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Matthew P. Keris

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50 Glenmaura National Boulevard
Moosic, PA 18507
(570) 496-4602
(570) 496-0567 - Fax
mpkeris@mdwcg.com

Matthew has extensive experience in medical practice defense, having represented doctors, physician groups, hospitals and regional health centers for nearly two decades. He is a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, and concentrates his practice in medical malpractice, medical device and general liability work.

An experienced speaker and author, Matt lectures and writes extensively on topics including health risk management, legal ethics and trial preparation. He is nationally recognized in the field of health record issues and recently authored a book on the subject, "Electronic Medical Records and Litigation," for Thomson Reuters.

Matt is actively involved in the health care and legal communities on a statewide level. He served as the president of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management in 2016, having previously served in the same role in 2012. He is also a former president of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and he currently serves as the organization's state representative to the Defense Research Institute. Matt is also a contributing member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance and American Society for Health Care Risk Management.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial involving a middle-aged mother of two who was allegedly left a quadraparetic and wheelchair-bound as a result of a physician’s failure to timely diagnose and treat an infectious process of the cranial nerves and cerebellum. The plaintiff argued that as a result of the alleged negligence, she needed home health care for the rest of her life and submitted expert testimony arguing for the recovery of boardable future medical expenses totaling $4 million and past and future pain and suffering. The last settlement demand was $2 million.  No settlement offers were made prior to or during trial.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Risk Management and Legal Issues in Health Care, guest speaker for Health Law course, Penn State Master of Health Administration program, December 10, 2017

  • CRNA Documentation Issues: Practices to Embrace, Habits to Break, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists' annual meeting, October 21, 2017, Bedford, Pennsylvania

  • The EMR, Audit Trails and Mobile Devices:  How to Narrow Your Professional Liability Exposure, Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, September 20, 2017

  • New Technologies for the Defense: In and Out of the Courtroom, Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s 2017 Annual Conference, July 14, 2017

  • Want to Avoid a Lawsuit? Document & Disclose, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Scranton, PA,  May 12, 2017

  • EMR Discovery – Practices to Avoid and Lessons to Be Learned, New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference (NERHRMC), Mystic, CT, May 5, 2017

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Fair Share Act and Hospital Liability, Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management Spring Conference, Williamsport, PA, April 21, 2017

  • Legally Yours: Legal Implications in the Delivery of Anesthesia, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists Conference, October 2016

  • Make Mine a Double - Why EMRs Keep us Awake at Night, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2016

  • Legal Ramifications of the Electronic Medical Record, meeting of the American College of Healthcare Trustees, Philadelphia, PA, June 2016

  • Electronic Medical Records – Litigation Nightmares, Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York Fall Educational Conference, New York, NY, December 11, 2015

  • Electronic Medical Records: Update on Litigation Issues, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminars, July 2015

  • EMR Litigation Issues: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going, 2014 American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Annual Conference & Exhibition, Anaheim, CA, October 26, 2014

  • The Results Are In: An Overview of the Initial Court Decisions Regarding Electronic Medical Records, Northeast Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association Regional Meeting, June 11, 2014

  • Insurance and the Tripartite Relationship: Conflicts of Interests and Right to Independent Counsel, co-presenter, Strafford webinar, February 12, 2014

  • It’s Okay to Say I’m Sorry: The How-To Workshop for Apology and Disclosure, co-presenter, The Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, January 29, 2014

  • Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Case, Panelist, CLM Professional Liability Committee Meeting, Boston, MA, July 25, 2013

  • The Ex-Employee: Discovery/Privilege Issues When Plaintiff's Lawyer Comes Knockin', Moderator/Co-Presenter, Claim & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 11, 2013

  • Deposition Issues Pertaining to the EMR, Co-Presenter, Lehigh Valley Health Network Annual Risk Symposium, Allentown, PA, April 12, 2013

  • Working with Experts post-Barrick and Cooper, Panelist, PDI/NEPATLA Regional CLE, Mohegan Sun Casino, Wilkes-Barre, PA November 14, 2012

  • Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition, ASHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Harbor, MD, October 9, 2012

  • The Impact of Social Media on  the Tripartite Relationship, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance 2012 Pennsylvania Event, Philadelphia, PA, September 20, 2012

  • OMG?!-The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Moderator/Co-Presenter, Claim & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2012

  • Electronic Medical Records 101: What Claims Professionals Need to Know, co-presenter, Council on Litigation Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24, 2011

  • E-Discovery Update, panelist/speaker, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania, September 30, 2010

  • Faculty, Lorman Education Services, Progressive Business Publications, National Constitution Center

Published Works

  • "Negligent Advice of a Class III Medical Device Sales Rep," The Legal Intelligencer, Medical Malpractice Supplement, April 11, 2017

  • "A Pandora’s Box: The EMR’s Audit Trail," Counterpoint, newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, February 2017

  • "It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Judge Wettick Affirms Practice of Limiting Deposition Opinions of Defendant Physicians," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016

  • "Wake Me Up!! I've Had Enough!! Litigation Nightmares With the Electronic Medical Record," The Risk Management Quarterly, newsletter of the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York, Inc. (AHRMNY)

  • "EMR's and Litigation: Issues Decided and What's Next?" The Legal Intelligencer, Medical Malpractice Supplement (page 5), April 12, 2016

  • Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, published by Thomson Reuters Legal, September 2014

  • "OMG?! The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship," Co-Author, Litigation Management Magazine, Spring 2013

  • "What's It Worth? Best Practices in Defending Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Accident," Co-Author, Litigation Management Magazine, Fall 2012

  • "Reducing Medical Malpractice E-Discovery Issues and Costs," The Legal Intelligencer, February 14, 2012

  • "A View From the Trenches: Discovery Issues With Electronic Medical Records," Risk Rx, Special Edition on the Electronic Health Record, University of Florida, Vol. 8, No. 1 January-March, 2011; and Florida Hospital Association's Risk Review, August 23, 2011

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, RI (J.D., 1996)

  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, PA (B.A., 1993)

    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges
    Honors: Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Fraternity, president
    Major: History

Defense Digest Article December 1, 2016
Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016   By Matthew P. Keris, Esq.* Key Points: Plaintiffs’ counsel routinely ask defendant doctors for their opinions as to the standard of care in medical malpractice depositions in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016. 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 provide...
Articles March 27, 2013
Litigation Management Magazine, Spring 2013
Articles October 8, 2012
Litigation Management Magazine, Fall 2012
Articles February 14, 2012
The Legal Intelligencer, February 14, 2012
Articles January 1, 2011
Risk Rx, University of Florida, Vol. 8, No. 1, January-March 2011
Dec 6, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. ​The plaintiff alleged to be permanently disabled and in a wheelchair, requiring home health care for the rest of her life,...
Sep 21, 2015
Obtained dismissal of a medical malpractice action in its entirety based on the "Two-Disease Rule." The case involved clear liability for lost breast biopsy samples by a hospital nurse. The complaint did not state that the plaintiff...
April 19, 2017
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed state representative to the Defense Research Institute (DRI) by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI). In this capacity, he will act as the official liaison between the two...
January 8, 2016
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in Marshall Dennehey's Scranton office, has been elected President of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management (PAHCRM). Mr. Keris took office on January 1 and will serve a one-year term. An affiliate of the American Society for Healthcare Risk...
July 24, 2015
Marshall Dennehey received the "Distinguished Defense Firm Award" at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) on Thursday, July 16 in Bedford, PA. The inaugural award honors a civil defense firm devoted to professionalism, dedication to the practice of law, promotion of the...
September 12, 2014
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in our Scranton office,  has authored the book, Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, published this month by Thomson Reuters Legal. The book is a brand new offering from the legal publisher that provides attorneys, physicians, health care claims professionals,...
August 8, 2014
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was elected President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) at the organization's recent annual conference. Additionally, Jason Banonis, shareholder in the firm's Bethlehem office, was...
June 4, 2012
Matthew P. Keris, Esquire, a shareholder with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was elected president of the Central Pennsylvania Association of Health Care Risk Management for the 2012 term. Keris has been involved with the association since 2009. As president, Keris is responsible...
Sep 20, 2012
Listen to amazing speakers and then network over cocktails and appetizers. Presentation topics include: The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship Mediating Complex Disputes with Increasingly Sophisticated Parties...
Conference Oct 9, 2012
Matthew Keris and Robin Snyder are presenting a concurrent session at the ASHRM 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition. "Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition" addresses issues germane to medical malpractice depositions based...
Conference Apr 11, 2013
Matthew Keris is a featured speaker at this year's CLM Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. He joins Marla Bigeleisen from Hamlin & Burton Liability Management, Frank Brier from Geisinger System Services, and Christopher Greene from...
Seminar Jul 25, 2013
Join members of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance for an informative presentation and then network over cocktails and appetizers on a boat cruise around Boston. Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Product Liability Claim for Risk...
Conference Oct 26, 2014
Matthew Keris will be speaking at the 2014 American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Annual Conference & Exhibition. As a panelist for "EMR Litigation Issues: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going," Matt will...
Conference Jul 15, 2015
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 47th annual conference on July 15-17 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits...
Conference Dec 11, 2015
Matt Keris, a shareholder in the Health Care Department, is a featured speaker at the upcoming Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York fall educational conference. In "Electronic Medical Records – Litigation Nightmares,...
Conference Jun 10, 2016
Matthew Keris, a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, is a speaker at the upcoming Northeast Corridor Conference hosted by the American College of Health Care Trustees Philadelphia. Matt is presenting two sessions during the...
Seminar Apr 21, 2017
Matthew Keris, a shareholder in the Health Care Department, is speaking at the PACHRM Spring Conference on April 21. In "Be Careful What You Wish For: The Fair Share Act and Hospital Liability," attendees will learn: How jury verdicts...
Conference Jul 12, 2017
Brooks Foland of our Harrisburg office will present "Stacking, Sign Downs, and Rejection of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Making Heads and Tails Out of All the Different Forms and Rules" at PDI's 49th Annual Conference...
Conference Sep 19, 2017
Matt Keris, a shareholder in the Health Care Department in the firm's Scranton office, is speaking at the 13th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit. Nearly ten years after the call for the adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR...

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • New York, 2011

Associations & Memberships

  • American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • Claim and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Co-Chair for Pennsylvania Membership Development, 2012
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), State Membership Chairman, 2017; State Representative to DRI on behalf of Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 2017
  • Lackawanna County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management (PAHCRM), President, 2012, 2016
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Health Care Law Committee, Secretary, 2010-2012; Health Care Law Subcommittee on Civil Litigation, Chairman, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), President, 2014; Executive Board, 2009-2013; Board of Directors, 2007-2009, 2015-present; state representative to the Defense Research Institute, 2017

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2005

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