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C.J. (Dean) Passodelis Founding Partner, JonesPassodelis, PLLC
Dean Passodelis

Areas of Practice:

  • Professional Liability
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio

Education:

  • Bucknell University (B.A., 1989)
  • University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1992)

Professional Background:

  • JonesPassodelis, PLLC, Founding Partner, June 2011-Present
  • Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck, P.L.L.C., 1992-2011

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1992; in West Virginia in 1993; in Ohio in 2002.  Also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Southern District of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professional/Civic Activities:

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Civil Litigation and Healthcare sections), Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • West Virginia Bar Association, Member
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Member
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Bucknell University Alumni Association, Member
  • University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association, Member
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Academy 26th Annual Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat, Induction and Participant, October 2014.
  • MEDMARC, 27th Annual Medical Device Seminar, Moderator, Panel Discussion:  “Defending Products Liability”, Vail, CO, June 2014
  • DRI, Drug and Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Washington, DC, May 2014
  • American Heart Association, Member, Executive Leadership Team, Go Red for Women, 2013 – 2014
  • MEDMARC, 26TH Annual Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Attorney of the Year Recipient, Del Mar, CA, June 2013
  • DRI, Drug and Medical Device Seminar, Participant, New York, NY, May 2013
  • DRI, 2012 Annual Meeting, Participant, New Orleans, LA, October 2012
  • MEDMARC, 25th Annual Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Lake George – Bolton Landing, NY, June 2012
  • DRI, 2011 Annual Meeting, Participant, Washington, DC, October 2011
  • MEDMARC, 24th Annual Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Yosemite National Park, June 2011
  • Duquesne University, Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Forensic Fridays Seminar Series, Panelist, “The Science and Law of Product Liability Cases”; Speaker, “The Federal Preemption Hurdle and the Science of the Medical Device Approval Process”, September 2010
  • MEDMARC, 23rd Annual Medical Device Seminar, Panelist, “Defending Life Science Drug and Devices:  Rx for Success”, Isle of Palms, SC, June, 2010

Awards/Honors:

  • 2013 Defense Lawyer of the Year, Medmarc Casualty Insurance Company
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition 2006, 2007.
  • ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group, Speaker, “The Cost Control Issues and Expert Witnesses”; Author, Pennsylvania Chapter, “Common Product Liability Claim Mistakes . . . And How to Avoid Them”, Laguna Niguel, CA, November, 2008
  • ALFA International Healthcare Practice Group Seminar Compendium, Author, Pennsylvania Chapter, “Medical Spa Law, a 50 State Survey”, 2007
  • ALFA International Healthcare Practice Group Seminar: Crisis in Healthcare, Moderator, New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 2004
  • ALFA International Healthcare Practice Group Seminar Compendium, Author, Pennsylvania Chapter, "Statute of Limitations and Damage Caps for Liability Claims Against Healthcare Providers, a 50 State Survey," 2003
  • ALFA International Healthcare Practice Group Seminar, Speaker, "Good Health for Healthcare: Marching into the New Millennium," Nashville, TN, November, 2000
  • 2010 ALFA International Client Seminar, Participant, “Pioneering Through the New Economic Frontier:  Product Liability in a Changed World”, Palm Desert, CA, March 11-13, 2010
  • MEDMARC, 22nd Annual Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Bend, OR, June 14-16, 2009
  • 2009 ALFA International Midwest Regional, Health Care and Medical Device Joint Seminar, Participant, “Legal Landmines Across a Shifting Business Landscape”, Minneapolis, MN, June 4-5, 2009
  • DRI, Drug and Medical Device Seminar, Participant, New York, NY, May 2009
  • MEDMARC, 21ST Annual Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Hot Springs, VA, June 11-13, 2008
  • 2008 ALFA International Client Seminar, Participant, “What Keeps You Up At Night?  Strategies for a Good Night’s Sleep”, Key Biscayne, FL, March 6-8, 2008
  • MEDMARC, 20TH Annual Medical Device Seminar, Participant, Colorado Springs, CO, June 20-22, 2007
  • 2007 ALFA International Client Seminar, Participant, “Shifting Sands of Global Product Liability Issues”, Desert Sands, CA, March 8-10, 2007
  • CONTACT Pittsburgh, Board of Directors, (2005 - 2010)
  • CONTACT Pittsburgh Annual Fundraiser Event, Event Chair, Fall Festival, October, 2008
  • CONTACT Pittsburgh Annual Fundraiser Event, Event Chair, Casino on the Green, November, 2007

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