As of a member of the Health Care Department, Steve serves as chair of the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Practice Group and the Birth and Catastrophic Injury Litigation Practice Group. He has 40 years of medical malpractice litigation experience and has tried more than 220 major medical malpractice cases to verdict and participated in many arbitrations and mediations. In his first year with Marshall Dennehey, Steve picked 23 juries and tried 13 medical malpractice cases to verdict, all but one for the defense.
In 2002, The United States Supreme Court upheld Steve's victory in Pappas v. U.S. Healthcare, 724 A.2d 889 (Pa. 1998) (Pappas I) 768 A.2d 1069 (Pa. 2001) (Pappas II), a landmark case involving liability of managed care organizations for medical decisions.
Steve defends drug and medical device manufacturers and monitors these cases and all birth injury defense cases firmwide. Steve also participates in marketing activities and in-house educational seminars, writes articles and speaks on recent developments in the law.
After serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following graduation, Steve joined a small defense firm where he focused on medical malpractice defense litigation. He helped grow the firm to more than 100 lawyers and, over the next 14 years, became a member of the firm's executive committee. During his tenure at that firm, he handled long-term care litigation, medical device and pharmaceutical liability litigation, professional liability insurance coverage, medical staff and peer review matters, and bio-ethical issues. His malpractice defense caseload evolved into catastrophic injury cases (obstetrical, neonatal, neurosurgical, neurological and anesthesia complications, etc.), and he handled celebrated cases involving surgical mix-ups, crossed oxygen and nitrous oxide ER lines, a baby stolen from a hospital and Lazarus Syndrome. During this time, Steve developed his skills defending cases involving neurologically impaired infants.
In 1992, Steve established his own boutique firm in suburban Philadelphia and then brought his practice to Marshall Dennehey in 1997.
Steve has served as local and national counsel in mass tort drug litigation, including PPA (Phenylpropanolamine), hormone therapy and the Ephedra multi-district litigation. He serves as regional birth and catastrophic injury panel counsel for a major insurer. Steve has completed coursework in basic and advanced mediation techniques, was a part of the Drexel University College of Medicine's inaugural panel of mediators and serves regularly as a mediator in medical malpractice cases.
•Instructor, Delay in Diagnosis of Cancer
•Malpractice in the ER
•Defending the Doctor at Deposition
•Recent Developments in Medical Malpractice
•Mini-Trial of an HMO Liability Case, ASHRM 2000 New Orleans, Louisiana
•Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association - Medical Malpractice Trial Techniques Demonstration
• Learn from the Masters Series: Winning Openings and Closings and Winning Direct and Cross, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
•Medical Professional Liability Coverage and Law, Insurance Society of Philadelphia
•Open Source Proposal for Drugs will Suppress Invention, Temple Law School National Symposium, 2006
•Pharmacist Liability, National HealthCare Exposition, Las Vegas, NV, 2006
•Interactive Long-Term Care Mini-Trial, ASHRM 2006, San Diego, CA
•Co-presented with Merck's Vioxx Counsel at national summit on Experts and Scientific Evidence in Drug and Medical Device Cases, July 2008
• Why I Have White Hair, For The Record, October 2014 (an update on health care documentation and recordkeeping)
• Managing the Hospital-Based High Visibility Catastrophic Incident, Pennsylvania Society for Healthcare Risk Management Newsletter
• Pitfalls in Medical Record Documentation, RT Image, Society of Radiologic Technologists magazine
• Claim Based on Doctor's Alleged Guarantee of Result Must Be In Writing, Defense Digest, 1999
• Doctor's Alleged Guarantee of Result Must Be In Writing: Flora v. Moses Provides Sound Reasoning, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 1999
• Pennsylvania's 'Error In Judgment' Jury Instruction Upheld, Defense Digest, 2000
• Liability of Managed Care Organizations for Negligent Decisions Causing Harm: Will U.S. Supreme Court Speak or Let Congress Decide?, The Specialist, newsletter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, 2001
• ERISA Preemption of Medical Negligence Claims Against HMO's: Perceived Conflict Between Pennsylvania Supreme Court and 3rd Circuit Paves Way for Showdown in U.S. Supreme Court, Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, 2001
• Medical Devices and Double Secret Probation, Defense Digest, 2006
Pro Bono Activities
•Captain, Team Marshall Dennehey (American Cancer Society Bikeathon Team)
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, 1985-Present
•Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Philadelphia Medical Malpractice-Defendants Lawyer of the Year 2013, 2017; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2009-Present
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2009
Year Joined Organization
Two Marshall Dennehey Attorneys Selected by Best Lawyers in America as 2017 Lawyers of the Year
August 15, 2016
Two Marshall Dennehey attorneys have been selected by Best Lawyers in America as 2017 Lawyers of the Year for specific practice and demographic areas.Timothy J. McMahon, Esquire, shareholder and managing attorney of the Harrisburg office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has...
Class Action Band is Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
August 16, 2013
Class Action, the in-house rock and roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will perform in the final round of the 13th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands competition, to take place September 28th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. After...
Four Marshall Dennehey Shareholders Selected Best Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
June 14, 2013
Marshall Dennehey is pleased to announce that four of the firm's shareholders have been selected as 2013 Best Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. They are:Dennis J. Roman, Pittsburgh, for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants;Stephen A. Ryan, King of Prussia, for Medical Malpractice...
Steve Ryan (King of Prussia, PA) presented at the National Account Review Meeting for the American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM) Insurance Program
October 1, 2011
Steve Ryan (King of Prussia, PA) presented at the National Account Review Meeting for the American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM) Insurance Program at Chartis Insurance Company. His presentation, Midwifery and Medical Malpractice, was attended by Chartis claims, underwriting and risk...
Why I Have White Hair
October 1, 2014
On the Pulse...Medical Device & Pharmaceutical Practice Group
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2010
To be a superior defender of drug and medical device liability cases requires a complement of lawyers and paralegals with medical, technical and scientific experience and proficiency, and damn good trial skills.Fortunately, Marshall Dennehey has..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010