On Thursday, October 6, 2011, Tom Frampton served as Moderator of the focus case at the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County’s annual retreat, held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA.
The focus case brings together the trial judge and lead attorneys from a national civil trial for a half-day seminar including presentations and panel discussions about the case. This year’s program featured a 2009 Staten Island, New York, trial in the case of Tenuto v. Lederle Laboratories in which the Plaintiff Dominick Tenuto contracted paralytic polio as the result of changing his young daughter’s diaper several weeks after his daughter had received her second dose of the Lederle manufactured oral (Sabin) polio vaccine. The jury returned a verdict of $22.5 million in favor of Mr. Tenuto.
The Academy of Trial Lawyers began in 1959 and is an organization to promote the highest standards of integrity, civility, and competence in the legal profession, to cherish the camaraderie among its members and to foster a close working relationship with the judiciary in matters of judicial administration. There are currently 355 members including Honorary Members, Emeritus Members, and Active Members, which are limited to 250 lawyers who are actively engaged in civil trial practice from both the plaintiff's and defendant's side of counsel table in Allegheny County, in both the state and federal courts.
Admission into the Academy is by invitation only, after an extensive review and election process. All applicants must be nominated by a current Academy member.
Tom Frampton practices in the areas of business litigation, professional negligence and alternative dispute resolution. He represents businesses, nursing homes, financial institutions and professionals in disputes ranging from trade and employment-related disputes to complex business and personal injury claims. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer five times.
While Tom maintains an active trial practice, he has become a well-regarded mediator and arbitrator, providing services to attorneys from both sides of the “aisle.” His alternative dispute resolution practice focuses on medical malpractice and other professional negligence, products liability, commercial and business disputes, employment issues and personal injury.