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Paul A. Lagnese, Esq., President of PAJ (2020 - 2021)

Trial lawyers, colleagues, friends,

2020 has presented challenges unlike any we’ve seen before. As the newest President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, I will work tirelessly with our officers, lobbyists, staff, and membership to ensure that Pennsylvanians continue to have unfettered access to their constitutional rights.

Our success moving forward, not just this year but in the coming decade, depends on the election this November. We are in the midst of a massive fundraising campaign to ensure that pro-civil justice elected officials remain in office or are elected to office. Next year brings redistricting, when the General Assembly and Pa. Supreme Court will draw new legislative maps, and unless the House or Senate change, it could also bring about judicial gerrymandering. That’s why on my first day as PAJ President we hired an additional lobbyist to complement our lobbying program and maintain its strength well into the future. We also need to carry our momentum into this November, so I encourage all members to visit PAJ’s fundraising website to learn more about how you can support these efforts – www.pajfundraising.org.

Additionally, I am passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within our organization. I am proud of the strides we have made in the last few years, particularly with our Women Leaders Section. However, I want PAJ to be an organization where all trial lawyers are welcome regardless of who they are. We often refer to our members and partners as “PAJ Family,” and I want our family to grow. All trial lawyers should feel safe, welcomed, and proud to be a member of this organization and what it represents.

I am humbled and honored to lead the Pa. Association for Justice. Because of PAJ and our kindred organizations, because of trial lawyers like you, Pennsylvanians have safe products and fair opportunities to access and achieve justice.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve you. I look forward to working with you over the next year and beyond.

 

Past Presidents

Sud R. Patel
(2019 - 2020)

Joshua P. Geist
(2018 - 2019)

Lisa M. Benzie
(2017- 2018)

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)

James E. Beasley, Sr.*
(1969 -1970)

Murray S. Love*
(1968 -1969)

*Deceased 

 

 


 

 

PAJ Officers 

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

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

Elizabeth A. Chiappetta, Esq., Vice President
Robert Peirce & Associates, PC - Pittsburgh 
echiappetta@peircelaw.com

Lawrence M. Kelly, Esq., Treasurer
Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George - New Castle
lkelly@lgkg.com

Eric H. Weitz, Esq., Secretary 
The Weitz Firm, LLC - Philadelphia
eric.weitz@theweitzfirm.com

 

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

 

Joshua A. Rosen, Esq., Comptroller
Simon & Simon, PC - Philadelphia 
JoshuaRosen@gosimon.com

Sud R. Patel, Esq., Immediate Past President
Fanelli Evans & Patel, PC - Pottsville
spatel@feplawyers.com

 

 

PAJ Section Chairs

Marion K. Munley, Esq., Chair - Auto Law Section
Munley Law - Scranton
mmunley@munley.com

 

Daniel N. Purtell, Esq., Chair - Future Leaders Section
McEldrew Young - Philadelphia 
dpurtell@mceldrewyoung.com

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

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

Eric H. Weitz, Esq., Chair - Membership 
The Weitz Firm, LLC - Philadelphia
eric.weitz@theweitzfirm.com

Melanie J. Garner, Esq., Chair - Women Leaders Section
The Garner Firm, Ltd. - Philadelphia
melanie@garnerltd.com

Terrence R. Nealon Jr., Esq., Chair - Workers’ Compensation Section
McDonald & MacGregor, LLC - Scranton
trn@mmmmlaw.com

 

  

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