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Commercial and Civil Litigation

Knowledgeable litigators

The litigation practice at Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP represents individuals and corporations as both plaintiffs and defendants in virtually every area of personal and business litigation. The hallmark of our litigation practice is to provide aggressive, creative representation as purposeful advocates for the rights of our clients.

As business litigators, we have successfully handled cases ranging from contract and business disputes to anti-trust and trade regulation issues, and from environmental disputes to intellectual property protection. We routinely appear in courtrooms in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

The litigation practice places particular emphasis on the areas of:

  • Serious Personal Injuries
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Disputes
  • Business and personal tax assessment challenges
  • Civil Rights and Governmental Liability
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Matters
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Insurance/Coverage Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Workers Compensation

We have extensive experience defending professional liability claims and claims against public agencies. We are proud to also represent individuals who seek the remedies to which they are entitled as a result of serious personal injuries or violations of their rights.

Our attorneys get cost-effective results for complex cases.

The attorneys of Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP have decades of experience as litigators. Whether personal or business in nature, these cases range in complexity from simple matters that can be resolved in a single court hearing to very involved cases that can take years to resolve.

Our lawyers have the diligence and acumen needed to attain a successful, cost-effective outcome for each of our clients’ cases.

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If you have questions or are in need of business related legal representation, contact Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP today by calling 215-567-1530.


Attorneys who practice Commercial and Civil Litigation: John J. Leonard, Stephen J. Labroli, Paul H. Schultz, Michael V. Tinari, Christopher P. Fleming, Marisa B. Ciarrocki.

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In The Press
  • 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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