Jennifer Prettyman Reno

Shareholder

Jennifer is a shareholder in the Health Care Liability Group where she focuses her practice exclusively on medical malpractice defense. Jennifer litigates cases before state and federal courts and various dispute resolution forums on behalf of physicians, hospitals, nurses, nursing homes, psychiatric providers and other health care providers and facilities. 

Since 2004, Jennifer has assisted in defending medical providers and facilities in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Her involvement ranges from inception of the case all the way through to trial, including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, and the retention and preparation of medical experts, economists and vocational experts. Jennifer also regularly lectures before nurses, physicians and other medical providers at a local hospital's grand rounds seminar. Topics have included documentation, electronic medical records and mock depositions.

Jennifer graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in disability studies. While at the University of Delaware, she was a member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Phi Betta Kappa. In 2001, Jennifer began employment with Marshall Dennehey as a paralegal in the Health Care Department. While continuing full-time employment with the firm, she attended Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in the evening division, and obtained her juris doctor in 2004. It was during her years at Temple that she received an award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy.

Significant Representative Matters

As assistant trial counsel, obtained defense verdict following three-week jury trial in wrongful death and survival case involving complex claims/theories medical negligence  in which verdict exposure was over $1 million; appeal followed; obtained a dismissal of plaintiff's appeal and unanimous appellate court affirmance in a published opinion (2016 PA Super 142) in an issue of first impression regarding waiver for failure to order, pay for, and cite to official transcripts in plaintiff's post-trial brief (Phila Cty 2016).

As assistant trial counsel, obtained pre-trial dismissal of 11 claims against three defendants and then defense verdict following 14 minutes of jury deliberations in three-week jury trial in wrongful death and survival case involving claims/theories of medical negligence in which verdict exposure was over $1 million (Phila Cty 2016).

As assistant trial counsel, obtained defense verdict following a month-long jury trial in obstetrical negligence case in which plaintiff's demand to settle was $100 million involving allegations of catastrophic birth injuries and testimony from 14 expert witnesses; no appeal followed (Phila Cty 2015).

Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a medical school after plaintiff alleged to have suffered permanent injuries as a result of a slip and fall (Phila Cty 2014).

Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a general dentist who was alleged to have fractured a patient's jaw following a wisdom tooth extraction (Allegheny Cty 2010).

Obtained a defense verdict as assistant trial counsel in a medical malpractice action claiming a failure to refer and perform a cardiac catheterization, through the use of medical experts, including experts in the fields of general cardiology and invasive cardiology (Del Cty 2007).

Classes/Seminars Taught

Electronic Health Record Litigation Issues, Pennsylvania Hospital Grand Rounds, September 2016

Mock Deposition Presentation, Pennsylvania Hospital Grand Rounds, September 2014

Published Works

"Expansion Of Wrongful Death Damages," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012

Admissions
Pennsylvania
2004
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2006
Education
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2004)
University of Delaware (B.A., cum laude, 2000)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star
2013-2014
Associations & memberships
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Year joined
2004