J. Fred Lorusso concentrates his practice on complex casualty defense litigation, primarily focused on defending clients in matters involving premises liability, motor vehicle, construction, liquor liability and product liability claims. He has experience with personal injury matters ranging in complexity from low exposure to catastrophic loss and fatality claims. His clients include transportation companies, commercial and residential property owners and large national insurance carriers.
Martindal-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Pro Bono Roll of Honor, 2011
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008
Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial Academy, 2011
- Defense verdict following three-day trial in rear-end motor vehicle accident claim despite client’s concession of negligence prior to the commencement of trial.
- Defense verdict following four-day trial in a commercial property damages claim. This claim involved complex issues regarding contractual modifications of commercial leases, as well as ancillary issues related to insurance coverage and proper accounting of commercial property and assets by and between related corporate entities.
- Jury verdict awarding less than $5K against residential property owner client following three-day trial related to plaintiff’s slip and fall on client’s property and resultant knee fracture.
- Summary judgment in favor of machine parts fabricator in a catastrophic injury claim implicating failure of the client’s product.
- Negotiated resolution under initial reserves of four consolidated motor vehicle accident claims including one fatality and three catastrophic injury claims related to alleged service of alcohol by client bar to striking driver defendant.
- Negotiated resolution well under initial reserves of passenger fatality claim related to alleged service of alcohol by client bar to decedent’s driver.
- Negotiated resolution under initial reserves of plaintiff driver’s catastrophic injury claims and plaintiff’s minor passenger’s fatality. The claims were related to the alleged service of alcohol to the client bar’s patron, who struck the plaintiffs’ vehicle while traveling nearly twice the posted speed limit.
- Regularly represents residential and commercial property owners, including supermarket chains, convenience stores, restaurants and car washes in premises liability claims.
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.
Boston College, B.S.
News & Events
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- Defense Verdicts, Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 7 (2011) (Case Note)
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- Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003: How will the new Medicare drug benefit affect you and your company? (February 2004) (White Paper)