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Patricia J. Baxter is the Managing Partner of the Philadelphia Office, responsible for the day-to-day management of litigation filed in federal and state courts across the county, with a specific focus in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Patricia is an active trial attorney, who has tried cases to verdict, but who also specializes in early and efficient dispute resolution. She triages every new file at the onset of assignment in order to assess viable exit strategies (i.e. voluntary dismissal, settlement, motion practice and/or trial) and exposure in the context of indemnity, defense costs, and expert fees. Patricia does this to provide our clients, insurers and TPAs with a comprehensive plan of action (weighing liability strengths and weaknesses against exposure, costs and business concerns) within 60 days of assignment in order to implement the appropriate exit strategy and determine viability of early resolution. Patricia also specializes in early Mediations when appropriate, prior to the filing of a Complaint and/or during the pleadings/written discovery phases. If early resolution is not desired by the client or achieved, thereafter she will work closely with risk managers, in-house counsel and insurance adjusters to ensure litigation guidelines are met, within budgets and company guidelines.

Patricia’s practice is concentrated in the areas of 1) products liability (representing manufacturers and distributors of various powered industrial machinery/equipment; industrial/commercial equipment; medical devices; construction equipment; food service products; cosmetic products; aviation component parts; automotive OEM and aftermarket component parts; elevators; plumbing, electrical and lighting fixtures; and recreational equipment and related component parts), 2) aviation (representing airlines and aviation vendors, including skycaps, wheelchair handlers, plane cleaners, baggage handlers, Jetway operators, tarmac mechanics, etc.), and 3) premises liability (representing large commercial landowners and facility management companies with high self-insured retentions).


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Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Honors and Professional Activities

  • 2010 Pro Bono Publico Award for Civil Litigation
  • 2014 Speaker, CLM Annual Conference, Walking the Line: Ethical and Practical Considerations in Deciding When and How to Split the Claims and Coverage Files
  • 2015 Speaker, Updates/Developments in Product Liability: August 2015 Update
  • 2016 Sweeping Developments in Product Liability Insurance: January 2016 Update
  • 2016 Speaker, CLM Annual Conference, Product Liability: Tender Issues in Today’s Global Economy
  • 2017 Speaker, CLM Annual Conference, Risk Management: balancing the interests of the Insured and Insurer when business concerns and litigation exit strategies are at odds

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Law & Defense
  • Products Liability

Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Pro Bono Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Education

  • Widener School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Virginia Tech, B.S., 1995