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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

Jason Matzus

Malcolm MacGregor

Jerry M. Lehocky

Scott B. Cooper

Kenneth M. Rothweiler

Timothy Conboy

Kevin R. Marciano

Michael J. Foley

Tim Riley

Ruben Honik

Nancy H. Fullam

John M. Gallagher

Richard J. Schubert

David L. Lutz

Clifford A. Rieders

Timothy A. Shollenberger

Frank J. Wesner, Jr.

Stewart J. Eisenberg

Carol Nelson Shepherd

William F. Goodrich

Joanna Hamill Flum*

Theodore A. Schwartz

Howard F. Messer

Carmen P. Belefonte


James R. Ronca

Irving M. Portnoy

Leonard A. Sloane

Robert Webster Munley

Charles E. Evans

Edward B. McDaid

William R. Caroselli*

M. Mark Mendel*

James F. Mundy

Richard C. Angino

Bruce D. Desfor

Joseph A. Quinn, Jr.

Louis M. Tarasi, Jr.

Thomas J. Foley, Jr.

Lee C. Swartz

Marvin I. Barish

Milton D. Rosenberg*

Lindley M. Cowperthwait, Jr.*

William C. Archbold, Jr.*

Frank Edward Roda*

David S. Shrager*

Irwin Benjamin*

Murray S. Love*




PAJustice Officers

Lisa M. Benzie, Esq., President
Navitsky Olson & Wisneski, LLP - Dauphin



Joshua P. Geist, Esq., President Elect
Goodrich & Geist, PC - Allegheny



Sudhir R. Patel, Esq., Vice President 
Fanelli Evans & Patel, PC – Pottsville



Paul Lagnese, Esq., Treasurer 
Berger & Lagnese, LLC  – Pittsburgh


Kila Baldwin, Esq., Secretary 
Kline & Specter, P.C. - Philadelphia


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


Lawrence R. Chaban, Esq., Comptroller
Of Counsel to AlpernSchubert P.C. - Allegheny


Thomas R. Anapol, Esq.,  Immediate Past President
Anapol Weiss - Philadelphia


PAJustice Section Chairs

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


Ryan Hurd, Esq., Chair - Future Leader Section
Anapol Weiss - Philadelphia


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


Veronica Richards, Esq., Chair - Medical Malpractice Section
Richards & Richards, LLP. - Warrendale


P. Timothy Kelly, Esq., Chair - Workers’ Compensation Section
Needle Law - Scranton

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