News & Notes

Chelsea Dearden Obtains Complete Defense Verdict in Motor Vehicle Accident Case in Montgomery County

June 2019

Following a full-day arbitration in Montgomery County, Chelsea Dearden obtained a complete verdict in favor of her client in a case where the plaintiff alleged serious and permanent injuries following a motor vehicle accident. Through her own testimony and medical records, the plaintiff alleged that she was forced to miss substantial time from work, continued to suffer agonizing and constant pain throughout her lower back and neck as a result of the accident. Chelsea, whose client admitted to negligence and factually causing the accident to occur, effectively cross-examined the plaintiff and confronted her with multiple inconsistencies in her records and presentation to show that the plaintiff had not sustained a serious impairment of bodily function in the accident. The arbitrators then entered a verdict in favor of Chelsea’s client, which the plaintiff chose not to appeal.

Joe Walsh Obtains Defense Verdict in Premises Liability Case in Bucks County

May 2019

Following a multi-day trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, the Honorable Joseph P. Walsh obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of his clients, homeowners who were hosting a Memorial Day party for their neighbors and friends. The Plaintiff alleged that she had tripped and fallen over a wooden ramp that Joe’s clients had installed after the father of one of his clients had become confined to a wheelchair and needed access to the house. The Plaintiff alleged that she was permanently disabled as a result of the alleged fall. Through cross examination of the Plaintiff, direct examination of his own clients, and expert witness testimony and reports, Joe convinced the twelve person jury that his clients had not acted negligently in the design, implementation, or construction of the ramp. The jury returned a unanimous verdict on behalf of Joe’s clients.

Summary Judgment granted in breach of contract case in Montgomery County on behalf of Local Township

April 2019

The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh and Jason Edwards obtained summary judgment resulting in the dismissal with prejudice of a breach of contract suit filed in Montgomery County against a local Township. Plaintiff’s breach of contract claim against the Township was based upon allegations that Township supervisors violated a Confidentiality provision in a Separation Agreement between Plaintiff and the Township. Plaintiff sought damages exceeding $50,000. Although both parties filed motions seeking judgment in their favor, Joe and Jason argued that the Plaintiff had failed to establish harm to his reputation and that his alleged damages were speculative.  The Court agreed with Joe and Jason’s arguments, and dismissed Plaintiff’s case with prejudice.

Mike Lyon is Appointed to the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

March 2019

In March of 2019, Mike Lyon was privileged to be appointed as a Zone 9 Delegate to the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA). The House of Delegates is the PBA’s primary policy-making body, and controls and adopts the PBA’s official position on a wide range of issues affecting the law, statute, and legal issues throughout Pennsylvania. Only a limited number of attorneys are appointed from Montgomery County each year as delegates. Mike joins Bruce Pancio as firm representatives from Montgomery County, continuing the firm’s proud tradition of remaining active in bar associations and professional organization.

Jason J. Edwards, Esq. Joins Firm

February 2019

Walsh Pancio is proud to welcome Jason J. Edwards, Esq. to the firm. Jason will focus his practice on general casualty and liability defense, as well as commercial litigation, throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Risa Vetri Ferman of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Prior to his clerkship, he worked for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office in a variety of roles, and received two District Attorney Commendations. Jason is a 2015 graduate of Widener University’s Delaware Law School, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University in 2010. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, where he currently serves as Young Lawyers’ Section Liaison for Government Attorneys and is active in several committees and sections.

Defense Verdict in Montgomery County

January 2019

Mike Lyon obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial in Montgomery County involving a severe automobile accident in Montgomery Township, PA. The Plaintiff in the case alleged severe and permanent injuries following an accident in which her vehicle was struck from the side by Mike’s client. Mike used Plaintiff’s own medical evidence and admissions during discovery to effectively cross examine the plaintiff during trial, and argued that her injuries did not amount to a serious injury. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Mike’s client and found that no serious injury requiring compensation had occurred. The court entered judgment on the verdict, and Mike continues to litigate the matter through post-trial motions.

Mike Lyon elected chair of the young lawyers’ section of the Montgomery Bar Association

January 2019

At the annual business meeting of Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) on January 11, 2019, Mike Lyon was elected as the Chair of the MBA’s Young Lawyers’ Section and will serve in that role for 2019. The Young Lawyers’ Section is comprised of any MBA member under the age of 35 years old, as well as any member who has been in practice for less than five years. As Chair of the Section, Mike will coordinate the Sections’ activities throughout the year and will promote the involvement of younger lawyers in professional, networking, and business development activities within the MBA. He will also represent the Section on the MBA’s Board of Directors for 2019.

Chelsea Dearden appointed young lawyers’ section liaison to the women in the law committee of the Montgomery Bar Association

January 2019

At the annual business meeting of Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) on January 11, 2019, Chelsea Dearden was appointed as the liaison for MBA’s Young Lawyers’ Section to the MBA’s Women in the Law Committee and will serve in that role for 2019. The Women in the Law Committee actively addresses professional and personal issues affecting women who practice law and are members within the MBA. In her role, Chelsea will assist the Committee in planning programs and events for its members, and will represent the Young Lawyers’ Section’s interests and ideas in advocating to the Committee.

Defense Verdict in Multi-Party Case in Bucks County

December 2018

In case involving a multi-car accident and several parties, Chelsea Dearden obtained a complete defense verdict following arbitration in a case in Bucks County. The plaintiff alleged that he suffered serious and disabling injuries following an accident in 2013 after having been struck in the rear by another vehicle. The driver of the striking vehicle separately alleged that Chelsea’s client then struck his vehicle, and claimed that the second impact caused Plaintiff’s injuries. Through the use of medical records, photographic and documentary evidence, and the parties’ testimony as to the accident, Chelsea convinced the arbitration panel that her client’s actions were not negligent and were not the cause of any injuries suffered by the plaintiff. The arbitrators found that the initial impact was the sole cause of plaintiff’s damages, and entered a verdict in favor of Chelsea’s client, which none of the parties chose to appeal.

Mike Lyon Elected to Board of Directors of Manna on Main Street

December 2018

In December of 2018, Mike Lyon was elected to the Board of Directors of Manna on Main Street, a nonprofit organization in Lansdale, PA dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty in the greater Lansdale and North Penn area. Manna’s food pantry serves thousands of individuals in need every year, and reaches thousands more through its partnerships with other anti-hunger organizations and through many other services it provides. Mike was also appointed to Manna’s governance committee and will assist the organization in the appointment of new board members, officers, and volunteers to assist Manna in carrying out its’ mission. Mike’s appointment exemplifies the firm’s dedication to its community and commitment to service, a value that is central to its work both on behalf of clients and outside the office.

Bruce Pancio Obtains Defense verdict in Montgomery County

November 2018

Bruce Pancio obtained a complete defense verdict in a premises liability case that involved disputed issues of liability, causation, and damages. The plaintiff alleged that he had been caused to slip and fall due to water that he had alleged ran in front of Bruce’s client’s property and froze over during the winter. Through a multiple day trial, Bruce convinced the jury that his client had not acted in a negligent or improper manner. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Bruce’s client.

Bruce Pancio Obtains Favorable Decision in Delaware County

November 2018

Bruce Pancio obtained a favorable jury verdict in an underinsured motorist (UIM) case in Delaware County that involved heavily disputed issues of causation and damages.  The plaintiff in the case alleged that she had suffered significant injuries after a motor vehicle accident in 2015.  After recovering damages from the third party tortfeasor, the plaintiff sought to recover UIM proceeds from her own insurance policy and demanded for the full UIM policy limits.  In defending the case, Bruce used medical records, the plaintiff’s own testimony, and expert evidence and argued that the plaintiff’s injuries were not severe such that the full policy limits available to her should have been awarded.  The jury awarded the plaintiff damages significantly below the policy limits of the case and under what she had previously demanded.  Bruce continues to litigate the matter on appeal.

Joe Walsh Obtains Defense verdict in Bucks County

October 2018

The Honorable Joseph P. Walsh obtained a defense verdict after a multi-day trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County.  The plaintiff alleged that she sustained serious and permanent personal injuries after falling into a retention basin bordering the defendant’s property.  Joe convinced the jury that his clients had not acted in a negligent manner, and that the Plaintiff had trespassed on to his clients’ property prior to being injured.  The jury returned a full defense verdict in favor of Joe’s clients, which the plaintiff has not chosen to appeal.

Joe Walsh is appointed as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA)

September 2018

In September of 2018, the Honorable Joseph P. Walsh successfully completed training and study to become a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA).  The AAA is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of dispute resolution services to litigants who elect to use its out-of-court processes.  The process of becoming an arbitrator involved several days and hours of training, lessons, and interpersonal activities and events.  Having been certified, Joe will hear and decide commercial, construction, and consumer matters that arise under the jurisdiction of AAA, or that parties elect to submit to AAA.

Mike Lyon Obtains Defense verdict in Montgomery County

July 2018

In a matter involving disputed issues of fact and law, Mike Lyon obtained a complete defense decision on behalf of his client, a local business and landowner.  The plaintiff had alleged serious personal injuries after having fallen on black ice in a parking lot after having purchased food and coffee in a store on property belonging to Mike’s client.  Mike defended the case before an arbitration panel in Montgomery County, and argued that his client had not acted negligently in any fashion and had not caused the plaintiff’s injuries to occur.  The panel returned a unanimous decision in favor of Mike’s client, which the plaintiff chose not to appeal.

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