Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Sponsors 2019 National Kidney Foundation Walk
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. is again a VIP Premium Sponsor for the National Kidney Foundations annual kidney walk in Pittsburgh. This year, the walk is being held on November 3, 2019, In addition to being a sponsor, our law firm president, Jen Watson, is serving on the NKF’s Leadership Committee.
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba welcomes Bradley Bishop to its New York Office
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba is pleased to welcome Brad Bishop to the firm. Brad joins the firm as a Director in its New York office. Brad has been practicing in the asbestos litigation field for the past 12 years for a wide variety of publicly and privately held corporations. He has extensive experience in all phases of ligation, from inception through trial, and has appeared in many different jurisdictions. In addition, Brad has experience advising and representing equipment manufacturers, suppliers, real estate developers, non-profit corporations, and public bodies in various types of civil litigation in state and federal courts.
Brad is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state and federal courts. He attended Syracuse University College of Law, after completing his undergraduate studies at Providence College.
Jeffery Leibeck Joins WLB as Director
Jeff recently joined WLB as a Director in our Buffalo, NY office. He most recently worked at a large regional law firm where he was a member of the Mass & Toxic Torts team. Jeff has been practicing in the asbestos defense litigation field for the past 17 years, and has extensive experience, both locally and nationally, representing Fortune 500 clients as well as self-insured companies. Additionally Jeff has defended clients in cases involving benzene exposure and insurance defense cases involving premises liability, general negligence and motor vehicle accidents.
Jeff is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia state courts as well as the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of West Virginia federal courts. He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
David Weinberg Gives Presentation at Recent Hilton Head Client Seminar
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Partner David Weinberg recently gave a presentation at the Hilton Head Client Seminar on the topic of apportionment of damages in strict liability cases. This is the 32nd year that the Hilton Head Seminar has been held. This seminar consists of a select group of attorneys, insurers, experts and company representatives that convene to discuss current legal and scientific trends in the field of toxic torts.
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Welcomes Josette Spivak To Its Philadelphia Office
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba is pleased to welcome Josette Spivak to the firm. Ms. Spivak joins the firm as a Senior Associate in its Philadelphia office
Ms. Spivak focuses her practice on defending clients in products liability and toxic tort matters in both federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Ms. Spivak has defended a wide range of business entities from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies. She has prepared and argued dispositive motions, as well as participated in alternative dispute resolution and appeals on behalf of her clients. Ms. Spivak has also managed several complex multi-jurisdictional caseloads for clients involved in asbestos, silica, and latex allergy litigation. Additionally, Ms. Spivak has experience defending general liability claims including personal injury and professional liability claims.
Ms. Spivak completed her undergraduate studies in English Textual Studies and History at Syracuse University. Ms. Spivak attended Seton Hall University School of Law where she served on the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board and represented indigent clients with physical and mental disabilities through the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice Disability Law Clinic. After graduating law school, Ms. Spivak clerked for the Honorable Carol E. Higbee, J.S.C. in the New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County.
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Adds Jason Farrelly To Its Pittsburgh Office
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba is pleased to welcome Jason Farrelly to the firm. Jason joins the firm an associate in its Pittsburgh office.
Jason has a background in a wide variety of legal matters and brings a wealth of knowledge in areas such as complex litigation and general casualty defense matters. His focus will be in the areas of toxic tort and product liability claims.
Jason graduated magna cum laude from Duquesne University. He received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Expands To Buffalo
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba announced that it has opened an office in Buffalo, New York to accommodate regional and national clients in toxic tort and insurance defense matters.
The office will be led by Jessica J. Burgasser, an experienced litigator who has practiced in the Buffalo area for the past 15 years. Jessica brings to the firm and office years of experience in a vast variety of areas. She has presented at many seminars over the years, including most recently at the Asbestos Medicine DRI seminar this past November in Austin, Texas.
This is the firm’s seventh office and positions WLB to better serve the western portion of New York. The new office is in the historical Ellicott Square Building located at 295 Main Street, Suite 700, Buffalo, NY 14203.
Jennifer Watson Appointed to IADC Committee
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba announces that Jennifer Watson was recently appointed by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) as its Vice Chair of Communications for the Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee. This Committee promotes the development of trial skills and assists in the application of those skills to substantive areas of trial practice The IADC is an organization comprised of select defense counsel chosen by invitation only. Jen’s appointment will encompass working on social media awareness for the association.
Jennifer Watson Elected President Of Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C.
The shareholders of Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. recently elected Jennifer Watson as president of the firm. In addition to her duties as president, Jen will continue in her role as managing partner of the Pittsburgh office. She has been a partner with the firm since 2006. Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. is among only a few of insurance defense firms in Pennsylvania that is headed by a female partner.
Ed Wilbraham Named To Notre Dame Law School Advisory Board
Founding partner Ed Wilbraham was recently appointed by The University of Notre Dame’s President, the Reverent John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to his second 3-year term to the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Board. This Board serves to advise the Notre Dame Law School Dean, Nell Newton, on matters such as recruitment, curriculum, satellite campuses and job placement.
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. Have Summary Judgment Affirmed In Pennsylvania Superior Court
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. client Advance Stores Company, Inc obtained an affirmation of summary judgment on plaintiff’s appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. At the trial level, the Honorable Arnold J. New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas had granted summary judgment finding the product identification and product nexus was insufficient as to Advance Stores.
In a 28 page memorandum opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court extensively cited the Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C.’s attorney’s cross-examination of plaintiff’s product identification witness and affirmed the grant of summary judgment. Attorney Doug Eisler was on the appellate briefing for Advance Stores.
The case is Gilbert v. Advance Auto Parts, 2018 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2635 (July 23, 2018).
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. Attorneys Speak At Perrin Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Conference
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. partners Doug Eisler were speakers at the Perrin Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Conference recently held in Wilmington, Delaware. Doug participated in a panel discussion that included the Honorable Arnold J. New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, on the topic of recent updates in the Philadelphia asbestos litigation. Bern participated on a panel which discussed updates in the New Jersey asbestos litigation.
Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, P.C. Obtains Defense Verdicts For Two Defendants in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Wilbraham, Lawler and Buba successfully tried to verdict the Robert Horst case in Lackawanna County, PA after a three week trial. M. Douglas Eisler and James Tate of WLB Philadelphia office tried the case for a major manufacturer of boilers and John Fitzpatrick of WLB Philadelphia/New Jersey and Vincent Errante of Darger, Errante, Yavitz & Blau tried the case for a major national manufacturer of furnaces and other HVAC equipment.
The decedent, Mr. Robert Horst, was a 63 year old man who Plaintiffs alleged passed away from mesothelioma caused by alleged exposure to asbestos during his career as a residential HVAC contractor in Lancaster, PA. The three week trial started with eleven defendants in the courtroom, six of which settled during the course of the trial. Plaintiff’s offered testimony from three experts, industrial hygienist Mr. Steven Paskal, epidemiologist Dr. Richard Lemen , and pathologist Dr. Richard Kradin. Lennox and Burnham offered testimony from three experts, pulmonologist Dr. James Crapo, industrial hygienist Dr. James Poole, and industrial hygienist Ms. Patricia Hall.
The jury trial was held in Scranton, PA, the county seat of Lackawanna County. It is in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania and was a coal and industrial community. Plaintiffs assumed it would be a more favorable venue for them. Kathryn Pryor and Chad Cotton, of Baron & Budd, tried the case for the Plaintiffs. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning a defense verdict for all remaining defendants.
Horst, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Case No. 15 CV 1903 (Pa. Ct. Comm. Pls., Lackawanna Cty.)