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120 West Tenth Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16501Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 814-459-2800
Fax: 814-453-4530
E-Mail: knox@kmgslaw.com
www.kmgslaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Subrogation
  • Trial Practice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employer Liability
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About Us
Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. was founded in Erie in 1958. Today we are one of the largest law firms in the region, with more than 40 attorneys, 20 paralegals, a dedicated support staff, and a growing, dynamic practice throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and beyond. We are down-to-earth professionals who successfully combine the diverse disciplines and skills of a large firm with the accessibility and personalized manner of a small firm.

We provide earnest and attentive advocacy and counsel grounded in a comprehensive knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate. Our attorneys include title insurance agents, certified public accountants, and members of the bars of other jurisdictions. Our broad-based team approach enables us to leverage individual attorney strengths, assuring that clients benefit from our collective experience.

Our clients include a wide array of businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit institutions, insurance companies and financial institutions, as well as individuals and families. Whether you are the CEO of a large company or a young family developing an estate plan, we understand your needs and strive to fulfill them in a friendly, responsive and cost-effective manner.

Our attorneys have decades of experience and long-standing success in dealing with coverage and liability issues, third-party liability coverage, and uninsured/underinsured motorists matters. We have in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by the insurance industry. Our clients cover a wide array of insurance lines.

We are experienced in defending claims before administrative law judges, courts of common pleas, appellate courts, and federal court. We also provide representation in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediations.

Our attorneys focus on specific areas of litigation, giving them a distinct advantage in obtaining the best possible results for our clients. Areas of focus include medical malpractice, workers' compensation, automobile, and property and casualty as well as contract, business and intellectual property disputes.

Our workers' compensation attorneys work with a wide array of insurance companies, self-insured entities, and adjusting companies. We have experience in successfully handling all facets of the workers’ compensation claims process. Our group provides defense of workers’ compensation claims and petitions, representation in coverage disputes, and pre-injury and post-injury counseling for the insurance industry and its insureds. We also offer education and training for insurance adjusters and claims handlers, as well as assistance in the preparation of forms and policy manuals regarding workers' compensation claims.

We also represent insurance companies from a business perspective. Our work for insurers includes mergers and acquisitions and the development of risk pooling contracts.
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Additional Locations
Jamestown, New York
509 North Main Street
Jamestown, New York 14701
Telephone: 716-338-0413
North East, Pennsylvania
11 Park Street
North East, Pennsylvania 16428
Telephone: 814-725-8691
Fax: 814-725-8692
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Old Republic Insurance CompanyPennsylvania Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association
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Personnel Information
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Carl N. Moore
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 2015-2017
Education:
  • Indiana University, B.S., 1976
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1979
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Richard A. Lanzillo
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 2013-2017; Upstate New York Super Lawyers®, 2012-2017
Education:
  • Mercyhurst College, B.A., 1983
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D. (summa cum laude), 1987
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Joanna K. Budde
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated and Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law (2013), Martindale-Hubbell
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1985
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1988
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Mark J. Kuhar
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Education:
  • Gannon University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1990
  • Syracuse University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1993
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Bryan G. Baumann
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2002
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • New York, 2013
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2015-2016, Rising Stars, 2013-2014; 2015 Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer
Education:
  • West Virginia, B.A., 1998
  • Loyola University Chicago, J.D., 2002
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Neal R. Devlin
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2009
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 2013-2017; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2008, 2010, 2013-2016; 2015 Erie's 40 Under 40, The Erie Reader; 2014 "Lawyer on the Fast Track," The Legal Intelligencer
Education:
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2002
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Julia M. Herzing
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2017
Education:
  • Penn State University, B.A., 2004
  • Duquesne University, J.D. (cum laude), 2007
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Michael J. Musone
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Education:
  • Colgate University, B.A., 2005
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2009
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Associates
Robert D. Zaruta
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2009
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 2006
  • Syracuse University, J.D., 2009
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Alexander K. Cox
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Virginia (Inactive), 2011
  • District of Columbia, 2013
  • Pennsylvania, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Sixth Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:
Fobes Magazine's Nationwide "30 Under 30" List - Law and Policy, 2012
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010
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Stephen M. Fetzner
Erie, PA
Practice Areas
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Publications:
  • American Bar Association's 2014-2015 Annual Update on Construction Law by State: New York, Idaho and Oregon Sections
Education:
  • Syracuse University, B.S., 2004
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2012
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