O'Brien and Ryan, LLP - Attorneys at Law
Alan W. Focht

(1961 - 2005)

O'Brien & Ryan is deeply saddened by the loss of Alan Focht, our partner, colleague and friend.  Alan began his legal career at O'Brien & Ryan in 1989. In sixteen years at OBR, his passion for the law was evident in his zealous and caring representation of his clients, as well as his eagerness to mentor the firm's young associates. Alan will be greatly missed not only by the members of our firm, but by anyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

Alan W. Focht was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Mr. Focht served as lead trial counsel for over sixteen years in major medical malpractice and complex product liability claims. Mr. Focht tried successfully to verdict cases involving cardio-thoracic and cardio-vascular surgeries, spinal crush fractures with failed instrumentation, obstetrical cases involving cerebral palsy, vaccine related brain injuries, neurosurgical and numerous other complex medical negligence claims. Mr. Focht served as trial counsel in the area of statutory liquidations of liability carriers and self-insured healthcare plans. His work also included insurance coverage issues and insurance fraud litigation. Mr. Focht was Philadelphia counsel to a Massachusetts manufacturing company in product litigation defense litigation. In addition to litigation in the five (5) County region Courts of Common Pleas, Mr. Focht practiced in both Eastern and Western District Courts and also the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

Alan's Obituary - Printed in the October 5, 2005 Issue of The Legal Intelligencer.

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1990


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1986, J.D.
  • Pennsylvania State University, 1983, B.S.
    • Honors: Lambda Alpha Epsilon
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