Jeanne Welch Sopher

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Jeanne Welch Sopher


Tel (412) 261-5716

Fax (412) 261-5710


Jeanne Welch Sopher represents physicians and other medical professionals in defense of professional negligence claims and companies faced with product liability claims. She has been involved in a wide variety of cases including missed cancer and other diagnoses, such as primary pulmonary hypertension, vascular events, and intrauterine growth retardation, and cases involving the improper administration and management of medications. She has worked closely with numerous experts in a wide variety of specialties including pathology, radiology, pulmonology, neurology, and internal medicine. She has successfully argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and recently received favorable rulings from the Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the Certificate of Merit Rules.

Ms. Sopher represents manufacturers, sellers, equipment engineers and designers, contractors and employers in defense of toxic tort claims, including claims involving exposure to asbestos, isocyanates, benzene and mold. She represents refractory and engineering companies faced with toxic tort claims, working closely with company representatives and experts to develop a strategy for the defense of these claims and assisting in the coordination of these claims on a national level.

Ms. Sopher received a Bachelor of Science in Business & Administration in 1979 from Duquesne University where she concentrated in the areas of finance and accounting. She received a Masters in Business & Administration in 1987 from Duquesne University and received her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1993.

She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

She has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell from 2010 to 2017.

After 14 years of corporate finance and accounting experience, Ms. Sopher concentrates her legal practice primarily in the areas of medical professional liability, toxic tort and product liability.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania,br/> U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
Duquesne University (B.S. 1979; M.B.A., 1987)

Professional Associations

Defense Research Institute
Allegheny County Bar Association

Seminars, Speeches & Publications