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Partner awarded bronze for column

Partner Keith Leonard was awarded a bronze medal in the International Automotive Media Competition for one of his Leonard’s Law columns published in ACtion magazine. The international magazine is published and distributed by the Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide (MACS). The column awarded the honor, “Changing regulations is no simple matter,” appeared in the November/December Read More

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Partner comments on Philadelphia Inquirer elevator expose

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed senior partner Michael Tinari as part of a feature story on Paul Owens, the sergeant who was tragically injured in an elevator accident at the Criminal Justice Center in August 2016. The article explores problems with elevator safety around the country, the brand new whistle-blower suit filed against the management company Read More

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Partner featured in articles on recent whistle-blower lawsuit

Senior partner Michael Tinari was featured in a front-page article of the Legal Intelligencer on Thursday August 17, 2017. Mr. Tinari, lead attorney for the sergeant critically injured in an elevator accident at the Criminal Justice Center last August, provided insight on how a recently filed whistle-blower lawsuit will affect his client’s pending case against Read More

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SLIP AND FALL INJURIES CAN HAVE A LASTING IMPACT

An injury sustained in a slip and fall accident can have lasting physical and financial repercussions. It may feel as though a fall is your own fault, but often they occur due to negligence. The party responsible for your injury may be responsible for covering your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering incurred Read More

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JUDGES WANT ASSURANCE OF ELEVATOR SAFETY AT CRIMINAL JUSTICE CENTER

Almost two months after a sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured in an elevator crash at the Criminal Justice Center, the judges who work there have hired an attorney and an independent expert to evaluate the elevators’ safety. Also, read the earlier story on partner Michael Tinari’s work in this high profile case at http://bit.ly/2dGwLTz.

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HOME BUYING AND THE VALUE OF LEGAL COUNSEL

Imagine moving into your newly purchased home only to find out the next day that the farmer next door can legally herd his animals across your land at 5:00 a.m. The best way to avoid this, and any other potential problems while buying a house? Hire an attorney. More often than not, the largest purchase Read More

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PARTNER MICHAEL TINARI CELEBRATES TWENTY FIVE YEARS AT THE FIRM

The law firm congratulates partner Michael V. Tinari, Esquire, on celebrating his twenty-fifth year with the firm. Mr. Tinari started with the firm as a 29-year-old associate on October 2, 1991. Hired by John Leonard, Esquire and Greg Sciolla, Esquire, Mr. Tinari started with the firm at an office above the Baily, Banks and Biddle Read More

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ATTORNEY MICHAEL TINARI OBTAINS INJUNCTION TO PROTECT HERTZ CORP VEHICLES

Partner Michael V. Tinari, Esquire, recently represented The Hertz Corporation in a matter involving claims of potential fraud against a Delaware County company that tows, stores and repairs automobiles and a number of other defendants. Over the course of a year, The Hertz Corporation’s security team investigated multiple automobile rentals out of its Philadelphia International Read More

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UBER TO OPERATE LEGALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA

Popular ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft will soon be permanent features on roads across Pennsylvania. Shortly after the Pennsylvania Senate gave final approval of SB 984 on October 24, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf released a statement stating in part, “I look forward to signing the bill.” The bill amends current regulations and laws to Read More

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LEONARD SCIOLLA WISHES TO HONOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVE AND WHO SERVED IN THE PAST. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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  • Arbitration Provisions in Contracts

    The majority of people sign many contracts during their lives, but how many actually read them? And how many of those people ever try to change the terms of a contract? It is important to read contracts before you sign, and even more important to know what it all means. Attempting to change terms in a contract can be in your best interest, particularly now that arbitration provisions are routinely included in them. This provision requires parties to the contract to arbitrate (bring the matter before an impartial person) rather than litigate (bring the matter into court) any disputes or claims that may arise out of the agreement. In other words, signing an agreement with an arbitration provision means that you are foregoing your right to a jury trial.

  • Age Discrimination In The Workplace

    The average age of the American worker is increasing, setting the stage for an uptick in age-based discrimination in the workplace.The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that by 2024, the median age of workers will rise to 42.4. It also predicts that the labor force of those age 55 and older will grow at an annual of 1.8 percent, which is more than three times the rate of growth of the overall labor force.Currently, one in five workers in the U.S. is 55-years-old or older. A study by AARP found that 64% of workers have experienced age discrimination themselves, or seen it in their workplace. Age discrimination can take a variety of forms, from discriminatory comments to practices surrounding hiring and firing.

  • One Hundred Deadliest Days For Teen Drivers Starts Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is the start of what is known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. According to the most recent data from the National Safety Council, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2012. More than half of the people killed were teens themselves.The NSC cites several reasons for the spike in accidents during the summer months: teens drive more frequently for recreational purposes; they may stay out later at night when the risk of crash is higher; and they are more likely to be driving with friends. The National Safety Council says passengers increase the risk of a teen driver being involved in a fatal crash by at least 44%.

  • Where should a workers' compensation claim be filed?

    Where should a workers’ compensation claim be filed if an employee lives in one state, but works in another? According to an April decision from a New Jersey appellate court, a claim can be filed and heard in the state of your residence even if you worked exclusively in the state where you were injured.In that case, the employee was injured at his job in New York and filed a workers’ compensation claim in New York. He later filed another claim in New Jersey. Initially, the New Jersey Division of Worker’s Compensation dismissed the employee’s petition for lack of jurisdiction. But in April, the appellate court reversed that decision after finding that the employment contract was created in New Jersey because the employee accepted his job over the phone from his New Jersey residence.

  • Partner Keith Leonard to present at National Business Institute seminar

    Keith Leonard is scheduled to give two different presentations at the National Business Institute’s (NBI) two-day course, “Real Estate Transactions from A to Z.” Mr. Leonard’s presentations, “Curing Title Defects before Closing” and “Handling the Closing: Critical Essentials for Smooth Transactions” will be both be held on the second day of the seminar. The event gives attorneys and other real estate professionals to learn about the latest developments in the industry.

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