Congratulations to Stark & Stark Shareholder Tyler Tomlinson for being selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers List for 2016*. The Top 100 Trial Lawyers List is “an invitation-only organization,” which is comprised of the foremost trial lawyers across every state and region. The selection process for every candidate is rigorous, and is completed through a “multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.”

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Congratulations to Stark & Stark Shareholders Tyler Tomlinson and Jeffrey Krawitz for their election to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Tomlinson is a new Hearing Member for the District II Bucks County board, while this is Mr. Krawitz’ reappointment to the same aforementioned board.

The Disciplinary Board is a peer-review system, because an attorney is entitled to a hearing in front of a panel of volunteer attorneys before discipline can be imposed on said attorney. Each appointment is a three-year commitment.

Shareholder Tyler Tomlinson is a member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group at Stark & Stark in the Yardley office. Mr. Tomlinson concentrates his practice in wrongful death cases, and has extensive experience handling cases involving automobile accidents and slip-and-fall cases.

Shareholder Jeffrey Krawitz is also a member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group at Stark & Stark in the Yardley office. Mr. Krawitz concentrates his practice in casualty litigation which focuses on complex injury, coverage issues, and bad faith claims.

To learn more about the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, please click here.

Congratulations to the Stark & Stark attorneys who have made the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and the 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. All of these attorneys are Personal Injury attorneys based in the firm’s Yardley office. Visit SuperLawyers.com for more information about the selection process.

The Stark & Stark attorneys who made the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list include:

The Stark & Stark attorneys who made the 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list:

For more information about our attorneys and practices, please visit www.stark-stark.com.

Stark & Stark is pleased to announce the election of Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq. as Managing Shareholder of the firm, effective May 1, 2016.  In this new leadership role, Mr. Donahue will oversee the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning of the firm.  His election to Managing Shareholder coincides with his upcoming June installation as President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) for the 2016-2017 term, where he also serves as co-chair of NJAJ’s Amicus Curiae Committee.

Mr. Donahue, who has been with the firm since 1995, is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and focuses his practice on products liability and serious personal injury litigation. He is a prolific legal presenter, a member of several New Jersey-based law associations, and very active in area charitable and philanthropic organizations, including Boheme Opera New Jersey, the Trenton Area YMCA, the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, and Theater Exile in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Congratulations to Stark & Stark Shareholder Carin O’Donnell for winning the Bucks Happening 2016 List for the Attorney Category. Ms. O’Donnell is a member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group in the firm’s Yardley office.

The Bucks Happening List is an annual record that is curated as a result of thousands of Bucks County residents voting to determine the most “happening” people, places, businesses, and events in the region. One winner is announced for each of the hundreds of potential categories, along with four runner-ups. Every nominee must reside in Bucks County in order to qualify.

Ms. O’Donnell concentrates her practice at Stark & Stark in representing children and adults who have been seriously injured or killed due to catastrophic accidents which can include those in construction, the workplace, motor vehicle, and motorcycle accidents.

In addition to Ms. O’Donnell’s win in the Attorney category of the Bucks Happening 2016 List, another Stark & Stark Shareholder, Jennifer Gould, was a finalist in the same category. Ms. Gould is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group and is also located in the Yardley office.

To learn more about the Bucks Happening 2016 List and to see the full record of winners, click here. To learn more about Ms. O’Donnell, please click here.

Stark & Stark Shareholder Tyler Tomlinson and  Associate Ian Abovitz, both members of the Accident & Personal Injury Group, successfully defeated Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment for their client who was injured by a forklift.  They did so by pointing to evidence which suggested the Defendant in question did not fully control Plaintiff’s work.

Plaintiff, who was working at a warehouse, was injured when a cart attached to a forklift ran over his right foot.  Plaintiff was a temporary employee assigned to work at the facility as a day laborer.  Defendants argued that under Pennsylvania’s Borrowed Servant doctrine, Plaintiff was barred from any recovery because Plaintiff was basically an employee of the warehouse.

The borrowed servant doctrine is an outgrowth of the common law rule that a servant who is loaned by his master to a third party is regarded as the servant of that third party while under that third party’s control and direction.  See Shamis v. Moon, 81 A.3d (2013 Pa. Super. 313).  The borrowing employer is therefore, the common-law master of the borrowed employee.  Id.

Prior to trial, the parties were able to resolve this matter for $245,000 at a mediation with Judge Thomas A Wallitsch (ret.) of ADR Options.

Mansfield v. WTW Associates, et al Lehigh County No.: 2014-C-4154.

Stark & Stark congratulates Shareholder Carin A. O’Donnell, who was recently elected onto the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJustice).

PAJustice began in 1968, originally called the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. The goal was to create “cohesive and effective statewide organization to uphold and defend the Pennsylvania legal system, including trial by jury.” Since then, PAJustice has become a nationwide leader amongst trial lawyer associations, aggressively protecting citizens’ rights while providing members with a wealth of resources and education.

At Stark & Stark, Ms. O’Donnell is a Shareholder and member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group, and she is a frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania Law Monitor.

Bianca A. Roberto, member of the Business & Corporate and Beer & Spirits Groups, authored the article Raise a Glass: Pennsylvania’s Archaic Liquor Laws are Finally Changing, which was published in the Philadelphia Business Journal on October 27, 2015.

The article describes the impact that local brewers, distributors and retailers of beer have had on Pennsylvania’s economy in the last year. This impact has been both significant and positive, as the beer industry brought more than $9.2 billion into the Commonwealth in 2014. Even more positive, the industry employs nearly 41,000 people, and also helps generate jobs in similarly aligned industries like agriculture, finance, insurance and real estate.

Despite all this growth, Pennsylvania has extremely stringent liquor laws. Luckily, this does seem to be changing slowly, as “the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) declared that beer distributors are permitted to sell 12-packs of beer.” Previous to this, these Pennsylvania beer distributors had been limited to only selling beer by the case or keg, and 6-packs could only be sold in bars, supermarkets or convenience stores permitted to sell them, usually at a higher cost.

Ms. Roberto also added, “the Concord Township Board of Supervisors approved beer sales at the Wawa located at 721 Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford. If approved, customers will be able to purchase up to two 6-packs of beer at the Delaware County store.”

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Stark & Stark Shareholder R. Tyler Tomlinson, member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group, was recently selected by the Bucks County Commissioners as the new member of the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC). Mr. Tomlinson will be filling the vacancy left by Joseph A. Cullen, Esq., until January of 2017.

The BCPC is an advisory board to the Bucks County Commissioners, and provides assistance and advice on planning and land use issues in the county. Additionally, the BCPC reviews plans of proposed development facilities and sewage facilities, as well as stormwater management planning for Bucks County’s watersheds.

“I know that [the Bucks County Commissioners] consider citizen input to be a high priority in Bucks County, and I’m honored that they would be willing to include me on the [BCPC] board,” said Mr. Tomlinson.

Mr. Tomlinson concentrates his practice at Stark & Stark in wrongful death cases, and also has extensive experience with personal injury cases. Mr. Tomlinson is a Stark & Stark Shareholder in the Yardley, Pennsylvania office.

Stark & Stark’s Community Associations Group has teamed up with Jennifer Brick of Jennifer Brick Consulting, LLC to help further develop business leads, market the group’s services to community association property managers and meet industry decision makers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Prior to founding J Brick Consulting, LLC, Jennifer Brick served for 14 years as the Business Development and Practice Manager for the Community Association Group at Stark & Stark, before assuming the same position with a different New Jersey law firm. Now a consultant, Ms. Brick partners with her clients on various marketing and business development initiatives including industry introductions, media outreach, lead generation, and public relations.

Ms. Brick said of her return to the firm, “I am thrilled to once again be working alongside Chris Florio and Don Brenner and their extensive legal team helping them drive client development and practice growth across multiple states. I look forward to continuing our collaboration and helping the Stark & Stark team reach their targeted growth goals.”