O'Brien and Ryan, LLP - Attorneys at Law
Dorothy Duffy
Dorothy Duffy
Email: dduffy@obrlaw.com
Main: (610) 834-6260
Fax: (610) 834-1749
   
Assistant: Jessica Rankin
Email: jrankin@obrlaw.com
Main: (610) 834-6222


Dorothy handles complex litigation, with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense. She has defended hundreds of cases in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties and has had tried dozens of cases in both the Pennsylvania state and federal courts.  Dorothy's attention to detail is a hallmark of her successful representation of healthcare providers.

Dorothy has served as lead trial counsel in complex medical trials resulting in defense verdicts including cases involving vascular surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, radiology, psychiatry, emergency medicine and general surgery. She has also represented defendants in mass tort litigation involving products liability, including silicone gel breast implants and various drug litigation, and has served as liaison counsel for mass torts in state litigation, as well as on a national level in federal multi-district litigation.

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Recent Representative Matters:

Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers:

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of PA

Education:

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1986, J.D.
  • Catholic University of America, 1983, B.A.
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Mock Trial, Philadelphia Obstetrical Society, May 2017
  • 28th Annual Civil Litigation Update - Encore, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, July, 2015
  • 28th Annual Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, March, 2015
  • Becoming an Expert on Expert Witnesses, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Symposium, October 2014
  • Work Product Admissibility in Light of Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital, Drexel Law Review Symposium, Philadelphia, October 2014
  • 27th Annual Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, July 2014
  • 26th Annual Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, March/July 2013
  • 25th Annual Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, 2012
  • Tort Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Atlantic City, 2011
  • 24th Annual Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, 2011
  • 23rd Annual Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia / Mechanicsburg, 2010
  • Maximizing Your Client's Recovery in Challenging Times, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
  • Update-Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, 2008
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, 2007
  • Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007
  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006
  • Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2006
  • Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Death Cases, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006
  • 10th Annual Personal Injury Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2003
  • Tort Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2003
  • Personal Injury Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000
  • Breast Implant Litigation, American Bar Association National Institute, 1993
  • Medical Malpractice, American Bar Association National Institute, 1993
  • National Vice Chair Committee in Medicine and Law, American Bar Association, 1990

Published Works:

  • Co-author, Of Surgical Sponges and Flour Barrels, and Why Medical Experts are Needed Even with a Res Ipsa Loquitur Instruction, Drexel Law Review, Volume 7, Spring 2015, Number 2

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • American Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Medical Legal Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Contact
Hickory Pointe
2250 Hickory Rd, Suite 300
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: (610) 834-8800
Fax:(610) 834-1749
info@obrlaw.com