As the chair of the Long-Term Care Liability Practice Group, Frank devotes much of his practice to the litigation of medical malpractice, long-term care/nursing home liability and municipal liability cases. He has handled several hundred medical malpractice claims and lawsuits.
Frank joined Marshall Dennehey as a shareholder in 2006, following 16 years as a partner at the defense firm of McDermott & McGee, where he concentrated in the defense of medical malpractice cases on behalf of physicians and in defending municipalities in civil rights and personal injury lawsuits.
Frank has represented physicians, dentists and podiatrists in health care liability/medical malpractice actions. He has taken approximately 100 cases to trial and has received a defense verdict rate in excess of 90 percent. He has successfully defended physicians in numerous cases with the potential for high jury awards, including cases involving multiple amputations, wrongful death claims, wrongful birth claims and claims for wrongful death of a fetus, by either establishing that the physician was not negligent or not the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries. Frank has also successfully defended numerous municipalities in personal injury claims and alleged civil rights violations.
•Aspects of Medical Malpractice Litigation, Conventus and Omni Eye Services, May 2012
•The Doctor's Deposition -- Likely the Most Important Day of the Case, MD Advantage Insurance Company, October 2010
•“New Jersey's Appellate Division Alters the Landscape of Nursing Home Litigation, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2010-2011
Year Joined Organization
New Jersey's Appellate Division Alters the Landscape of Nursing Home Litigation
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2015
By Frank P. Leanza, Esq. and Ryan T. Gannon, Esq.*Key Points:No cause of action exists in nursing home negligence cases based on a defendant's “responsibilities” under the state and federal nursing home statutes...., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Jury Decides Bariatric Surgeon Did Not Deviate from Accepted Standards of Care Jan 22, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice action against a bariatric surgeon. The plaintiff had initially named the anesthesia and nursing teams as defendants; however, they were all dismissed before trial. The surgeon client...
Jury Sides With Defense in Complex Medical Malpractice Trial Jun 8, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict after a five-week medical malpractice trial in New Jersey. The plaintiffs alleged that our clients, an emergency medicine physician and a nurse practitioner, failed to diagnose and test for a subarachnoid hemorrhage (brain...