Bryon M. Chowka
Bryon M. Chowka is a trial attorney who represents companies, governmental and municipal agencies, and individuals in complex litigation at the state and federal levels.
Bryon advises a diverse group of clients involved in commercial litigation, real estate disputes, securities matters, and white-collar criminal cases. He leverages his extensive experience before the judiciary to provide practical and cost-efficient litigation strategies that derive successful outcomes. Bryon counsels his clients from the earliest investigative stage through trial and, if necessary, appeal.
As a trusted advisor, he defends against claims arising under or in breach of contract and breach of warranty, fraudulent misrepresentation, professional and ordinary negligence, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, and the Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Law.
Bryon has also represented renowned healthcare systems and our nation’s frontline healthcare workers, including neurosurgeons, emergency room physicians, and maternal fetal medicine doctors, in professional liability matters involving claims of catastrophic injury and death. From that, he brings a deep-rooted understanding of the expectations his clients have due to the gravity of claims at issue.
Named among the Ones to Watch – Health Care Law by Best Lawyers (2023)
Allegheny County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
State Bar Licenses
- Obtained defense verdict in jury trial for hospital in claim alleging nerve injury sustained during a blood draw resulting in permanent limitations, a surgical implant of a nerve stimulator, and complex regional pain syndrome.
- Defended physician from allegations of untimely diagnosis of acute cholecystitis leading to patient’s death that resulted in defense verdict.
- Secured defense verdict in jury trial for hospital in professional liability claim alleging that patient was improperly left alone in room by medical staff thereby causing her to fall and sustain serious injuries.
- Argued before Pennsylvania Superior Court about the constitutionality of the certificate of merit rule in professional liability claims after successfully having case dismissed for plaintiff’s failure to file a certificate of merit. The decision was affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court and allocator was denied by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
- Defended healthcare system against allegations that plaintiff-mother’s pregnancy caused minor-plaintiffs’ (twins) permanent injuries and drafted motions’ in limine that led to ultimate resolution of claims.
- Conducted deposition of co-defendant physician on behalf of healthcare system who was alleged to have not properly reacted to a hematoma decedent developed following a thyroidectomy, ultimately leading to death. The deposition resulted in concessions that physician failed to properly respond to patient thereby triggering his policy limits and saving healthcare system seven-figures in the settlement.
- Drafted successful motion for summary judgment for healthcare system dismissing plaintiff’s claims that she slipped and fell while a patient at hospital.
- Defended licensed professional counselor against investigation by Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs for heinous allegations surrounding her interactions with the minor clients that ultimately led to claims being dismissed.