Tony has spent his entire legal career defending hospitals, physicians, long-term care and ancillary health care facilities, insurance companies and their insureds, pharmacies, and manufacturers in civil lawsuits. As a member of the firm's Health Care Department, Tony focuses on the defense of physicians, hospitals and extended care facilities, while continuing to defend insurance carriers (and their insureds), and automobile and RV manufacturers and dealerships.
Tony has defended hundreds of medical liability claims and more than 1,000 civil claims, including product liability, breach of warranty, defamation, insurance bad faith, construction accident and complex matters, in addition to his work in the health care field.
Tony secured a defense verdict in his very first jury trial in 1987 (against a prominent plaintiff's personal injury attorney), and has been steadily trying cases to verdict ever since. His extensive courtroom experience includes more than 50 jury trials, 10 non-jury trials, approximately 100 Common Pleas and Federal Court arbitrations, and approximately 15 UM/UIM arbitrations.
In recognition of his work as a trial lawyer, Tony was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County in 2003, his first year of eligibility. The Academy of Trial Lawyers consists of the best 125 plaintiff and best 125 defense lawyers out of more than 8,000 lawyers in Allegheny County. Tony was also recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2005, 2013 and 2014, and has achieved an AV Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 15 years.
Tony was a scholarship member of the football team at Penn State, earning letters in 1976 and 1977. He was on the victorious Duquesne University School of Law trial moot court team at the 1985 Gourley Cup Trial Moot Court competition, where he was also selected runner-up best advocate.
Tony lives in Mount Lebanon with his wife, Dana, whom he met at Penn State. Their daughters, Alexandra and Gabrielle, are also Penn State grads, and their son, Carl, graduated from Yale, where he was member of the varsity football team.
Tony has been a trustee of the Parents Athletic Council of Mount Lebanon since 2008. He served as a board member of The Center for Theater Arts for approximately 10 years, including a two-year term as Chairman of the Board. Tony was also a member of the Mount Lebanon School District Strategic Planning Team in 2000.
•Evidence and Expert Testimony, National Business Institute, April 30, 2014
•The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Hot Topics in Long Term Care Litigation, Health Executive Institute, March 7, 2014
•What to Expect When You're Expecting (A Trial), Health Executive Institute, October 19, 2012
•Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy, National Business Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, June 7, 2012
•Documentation - It's Really That Important, April 24, 2011
•Mechanics of Pennsylvania Civil Procedure, April 21, 2011
•Strictly Speaking: An Overview Of Products Liability Law in Pennsylvania, November 13, 2008
•New Pennsylvania Suggested Jury Instructions in Medical Malpractice Cases, April 4, 2006
•Keys To Successful Pre-Trial Preparation, June 15, 2005
•Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania, August 10, 2004
•The Nuts And Bolts Of The Medical Malpractice Case, April 1, 2004
•Pennsylvania Personal Injury Practice For Paralegals, May 20, 1998
•Insurance Bad Faith In Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 1993
• Plaintiff's Counsel Pies Self in Face, Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
• Keeping Faith, Best's Review, March 2001
• Understanding O'Donnell - When Aggressive Defense Can Lead To Bad Faith, The Lawyers Journal, October 20, 2000
• The Pennsylvania Automobile Lemon Law, Pittsburgh Legal Journal, September 5, 1996
Honors & Awards
•Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, fellow, 2003-present
•Allegheny County Bar Foundation, fellow, 2001-present
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005, 2013-2015
Year Joined Organization
Plaintiffs Counsel Pies Self in Face
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2012
Key Points:The proscription against the plaintiff requesting an amount for non-economic damages also precludes the plaintiff from providing the jury with a formula.It is important to raise a timely objection to an improper argument..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Hot Topics in Long Term Care Litigation
Seminar • Mar 7, 2014
Join members of the long term care community at this informative presentation on important issues facing today's health care providers. Marshall Dennehey attorneys Michele Primis, Tony Williott and Patricia Monahan will present The Good,...