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Lisa M. Benzie, Elected President of PAJustice (2017-18)

It is with great pleasure and pride that I get to represent this association as The Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s 50th President! 


I became a member of PAJustice in 2002 and over the last 15 years have had the opportunity to see how the organization works, inside and out, as well as observe the changes in the practice of law and membership.  The constant has been our members’ dedication to our profession and to protecting injured persons by keeping the courthouse doors open and the playing field level.  We work tirelessly and passionately to do so. 


In the last year, PAJustice has successfully opposed legislation capping damages in nursing homes, limiting asbestos claims, and providing immunity to ER physicians and any physician that volunteers a set number of hours per year.  These pieces of legislation pose no good for our clients, our profession, or for that matter, the citizens of Pennsylvania.  PAJustice is a bi-partisan organization, and we strive to support legislators who are pro-civil justice and opposed to limiting the rights of injured Pennsylvanians in order to line the pockets of corporations and insurance companies.   Make no mistake, we are at war!  Not only are we fighting to preserve rights within our state but also at the federal level, where the right to trial, attorney fees, and the ability to file a lawsuit are under attack from our current President and Congress.


We will continue to cultivate relationships with our pro-civil justice legislature and support our sister organization, AAJ, in its fight at the federal level.  We need your help to do so.  I challenge each of you to be certain that you and every member of your firm is a PAJustice member, and secondly, make a contribution to LawPAC.  I ask that you help us identify practitioners who would benefit from PAJustice membership and who should join us in the war against civil justice.  Membership in PAJustice and LawPAC is the only way to insure your ability to practice law and earn a paycheck continues, and is the best way you can help your profession and clients.  It is imperative that we all do both and that we reach out to those who are not and encourage them to do so.   We can no longer rely on someone else to carry the weight, and we must each do our share.  We cannot continue to fight new battles with the same troops and with the same budget. We need those who have stepped back for one reason or another to step up. 


As your president, I will always be willing to listen and hear your thoughts on moving our organization forward.  I care about your input on what we can do better or differently.  Most of all, I care about our clients, your job, and my job.  This is personal to me.  As a young child, I watched my father become a victim of medical malpractice and my family struggle for years thereafter.  I know firsthand the challenges of the civil justice system and the already high bar plaintiffs must overcome.   As plaintiffs’ lawyers, we all do because we see it, day after day. We cannot allow this bar to be raised even higher, essentially making wrongdoers immune from accountability for the harm they have caused to innocent persons, whether it be employers, medical professionals, or corporations.    I am prepared to represent our organization and fight to keep Pennsylvania among the few states where injured persons still have rights.  I am up for the challenge, are you?! 

 

Past Presidents

Thomas R. Anapol
(2016-2017)

Jason Matzus
(2015-2016)

Malcolm MacGregor
(2014-2015)

Jerry M. Lehocky
(2013-2014)

Scott B. Cooper
(2012-2013)

Kenneth M. Rothweiler
(2011-2012)

Timothy Conboy
(2010-2011)

Kevin R. Marciano
(2009-2010)

Michael J. Foley
(2008-2009)

Tim Riley
(2007-2008)

Ruben Honik
(2006-2007)

Nancy H. Fullam
(2005-2006)

John M. Gallagher
(2004-2005)

Richard J. Schubert
(2003-2004)

David L. Lutz
(2002-2003)

Clifford A. Rieders
(2001-2002)

Timothy A. Shollenberger
(2000-2001)

Frank J. Wesner, Jr.
(1999-2000)

Stewart J. Eisenberg
(1998-1999)

Carol Nelson Shepherd
(1997-1998)

William F. Goodrich
(1996-1997)

Joanna Hamill Flum*
(1995-1996)

Theodore A. Schwartz
(1994-1995)

Howard F. Messer
(1993-1994)

Carmen P. Belefonte
(1992-1993)

 

James R. Ronca
(1991-1992)

Irving M. Portnoy
(1990-1991)

Leonard A. Sloane
(1989-1990)

Robert Webster Munley
(1988-1989)

Charles E. Evans
(1987-1988)

Edward B. McDaid
(1986-1987)

William R. Caroselli
(1985-1986)

M. Mark Mendel*
(1984-1985)

James F. Mundy
(1983-1984)

Richard C. Angino
(1982-1983)

Bruce D. Desfor
(1981-1982)

Joseph A. Quinn, Jr.
(1980-1981)

Louis M. Tarasi, Jr.
(1979-1980)

Thomas J. Foley, Jr.
(1978-1979)

Lee C. Swartz
(1977-1978)

Marvin I. Barish
(1976-1977)

Milton D. Rosenberg*
(1975-1976)

Lindley M. Cowperthwait, Jr.*
(1974-1975)

William C. Archbold, Jr.*
(1973-1974)

Frank Edward Roda*
(1972-1973)

David S. Shrager*
(1971-1972)

Irwin Benjamin*
(1970-1971)

Murray S. Love*
(1968-1969)

*Deceased 


 

 

PAJustice Officers

Lisa M. Benzie, Esq., President
Navitsky Olson & Wisneski, LLP - Dauphin
lbenzie@nowllp.com

 

 

Joshua P. Geist, Esq., Present Elect
Goodrich & Geist, PC - Allegheny
josh@goodrichandgeist.com

 

 

Sudhir R. Patel, Esq., Vice President 
Fanelli Evans & Patel, PC – Pottsville
spatel@feplawyers.com

 

  

Paul Lagnese, Esq., Treasurer 
Berger & Lagnese, LLC  – Pittsburgh
paull@bergerlagnese.com

 

Kila Baldwin, Esq., Secretary 
Kline & Specter, P.C. - Philadelphia
kila.baldwin@klinespecter.com

 

Carin A. O'Donnell, Esq., Parliamentarian 
Stark & Stark - Philadelphia and New Jersey
codonnell@stark-stark.com

 

Lawrence R. Chaban, Esq., Comptroller
Of Counsel to AlpernSchubert P.C. - Allegheny
lchaban@alpernschubertlaw.com

 

Thomas R. Anapol, Esq.,  Immediate Past President
Anapol Weiss - Philadelphia
tanapol@anapolweiss.com

 

PAJustice Section Chairs

Michael Davey, Esq., Chair - Auto Law Section
Eckell Sparks Levy Auerbach et al - Media
mdavey@eckellsparks.com

 

Ryan Hurd, Esq., Chair - Future Leader Section
Anapol Weiss - Philadelphia
rhurd@anapolweiss.com

 

James Haggerty, Esq., Chair - Insurance Bad Faith Section 
Haggerty Goldberg Schleifer Kulpersmith, PC - Philadelphia 
jhaggerty@hgsklawyers.com

 

Veronica Richards, Esq., Chair - Medical Malpractice Section
Richards & Richards, LLP. - Warrendale
var@r-rlawfirm.com

 

P. Timothy Kelly, Esq., Chair - Workers’ Compensation Section
Needle Law - Scranton
tim@needlelawfirm.com

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