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Frick Building
437 Grant Street, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 412-281-0587
Fax: 412-281-2971
E-Mail: jdoherty@grblaw.com
www.grblaw.com
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Established: 1902

Practice Areas
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Asbestos
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Oil and Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sports Claims Defense
  • Subrogation
  • Title Insurance
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Termination
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About Us
Today, insurance companies face an ever-increasing range of risks in a claims environment where predictability is transient. Insurers are pushed more than ever to reduce risks, control claim expense and/or recover assets. They also must provide exceptional service to, and maintain relationships of mutual trust and respect with their insured clientele. At Goehring Rutter & Boehm we recognize that resolving claims and disputes in a predictable fashion and within accepted claims costing is a value added proposition for the insurance industry.

The Litigation Group at GRB specializes in defending insureds with a focus on achieving results. Our lawyers are recognized for their experience and knowledge in managing insured risks through the desired dispute resolution process: mediation; arbitration; or trial.

The attorneys of the Litigation Group operate in the forefront of insurance dispute resolution. We use innovative methods to manage risk and resolve claims. We try cases in every county in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Insured risks include personal injury, property and casualty, ELL and EPLI claims, and completed operations. We focus on your insureds’ interests and deliver resolution strategies that keep your clients happy, your underwriters in business, and your claim expense budgets on target.

In addition, we also represent carriers. We excel in analyzing coverage obligations for first-party claims minimizing the risk of occurrence and trigger of coverage issues. We proactively manage bad faith claims. We interpret deductibles and self-insured retentions, defend in a variety of insurance coverage settings, litigate third-party subrogation and we navigate specialty coverage issues.
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Additional Locations
Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Waterfront Corporate Park
2100 Georgetowne Drive, Suite 300
Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143-8782
Telephone: 724-935-4777
Fax: 724-935-4123
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1425 Spruce Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Telephone: 215-735-1910
Fax: 215-735-1618
Toll Free: 866-677-5970
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Alterra Specialty Insurance CompanyCNA Realty
Colony Insurance CompanyFirst American Title Insurance Company
Florida Insurance Guaranty AssociationHarleysville Insurance Company
OneBeacon Insurance CompanyPharmacists Mutual Insurance Company
Pro-Demnity Insurance CompanySedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Non-Insurance Clients
Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.Brookdale Senior Living
Cascade Helmets, Inc.The Coca-Cola Company
County of AlleghenyCSE Corporation
Extendicare Health Services, Inc.Georgia-Pacific LLC
Pittsburgh Public SchoolsSchutte Inc.
Shore CorporationWest Penn Energy Services
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Personnel Information
Shareholder
Jaime N. Doherty
Pittsburgh, PA
E-Mail:jdoherty@grblaw.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
Jaime is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group and practices in the areas of products and premises liability, personal injury, commercial/construction law and insurance coverage. She advises her clients on risk allocation and management, investigations, and rights of indemnity and insurance. She is panel counsel for several insurance companies and works with carriers and third-party administrators to defend construction defect, products liability, property and casualty losses.

Jaime’s clients include insurance carriers, title agencies, municipalities, school districts, private developers, regional contractors and subcontractors and family-owned businesses.

Jaime has successfully represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in courtrooms across Pennsylvania. She has also litigated complex construction claims on behalf of owners, contractors and subcontractors before the American Arbitration Association.

Jaime is a regular presenter at various local, regional and national conferences, and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She has written on the subjects of the Fair Share Act and its implications for tort litigation in Pennsylvania, public contracting and construction claims negotiation, developments in products liability and insurance coverage.
Memberships:
  • American (Forum on Construction Industry), Pennsylvania and Allegheny County (Civil Litigation and Construction Law Sections) Bar Associations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Construction Committee; Live Standards Training; Litigation Management Institute; President, Western Pennsylvania Chapter)
  • Sports and Fitness Industry Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "2013 Brings New Reporting Requirements for Public Projects," GRBInsight, 2013
  • "One Year Old Fair Share Act's Impact Upon Tort Litigation in Pennsylvania," GRB Insight, 2012
  • "Hot Topics in Products Liability Law," DRI Products Liability Update, 2011
  • "The Socratic Method Meets the Information Age," The Legal Intelligencer and Law.com, 2010
  • "Negotiating a Better Contract with your Architect - Key Strategies to Consider in Public Contracting," GRBInsight, 2009
Education:
  • Boston College, A.B., 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2002
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Matthew C. Fergus
Pittsburgh, PA
E-Mail:mfergus@grblaw.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2010
Matt joins GRB after spending two years as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As Law Clerk to Judge Conti, Matt was responsible for coordinating all aspects of civil and criminal litigation, briefing the court on complicated legal issues, and drafting opinions and memoranda. While with the Federal District Court, Matt gained extensive experience and expertise in Complex Litigation, Class Actions, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law.

Matt works in the areas of complex litigation, employment, and civil rights litigation. Matt also advises insurance carriers on coverage implications, conflicts of law, and bad faith. Prior to his practice of law, Matt was the director of a nonprofit organization serviing at-risk youth and their families.
Memberships:
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
Education:
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1992
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2007
Honors:
CALI Excellence for the Future Award; Certificate of Study in Civil Litigation
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Lisa M. Goodman
Pittsburgh, PA
E-Mail:lgoodman@grblaw.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2009
Lisa is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses in the areas of labor and employment, construction, products liability and toxic tort. She has mediation and trial experience in various areas of the law, including employment discrimination law under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as all facets of Personal Injury Litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, and premise and products liability claims. Lisa advises clients on risk allocation and management in Commercial and Construction Litigation, Education and Municipal Law, and Subrogation.

Lisa taught a professional development course at the Pennsylvania State University.

A 2005 graduate of Saint Vincent College, Lisa earned a B.A., cum laude, in Public Policy Analysis, with a minor in Spanish. She was awarded the George Washington Fellowship and honored for Academic Excellence in Public Policy Analysis. She attended the Duquesne University School of Law, earning her JD, cum laude, in 2008.

Lisa is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania State courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania.
Memberships:
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • American Association for Justice
Education:
  • Saint Vincent College, B.A. (cum laude), 2005
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 2008
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John J. Richardson
Pittsburgh, PA
E-Mail:jrichardson@grblaw.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Ohio, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
John's practice includes a wide variety of litigation matters involving claims of strict product liability, negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, violations of consumer protection statutes, intentional interference with contractual relations, violations of restrictive convenants, insurance coverage issues and professional negligence/legal malpractice.

Representative matters include product liability claims involving a variety of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, industrial equipment and machinery, protective sports equipment and juvenile products. He is also experienced in handling a variety of commercial litigation matters including claims of breach of contract and warranty and violations of various statutes and regulations in a variety of industries including oil and gas, automobiles, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

John has tried cases in various state trial courts in Pennsylvania and participated on trial teams in the Federal District Courts in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

John currently serves as one of three of the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment. John was appointed to this position by Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and confirmed by a vote of Pittsburgh City Council. The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears and rules upon requests by property owners for variances and special exceptions to the City of Pittsburgh Zoning code.
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania, Ohio State and Allegheny County Bar Associations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Litigation Management Institute)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (Board Member; Big Brother 2009-Present; Male Recruitment Advisory Board; 2012 Member of the Year)
  • Pittsburgh Cares (Former Board Member, Immediate Past President)
  • YMCA - Downtown Pittsburgh (Former Board Member)
  • Pittsburgh Magnet Project (Former Member)
  • Pittsburgh Next (Former Member)
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Too Loko? Safety of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages Comes into Question: FDA Issues Warning Letters to Manufacturers of Popular Products Four Loko and Joose,: DRI Today, 2011
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.A., 1997
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2000
Honors:
Recipient: Larry Wilkins Award, 1996; "J.J. Richardson Work Ethic Award", Men's Varsity Basketball Program, 1997; John Carroll University, Athletic Hall of Fame, Inductee 2014
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