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OBR Welcomes Two New Associates
Jeremy A. Whalen Alexandra R. Woolsey O'Brien & Ryan is excited to announce that Jeremy A. Whalen and Alexandra R. Woolsey have joined the firm as Associates.  They were previously law clerks at the firm.
Dan Ryan Named to International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Dan Ryan

O'Brien & Ryan is pleased to announce that Dan Ryan has been named to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation. While the majority of the Fellows come from the U.S., the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process.

Melissa Mazur & Paul Peel join OBR Partnership
Melissa L. Mazur Paul E. Peel O'Brien & Ryan is excited to announce that Melissa L. Mazur and Paul E. Peel have joined the firm's Partnership.
7 Attorneys Selected to 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

Each year, on a state-by-state basis, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using peer nominations and evaluations along with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and those selected represent the top five percent of the total lawyers in each state.

In 2017, six OBR partners were selected to PA Super Lawyers & one associate was selected to the Rising Stars list.

PA Super Lawyers:

* Top 100 PA & Philadelphia
± Top 50 Women

 

  

 

 

PA Rising Stars:


                                   

 

OBR Paralegal Authors "Is Equal Protection Really Equal in the Criminal Courtroom?"
Samantha Achenbach

O'Brien & Ryan paralegal Samantha Achenbach recently authored an article, "Is Equal Protection Really Equal in the Criminal Courtroom?", which was published by Concord Law School. The full article can be found HERE.

OBR Welcomes Associate Kimberly M. Funaro
Kimberly Funaro

O'Brien & Ryan is pleased to announce that Kimberly M. Funaro has joined the firm as an Associate.  She will focus her practice on Medical Malpractice.

OBR Welcomes Associate Christy L. Williamson
Christy Williamson

O'Brien & Ryan is pleased to announce that Christy L. Williamson has joined the firm as an Associate.  She will focus her practice on Medical MalpracticeNursing Home and Long-term Care Litigation, and Professional Liability.

OBR Law Clerk Awarded for Concurrent Surgery Paper

OBR Law Clerk and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law student Alexandra Woolsey recently received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the subject of Regulating Patient Safety for a paper she authored on the topic of concurrent surgery

The paper analyzes the recent regulations governing the practice of concurrent and overlapping surgery in teaching hospitals, and illustrates how miscommunication between patients and healthcare providers in this context has resulted in considerable misunderstanding as to the advantages the surgeries can afford patients. Given the topic’s recent regulatory expansion, the paper proposes potential reforms that can be implemented by teaching hospitals to conform to the regulations and transparently communicate the benefits of the practice.  

Dan Ryan Speaks at PASHRM
Dan Ryan

On February 23, 2017 Dan Ryan spoke to the Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management in Plymouth Meeting, PA on the subject of current trends and recent case law in medical malpractice litigation.

Heather Hansen speaks at CA Law Schools

In February, 2017, Heather Hansen presented Advanced Torts: Law and Practice at both Stanford University Law School and Berkeley Law at UC Berkeley in California.

Heather Hansen Presents at Tufts Grand Rounds

On January 12, 2017, Heather Hansen presented Spine Surgery Trial: Anatomy and Prevention to Orthopaedic residents at Tufts University Grand Rounds in Medford, Massachusetts.

OBR Supports Toys for Tots

For the 2016 holiday season, O'Brien & Ryan, LLP proudly partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program to collect new unwrapped toys for distribution to less fortunate children around the country.  To find out more, or to make a donation, please visit www.toysfortots.org



OBR Associates Support Cancer Patients

On Monday, November 28th, 2016, O'Brien & Ryan associates Melissa Mazur, Caitlin McCauley, Jaime Johnson, Lisa Hrunka, Jared Teich and Paul Peel prepared a meal for the patients at Hope Lodge in Cheltenham, PA with donations from OBR employees. The Hope Lodge gives cancer patients who live further than 40 miles from their treatment center a place to stay while undergoing care. To find out more or to donate, please visit the Hope Lodge HERE.

Melissa L. Mazur
Caitlin E. McCauley
Jaime N. Johnson
Lisa J. Hrunka
Jared M .Teich Paul E. Peel

39th Annual Radnor Run

O'Brien & Ryan, LLP was proud to sponsor and participate in the 39th Annual Radnor Run, benefiting the American Lung Association!

St. Genevieve School's Annual Golf Outing

On October 3, 2016, O'Brien & Ryan, LLP was proud to sponsor the St. Genevieve School's annual golf outing, with proceeds going to upgrade the facility's science and technology equipment.

Dan Ryan Speaks at State Judges' Conference
Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan spoke at the Annual Conference of Pennsylvania State Trial Judges in Hershey, PA in July, 2016 on the subject of current trends and recent developments in medical malpractice litigation.

9 Attorneys Selected to 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

Each year, on a state-by-state basis, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using peer nominations and evaluations along with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and those selected represent the top five percent of the total lawyers in each state.

In 2016, six OBR partners were selected to PA Super Lawyers & three associates were selected to the Rising Stars list.

Read the digital edition of 2016 Pennsylvania / Delaware Super Lawyers HERE.

PA Super Lawyers:

* Top 100 PA & Philadelphia
± Top 50 Women

 

 


PA
Rising Stars:


 

OBR Supports Cancer Program at Einstein

On May 21, 2016, O'Brien & Ryan, LLP participated as a Sponsor for the 13th Annual Einstein Walk & 5K Run Through the Park, which benefits the Cancer Program at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, PA.

Anthony DeMichele is Panelist for IADC
Anthony P. DeMichele served as a panelist for the International Association of Defense Counsel's 2016 Professional Liability Roundtable, held on May 12, 2016, in Chicago, IL.
O'Brien & Ryan Welcomes New Associate
O'Brien & Ryan, LLP is pleased to announce that Jacqueline L. Fishman has joined the firm as an Associate.  Her practice will focus primarily on Medical Malpractice defense.
OBR Supports Toys for Tots

For the 2015 holiday season, O'Brien & Ryan, LLP proudly partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program to collect new unwrapped toys for distributuion to less fortunate children around the country.  To find out more, or to make a donation, please visit www.toysfortots.org



OBR Presents at Global Pressure Ulcer Prevention Conference

On November 18th, 2015, partners Dan Ryan, Heather Hansen, Carolyn Bohmueller, Anthony DeMichele & Amanda A. O’Dea, along with IT Director Joseph Quirk presented “The Arbitration of a Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Lawsuit”, part of Jefferson Health’s 2nd Annual Global Pressure Ulcer Prevention Conference.

Jeffrey Brien Speaks at PBI Program
On October 14, 2015, Jeffrey P. Brien will present What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know About New Jersey Personal Injury Practice for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia.
Heather Hansen Speaks at Hospital Conference in Ireland

On October 3, 2015, Heather Hansen presented Medical Indemnity Challenges for Acute Hospital Services: The United States and Pennsylvania Experience at the Irish Hospital Consultants Association's Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Heather Hansen at Coverys Law Day

On September 18, 2015, Heather Hansen presented Recent Changes in PA and NJ Medical Malpractice Law and Practice as part of Coverys Law Day in Princeton, NJ.

Heather Hansen Speaks at Physician Symposium

On September 16, 2015, Heather Hansen presented a segment on Electronic Medical Records at Main Line Health's Physician Symposium at Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Heather Hansen Speaks at Health & Safety Presentation

On September 10, 2015, Heather Hansen presented End Distracted Driving, part of the CertainTeed Environmental Health & Safety Day at Saint-Gobain in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

OBR Supports Senior Services

On August 14, 2015, O'Brien & Ryan, LLP participated as a Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Thomas B. Mazur Memorial Golf Outing in Bethlehem, PA. The event raises awareness and support for the Lehigh Valley Senior Services Council.  The fund raiser is organized by OBR's own Melissa L. Mazur in honor of her father.

Dorothy Duffy Writes for Drexel Law Review

In connection with the symposium Beyond Reproach: Becoming an Expert on Expert Witnesses at Drexel School of Law, Dorothy Duffy, along with Marrielle B. Van Rossum authored Of Surgical Sponges and Flour Barrels, and Why Medical Experts Are Needed Even with a Res Ipsa Loquitur Instruction for the Drexel Law Review.

Heather Hansen Speaks at PBI Program

On August 13, 2015, Heather Hansen spoke at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE Down the Shore: Tort Law Update in Atlantic City.

Dorothy Duffy Presents at PBI Litigation Update
On July 27, 2015, Dorothy Duffy presented an encore presentation of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 28th Annual Civil Litigation Update in Philadelphia, PA.
Six Partners selected to 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers & Two Associates selected to Rising Stars

Each year, on a state-by-state basis, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using peer nominations and evaluations along with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and those selected represent the top five percent of the total lawyers in each state.

Read the digital edition of 2015 Pennsylvania / Delaware Super Lawyers HERE.

2015
Selected Attorneys

PA Super Lawyers:

* Top 100 PA & Philadelphia
± Top 50 Women


PA
Rising Stars:

Back L to R:  M.Schwartz, M. Pitt, D. Ryan, M. Martillotti, A. DeMichele, H. Hansen
Front L to R:  T. Vizza, B. Littman, D. Duffy, J. Brien, A. O'Dea

Dan Ryan Speaks to Physicians of Tomorrow
Dan Ryan

On April 23, 2015, Dan Ryan spoke at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians' Young Physician Dinner in Philadelphia.

Dan Ryan Serves on Personal Injury Panel
Dan Ryan

On April 14th, 2015, Dan Ryan participated on the panel for the Dispute Resolution Institute's 17th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri in Philadelphia, PA.

Amanda O'Dea Speaks at Cerebrovascular Conference

On March 19, 2015, Amanda O'Dea presented "Legal Implications of Acute Stroke Management " at the 14th Annual Cerebrovascular Update in Philadelphia, PA..

Heather Hansen & Alexis Romney are Keynote Speakers for NALS

On November 19, 2014, Heather Hansen and Paralegal Alexis Romney were the Keynote Speakers for the NALS of Philadelphia educational seminar, "From the Operating Room to the Court Room: The Operative Procedures of a Medical Malpractice Case" in Philadelphia.

Carolyn Bohmueller is Faculty for PBI

On November 19, 2014 Carolyn Bohmueller will be part of the faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE "2014 Medical Malpractice Update", being held in Philadelphia, PA.

Carolyn Bohmueller is Faculty for DRI Practicum

On November 6, 2014, Carolyn Bohmueller was part of the faculty, along with Judge Lisa Rau, Judge Rosalyn Robinson and Robert Sachs, Jr., Esquire, for Suggestions & Ethics for Preparing & Arguing Non-Discovery Motions, part of The Dispute Resolution Institute's Personal Injury Practicum in Philadelphia, PA.

OBR Sponsors Radnor Run for American Lung Association

O'Brien & Ryan, LLP was a proud sponsor of the American Lung Association's 37th Annual Radnor Run.  Several of our attorneys also ran in the 5-mile race.  We were honored to have the opportuntity to support this great cause, and a great time was had by all!  For more information, please visit www.lung.org.

Heather Hansen Speaks at Philadelphia Bar Association Conference

On October 17, 2014 Heather Hansen presented "The Ethics of Covering a Moving Media Target", as part of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference 2014.

Dorothy Duffy Speaks at Drexel Law Symposium
On October 10, 2014, Dorothy Duffy presented Work Product Admissibility in Light of Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital, part of the Drexel Law Review Symposium Beyond Reproach: Becoming an Expert on Expert Witnesses, held in Philadelphia.
OBR Mourns the Loss of Maggie Kennedy
Maggie Kennedy

The O'Brien & Ryan, LLP family mourns the loss of our IT Director and dear friend, Maggie Kennedy

Maggie, who was a cherished member of O'Brien & Ryan, LLP for over 18 years, passed away on July 27, 2014.  Maggie will be deeply missed.

Obituary

Dorothy Duffy Speaks at PBI Litigation Seminar
On July 15, 2014, Dorothy Duffy presented Developments in PA Civil Procedure at the encore presentation of The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 27th Annual Civil Litigation Update, held in Philadelphia.
Marshall Schwartz is Faculty for PBI Program
Full Bio

On June 25, 2014, Marshall Schwartz was part of the faculty for Fundamentals of Personal Injury, a CLE program for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia.

Tracie Vizza is Faculty for Seminar at DUCOM

On May 21, 2014, Tracie Vizza was part of the faculty for "Managing Your Risk: Practicing in a Difficult Judicial Climate", a seminar presented by the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

OBR Sponsors Einstein Cancer Program

On May 17, 2014, O'Brien & Ryan, LLP participated as a Course Sponsor for Einstein Medical Center Montgomerey's Walk Through The Park, at scenic Norristown Farm Park.  The walk raised over $28,000 in support of the hospital's Cancer Program. 

Female Powerbrokers Q&A With Heather Hansen

Heather Hansen was featured in a Q & A session highlighting legal Female Powerbrokers.

Full article below, published by Law360.com.

Anthony DeMichele is Panelist for HIPAA CLE

On April 8, 2014 Anthony P. DeMichele was a panelist for the CLE program "Understanding and Eliminating Implicit Bias, and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers as Business Associates under HIPAA", presented by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company at Pierce College.

How To Maintain Humanity In An EMR World

The push toward implementation of electronic medical records makes it very challenging for risk managers, physicians, nurses and other health professionals to prioritize relationships over efficiency. However, it is important for those who work in these fields to remember to find a balance, says Heather Hansen of O'Brien & Ryan LLP. 

Full article below, published by Law360.com.

OBR Sponsors Plymouth Service Memorial

O'Brien & Ryan, LLP is a proud supporter of the Plymouth Township Service & Devotion Monument.

The monument features eight distinctive pillars honoring the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, Fire and Ambulance with a special area dedicated to fallen Plymouth Township police officer, Brad Fox.

The monument is located at the corner of Walton Road & Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting.

Amanda O'Dea Speaks at Stroke Summit

Amanda O'Dea presented "Our Medico-Legal Environment" on November 22, 2013, as part of the AtlantiCare 3rd Annual Stroke Summit in Atlantic City, NJ.

Heather Hansen is part of "Benevolent Gesture" CLE

Heather Hansen presented "What MedMal Defense Lawyers Need to Know about the New Benevolent Gesture Law..." on November 20, 2013, as part of the Pennsylvania Bar Institutes's webinar series.

Dan Ryan Serves as Panelist
Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan served as a panelist for How Super Lawyers Use ADR in Their Practice at the Civil Litigation Section Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on October 17, 2013.

OBR Supports PA Elks' Home Nursing Program

O'Brien & Ryan, LLP was a Premier Sponsor for the Norristown Elks Lodge's golf outing to raise funds for the Pennsylvania Elks' Home Service Program. The Program involves services provided by registered nurses to persons with developmental disabilities. We were honored to have the opportuntity to participate and support this great cause.

Heather Hansen & Jeffrey Brien Present at Bar Institute Program
On August 13, 2013, Heather Hansen and Jeffrey P. Brien will give an encore presentation of What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know About New Jersey Personal Injury Practice for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia.

Tracie Vizza is Faculty for CLE

On July 31, 2013, Tracie Vizza was part of the faculty for "How a Litigation Notebook Can Help You Win", a CLE given by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

OBR Supports Child Advocacy

On July 27, 2013, attorneys Carolyn BohmuellerDorothy Duffy, Marshall SchwartzBrett Littman, Tracie Vizza, and paralegal Brigid Wixted all participated in the 26th Annual “Run for the Hill of It” in Chestnut Hill, PA, the proceeds of which benefit the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.

Run For the Hill of It

Dan Ryan Speaks at Conference of State Trial Judges
Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan spoke at the annual Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges in Hershey, PA on July 26, 2013.  The presentation focused on trial management and trial issues unique to medical malpractice.

Dan discussed a variety of cutting edge topics that trial attorneys encounter on a regular basis, including peer review protection issues, attorney-expert communication, electronic medical records and spoliation, negligent infliction of emotional distress claims, and calculation of attorney fees for future medical damages under the Mcare Act.

Heather Hansen is Course Planner for Dispute Resolution Institute

On July 23, 2013, Heather Hansen acted as a course planner for The Dispute Resolution Institute's Depos-for P.I. Lawyers, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Dorothy Duffy Speaks at PBI Litigation Seminar
On July 15, 2013, Dorothy Duffy presented Developments in PA Civil Procedure at the encore presentation of The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 26th Annual Civil Litigation Update, held in Philadelphia.
Fun and Photos from the 2013 Arthritis Walk at FDR Park

O'Brien & Ryan, LLP sponsored the 2013 Philadelphia Arthritis Walk at FDR Park with games, prizes and bananas!  We were honored to have the opportuntity to support this great cause.

 
Carolyn Bohmueller is Faculty for PA Bar Institute Program

On March 21, 2013, Carolyn Bohmueller was part of the faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, Medical Malpractice Update, held in Philadelphia, PA.

Heather Hansen is Faculty for Med Mal Summit

On March 14-15, 2013, Heather Hansen was part of the faculty for Brain Injury Claims & Litigation, part of the American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual Summit for Med Mal and Other Personal Injury Leaders, held at The Union League in Philadelphia, PA.

Dorothy Duffy Speaks at PBI Litigation Seminar
On March 6, 2013, Dorothy Duffy presented Developments in PA Civil Procedure at The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 26th Annual Civil Litigation Update, held in Philadelphia.
Heather Hansen is Part of Faculty at DUCOM Grand Rounds

On February 6, 2013, Heather Hansen was part of the faculty for Medical Malpractice and Electronic Medical Records at Drexel University College of Medicine's Grand Rounds in Philadelphia, PA.

Anthony P. DeMichele Serves as Panelist at Long-Term Care Litigation Conference

Anthony P. DeMichele served as a panelist for Comprehensive State Law Breakdown for Long Term Care Litigation Hotbeds, part of the American Conference Institute's 3rd Annual Long Term Care Litigation Conference on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Dan Ryan Named an "Awesome Attorney" in Suburban Life Magazine
Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan was named to Suburban Life Magazine's Awesome Attorneys 2012.  The voing was done through Suburban Life's website via reader's choice.

Heather Hansen & Jeffrey Brien Present at Bar Institute Program
On November 13, 2012, Heather Hansen and Jeffrey P. Brien presented What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know About New Jersey Personal Injury Practice for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia.

Michael Pitt Speaks to Radiologists at CME

On September 27, 2012, Michael O. Pitt participated in a CME Presentation, organized by PMSLIC, entitled Learning From Lawsuits. Attorney Pitt spoke to a group of Radiologists in the Scranton area concerning common pitfalls encountered by radiologists in their every day practice of medicine.

OBR is Best of Montco!

O’Brien & Ryan, LLP was selected as one of the best Medical Malpractice law firms in Montgomery County, PA in The Times Herald’s Best of Montco 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards.

John F. O'Brien, III Retires

John F. O'Brien, III, founding partner of O'Brien & Ryan, LLP, has retired after over 25 years with the Firm.  All of us at O’Brien & Ryan, LLP wish John the best in his retirement.

 

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