Evan R. Baker

April 12, 2024

Evan focuses her practice on the defense of medical professional liability matters.

Evan joined German, Gallagher & Murtagh as an associate in the firm’s Medical Malpractice Defense group. Evan focuses her practice on the representation of liability cases involving medical professionals. She devotes her time entirely to the defense of physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, medical practices, and other professionals in the medical field.

Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Evan worked as an associate at a boutique firm where she represented individuals in personal injury cases, specifically in vaccination injury claims. She has assisted with trials, prepared expert and lay witnesses for hearings, presented oral arguments in court, and has significant drafting experience, including briefs and motions.

Evan is a graduate of Penn State University where she received her B.A. in Sociology, magna cum laude, with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Evan then earned her Juris Doctorate from The Villanova Charles Widger School of Law. During her time at Villanova Law School, Evan was an SBA Class Representative, SBA Student Group Liaison, Student Admissions Ambassador, and a member of the Professor Selection Committee.

Evan is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and is pending admission in New Jersey. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for vaccine injury claims.

Education

Villanova Charles Widger School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2023

The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, with minor in French and Francophone Studies, 2020

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey 
S. Court of Federal Claims (vaccine injury cases)

Professional Affiliations

Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association

April 12, 2024

GGM is pleased to announce its newest Litigation Associate Evan Baker

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Attorneys:

Cassidy R. Page

March 7, 2024

Cassidy is a trial lawyer who focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability, product liability and catastrophic injury lawsuits along with the representation of both sides in complex commercial matters.

​Cassidy joined German, Gallagher & Murtagh as an associate in the firm’s professional and product liability and catastrophic injury team. She also works on both sides in complex commercial matters.

Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Cassidy worked at a Pennsylvania firm where she represented individuals in personal injury, toxic tort, nursing home abuse, and motor vehicle matters from inception to trial. She has assisted with trial, taken and defended lay and expert witness depositions, argued various motions in court and has significant drafting experience, including appellate briefs.

Cassidy earned her Juris Doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law.  During her time at Penn State Law, Cassidy was a Blog Editor on the Journal of Law and International Affairs and an oralist on the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Team.

Cassidy is also a graduate and former student-athlete of Northern Illinois University where she received her B.S. in Marketing.

Cassidy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Education

The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law
J.D. 2021

Northern Illinois University
B.A. cum laude, B.S. in Marketing and Sales Certificate, Division I Women’s Soccer, MAC All-Academic Team, MAC Presidential Award Winner

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

Philadelphia Bar Association

Attorneys:

Kate M. Hurley

February 26, 2024

Kate focuses her practice on the defense of Worker’s Compensation matters.

Kate joined German, Gallagher & Murtagh as an associate in the firm’s Worker’s Comp group. Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Kate worked as Judicial law Clerk in the First Judicial District of PA. Kate earned her Juris Doctorate from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, 2023

Honors:  Rising Advocate Scholarship, Excellence in Workers Compensation Law Award

Activities:  Treasurer of the Trusts, Estates & Real Estate Law Society, OUTlaw

Kate is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania (NJ pending)

Education

Drexel University Thomas Kline School of Law
J.D. 2023

James Madison University
B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy, Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Tau Honor Societies Philosophy

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey (pending)

Professional Affiliations

Member of the PA Bar Association

Member of the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Rising Advocate Scholarship
Excellence in Workers Compensation Law Award

 

February 27, 2024

GGM is pleased to announce its newest Litigation Associate Kate M. Hurley

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Attorneys:

Michael G. Balabon

January 3, 2024

​Michael focuses his practice on the defense of medical malpractice, product liability, and  general liability matters.

​Mike joined German, Gallagher & Murtagh as an associate in the firm’s professional liability, product liability and catastrophic injury groups. He also assists in representing clients in business litigation matters.

Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Mike worked as an associate in a boutique medical malpractice/personal injury law firm defending medical personnel, facilities and hospital networks.  He has been an advocate for both firm and pro-bono clients and has experience in all aspects of depositions, complex motion practice including motions, oppositions and oral arguments.  

Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School.  While in law school he was involved with the Business Law Association and the National Lawyers Guild where he was trained and acted as a legal observer to protests.  

Mike is admitted to practice in NJ, PA, the US District Court for the District of NJ and the US District Court for the Eastern District of PA.

Mike is a member of the NJ State Bar Association.

Education

Rutgers Law School
Juris Doctor 2022

Rowan University, Rohrer College of Business
B.S. in Management Information Systems 2019

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

New Jersey Bar Association

April 9, 2024

Jacob C. Lehman and Michael G. Balabon Obtain Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Appeal to New Jersey Supreme Court for National Marine and Vehicle Brokerage Firm

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December 7, 2023

GGM is pleased to announce its newest Litigation Associate Michael G. Balabon

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Attorneys:

Chantez R. Degraffenreid

October 24, 2023

Chantez is a trial lawyer who focuses her practice on the defense of casualty, premises, products, and trucking and transportation matters.

Chantez joined German, Gallagher & Murtagh is an associate in the firm’s Casualty and Trucking and Transportation practice groups. Chantez focuses her practice on the defense of insured and self-insured entities in a variety of matters including premises liability, dram shop/liquor liability cases, product liability, motor vehicle and commercial trucking accidents.

Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Chantez worked as an associate at a medium-sized insurance defense firm in Philadelphia [defending insureds from a variety of claims ranging from personal injuries due to snow and/or ice to complex commercial trucking accidents].  Chantez also previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Shanese I. Johnson in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas-Criminal Division.

Chantez earned her Juris Doctorate from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During law school, she was awarded CALI Excellence for Future Award for Best Student Performance in Medical Malpractice and Introduction to Trial Advocacy and was a recipient of the Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Fund Scholarship. Chantez also served as a Staff Editor on Drexel’s Law Review, a Marshall-Brennan Fellow, competed in the prestigious Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition, and was an e-board member of the Black Law Students Association. Chantez was previously an executive board member of the National Bar Association, Women’s Lawyer Division- Philadelphia Chapter.

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law,
J.D. 2021

Coastal Carolina University
B.A., cum laude, , 2018

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc.
National Bar Association, Women’s Lawyer Division- Philadelphia Chapter

October 24, 2023

GGM is pleased to announce its newest Litigation Associate Chantez Degraffenreid

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Audrey Rose Melli-Mirza

September 28, 2023

Audrey focuses her practice on the defense of products liability, medical malpractice, and casualty liability suits.

As an associate at German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Audrey Melli- Mirza contributes to the firm’s products liability, medical malpractice, casualty litigation, and premises liability practice groups. Audrey’s litigation strategy involves developing a comprehensive grasp of the merits of a case to generate efficient defensive tactics, which often lead to dispositive motion practice.

Before joining GGM, Audrey practiced in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focusing on the representation of industry leadership and other management in various liability litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage disputes, and related matters in state and federal courts. Audrey also has experience in general business litigation, plaintiff’s personal injury matters, breach of contract, fraud, and other misrepresentations.

Audrey graduated from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. While in law school, she served as Vice President of the Business Law Society; the President of the South Asian Student Law Association; the Vice President of the Affinity Group Coalition and a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Prior to Law School, Audrey received her BA in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Temple University.

Education

Temple University
B.A., magna cum laude & Distinction in Major, 2014

Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D. 2020

Court Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division
South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia

September 13, 2023

GGM is pleased to announce its newest Litigation Associate Audrey Melli-Mirza

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Nicholas C. Kapsimalis

April 19, 2023

Nicholas is a lawyer with experience at both the arbitration and trial levels focusing his practice on the defense of casualty, premises, trucking and transportation lawsuits.

Nicholas joined German, Gallagher & Murtaugh as an associate in 2023, focusing his practice on the defense of insured and self-insured entities in a variety of litigation matters, including products liability, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents. Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtaugh, Nicholas was an associate at a civil litigation firm where he represented both individuals and corporate entities in personal injury claims, premise liability claims and insurance coverage disputes. Before shifting his focus into defense work, Nicholas zealously represented Plaintiffs in personal injury matters in several counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a Philadelphia based law firm.

Nicholas earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2018. While earning his Juris Doctorate, Nicholas worked in a boutique law firm in Philadelphia, which specialized in transaction matters for small businesses.

Education

Widener University Delaware Law School
J.D., 2018

Drexel University
B.S., History, 2015

Court Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

Philadelphia Bar Association

April 19, 2023

GGM is pleased to announce its newest Litigation Associate Nicholas C. Kapsimalis

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Jacqueline E. Schneiders

June 14, 2021

Jacqueline is a hands-on trial attorney involved in all aspects of a case, from initial accident response and investigation through trial and appeal. She is sensitive to the business objectives and core values of her clients and works closely with them to develop the best defense strategy for each case.

Jacqueline defends insured and self-insured companies in commercial vehicle, construction accident, employment, premises liability, and product liability cases. She leads real-time catastrophic accident investigations to identify any potential claims early on and secure the evidence needed to defend them. Her unique approach involves finding creative ways to move cases forward, be cost-effective, and identify pathways for early resolution or dismissal. To that end, she frequently discovers opportunities for tendering defense or transferring risk, removes cases to federal court, and moves for dismissal based on lack of personal jurisdiction or improper venue.

Jacqueline has successfully tried several complex injury cases to verdict in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. She has significant experience defending third-party claims brought by employees and temporary workers and enforcing her client’s worker’s compensation immunity. In addition to litigation, Jacqueline counsels clients on drafting contract provisions and releases that provide them with the most protection from future claims. Also, Jacqueline handles employment litigation cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. She has been selected to serve as an arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.

A Bucks County native, Jacqueline has lived in Philadelphia since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. She lives in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia and eagerly awaits the next victory parade on Broad Street.

Education

University of Delaware

B.A. in Biological Sciences with Honors,
Minor in Management Information Systems, 2005

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

J.D., Health Law Concentration with Honors, 2009

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Temple American Inn of Court
HenLaw Alumni Society Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2022

May 24, 2023

Jacqueline E. Schneiders and M. Dinora Smith Defend Order Granting Summary Judgment for Surgeon

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February 23, 2023

Summary Judgment for Surgeon in NJ Medical Malpractice Case

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August 25, 2022

PA Supreme Court Rescinds Medical Malpractice Venue Restriction Effective January 1, 2023

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Garrett M. Field

April 27, 2021

Garrett focuses his practice on the defense of medical malpractice liability suits.

Garrett Field joined German, Gallagher & Murtagh as an associate in the firm’s medical malpractice practice group.  Prior to joining German, Gallagher & Murtagh, Garrett worked as an associate at a medium-sized insurance defense firm in center city Philadelphia. Garrett previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Michael E. Erdos in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2017.

Garrett earned his Juris Doctorate from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During his time in law school, Garrett was the President of the Business Law Organization and Transactional Law Society, organizing events and competing in national competitions.  Garrett was also a Marshall Brennan Fellow, and volunteered at a local high school to teach children about the constitution and their rights.

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2019

The Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science in Marketing, 2016

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association

Summary Judgment for Insurance Company

Garrett successfully represented a third-party insurance provider in an automobile accident action. After significant discovery, including depositions of all the defendants and their principals, Mr. Field helped achieve summary judgment in favor of his client.
August 1, 2022

Unanimous Defense Verdict for Radiologist and Radiology Practice

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Attorneys:

Gianna Silverman

January 10, 2021

Gianna focuses her practice on the defense of employers,  insurance carriers, and third party administrators  in all aspects of worker’ compensation matters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Gianna Silverman joined GGM in 2019 as an associate in the firm’s workers compensation department. At GGM, Gianna represents employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in a variety of workers’ compensation cases.

Gianna is a 2016 graduate of Widener University School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the Law Review and member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She also obtained a specialization certificate in Criminal Law. Following graduation, Ms. Silverman clerked for a Superior Court Judge in New Jersey, completing Criminal Law and Family Law rotations.

Prior to joining GG&M, Ms. Silverman worked for a firm with varied practices, including  concentrations  in workers’ compensation, contract disputes, and family law.

Education

Saint Joseph’s University
B.A. in English with minor in Business Administration, 2013

Widener University School of Law
J.D. 2016

Court Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association

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