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Warren E. Voter

Shareholder
warren.voter@sweeneyfirm.com
Phone: (215)-963-2439
Facsimile: (215)-557-0999


Biography

Warren E. Voter is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney who practices exclusively in defense oriented property and casualty litigation with a concentration in fire loss, product liability, catastrophic loss, medical hardware, toxic and mass tort, premises/liquor liability and general casualty. In addition, he frequently serves as monitoring and coverage counsel for excess carriers and regional trial counsel and national coordinating counsel for a number of product manufacturers and their insurers. He has extensive experience trying cases involving fire and explosion loss, power woodworking equipment, hand tools, industrial machinery, consumer and recreational products, and premises and operations claims against recreational businesses and venues and non-profits, including sexual abuse claims. Mr. Voter is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He is the Past Chair of the USLAW Product Liability Practice Group and served as a Director on USLAW’s Board. Mr. Voter has served as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for sixteen years. Mr. Voter is the Firm’s Managing Partner and a member of its Executive Committee.

Education

Pennsylvania State University — B.S., Business Management, 1980
Villanova University School of Law — J.D., 1983

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania — 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit — 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania — 1988
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania — 2002

Significant Reported Decisions

  • Petrucelli v. Bohringer & Ratzinger, 46 F.3d 1298 (3rd Cir. 1995)
  • Hamilton v. Emerson Electric Co., 133 F. Supp. 2d 360 (M.D. Pa. 2001)
  • Nesbitt v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 415 F. Supp. 2d 530 (E.D. Pa. 2005)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Foreign Manufacturers – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (Or Can You?), Personal Jurisdiction After Daimler, Presentation to USLAW Clients, Chicago, Illinois
  • Pennsylvania Products Liability After Tincher v. Omega Flex, Presentation to James River Insurance Co., Richmond, Virginia
  • Lithium Ion Batteries and Fire Causation, USLAW Exchange – Complex Tort & Product Liability, Columbus Ohio
  • Pennsylvania Products Liability After Tincher v. Omega Flex, Presentation to Hartford Insurance Company, Virtual
  • Pitfalls and Practicalities of Handling U.S. Claims for Foreign Insureds, USLAW Client Conference, Montreal, Canada
  • Taming the Reptile (Or, Don’t Feed the Lizard), Presentation to Select Underwriters and Claims Personnel, Lloyd’s of London, London, UK
  • Avoiding the Second Burn: Strategies for Successful Fire Scene Investigation, USLAW Client Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Managing the Media in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Event, USLAW Client Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Post-Sale Design Changes in American Product Liability Law, Presentation to Select Underwriters and Claims Personnel, Lloyd’s of London, London, UK
  • Distributor/Manufacturer Liability: Who Bears the Risk, USLAW Client Conference, Dana Point, California

Donald J. P. Sweeney, Esquire

1938-2021

Sweeney & Sheehan mourns the loss of its founder, Donald J.P. Sweeney, Esquire, on June 8, 2021. He was a proud graduate of St. Athanasius Catholic School, St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Villanova University and Temple Law School. He practiced law for nearly 40 years, and founded Sweeney & Sheehan in 1971. He was active litigator and he specialized in catastrophic product liability cases. Don supported his children's activities, serving as soccer coach at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and President of the CYO. He was a lector for nearly 48 years and a member of the choir. He was an active supporter of St. Joseph's Prep and was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1999 and the Rev. Charles Schnorr, SJ '37 Service Award in 2005. He retired from the practice of law in 2004.

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann, his children, Shannon, Patrick, Daniel, Gerard and Suzanne, and ten grandchildren.

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