PATRICK T. DUFFY
Partner  




Kathy Ciesielka - Administrative Assistant
E: kciesielka@sbrslaw.com
T: 484.344.5325
Natalie E. Stetler - Paralegal
E: nstetler@sbrslaw.com
T: 484.344.5331

Patrick has extensive experience in handling complex litigation matters with a focus on handling professional liability. Patrick has taken numerous civil matters through verdict in both bench and jury trials in state and federal courts. Additionally, Patrick has tried dozens of criminal matters. He handles a range of litigation matters, including medical malpractice, professional liability, maritime, security, employment law, workers’ compensation, general liability defense and criminal defense.

 
Professional Experience

Patrick began his professional career as a fire claims representative for State Farm Insurance, where he evaluated claims made by insureds to determine the extent of covered losses, negotiated settlements and administered satisfaction of claims, including extensive work with contractors. He subsequently attended law school and began his legal practice with a solo practitioner gaining extensive trial experience handling a wide array of matters including serious criminal matters (attempted murders, kidnappings, drug offenses, etc.) and civil matters including personal injury cases, breach of contract disputes, and civil defense of clients denied insurance coverage.

After five years of honing his trial skills, Patrick began defending one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers in a multitude of claims including medical malpractice and premise liability cases. He also represents design professionals, engineers, contractors, real estate brokers and other professionals in claims involving errors and omissions, construction defects, and professional liability claims. Patrick joined SBRS in August, 2012 after sending five years with two national law firms practicing defending liability claims.

Education

Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in communications (with a minor in political science) from Villanova University. His law degree is also from Villanova University. Patrick was awarded the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers’ Association’s James J. Mandarino Award for Trial Advocacy while a student at Villanova.

Primary Practice Areas
Maritime-Law

Maritime Law

Arson-&-Fraud

Arson & Fraud

Construction-Defect

Construction Defect

Employment-Law

Employment Law

Environmental

Environment

Information-Security

Information Security

Professional-Liability

Professional Liability

Security-Liability

Security Liability

Retail-&-Hospitality

Retail & Hospitality

workers_comp

Workers Comp

Additional Practice Areas

Criminal Defence

Estates and Trusts

Product Defect & Food Contamination

Representative Matters

(2015) Obtained defense verdict at trial for a national property preservation service company on a claim that Plaintiff, a vendor utilized by client to preserve foreclosed properties was owed additional monies for services rendered.

(2015) Effectively achieved vendor to assume defense and indemnification for a national property preservation service company in Federal Court wherein Plaintiff claimed preservation company negligently entered and removed personal property from a residence not in foreclosure.

(2014) Effectively achieved vendor to assume defense and indemnification for a national property preservation service company wherein Plaintiff claimed preservation company negligently winterized a property not in foreclosure.

(2014) Obtained summary judgment for a national property preservation service company in the Superior Court of Mercer County where plaintiff claimed she tripped and fell on a foreclosed property being maintained by client.

Bar Memberships & Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations and Professional Organizations
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Inaugural Member and Past Chairperson, Editorial Board, The Legal Intelligencer’s Young Lawyers Supplement, May 2006 – May 2012
Speaking Engagements and Published Works

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: What Does It All Mean?, New Jersey State Bar Association Insurance Law Section, Bringing Home the Bacon: Emerging Issues in Food Industry Liabilities and Insurance Coverage, March 22, 2012

Priming Witnesses and Experts for Deposition and Trial, Likeable Lawyer Litigation Leadership Seminar, November 9, 2012

Charitable & Civic Involvement and Personal Interests

Patrick is currently a supervisor of Lower Providence Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was elected in 2013 to serve a 6 year term. Patrick also serves on the Board of the Education Foundation for the Methacton Community and as the Board Secretary for the Santoro Foundation, a nonprofit benefiting prostate cancer research and awareness. He is also the Secretary for the Audubon Recreation Association. Patrick is President of the Audubon Basketball Organization, a local youth sports group.

Special Honors
  • Pennsylvania Rising Star, 2010, 2013 and 2014
  • Legal Intelligencer 2015 Lawyer on the Fast Track