Alex focuses his practice in the area of casualty litigation. He provides counsel to property owners, security service companies and product manufacturers and sellers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He handles a wide array of cases involving serious losses including catastrophic injury and death in the areas of premises liability, specifically defending property owners when violent crimes occur at or near their properties.
Significant Representative Matters
Defense verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in a property damage trial. Plaintiff claimed property damage to her home from an alleged clogged drain in the backyard of our client. Our discovery revealed that the Plaintiff was a community activist and in various public forums she had blamed other causes for her property damage, including a different neighbor and ongoing problems of flooding and sinking homes due to improper dredging and landfill in her section of Philadelphia. The jury agreed that our client's alleged clogged drain was not a factual cause of the damage.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a full service real estate investment company in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The Plaintiff alleged a slip and fall in a parking lot in Olde City. Our client owns a property adjacent to the lot and because a "No Parking Sign" with the client's branding was posted in the parking lot, the Plaintiff asserted a traceable ownership interest in the site of the incident. Despite an affidavit of non-involvement, the Plaintiff refused to execute a stipulation of dismissal. The court found our arguments compelling and granted summary judgment.
Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in a two week products liability trial. Plaintiff claimed that a design defect in a pneumatic tool caused a fastener to penetrate and injure his eye. Plaintiff claimed both compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the product was not defective and therefore did not cause the injury.
Defense verdict in Eastern District of Pennsylvania in a two week products liability trial. Plaintiff claimed that a design defect in a pneumatic tool caused a fastener to penetrate and injure his hand. Punitive damages were claimed and submitted to the jury. The jury found that the product was not defective and therefore did not cause the injury.
Successfully drafted and argued motions for summary judgment in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Areas of Practice
Cristo Rey Junior Career Exploration and Networking, Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, January 26, 2017
School District of Philadelphia, Support-Our-Schools Campaign, High School Application Writing Workshop, Chester A. Arthur School, November 1, 2016
Practicing Mindfulness in the Interview Process, ABA Annual Conference, August 5, 2016
Mindful Marketing, Marshall Dennehey Casualty Associate CLE Series, July 19, 2016
General Liability Claims in Philadelphia County, Sedgwick CMS Lunch and Learn, March 2016
TIPS – Leadership Academy Public Speaking, Resume Writing and Mock Interview Workshop, ABA Annual Conference, July 31, 2015
Building Your Personal Brand, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, March 2015
Perspectives on Diversity: In 2015, Jury Selection Is Not So Black and White," Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Conference, February 2, 2015
"The Millennial Perspective On Diversity," Diversity Insider, newsletter of the DRI's Diversity Committee, May 6, 2016
"Five Diverse Viewpoints, One Common Goal: Increased Diversity in the Legal Community," For The Defense, April 2016
"Better Think FAST - Defending Negligent Security Claims," co-author, For The Defense, February 2015
“Will Pennsylvania Replace the Current Standard of Strict Liability for Design Defects With the Negligence Inclusive Analysis of Section 2 of the Third Restatement of Torts?,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
"Ten Business Development Tips for Millennials," The Legal Intelligencer, January 21, 2014
"Picking Unbiased Jurors Isn't So Black and White," The Legal Intelligencer, Personal Injury Supplement, November 5, 2013
Case Law Alerts, contributor, 2010-2013; 2017 -
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (J.D., 2006)
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (B.A., 2003)
Major: Political Science and History
Areas of Practice
- Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2006)
- Temple University (B.A., 2003)
- New Jersey, 2007
- Pennsylvania, 2007
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
Associations & Memberships
- American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: CLE Board, Member; Products Liability Committee, Vice Chair; Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, Vice Chair
- The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
- Defense Research Institute; Retail and Hospitality Subcommittee, Publications Vice Chair, Membership Chair (2015 - 2016)
- Philadelphia Bar Association: Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention - Investigative Division - 2015 & 2017
Honors & Awards
- ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy Graduate, 2015
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2015-2016
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- American Bar Foundation, Fellow, May 2016