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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


120 West Tenth Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Subrogation
  • Trial Practice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employer Liability

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About Us

Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. was founded in Erie in 1958. Today we are one of the largest law firms in the region, with nearly 40 attorneys, 20 paralegals, a dedicated support staff, and a growing, dynamic practice throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and beyond. We are down-to-earth professionals who successfully combine the diverse disciplines and skills of a large firm with the accessibility and personalized manner of a small firm.

We provide earnest and attentive advocacy and counsel grounded in a comprehensive knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate. Our attorneys include title insurance agents, certified public accountants, and members of the bars of other jurisdictions. Our broad-based team approach enables us to leverage individual attorney strengths, assuring that clients benefit from our collective experience.

Our clients include a wide array of businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit institutions, insurance companies and financial institutions, as well as individuals and families. Whether you are the CEO of a large company or a young family developing an estate plan, we understand your needs and strive to fulfill them in a friendly, responsive and cost-effective manner.

Our attorneys have decades of experience and long-standing success in dealing with coverage and liability issues, third-party liability coverage, and uninsured/underinsured motorists matters. We have in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by the insurance industry. Our clients cover a wide array of insurance lines.

We are experienced in defending claims before administrative law judges, courts of common pleas, appellate courts, and federal court. We also provide representation in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation.

Our attorneys focus on specific areas of litigation, giving them a distinct advantage in obtaining the best possible results for our clients.

We also represent insurance companies from a business perspective. Our work for insurers includes mergers and acquisitions and the development of risk pooling contracts.

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Additional Locations

  • North East, Pennsylvania
  • 33 East Main Street
  • North East, Pennsylvania 16428
    • Telephone: 814-725-9657
    • Fax: 814-725-3582
  • Jamestown, New York
  • 509 North Main Street
  • Jamestown, New York 14701
    • Telephone: 716-338-0413

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

  • Pennsylvania Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association

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Personnel Information

Shareholders


Bryan G. Baumann

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 16

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2002
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • New York, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Additional Biographical Details:

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America (Litigation-Construction), 2020; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2015-2016 & 2019, and Rising Stars, 2013-2014; 2015 Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • West Virginia University, B.A., 1998
  • Loyola University Chicago, J.D., 2002

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Neal R. Devlin

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 16

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2009
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 2013-2020; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2018-2019) and Rising Stars 2008, 2010, 2013-2016; 2015 Erie's 40 Under 40, The Erie Reader; 2014 "Lawyer on the Fast Track," The Legal Intelligencer

Memberships:
  • Federal, Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2002

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Michael J. Musone

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 9

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Colgate University, B.A., 2005
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2009

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Joanna K. Budde

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 30

Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated and Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law (2013), Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1985
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1988

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Mark J. Kuhar

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 25

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2019-2020

Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Gannon University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1990
  • Syracuse University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1993

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Julia M. Herzing

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 10

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2017-2019

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Penn State University, B.A., 2004
  • Duquesne University, J.D. (cum laude), 2007

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Associates



Alexander K. Cox

Erie, PA

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Virginia (Inactive), 2011
  • District of Columbia, 2013
  • Pennsylvania, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Sixth and Ninth Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:

Fobes Magazine's Nationwide "30 Under 30" List-Law and Policy, 2012

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010

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Robert D. Zaruta

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 9

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2009
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 2006
  • Syracuse University, J.D., 2009

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Aurora L. Hardin

Erie, PA

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2019
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (Dean's List), 2015
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2018

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Sean J. McLaughlin

Erie, PA

Years of Experience: 39

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:

Presided over 5,399 civil cases and 186 jury trials as a Federal judge; Conducted settlement conferences on complex civil matters regularly during tenure as Federal judge; Served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Erie Insurance Group, a Fortune 500 company; Represented many clients in complex civil litigation matters, including both insurance defense and plaintiff matters; Served as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2013

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1977
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980
Clerkship:
Clerked for three (3) Federal judges: Honorable William W. Knox, Honorable Gerald J. Weber, and Honorable Maurice B. Cohill

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