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Geoffrey F. Sasso Associate

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6245Fax 215.789.7601
sassog@whiteandwilliams.com
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Over the past decade, Geoff has handled a variety of matters on behalf of product manufacturers, real estate investment firms, universities, retail establishments, liquor licensees, and construction companies. In addition, Geoff is one of the attorneys on the forefront of the emerging area of civil rights liability for medical providers. Over the past several years, he has successfully defended a variety of sensitive and complex lawsuits involving § 1983 claims against medical providers and hospitals. The combination of Geoff’s hands-on approach and his refusal to leave any stone unturned continues to provide favorable results for his clients regardless of the particular challenges of each case. 

While in law school, Geoff was chosen to be a member of the Moot Court and Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Societies. In his final year of law school, Geoff completed a clinical externship within the chambers of Chief Magistrate Judge M. Faith Angell of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to entering private practice, Geoff served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Paul Innes in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer County.

Representative Matters

  • Secured the complete dismissal – and denial of leave to amend – of various § 1983 claims asserted against two medical providers arising from a child abuse evaluation (K.S. v. O’Dell, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55957 (M.D.Pa. 2018)

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of medical providers in a complex civil rights action arising from a report of suspected child neglect prompted by the parents’ refusal to consent to necessary medical treatment for their newborn and refusal to cooperate with the provision of care and successfully opposed plaintiffs’ appeal to the Third Circuit (Ferris v. Milton S. Hershey Med. Ctr., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133927 (M.D.Pa. 2016) aff’d 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12448 (3d Cir. 2017))
  • Obtained permissive intervention in a two-year old, concluded class action alleging thousands of aggregated Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations and succeeded in decertifying the class action and voiding a preexisting $15,000,000 judgment (Local Baking v. Westfield Rental Mart, 2014 WL 2807536 (App. Div. 2014))
  • Successfully argued that a bankruptcy debtor is required to list as an asset of the bankruptcy estate a personal injury claim which arises post confirmation but prior to dismissal of the bankruptcy action or risk being estopped from pursuing that claim in a later lawsuit (In re Cibelli, 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 1933 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2016))
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the insurer in a coverage dispute and secured affirmance from the New Jersey Appellate Division despite claims that insured’s conduct was negligent and that extent of injuries sustained by plaintiff were not reasonably foreseeable; court inferred intent to injure as a matter of law, disregarded the negligence allegation based on facts developed during discovery and determined that the injuries sustained were inherently probable (State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. Carbo, 2013 WL 2435438 (N.J. Super. A.D.))
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a maintenance company on statute of limitations grounds despite plaintiff naming fictitious defendants prior to expiration of the statute (Beam v. Transportation and Security Administration, et al., 2013 WL 1903306 (D.N.J.)) 
  • Successfully opposed four Rule 72 appeals addressing the scope of discovery to an insurer in a declaratory judgment action arising from underlying trademark/trade dress infringement claims (Katiroll Co. v. Kati Roll & Platters Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158234 (D.N.J. 2014))
  • Briefed and argued the first matter before the Pennsylvania Superior Court raising an issue of forum non conveniens after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s holding in Bratic v. Rubendall; Lee v. Bower Lewis Thrower, 102 A.3d 1018 (Pa. Super. 2014)
  • Assisted in establishing the law in New Jersey that the Affidavit of Merit factors set forth in N.J.S.A. 53A-41(a) are inapplicable to nursing specialties and lawsuits involving general medical standards of care (Harbeson v. Underwood Memorial Hospital, 2009 WL 1766598 N.J. Super. (App.Div. 2009))
  • Represented several medical providers in federal litigation involving claims of constitutional violations
  • Tried multiple premises and product liability arbitrations to defense verdicts

Recognition & Involvement

Geoff is the Vice President and one of the co-founders of Young Professional Scouts, an alumni networking organization run through the Cradle of Liberty Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Membership Committee for the Montgomery County Development Authority.

Geoff is a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Youth Courts program. The Youth Courts program promotes the use of student-run jury trials that provide restorative punishments for school-related disciplinary infractions. Geoff is also a certified arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Events

Bar and Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

Widener University School of Law, JD, 2006

Loyola College in Maryland, BA, 2003 

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