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Alesia S. Sulock

Associate
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-4557
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
assulock@mdwcg.com

Alesia is a member of the Professional Liability Department and focuses her practice on the defense of claims made and suits brought against attorneys, accountants, corporate directors and officers, and other professionals.  Alesia has significant experience in legal malpractice matters, including those arising from underlying commercial litigation, criminal matters, personal injury matters, transactional matters, and others.  Alesia also represents attorneys in connection with Dragonetti suits, abuse of process claims, and disciplinary matters.

Prior to attending law school, Alesia worked as a corporate underwriter for a mortgage company in Philadelphia, PA.  There, Alesia performed second level loan reviews and credit and risk analysis of loan applications.  Additionally, Alesia served as the underwriter on a remediation program under which borrowers were refinanced out of pre-foreclosure loans.  Alesia gained knowledge of real estate law such as the Truth in Lending Act and obtained experience in the areas of mortgage lending and in particular, mortgage foreclosure.  From this experience, Alesia also represents banks and mortgage services in foreclosure-related litigation.

In 2012, Alesia earned her juris doctor from the Villanova University School of Law where she graduated cum laude. While in law school, Alesia was on the executive board of the Villanova Law Moot Court Board, and ran the annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition in 2012.  She was also a quarter finalist in the Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition in 2011 and a quarter finalist in the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition in both 2011 and 2012.  Also while in law school, Alesia earned the Dorothy Day Award for pro bono service, primarily for her work with the Face to Face Legal Clinic, where she continues to volunteer.

Prior to entering law school, Alesia attended St. Joseph’s University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2006. She received several academic honors including the Presidential Scholarship, and she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in numerous complex legal malpractice matters on the basis that plaintiffs' claims were barred by the statute of limitations following application of the discovery rule.

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a three week jury trial in a complex legal malpractice action, arising from allegations of an attorney's failure to provide competent representation resulting in the loss of an underlying claim against a car dealership auditing company, purportedly causing twenty million dollars in damages.

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an attorney accused of inadequately representing a police officer in a grievance proceeding following his dismissal from the police force.

  • Obtained summary judgment in a complex legal malpractice matter arising from an underlying telecommunications litigation which spanned thirteen years and included two appeals.

  • Obtained dismissal of plaintiff's legal malpractice claims arising from an underlying release and medical malpractice claim, on the eve of trial, based on arguments made in a dispositive motion in limine.

  • Obtained affirmance on appeal of the dismissal of claims against an attorney pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 233.1.

  • Successfully represented clients in numerous disciplinary matters, resulting in findings of no discipline.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Trends in Claims Against Lawyers, Client Seminar, July 2018 and January 2019

Published Works

  • "Responsive Pleadings," Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice, 2018, 2019, Reviewing Author

  • "Common Evidentiary Issues at Trial," Pennsylvania Civil Trial Practice, 2018, Reviewing Author, 2019, Contributing Author

  • “Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Claims: Moving Away From a (Nearly) Automatic Four-Year Statute of Limitations,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018

  • Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Handbook, 2017 Edition, 2019 Edition, Published by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Co-author 

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2015-present

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA (J.D., 2012)

    Honors: cum laude

    Honors: Executive Board Member of Villanova Law Moot Court Board

    Awards: Dorothy Day Award recipient for pro bono activities

  • St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA (B.A., 2006)

    Honors: magna cum laude

    Major:  International Relations

    Honors: Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Defense Digest Article June 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018 By Alesia S. Sulock, Esq.* Key Points: Brenco Oil holds that if a legal malpractice complaint alleges that an attorney was careless in performing a contract, not that the attorney failed to...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...
Articles October 2, 2017
Please feel free to download the PA Legal Malpractice Handbook - 2017 Edition, found at the below link.  
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
An equally divided Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that there can be no discovery of communications between attorneys and expert witnesses in Pennsylvania. Affirming the Superior Court decision, which denied defendants’ discovery motion..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Dec 31, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice action in Lancaster County. We represented a law firm in the defense of legal malpractice cross-claims arising during underlying litigation. The plaintiff, an environmental consulting company, sued...
Jan 22, 2016
Representing one of the largest law firms in the country, Marshall Dennehey's professional liability attorneys obtained a defense verdict in a three-week legal malpractice trial in Pennsylvania, where the plaintiffs claimed in excess of $18...
Sep 21, 2015
Secured the dismissal of a disciplinary matter against our client, a lawyer, brought by his former client. The claimant filed a complaint with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), alleging that our client coerced and forced her into...
Feb 16, 2015
Won dismissal of a legal malpractice lawsuit based on an underlying civil rights and RICO case. The owner of a restaurant claimed that, after he gave a smaller discount than usual to an inspector for the Department of Agriculture, she retaliated by...

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2012)
  • St. Joseph's University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2006)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2012
  • Pennsylvania, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 2012

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Year Joined Organization: 2011

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