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Pennsylvania Causes of Action is a unique and indispensable working resource for any law office. It sets forth theories of recovery under Pennsylvania law, provides defenses, and more.

"As a general practitioner for 39 years, “jack of all trades and master of none” is an understatement.  I use Pennsylvania Causes of Action regularly for a quick and convenient refresher on options available as I evaluate the factual nuances of new cases that come in. It is a good initial reference source and I have referred it to many others." - Luther (Chip) Milspaw, The Law Offices of Luther Milspaw, Harrisburg, PA

"This is a book that every young Pennsylvania plaintiff's lawyer should reference when drafting a complaint. The elements of each cause of action are set forth in such a way to serve as a road map for pleading facts necessary to prove your case." - Michael P. Kane, Esq., Rizio, Hamilton & Kane, P.C., Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Causes of Action is a unique and indispensable working resource for any law office. It sets forth theories of recovery under Pennsylvania law, provides defenses, applicable statutes of limitation and tables of authorities. The authors – highly regarded and experienced practitioners – have contributed explanatory notes for many of the sections.

An excellent attorney desk reference for practically any client matter. Ideal for law libraries.

Pennsylvania Causes of Action will help attorneys distill concepts and simplify the process of drafting initial pleadings.

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Division Name The Legal Intelligencer
Volumes 1
Product Types Books
Brand The Legal Intelligencer
Publication Date October 28, 2023
Jurisdiction Pennsylvania
ISBN 978-1-58852-761-5
Page Count 388
Edition 12th
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Gaetan J. Alfano

GAETAN J. ALFANO is a partner with Pietragallo Gordon AlfanoBosick & Raspanti, LLP, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He is also a member in the Employment & Labor Practice Group.

Mr. Alfano is consistently recognized as a top commerciallitigator by his peers. He has extensive trial and appellate experience incommercial and employment disputes, insurance insolvency and receivership law,as well as complex white collar criminal defense. He has tried hundreds ofcases to verdict in both federal and state courts.

As an insurance insolvency practitioner, Mr. Alfano tried areinsurance recovery case against GTE Reinsurance Company, Limited on behalf ofthe Pennsylvania Insurance Department as Rehabilitator for the Mutual Fire, Marineand Inland Insurance Company. The case resulted in a post-trial settlement of$44.9 million, which at the time, was the largest reinsurance recovery inPennsylvania history.

Mr. Alfano represented the Delaware Insurance Commissioneras Receiver for National Heritage Life Insurance Company, where he wasresponsible for prosecuting a variety of professional liability and assetrecovery actions. For over a decade, he represented the Pennsylvania InsuranceDepartment as Liquidator for both Legion Insurance and Villanova InsuranceCompanies, a $3 billion insolvency.

In September 2010, the United States District Court for theEastern District of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Alfano as counsel for aSecurities Exchange Commission Receiver in a nationwide Ponzi scheme, SEC v.Robert Stinson, Jr., et al.. In this role, Mr. Alfano tried to verdict aprivate contribution claim under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Actagainst an international ratings agency.

Mr. Alfano has also defended public entities, businesses,and corporations in a variety of commercial and employment matters. In a recentemployment case, he represented a law firm sued by a gay associate inPennsylvania state court and received a unanimous defense verdict from the jury.

Mr. Alfano is heavily involved in community service. As amember of the Justinian Society, a group of Italian American lawyers andjudges, he has held a number of offices, including Treasurer of the JustinianFoundation, the charitable arm of the Society. He also serves on the Board ofDirectors of the Global Philadelphia Association; Philadelphia VIP; the PublicInterest Law Center of Philadelphia; and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.



Ronald J Shaffer

 A seasoned trial lawyer, Ron has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country. He is adept at successfully managing client interests both in and out of a courtroom and has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution. Ron has represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies with international operations in complex commercial disputes to family-owned businesses with regional operations.

Ron handles a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including various types of intellectual property disputes, trade secrets, securities, class actions as well as corporate and shareholder disputes.

Some of his recent matters include:

  • Representing Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Inc. in a false advertising suit in federal court in Delaware
  • Representing Provider Synergies in federal court in West Virginia on claims for misappropriation of trade secrets brought against a competitor
  • Representing Lannett Company in federal court in Utah in a patent infringement and Lanham Act case
  • Representing Quaker Chemical Corporation in restrictive covenant and misappropriation of trade secrets cases in federal courts in Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Representing SR Utility Holding Company in a minority shareholder claim in federal court in New Jersey
  • Representing Schering-Plough in a breach of a pharmaceutical distribution agreement claim before the American Arbitration Associations International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Representing InterState Net Bank in a trademark infringement suit in federal court in New Jersey
  • Representing Chase Home Finance, LLC against claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania
  • Representing Acxiom Direct Media, Inc. in breach of contract and unfair trade practices claims in federal court in Pennsylvania
  • Representing estate beneficiaries in removal and surcharge proceedings in Pennsylvania state court against the executors of an estimated $50-million-plus estate of the deceased owner of multiple office and commercial buildings in the City of Philadelphia for self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty

Ron is a former chair of the firms Litigation Department (2001 to 2007) and has served on the firms Executive Committee.

Joshua C. Cohan

Joshua C. Cohan joined Anapol Weiss as an associate in 2013 and is a memberof the firm’s Mass Tort Team. His practice focuses on pharmaceutical andmedical device mass tort litigation involving complex medical, scientific, andlegal issues.

In 2010, Joshua earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with aconcentration in Finance, magna cum laude, from The George WashingtonUniversity. In 2013, he received his Juris Doctor degree from The VillanovaUniversity School of Law, where he excelled in legal research and writing aswell as oral advocacy. He was a member of the Villanova Law Moot Court Team andwas a quarterfinalist in the 52nd annual Honorable Theodore L. Reimel MootCourt Competition as well as a National Quarter Finalist in the 2012 NationalEntertainment Law Moot Court Competition where he was also awarded high honorsfor his competition brief.

While in law school, Joshua served as a judicial clerk to the HonorableThomas P. Rogers of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and as a lawclerk at Anapol Weiss.

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