Leo joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Casualty Department in 2004, handling the defense of matters involving motor vehicle liability, premises liability, general liability and first party medical benefits disputes. Most of his work focuses on the defense of personal injury claims for motor vehicle accidents and uninsured/underinsured motorists. Leo regularly handles premises liability claims on behalf of malls and home owner's associations.
Leo graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Politics and minors in French and Economics. He completed a legal internship for the Finance Department of the Office of the Corporation Counsel in Washington D.C. During his senior year, he studied abroad in France at the prestigious Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg for international students. All of his courses were taught solely in French.
In 2003, he received his juris doctor from the Villanova University School of Law. Soon after graduating from law school, he served a one-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. O'Brien in the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County.
Leo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has spent most of his life in the United States, while maintaining close ties to family and friends in Brazil.
Significant Representative Matters
•Successfully obtained a summary judgment in a 12 vehicle pile-up accident in dense fog on a major interstate highway involving a fatality and numerous claims for personal injuries and subrogation of property damages.
•Successfully obtained a summary judgment dismissing the bad faith count against a carrier and dismissing all claims for structural property damage, personal property damage, mold remediation and alternative living expenses on a large flood loss to the plaintiffs' residence. The only remaining claim involved a small roof damage claim.
•Secured an award in an Underinsured Motorist arbitration that fell below the third-party tortfeasor credit of $65,000.00, where the plaintiff claimed a cervical disc herniation at the level above the prior fusion surgery. Plaintiff's medical expert opined of the possible future fusion surgery at the herniated level and highlighted the great expense for recovery. In addition, the plaintiff sought wage loss and future earning capacity damages in excess of $250,000.00. As a result, the UIM carrier was not required to make payment based upon the UIM arbitration award.
•Successfully obtained a defense judgment in a binding arbitration forum for a dog bite case involving a young teenager and a pit bull. The landlord defendants prevailed as the plaintiff could not establish sufficient evidence that the landlords both knew of the dog's presence on the property and that they had actual knowledge of the vicious propensities of the dog. All of the evidence presented by both sides proved that the dog was not vicious, and therefore, the plaintiff could not recover against the landlords.
•Successfully obtained a defense judgment in a binding arbitration forum for a trip and fall case, where the plaintiff sustained a fractured ankle that necessitated surgical intervention. The plaintiff had a large six-figure boardable economic claim. The evidence presented at the proceeding revealed that the plaintiff had no evidence of any actual or constructive knowledge of the allegedly defective condition of the stair tread that failed, as plaintiff descended the stairs.
•High Court Puts Brakes on Delay Damages for UM Claims, The Legal Intelligencer, Litigation: Auto Law Special Section, June 18, 2013
•Insurer's Delight: A Reduction in Delay Damages for UM Cases, Defense Digest, 2013-03, Vol. 19, No. 1
•Exculpatory Disclaimers Still A Downhill Battle in Pennsylvania, Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 1, March, 2007
•Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web and Metadata Issues, National Business Institute CLE, April 17, 2013
Past Employment Positions
•Honorable Peter J. O'Brien, Court of Common Pleas 43rd Judicial District, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Law Clerk, 2003 - 2004
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Year Joined Organization: 2004