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Career Biography

Ross J. Di Bono II joined Zarwin Baum in 2013 as a member of the defense group under Theodore M. Schaer, group chair.  Ross concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, primarily defending our clients in catastrophic injury cases involving transportation, construction, products liability and premises liability matters. Ross is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ross earned his Juris Doctorate at the Villanova University School of Law in May of 2012. During law school, Ross participated in Villanova’s Moot Court Competition and interned for Judge Berle M. Schiller in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ross earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University, majoring in Marketing. During his time at Villanova University, Ross spent a summer abroad in Urbino and Florence Italy.

Representative Matters

Served as second chair in a complex premises liability matter involving a chemical exposure in a national meat packing plant with Saltz Mongeluzzi as opposing counsel.  Following a ten day jury trial, Defendants received a favorable verdict. 

Serves as national field counsel for numerous, national commercial motor vehicle carriers.  

Served as associate counsel with Bryan Werley for Griffin Campbell in historic civil trial arising from the tragic collapse of a four story building and destruction of the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store located in downtown Philadelphia during the summer of 2013.  Campbell’s liability was predetermined as a matter of law in light of the criminal convictions, but Werley defended Campbell vigorously at trial, as there were still questions of whether Campbell acted extremely and outrageously and what percentage of fault should be assigned to Campbell during the apportionment phase of the jury’s deliberations.  The jury determined that Campbell’s co-defendants were primarily liable, assessing him only 1% of the negligence.  The case settled during the damages phase of trial.

Served as associate counsel in a complex premises liability action involving an accident at a horse race track where a rider was catastrophically injured during a race.  The case settled prior to trial for a favorable amount.

Served as lead defense counsel in numerous Philadelphia County arbitration matters involving commercial transportation and premises liability claims.

Drafted a successful motion for summary judgment dismissing claims of negligence against a parent corporation where the subsidiary was alleged to have injured Plaintiff. 

Secured a defense verdict on behalf of a national bus company where plaintiff alleged permanent and severe injuries following an unusually bumpy ride.

Successfully drafted and argued preliminary objections resulting in the dismissal of claims for negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation along with claims for punitive damages.

Successfully defended a national bus company in a lawsuit alleging severe exacerbation of prior knee injury when bus doors closed on plaintiff.

Successfully defended youth field hockey league against claims that safety rules were not enforced.

Successfully defended many commercial properties relative to allegations of unsafe and dangerous conditions.

Negotiated numerous favorable settlements.

Successfully argued numerous discovery motions, obtaining favorable results on behalf of clients.


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Philadelphia, PA

Construction Site Accident Liability
Liquor Liability
Premises and Habitational Liability
Products Liability
Retail and Hospitality Liability
Trucking & Transportation
New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
J.D., Villanova University School of Law (2012) B.S., Business Administration (Marketing), Villanova University (2008)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Villanova University School of Law Inn of Court - Executive Board 
Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation - Board of Directors 
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