Veronica A. Richards

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Managing Partner since January 1, 1995
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phone:
412-253-2092
412-567-0208
866-740-3999 (Toll Free)
724-940-4355
Fax:
724-940-4374
Email:
  • Practice is focused on Medical Malpractice
  • Previously worked as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Previously worked as Hospital Administrator
  • Voted one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • Voted one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Voted one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Listed as one of Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers Since 2004
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AVVO Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state of Pennsylvania by The American Association for Justice

Veronica Richards is both an Attorney and a Nurse- Practitioner. She understands both the medical and legal aspects of your case and knows which medical professionals to ask the correct questions. Suing a doctor is not something she rushes into, she takes it very seriously.

In addition to the ability to review medical documents and understand the jargon used by health care professionals, Veronica Richards regularly consults with recognized physicians and specialists, as well as nurses for input in evaluating your treatment, your future recovery and your need for future medical services.

Because of her strong belief in holding physicians and medical professionals accountable to the patients they treat, and mistreat, she is very selective about the cases she agrees to take. Her clients generally come to her with the most severe types of injuries and suffer some long-term disability as a result of medical negligence. Over the course of a year, Attorney Richards may review 250-300 cases; but in order to give her clients the attention they deserve, she takes only a small percentage. Attorney Richards recognizes that many of the cases she declines to take do have merit, so she will do what she can to help you get representation from other attorneys.

When you meet with Veronica Richards, you can be assured that she won't put pressure on you to do what you're not willing to do. She will explain how she can help you and then move forward with her investigation-all at no charge to you.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse Practitioner

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1989

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1989
  • Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia
    • M.S.H.A. summa cum laude - May, 1983
  • Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia
    • M.S.N. summa cum laude - May, 1983
    • Major: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.S.N. - May, 1978
    • Major: Nursing

Published Works

Representative Cases

  • Pfeifer Vs. UPMC McKeesport et. al. (2009)
  • Kilburn Vs. Moka, Tatum and Beaver Medical Center

Classes/Seminars

  • Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Death Cases, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 5, 1995
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation: How to Succeed in the Changing Times, PATLA, December 7, 2001
  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 10, 2001
  • Tough Problems in Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 5, 2003
  • Medical Malpractice How to Win in Today's Environment, PATLA , November 3, 2002
  • Medical Malpractice Expert Testimony: The Keys to Victory, PATLA, October 23, 2003
  • Preparing and Trying the Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004
  • Selecting and Investigating the Personal Injury Case, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005
  • Nuts and Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004 - 2006
  • Subrogation and Liens, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - 2002
  • Nursing Law Update, Business Institute, 2001
  • Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2008
  • Future Medical Costs under MCARE, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2009
  • Selecting Medical Malpractice Cases, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
  • Pennsylvania Master's Series- Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2009
  • Radiology and Pathology Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, November 1, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh, Super Lawyers Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012. 2013, 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, Super Lawyers Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania, Super Lawyers Magazine 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Medical Malpractice, 2004 - 2013
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010 - present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010 - present
  • Board of Governors of the Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2010 - 2014
  • AVVO Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • Fellow American College of Legal Medicine, 2011 - 2014
  • Fellow Academy of Trial Lawyers Allegheny County, 2011 - 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Milton D. Rosenberg Award, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2013 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Officer, 2008 - 2009
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, Executive Committee, July 1, 2003 - July 1, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, Board of Governors, July 1, 1998 - Present
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Officer, Board of Governors, July 1, 2002 - Present
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2006 - 2007
  • American Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Allegheny General Hospital, Manager of Neurosurgery, 1983 - 1986
  • Allegheny General Hospital, Disability Determination, 1986 - 1989
  • Grigsby Gaca Davies and McFarland, Associate, 1989 - 1991
  • Babst Calland Clements and Zominir, Associate, 1991 - 1994

Languages

  • American Sign Language
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