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Vincent M. Roskovensky

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Offices

Pittsburgh

One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Morgantown

1290 Suncrest Towne Centre
Morgantown, WV 26505

Philadelphia

One Commerce Square
2005 Market St, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Fax: 412.394.2555
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Education
J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2002
B.A., summa cum laude, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1999
State Bar Licenses
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., M.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of West Virginia
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of West Virginia
Super lawyers 2015

Vincent M. Roskovensky

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Vincent M. Roskovensky is a trusted legal advisor and experienced trial attorney with significant experience in litigation of various matters including products liability, commercial disputes, employment, real estate and securities matters.  Vince’s ability to devise and implement effective litigation strategies that drive successful outcomes is rooted in his deep understanding of his clients’ needs and their priorities and goals. Vince employs creative, practical and efficient problem solving tailored for each client.  His simultaneous big-picture and tactical approach has resulted in loyal and appreciative clients as well as peer recognition.  Vince consistently has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Rising Star from 2013 to date.  Only 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys in private practice obtain this honor.

Vince’s portfolio of work includes:

Products liability: providing litigation defense and counseling to designers, manufacturers and distributors relating to their industrial, commercial, consumer and medical products.  Representative products include: water supply/heating products, high electrical voltage equipment, industrial processing equipment, roofing equipment, hunting equipment, catheter devices, surgical equipment, equipment incorporating allegedly defective component parts and respiratory protection equipment.

Commercial litigation: providing counseling and litigation services for various businesses including those involved in the manufacture and sale of beverages and commercial products/equipment; property ownership; hospitals, physician groups/physicians; and various corporate and partnership disputes including those placing fiduciary obligations at issue.

Employment: providing counseling and litigation defense relating to issues including non-competition, state and federal discrimination issues, trade secrets, employment agreements, and ERISA/benefits litigation.

Real Estate: providing counseling and litigation of commercial and residential real estate disputes including lease/guarantee disputes, property acquisition through private and/or public sale, and easement issues.

Securities:  providing litigation defense and counseling to broker-dealers and registered representatives in FINRA and court proceedings.

Publications/Presentations

  • “State Supreme Court Expands Potential Liability for Premises Owners in Products Liability Lawsuits,” Communiqué.
  • “Hiring and Firing in Pennsylvania,” – CLE Presentation.
  • “Clients and Counsel Beware: Harsh Penalties Ahead for Failure to Comply with Discovery Obligations,” Communiqué.
  • “Pennsylvania Appellate Court Voids ‘Fair Share Act’,” Communiqué.
  • “FDIC Further Restricts Payday Lending by Forbidding Some Repeat Loans,” Communiqué.
  • “Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act,” presented to the Pittsburgh Municipal Authority Association.
Awards/Achievements
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2018
Memberships
West Virginia Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Defense Research Institute
Villanova Law Alumni Association (Founder and President of Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter)
Villanova Law Alumni Association
St. Thomas More Society, Board Member
Attorney-Advisor and Mock Trial Instructor, Seton LaSalle High School
Allegheny County Bar Association Bar Leadership Initiative (2005-2006 Class)
Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout and Friends of Scouting)
Experiences

Clark Hill’s defense counsel team which included Mel Karfis, Stephanie Anderson, Bishop Bartoni, Vince Roskovensky, and Lisa Eldridge recently obtained a directed verdict in a treestand products liability jury trial pending in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA).  Plaintiff fell 30 feet from a treestand sustaining serious injuries rendering him a paraplegic.  Plaintiff alleged that a treestand sold by the client/retailer failed to provide all the necessary components to safely install and use the treestand.  Defendant responded that it did provide all the necessary components that would have been supplied by the manufacturer.  Defendant further argued that even if the Plaintiff did not receive all the necessary parts and components, Plaintiff had full  knowledge that he was allegedly missing parts and made a conscious decision to replace various components with unauthorized replacements.  During trial, defense counsel effectively cross-examined the Plaintiff, the Plaintiff’s fact witnesses, as well as the Plaintiff’s engineers.  After the close of the Plaintiff’s proofs, Defendant moved for directed verdict alleging that Plaintiff had failed to establish a prima facie case that the client/retailer sold a defective treestand and, in the alternative, the Plaintiff had assumed the risk because cross-examination at trial had revealed the Plaintiff had full knowledge that he was alleging missing vital components and knowingly used unauthorized replacement parts in an improper manner causing his fall.  The trial court agreed and granted Defendants’ motion for directed verdict dismissing the case.

Mel Karfis, Bishop Bartoni, Paul Scheidemantel, and Vince Roskovensky recently obtained summary judgment in a products liability case pending in Pennsylvania Federal Court. In this suit, Plaintiff claimed he suffered significant injuries when he fell from a purportedly defective ladder style treestand. Plaintiff’s expert opined that the design of the ladder was defective, despite the design being the industry standard. The Plaintiffs expert further opined that the warnings were defective because the warning sticker on the ladder itself was not readable by the user, despite the numerous adequate warnings found on the stand and in the instruction manual. After effective cross-examination of Plaintiffs expert during deposition, we filed a motion to preclude Plaintiffs expert from testifying at trial. We also argued in a dispositive motion that Plaintiff had no evidence of a defect in the product and that if the court agreed with our other motion, Plaintiff had no expert to establish a strict products liability claim under Pennsylvania law. The Court agreed with our arguments, struck Plaintiffs expert from testifying and dismissed Plaintiffs complaint in its entirety.

Represented global telecommunications company in federal and state actions involving, inter alia, alleged breaches of contract and fraud
Represented national banking institution in various matters, including pursuit of million-dollar judgment
Defended business misappropriation claims against general partner
Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing claims against manufacturer of masks and respirators in strict liability and negligence actions filed by plaintiffs for the alleged failure of the respiratory protection devices to prevent exposure to asbestos-containing, and silica-containing, products
Represented global manufacturer of respiratory protection products in silica litigation
Represented various manufacturers of asbestos-containing products in mass-tort litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia
Represented Limited Liability Company and its principal in pursuit of hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid monies, including bonuses and benefits, against energy companies
Represented worldwide distributor of semiconductor products in action for misappropriation of trade secrets under Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secret Act and violation of non-competition agreement
Successfully represented the manufacturers of several asbestos-containing products, and products which incorporated asbestos-containing components, in hundreds of strict liability and negligence actions filed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio - obtaining complete dismissal of claims for mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Certain of these cases involved representation of premises defendants in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Represented manufacturer of consumer products in wrongful death and survival action
Represented various individuals in obtaining monies due pursuant to stockholder agreements and repurchase agreements
Represented national retail department store company in claim for unpaid wages
Represented regional newspaper and obtained judgments against various creditors
Represented “payday loan” company against breach of contract claims
Represented nationally traded commercial lender in breach of contract against property appraiser
Represented medical device manufacturers/distributors against strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty claims
Represented industrial mechanical products’ manufacturers/distributor against strict liability and negligence actions
Defended companies, hospitals and individuals against breach of contract claims
Represented consumer bottling company in various matters involving, inter alia, breach of contract actions
Represented physicians in matters relating to non-competition agreements
Defended strict liability and negligence claims arising out of alleged benzene exposure
Represented employees in matters relating to non-competition agreements
Represented consumer lender and obtained judgment in compliance with federal and state Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Defended municipal pension fund in various lawsuits involving claims for disability benefits arising under Pennsylvania law and city ordinances
Represented Pennsylvania and West Virginia hospitals in medical malpractice litigation arising from treatments provided
Represented physician in wrongful death litigation
Defended stock options claims against a Fortune 500 Company
Represented Fortune 500 insurance company in various lawsuits including ERISA, benefits, and breach of contract actions