Our Team

Kerri A. Shimborske-Abel

Director

Represents individuals and companies on general commercial and tort litigation matters, motor vehicle and transportation claims, premises liability claims, contractual disputes, toxic torts, and other general liability litigation.

Education

  • Undergraduate:
    California University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Political Science (cum laude), 2001
  • Law School:
     Duquesne University School of Law, 2004
    • Received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia

Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Westmoreland County Bar Association (Prior Chair, Young Lawyers Committee; member, Planning, Nominating and Young Lawyers Committees)
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Ned J. Nakles American Inns of Court

Venue Experience

  • State trial courts in Pennsylvania
  • State trial courts in West Virginia
  • Federal District Courts of Pennsylvania
  • Federal District Courts of West Virginia

Previous Experience

  • 2004-2005: Law Clerk for the Honorable John F. Wagner, Jr., Fayette County Court of Common Pleas

Significant Matters

  1. Temsick v. Tedesco, et al., (Westmoreland County, PA 2013), received a defense verdict after a three day jury trial, wherein Plaintiff alleged that he sustained injuries and damages as a result of an altercation with the Defendants and brought causes of action for assault, battery, and negligence against Defendants.
  2. Adams v. Goodwill Industries of Fayette County (Fayette County, PA 2013), successfully defended Goodwill in a personal injury claim made by plaintiff as a result of slip and fall that plaintiff alleged occurred as a result of an accumulation of water on a bathroom floor. Summary judgment entered by the trial court.
  3. Motorists Insurance Group, et al. v. Hibbs Awning Company, Inc., et al. (Fayette County, PA 2010), successfully defended an awning manufacturer and installer wherein multiple Plaintiffs had delivered their awnings for winter storage under a bailment situation and said awnings were destroyed in an accidental fire. Although the damages exceeded the compulsory arbitration limit, the parties agreed to submit the case to arbitration. After an arbitration hearing it was determined that Plaintiffs failed to prove that the awning manufacturer was negligent in its storing of the awnings and a verdict was entered in favor of the Defendant.
  4. Hajek v. Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.and Strength, Inc. (Allegheny County, PA 2010), received a defense verdict following an arbitration hearing on a slip and fall case wherein the Plaintiff alleged that as he was exiting the door of the insured’s premises, he was caused to fall due to a disparity in elevation between a section of the hallway floor and surrounding floor area. After hearing testimony, it was determined that the Defendant did not have any notice of the condition that allegedly caused Plaintiff’s fall. Accordingly, the arbitration panel found in favor of the Defendant.
  5. Scheibler v. The Assurance Group, Inc., et al, (Westmoreland County, PA 2007), obtained summary judgment for Defendant, The Assurance Group, Inc., wherein Plaintiff brought claims against all Defendants, which included specific performance, bad faith insurance denial, unjust enrichment, violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, and misrepresentation and fraud in the inducement.
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