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Aaron H. Weiss

Associate

Aaron’s practice primarily focuses on insurance defense and litigation, liquor liability litigation, construction litigation, tort litigation, and a variety of issues in federal court. He has assisted with representation of both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

Aaron joined Zimmer Kunz as a law clerk in May of 2014 and worked through his third year of law school. He has assisted in a variety of litigation matters including: insurance defense, trucking and transportation, liquor liability, construction, products liability, workers’ compensation, and business and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Zimmer Kunz, Aaron gained valuable experience as an intern at the United States Department of Justice, Prince George’s County Office of the Public Defender, and District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General.

Outside of work, Aaron is an avid homebrewer and enjoys playing sports and traveling with his family.

Education

  • Undergraduate:
     George Washington University, B.A. 2012
  • Law School:
     Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. 2015, Cum Laude
    • Law Review
    • Moot Court
      • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2014
        • Top Oral Advocate
        • Best Brief
      • Dean Jerome Price Evidence Competition, 2015
        • Finalist
    • Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member of the Community Service and Outreach Committee (2018-2021 term)
    • Chair of the Young Lawyer Division of the Western District of Pennsylvania (2016-present)
    • Western District of Pennsylvania Local Liaison for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel—All Concern Encouraged (SOLACE)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Alumni Association

Venue Experience

  • Pennsylvania Trial Courts
  • West Virginia Trial Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Significant Matters

  1. Fitzgerald v. WV Wesleyan College et al. (Upshur County, WV Nov. 2017) Obtained a dismissal for a local fraternity chapter. Plaintiff, a student, had been disciplined by the university following an incident involving a lewd photograph of a female student, an in turn filed a Complaint against the university, its employees, the local chapter of the fraternity, and a number of the fraternity members. The counts against the fraternity were False Light and Civil Conspiracy. After successfully arguing a Motion to Dismiss, the court held the fraternity was an unincorporated association, and thus it had not – and could not – be sued or properly served.
  2. Nalesnik v. VanDyke (Beaver County, Pa. May 2017), Obtained Defense verdict after two-day jury trial in a rear-end auto negligence case. The Defense stipulated to liability for the accident, but presented evidence to challenge various aspects of Plaintiffs’ damages. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant, finding that he was not a factual cause of any harm to the Plaintiffs.
  3. Rhodes v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC (W.D. Pa. Apr. 2016), Prepared a Motion to Dismiss a complaint with six counts against the Defendant rental car company – including negligence, breach of contract, fraud, and breach of warranties – stemming from alleged injuries sustained while being handcuffed by the police after being initially pulled over for an expired registration. The Motion to Dismiss was granted on all counts because driving an unregistered vehicle is a summary offense, which only subjects a driver to a small fine, and thus there would have had to be some additional and unforeseeable reason for Plaintiff to be placed in handcuffs.
  4. Dolby v. Ziegler Tire et al. (Allegheny County, Pa. Jan. 2016), Assisted in the successful defense of a product liability claim with regard to retreaded tires, where Plaintiffs alleged that the product was defective for failure to warn. Motion for Compulsory Nonsuit was granted after Plaintiffs presented six days of evidence.

 

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