Sam Hornak recently won summary judgment in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in Fores v. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, a personal injury lawsuit where the Plaintiff allegedly suffered serious personal injuries from falling into a sewer catch basin. The Court granted summary judgment on the basis that the Plaintiff had failed to establish any defect with the catch basin, or any liability on the part of the PWSA. The award of summary judgment spared the PWSA from the expenses of defending the case at trial, or conducting inquiries into the design of tens of thousands of catch basins in the City of Pittsburgh.
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Samuel A. Hornak
Samuel Hornak represents corporations, governments, and individuals before federal and state courts in a variety of legal issues, from commercial contractual disputes to real estate development and tenancy matters.
Sam has extensive courtroom and mediation experience, including successful first-chair advocacy through trial verdict and on appeal. He often secures the efficient and creative resolution of disputes without resorting to litigation in a courtroom setting, both through formal resolution techniques and the implementation of business solutions to litigation problems.
Entrepreneurs and owners of closely-held corporations frequently turn to Sam for assistance in resolving complicated disputes relating to ownership, control and expansion. Real estate developers and landlords also look to Sam for assistance in disputes with their tenants, contractors, and regulators. Sam also maintains an active practice representing public and private operators of major toll roads and transportation infrastructure around the country.
Sam’s commercial litigation practice involves a variety of matters relating to breaches of contract, unfair trade practices, and property damage claims. He also assists with major corporate restructurings and workouts, in bankruptcy court and through the appointment of receivers. Sam is also experienced in complicated real estate development and commercial foreclosure proceedings.
A significant portion of Sam’s practice involves municipal matters, when he frequently represents numerous municipal governments, agencies and authorities. A major part of this practice is advising governments on their obligations under open records laws, including Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. Sam’s active government practice also informs his frequent representation of private individuals and corporations finding themselves in contact with local, state, and federal governments.
Sam Hornak’s recent argument before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in King v. Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) resulted in a favorable opinion for our client the PWSA. Sam defended the PWSA against a Plaintiff who alleged that the PWSA was responsible for an injury suffered as a result of a rusted sewer grate. The Court reaffirmed the PWSA’s current inspection policies which rely on complaint-based investigation and that the PWSA is not obligated to “patrol the streets” looking for defects in its facilities.