Michael D. Pipa, Esq.
Michael D. Pipa, Esq. is a trial lawyer with over 27 years of experience in the county and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania. He dedicates his practice to protecting the rights of those sued for medical malpractice including physicians, physician extenders, nurses, and hospitals. Mike consistently obtains defense verdicts in cases involving many different medical specialties and issues ranging from significant birth injury to neurologic injury, adverse surgical outcomes, and alleged errors in medication and diagnosis. Mike’s goal is to ensure that you and your practice can thrive with minimal interruption in the new healthcare landscape. He handles each case strategically and takes time to learn and match your unique professional and legal interests to the individual case circumstances.
Additionally, Mike has extensive experience successfully resolving cases through other creative approaches, when justified by unique case characteristics, including binding arbitration and mediation. He also works closely with Saxton & Stump’s risk mitigation, quality improvement, and event management teams to reduce and avoid litigation risk.
Before law school, Mike earned a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree, with honors, from Lafayette College and worked with General Electric’s Motor Business Group. He earned his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law, with honors, where he studied trial practice and was a member of the Moot Court Team and the George Washington Law Review.
Mike is an active member of the Harrisburg community where he and his wife Ann Marie are raising their eight children. He served for a time as Director of Operations for Real Alternatives, a non-profit company that administers a statewide program of support for pregnant mothers and their babies. He performs community service for non-profit organizations; is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Bishop McDevitt High School Leadership Circle; and over the years served on the Holy Name of Jesus Parish Council and Board of Education, taught religious education classes, and served frequently as a youth sports coach.
George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1988
Lafayette College, B.A., cum laude, 1983
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Healthcare Professionals Association of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association
Catholic Medical Association
Knights of Columbus – 2nd Degree
Bishop McDevitt High School Leadership Circle
Has tried cases over the past 25 years in most of the Central Pennsylvania counties and federal district courts. The cases involved a variety of practice areas including construction, general negligence, motor vehicle negligence, employment, and environmental law, with recent concentration in medical malpractice.
Recent verdicts include:
- Defense verdict for an otolaryngologist who performed a tonsillectomy on an adult patient. During the tonsillectomy, the doctor felt it necessary to also remove the uvula. The Plaintiff alleged the uvulectomy was performed negligently, and without consent, resulting in permanent swallowing difficulties.
- Defense verdict in favor of an obstetrician alleged to have delayed a c-section delivery in the face of concerning fetal heart tones and the abnormal presence of the baby’s hand in the birth canal. Compartment syndrome was diagnosed shortly after birth and an extensive fasciotomy was performed. To help the jury understand how compartment syndrome develops, Mike retained an expert from UPenn who performed the world’s first pediatric hand transplant.
- Defense verdict in favor of an internal medicine doctor whose elderly patient suffered bilateral Achilles Tendon ruptures that caused permanent decreased mobility, including an inability to attend annual Naval submarine reunions. The injuries occurred after prescription of an antibiotic, which carried an FDA Black Box warning of tendon ruptures elderly patients.
- Defense verdict in favor of a general surgeon alleged to have negligently transected a major hepatic duct during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Mike retained an expert from the Cleveland Clinic who used the actual images from the intraoperative cholangiogram to explain how and why the Plaintiffs’ theory was wrong.
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