Representative Cases

OVERVIEW OF EMPLOYMENT CASES:

In the course of a year we negotiate many severance packages on behalf of our clients with their employers or expand on the severance packages our clients have been offered by their employers after they have been laid off or terminated for one reason or another. These negotiations often result in our clients receiving one or more of the following: additional funds, ongoing healthcare or other benefits, all or part of a bonus, the ability to exercise stock options that otherwise would have been precluded by their termination, assistance from outplacement agencies in seeking new employment, receiving unemployment compensation benefits without contest, payment of attorney’s fees and costs, payment of commissions not yet realized, payment for unused vacation, sick, or personal time, a neutral employment reference, or a letter of reference.

In each instance, we strive to negotiate in accordance with the particular and individualized needs of each client. Below is a representative list of our successful negotiations:

  • Client 1 received over $31,000 from a government agency after a federal administrative agency negotiation and prior to a hearing. He had been hired by a government agency, but before he began his employment, the offer was withdrawn because he allegedly had been accused of making an inappropriate remark to a visitor at the agency.
  • Client 2 received $50,000 from a government entity after a preliminary hearing before a government appeals board. During the hearing, we were able to demonstrate that someone affiliated with the government entity had altered and/or backdated documents to favor the government’s position as the correct steps to terminate our client had not been taken.
  • Client 3, after a hearing before a mediator and the local head of a federal government agency she worked for, was permitted to transfer to a different office of the agency, with a different supervisor, after she was at risk of losing her job because of complaints about her supervisor that she felt were not given appropriate credibility.
  • Client 4 was able to be reinstated into his teaching position and then transfer to a preferred position with a different set of supervisors managing him.
  • Client 5 was able to receive stock options of nearly $75,000 which were wrongly withheld from him following the end of his employment.
  • Client 6 was able to extend the time in which she had to exercise her stock options from months to years.
  • Many clients received substantial enhancements of the financial portion of the severance packages offered to them at the time of their termination, in some cases doubling and tripling the original amount offered to them.
  • Many clients were able to receive unemployment compensation benefits after their employers agreed not to contest their receipt of such benefits despite the employers alleging that our clients had engaged in willful misconduct which may have prevented them from receiving such benefits.


OVERVIEW OF DISABILITY CASES:

Below is a representative list of our successful disability cases:

  • Client A, after a hearing before an administrative law judge, was excused from being required to repay the Social Security Administration $28,000 in benefits which the SSA had alleged that he owed due to him being overpaid benefits. We demonstrated that he should be excused from repaying because incorrect information was given to him by SSA representatives and because he received these benefits through no fault of his own.
  • Client B successfully had his SSA benefits reinstated after an administrative hearing, when the SSA wrongfully determined that his medical condition had improved.
  • Client C’s long-term disability insurance carrier waived over $10,000 in long term disability payments made to our client from the carrier that were allegedly wrongfully paid to her. We successfully demonstrated that the overpayment was the fault of the long-term disability carrier and not our client.
  • Client D received reimbursement from his employer for many costly medical expenses which he had to pay for out-of-pocket after his long-term disability carrier mishandled his claim and refused to pay for the treatment his doctor recommended for him. The treatment was life-saving.

Many clients have been approved for long-term disability benefits after their initial claims have been denied by the long-term disability carrier. These appeals are time-intensive and require extensive medical documentation. 

BELOW ARE LISTS OF CASES SORTED BY TYPE THAT WE HAVE LITIGATED:

CIVIL RIGHTS

  • Conroy v. City of Philadelphia, et al., 421 F.Supp.2d. 879 (E..D. Philadelphia, 2006)
  • Foster v. Philadelphia Police Department, et al., 2004 WL 225041
  • Rich v. Borough of Clifton Heights, E.D., PA No.: 00-4471
  • Lewis v. Babbitt, E.D. PA, 1999 WL 551878

REAL ESTATE
  • North Coventry Township v. Tripodi, 64 A.3d 1128 (Pa.Cmwlth.2012)

EMPLOYMENT

  • Perry v. H&R Block Eastern Enterprises, Inc., 2007 WL 954129 (E.D.Pa.2007)
  • Gremo v. Potter, E.D. Pa., Case No.: 2005-02505, May 24, 2005
  • Walker v. School District of Philadelphia, et al., Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 0409001999
  • Palish v. SMG Corp., et al., Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 040602484
  • Rahme, M.D. v. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 0406018839 ERISA
  • Pless v. CAPP/USA, Court of Common Pleas, Delaware County, Case No.: October TERM, 02-00175
  • Barakat v. Meissner Chevrolet Geo Oldsmobile Inc., Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County., Case No.: 011002836
  • Morein v. Drexel University, 2000 WL 573454 (Pa.Com.Pl. 1997)

ERISA Cases
  • Thomas v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, E.D., Pa., No.: 07-3899
  • Labelle v. Metropolitan Life Insurance, E.D., Pa., No.: 03-00988

SOCIAL SECURITY
  • Razzi v. Barnhart, E.D. Pa, Case No.: 04-02027
  • Canales v. Barnhart, 308 F.Supp.2d 523, (Pa.E.D. 2004)
  • Gerage v. Massanari, et al., E.D.Pa., Case No.: 01-02654

FORECLOSURE
  • Interbay Funding v. Santiago et al., Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 030904112
  • Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A. v. Anderson, et al., Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 020400309

ESTATE MATTERS
  • Epstein-Valenti v. Zabor, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 1001002618
  • Gill V. Marrow, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 041200656
  • Allstate Insurance Co. v. Shea, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Case No.: 0305002646
  • Williams v. Willis, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Orphan’s Court, No.: 1558 of 2000, Will No.: 5620 of 1999