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20 Pietragallo Lawyers Named in 2022 The Best Lawyers in America and Ones to Watch

2021/08/19

Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is pleased to announce that 20 lawyers have been named as 2022 The Best Lawyers in America and 2022 Ones to Watch, including two lawyers who were recognized for Bet-the-Company Litigation. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The following were chosen as The Best Lawyers in America: Gaetan Alfano (Bet-the-Company Litigation) Pamela Coyle Brecht Phillip R. Earnest Mark Gordon James W. Kraus James F. Marrion Shelly R. Pagac Richard J. Parks William Pietragallo, II (Bet-the-Company Litigation) Francis E. Pipak, Jr. Kevin E. Raphael Marc Stephen Raspanti Douglas K. Rosenblum Eric G. Soller Clem C. Trischler Peter St. Tienne Wolff The following were chosen as The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch: John Kettering Leslie A. Mariotti Peter W. Nigra Frank H. Stoy   About Pietragallo Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is a multi-disciplined business and commercial litigation firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with five offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from which we serve our clients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

24 Pietragallo Lawyers Named in 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

2021/06/08

Including Recognition in Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 In Philadelphia Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys have been named as 2021 Super Lawyers and 2021 Rising Stars, including two attorneys who were also recognized in the Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia. Super Lawyers is a service of Thomson Reuters legal division which compiles a list of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Each year, a research team at Super Lawyers conducts a multi-phase selection process reviewing independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The following were chosen as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: Gaetan J. Alfano (Top 100 in Philadelphia) Joseph J. Bosick Mark Gordon Christopher A. Iacono P. Brennan Hart James W. Kraus Michael A. Morse Shelly R. Pagac William Pietragallo, II Francis E. Pipak, Jr. Kevin E. Raphael Marc S. Raspanti (Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia) Douglas K. Rosenblum John A. Schwab Eric G. Soller Clem C. Trischler Paul K. Vey The following were chosen as Pennsylvania Rising Stars: Jeremy E. Abay John R. Brumberg Sarah R. Goodman Joseph L. Gordon John W. Kettering Peter W. Nigra Peter St. Tienne Wolff About Pietragallo Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is a multi-disciplined business and commercial litigation firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with five offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from which we serve our clients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

Nineteen Pietragallo Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2021

August 20, 2020

Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP, a business and litigation law firm with five offices across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, is proud to announce that nineteen of our distinguished attorneys have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 edition. “The legacy of our law firm is the depth of our courtroom talent,” noted Managing Partner, William Pietragallo, II. He continued, “I could not be more proud.” Recognition by Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer review within the legal industry. The Best Lawyers® methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of industry-leading lawyers regarding the professional capabilities of their colleagues. Best Lawyers® distinction is demonstrative of the respect that recognized lawyers have earned amongst their peers. The following individuals of The Pietragallo Law Firm have been recognized for their work in the following industries:   Gaetan J. Alfano (2012) Commercial Litigation Employment Law – Individuals Employment Law – Management Litigation – Labor and Employment Pamela Coyle Brecht (2021) Qui Tam Law Marc S. Raspanti (2006) Health Care Law  Doug Rosenblum (2021) Criminal Defense: White-Collar Phillip R. Earnest (2021) Construction Law Insurance Law  Mark Gordon (2011) Litigation – Insurance Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers  James W. Kraus (2021) Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation – Health Care Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants  James F. Marrion (2021) Product Liability Litigation – Defendants  Shelly Pagac (2021) Employment Law – Individuals Litigation – Labor and Employment  William Pietragallo II (2005) Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants  Francis E. Pipak, Jr. (2011) Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers  Eric G. Soller (2021) Commercial Litigation Litigation – Intellectual Property  Peter St. Tienne Wolff (2021) Litigation – Trusts and Estates  Clem C. Trischler, Jr. (2011) Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation – Defendants  Paul Kenneth Vey (2011) Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Sharon, PA  Richard Parks (2021) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law   “Ones to Watch”   Leslie A. Read More

One of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Attorneys can be found at Pietragallo

2020/06/02

Twenty-one Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP attorneys were named to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list, including founding partners William Pietragallo, II, Mark Gordon, Joseph J Bosick, Gaetan J Alfano, and Marc S Raspanti. These designations are awarded to lawyers who receive the highest feedback regarding their legal practice based on independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. In addition to all of the Firm’s founding Partners, the following lawyers were acknowledged by the rating service as 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: P. Brennan Hart, Christopher A. Iacono, James W. Kraus, Michael A. Morse, Shelly R. Pagac, Francis E. Pipak, Kevin E. Raphael, Douglas K. Rosenblum, John A. Schwab, Eric G. Soller, Clem C. Trischler, and Paul K. Vey. The following firm lawyers were recognized by the rating service as 2020 Pennsylvania Rising Stars: John R. Brumberg, Joseph L. Gordon, Leslie A. Mariotti, and Peter St. Tienne Wolff. In addition to the recognition above, Super Lawyers further distinguished Gaetan J. Alfano as “Top 100: 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” and “Top 100: 2020 Philadelphia Super Lawyers.” Managing Partner William Pietragallo, II was also further distinguished as “Top 50: 2020 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers List.” For more information about any of our attorneys, we invite you to visit Our Team page. If you would like to reach one of our attorneys, their direct contact information can be found within their biographies. For more information about Super Lawyers, we invite you to visit their website: www.superlawyers.com. Read More

Pietragallo Partner Jim Marrion to speak about the Pa. Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law

2020/02/20

On Thursday, February 20, Pietragallo Partner Jim Marrion will sit on a panel about the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. During this three-hour CLE, offered through the Allegheny County Bar Association, panelists will discuss, in-depth, the issues under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law that attorneys need to be aware of including: ascertainable loss, attorneys’ fees, justifiable reliance, what claims are and are not covered, actual damages, treble damages, intent, comparison with fraud, the catchall clause and differences between pre- and post-amendment requirements. For more information about Jim Marrion, we invite you to view his biography and contact him directly. For more information about the ACBA CLE program, please visit the ACBA website here. Read More

Defending Trucking and Vehicle Cases in the 21st Century with Jim Marrion

2020/02/19

The Pietragallo Law Firm and S-E-A Limited are co-hosting an event on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 titled, “Defending Trucking and Vehicle Cases in the 21st Century.” During this dynamic event which begins at 11:30am, industry leaders will review a variety of topics unique to the trucking industry including: “Accident Reconstruction through 21st Century Visualization” and “Over the Limit? Conducting Impaired Driving Investigations.” This exciting event concludes with Pietragallo’s Product Liability group Chair and Autonomous Vehicle specialist, Jim Marrion, participating in a panel discussion titled, “The Past, Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicles.” For more information about this event, please contact news@pietragallo.com. Read More

The Pietragallo Law Firm is recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report

2019/11/01

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP as a 2020 Tier 1 Metro “Best Law Firm” in six practice areas in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. These six practice areas are: Commercial Litigation (PGH & PHL) Bet-the-Company Litigation (PGH) Health Care Law (PHL) Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (PGH) Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (PGH) and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (PGH). In addition to the Tier 1 Metro ratings, Pietragallo was named a Tier 2 Metro “Best Law Firm” in Pittsburgh in the practice of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Pietragallo has also been named as Tier 2 across the nation in Commercial Litigation and Tier 3 nationally for our work in Health Care Law. The U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing: expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm.  Lawyers also voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and if they consider a firm a worthy competitor. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and legal expertise. For more information on the 2020 “Best Law Firms” and Pietragallo’s ratings, please visit http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Read More

William Pietragallo, II Appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior

2019/10/21

William Pietragallo, II, Founding Partner of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior (“CLBB”). The CLBB is based at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, and serves as a resource for the understanding of the interaction of neuroscience and the law.  In collaboration with Harvard Law School, the Center’s mission is to enlighten the legal process in the pertinent and developing science of the brain. Read More

Seven Pietragallo Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 Guide

2019/08/15

Best Lawyers® has named seven Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP lawyers in its newly released The Best Lawyers in America 2020 guide. The rankings are based entirely on peer-review content, designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers on the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same practice area and region. The following Pietragallo lawyers earned recognition: William Pietragallo for his work in the following fields: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Mark Gordon: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers Gaetan Alfano: Commercial Litigation Marc S. Raspanti: Health Care Law Francis Pipak: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers Clem Trischler: Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants Paul Kenneth Vey – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Paul Vey has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2009 and has received additional acknowledgement in the 2020 Guide as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Law. For more information about Best Lawyers, please visit their website. For more information about our Attorneys, we invite you view Our Team pages. Read More

Product Liability Mid-Atlantic Update

March 21, 2017

A recent decision in the case of Wilson v. TA Operating, LLC, No. 4:14-cv-00771, 2017 WL 569195 (M.D. Pa. Feb. 13, 2017) (Brann, J.), should be an eye-opener for any defendant facing a claim of punitive damages. The facts in Wilson were both tragic and unusual. The decedent-driver experienced a fire in the front brakes of his tractor trailer as he was traveling on Interstate 80. After extinguishing the flames, he brought the rig to the nearest service station for repairs. Having been assured that the brakes were fixed, the decedent was sent on his way. But after just 15 miles on the road, the brakes again caught fire. While trying to put out the blaze, he suddenly collapsed and died along a remote stretch of highway. Although the opinion does not say so explicitly, it appears that the cause of death was a heart attack. The defendants—the service station where the repairs were made and the technician who made them—moved for summary judgment on the plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages. The court, however, denied the motion, finding genuine issues of material fact concerning the defendants’ training, supervision, and expertise. Thus, construing Pennsylvania law, District Judge Brann held that the mechanic’s failure to properly repair the brakes could, under the circumstances presented, rise to the requisite level of recklessness to support a claim for punitive damages. Ultimately, the question was left to the jury as one of fact. Of course, the potential for an award of punitive damages in a negligence action is not remarkable, in and of itself. Indeed, it’s long been the rule in Pennsylvania that willfulness, wantonness, or recklessness can justify the imposition of exemplary damages. But what makes Wilson noteworthy is the fact that the alleged recklessness (i.e., failure to repair the brakes) did not lead directly to decedent’s death. Read More

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