Paul C. Troy
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. He has tried professional liability, commercial, auto, general liability, and medical malpractice 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.
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 Governs 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.
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 in 2001, and has served as Co-Chair of the PBI for the last four 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.
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, though some have been for physicians and nurses.
Locally, Mr. Troy is serving as President of the Montgomery Bar Association in 2013. 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 includes serving as either Chair or Co-Chair of the Insurance Committee of the MBA from 1996 to 2005. Mr. Troy received Special Achievement Award from the Montgomery Bar Association in 1999.
In the community, Mr. Troy serves as the Chair of the Gaudeamus Music Ministry, Inc. Thankfully, he does not sing or play any instruments. He simply helps the Board of Directors raise funds to benefit children’s medical research, and award college scholarships.
Mr. Troy also serves on the Board of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library Board of Trustees, and was honored by the Ambler Gazette as “Citizen of the Week” in March, 2013.
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 ten 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.
In March, 2013, Paul Troy successfully defended a legal malpractice suit in Bucks County. This was literally a 16 year old case that was given to Mr. Troy one year before trial to serve as Trial Counsel. We moved to have the case bifurcated so that the case within the case (a product liability suit) would be tried first. The defendant’s Motion for Nonsuit was granted at the close of the plaintiff’s case.
In February, 2013, Mr. Troy defended a product liability case brought against a hospital bed manufacturer where the allegation was that a bed inexplicably lowered onto the leg of a nurse’s aide causing peroneal nerve damage. Plaintiff alleged this occurred because of a design defect. The case was tried before a jury in the United District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sitting in Allentown. The jury found unanimously that the product was not defective.
In January, 2013, Mr. Troy defended a trusts and estates attorney in a Bench Trial to decide a Petition for Surcharge brought by two of the beneficiaries of a trust. The case was tried in Montgomery County, and the Trial Judge dismissed the Petition for Surcharge.
In September of 2012, Mr. Troy defended a physical therapist and his employer in a case in which the therapist was alleged to have failed to properly supervise the therapy of an elderly patient with Gaucher’s Disease. The patient ended up falling while standing at parallel bars, fracturing both femurs. She required subsequent surgeries, and was permanently confined to a wheelchair thereafter. She also underwent two knee replacements which were alleged to have been caused by the injury. Trial was held in Delaware County, and after a week of trial a jury returned unanimous verdict finding that the defendant was not negligent.
In April of 2012, Mr. Troy defended an attorney who was accused of wrongful use of civil proceedings/ abuse of process. The case was prosecuted by three attorneys from a very large Philadelphia law firm. Paul Troy was the only attorney for the defense. The matter proceeded to trial in Lehigh County. The business which has brought the suit against the attorney had also brought similar suits against other law firms which had not yet gone to trial, and claimed that this case was going to be a “test case” in which Mr. Troy’s client would be made an “example”. As such, this was a trial that was closely watched by the Lehigh Valley legal community, and was reported in the media. After a week of trial, the jury unanimously returned a verdict in favor of the defendant on all counts.
In July of 2011, Paul Troy defended an interventional cardiologist in a medical malpractice trial in Bucks County. The case involved an allegation of failing to timely operate on a retroperitoneal bleed, causing a 33 year old male to bleed to death internally. After a one week trial, the jury returned unanimous verdict finding the defendant cardiologist not negligent.
In June of 2011, Paul Troy defended a large Philadelphia law firm in a legal malpractice suit in Montgomery County. The case alleged $6,000,000.00 in damages arising from uninsured losses after one of the largest fires in Montgomery County’s history. The suit alleged that the property owner’s attorney had not advised them properly with regard to asset protection and insurance coverage. Trial extended over five weeks because at the end of the first trial a witness became ill and could not retake the stand. A mistrial was declared, and the new trial started the next day. A jury ultimately returned a verdict in favor of the defendant attorney, finding that the defendant attorney was not negligent.
In October of 2010, Mr. Troy defended an attorney in a legal malpractice case in Philadelphia where the attorney was accused of representing both sides in a business transaction. The lowest demand prior to trial was $3,000,000.00. The lowest demand during trial, on the evening before the verdict, was $1,000,000.00. As the jury was deliberating on a Friday afternoon, two of them advised the court that they could not under any circumstances return to deliberate on Monday morning. The Judge encouraged them to keep deliberating. The jury ended up returning a verdict in the plaintiff’s favor, but only in the amount of $300,000.00.
In October of 2010, Mr. Troy defended a bus company and its driver in a case involving a rear end accident on the Schuylkill Expressway. The case involved allegations of herniated discs, and a permanent inability to work. However, the plaintiff had voluminous prior medical history. There was a medical lien in the case of $90,000.00, and lost earning capacity claim of over $500,000.00. The jury ended up returning a verdict in the plaintiff’s favor, but only in the amount of $10,000.00.
In January 2013, Paul Troy became President of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is the third member of the firm to become MBA President. William H. Pugh, V, than William H. Pugh, IV previous served as President of the Montgomery Bar Association.
In March, 2013, Paul Troy was honored by the Ambler Gazette as its “Citizen of the Week”.
Paul Troy was voted by his peers in the profession as not only one of the top 100 attorneys in Philadelphia, but also one of the top 100 attorneys in Pennsylvania in 2012. A link to that publication is here. http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/penndelaware2012#pg1
Most of the attorneys on the list are plaintiff’s trial lawyers. There are only a few defense attorneys on the list.