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Charles Eppolito, III Partner

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6302Fax 215.789.6676
eppolitoc@whiteandwilliams.com
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Chuck Eppolito has found much success in his legal career thanks to his preparation, diligence, advocacy skills and ability to relate to clients and jurors. Additionally, his experience – having practiced in approximately 20 different counties or other jurisdictions, both state and federal, throughout the Commonwealth – has contributed to successes as well.

His practice consists primarily of medical malpractice defense as well as other insurance-related defense, including general negligence, electrical engineering and product liability issues in utilities cases. Chuck strives to serve as an advocate for his clients. His clients include hospitals and physicians throughout Pennsylvania, utility companies and insurance carriers, including primary, excess and reinsurance, throughout the nation. 

Chuck has tried many medical and psychiatric malpractice cases to verdict in jury trials and has arbitrated others to successful resolution. He has done so in many fields/specialties, including: cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, nephrology, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pharmacology, psychology, and urology. Chuck has also participated in numerous catastrophic medical malpractice and brain injury cases. He has significant experience in mediating cases and has secured many favorable outcomes through the alternative dispute resolution process. 

Chuck leads the firm's internal CLE programming, coordinating monthly educational programs on legal issues across various practice areas.

Chuck is an investigative panel member of Pennsylvania's Judicial Evaluation Commission responsible for interviewing and evaluating trial and appellate judicial candidates. He has served as a Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and is a former board member of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia. Chuck is an active member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, holding a number of leadership positions throughout his career. 

American Bar Association

  • House of Delegates (2005 - 2007; 2012 - Present)
    • Select Committee of the House of Delegates (2012 - 2013)
    • Tellers Committee of the House of Delegates (2006 - 2007)
  • Medical Professional Liability Standing Committee (2007 - Present)
  • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) (2007 - Present)
  • TIPS Medicine and Law Committee:
    • Chair (2009 - 2010)
    • Member (2007 – Present)
  • Bioethics and the Law, Special Committee (2010 – Present)

Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • President-Elect (2017 - 2018)
  • Vice President (2016 - 2017)
  • House of Delegates (2001 - Present)
    • Chair (2011 – 2013)
    • Member (2001 – Present)
  • Secretary (2006 - 2009)
  • Board of Governors (2001 - 2004, 2007 - 2010, 2011 - 2013, 2016 - Present)
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Division (2002 - 2003)

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation 

  • Board Member (2016 - Present)
  • Fellow

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Board Member (2016 - 2017)

Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Environmental and Energy Law Committee, Co-chair (2012 - 2016)
  • Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (2003 - 2009)
  • Insurance Committee (2003 - 2005)

Representative Matters

  • Obtained defense verdict with a specific finding of no liability on behalf of a major utility company in an arbitration proceeding in a death case in Lancaster County, PA, in which the driver of a truck sustained fatal crush injuries from a falling tree. It was alleged that the utility company was responsible for the tree, which was adjacent to its power lines, and failed to properly inspect and remove the dead/dying tree to prevent it from falling and/or causing injury or damage. Co-defendants included a national tree expert company and the township. After a full-day arbitration proceeding, which included live testimony from several witnesses as well as presentation of expert opinions from experts in multiple specialties, the arbitrator found in favor of the defendant utility company.

  • Obtained defense verdict in jury trial in negligence/malpractice case tried in Luzerne County, PA. Plaintiff alleged that a nurse allowed an elastic tourniquet to remain tied around her arm during a five-hour ER stay causing nerve compression injury in her arm which then lead to chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) throughout her body. Plaintiff claimed total permanent disability, and sought to recover substantial damages for lost earnings and earning capacity, future medical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and disfigurement. Defense presented evidence, including trial testimony from treating healthcare providers and experts, establishing that a tourniquet was not allowed to remain on and, further, that a tourniquet could not have caused the injuries alleged. The case was tried over three weeks; jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense, specifically finding no negligence, within approximately 30 minutes.
  • Obtained the dismissal of three utility company entities which we represented in a construction fatality case in Philadelphia, where the family of the deceased construction worker alleged negligence and product liability theories against multiple defendants. After aggressive discovery, including numerous depositions of relevant witnesses, we filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, which was granted by the Court. All clients we represented were dismissed, with prejudice.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in a medical malpractice case tried in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; plaintiff was a 42-year-old with severe coronary artery disease and aortic stenosis who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and aortic valve replacement; he died shortly after surgery due to multiple complications; the case was submitted to the jury for determination after nearly one week of trial; the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict, specifically finding no negligence (and not reaching the question of causation), in less than 30 minutes
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case tried in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; plaintiff, a 19-year-old mother, alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat a spinal fracture suffered during childbirth, resulting in total disability; the jury found that the defendants were not negligent
  • Obtained a defense verdict in an arbitration proceeding in a medical malpractice and informed consent case in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; plaintiff was a 25-year-old who underwent oral surgery for removal of three impacted molars; thereafter, he experienced pain, bleeding and other complications requiring additional surgery; the case was tried before three arbitrators who found in favor of both defendants on all issues and claims, in less than 15 minutes
  • Secured the dismissal, without the finding of any liability or the payment of monies, in a medical/surgical malpractice action in Montour County, Pennsylvania, where the plaintiffs alleged negligence against a surgeon and hospital in connection with the performance of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery for recurrent gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Secured the dismissal, without the finding of any liability or the payment of monies, in a medical/surgical malpractice action in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where the plaintiff alleged negligence and recklessness against a surgeon and hospital in connection with performance of a total thyroidectomy for a goiter
  • Secured the dismissal, without the finding of any liability or the payment of monies, in a medical malpractice action in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, where the plaintiff alleged negligence against several defendants, including a clinic, physician, and the owner of the clinic, in connection with the performance of a radiofrequency thermoneurolysis procedure to her spine, which was designed to relieve pain in the musculature of the lower back
  • Secured the dismissal, without the finding of any liability or the payment of monies, in a psychiatric malpractice action in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where the plaintiff, the estate of a former patient, initiated this action against the clinical/office and its physician-psychiatrist who provided care and treatment to the patient; the plaintiff alleged that the defendants were grossly negligent in connection with the care and treatment provided to the plaintiff’s decedent for her anxiety and depression; the decedent committed suicide shortly thereafter 
  • Secured the dismissal, without the finding of any liability or the payment of monies, in a medical malpractice action in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, where the plaintiff alleged negligence, intentional misrepresentation, defamation, fraud, and breach of contract in connection with the obtaining, interpreting and reporting of a urine sample, as well as other treatment associated therewith

Recognition & Involvement

Chuck received the Exceptional Achievement Award in 2010 from the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. He has been named a Lawyer on the Fast Track (2007) by Pennsylvania Law Weekly and the Legal Intelligencer and was the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Chuck has also been named by a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania Rising Star (2005 - 2007 and 2010 - 2011). 

Events

Publications

Bar and Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Villanova University School of Law, JD, 1995

Villanova University, BS, cum laude, 1992 

Memberships

American Bar Association

Justinian Society of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

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