Rawle’s Reports

Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 1

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Rawle &  Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys were named 2014 AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell’s® Peer Review Ratings™ system. An AV Preeminent® rating demonstrates that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. The rating is the result of evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the U.S. and Canada. AV Preeminent attorneys have achieved a very high general ethical standards rating and a legal ability numerical rating.  The legal ability ratings are based on performance in five areas: legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Timothy J. Abeel is the Chair of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Section and has defended transportation companies in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware for more than 30 years. Tim graduated, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany and received his J.D. from the Temple University School of Law. He was one of the founders of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) and he served as President of TIDA in 2000-2001. From 1994 to 2003, he was a member of the TIDA Board of Directors. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Tim has been rated as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years and as AV Preeminent from 2009 to 2014.

Carl D. Buchholz, III, is Chair of the Maritime, Insurance Coverage and Appellate Sections. His federal appellate practice includes an argument before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His state appellate practice includes seven arguments before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as numerous arguments before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Commonwealth Court. In 2006, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Carl to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court designated Carl as Chair of the Disciplinary Board. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the last 10 years and has been rated AV Preeminent every year since 1985.

Fred B. Buck has been an active litigator and trial lawyer for over 30 years. He has tried cases in the Courts of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Cumberland, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike and York Counties as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. He has argued a significant number of appeals in the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been rated AV Preeminent from 2001 to 2014.

Evan S. Eisner focuses his practice on defending catastrophic loss claims, products liability claims, commercial and toxic tort claims. He earned his B.A., cum laude, from Kenyon College, and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and California, as well as U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Evan has been rated AV Preeminent from 2001 to 2014.

Charles A. Fitzpatrick, III, has extensive experience defending medical malpractice, nursing home liability, pharmaceutical and catastrophic injury cases. He is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania and Maryland and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Charles has lectured extensively to attorneys and physicians on the law of medical malpractice. He has been chosen as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years and has been rated AV Preeminent for the last 30 years.

John C. Janos has practiced as a civil trial lawyer for over 30 years in the areas of workers’ compensation, and environmental, toxic and mass torts.  He has handled hundreds of personal injury defense cases and thousands of workers’ compensation cases. John received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brown University. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  John has been rated AV Preeminent for 15 consecutive years.

Thomas A. Kuzmick is Chair of the Product Liability Section. His practice has concentrated on product liability and catastrophic injury litigation for over 30 years. He has tried numerous cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, most of which included damage claims in the seven to eight figure range. Clients regularly retain Tom shortly before trial to defend catastrophic injury cases. He is frequently invited by legal and manufacturing organizations to lecture on product liability litigation. Tom has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee since 1994. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years and has been ranked AV Preeminent for 18 consecutive years.

John H. McCarthy has more than 25 years of litigation experience and focuses his practice on the defense of premises liability and construction accident claims. John is a cum laude graduate of the Villanova University School of Law where he served as an Editor of the Villanova Law Review. He has published numerous articles on developments in premises liability and construction law.  John has repeatedly been recognized by the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since the program’s inception in 2004. He has been rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale- Hubbell Rating from 1997 to 2014.

William C. McGovern focuses his practice on defending medical malpractice, nursing home liability, pharmaceutical and catastrophic injury cases in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, as well as appellate arguments in the courts of review of the same jurisdictions. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, as well as the bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He earned an A.B. degree from St. Joseph’s College and he received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.  Bill has been rated AV Preeminent from 2011 to 2014.

Peter J. Neeson is Chair of the Environmental Law and Toxic Torts Sections. He has been involved in numerous toxic tort matters in multi-district litigation and class action cases in both state and federal courts, including formaldehyde, multiple chemical sensitivity, sick building, latex glove, benzene, underground storage tank, silica, orthopedic bone screw, asbestos litigation and CERCLA Superfund cases. Peter has been selected as National Coordinating Counsel in the FRT, asbestos, latex glove and PPA drug litigation. In 2007, he served as Chair of TIPS (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association).  In 2012 Peter received the prestigious TIPS James K. Carroll Leadership Award. In 2009, he was elected to serve on the National Judicial College’s Board of Trustees, where he later served as treasurer and is now chair elect of the board until June of 2014 when he will assume the chairmanship. Peter has been rated AV Preeminent from 1995 to 2014.

David Ira Rosenbaum is Chair of the Commercial Litigation and Commercial Transactions practice groups. As a litigator, David represents corporate clients in complex commercial matters involving breaches of contract, restrictive covenants, piercing corporate veils/alter egos, commercial mortgages/ personal guarantees and health care and medical practice disputes. David also has an active Product Liability practice including both defending manufacturers and developing product recall and post-sale warning campaigns. As a transactional attorney, David has handled complex, multi-million dollar asset purchase agreements, employment contracts, physician contracts, real property leases and purchase agreements, joint ventures and vendor agreements. David graduated cum laude from Temple University School of Law and obtained an A.B. Degree in Political Economy from Vassar College. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. David has been rated AV Preeminent from 2001 to 2014.

Jack Snyder, Chair of the Catastrophic Loss Section, focuses on the defense of catastrophic losses, with emphasis on construction, industrial, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice and product liability matters. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. For six years, Jack was a Hearing Committee member of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was also liaison counsel to the Medical Care Availability & Reduction of Error Fund (M-Care), formerly CAT Fund, on behalf of physicians in the Philadelphia Phen-Fen litigation. Jack is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.  He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the last 10 years and AV Preeminent for the last 11 years.

Dennis J. Valenza concentrates his practice in the areas of mass tort and environmental litigation. He has handled a variety of complex litigation matters, including asbestos, product liability, toxic tort, insurance coverage and workplace violence cases in state and federal courts in jurisdictions throughout the country. He received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law and B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.  Dennis is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Associations. He has been rated AV Preeminent for the last 17 years.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Eric K. Falk, a partner in our Pittsburgh office, concentrates his practice in the area of toxic tort litigation, defending both Fortune 500 companies and regional businesses. Eric is currently a Vice Chair of the ABA Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee. He is a past chair of the DRI Industrywide Litigation Committee and a past newsletter editor for the DRI Toxic Tort Committee. He has been a speaker/presenter at various DRI and ABA Asbestos and Toxic Tort seminars. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S. with Honors from the American University in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Eric has been rated AV Preeminent by his peers for 10 consecutive years.

Jeanne Welch Sopher, a partner in our Pittsburgh office, represents physicians and other medical professionals in defense of professional negligence claims. Jeanne also represents refractory and engineering companies faced with toxic tort claims. Jeanne received a Bachelor of Science in Business & Administration from Duquesne University where she concentrated in the areas of finance and accounting. She received a Masters in Business & Administration from Duquesne University and received her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law. Jeanne is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Jeanne has been rated AV Preeminent for the last five years.


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

William J. Cattie, III, is the resident partner in the Firm’s Wilmington office. Bill practices in the areas of professional malpractice, employment, insurance law and general liability. He earned a B.A. from Villanova University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to practice in the State of Delaware and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the State of Delaware, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Bill has substantial trial experience in professional liability insurance coverage and general defense matters. In the medical malpractice area, he has successfully defended physicians, nurses, physical therapists, nursing homes, and dentists. Bill has been rated AV Preeminent for 15 consecutive years.

NEW YORK CITY

Robert A. Fitch is the resident partner in our New York office. He concentrates his practice in the defense of architects and engineers, construction, medical and oral surgery malpractice claims, and commercial motor vehicle litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He has been admitted to practice in New York since 1974, as well as in federal courts in Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict and is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Federal Bar Council, PIAA and Trucking Industry Defense Association. He was selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics in 2013. Bob has been rated AV Preeminent for the last 30 years.

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