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FOUR NEW ASSOCIATES HAVE JOINED OUR FIRM!

Deasey, Mahoney & Valentini, Ltd. is pleased to announce 4 new Associates having joined our firm.  They are Tudor I. Farcus, Jason T. Scheets, Charles E. Williams and Leanna B. Ruotanen.

Tudor Farcus joined Deasey, Mahoney & Valentini, Ltd., after clerking for the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Tudor currently defends clients in a broad range of general liability claims, including mass tort, products liability, personal injury, and construction defect.  Tudor also advises clients on a variety of issues including indemnification, strict liability, contractual issues, insurance coverage, and litigates complex claims involving breach of contract and business torts. He earned his Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Penn State University in 2008. He graduated from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University in 2013, where he was a founding member of the Transactional Law Team, a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, the International Law Society, the Drexel Business Law Organization and received awards for Outstanding Student performance in Evidence.  While at Drexel, Tudor provided research on the role of the expert witness for Assistant Professor Adam Benforado’s New York Times Best Selling Book “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice.”  Tudor is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Jason Scheets focuses his practice on product liability, professional liability, construction defects as well as general liability claims.  Jason has represented clients in complex litigation involving nationwide claims.  He graduated from Drew University in 1998.  He then embarked on a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, managing clinical trials for emerging pharmaceutical therapies.  He attended Rutgers University School of Law  where he was awarded  Top Ten Oralist in the Hunter Moot Court competition.  He also participated in the Small Business Clinic assisting individuals with the formation and structuring of their small businesses.  Jason also worked in Rutgers’ Bankruptcy Clinic, assisting low income individuals with managing and discharging their personal debt.  After graduating from Rutgers in 2005, he clerked for the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, assisting Administrative Law Judges in the adjudication of various matters involving actions of state agencies.  He previously worked at a firm in Philadelphia, representing defendants in premises, pharmacist and asbestos litigation.  Jason is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Leanna Ruotanen hails from Atlanta, Georgia, joining the firm in 2017.  She currently defends clients in a broad range of general liability claims including products, professional, construction defect, and motor vehicle. She also handles bad faith cases.  She previously worked for a Philadelphia firm in personal injury and commercial litigation defense.  Prior to working in insurance defense, Leanna worked as an associate attorney with Andrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith, LLP, a metro Atlanta firm, and served as counsel for the County Administrator for Gwinnett County, Georgia, representing more than 200 estates and conservatorships. Leanna graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science in 2009. Thereafter, she attended Georgia State College of Law where she worked as a student attorney and a graduate assistant in the Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. During her tenure, she settled individual tax debt for her low-income clients and received the Senator Paul D. Coverdell Award for outstanding service. She also served as President of Georgia State’s Chapter of the Federalist Society as well as Treasurer for the Association of Women Lawyers. She received her J.D. from Georgia State in 2013.  Leanna is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia.

Charles (“Chad”) Williams comes to Deasey, Mahoney and Valentini after a stint in “Big Law.”  He currently defends clients in a broad range of general liability claims including products, catastrophic personal injury, construction and excess insurance litigation.  Chad also advises clients on a variety of issues including insurance coverage.  He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish in 2009 from Johns Hopkins University, where he received general and major-related honors.  Chad graduated cum laude from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2013. While there, he was a clinical clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  He also served as a Research Editor for the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal.  Chad is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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