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Stuart T. O'Neal, III
Stuart T. O’Neal is a trial attorney based out of the firm’s Philadelphia area office, where he maintains a state-wide practice. Mr. O’Neal is a Co-Chair of the Professional Liability Group and was named Burns White’s first Chief Privacy Officer in 2014.
Mr. O’Neal maintains an active trial practice in commercial, contractual and employment disputes, as well as matters related to medical malpractice on an individual and corporate level. Mr. O’Neal has been retained by clients to handle internal investigations centered around the misappropriation of funds, embezzlement and internal audits.
Mr. O’Neal has also been retained to represent C-level executives (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs) in a variety of matters, including trial presentation and pursuant to subpoenas. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State University scandal, he was retained by both individual fact witnesses and corporations in the criminal and civil aspects of that matter. He routinely works with corporations in defending corporate liability theories of negligence in all types of cases and lectures on this topic as well.
Mr. O'Neal is a mediator with the American Health Lawyers Association, a Judge Pro Tem in Philadelphia County and a mediator in Montgomery County. He is also a Board Member of The Hamels Foundation, a nonprofit education organization founded by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, and Board Member and past President of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF), an organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that is comprised of more than 450 members.
Additionally, Mr. O'Neal was named to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) and their companion organization the Center for Assisted Living Management's (CALM) Tort/Liability Committee, where Burns White serves as tort counsel. Mr. O'Neal also assisted in drafting the Amicus Brief on behalf of PHCA, CALM, LeadingAge PA, and the American Health Care Association to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to fight the extension of corporate liability to certain health care providers and their corporate entities.
Mr. O'Neal obtained his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law. While at Villanova Law, a case note drafted by Mr. O'Neal about the regulations affecting the petroleum refining industry was selected for publication.
Mr. O'Neal was named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list in 2012, and to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" lists from 2010-2011. Mr. O'Neal is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Areas of Law
Health Care and Long-Term Care Liability
Medical Malpractice Defense
Commercial and Employment Matters
Villanova University School of Law
Bar and Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Professional Liability Defense Federation
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
The Hamels Foundation, Board of Directors
Maxwell Football Club, Voting Member
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