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At Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer, our partners and attorneys share an enduring commitment to leadership, professionalism and providing the highest possible service to our clients. We point with pride to the fact that each of our partners have been recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and that our attorneys since our founding have been active in bar leadership in both the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations.
Mr. Pugh, V primarily focuses his practice on the defense of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. He gained his initial trial experience while serving as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County from 1986 to 1989. After prosecuting multiple criminal cases, Mr. Pugh joined the firm in 1989. He has 29 years of trial experience in two states and numerous counties in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Pugh V served as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for 2015. He has been active in leadership roles such as the Zone 9 Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and in that capacity served on the PBA Board of Governors. He served as President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association in 1999. He served on the Montgomery Bar Association’s Board of Directors and was President of the Association in 2006. He has been Chair of several Montgomery Bar Committees including House (1989-1991), Program and Events (1991-1997), Law Reporter (1997) and Appellate Practice (1998). He was an editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter from 1992 to 1994.
Mr. Pugh is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He served as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s Professional Liability Committee from 1993 to 1996. In that capacity Mr. Pugh authored several articles on professional risk management. He is frequently asked to speak on that topic to hospitals, physicians, and members of the Bar.
Married to Mary Coyne Pugh and the father of four daughters, Mr. Pugh has coached several sports in Springfield Township. He has served as director of the St. Genevieve CYO program.
Mr. Knoell graduated from Ursinus College in 1973 and Villanova Law School in 1976. He has practiced with the firm since 1976. His areas of particular concentration include medical and dental malpractice, hospital defense, municipal defense, employment discrimination, and civil rights defense. He has defended numerous municipalities in southeast Pennsylvania in trials of civil rights and discrimination matters involving police, labor, and zoning issues.
Mr. Knoell’s litigation experience has included hundreds of jury trials since 1977, over 145 of which have gone to verdict in the Federal Courts, Common Pleas Courts of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Berks, Bucks and Lehigh counties, all Pennsylvania appellate courts, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association and on its Judiciary Committee. Mr. Knoell’s experience as co-chair of the Montgomery County Medical/Legal Committee included informal resolution of professional disputes between physicians and attorneys. His twelve-year tenure as a civil service commissioner for Lower Merion Township involved extensive interaction with police and municipal officials and presiding over civil service hearings.
Mr. Knoell is a member of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has delivered seminars to physicians on medical malpractice avoidance and to municipal officials on municipal immunity defenses.
His personal interests have included membership in the Long Beach Island Fishing Club, Radnor Hunt Club and the Willistown and Brandywine Conservancies. He is the current President of the Aqua Beach Condominium Association.
He is married and has three children.Representative Matters
Defense verdict for an ENT in a medical malpractice case involving allegations of permanent hemiparesis resulting from a delayed emergence from anesthesia following a routine tonsillectomy.
Early dismissals and successful resolution for a prominent cardiologist in over twenty cases involving similar allegations of unnecessary coronary artery stenting. Prevailed on application of MCARE Act’s Statute of Repose and made case law at appellate level.
In 2015, Mr. Knoell obtained defense jury verdicts and defense binding arbitration awards in anesthesia, GI and hospital defense cases, as well as several municipal defense cases.
Mr. Troy joined the firm in 1991. He previously served as a law clerk to The Honorable Albert R. Subers of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in 1990. Mr. Troy focuses his practice on trials advocacy. He has tried professional liability, medical malpractice, commercial, auto, general liability, and product liability cases to verdict. While trial advocacy is Mr. Troy’s specialty, he believes that the ultimate responsibility of an attorney is to solve his client’s problems as efficiently and inexpensively as possible. He also believes that there is a widening chasm in the practice of law today between “litigators” and “trial lawyers”. While civil trials are the favorite part of Mr. Troy’s practice, he also believes that appropriate cases resolve more fairly and expeditiously when opposing counsel realizes that there is a trial lawyer on the other side.
Paul Troy was voted by the attorneys in Pennsylvania as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia and Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania as published in Philadelphia Magazine. This was the seventh consecutive year Mr. Troy has been so recognized.
Mr. Troy has served as Chair of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The House of Delegates is comprised of 450 attorneys from across Pennsylvania which meets to vote on the resolutions to be adopted as official positions of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Troy served a two-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors until May 2005. Previously Mr. Troy served a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors from 1997 to 2000. He served as Chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division in 1998. He has been a member of the PBA House of Delegates from 1996 to the present, and was appointed Chair of the Mid-Year Meeting in 2001, and 2016.
Mr. Troy also served as either Chair or Vice-Chair of the PBA Health Care Law Committee from 2000 to 2009. He was appointed Chair of the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) in 2001 and served as Co-Chair of the BLI for several years.
Mr. Troy was President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in 2011-2012. He still serves on the Board of Directors of the PBI, and had previously served as President Elect, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of the PBI before serving as President. The PBI is the largest non-profit provider of Continuing Legal Education in Pennsylvania. He is presently Chair of the PBA Leadership Development and Recruitment Committee.
As part of his commitment to Continuing Legal Education, Mr. Troy has taught well over 100 seminars in professional liability risk management. Most of these seminars have been for attorneys, physicians, nurses, and other professionals.
Locally, Mr. Troy served as President of the Montgomery Bar Association in 2013. He served as President of the Young Lawyers Section in 1997. He previously served as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association from 1997 to 1999, and served as the President Elect, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary in successive years before becoming President in January 2013.
Mr. Troy is a past President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, and received the distinguished James P. Fox Trial Lawyer of The Year Award for professionalism in the art of trial advocacy from the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association in 2011. His other activities in the Montgomery Bar Association include serving as either Chair or Co-Chair of the Insurance Committee of the MBA from 1996 to 2005. Mr. Troy received the Special Achievement Award from the Montgomery Bar Association in 1999.
In the community, Paul has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation was created by Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider in 2005, as his personal commitment to teach children important life lessons. Using the sport of hockey, the mission of Snider Hockey is to build lives and unite communities, helping educate young people to succeed in the game of life. Snider Hockey Programs are provided at no cost and are focused on underserved boys and girls who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play, with an emphasis on character development, life skills, fitness, nutrition, and academics.
The foundation serves over 3,000 youngsters ages 5-19. Most come from inner-city neighborhoods that surround our sites. Snider Hockey provides academic services, a nationally acclaimed life-skills curriculum, mentoring, and structured athletic programs that offer underserved urban youth the opportunity to engage in safe, healthy and challenging activities that teach and breed success.
Mr. Troy has also served as the Chair of the Gaudeamus Music Ministry, Inc. where he helped the Board of Directors raise funds to benefit children’s medical research and award college scholarships. Mr. Troy serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library. He was honored by the Ambler Gazette as “Citizen of the Week” in March 2013. Mr. Troy also serves as Vice-President of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation.
Mr. Troy is forever grateful to have been fortunate enough to join a firm where he was given trial experience at a very young age. Today he mentors several very bright and talented younger lawyers in his firm, and tries to provide them with the same education and opportunities he received as a young lawyer. He appreciates the confidence his clients were willing to show in him as a young lawyer, and continue to have in him today. Most importantly, he is grateful for the love and support of his wife Liz, and three daughters with whom he resides in Blue Bell, PA.
Mr. Kramer graduated from the University of Toledo School of Law in 1988, and served on the school's law review from 1986 to 1988. He began his legal career with LaBrum and Doak, and joined our firm in 1992.
Mr. Kramer's litigation practice covers a wide variety of areas including Bad Faith, Construction accidents, Dram Shop, Employment Discrimination, Defamation, Real Estate Transactions, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, Unfair Trade Practices Act Claims and Workers' Compensation. He has represented the Parx Casino and Racetrack for the last twenty years. He has also defended a number of sporting venues and organizations including, The Phillies, The Phillie Phanatic, The Wells Fargo Center, The American Hockey League and U.S.A. Track and Field. He has taken over ninety (90) cases to jury verdict in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties and has argued in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court on a number of occasions. He has also conducted continuing legal education courses for the Montgomery Bar Association.
Mr. Kramer is a member of the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and served as Co-Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association Membership Committee in 1995 and 1996, Co-Chair of the Member Service Committee in 2000 and Vice-Chair of the Rules of Civil Court Committee in 2001. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Bar Association. He is a member of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association and Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He was accepted into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2003. Mr. Kramer has also been selected as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" on several occasions, an honor given to less than 5% of all lawyers in Pennsylvania.
In addition, Mr. Kramer is an avid swimmer and triathlete and has competed in Master swimming events and triathlons. He has served as the President of the Valley Forge Masters Swimming Association and the Chairman of the Delaware Valley Master Swim Committee. He has also attended the USMS National Convention as a delegate on several occasions. He is currently a member and past President of the Alumni Board of the William Penn Charter School and has served on the Board of Directors of the Upper Main Line YMCA. He is also serving as a board member for Racing to Register, a nonprofit corporation, which works on registering individuals for the National Bone Marrow Registry. Mr. Kramer serves as a volunteer attorney for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) where he represents, on a pro bono basis, abused and neglected children.
Mr. Kramer resides in Delaware County, PA with his two daughters.
Andy Kramer achieves defense verdicts in two cases in Bucks County
Andy Kramer recently achieved defense verdicts in two different cases in Bucks County, both involving premises liability. The first was a private homeowner whose guest suffered serious injuries after a fall in the insured's home. The second one involved a severe femoral fracture to an individual on the site of a commercial enterprise.
In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Andy Kramer obtained summary judgment in a case involving a slip and fall on a commercial property. The plaintiffs could not establish that Mr. Kramer's client had sufficient notice of the alleged dangerous condition that caused the plaintiff to fall.
In Chester County, in a set of facts not yet addressed by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Andy successfully advocated that a child of divorced parents should be considered a dual resident and the auto insurance policies of both parents apply to the child when the child was involved in an automobile accident.
Andy Kramer is appointed to the Montgomery Bar Association Judiciary Committee
Andy Kramer was recently appointed to the Montgomery Bar Association Judiciary Committee for a three year term.
The Judiciary Committee is charged with meeting, reviewing and commenting upon any and all candidates for positions on the Montgomery County bench. Mr. Kramer has served on other Committees of the Montgomery Bar Association including Membership, Membership Services and the Rules of Civil Court.
Mr. Pugh graduated from the Villanova University School of Law in 1991 and has spent his 20+ year legal career involved in all aspects of defense litigation. Robert’s legal practice consists of defending individuals and institutions in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Northampton County, Lackawanna County, Lancaster County, Lehigh County, Montour County and Philadelphia County. Robert defends physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in claims for professional malpractice. He also has vast experience representing a variety of areas including public and private transportation litigation, premises liability litigation, products liability litigation and toxic tort / environmental litigation, as well as an active appellate practice. He has taken over 50 cases to jury verdicts in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties and has argued in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court as well as the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Pugh is a member of the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Facilities Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is Past President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers and former Chair of the Health and Fitness Committee.
Mr. Pugh holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubble. He was also selected by his peers as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” as published in Philadelphia Magazine for the last eleven years. Five percent of all Pennsylvania lawyers qualify as “Super Lawyers”.
In his spare time, Mr. Pugh likes to spend time with his wife and three children. Additionally, he likes to work out the stress of being a trial lawyer by participating in triathlons and open water swimming, and most recently was chosen to represent the United States in the short course (Olympic) triathlon world championships which will be held in Chicago in September 2015.
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Mr. Pugh most recently obtained a defense verdict in a malpractice case in Delaware County involving the alleged misdiagnosis of diverticulitis and in Montgomery County where the contention was improper hand surgery.
Mr. Pugh was Vice President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association 2007.
Mr. Bayer is a partner in the firm and focuses his practice on defending his clients from claims involving professional liability, commercial transportation, construction defects, general liability, and commercial disputes. He practices throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He frequently defends high-exposure claims involving allegations of wrongful deaths, catastrophic personal injuries and complex professional liability matters. Additionally, he serves as national coordinating counsel to a large commercial transportation carrier on mass casualty events.
He is an active member of both the Montgomery Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is currently the chair of the Medical-Legal Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association and sits on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Mr. Bayer is a past Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and served for three years on the Montgomery Bar Association's Executive Committee.
Mr. Bayer frequently teaches at legal education programs for other lawyers, law students and professionals. He has presented legal education programs that include topics including legal ethics, personal injuries actions, professional liability and legal procedure. He has presented legal education programs for law schools, bar associations, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, claims professionals and risk managers.
In 2007, 2008, and 2010-2017, Mr. Bayer was selected as a "Rising Star" attorney by both Philadelphia Magazine and by Law and Politics. "Rising Stars" are chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law and Politics as being among the top-up-and-coming lawyers in Pennsylvania. Only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive this honor each year.
Mr. Bayer is a graduate of Lehigh University and Villanova University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Mr. Bayer resides in Worcester Township with his wife, Kelly, and their two sons, George and Thomas.
Evelyn Rodriguez Devine is a 1985 graduate of Catholic University of America and a 1988 law school graduate from Temple (Beasley) School of Law where she was on the National Trial Team and a recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association Trial Advocacy Award.
Ms. Devine has over 27 years of experience as a litigator in Pennsylvania’s courtrooms handling general and commercial liability matters, including transportation, auto, product, premises and bad faith liability. She has tried numerous jury trials to verdict, both in Federal Court and State Court including, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County and Wayne County. Her last premises liability trial in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania resulted in a defense verdict. Her last motor vehicle liability trial in Montgomery County also resulted in a defense verdict.
Ms. Devine’s career has focused in the insurance industry. She started her career at Labrum and Doak, an insurance defense firm where she concentrated on all aspects of defense litigation including, dental malpractice. In 1992, she was recruited to start up and manage the first staff counsel law firm (Devlin and Devine) for United States Fidelity Group, (predecessor to St. Paul Insurance Company/Travelers), a national all lines insurance carrier formerly based in Baltimore, Maryland. From 2006 through 2010, Ms. Devine also served as a Litigation Manager for Global Indemnity Insurance Company, a commercial lines insurance carrier based in suburban Philadelphia where she managed general commercial litigation across the United States, including Hawaii and the United States Virgin Islands. As a Manager she was responsible for claims handling, risk management, loss prevention, bad faith, and reserving.
She is a member of Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association. She has co-chaired the Civil Practice Manual Committee for the Montgomery Bar Association and has been a member of the Temple Inn of Court and the Montgomery County Inn of Court. She has received numerous defense and neutral appointments as an arbitrator in uninsured and underinsured motorist arbitrations. She has also been retained to participate in mock trials with focus groups in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh where has been asked to assume roles as plaintiff and defense counsel.
In her commitment to continuing legal education, she has made legal career presentations to local high school students and has participated as faculty and presenter in continuing legal education seminars in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
Ms. Devine is Latina and bilingual. She has served on the Board of Directors of Accíon Comunal Latino Americano de Montgomery County(ACLAMO) and is also a member of 100 Women Who Care.
She resides in Wyndmoor, PA with her husband and their three children: Morgan, Joe and Ellie. She quietly participates in sprint triathlons!
Melissa Nagata joined the firm in May of 2007. She focuses her practice on professional liability, medical malpractice, and insurance defense.
Ms. Nagata received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from LaSalle University in 1997 and is a 2004 graduate of Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Ms. Nagata served as the Managing Editor of Outside Articles for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Nagata worked as an associate focusing her practice on medical malpractice and nursing home litigation. She also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Kaplan, United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. Ms. Nagata is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Montgomery Bar Associations.
Don Belfie joined the firm in 2006. He was previously an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Chester County from 2003 to 2006. During his time as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Belfie prosecuted hundreds of cases and tried dozens of jury and non-jury trials.
Mr. Belfie focuses his practice on medical malpractice litigation. He has extensive experience in the defense of healthcare providers, hospitals and health systems from the start of a client’s case through appeal. Mr. Belfie also specializes in commercial, auto and general liability, products liability and criminal defense.
Mr. Belfie graduated from East Stroudsburg University and Widener University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Mr. Belfie was selected as a “Rising Star” attorney by both Philadelphia Magazine and by Law and Politics in 2012, through 2017. “Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law and Politics as being among the top-up-and-coming lawyers in Pennsylvania. Only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive this honor each year.
Mr. Belfie was born and raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. He currently resides with his wife, Katie, and his two children, Donny and Gianna, in Chester County.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended an oncologist and oncology nurse that were accused of failing to properly administer chemotherapy medication to a patient. The patient alleged that as result of an extravasation of medication, she developed blood clots and needed to be hospitalized. The case was tried before a jury in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County. The jury unanimously found that the care provided by the oncologist and oncology nurse was appropriate and did not cause any injury to the patient.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a commercial bus company and its bus driver in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered severe injuries to her legs when the bus she was a passenger in was involved in a motor vehicle accident with another vehicle. Plaintiff alleged that she was permanently disabled as a result of her injuries and sought damages in excess of $250,000.00. After a week of trial, the jury found that the bus driver was not at fault for causing the accident and returned a verdict in favor of the bus company and its driver.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a commercial bus company and its bus driver in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered injuries to her neck and back when a SEPTA bus she was a passenger in was sideswiped by a bus. A judgment was entered in favor of the bus company after it was proven that Plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing and not caused by the motor vehicle accident.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a commercial bus company and its bus driver in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered injuries to her neck and back when she fell out of her seat when the bus “unexpectedly jerked violently”. A judgment was entered in favor of the bus company after it was proven that Plaintiff was standing and not sitting in her seat before she fell to the ground. Mr. Belfie was able to find and call as witnesses several passengers on the bus that testified that the bus did not jerk, shake or move unexpectedly during the entire trip.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a commercial bus company in the United States Eastern District of Pennsylvania where it was alleged that the bus rear ended a taxi cab as the taxi cab was picking up a passenger. The taxi cab driver sued the bus company and its driver alleging that as a result of the accident he suffered serious injuries to his neck and back that prevented him from working. The taxi cab driver sought damages in excess of $125,000.00. A judgment was entered in favor of the bus company after it was proven that the taxi cab driver caused the accident when he cut in front of the bus.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a family physician, certified nurse and medical assistant accused of failing to timely diagnose and treat a patient’s mental illness. The patient subsequently committed suicide. The estate alleged that the physician and his staff failed to recognize the patient’s mental illness, failed to refer him to a mental health professional and prescribed medication that exacerbated his mental illness. From thoroughly investigating the claims, Mr. Belfie learned that the decedent had been evaluated by three different psychiatrists within one year of his death and that it was recommended by each psychiatrist that he receive mental health treatment. The decedent never followed up with any of the recommendations from the psychiatrists. Mr. Belfie also discovered that the decedent never took any of the medication that allegedly exacerbated the decedent’s mental illness and contributed to his suicide. The case was eventually dismissed. The case was in Montgomery County.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a nurse midwife in Montour County. It was alleged that the nurse midwife inappropriately administered medication to a woman in labor despite signs that her fetus was in distress. It was also alleged that the nurse midwife failed to timely recommend delivery by cesarean section. The fetus suffered from oxygen deprivation and was born with cerebral palsy. The nurse midwife was dismissed from the case after Mr. Belfie successfully argued that the Plaintiff’s expert medical witnesses were not qualified to provide expert testimony against the nurse midwife and that their opinions were insufficient as a matter of law to prove that the nurse midwife’s actions caused any damage to baby.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a property owner in Philadelphia. It was alleged that the owner of the property failed to clear snow and ice from a parking area in front of the property. Mr. Belfie proved that the property owner had hired a company to remove snow and ice from the area where the Plaintiff had fallen. Mr. Belfie also proved that the property owner took reasonable steps to clear the area from snow and ice. Mr. Belfie was successful on his Motion for Summary Judgment and the case was dismissed against the property owner.
Christina A. Schadler joined the firm in April of 2007. She focuses her practice on workers’ compensation defense, unemployment compensation and general liability defense.
Since 2008, Christina exclusively has developed and led the division of the firm that handles workers compensation claims. Christina’s clients include multimillion dollar corporations with worker’ compensation claims that range from standard to complex. Christina handles all aspects of the claims, from the filing of and responding to the initial petition to the attending of all court mandated appearances and depositions. Christina has extensive experience litigating before numerous Workers’ Compensation Judges in the area, as well as arguing appeals before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.
Additionally, Christina has worked closely with her corporate clients in limiting their exposure to liability related to workers’ compensation claims. She has assisted her clients in implementing various corporate policies and procedures, in accordance with Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law. These policies and procedures address the limitation of clients’ exposure, as well as the eradication of fraudulent claims. The policies and procedures have been instrumental as cost-saving measures and in the limitation of liability.
Christina is involved in several organizations that focus on issues surrounding Workers’ Compensation Law in Pennsylvania. Specifically, Christina is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee and the Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council (GPECC). This Council discusses recent developments and relevant case law in corporate liability, workers compensation and risk management. Therefore, Christina remains on the forefront of industry standards and polices as they pertain to corporate liability in the area of workers’ compensations.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Christina is a 2004 graduate from Duquesne University School of Law. Christina also attended Lehigh University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in Spanish.
Prior to joining the firm, Christina served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Steven T. O’Neill in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
Christina is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Christina resides with her husband and two children in Lower Frederick, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Horn is a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Kristy M. Castagna joined the firm in 2009. She focuses her practice on professional malpractice litigation. Kristy has specialized knowledge in the representation of insurance agencies, insurance agents and insurance brokers. She also defends physicians, nurses, hospitals, health care systems, lawyers and law firms in professional malpractice claims. Other areas of her practice include commercial, auto and general liability as well as criminal defense and appellate practice. Kristy also spends a significant amount of time volunteering with the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Program where she represents child victims in criminal proceedings, dependency adjudications and protection from abuse petitions.
Kristy graduated with honors from Gwynedd-Mercy College in 2003 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 2007 from Widener University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, and was inducted into the National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi. During law school, Kristy was a certified legal intern with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and worked for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. Before coming to the firm, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Berks County from 2008 to 2009. During her time as an Assistant Public Defender, she defended hundreds of clients in hearings and trials. She was also involved in numerous appeals to the Superior and Supreme Court. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. She serves as the chair of the Insurance Committee in the Montgomery Bar Association.
Kristy currently resides in Chester County with her husband, Juan, and her four children, Juan Jr., Augustino, Jovanni and Gabriella.
June, 2015 - Kristy obtained summary judgment in favor of her insurance agency clients in Berks County in a professional malpractice case where plaintiff’s claimed damages were over $1,000,000. Kristy successfully presented multiple arguments which the Court found meritorious in deciding to enter judgment as a matter of law in favor of her insurance agency clients. After a five-year dispute, Kristy secured the win for her clients by arguing plaintiff failed to file the complaint within the Statute of Limitations and failed to adduce a genuine issue of material fact regarding the claims for negligence, negligent misrepresentation and breach of a fiduciary duty. She also advanced arguments regarding the lack of damages and the Doctrine of Champerty which the court found persuasive.
July, 2015 - Kristy successfully resolved a lawsuit filed against Greyhound Lines, Inc. for a fraction of the arbitration award through the use of damaging evidence discovered on social media websites. Through her investigation of the claim, she uncovered photographs and video of the plaintiff which negated the claims of permanent injury, and also discovered admissions from the plaintiff which demonstrated he was working as an electrician during the entire period he was claiming total disability from the automobile accident.
September, 2014 - Kristy secured the dismissal of a Complaint filed by a tenant against a law firm representing a condominium association in Delaware County. The Complaint contained allegations related to legal malpractice as well as other intentional torts. Kristy successfully argued that the Complaint was improper under Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 233.1 which protects litigants from having to defend against serial frivolous proceedings filed by unrepresented parties. She was able to secure the dismissal after only a short involvement in the case.
August, 2014 - Kristy successfully resolved a lawsuit alleging professional malpractice filed against a law firm in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for a very small percentage of the damages demanded. Kristy uncovered evidence that plaintiffs had failed to report the existence of their personal injury claim in a bankruptcy proceeding which operated to limit the damages in the case to the amount of outstanding creditor claims. The case quickly settled for a compromised amount following the discovery of the damaging evidence.
July, 2014 - Kristy was recently able to successfully secure the dismissal of a complaint filed against a physician in Philadelphia in the early stages of litigation. The complaint contained allegations of medical malpractice related to a hip replacement surgery. Kristy successfully argued venue was not proper in Philadelphia and the Court ordered the case to be transferred to Montgomery County. When plaintiff failed comply with the Court’s directive, Kristy filed a Motion for Special Relief which the Court granted and dismissed the complaint with prejudice.
March, 2013 - Kristy successfully defended Greyhound Lines, Inc. in the United States Eastern District of Pennsylvania where it was alleged that the bus was travelling at a high rate of speed and slammed on its brakes to avoid an accident that occurred in front of it. Six bus passengers sued the bus company alleging that as a result of the accident, they suffered serious injuries. One bus passenger sought damages in excess of $100,000. Kristy argued that the Sudden Emergency Doctrine applied to absolve Greyhound Lines, Inc. and the driver from liability. A judgment was entered in favor of the Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Mr. Morrow focuses his practice on defending professional liability claims. He has extensive experience representing doctors, hospitals, personal care homes, skilled nursing facilities, and health systems in the defense of medical malpractice claims from initial filings through appeal. Mr. Morrow also represents clients in claims for contractual defense and indemnity, commercial liability, and general liability.
Mr. Morrow is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Bar Association.
Mr. Morrow joined the firm as an attorney in 2008, after graduating from Temple University School of Law. He attended law school in Temple’s evening division while working full time at the firm as a law clerk. He received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University.
Mr. Morrow resides in Collegeville, PA with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he participates in triathlons, open water swimming and distance running events.
Recently, Mr. Morrow obtained a defense decision at arbitration on a claim for contractual indemnification in Philadelphia County. He has also successfully defended clients at arbitration in Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester County.
Ms. Moyer joined the firm in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duquesne University School of Law.
Ms. Moyer focuses her civil litigation practice on the defense of medical professionals in the Philadelphia area and surrounding region. Ms. Moyer also has significant experience handling general liability defense matters. She has successfully represented and defended Philadelphia area hospitals in premises liability and medical malpractice cases in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. She handles all aspects of discovery including drafting requests, defending depositions, taking depositions, and arguing discovery matters in court. Ms. Moyer also defends clients in professional negligence matters. Ms. Moyer volunteers as a child advocate and guardian ad litem for the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project in Protection From Abuse matters, as well as criminal and dependency matters. She also serves as an arbitrator for the Montgomery County Arbitration Program. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Montgomery Bar Association. She enjoys serving as an attorney advisor for the Wissahickon High School Mock Trial teams.
As an alumna of Duquesne University School of Law, Ms. Moyer serves as a mentor to prospective Law School candidates and students. Periodically, she serves as a representative of Duquesne University School of Law at Pennsylvania Bar events in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Ms. Moyer resides in Montgomery County with her husband and four sons. She volunteers in her local township as a coach for various youth sports programs. She competes in distance running events and enjoys following the many successful UNC athletic programs.
Amy Kirkpatrick joined the firm in September, 2009. She focuses her practice on general liability defense.
Amy graduated summa cum laude from Temple University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and a Presidential Scholar, with a degree in criminal justice in 2005. In 2008, Amy received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. While at UConn, she served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Connecticut Insurance law Journal and was awarded the CALI Award for Excellent in Criminal Law, Lawyering Process, Evidence, Workers’ Compensation, and Surety Law, as well as the Aspen Law & Business Award. Amy received an LL.M in Insurance Law from UConn in January 2010.
Prior to joining the firm, Amy served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert J. Garofolo, P.J.Cr., in the Law Division, Criminal Part, of the New Jersey Superior Court. Amy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Michael Lyon joined the firm in April of 2014. With more than eight years of practice, he currently focuses his practice on the defense of medical providers, municipalities, and individuals in personal injury, malpractice, and commercial tort and contract cases. He takes particular interest in cases involving the Internet and content posting, including defamation, First Amendment, and invasion of privacy claims. He has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, from pleadings through and including trial and appeal. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His appellate practice has included successful representation of clients in both the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He also regularly represents employers in a wide variety of disputes under Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation law, and has successfully tried more than 25 such cases in administrative hearings and on appeal.
Mr. Lyon is an enthusiastic member of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA). He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the MBA, and will serve as the Section’s Chair in 2019. He was also appointed as Chair of the MBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is a graduate of the MBA’s prestigious Leadership Academy, and has served on the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section, Civil Practice Committee, and Speakers’ Bureau. He is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), where he was selected as a member of the PBA’s Bar Leadership Institute for 2017-18. He serves on the PBA’s Quality of Life and Federal Practice Committees.
In each year since 2014, Mr. Lyon has been selected as a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” attorney by Philadelphia Magazine, a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania. He has presented CLE programs involving insurance contracts and declaratory judgment actions, and has published numerous articles involving the use of expert testimony under Pennsylvania law, developments in Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, and various other areas.
In his community, Mr. Lyon was sworn as a commissioner of the Montgomery Township Planning Commission in 2015 and has served in that capacity ever sense. He was a founding member at CrossFit Kanna in Ambler, PA and continues as both a member and advisor of the organization. He has been an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he taught Trial Advocacy and served as coach of Villanova’s well-renowned National Trial Team. He has represented pro bono clients through the Montgomery Bar Association’s Access to Justice program, the Support Center for Child Advocates, and the Prisoner’s Civil Rights Program of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lyon is admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He has also been permitted to practice pro hac vice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Mr. Lyon is a 2006 graduate, cum laude, of Villanova University, and a 2009 graduate, cum laude, of the Villanova University School of Law. While at Villanova Law, he served as Managing Editor of Research and Writing for the Villanova Law Review and was a member of the winning team at the Lone Star Classic in 2008, a national trial competition held in San Antonio, Texas. He received the David E. Worby Scholarship at Villanova in 2008, presented annually for excellence in Trial Advocacy. He was also a co-recipient of the Center for Forensic Economic Studies Excellence in Litigation Award in May of 2009.
Mr. Lyon resides with his wife and 3 year old son, Trevor, in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania, and he and his family are proudly expecting a baby girl in February 2018. He is an avid golfer and a fan of all sports, travel, and history.
October 2017 – Mr. Lyon was part of a team that obtained a defense verdict in Chester County, PA on behalf of a neurologist in a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim. The plaintiff alleged that her decedent had suffered a stroke and brain hemorrhage during a four-day stay in a Chester County hospital. Mr. Lyon helped prove to the jury that the client neurologist had treated the decedent within the standard of care at all times during her stay.
June 2017 – Mr. Lyon successfully resolved three consolidated cases that arose from a multi-car accident in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The claims involved allegations of traumatic brain injury, severe disorientation, and debilitating spinal injuries. Through mediation and negotiation, Mr. Lyon resolved all of the cases in terms found favorable to his clients.
October 2016 – in a civil rights action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania based upon claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Mr. Lyon obtained complete dismissal of all claims brought against his clients, a police officer, police department, and municipality, successfully arguing that his clients had no liability to the Plaintiff under that section. He then successfully argued that the Third Circuit should dismiss the Plaintiff’s appeal of that decision.
September 2016 – Mr. Lyon obtained complete judgment in his client’s favor against two plaintiffs by way of a motion for judgment on the pleadings as to one plaintiff and a subsequent motion for summary judgment for the other. The case involved claims of a significant fracture in one plaintiff’s leg. Through motion papers and advocacy, Mr. Lyon convinced the court to dismiss all claims brought and judgment to be entered in his client’s favor.
March 2016 – Mr. Lyon convinced the parties to dismiss his clients, a homeowner and his son, from a case in which the plaintiff had alleged severe, permanent injuries to his left eye as a result of a BB gun accident. The dismissal saved his clients from potential liability in a serious personal injury case.
February 2016 – Gold v. Rosen, 135 A.3d 1039 (Pa. Super. 2016): Mr. Lyon obtained a unanimous, reported decision affirming a trial court’s decision to uphold a jury verdict of $0 against a plaintiff claiming debilitating lower back and neck injuries. The case reaffirmed Pennsylvania’s “transient rub of life” doctrine, holding that a jury may award no damages to a plaintiff who has suffered a non-compensable injury, even where the issues of negligence and causation are not in dispute.
September 2015 – in a case pending in Philadelphia County, Mr. Lyon obtained a complete defense verdict after arbitration on behalf of his client, a horse race betting facility, in a claim alleging a serious knee injury from a fall on his client’s premises. The plaintiff chose not to appeal the award further, which became final.
July 2015 – Mr. Lyon obtained a decision from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania vacating the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review’s decision to award benefits to a claimant who had been caught in dereliction of his duties while on the job.
February 2015 – prior to discovery, Mr. Lyon negotiated a complete dismissal of all claims alleged against his client in a case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging fraud, conversion, and breach of contract stemming from an alleged misappropriation of funds in a bookkeeping account, saving his client significant costs and efforts in preparing a defense during trial.
Mary Beth Hughes joined the firm in July of 2010. She focuses her practice on Professional Liability Defense and General Liability Defense.
Mary Beth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lehigh University. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Education from LaSalle University. Prior to earning her law degree, Mary Beth worked in social services at Carson Valley School and for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health.
Mary Beth currently volunteers as a child advocate with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. She also volunteers teaching English as a Second Language to adults at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia. She is on the Board of Directors of SEAMlab (a non-profit research organization committed to sustainable architecture).
Mary Beth is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association, where she chaired the Insurance Committee from 2012-2014 and is presently the vice chair of the committee. She was selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Bar Leadership Institute through the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Kathryn M. Brady joined the firm in December 2010. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, primarily legal malpractice defense.
Kathryn graduated cum laude from The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University in February 2010, where she was an editor of the Drexel Law Review and participated in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. During law school, Ms. Brady worked in-house for Exelon, the parent company of PECO, served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Kent H. Albright and worked as a law clerk at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C.
Kathryn graduated from Boston College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Pre-Law Concentration. She was a member of the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and Captain of the BC Mock Trial Team.
Kathryn is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations.
Andy has been representing lawyers, hospitals, physicians, nurses, and physical therapists in professional liability cases since joining the firm in 2010. He also represents individuals and businesses of all sizes against general liability cases including premises liability, private passenger and commercial motor vehicle, and breach of contract suits. He handles all aspects of litigation from initiation through trial and appeals in state and federal court. He also advises and assists clients facing pre-litigation claims and when responding to subpoenas.
Andy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Section and serves on the Civil Rules and Bench Bar Committees of the Montgomery Bar Association. Through the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, Andy has the privilege of protecting the rights of abused and neglected children on a pro bono basis.
Continuing a three-generation legacy, Andy attended the Pennsylvania State University earning a political science degree. He then strayed from his lineage of doctors and nurses by attending law school at Villanova University. He served as an extern for Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge of the Delaware District Court and Judge James J. Fitzgerald, III of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Andy also interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and represented indigent clients at the Villanova Civil Justice Clinic.
Andy married his wife Katie in June 2014, at what some have called the greatest wedding ever. They now live in Conshohocken with their dog Ella. Andy is an avid golfer and fan of all sports. He remains active in the Penn State community as a member of the Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club and a football season ticket holder.
Recent News and Case Results
In June 2017, Andy obtained the dismissal of a legal malpractice complaint in Bucks County via preliminary objections. He argued there was no justiciable cause of action pursuant to the Supreme Court’s holding in Muhammad v. Strassburger because the plaintiff’s claims were based on a divorce settlement he freely accepted.
In June 2017, Andy attained the dismissal of his client in a Philadelphia medical malpractice suit. Through pleadings and discovery, he proved his client provided only managerial services at a medical clinic and did not provide any of the allegedly negligent medical care.
In December 2016, Andy obtained a defense verdict for a commercial transportation company in Philadelphia. The plaintiff sought reimbursement for property damage resulting from a motor vehicle collision. Andy proved the plaintiff waived its right to bring the suit due to a prior settlement agreement related to personal injuries sustained in the underlying incident.
In November 2016, Andy and Peter Rogers co-presented an ethics CLE for the Real Estate Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association. The program focused on the hot button issue of cybersecurity as well as general ethical considerations for real estate lawyers.
In October 2016, Andy obtained summary judgment for a physical therapist in Montgomery County. The plaintiff claimed Andy’s client caused a re-herniation of a lumbar disc during rehabilitation after spine surgery. Andy argued the plaintiff failed to establish a prima facie claim of professional negligence by not proving Andy’s client breached the physical therapy standard of care through expert testimony.
In September 2016, Andy negotiated a settlement for a car accident victim, which exceeded his client’s expectations. Andy’s client was a passenger in a vehicle that turned left across oncoming traffic and was t-boned by another vehicle in Chester County. The settlement occurred prior to filing a lawsuit, which resulted in his client receiving significantly more of the settlement funds than if litigation had commenced.
In August 2016, Andy negotiated the discontinuance of a physical therapy malpractice case in Philadelphia. Andy convinced the plaintiff’s attorney to withdraw the case because it was not filed within the two-year statute of limitations period. By doing so, Andy saved his clients significant costs and fees, which would have been incurred if court filings were needed to obtain the dismissal.
In June 2016, Andy obtained the dismissal of a bad faith claim against a car insurance company in the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Andy argued the plaintiff failed to establish a prima facia claim of bad faith conduct by an insurance company investigating an uninsured motorist claim brought by its insured. Andy also convinced the court to maintain its ruling when the plaintiff moved for reconsideration.
In April 2016, Andy earned a defense verdict for a car driver in Northampton County. The plaintiff was proceeding straight across an intersection and claimed Andy’s client ran a stop sign before striking her from the right. Andy argued the plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proof because she testified that Andy’s client was not driving. He also asserted the plaintiff’s alleged injuries were not serious so she could not recover noneconomic damages because she carried limited tort coverage on her motor vehicle insurance.
Peter B. Rogers is an attorney licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
He devotes his practice to defending businesses and professionals, including attorneys, accountants, securities brokers, and physicians. He has extensive experience successfully representing clients in state and federal court and before the respective disciplinary boards and regulatory authorities. He also has substantial experience representing homeowners’ associations in defense of the varied claims that such organizations encounter.
Outside of the office, Mr. Rogers volunteers for a variety of charitable organizations and is active with several professional groups, including the Montgomery County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He currently sits on the MBA Rules of Civil Court Committee and the PBA Professional Liability Committee. He is a frequent presenter of the PBA’s Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars and teaches several continuing legal education courses.Education
Before pursuing a career in law, Mr. Rogers earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma National Honors Society.
He then attended Michigan State University College of law, graduating magna cum laude. At MSU, he was one of thirty-two students selected for the MSU Trial Practice Institute, which is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive litigation and trial training programs in the nation. He also earned three Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for Excellence during law school. These awards are given to one student each semester for achieving the highest overall grade in the respective class.Clerkship
After graduating from law school, Mr. Rogers had the privilege of serving as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary Ann Ullman of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.
Defense verdict in a legal malpractice case where it was alleged that the attorney negligently advised the executor of an estate.
Early dismissal of an accounting malpractice claim stemming from the accountant’s audit of a well-known medical services provider.
Early dismissal of a multi-million-dollar legal malpractice lawsuit where the plaintiff claimed that the attorney’s complex estate planning did not produce the promised tax benefits.
Successful resolution of a complex bankruptcy matter that exposed the attorney to substantial monetary and non-monetary sanctions.
Early dismissal of a legal malpractice action related to an attorney’s representation of a criminal defendant, which was subsequently affirmed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Successful mediation of a high-exposure accounting malpractice claim.
Dismissal of a disciplinary complaint lodged against an attorney, which alleged that the attorney misled the client for over a decade about the status of the client’s legal matters.
Successful mediation of a complex medical malpractice and product liability lawsuit.
Successful resolution of an auditing malpractice lawsuit where it was alleged that the auditors failed to discover large sums of money that had been stolen by an employee of the organization.
Dismissal of a legal malpractice lawsuit related to an attorney’s representation of a client in a highly-publicized criminal matter involving local politicians.
Successful resolution of several securities fraud claims that had been compelled to FINRA arbitration.
Early dismissal of a surcharge action related to an attorney’s work as an executor of an estate.
Successful resolution of a commercial litigation matter involving a large, international company.
Kathleen Klemm joined the firm in March 2014. She focuses her practice on general liability defense and medical malpractice defense.
Kate graduated summa cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University in 2001 with a degree in Psychology and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2002, she received her Master of Science in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. Prior to earning her law degree, Kate worked in stroke and brain injury research for several years.
Kate received her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2010. An evening division student, Kate maintained fulltime employment while attending law school. Prior to joining the firm, Kate was an associate at a boutique medical malpractice law firm in Philadelphia.
Kate is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
She also volunteers with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, providing legal representation to children who are the victims of abuse and neglect in the county.
James G. Schu, Jr. focuses his practice on all facets of general liability defense, and also has experience in commercial litigation, corporate and consumer bankruptcy, and premises liability. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schu was an associate for an international law firm in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Mr. Schu is a 2011 graduate, cum laude, of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was a Senior Production Editor on the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, and was Valedictorian of his class at Penn State’s Abington College in 2008.
Mr. Schu resides in Philadelphia and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.
Tom Zimmerman joined Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer in October 2015. He primarily focuses his practice in the areas of civil rights litigation, professional malpractice liability and general liability defense.
Tom is a 2013 graduate of Villanova University School of Law. He also received a B.A. in Philosophy from Villanova University in 2008. Immediately after graduating from law school, Tom worked for the Honorable Maria McLaughlin of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to joining the firm, Tom also served as Assistant Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania’s civil rights agency. While serving at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Tom led investigations and prosecutions of cases involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Tom is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Gina joined the firm in January 2016 and is focusing her practice on medical malpractice and general liability defense. Prior to joining the firm, Gina worked as an associate attorney for a boutique personal injury law firm in Montgomery County.
Gina is a graduate of West Chester University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Communications, graduating cum laude. Gina earned her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in 2010, graduating cum laude.
During her time at Cooley, was actively involved in Moot Court, participated in competitions and was a member of the moot Court Executive Board. Gina tutored a Secured Transactions course covering Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. During law school, Gina was a judicial extern for the Honorable James J. Fitzgerald, III, of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Gina is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association, and Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Katherine J. Noa joined the firm in August of 2014. She focuses her practice on professional liability defense, primarily medical and legal malpractice.
Katherine graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2013. She worked as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing, and was a member of the Villanova Law Review, where she served on the board as a Managing Editor of Student Works.
Her 2012 Casebrief entitled “Navigating the Second Amendment Crossfire: The Third Circuit Triggers Working Methodology in United States v. Marzzarella and United States v. Barton” was published in Volume 57:4 of the Law Review’s Third Circuit Review. In March of 2014, her article was featured in a Symposium held by the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, North Carolina.
During law school, Katherine served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Jacqueline C. Cody of the Court of Common Pleas for Chester County. She also interned at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. Upon graduating law school, Katherine clerked for the Honorable Shawn D. Meyers of the Court of Common Pleas for Franklin and Fulton Counties.
In 2015, Katherine served as a panelist at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges at Hotel Hershey. The panel was entitled “Should PA Trial Court go to the Dogs?” and focused on the legal and practical implications of utilizing courthouse facility dogs in various courtroom settings in the Pennsylvania trial courts.
Katherine graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia in 2009, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Political Science. Katherine worked as an intern for the Virginia War Museum and was a member of the Mighty Marching Captains Color Guard.
Katherine is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Montgomery Bar Association, and she volunteers with the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project. Katherine currently lives with her husband, Jesse, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Jessica Keough focuses her practice on legal malpractice and general liability defense. After receiving her BA in English from New York University in 2000, Jessica owned and operated a restaurant and bar in Berwyn where she confronted a variety of legal matters that prompted her to go to law school. In 2014, Jessica graduated magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law, where she won an interscholastic Moot Court competition, participated as a staff member of Widener Law Review, and received awards for achievement, including the Esther F. Clark Memorial Scholarship for outstanding achievement in Criminal Procedure and Evidence. After graduating from law school, Jessica clerked for the Honorable Patricia H. Jenkins and the Honorable Susan Peikes Gantman, President Judge, in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, where she honed valuable analytical research and writing skills while drafting memoranda and precedential opinions and attending oral arguments. Jessica lives in Downingtown with her husband and two children.
Rachael joined Kane Pugh in October 2017. She focuses her practice on general liability defense.
Rachael graduated from the University of Connecticut, summa cum laude, in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. During her time at UConn, Rachael was a member of the cheerleading squad and traveled with the women’s basketball team to numerous NCAA tournaments.
Rachael earned her JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2015. While in law school, she served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law. She also served as both a brief writer and an oralist for the Jessup Moot Court team. Additionally, Rachael boxed competitively in the Notre Dame Baraka Bouts each year throughout law school.
Prior to joining Kane Pugh, Rachael served as the Manager of Legal Services for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where she assisted low-income individual artists and small arts and cultural non-profit organizations with their legal issues. She gave various lectures on arts-related legal topics and taught CLE programs to attorneys interested in serving the arts community.
Rachael is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Bar Associations.
Michael Nachajski is an attorney licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He joined Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer in November 2016. He focuses his practice on professional liability defense. Michael attended Villanova University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2016. Despite being a recent law school graduate, Villanova provided Michael incredible opportunities to gain practical legal experience. At Villanova, Michael was a member of the Villanova Law Review. He focused his writing for the Law Review on Pennsylvania and Third Circuit cases dealing with complex personal injury claims, including latent diseases and employment discrimination.
In his second and third year, Michael interned at the UGI Corporation / AmeriGas Propane, L.P based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. During his nearly two years at UGI/AmeriGas, Michael was able to put his law review scholarship and coursework into practice. He worked closely with attorneys around the country on a variety of personal injury and commercial litigation from inception through settlement and trial. Through this experience, Michael was able to see first-hand how an attorney can most effectively guide the client through the litigation process.
Before pursuing a career in law, Michael earned a B.A. in Political Science from Elon University in North Carolina. He also worked for several years at a political fundraising and communications firm based in Washington D.C.
Pamela joined Kane Pugh in 2017. She focuses her practice on general liability defense.
Pamela earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, after graduating from Fordham University in 2012 with a B.A. in History.
Pamela has a strong history of mentorship and leadership. While at Georgetown Law, Pamela was active in the Women’s Legal Alliance and was chosen to serve as a mentor in the program for incoming members. During her time at Fordham, Pamela was a member of the Pre-Law Society, the Gaelic Society, and served as an Orientation Leader. She was selected to represent Fordham’s Pre-Law Society in meetings with law school officials from around the country.
Prior to joining Kane Pugh, Pamela worked as a campaign staffer in Delaware County, PA. She has written and delivered speeches on behalf of statewide and local candidates at venues throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Pamela is one of the first female members admitted to the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s flagship Chapter. The Society of the Friendly Sons has been an active philanthropic organization that focuses on scholarships and benevolence in Philadelphia since 1771.
Pamela is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, Montgomery, and New Jersey Bar Associations.
Ben first knew he wanted to practice law when he was just ten years old. In the years since, he has structured his life around becoming the best possible representative for his clients.
First, Benjamin obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. He focused his studies at Penn State on a pre-law curriculum, including a semester-long internship with the Washington DC Office of Attorney General. Fascinated by language, culture, and great food.
Benjamin also minored in Spanish, and spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating from Penn State, Benjamin sought real-world experience outside of academia, spending his first year out of school performing community service with Americorps NCCC, and two years working in the title insurance industry, where he developed a greater understanding of the needs of America’s businesses. In his free time, he honed his passion for cooking, traveled with his now-wife, and spent weekends trying to find the best fly fishing spots in the area.
In 2016, Benjamin realized his dream of becoming a lawyer, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of law. He competed in Drexel’s trial team and his Note on hydrofracking legislation was published in Drexel’s law review. During his summers, Benjamin interned for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud section, and for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He also had the opportunity to represent victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia family court through Drexel’s civil litigation clinic, obtaining several favorable custody orders.
After graduating, Benjamin sat for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars before beginning a clerkship with the Honorable Jeffery D. Wright at the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, where he played an active role in both criminal and civil matters, including premises liability, automotive accidents, and medical malpractice cases. Benjamin also served as an arbitrator on several Lancaster County arbitration panels. Clerking for Judge Wright, Ben confirmed his desire to become a civil litigator, and recognized Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer as an ideal firm through which to pursue his career with integrity and commitment to excellence.
Ben resides with his wife and identical-twin sons in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Christina Gallagher focuses her practice on civil litigation defense, representing professionals and corporations.
Before joining Kane Pugh as an attorney, Christina worked for the firm as a law clerk. She has also worked for Penn State’s Office of General Counsel and a criminal defense law firm in State College, Pa.
Christina brings her investigative journalism background to Kane Pugh. Before attending law school, Christina worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and covered the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. She has also reported for other media outlets throughout Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia Daily News, Allentown Morning Call, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Christina’s journalism has also taken her to Shanghai, China where she investigated how children of migrant workers receive an education. In 2014, Christina won first place in the William Randolph Hearst Journalism Competition for her profile of AccuWeather founder and president, Joel Myers.
Christina graduated with distinction from Penn State, earning a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science. She went on to attend Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law where she served as the Foreign Decisional Editor for the Arbitration Law Review. In law school, Christina developed a passion for legal writing and research and earned the CALI award for Strategic Legal Research. In 2017, Christina won the first annual Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts essay contest for a piece she wrote about the relationship between the media and Pennsylvania court system.