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Frank P. Leanza

Shareholder
425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Suite 302
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 618-4174
(973) 618-0685 - Fax
fpleanza@mdwcg.com

As a member of the Health Care Department, Frank devotes much of his practice to the litigation of medical malpractice, long-term care/nursing home liability and municipal liability cases. He has handled several hundred medical malpractice claims and lawsuits.

Frank joined Marshall Dennehey as a shareholder in 2006, following 16 years as a partner at the defense firm of McDermott & McGee, where he concentrated in the defense of medical malpractice cases on behalf of physicians and in defending municipalities in civil rights and personal injury lawsuits.

Frank has represented physicians, dentists and podiatrists in health care liability/medical malpractice actions. He has taken approximately 100 cases to trial and has received a defense verdict rate in excess of 90 percent. He has successfully defended physicians in numerous cases with the potential for high jury awards, including cases involving multiple amputations, wrongful death claims, wrongful birth claims and claims for wrongful death of a fetus, by either establishing that the physician was not negligent or not the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries. Frank has also successfully defended numerous municipalities in personal injury claims and alleged civil rights violations.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Aspects of Medical Malpractice Litigation, Conventus and Omni Eye Services, May 2012

  • The Doctor's Deposition -- Likely the Most Important Day of the Case, MD Advantage Insurance Company, October 2010

Published Works

  • “New Jersey’s Appellate Division Alters the Landscape of Nursing Home Litigation,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, NY (J.D., 1980)

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ (B.A., 1977)

    Major: Political Science

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2015
By Frank P. Leanza, Esq. and Ryan T. Gannon, Esq.* Key Points: No cause of action exists in nursing home negligence cases based on a defendant’s “responsibilities” under the state and federal nursing home statutes...., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Jan 22, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice action against a bariatric surgeon. The plaintiff had initially named the anesthesia and nursing teams as defendants; however, they were all dismissed before trial. The surgeon client...
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict after a five-week medical malpractice trial in New Jersey. The plaintiffs alleged that our clients, an emergency medicine physician and a nurse practitioner, failed to diagnose and test for a subarachnoid hemorrhage (brain...

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1980)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (B.A., 1977)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1980
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of New York, 1990

Associations & Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

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  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2010-2011

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Year Joined Organization: 2006

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