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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.
Eric Alkon joined Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy, & Kramer as an Associate Attorney in 2019. He graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. He then graduated from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 2017, where he served as the Managing Editor of Outside Articles for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal. During law school, Eric worked for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, where he assisted the firm’s clients in matters such as motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice cases. Eric also worked as a summer associate for a plaintiff’s employment law firm in Philadelphia, where he gained hands-on experience representing clients in anti-discrimination and other employment-related disputes. These opportunities provided him with great insight into the world of civil litigation.
After graduating law school, Eric served a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Anthony S. Beltrami of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. During his clerkship, Eric observed numerous trials and court proceedings, and he was tasked with researching and drafting opinions pertaining to all areas of civil and criminal litigation. The opportunity provided him with exposure to a wide array of areas of the law as well as invaluable insight into the judicial side of the litigation process.
Eric lives in Radnor, Pennsylvania with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to and writing music, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends.
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 now resides with his two children, Donny and Gianna, in Chester County. In his spare time, Mr. Belfie volunteers as a football coach at United Sports Training Center, in Downingtown and as a baseball coach for the Caln A’s Travel Baseball Organization and Caln Athletic Association.
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.
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.
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.
Pamela joined the firm in June 2018 and is focusing her practice on general liability defense. Prior to joining the firm, Pamela worked as an associate at a general practice law firm where she ran the firm’s New Jersey default serving practice, as well as, represented clients in civil litigation matters in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Pamela is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where is earned her Bachelor’s degree in English. Pamela earned her law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2011. While in law school, she was one of only four law students chosen as a Sea Grant Law Fellow. As a Sea Grant Law Fellow, she researched regulations concerning wetland buffers and cumulated her research with a published article and presentation to the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association. She also had a summer clerkship with the Honorable Edwin J. Gale of the Superior Court of Rhode Island.
Pamela is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, Montgomery, and New Jersey Bar Associations.
John T. Idell has a breadth of litigation defense experience. He has successfully defended his clients in personal injury claims arising out of premises liability and motor vehicle accidents. In addition, he has successfully defended numerous physicians in various specialties, as well as a number of hospitals and health systems in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, in both state and federal court. Mr. Idell has represented employers in Workers Compensation matters through appeals to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Mr. Idell is dedicated to the defense of his clients to achieve positive outcomes on their behalf.
Mr. Idell is a graduate of the Villanova School of Law and a recipient of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers James J. Manderino Award for Trial Excellence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Kramer’s litigation practice concentrates on insurance defense encompassing Premises Liability, Bad Faith, Construction Accidents, Dram Shop, Employment Discrimination and Workers’ Compensation, Defamation, Real Estate Transactions, Motor Vehicle, and Unfair Trade Practices Act Claims.
For over 25 years, Andrew has provided outside counsel to Parx Casino and Racetrack. He also has defended various venues and organizations including: McDonalds, The Philadelphia Phillies and the Phillie Phanatic, Live Nation, the Wells Fargo Center, the Kimmel Center, the Trocadero, The American Hockey League and U.S.A. Track and Field.
Andrew has taken over one hundred (100) cases to jury verdict with overwhelmingly favorable results in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has frequently argued in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Andrew has been honored for ten (10) consecutive years as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer", a designation given to less than 5% of all lawyers in Pennsylvania.
A member of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocate and the Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Counsel. Andrew has also Chaired numerous committees for the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Andrew serves as a volunteer attorney for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) where he represents, on a pro bono basis, abused and neglected children. He is currently serving as a board member for Racing to Register, a nonprofit corporation, which sponsors individual registrations for the National Bone Marrow Registry.
Andrew graduated from the University of Toledo School of Law in 1988, Franklin and Marshall College in 1985 and the William Penn Charter High School in 1981.
Andy as an athlete has completed in national Master swimming events, triathlons and numerous races including the Marine Corp. marathon. He resides in Wayne, PA with his wife (Meg), two daughters (Hannah and Leah), and golden retriever (Midas).
Andy Kramer achieves defense verdicts in three recent cases. One in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a second in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and a third in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.
The Montgomery County case involved a private homeowner whose guest suffered serious injuries after a fall in the defendant’s home. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant’s property failed to meet the local building codes and as a result presented a hazardous condition, which resulted in the plaintiff’s subsequent fall and significant injuries. The jury disagreed with the plaintiff’s contentions and found in favor of the homeowner.
In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Andy Kramer obtained a defense verdict in an employment case. The plaintiff claimed that she was terminated from her position as a result of her pregnancy. The plaintiff testified that her manager confronted her when he found out that she was pregnant, telling her that she was unable to perform the job as a result of her physical condition and terminated her employment. The employer argued that the plaintiff made the decision to voluntarily leave her position and employees similarly situated to the plaintiff had been accommodated throughout the employer’s workforce. The jury found in favor of the employer. In Bucks County, Mr. Kramer defended a motorist who hit the rear of the vehicle in which the plaintiff was riding as a passenger. The plaintiff alleged that as a result of the accident she suffered a rare neurologic disorder in her arm which caused her ongoing permanent and significant injuries. Mr. Kramer argued to the jury that the mechanism of the injury and the supporting medical diagnostic testing did not support the plaintiff’s doctor’s contention that this neurologic condition was a result of the accident. The jury agreed with Mr. Kramer and found in favor of his client.
Kevin focuses his practice with the firm on municipal liability defense and general liability defense. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Krauss maintained a general private practice as well as being Of Counsel to a firm located in Delaware County, PA. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in matters including various types of personal injury, breach of contract and contract formation, real property disputes, and personal injury under maritime law. He has litigated in the Pennsylvania Superior Court and in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, successfully reversing opinions of lower courts.
During law school, Mr. Krauss gained extensive experience in public international law, working with multiple non-governmental organizations, authoring research papers and advocacy letters sent to U.S. Governmental officials. He also served as the Global Student President of the International Law Students Association (ILSA – the largest international law student organization in the world) and the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, as a competitor, coach and judge. Mr. Krauss graduated from The Delaware Law School with a Pro Bono Distinction and was honored with the Outstanding Student Service Award. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Craig C. Eisendrath Award for Youth Advocacy in Nuclear Disarmament. Mr. Krauss is also a Graduate of the Chester County Leadership Connection and supports qualified leadership of local non-profit organizations.
Mr. Krauss is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association. Mr. Krauss is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, District of Columbia, the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York.
Mr. Krauss and his wife live in Chester County, Pennsylvania and enjoy traveling, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.
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 the vice-chair of the Membership/Development Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Section and serves on the Civil Rules and Bench Bar Committees. 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.
News and Case Results
Andy and Paul Troy, after Plaintiff rested, obtained nonsuit for attorneys facing a claim of intentional interference with testamentary expectancy. Plaintiff, a disinherited son, asserted his brother and the attorneys used fraud, misrepresentation, and undue influence to prevent the testator from executing a new estate plan. The Court ruled Plaintiff failed to establish the testator indicated an intent to change his estate plan and took specific steps to change it. The Court denied Plaintiff’s motion for post-trial relief to remove the nonsuit.
Andy was selected to the 2018 Leadership Academy of the Montgomery Bar Association and co-chaired its presentation to the Bar’s Board of Directors. Per the Bar, The Academy “promotes innovative leadership and fosters connection and engagement among its participants. The program helps both members and the communities they serve by enhancing a broad range of leadership skills, including those relating to effective communication, motivation and connection; fostering professional relationships within the Bar, with the Bench, and throughout the greater community; promoting opportunities for professional community service; and raising awareness and engagement among participants regarding issues facing the legal profession, our courts, communities, and leaders-at-large.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Andy also convinced the court to maintain its ruling when the plaintiff moved for reconsideration.
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.
Sean McBratnie graduated from Furman University, cum laude, with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English and Philosophy. Graduated from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 2018. While in law school Sean worked for the Villanova Federal Tax Clinic where he helped his clients navigate through the administrative body of the IRS. This afforded him great experience representing clients in Federal Tax Court negotiating their tax liabilities with IRS agents.
Prior to joining Kane Pugh, Sean decided to get a behind the scenes look at how the Pennsylvania court system operates. In the Summer of 2017 Sean clerked for now President Judge Idee Fox. Following his law school graduation Sean also took the opportunity to be a judicial fellow for the Honorable Michael Erdos. During his time working for both judges Sean drafted several opinions, observed many trials, and gained valuable insight into how judges respond to counsel. He also discerned many litigation styles noting which ones were successful. In his off time if not traveling Sean enjoys relaxing at the Jersey Shore.
David McColloch has been actively involved in major civil litigation his entire career. Since joining the firm in 2018, he has concentrated primarily on the defense of doctors in medical malpractice suits, as well as representing individuals and municipalities in general liability matters. Over the course of his career, he has handled every aspect of litigation in state and federal court, from investigation and initial pleadings, to discovery, depositions, expert review, and through to resolution.
Prior to joining the firm, David McColloch worked for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as an Attorney-Examiner. In this role, he represented the MCARE Fund in negotiating the resolution of wrongful death and other catastrophic personal injury litigation against health care providers across Pennsylvania, participating frequently in mediation and arbitration negotiations. He has additional background in class actions, consumer litigation, and environmental law.
A Pennsylvania native, David McColloch is a graduate of Bard College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. David resides in the Valley Forge area. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations.
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 litemfor 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.
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.
Samuel Park joined Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer in 2018 upon graduating from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As a former orchestral conductor, Sam studied law with a unique perspective while applying the same analytical, detail-oriented approach required in the study of music. While at Villanova Law, he served as Executive Editor of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal and as Intern for the Honorable Mark A. Kearney, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Sam and his wife live in Langhorne, PA with their two young boys who aspire to become “a professional soccer player” and “Yoshi from Super Mario.”
What Is a Spoke and What Is a Wheel? Elucidating Concepts and Taxonomies in Sex Trafficking Amidst Criticisms of the NFL and the Super Bowl, 25 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports L.J. 117 (2018).
Then There Was Only One Certainty Left in This World: Congress Votes Tax Breaks for U.S. Olympic Medalists, Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports L.J. Blog,http://lawweb2009.law.villanova.edu/sportslaw/?p=3717.
Getting out of the Weeds: NFL to Propose Reassessing Stance on Marijuana,Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports L.J. Blog, http://lawweb2009.law.villanova.edu/sportslaw/?p=3937.
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.
Mr. Pugh is admitted to the following:
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. 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.
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.
Elizabeth Schmidt-Jerdon is an Associate Attorney at Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Elizabeth clerked for two judges in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Most recently, Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Saltz in the court’s civil division.
Elizabeth graduated from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2017, where she was a member of the school’s moot court board. While at Kline Law, Elizabeth interned for the Honorable Richard P. Haaz in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas as well as the Law Division of the City of Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. As part of Kline Law’s Co-op Program, Elizabeth completed a semester-long co-op with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she first gained trial experience. Upon graduation, Elizabeth won the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievements in Experiential Education.
Elizabeth graduated magna cum laudefrom Drexel University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Elizabeth and her husband, William, reside in Media, Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.
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