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Career Biography

J. Fred Lorusso concentrates his practice in the areas of general casualty defense litigation, including premises, motor vehicle, construction and product liability matters.
 
Fred graduated from Boston College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Finance and Marketing from the Carroll School of Management.  He is a 2003 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he received recognition for distinguished performance in trial advocacy and recognition for outstanding oral advocacy.  He is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.
 
In 2008, Law & Politics Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine named Fred as a “Rising Star”. Rising Stars are the top 2 ½ percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania who are 40 years old or younger.
 
In 2011, Fred was selected to participate in the National Trial Academy sponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Called the country’s top “Boot camp for Lawyers” in the September 2002 issue of the ABA Journal, the intense 4 ½ day program is held at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from the country’s top trial lawyers.  
 
Fred has also volunteered with Philadelphia VIP to provide consistent, high quality pro bono representation to low income clients with critical legal needs.  He was a recipient of the 2011 “Pro Bono Roll of Honor” award from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.
 

Representative Matters

Defense Verdict.  Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.   Obtained a defense verdict in a commercial property damage case following a four-day jury trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  The lawsuit involved a commercial plaintiff's commercial entity’s claim that it incurred significant business property damage and loss of business income as a result of flooding that occurred at a commercial property owned by the defendant landlord and leased to a non-party commercial entity.  The case dealt with legal issues regarding contractual modifications of commercial leases as well as ancillary issues related to insurance coverage and proper allocation of commercial property assets by and between related corporate entities.

Defense Verdict.  York County, Pennsylvania.  Obtained a defense verdict in a three-day jury trial in the York County Court of Common Pleas concerning a rear-end motor vehicle accident.  Remarkably, the jury found in favor of defendant driver, despite the fact that negligence had been conceded prior to the commencement of trial.  The plaintiff driver commenced a personal injury action and alleged that he sustained multiple cervical spine and lumbar spine disc herniations, with resultant pain and permanent disability.  At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was a restrained driver stopped at a red light.  The force of the collision, coupled with the plaintiff’s body size, caused a fracture in the steel body frame of the pickup truck’s passenger cabin which was clearly visible in post-accident photos.  Despite the foregoing facts and concession of negligence, the jury found the Plaintiff’s efforts at relating prior injuries to the underlying accident non-credible and ultimately awarded no monetary damages.

Verdict.  Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  Successfully defended residential property owner in two-day jury trial regarding a trip and fall on the property owner’s sidewalk.   The plaintiff sustained a non-displaced leg fracture after he tripped on a defective and mis-leveled intersection of sidewalk slabs.  Plaintiff maintained that the property owner was on notice of the defect from a prior property citation.  The defendant property owner maintained that the Plaintiff was comparatively negligent.  During jury deliberations, Plaintiff’s counsel reiterated a six-figure demand.  The jury found the plaintiff 35-percent liable and awarded less than $7,000, which was reduced to less than $5,000. 

Motion for Summary Judgment Granted.  Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  Obtained summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer of replacement component parts to an industrial motor vehicle used in the steel industry.  The plaintiff alleged that a component to the vehicle failed, which resulted in catastrophic injuries and supported his seven-figure demand.  Summary judgment was obtained  on the basis that the Plaintiff could not identify the manufacturer of the actual component that failed, as between several possible manufacturers.  

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PRACTICE AREAS
Automobile Insurance Coverage & Liability
Casualty & Professional Liability Defense Practice Group
Construction Site Accident Liability
Liquor Liability
Personal Injury
Premises and Habitational Liability
Products Liability
Property
Trucking & Transportation
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania State Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
 
EDUCATION
Boston College, Carroll School of Management, B.S. (1999)
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D. (2003)
 
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