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Fallon Van Horn, LLC is an innovative, aggressive and responsive defense trial firm in Philadelphia.
Our clients include large national insurance, commercial and manufacturing companies as well as small and medium-sized corporations, closely-held businesses and individuals. We are a litigation firm with skilled trial attorneys and our practice concentrates on complex civil litigation including commercial and construction litigation; medical malpractice; product and professional liability.
Our philosophy in defending cases for our clients is to achieve the best result in the most cost-effective manner. In the more complex cases, this will often involve the delegation of work to an associate and/or a paralegal at correspondingly lower rates, with the partner having the authority as well as supervisory control over the manner and method of work. The partner retains ultimate file responsibility and will personally handle the important functions of a case, including significant depositions and trial.
Our partners and associates are active in a number of defense-oriented organizations, including the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, Pennsylvania Claims Association, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association (DRI), the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (FICC), and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
In addition, our attorneys speak and lecture extensively on substantive and procedural matters related to the successful defense of civil cases.
MARTIN J. FALLON JR.
Marietta College, B.A.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
Following graduation from Villanova Law School, Mr. Fallon joined Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company Legal Department, specializing in defense of claims presented under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Mr. Fallon limits his practice to the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims on behalf of employers, insurers and third party administrators. Mr. Fallon has a wealth of experience in Workers’ Compensation Law, having limited his practice to Workers’ Compensation for more than twenty-five years. Mr. Fallon is Chair of our Workers’ Compensation Practice Group.
Mr. Fallon is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Section Member), the Philadelphia Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Section Member), the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Claims Association. Outside of the office, Mr. Fallon enjoys downhill skiing, sailing and golf.
(215) 864-6400 ext. 207
JOSEPH F. VAN HORN, JR.
St. Joseph’s University, B.A. History
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Van Horn specialized in personal injury claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act. Thereafter, his practice has focused on product liability and construction litigation; and other complex civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Van Horn is an active member of the the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.
Mr. Van Horn enjoys golf and sailing.
(215) 864-6400 ext. 203
FREDERICK J. DEROSA
St. Joseph’s University, B.A. Political Science
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
Mr. DeRosa has a diverse background in defense litigation. He has represented clients involving medical malpractice, products liability, aviation, construction, motor vehicle and premises liability, toxic torts, workers’ compensation and other areas of general casualty claims. Fred is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and is a member of the bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. DeRosa is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam as a combat signal officer and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant.
(215) 864-6400 ext. 216
CATHERINE B. HERRMANN
University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Nursing
St. Joseph’s University, M.S. Health Administration
Temple University School of Law, J.D.
Ms. Herrmann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society for nurses. After obtaining an M.S. in Health Administration, she attended law school at Temple University.
Ms. Herrmann is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been admitted to the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has represented employers, insurance companies and third party administrators workers’ compensation law since 1993. She is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Claims Association.
Ms. Herrmann enjoys skiing, sailing of small boats, recreational kayaking and reading for pleasure.
(215) 940-0488 (direct dial)
CATHERINE MIRAGLIA LECKY
Smith College, B.A. English
Washington College of Law, The American University, J.D.
Ms. Lecky is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Since graduation from law school, Ms. Lecky has concentrated in the area of general civil litigation in private practice, and also served as litigation counsel in the Division of Enforcement and Litigation of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. She has extensive experience as a trial attorney and in appellate practice, and has appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, as well as in Federal and State trial courts.
Ms. Lecky has served as chairperson of numerous arbitration panels in civil litigation cases, and has served in Court-appointed positions as Guardian and Administrator. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar, and a member and former director of the Montgomery Bar Association of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Lecky is an active swimmer, sailor, water-skier, and bicyclist, and an avid reader and bridge enthusiast.
FALLON VAN HORN, LLC has the experience and expertise to achieve results and meet the demands of its clients.
The firm’s lawyers have successfully litigated through trial, arbitration and appeal.
Our attorneys enjoy recognition for coordinating, managing and trying multiparty and multi-case litigation. We have been trial counsel in diverse matters involving personal injury, business tort, property damage, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, product liability, environmental and toxic tort claims, as well as construction related claims and professional liability actions.
- contractual indemnity dram shop and social host liability claims
- product liability defenses involving an abused or misused the product
- worker’s compensation
The Firm members routinely provide services to clients that only experienced appellate attorneys can offer, such as:
- preservation of issues during trial and post trial proceedings
- critical analysis as to probability of success from the viewpoint of the appellate court, contrasted with that of the trial lawyer and trial court, and cost estimates involved in the decision whether to appeal
When evaluating a matter proceeding toward appeal, clients recognize that binding legal precedent may be set, affecting the client’s interest not only in that matter but in similar litigation for years to come. Referring appellant work Fallon Van Horn, LLC offers the best opportunity to evaluate precedent, the trial record, and impact of the probable outcome before deciding whether to appeal or defend the judgment.
The Firm tailors the representation to the needs of the client and the matter. Fallon Van Horn, LLC has successfully extracted clients from litigation by prompt and practical assessment of the facts and early motion practice including preliminary objections, demurrer and motions for judgment on the pleadings. Where appropriate, the Firm advocates early settlement including alternative dispute resolution. The Firm has tried numerous cases to verdict with an impressive record of success, and handles appeals when necessary.
The defense practice team consists of experienced trial attorneys who know how to achieve the best result in the most economical manner. The Firm’s commitment to providing clients with superior and efficient legal representation is the primary reason why Fallon Van Horn, LLC has one of the most well regarded, tort defense practices in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.
The Firm is an advocate of alternative dispute resolution, where appropriate, and members of the construction practice have served as arbitrators, mediators and special masters in a number of matters. The group is also actively involved in construction dispute avoidance counseling on behalf of clients. This involves the review and negotiation of contracts and indemnification clauses in order to minimize risk, as well as negotiation and resolution of disputes to prevent litigation.
The construction practice has extensive trial and arbitration experience in both State and Federal Courts and before the American Arbitration Association and other Arbitration forums. Consistent with the group’s emphasis on resource management, each client’s goals are analyzed, the litigation planned and budget coordinated for the most efficient and cost affective manner of achieving the client’s goals.
PRODUCT LIABILITY GROUP
In order to manage client resources, Fallon Van Horn, LLC makes the effort to evaluate the client’s potential liability early in the case. We have proven our ability to achieve the dismissal of the client by summary judgment and pre trial motions.
In order to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving trends in product liability law, our attorneys participate in national organizations such as the Defense Research Institute, The International Association of Defense Counsel and the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel.
The Fallon Van Horn, LLC coverage practice often provides clients with pre-litigation counseling services, including the early review and evaluation of current or potential insurance coverage issues. We aid in drafting disclaimer of coverage and reservation of rights letters, and routinely negotiate resolutions of coverage issues on behalf of clients which meets current needs and consider potential issues as well.
At Fallon Van Horn, LLC, our skilled attorneys have the talent and experience necessary to provide you with a successful defense and guide you through the intricacies of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.