Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 6
2011 SUPER LAWYERS
Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that 16 attorneys were named 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine. The process started with thousands of ballots being sent to attorneys in Pennsylvania and then practice specific “Blue Ribbon” panels reviewed the selections and listed the nominees with the highest scores. The attorneys chosen represent the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania.
Maureen E. Daley concentrates her practice on the defense of corporate entities, including commercial motor vehicle companies, as well as products and premises liability and insurance coverage matters. Additionally, she has served as national coordinating counsel in product liability litigation and provides representation in various states including Delaware, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. In addition to an active trial practice, she serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, as well as a private arbitrator and mediator.
John T. Donovan concentrates his practice on the defense of Philadelphia and national corporations. His primary focus is the defense of construction and product liability claims, and he has defended cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He graduated cum laude from Lafayette College and received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was elected Vice President of his class. He has taught at Rutgers University School of Law (Camden) and currently serves on the adjunct faculty at Villanova School of Law. In addition, he volunteers on behalf of the Support Center for Child Advocates.
Charles A. Fitzpatrick, III has extensive experience defending medical malpractice, nursing home liability, pharmaceutical and catastrophic injury cases. He recently obtained a landmark ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for a national prescription drug manufacturer. Charles has lectured extensively to attorneys and physicians on the law of medical malpractice. He has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He was chosen as a Super Lawyer for the eighth consecutive year.
Daniel J. Rucket concentrates his practice on general casualty defense litigation, including construction defects, construction site accidents, and premises liability. He graduated from the William and Mary Law School in 1993 and subsequently clerked for the Honorable Albert R. Subers in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to being named Super Lawyer last year and this year, he was selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Fred B. Buck has been an active litigator and trial lawyer for over 25 years. He has tried numerous 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 appeals in the Pennsylvania Superior Court and has handled appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION & TRANSACTIONS
David Ira Rosenbaum is the Chair of the Commercial Litigation and Transactions Practice Group and serves as national coordinating counsel for several clients managing both litigation and transactional matters. David regularly represents clients in commercial litigation involving breach of contract, partnership/shareholder disputes, real estate, restrictive covenants and health care issues. His transactional practice includes acquisitions, joint ventures, vendor contracts, employment agreements, physician contracts, financing documents and corporate governance documents. David also has an active product liability practice and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Temple University School of Law. David is a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Counsel.
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. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Rawle & Henderson LLP.
ENVIRONMENTAL & TOXIC TORTS
Peter J. Neeson is Chair of the Environmental, Toxic and Mass Torts Section. 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, the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. In 2009, he was elected to serve as a Trustee for a three-year term on The National Judicial College’s Board of Trustees.
John C. McMeekin, II represents clients as national trial counsel in environmental, toxic and mass torts product and related class actions. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. John is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland and related U.S. District Courts. He has made presentations nationally and internationally, and has been published in professional and law review journals on a variety of topics related to toxic tort and environmental litigation. He is a former Chair of the ABA TIPS Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee, Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Environmental and Toxic Tort Law Committee and Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS International Law Committee.
John J. Snyder defends cases involving catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, product liability, general liability and civil rights defense. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. For six years, he 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 rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2004.
Thomas A. Kuzmick is Chair of the Product Liability Section and his practice has concentrated on product liability and catastrophic injury litigation for over 29 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. He has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Tom has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee since 1994.
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 six 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.
Timothy J. Abeel has defended transportation companies in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware for more than 30 years. He established Rawle & Henderson’s largest practice group, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Section, which currently has 25 attorneys. Tim 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. His clients include some of the largest transportation companies and insurers of commercial motor vehicles in the United States. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Rawle & Henderson LLP.
Gary N. Stewart is the resident partner in our Harrisburg office. Gary concentrates his practice in the area of commercial motor vehicle defense and has defended cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island as well as before the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the District of Massachusetts, the District of Rhode Island, the District of Connecticut and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits. In addition to being selected this year, he has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY
James C. Stroud has been with Rawle & Henderson for 32 years. In 2007, he was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s Top 100 Super Lawyers and he was previously recognized as one of the area’s leading attorneys in medical malpractice litigation. He is the Chair of the Medical Malpractice Section and he represents healthcare providers, manufacturers of healthcare products and pharmaceuticals. He also practices aviation and products liability law. A frequent speaker, his recent presentations include legal ethics, catastrophic obstetric injuries and the selection and preparation of expert witnesses.
Edward C. Mintzer, Jr. has served as a trial attorney in multiple party cases of catastrophic casualty and catastrophic medical negligence suits for over 30 years. Ward has successfully concluded trials and mediations in the areas of: wrongful death; premises liability; traumatic brain injury; motor vehicle accidents; dental and medical negligence; construction cases; and continuing care retirement communities. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an agency accredited by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is currently President, Emeritus, of the St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia Catholic Lawyers.