Our Team

Aaron H. Weiss

Director

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 handled a variety of litigation matters including: insurance defense, trucking and transportation, liquor liability, nuisance, 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
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

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
  • Associate Member of the Brewers of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Alumni Association

Venue Experience

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

Significant Matters

Trials:

  1. Harris v. Rosenfeld, (Allegheny County, Pa. May 2019), Obtained a Defense Verdict after a jury trial in a case arising out of a two vehicle accident. The Defense challenged both liability and damages. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant, finding that he was not responsible for the accident.
  2. Nalesnik v. VanDyke (Beaver County, Pa. May 2017), Obtained a Defense Verdict after a 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. 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. Plaintiffs alleged that the retreaded tire was defective for failure to warn. After Plaintiffs presented six days of evidence, the court granted the Defendant’s Motion for Compulsory Nonsuit.

Motions:

  1. Beck v. Smith (Crawford County, Pa. Dec. 2019), Obtained a dismissal via Preliminary Objections of residential homeowners for injuries an independent subcontractor sustained after falling from their roof. Plaintiff sued the homeowners, among other defendants, for allegedly failing to hire a safe and experienced general contractor. The court dismissed the homeowners, finding (1) a landowner who engages an independent contractor is not responsible for the acts or omissions of the contractor, and (2) the duty from Restatement (Second) of Torts § 411 does not apply to independent contractors involved in the work being performed.
  2. Latimore v. Star Properties Inc. d/b/a Quality Inn (Mercer County, Pa. Apr. 2019), Obtained Summary Judgment in favor of a hotel after a guest allegedly slipped and fell on debris from a ceiling. The Court dismissed the lawsuit because plaintiff could not prove the hotel had knowledge of the issues and further the legal doctrine of res ipsa loquitor does not apply to transitory dangers as a matter of law.
  3. Rose v. Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity et al. (Adams County, Pa. Jan. 2019), Obtained a dismissal via Preliminary Objections of a national fraternity after it was sued, among other defendants, for an alleged assault by one fraternity member against another member at a spring social. After filing Preliminary Objections on behalf of the national fraternity, the Plaintiff conceded during oral arguments that the national organization could not be liable to plaintiff under any of his theories of liability: negligence, dram shop, or vicarious liability.
  4. Fitzgerald v. WV Wesleyan College et al. (Upshur County, WV Nov. 2017), Obtained a dismissal via Motion to Dismiss of a local fraternity chapter. Plaintiff, a student, had been disciplined by the university following an incident involving a lewd photograph of a female student, and 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.
  5. Rhodes v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC (W.D. Pa. Apr. 2016), Obtained a dismissal via Motion to Dismiss of a rental car company. Plaintiff’s complaint asserted six counts – 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 as to 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.
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