Tressler LLP is proud to announce that Shannon Harvey, Stacey Wilkins, Kiera Fitzpatrick, Catherine Geisler, Jamie Gende, Kathleen Hart, Sarah Elizabeth Melendez, Jerome Murphy and Matthew O’Malley were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™. Learn more about this group of experienced attorneys below.
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Shannon M. Harvey: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Shannon handles a wide variety of complex commercial and personal injury litigation with a focus on products liability and mass tort matters. She is a trial lawyer who is in state and federal Court every week and has successfully participated in numerous jury trials. Shannon is also very experienced with the mediation process and has successfully negotiated reasonable settlements in cases where liability and damages issues were strongly contested.
Stacey L. Wilkins: Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Stacey is an experienced courtroom attorney. Her litigation practice is focused primarily in the areas of general defense litigation, insurance coverage and municipal law. She has successfully defended individuals, corporations, public entities (including park districts and schools), public employees, and not-for-profit organizations, including child care centers and foster care/adoption agencies. Stacey has advised and represented individuals, personal and commercial lines insurance companies, self-insured risk pools, corporations, municipalities in a variety of litigated defense matters. Her practice includes both state and federal trial work as well as appellate work.
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Kiera Fitzpatrick: Insurance Law
Kiera is an associate in the insurance and employment practices at Tressler LLP. She represents her clients in State and Federal Courts in New York and New Jersey. Her practice areas include employment litigation, insurance coverage litigation, professional and management liability, reinsurance and personal injury. She represents insurers in litigation and non-litigation matters and advises insurers on complex insurance coverage issues. She is well-versed in drafting coverage letters, pleadings, dispositive motions, discovery requests/responses, and settlement agreements. Kiera also represents her clients in depositions and mediations.
Catherine Geisler: Insurance Law
Catherine is an associate in the Insurance Practice Group. She represents insurance carriers and insureds in a wide range of insurance coverage matters involving policies such as commercial general liability policies, commercial umbrella/excess policies, commercial auto policies, privacy liability policies, professional liability policies and business owners’ policies. Catherine’s work includes analyzing insurance coverage issues, assessing insurance carriers’ risks, preparing coverage opinions and position letters and handling all aspects of insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts.
Jamie L. Gende: Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Jamie is an associate in Tressler’s Insurance Practice Group. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and coverage work. She has experience in the areas of insurance defense litigation, including first and third-party liability claims, construction defect coverage litigation, subrogation claims and coverage analysis. Jamie has obtained favorable decisions at trial as well as appellate decisions in the areas of tort immunity, civil rights, and coverage issues involving criminal assaults, sexual abuse and premises liability. Jamie has assisted in and has been second chair for both coverage and civil trials. She has frequently acted as defense counsel for non-profit and government entities in personal injury and wrongful death actions
Kathleen M. Hart: Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Kathleen is an associate in the Insurance Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of insurance coverage analysis and litigation. Kathleen has drafted coverage opinions, position letters, response letters and other insurance-related documents on behalf of insurers. She also has experience in various phases of insurance coverage litigation, including drafting declaratory judgment complaints and dispositive motions as well as appearing for oral arguments, and mediations. Kathleen has handled a wide range of issues involving several types of policies, including general liability, commercial auto, professional liability, advertisers liability, media, directors and officers liability, first party property, homeowners, umbrella, and workers compensation policies, among others. Kathleen has also assisted insurers in fraud investigation claims involving theft and arson and has experience handling UM/UIM claims.
Sarah Elizabeth Melendez: Real Estate Law
Sarah is an associate in Tressler's Professional Liability and General Defense Litigation Practice Groups. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation matters, including professional and management liability litigation and other tort matters. Sarah also has experience working with Tressler's HOA/Condo Law practice. Sarah clerked at Tressler LLP for two years before she was an associate. While clerking, she participated in depositions, drafted pleadings and gained experience writing motions and completing research for the Litigation Practice Group. Additionally, Sarah had the opportunity to work with attorneys from all the Tressler offices and across multiple practice groups.
Jerome T. Murphy: Real Estate Law
Jerome serves his clients in a variety of complex litigated matters, including toxic tort and asbestos litigation, actions for breach of contract, indemnity and contribution, professional malpractice, personal injury, construction negligence, employment discrimination and civil rights violations. Jerome also has experience representing buyers and sellers in real estate transactions and closings.
Matthew J. O'Malley: Commercial Litigation
Matt is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and Secretary of Tressler’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. He advises his clients on litigation strategies, skillfully representing them through all phases of litigation. Matt has a track record of success in both bench and jury trials. He focuses on the client’s resolution goals, whether that is achieved through trial, settlement conference, mediation or arbitration. Matt serves his clients in a variety of complex litigated and non-litigated matters, including actions for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, indemnity and contribution, professional malpractice, personal injury, general corporate, LGBT issues, employment discrimination and civil rights violations.
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About Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™
These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. "Ones to Watch" recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.
The methodology for determining these awards remains the same as it did when Best Lawyers was founded almost 40 years ago: peer-review. Lawyers are the best resource to provide feedback on the caliber of work performed by their peers. Learn more at https://www.bestlawyers.com/ones-to-watch.
About Tressler LLP
Tressler LLP is a national law firm headquartered in Chicago, with eight offices located in five states - California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Tressler attorneys are experienced counselors and advocates who appear in state and federal courts, and in governmental proceedings, throughout the United States. Many Tressler attorneys devote their practice to the representation of the insurance industry in coverage analysis and resolution, litigation, underwriting consultation, product development, claims management and reinsurance. Tressler attorneys also represent clients in commercial litigation, employment, corporate transactions and intellectual property law.