Tara Gill Nalencz addresses Judicial Fellows of First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Tara Gill Nalencz, a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office, addressed the Judicial Fellows of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) on January 31, 2014.  Ms. Nalencz gave a multimedia, interactive presentation on “Expert Witnesses: When Knowing is Really Half the Battle.”  The goal of her presentation was to give insight to young lawyers about getting to know both their own and opposing experts through their publications and public social media, as well as prior reports and testimony, all of which allows for better trial preparation and better outcomes.

Ms. Nalencz focuses her practice on the defense of catastrophic loss matters.  Her caseload regularly includes cases involving paraplegia, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, death and multi-million dollar property damage. This complex trial practice includes high exposure cases involving a wide variety of industries and clients, including: construction, natural gas and oil, industrial machinery and equipment, electric arc furnaces and steelmaking, propane storage, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and property management. She is fluent in Spanish and her practice also includes international matters, such as defending hotel owners and operators in actions where the underlying accident took place outside the United States.  Ms. Nalencz has developed strategies for the use of social media in litigation and has presented several times on related topics.  She has also become skilled in e-Discovery in both the role of first level collection and review, as well project management.  Ms. Nalencz obtained her law degree from the Temple University School of Law in 2004.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature in 2001 from Pennsylvania State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Dickinson College. Before joining the firm, she served a two-year clerkship for the Honorable Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  She was also previously appointed to a one-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable Samuel D. Natal in Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey.