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Daniel J. Cuddy


Mr. Cuddy has successfully represented clients in several areas of civil litigation, including general liability defense, toxic tort defense and criminal defense. Mr. Cuddy represents individuals and companies in general tort litigation matters and non-profit organizations in matters ranging from personal injury defense to grand jury subpoena responses.

Education

  • Undergraduate:
     University of Pittsburgh, B.A. 1990
  • Law School:
     University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. 1993

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Venue Experience

  • State trial courts in Pennsylvania

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Zimmer Kunz in 2016, Mr. Cuddy represented clients in criminal defense, DUI and traffic violations, Social Security appeals, personal injury cases, business dispute resolution, will formation and estate administration, through his private practice.  Prior to his private practice of law, Mr. Cuddy spent 12 years in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office where he handled all types of felonies and misdemeanors, including homicide and vehicular homicide cases.  He also spent six years in the Child Abuse Unit, handling all varieties of crimes against children.  During his time in the D.A.’s office he tried countless bench trials and over 70 jury trial to verdict, all as lead attorney.  He ultimately advanced to the position of Deputy District Attorney in charge of the General Trial, Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition and Statutory Appeals Units.

Mr. Cuddy also spent five years in a large local civil defense firm defending toxic exposure suits with team serving as national counsel for several railroad companies in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Additional Information

  • During his undergraduate years, Mr. Cuddy was a four-year member of the soccer team and was elected to the school’s Athletic Director’s List from 1986 – 1990. He was also nominated for the Big East Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1989.
  • Mr. Cuddy is a licensed youth soccer coach and spends most of his free time coaching or attending his children’s activities.

Significant Matters

  • Successfully represented a physician charged with felony drug charges for abusing her prescription writing privileges. He successfully negotiated the withdrawal of all felonies, reduction of the remaining misdemeanor charges to a less punitive variety, enabled his client to receive a sentence of probation and even maintain her driving privileges.
  • Successfully defended client falsely charged with injuring her foster child. Convinced District Attorney’s Office to withdraw all charges.  Successfully expunged arrest from client’s record.  Successfully achieved an expungement of Childline report after hearing before Commonwealth Dept. of Human Services Bureau of Hearings and Appeals.
  • Commonwealth v. Carl Whitehead, Jr., CP-02-CR-009216-1999: Successfully prosecuted defendant accused of raping an 8 month old infant. Defendant is still serving sentence of 35-70 years.
  • Commonwealth v. Thomas Nauman, CP-02-CR-004505-2000: Successfully prosecuted serial rapist.  The victim in this case was a prostitute but her testimony was gripping.  Defendant had escaped prosecution on four previous cases, but was convicted and is still serving sentence of 17.5 to 35 years.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of case against major railroad company on issue revolving around statute of limitations and Ohio’s savings statute. Plaintiff originally withdrew case in strategic move designed to refile and overcome a debilitating deficiency in his case. Obtained dismissal for client, negating this tactical move by the Plaintiff’s attorney.
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