Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North attorneys provide reliable counseling and aggressive defense of municipalities and other governmental entities in a broad spectrum of matters. Specializing in litigation, we have successfully defended claims brought against public officials, public employees, fire and EMT personnel, police departments and personnel, correctional facilities and staff members, correctional medical facilities and staff members, zoning boards, school districts and education professionals, and others.
Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North lawyers are experienced in municipal and governmental representation ranging from governmental immunity to civil rights to premises liability.
A sampling of our capabilities includes: litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of allegedly hazardous conditions on streets, sidewalks, playing fields, schools, firehouses and police stations; litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents (school buses, police vehicles, emergency vehicles, sanitation trucks); providing civil rights representation against claims such as politically motivated firings, discriminatory enforcement of local ordinances and false arrest; and defending Section 1983 actions accusing prisons and staff members of deliberate indifference to medical conditions, excessive use of force and improper living conditions.
Clients of Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North also benefit from our litigators’ collective experience in a variety of additional practice areas including civil rights, labor and employment law, appellate and premises liability. Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North attorneys bring their combined experience to bear in shaping effective, cost-efficient solutions for our clients. For each matter we handle, senior litigators provide personal attention during all phases of representation and deliver exceptional, responsive service at a reasonable cost. In short, we strive to craft and deliver a superior product.
Should your organization be in need of sound legal services, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to serving you.
Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North maintains offices in Center City Philadelphia, Media, PA and Haddonfield, N.J. Our lawyers are active litigators throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and beyond. We are proud of our outstanding reputation and record.
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- Employers' Ever Increasing Obligation to Engage in the Interactive Process Under the ADA
By: Carla Maresca and Rufus Jennings
Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania rendered a decision that serves as a reminder to employers of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to engage in an interactive process with employees who claim to have disabilities.
- Schmidt v. Creedon: Third Circuit Re-Affirms the Need for Pre-Suspension Hearings for Borough Police Officers
By: Carla P. Maresca and Sheryl L. Brown
On March 29, 2011, the Third Circuit re-affirmed the prior holdings of Dee v. Borough of Dunmore, 549 F.3d 225 (3rd Cir. 2008), that absent extraordinary circumstances, a borough police office can not be suspended without pay unless a pre-suspension hearing has taken place. Schmidt v. Creedon, Nos. 09-2051 and 10-1633 (3rd Cir. March 29, 2011).
- Sherry Brown Wins Defense Verdict in Delaware County Police Case
January 25, 2011
Sherry Brown, won a defense verdict in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas following a week long trial in a consolidated matters of Bennish v. Yaletchko and Rollman et al. v. Rhodes and Upper Chichester Police Department.
- Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, Ltd. has been selected for inclusion in Best's Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters.
July 1, 2010
Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, Ltd. has been selected for inclusion in Best's Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters.
- MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER ACT UPDATE:
Tackling the Most Common Obstacles to Settlements
By: John P. Morgenstern, Esq.
Since amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (“MSP Act”) went into effect earlier this year, defense counsel, insurance adjusters, and Responsible Reporting Entities (“RREs”) have faced many challenges and obstacles to resolving claims and lawsuits amidst the sometimes overwhelming confusion as to certain requirements imposed by the Act. This article will address the five most common points of contention and confusion with solutions for each.
- Settler Beware: Navigating the Amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act
By John P. Morgenstern, Esq.
For those of us representing governmental entities in personal injury actions, the landscape of case resolutions has changed. On July 1, 2009, amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (“MSP Act”), 42 U.S.C. § 1395y and 42 C.F.R. § 411, took effect, adding another level of red tape and potential exposure to attorneys and insurance carriers.
- The Tenuous Enforceability of Release-Dismissal Agreements
By Andrew B. Adair, Esq.
To prevent or reduce exposure to civil lawsuits, police officers, prosecutors and code enforcement officials sometimes negotiate agreements to dismiss charges in exchange for the release of potential rights to bring a civil rights lawsuit. While such a release sounds appealing, it is important for attorneys and claims professionals defending civil rights claims to understand that these “release-dismissal agreements” are not always enforceable. This article will explore the art of crafting a successful and binding release-dismissal agreement.
- Legislative Updates Affecting Governmental Liability
July 21, 2009
This is a synopsis of recent Federal and State legislation and pending bills relating to municipal and government liability.
- Carla Maresca Presented Employment Law CLE At The 15th Annual Employment Law Institute
April 15, 2009
Carla Maresca served on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute faculty for her second year. Carla presented a CLE course, Crisis Management: What Do You Do When Managers Depart From Personnel Policies and Standard Operating Procedures, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the 15th Annual Employment Law Institute.
- Lozano v. City of Hazleton:
A Review of Recent U.S. Court Decisions on Express and Implied Preemption
By Carla P. Maresca and Christopher C. Negrete
Unauthorized immigration has become one of the most divisive political issues of our time. It has had wide-ranging economic and social effects the United States at all levels: federal, state and local. While the federal government has largely failed to address the impact of the arrival of unauthorized aliens in local communities, some states and municipalities have enacted innovative state laws and local ordinances that sought to address the impact of unauthorized aliens, on a community infrastructure, sometimes through measures that may also discourage unauthorized aliens from settling or remaining in a particular community.
- Carla Maresca Taught Civil Rights CLE At 13th Annual Employment Law Institute
April 10, 2007
We are pleased to announce that Carla Maresca was accepted to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute faculty.