Johnston From left: David s. senoff, William R. Caroselli, Thomas More Marrone Were drawn to We this Because it affected the WorKing poor, and it Was the Kind of case that Was too important to pass up. david senoff To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders 7

9 Pennsylvania s Legislation Proposed to Bring Penn State Under Open-Records Laws Lawmakers in Harrisburg are looking to reform Penn State University s board of trustees and make the school subject to Pennsylvania s open-records laws. Rep. Scott Conklin, a Democrat from State College, introduced the bill in early December. It includes several reforms proposed by Auditor General Jack Wagner. Conklin and others began drafting the bill just after the arrest of former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky on child-sex abuse charges in November Ultimately, the bill aims to promote openness between the community and uni-versity system. Any agency must have openness and transparency, Conklin told Lehigh Valley s The Morning Call. It keeps bad things from happening. The bill would bring Penn State, as well as other state universities, such as Temple University, Lincoln University, and the University of Pittsburgh, under the umbrella of the state s open-records laws. The proposal would exclude research and development that universities do for the U.S. military and the pharmaceutical industry. It would also exclude information about the institutions financial donors. legal leaders The bill recommends that Penn State s president and governor be stripped of voting rights on the board. Current President Rodney Erickson would also be barred from serving as the board s secretary, a position that sets the panel s agenda and schedules public comment. Additionally, the board would shrink from 32 to 22 members, 21 of whom may vote. The bill would also require that a majority of board members be present in order to have a quorum. Task Force Recommends Change to State Child Abuse Laws In the wake of the child-sex abuse scandals surrounding former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky and the Philadelphia priest abuse cases, attorneys may soon be required to report child abuse. The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection formed in December 2011 and adopted its final recommendations to change Pennsylvania law in November Task force recommendations would add attorneys to a list of those mandated to report suspected child abuse. The proposal makes exceptions for confidential communication to lawyers only to the extent that such communications are protected under the rules of professional conduct for attorneys. With that, the task force hopes to narrow confidentiality privileges. Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, suggests adding lawyers to the list is a positive, but he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it may get complicated when it comes to the practice: We haven t yet gotten clear in Pennsylvania what we want of our lawyers in our attorney-client relationships. Cindy Christian, a child abuse pediatrician and director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health at the Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, told the Post-Gazette that the state s legal definition of sexual abuse is accurate. But she argued that the legal definition of physical abuse is too limited. Instead, she said its definition should exclude the stipulation that child abuse occurs only when children experience severe pain or serious bodily injury. Current state law also defines child abuse as an act that causes non-accidental physical or mental injury. The task force recommends that the language change from non-accidental to reckless and intentional be-havior, which would more closely track Pennsylvania case law. 8 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

10 Social Media Foils Police Checkpoints In 2012, social media-savvy drivers thwarted Pittsburgh area police efforts to spot drunk drivers over Thanksgiving. Every year, police target drunk driving with increased patrols and sobriety check points designed to catch impaired drivers. However, social media has made it easy for drivers to warn others of the exact locations of checkpoints. Sergeant Doug Ogden of the Mood Township Police told CBS Pittsburgh that as soon as police set up a DUI checkpoint, drivers began warning their friends and other drivers via Twitter and Facebook. To keep up, police had to move their checkpoints frequently instead of staying in one place throughout the weekend. The new strategy cost additional time and money. Other states have struggled with new technologies, too. In 2011, lawmakers in New Jersey urged cell phone makers to drop an app that taps into a database of roadblocks and alerts drivers to their presence. Cathy Tress of the Pennsylvania DUI Association told CBS Pittsburgh that people are misguided if they think sending their friends warnings about checkpoints is helpful to anyone. According to the association, 22 people died in alcohol-related automobile accidents on Pennsylvania roads during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Missing Data in Report on Drinking Water Safety Pennsylvania officials reported that legal documents released in November omitted data on toxic metals found in drinking water near a natural gas drilling site. The documents are part of a lawsuit on behalf of seven plaintiffs living in Amwell Township in southwestern Pennsylvania. They claim to have been sickened by contaminated water caused by hydraulic fracturing. A scientist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said the department s oil and gas division did not request results for a full range of metals, even though the tests had been completed. Metals that went unreported included copper, nickel, zinc and titanium. Those metals may pose a health risk, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Defendants in Kiskadden v. Com-monwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection include Range Resources, a Pennsylvania natural gas developer, as well as 16 other firms serving the gas industry. PAGE PROOF FOR APPROVAL ONLY The New York Times reported that Kendra Smith, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, said the Environmental Protection Department s oil and gas division purposefully withheld test results after testing her client s water. Pennsylvania officials reported that legal documents released in November omitted data on toxic metals found in drinking water near a natural gas drilling site. Kevin Sunday, a spokesman for the department, countered in a statement saying that the analyses ordered during an investigation are thorough and provide the information necessary for sound results. He said the department only requested results relevant to determining whether the drinking water had been contaminated. He added that the remaining metals were found in quantities below federal standards for safe water. Plaintiffs complained of health issues including nausea, bone pain, severe headaches, and difficulty breathing. Toxicology tests found the presence of toluene, benzene, and arsenic in their bodies. FOX ROTHSCHILD business & commercial, taxation, trusts and estates TOP RATED LAWYERS jerald david august jerald David August, Co-Chair of the Taxation & Wealth Planning Department at Fox Rothschild and a nationally recognized tax lawyer, advises clients on the tax impacts of structuring international and domestic business transactions. He also advises high-net-worth individuals, both u.s. citizens and non-residents, on estate planning matters. He is further engaged in tax controversy and litigation matters. August, who graduated from the Wharton school of the university of Pennsylvania, received his law degree from the university of Pittsburgh school of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from the new York university school of Law. After practicing tax law for 10 years in Palm Beach, he was admitted as partner in the Miami firm steel Hector & Davis in in 1988 he founded his own firm, a tax law boutique, which in 2005 merged with Fox Rothschild, a national law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 18 cities across the country. August, who grew up in Wynnewood and is a proud alumnus of Lower Merion High, centers his practice at Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia and resides in Haverford, Pennsylvania, with his wife susan. He also practices at the firm s West Palm Beach office and maintains a residence in Jupiter, Florida. He is an active member of the American Law institute and has published numerous articles on federal taxation for national law journals. August has frequently spoken on matters of federal taxation for the American Law institute, the Tax section of the American Bar Association, the new York university Federal institute on Taxation, the nyu graduate Tax Law Program, and the Tax sections of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Florida Bar Associations. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Entities, a national tax publication, and the former editor-in- Chief of the Tax Lawyer, a preeminent tax law review. He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America for many years. He also publishes as blog on Federal Taxation at Fox Rothschild s website Market street, 21st Floor Philadelphia, PA ph: fax: Lakeview Avenue, suite 700 West Palm Beach, FL ph: fax: To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders 9

11 Pennsylvania s legal leaders WHISTLEBLOWER REWARDS TO FIGHT GOVERNMENT FRAUD after nearly 15 years In court, two former Johnson & Johnson drug salesmen, Dean Mc- Clellan and, posthumously, Mark Duxbury, could make millions if they succeed in proving their allegations of fraud against ortho Biotech. By blowing the whistle on one of the biggest Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $3 billion in fraudulent claims, these whistleblowers could receive 15% to 30% of the amount recovered for the government under the False Claims act. The False Claims act is one of the most important protections american citizens have to recover the billions of dollars stolen through fraud from U.s. government programs every year. Under the act, anyone who submits or causes another to submit false claims for government funds will have to pay high penalties. The penalties are up to three times the government s damages plus $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim. Against Capitalized PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL In ONLY 2009, a federal court reinstated a False Claims act lawsuit filed by former pharmaceutical salesmen Mark Duxbury and Dean McClellan against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary ortho Biotech. The NATIONAL REPUTATION, RECORD VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS men claim that Sheller, is among the preeminent plaintiff and qui tam whistleblower law ortho Biotech cheated Medicare firms in the United States. For over 35 years, the attorneys led by founding partner Stephen A. Sheller have represented victims across the country in lawsuits involving defective products, drugs and medical devices, unfair business by giving doctors kickbacks to practices, and corporate wrongdoing. prescribe the antianemia drug Procrit. RECENT LITIGATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Counsel in three of the top ten corporate whistleblower cases in just two years, recovering more than $4.2 billion for the U.S. Government. Doctors were allegedly given discounts, Six confidential, national bellwether settlements with pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson on behalf of boys who developed breasts while taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The firm continues to represent rebates and other another 200 boys and their families in the matter. perks to prescribe Representation of over 100 patients with the defective and administer the DePuy hip replacement implant. drug while Medicare was charged On the trial team in the national bellwether antidepressant birth defects case. Frequently sought after by regional and national media for commentary, full price to reimburse prescriptions. the attorneys at Sheller, are recognized for their philosophy of personal, compassionate and aggressive representation. The case is still pending in U.s. District Court. FROM LEFT: Stephen A. Sheller, Jamie L. Sheller, Brian J. McCormick, Claudine Q. Homolash 1528 Walnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA Rewarding Whistleblowers The False Claims act dates back to the Civil War when unscrupulous suppliers overcharged the Union army for lame mules. President Lincoln s administration knew that insider knowledge was needed to expose the swindlers schemes. so in 1863, Congress passed the False Claims act with qui tam provisions that reward private citizens suing for fraud on behalf of the government. almost 150 years later, the False Claims act still serves as an effective tool to combat government fraud. In fiscal year 2008, the federal government recovered $1.34 billion in settlements and judgments under the act, and relators were awarded $198 million. The largest recoveries came from pharmaceutical companies for Medicare fraud. Report Government Fraud you may wish to consult a qui tam attorney if you suspect that a drug company, a government contractor or anyone else is defrauding the federal government. strict time limits and legal procedures apply to these types of lawsuits, so it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. Questions for Your Attorney When meeting your attorney, be prepared with questions such as: What are some other types of Medicare fraud besides drug company kickbacks to doctors? What kind of legal protections exist for whistleblowers who report government fraud? Are healthcare providers allowed to accept free samples and other promotional items from drug company representatives? 10 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

12 cover SPOTLIGHT Pennsylvania s Products Liability and Personal Injury Leader Victor Pribanic has led Pribanic & Pribanic to countless multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. For more than 30 years, Victor Pribanic has been fighting for his clients in product liability, personal injury and medical negligence cases the common thread he says is the violation by the wrongdoers in these cases of clear safety rules not unlike a motor vehicle operator speeding through a red light. Pribanic has secured countless million and multimilliondollar settlements and verdicts for injured clients including medical, products liability and other professional liability verdicts ranging from in excess of $20 million to more than $100 million. In august of 2012, Pribanic received a $5.8 million verdict in the United states District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for the family of a young woman who died as the result of an undiagnosed and untreated brain aneurysm following repeated visits to the Veterans administration Medical Center in altoona, Pennsylvania. again, he says the common thread is clear standard of care safety rules that were violated by the physicians responsible for treating the patient. In this case, Pribanic presented to the court a lifeplanner who estimated the annual cost of care of the deceased woman s disabled son is $84,760. Pribanic successfully argued for loss of services because the woman would no longer be able to care for her son, who was his constant caretaker. We thought the liability part of the case was pretty clear. the woman who perished was a modest wage earner and had a 21-year-old son with severe disabilities, Pribanic says. We were able to demonstrate successfully in court that calculating damages for our client s death was not a simple matter of calculating her wages the court awarded, we think for the first time, damages that recognized in an economic way the value of the care she afforded and would have continued to afford her disabled son for the rest of her life. We could not bring our disabled client s mother back to care for him but we were able to recover the monetary value of the services that she had spent her life and would have continued to spend her life providing to her boy. after earning his J.D. from Duquesne University school of Law in 1979, Pribanic began his career as a prosecutor in the District attorney s office of allegheny County. the firm s practice includes automobile defects, birth injuries, all manner of medical litigation, business litigation and employment issues, civil trials and arbitrations, criminal law and trials, personal injury, product liability and defective products. Pribanic has been a member of the american association for Justice since the beginning of his career. he is also a member of the Pennsylvania association of trial Lawyers, the academy of trial Lawyers of allegheny County and numerous other professional organizations. the Martindale-hubbell av -rated attorney has been selected for inclusion annually in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers multiple times. he has also been nominated and elected to the american College of trial Lawyers and the International society of Barristers. Pribanic is a frequent speaker at trial practice and medical malpractice seminars and an author of several publications in this area. every case that we have is a challenge, and even when a life is lost, we can do something for the people who are left behind, he says. as importantly for us, and very often our clients, pursuing the types of cases that we do often makes a change for the better for future patients, drivers, consumers or whatever the case may be in the particular litigation. the most gratifying part of handling these cases is being able to help someone who has been severely harmed by someone else s neglect, misconduct or negligence, Pribanic adds. When asked what it is like to represent people injured by the medical system, defective products or the misconduct of the operators of, or the unsafe condition of motor vehicles, he says it is quite often the greatest of privileges. Recently, I was in court on behalf of a woman who suffered a stroke as a result of an operation in which the doctor violated the safety rules for physicians known as the standard of care. My client will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life and her husband will be caring for her for the rest of her life. When I was able to tell them down at the courthouse that they would be receiving all of the insurance money available to the defendant doctor to attempt to compensate for what has happened to them both they were hugging me tearfully in the hallway of the courthouse, Pribanic says. this is a great, great experience and reminds you of the great privilege it is to set things straight and give your clients better lives. Ashley Cisneros case that We HaVe is a every challenge, and even WHen a life is lost, We can do something For the people WHo are left BeHind. Victor pribanic Chandler Crowell To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders 11

13 Pennsylvania s legal leaders CONSIDERATION FOR BUSINESS INSURANCE PURChasInG PRoPeRty and liability insurance for your business can protect you from disaster and make it easier to sleep at night. Property insurance covers damage to your property. Liability insurance covers your obligations to a third party for industrial or professional accidents involving bodily injury or property damage. you may be able to get broader coverage and a cheaper premium by buying property and liability insurance together in a business owners policy (BoP) or comprehensive general liability policy (CGL). But you ll want to take a good look at what you need to insure and shop around before settling on one policy. Basic Property Insurance Select fire, theft and damage coverage for: Buildings Furniture Equipment Inventory Accounts receivable records Vehicles Intangible property like trademarks or business goodwill Insuring for Special Property Issues If your business is in an area where floods, hurricanes or earthquakes are common, or if PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL your business ONLY is prone to specific safety risks, such as glass breakage or toxic chemicals, you might want to check into the cost 1800 JFK Blvd., suite 1000, Philadelphia, PA ph: fax: LITIGATION Since its inception in 1982, Gallagher & Rowan has been involved in litigation primarily representing corporations, selfinsured corporations, insurance carriers, railroads, banks, chemical companies, real estate owners, health care providers, and power companies. Litigation remains the primary focus of the firm but in recent years the firm has also engaged in elder law, trust, estates and employment issues, in addition to the handling of various business disputes. The firm has also engaged in a small plaintiff s practice where it has represented deserving clients for personal injury and wrongful death. For more than 20 years, the attorneys of gallagher & Rowan, have zealously represented their individual and corporate clients in a dedicated and professional manner. The firm has maintained the highest standard with regards to its litigation practice. This is attested to by the large number of clients who have remained with the firm since its inception. As the law firm moves into the 21st century, it will honor its past by continuing to maintain its high standard with regard to its practice and the representation of its clients. of extra insurance to cover those potential mishaps. What Business Insurance Costs Property insurance costs are based on actual cash value (meaning the market or depreciated value of the property) or replacement costs. The cost of business property insurance will vary depending on whether you have a named-peril or an all-risk policy. a named-peril policy only covers losses from specific named perils, such as fire, smoke, and so forth. an allrisks policy covers losses from all perils except those specifically excluded from the policy. an all-risk policy will usually be more expensive, but it s important to carefully compare policies to be clear about what coverage you re actually getting. The cost of property insurance will also depend on the type of business you have, where your business is located, the presence of safety equipment, such as water sprinklers and how many employees you have. Deciding on a Deductible The number of insurance claims you re anticipating will determine the type of deductible you need. If you think your chance of having a claim is low, you might want to consider what s called a per claim deductible. If you have a lot of claims, you ll probably want your deductible calculated on what s called an aggregate basis. Checking Out Insurance Companies When shopping for insurance, you can get information about the companies you re interested in from many sources. ask the agent for background materials on the company. Most states have governmental agencies that regulate insurance activities, and can provide information about complaints against specific insurance companies. you may also want to review rating services reports published by such companies as a.m. Best, standard & Poor s, Moody s or other rating services. a little bit of research when purchasing business insurance can save you money in the long run. Questions for Your Attorney Will a comprehensive general liability policy reimburse me for damage to my property? Will a comprehensive general liability insurance policy pay for claims against me for sexual harassment? 12 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

14 cover helping Injured People take Back their Lives A passion for helping accident victims and people with disabilities puts Edgar Snyder & Associates at the forefront of Western Pennsylvania personal injury law. some people say attorneys are born, not made. attorney edgar snyder believes it s a mixture of personality, character, hard work, and passion. his father, a Russian immigrant, and his mother, a Pittsburgh native, came from modest means and had a dream for their son to be a professional. snyder quickly found he excelled on the debate team in college, so the choice to become a lawyer was an easy one. snyder attended law school and began his career as a public defender, where he quickly garnered success in various high-profile cases. Upon realizing his true passion for giving back to the communities of Western Pennsylvania, attorney snyder decided to devote his life to helping people seriously injured in accidents. today, edgar snyder & associates is one of the largest personal injury law firms in Pennsylvania and has helped more than 40,000 clients with personal injury, workers compensation, and social security disability cases. We focus on helping accident victims suffering from serious injuries, and people with disabilities who can t work and need benefits to survive, says snyder. attorney snyder s law firm has a track record of success, winning multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients whose lives have been turned upside down. our goal is to help victims and their families take back their lives. some are fortunate to recover from their injuries. some suffer catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care, says snyder. at edgar snyder & associates, everyone works hard to help accident victims get back on their feet. the firm helps clients get their medical bills paid, collect lost wages, and be compensated for pain and suffering. he says, I ve never met a client who would say it was worth getting seriously injured. no one wants to trade their health for a million dollars. But you have to have money to pay for the care you need for the life you lost. seeing accident victims struggles firsthand has shown attorney snyder the importance of educating people. Many accident victims don t know what to do after an accident or what to look for when choosing a lawyer to represent them, snyder says. the Internet has provided consumers the opportunity to get more information to help select an attorney than we ever had before. once you narrow it down to attorneys who appear to have the credentials and experience you need, find ones with true compassion, he says. It s all about the people you re working with. snyder attributes his firm s staying power to his team, which encompasses over 145 staff members. over half of my staff has worked for me over five years and many have been with our firm for over 20 years. We have incredibly dedicated employees who are compassionate and truly care about our clients, snyder says. We succeed because of our people. our staff members have big hearts, as evidenced by the way they treat clients and the way they give back to the community, says snyder, who says he is continually impressed by how the staff rallies around the firm s community service projects and charitable efforts. Due to attorney snyder and his law firm s commitment to philanthropic causes in the local and international community, he received PnC s Community Builders award. In addition, snyder was named a Distinguished alumni by the University of Pittsburgh school of Law as well as an alumni Fellow from Pennsylvania state University. he also was honored with the emanuel spector Memorial award in recognition of his exemplary service to the community. the law firm has received numerous honors. edgar snyder & associates has an av rating from Martindale-hubbell, meaning that its attorneys have reached the height of professional excellence and maintain the strictest codes of conduct and ethics. the firm was also named to the U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list, receiving a 1st tier national ranking in the Product Liability Litigation category and a 1st tier Pittsburgh ranking in the Product Liability and Personal Injury Litigation categories. all of snyder s partners have been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as well as Best Lawyers in America, distinctions based on peer reviews. snyder himself was named Best attorney in the City in trib total Media s Readers Choice awards, based on votes from the people of Pittsburgh. I ve been practicing law for over 45 years, and I can honestly say that helping people is what makes my job so fulfilling, snyder says. It s been an incredible journey. Ashley Cisneros SPOTLIGHT our goal is to Help Victims and their Families take BacK their lives. some are Fortunate to recover From their injuries. some suffer catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. edgar snyder Chandler Crowell To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders 13

15 Pennsylvania s legal leaders STARTING A BUSINESS: SELECTING A GOOD LAWYER starting a BUsIness WIthoUt Does he or she profess to have expertise with the advice of legal counsel can be a big start-up ventures? mistake. If you don t already have a lawyer Look for a list of representative clients. Does representing your interests, this checklist will help the lawyer represent other businesses similar you find a prime candidate. to yours? search on the Internet under the name of the Do some initial screening to narrow lawyer and their law firm. Can you find any down your list to three or four prospective candidates: that the lawyer has done that give you a level articles, FaQs or other informational pieces Does the lawyer appear to have expertise of comfort? in forming business organizations (for example, corporations, PAGE PROOF partnerships, -- FOR APPROVAL limited Contact your state bar association to find out if the ONLY lawyers on your list are in good standing. liability companies, sole proprietorships)? Check the archives of your local newspaper. has there been any HoLLstein KeAting CAtteLL JoHnson & goldstein, Having just celebrated its 16-year anniversary, Hollstein Keating is honored by its listing in Pennsylvania s Top Rated Lawyers. Hollstein Keating continues forward with its mission of providing large-level quality within a small-firm platform. Continuity and consistency are the hallmarks of the firm s practice. Hollstein Keating s equity shareholders have practiced together for decades. Every equity shareholder has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating signifying the firm s quality of practice sought and achieved. Continuity and consistency also foster loyalty and allegiance. Many of Hollstein Keating s client relationships have been in place for the entirety of the firm s existence. New clients can benchmark satisfaction from the firm s continuous, growing base of relationships, which benefit from the unique blend of expertise and experience offered. When an adversary or judicial officer interacts with a Hollstein Keating attorney, he or she deals with a lawyer of technical skill and ethical guidance stemming from a philosophy wherein every client is preeminent and every case critical. Whether representing a global corporation or a local business, the firm s philosophy applies throughout its areas of litigation expertise including products liability, sports and entertainment liability, insurance defense and coverage, toxic tort, intellectual property, maritime law and environmental law. WITH OFFICES IN Philadelphia, PA Marlton, NJ Wilmington, DE VISIT US ON THE WEB AT publicity about the lawyer or the cases that he or she has handled? Consider any special needs you have. For example, could you benefit from an attorney who speaks a language other than english? There are two types of business lawyers: those who handle lawsuits (called business litigators) and those who primarily handle corporate and contract matters (called transactional lawyers). some lawyers do both, but most of them tend to specialize in one area or the other. If you are forming a new business, a lawyer who handles business transactions may be your best bet. If you are starting up a small business where the ownership will be closely held, the organizational issues may not be too complicated and a sole practitioner or a lawyer in general practice may do a good job in representing your interests. Look at a full service firm that does both transactions and litigation to keep on retainer to anticipate your needs as your business grows. It may also be to your benefit to have access to lawyers with expertise in other areas affecting your business (for example labor or employment law, tax law, real estate law, banking and finance or intellectual property). Look to see if a lawyer is affiliated with associations that cater to legal issues affecting businesses. having a lawyer who is involved in a chamber of commerce or other local organizations may also be a good sign, depending on your legal needs. Unless there are special circumstances, you ll want to hire a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in your state and has an office located near your principal place of business. Before you hire a lawyer: ask for references you want to talk to people who can comment on the lawyer s skills and trustworthiness, such as other lawyers and banks. a business lawyer should also be able to give you the names of several CPas as references. Find out if he or she has previously worked with venture capitalists or other financing sources. a great reference source for a good lawyer is word of mouth from satisfied clients. after getting appropriate consents, lawyers will sometimes develop a list of representative clients that they ll use for marketing and promotional purposes, and you might ask if it would be okay to contact some of them. you shouldn t be surprised, however, if the lawyer declines attorney/client privilege binds lawyers to strict rules. It may even cause you to question whether the lawyer would keep your legal matters confidential if he or she volunteers too much information about other clients. ask about conflicts of interest. Does the lawyer represent any opposing parties or potential competitors? ask to be provided with a copy of the lawyer s retainer agreement and have it explained to you before decide on retaining the lawyer or the lawyer s law firm. 14 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

16 Laura cohen, esquire FamilY law, Wills and probate, child custody Laura Cohen is the founder and managing member of Family Legal Center, LLC in Monroeville, Pa., where she practices in the areas of Family Law and estate Planning and Administration. she is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Collaborative Law Association of southwestern Pennsylvania. Ms. Cohen is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and also a senior Hearing Committee Member of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. she has served on the Board of Directors of neighborhood Legal services Association as a member of the executive Board. Ms. Cohen received her J.D. from the university of Pittsburgh school of Law. Most recently, she was selected as one of the Top Rated Attorneys in Pittsburgh. Attorney Cohen is a trained mediator as well as a certified collaborative law attorney. Additionally, Ms Cohen provides free public speaking appearances on the topics of estate Planning and Administration, Divorce, Custody and support. FAMILY LEGAL CENTER, LLC 2526 MONROEVILLE BOULEVARD, SUITE 101 MONROEVILLE, PAGE PA PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PH: FAX: e. douglas d i Sandro plaintiffs personal injury, alternative dispute resolution Principal and founder of Disandro & Malloy, PC, e. Douglas Disandro has been representing personal injury claimants for 29 years in Pennsylvania and new Jersey. He is a graduate of the university of Pennsylvania Wharton school and of the Widener university school of Law. He has achieved numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for injured victims and is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has received the distinct honor of being named a Pennsylvania super Lawyer based on the independent survey of peers and industry leaderswithin the legal community, most recently being selected in 2006, 2009,2010, 2011 and only the top five percent of Pennsylvania lawyers receive this distinction. He is rated AV preeminent, the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell who evaluates attorneys legal ability and ethical background based on evaluation by their peers. A past board member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the italian Lawyers Justinian Association, he serves as a mediator privately and for the Philadelphia Court system. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and new Jersey, united statessupreme Court, united states District Court for the eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the united states Court of Appeals. DISANDRO & MALLOY PC 1760 MARKET STREET, SUITE 1201 PHILADELPHIA, PA PH: FAX: GROVE STREET HADDONFIELD, NJ PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY alan h. Perer / diane w. Perer WrongFul death, medical malpractice, personal injury With over 35 years of experience as a litigator, Alan H. Perer has won over $100 million in judgments and settlements for his clients. Many of his cases come as referrals from other attorneys. Along with his AV rating, he has been named a Pennsylvania super Lawyer, Distinguished Alumni of the university of Pittsburgh school of Law, and to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and to Best Lawyers in America, and has litigated a wide range of cases including Product Liability, Child Abuse and Pharmaceutical. Alan H. Perer is managing partner at spk - swensen Perer & Kontos, Pittsburgh. Diane W. Perer has extensive experience in mass tort and medical malpractice cases. she has been named a Distinguished Alumni of the university of Pittsburgh school of Law, is currently Chairperson of the Civil Rules Committee of the supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and is adjunct professor of law at the university of Pittsburgh school of Law. Diane W. Perer is a partner at spk - swensen Perer & Kontos, Pittsburgh. SPK - SWENSEN PERER & KONTOS ONE OXFORD CENTRE, SUITE 2501 PITTSBURGH, PA PH: carol a. SheLLy, esquire plaintiff personal injury, medical malpractice, WrongFul death, motor VeHicle accidents shelly Law offices, LLC, handles cases throughout Pennsylvania including: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh, northampton, Delaware and Chester Counties Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in u.s. District Court, eastern District of Pennsylvania education: Widener university, J.D., 1986, gettysburg College, B.A., 1981 Biographical details: Lecturer: Bucks County Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar institute; Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. employment: Assistant Public Defender, ; Mellon Webster & shelly, shareholder, Fellow: American Bar Foundation; Past President of the Bucks County Bar Association; selected as a Member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. selected as a Pennsylvania super Lawyer in SHELLY LAW OFFICES, LLC 70 W. OAKLAND AVENUE, SUITE 208 DOYLESTOWN, PA PH: FAX: U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit Supreme Court of the United States To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders 15

17 Pennsylvania s legal leaders IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE, A SETTLEMENT MAY BE BEST if you are injured in a car accident or other incident, someone is often legally responsible for your injury. Filing a personal injury claim could help you obtain compensation from the responsible party to pay your medical bills, as well as other losses, which are known as damages. When you settle with the other party, you accept payment for your injury and agree not to sue that party. although your lawyer will give you advice about settlement, it is your decision to settle or not. David Ainsman Richard Levine after an accident, you may have physical, mental or emotional injuries. even if insurance covers your medical bills, you may (depending on the circumstances) still file a claim for damages. Damages include lost wages, damage to your property, any permanent disability, rehabilitation, and present and future pain and suffering. While some personal injury cases are decided by a judge or jury in a courtroom, many are settled out of court. PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL If ONLY your case goes to court, the process can take several years from beginning to end. If you settle the case instead, the defendant pays D avid Ainsman has represented injured people since he graduated from Temple university Law Center over 35 years ago. He has pursued cases against insurance companies, large and small corporations, as well as manufacturers of defective products. While he and his law firm have represented thousands of injured people, his settlements and verdicts have included multimilliondollar recoveries on behalf of his clients. in 2010 Mr. Ainsman was named one of the top 50 attorneys in Pittsburgh and in 2012 a top 100 attorney in Pennsylvania. He considers it a privilege to enhance the lives of seriously injured people. W ith more than 30 years of personal injury litigation experience, Richard Levine spent his first 10 years of practice representing insurance companies. He now uses that knowledge to focus on helping injured people maximize their claims. Mr. Levine received his law degree from the university of Pittsburgh, where he now teaches a trial advocacy course as an adjunct professor. He has been elected as a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He has been recognized in super Lawyers in , and was recently included in the national Trial Lawyer s Top 100 for Pennsylvania. 310 GRANT STREET, SUITE 1500, GRANT BUILDING, PITTSBURGH, PA ph: fax: an agreed-upon sum of money soon after everything is signed and ready. This agreement should include a statement that you release the other party from responsibility. If you ve already filed a lawsuit in court, you will have to agree to drop the case against the other party promptly. settlements can be reached at any point. often, the insurance company will make a settlement offer after review of your records and medical expenses. however, some cases settle after both sides have presented evidence to the judge. In many courts, the parties are required to attend settlement conferences before starting a trial. Coming to Financial Terms you must provide the party responsible for your accident with information about your injuries, expenses, and your need for future treatment. evidence might include medical records, hospital bills, pay stubs, and witness statements. The defending side may ask for a medical examination by a doctor of its choosing. It may hire expert witnesses to disprove your version of the case. your lawyer can help you estimate how much money you might receive after a trial instead of accepting a settlement. settlements may be paid in a lump sum or in periodic payments. a structured settlement involves buying financial products called annuities that pay a certain amount every month or year until the total is paid in full. This arrangement can reduce taxes but won t allow you to buy a house or other expensive item because you re getting smaller payments over time. Questions for Your Attorney Before meeting with your attorney prepare yourself with questions such as: I have been at the wrong place at the wrong time more than once recently and was legitimately injured and filed claims. How will this be perceived by a judge or jury? 1 XXXXXXXXXX s TOP rated lawyers To See A Directory of All Av Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Indiana visit 16 Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

18 LOUIS M. TARASI ELIZABETH M. TARASI personal injury, medical malpractice, Business litigation (oil & gas rights) Tarasi & Tarasi is a namesake as a top Pittsburgh law firm; we have achieved record-setting, multimillion dollar recoveries in verdicts and settlements for clients throughout the region. We have litigated and tried before juries hundreds of cases representing people injured or killed as the result of the negligence and carelessness of companies, professionals, and other individuals. Call us first and allow our family to help yours. We believe that every case is fact specific with its own strengths and weaknesses. if your case is meritorious, then we are your best choice for obtaining a positive result. our goal is to apply intense focus to each case we accept and to perform every task necessary to achieve optimum recovery for our client. Call us first and let us put our experience, integrity and results to work for you, your family or your business. PauL j. winterhalter BanKruptcY law, commercial litigation, municipal Paul J. Winterhalter is the principal of the Law offices of Paul J. Winterhalter, His firm has offices located in Philadelphia and Marlton, new Jersey. Winterhalter concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring, business workouts, and general commercial litigation. He focuses his practice on the representation of businesses requiring financial restructuring and Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief. Winterhalter also has a significant practice centering on sophisticated individual bankruptcy proceedings and issues. Winterhalter is a 1983 graduate of Temple university Beasley school of Law and is a member of the American Bankruptcy institute. He is a licensed practitioner in the states of Pennsylvania and new Jersey. Winterhalter has substantial experience in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases both from a trial and an appellate perspective. His experiences include arguing in the case of Begier v. IRS before the u.s. supreme Court and multiple precedential bankruptcy proceedings before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. TARASI & TARASI 510 THIRD AVENUE PITTSBURGH, PA PH: PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY LAW OFFICES OF PAUL J. WINTERHALTER, 1717 ARCH STREET, SUITE 411 PHILADELPHIA, PA TEL: FAX: PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY rees griffiths litigation, mediation & arbitration: Business, commercial, construction, & real estate With over 35 years of experience, Rees griffiths represents closely-held businesses in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He handles complex disputes involving business tort, breach of contracts, minority shareholder cases and partnership dissolution. He has also successfully litigated cases involving construction matters, real estate, land development, and eminent domain. Additionally, Mr. griffiths has experience in legal actions involving environmental issues, equity proceedings, fiduciary litigation, wrongful discharge, estate litigation and has defended lending institutions and trust departments in lender liability cases. A certified mediator by the Court of Common Pleas of York County and the united states District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, he is an effective problem solver working diligently with parties to achieve fair results. A graduate from Harvard Law school (J.D., 1975), Mr. griffiths is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been honored by Pennsylvania SuperLawyers in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for business, real estate, and construction litigation. CGA LAW FIRM, 135 NORTH GEORGE STREET YORK, PA PH: BURTON NEIL & ASSOCIATES, DEBT COLLECTION, LITIGATION AND JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT Because Excuses Don t Pay Your Bills it is a simple fact that when it comes to collections efforts, law firms get the best results. At the law firm of Burton neil & Associates, our business is debt collection. our firm---with experienced attorneys, as well as our own dedicated call center---employs a full range of methods to get the money our clients are owed. With our AV and Preeminent status, you can feel absolutely certain that whether we are placing calls, sending letters, or bringing lawsuits, everything we do is done with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and compliance with all regulations. The results we get with our flexible, contingent fee structures allow us to work with clients of all sizes, from sole proprietors to national banks. Put simply, if you are owed money, don t waste your time and resources contacting your debtors; contact us instead, so you can finally get paid. TOP RATED LAWYERS 1060 Andrew Drive West Chester PA (f) burton neil To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders 17

19 Pennsylvania s legal leaders MacDonald Illig: For more than a century, the law firm of choice in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Congratulations to our attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Pennsylvania: J.W. Alberstadt, Jr. Real Estate James M. Antoun Healthcare William R. Brown Banking & Finance W. Patrick Delaney Commercial Litigation John W. Draskovic Workers Compensation Edward W. Goebel, Jr. Intellectual Property Marcia H. Haller Medical Malpractice David E. Holland Real Estate T. Warren Jones Personal Injury Litigation Craig Murphey Civil Litigation Roger H. Taft Labor & Employment James R. Walczak Corporate Law PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY 100 State Street Suite 700 Erie, PA MacDonaldIllig.com CRIMINAL DEFENSE McCann & Geschke, is a well-respected medical defense firm in Philadelphia, representing hospitals and health care providers throughout Southeast Pennsylvania. Our fourteen lawyers bring over 300 years of combined legal experience to the defense of our clients. McCann & Geschke, proudly serves our health care clients both in and out of Court. While our primary practice area is the defense of medical malpractice claims, we also represent hospitals in premises liability claims, guardianships and emergency treatment orders, and employment litigation. McCann & Geschke, is proud that three of our lawyers are recognized as Pennsylvania s Top Rated Lawyers: Tim McCann, Rich Geschke & Marcy Tanker. McCann & Geschke, 1800 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 801 Philadelphia, PA Paul A. Bauer, III, is the founding and Managing Partner of Bauer & Associates, Attorneys at Law, rated as a Preeminent Criminal Defense firm. Mr. Bauer is AV rated and has practiced criminal law both as a prosecutor and defense attorney since Mr. Bauer s firm handles many high-profile capital murder cases in both state and Federal courts as well as all Misdemeanors and Felonies, including Drug cases, Domestic Violence, Theft cases and Duis. Mr. Bauer s main office is located in Pottstown, Montgomery County, however, he has appeared as the lead attorney in over 20 different counties throughout the state. ph: fax: Pennsylvania s Legal Leaders To See A Directory of All AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys in Pennsylvania visit

20 PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY marc g. brecher medical malpractice, personal injury Marc g. Brecher is the managing partner of Wapner, newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller. For the past 28 years, Mr. Brecher s practice has been devoted to representing victims of medical negligence. He has represented clients throughout Pennsylvania, new Jersey, and Delaware. He has extensive experience representing children who have suffered brain injury during the labor and delivery process from trauma or lack of oxygen. He also has experience in cases involving failure to timely diagnose cancer and other medical conditions and intra-operative errors. He earned his bachelor s degree from Albright College and his law degree from Temple university. For the past four years he has been selected by the national Trial Lawyers Association to Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and in 2012 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. WAPNER, NEWMAN, WIGRIZER, BRECHER & MILLER, A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 2000 Market St., Ste Philadelphia, PA ph: william j. brennan criminal defense Bill Brennan has handled thousands of criminal matters in both federal and state courts. He has secured acquittals in cases ranging from capital murder to perjury before a federal grand jury. He has successfully defended clients in a wide variety of matters including RiCo cases, homicides, mail and bank fraud, and drug offenses. in a case that received worldwide attention, Mr. Brennan secured an acquittal for a woman charged with prostitution after placing an ad on Craigslist seeking World series tickets. Most recently, Mr. Brennan successfully avoided a conviction for a Roman Catholic priest in a highly-publicized case in Philadelphia. He is admitted to practice before the united states supreme Court and is a member of the Bar in both Pennsylvania and new Jersey. Bill has earned the highest rating (AV ) for skill and integrity from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has been selected to Pennsylvania super Lawyers from BRENNAN LAW OFFICES Two Logan Square, 12th Floor 100 North Eighteenth Street Philadelphia, PA S. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY ph: fax: nialena caravasos Federal criminal defense, criminal defense, WHite collar crime Described by Washington, D.C. lawyer Mark schamel as a woman at the top of her game and by federal clients on Avvo as fighting the prosecution like a rabid pitbull... she sees me as a person and not a criminal... undoubtedly one of her strongest weapons in the courtroom, nialena Caravasos is a strategic, sincere, and relentless advocate who is unafraid to take Robert Frost s road less traveled by in defending her controversial federal clients (i.e., alleged mobsters and drug traffickers, Arab Americans, a powerful senator, a high-level federal government official, Ceos) in high-profile, complex criminal cases. she is honored to be recognized repeatedly as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer as well as a Corporate INTL global Awards Winner Pa. Criminal Defense & White Collar Crime, and she is humbled by her invitation from The National Trial Lawyers as the only Pennsylvania female criminal defense attorney to join the prestigious Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2012 and LAW OFFICE OF NIALENA CARAVASOS, LLC 926 Public Ledger Building, 620 Chestnut Street, ph: francis j. catania municipal law, government relations Francis J. Catania is the managing partner of Catania & Parker,. He represents Pennsylvania municipalities, municipal authorities, and school districts in all areas of governance and operations. He also assists private clients in meeting their compliance obligations with local, state, and federal governments, as well as in appearances before administrative agencies and boards. He has directed his firm s tax practice for more than 20 years and had previously practiced as a Certified Public Accountant. For every year since 2004, he has received the Martindale-Hubbell highest peer review rating of AV Preeminent for both legal ability and ethical standards. His current public service includes serving as chairman of the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority, the Delaware County economic Development oversight Board and the Delaware County Authority. CATANIA & PARKER, 230 north Monroe street, 2nd Floor Media, PA ph: fax: LouiS coffey 1 alternative dispute resolution, construction law, commercial litigation Former senior partner of a national law firm handling complex, multi-party transactions. Created first land condo in PA to facilitate phased development of a suburban office park. Created first expandable and contractible nj condo to facilitate phased development of several hundred townhomes. Law practice includes all aspects of finance, design, development, construction and operation of sports and entertainment facilities, including leases with professional sports teams, concessionaire and vendor contracts. Creation and operation of partnerships, joint ventures and disputes, limited liability companies, corporations, eminent domain proceedings, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate and businesses and entity governance and governance board disputes. neutral arbitrator and mediator in complex real estate and commercial disputes and major construction claims. expert witness. Business consulting, small businesses. selected for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America from Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; international Mediation institute Certified. LOUIS COFFEY P.O. Box Philadelphia, PA W Bay Harbor Dr. PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY PAGE PROOF -- FOR APPROVAL ONLY ph: Suite 6B Coral Sea Towers Bay Harbor Islands, FL ph: clifford b. cohn legal malpractice, commercial litigation, estate litigation 2 For 35 years Clifford B. Cohn has maintained a successful and varied practice handling complex civil and criminal cases. He has an impressive track record of obtaining victories and achieving large financial settlements from the successful prosecution of a variety of matters, including estate litigation, will contests, personal injury matters involving serious, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, commercial litigation, and criminal cases. For the last 20 years Cohn has been rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, while developing a niche practice representing lawyers and clients in a variety of disputes, including partnership breakups, fee disputes, ethical investigations, and legal malpractice. He has successfully represented both clients against their former lawyers and lawyers being sued, as well as acting as an expert witness. CLIFFORD B. COHN, ESQ. 926 Public Ledger Building 620 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA ph: fax: cbcohn.com mary jo corsetti trusts & estates, Business & tax, commercial litigation Mary Jo Corsetti has been practicing law for 26 years. Her primary areas of practice include: comprehensive estates and trusts, specifically planning, administration, taxation, and orphans Court litigation; civil litigation; business transactions and planning; real estate; and elder law. Mary Jo has appeared on KQV AM 1040, 1360 AM/WPTT, and 1360 AM/WMnY. Additionally, Mary Jo was named a 2012, 2011 and 2009 Five star Wealth Manager in Pittsburgh Magazine and was a 2009 Athena Award nominee. she is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mary Jo is a member of Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Toastmasters international, served on the Board of school Directors for the Allegheny Valley school District, and is a member of the national Academy of elder Law Attorneys. she also serves as an Adjunct instructor with Duquesne university s John F. Donahue graduate school of Business, is a presenter and writer for the Pennsylvania Bar institute, and is actively involved in her Parish. Mary Jo earned her J.D. from the university of Pittsburgh school of Law and received her B.s. in Business Administration from Duquesne university, with the designation of graduating first in her class. WILLIAMS COULSON, ATTORNEYS AT LAW One Gateway Center, 16th Floor 420 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA ph: fax: richard disalle 4 appellate, commercial litigation, insurance and personal injury litigation, products liability, trusts & estates RICHARD DISALLE, born Canonsburg, PA, 1927; admitted to the Bar in education: university of Pittsburgh (A.B. 1948), university of Pittsburgh (LL.B. 1951). Areas of concentration: appellate practice, complex and multi-district commercial, insurance and personal injury litigation, products liability law, and estates and Trusts. Member: Washington County and Allegheny County Bar Associations; Pennsylvania Bar and American Bar Associations; American Judicature society. Was engaged in the general practice of law from 1951 to Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Washington County ( ); Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ( ); Judge, superior Court of Pennsylvania ( ). THOMAS, THOMAS & HAFER, One Oxford Centre 301 Grant Street, Suite 1150 Pittsburgh, PA direct: office: fax: daniel S. doyle 5 commercial litigation, insurance, general litigation, personal injury Mr. Doyle is a partner in the Media, Pennsylvania Law Firm of Brooks Bradley & Doyle. He has established a diverse litigation practice across a broad spectrum of legal areas, including commercial litigation, shareholder oppression suits, bad faith, insurance coverage and Declaratory Judgment Actions, accounting and legal malpractice, real estate transaction litigation, DRAM shop claims, construction litigation, Wills and estates challenges, um/uim arbitrations, and all types of personal injury matters, including numerous death and catastrophic injury cases. He has tried close to one hundred jury trials to date. Mr. Doyle represents clients with the highest degree of knowledge, experience and communication skills, and is AV rated, the highest rating for legal skills and ethical standards. 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