Wendy R.S. O'Connor

Shareholder

Wendy is a shareholder in the firm's Casualty Department where she routinely represents national and local clients in matters involving premises liability, product liability, retail and restaurant liability, and trucking accident cases. In her practice, Wendy defends supermarket and department store chains in slip and fall, personal injury, and negligent security claims and represents clients in jury trials, non-jury trials and arbitration hearings.

Wendy has also assisted in the handling of health care liability matters and has a significant background in the defense of veterinary malpractice actions.

Wendy has presented to many different audiences on a variety of topics, with a focus on health care issues, including Pennsylvania's Peer Review Protection Act, informed consent, the challenges posed by electronic medical records, the impact of social media on the health care defense case, and best practices of EMR charting and documentation. Wendy frequently writes about the practice of law from an interpersonal perspective and has authored articles focusing on client relations, collegiality in the profession, and the importance of mentorship. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Samuel W. Salas, Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County. After graduating from law school, she concentrated her practice in product liability, casualty, and professional liability defense.

Wendy is the former president of the Board of Trustees of The Hillside School and is the school's former solicitor. She is also a former member of the Christkindlmart Council of ArtsQuest.

She is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained a defense verdict at jury trial on behalf of an arts and crafts supply store with respect to its sale of a candle which was left burning unattended and burned down Plaintiff’s home, successfully defending against claims of product defect where candle manufacturer had obtained a joint tort release prior to trial.

Obtained a verdict in subrogation action at jury trial on behalf of a commercial trucking company with respect to a tanker truck explosion which occurred during the loading of lubricating oil.

Obtained defense award on behalf of home oil heating contractor in case involving allegations of failure to timely deliver fuel oil, resulting in cracked pipes and water leakage.

Obtained defense award on behalf of restaurant/bar in case where plaintiff, who began an altercation with an ex-boyfriend, claimed to have been assaulted by bartender/employee.

Obtained defense award on behalf of cinema in case where plaintiff claimed to have sustained injury to knee after sitting on allegedly defective movie seat.

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of dentist in case where plaintiff claimed to have suffered damage as the result of alleged negligent performance of root canal procedure.

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of veterinarian and animal hospital where plaintiff claimed that dog with bradycephalic airway disease died while in hospital’s care.

Obtained judgment of non pros due to plaintiff’s failure to prosecute action against attorney sued in malpractice.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of boxing gym where visiting coach fell from boxing ring.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of entity accused of defamation against candidate for public office by means of alleged internet postings concerning candidate’s alleged conduct.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of landowner in case where plaintiff claimed to have tripped over sidewalk displaced by tree roots.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Hills and Ridges:  Defending the Snow and Ice Slip and Fall Case in Pennsylvania, Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2019

Limited Tort v. Full Tort/Verbal Threshold v. Zero Threshold – Which Option Applies? Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2018

A Primer on Legal Malpractice Claims in Pennsylvania, Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2017

Blitz on Damages:  Reducing the Plaintiff's Economic Damages Claim, Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2016 

The Whittling Away of Protection Afforded Under the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act, Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 5, 2015

Documenting Your Care: Good for You; Good for Your Patient, Pocono Medical Center Nursing Staff, October 2015

Informed Consent After Brady v. Urbas – Taking Another Look, Bar Association of Lehigh County, September 23, 2015

Mock Deposition of a Nurse, Pocono Medical Center Nursing Staff, May 2015

Beyond Barrick v. Holy Spirit: Guidelines for Expert Witness Communications, Northampton County Bar Association, March 2015

Anatomy of a Lawsuit and the Impact of the Internet, October 2014

Grievance or Dispute Resolution Clauses, September 9, 2014

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: How the Internet Can Make or Break the Medical Professional Negligence Case, 63rd Annual Joint Meeting of the Lehigh County Bar Association and Lehigh County Medical Society, September 9, 2014

EMR and Electronic Communications with Patients: When is it Okay to Hit Send?, Pocono Medical Center Grand Rounds, December 2013

Litigation Issues Arising From the Use of Electronic Medical Records, Northampton County Medical Society, September 2013

Federal Discovery Abuses: Was That Wrong?

Getting Paid in a Recession Economy: Tips for the Small Business Owner

Documenting the Job: A Guide to AIA Forms for the Construction Manager

The Importance of Patient Communication, Sacred Heart Hospital Family Practice Residents, Winter 2012

Nursing Care Best Practices, Moravian Village of Bethlehem, Spring 2011

Recent Updates from Pennsylvania's Appellate Court: Civil Litigation, 2005

Publications

"The People v. COVID-19: Are You Ready For Some Litigation?" Defense Digest, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring 2020

"Cell Phone Usage and Motor Vehicle Litigation," The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, April 2020

"Winning The ‘Safety Sweep-Stakes’: The Impact of Inspection Protocols on Retailer Slip-and-Fall Litigation", Counterpoint, newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January 2020

"May I Finish? The Case Against Interrupting," ABA Journal, September 11, 2018

"Avoiding Arbitration Panel Fatigue: Tips For Keeping Your Arbitrators' Full Attention," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2018

"Mentors Teach Young Lawyers How to Be Lawyers," The Legal Intelligencer, April 20, 2017

"You Don't Have to be a Jerk: The Case for Civility in the Profession," Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Civil Litigation Update, Winter/Spring 2017

"Every Dog Has Its Day...In Court - Things to Keep in Mind When the Fur Starts to Fly," Network Magazine, Summer 2016

"Does Your 'Bedside Manner' Need a Checkup?" The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July/August 2016

"The Peer Review Protection Act ("PRPA"): Looking Back, Looking Ahead," The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, April 2016

"Medical Professional Negligence – What’s In A Name? If You’re The Plaintiff, It Doesn’t Matter," Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014
Pro Bono Activities

Support for Child Advocates, Philadelphia, PA, 1990-1994

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1989
New Jersey
1990
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
1990
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1990
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
2008
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
2019
Education
Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 1989)
Mount Holyoke College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1986)
Associations & memberships
American Veterinary Medical Law Association (2011)
Lehigh County Bar Association
Northampton County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Year joined
2010