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Overview

Dana defends clients in asbestos litigation and other toxic tort matters.

Dana always knew she had a passion for speaking out as an advocate and that litigation would be a natural fit. After earning her law degree, she found herself working primarily on mass tort cases at her first firm. Dana soon realized that the practice area was notable for the attorneys on both sides: toxic tort attorneys generally worked in a culture of moving cases forward toward resolution. There was a desire throughout the field to efficiently litigate and not hold matters back, and Dana appreciated this approach. She also valued the opportunity to work in a practice area with a strong focus on workers.

At Husch Blackwell, Dana handles asbestos and other toxic tort litigation, often in notoriously difficult jurisdictions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition to research, drafting of pleadings and settlement negotiations, Dana devotes a significant portion of her time to depositions of plaintiffs, defendants, expert witnesses and treating doctors. With a background in worker’s compensation alongside her toxic tort work, she has extensive experience handling medical records and witnesses.

Known for her ability to relate to the individuals she deposes, Dana aims to foster dialogue rather than argument with plaintiffs and opposing counsel. She finds that approaching plaintiffs as people rather than combatants increases her negotiating power and makes her a more effective litigator, serving her central goal of getting clients to favorable resolutions sooner rather than later.

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Education

  • J.D., Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • B.S., Saint Joseph's University

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • The Justinian Society


*Dana works remotely and is licensed in Pennsylvania, practicing in Philadelphia, PA. Contact Dana via email or phone for in-person/virtual meetings. Use the Washington, DC office address for mail/deliveries (not licensed in District of Columbia).
Experience
  • Researched and drafted pleadings, including answers and motions.
  • Conducted depositions and cross-examinations of plaintiffs, defendants and medical and fact witnesses.
  • Identified litigation strategies for pre-litigation case evaluation and budgeting.
  • Represented clients in settlement negotiations.
Outside the Office

Dana enjoys working out, traveling, spending time with her toy Schnauzer, Zeppoli, and rooting for Philadelphia sports teams. For four seasons, she served as a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader—including cheering the team to victory at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Community Leadership

Dana is active with her local community advocacy group, Packer Park Civic Association.

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