When he was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s forty best lawyers under
the age of 40, American Lawyer Media said, “Dion meets that supreme
standard of being a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’. That is to say, if I were in
trouble, I would want him representing me.”
In a world where everyone claims to be a “trial lawyer”, Dion
really is. He has stood victorious in the courtroom in all types of
cases, from business disputes, complex litigation(s) and insurance
matters, to cases involving catastrophically injured members of our
community. As you will see below, trying cases is what he does.
Dion has extensive experience in trial and appellate litigation
in state and federal courts and regulatory agencies throughout the
region. He has tried and settled complex commercial litigations
involving business disputes, antitrust claims, contracting disputes,
issues, bank fraud and trade secret litigation. In addition, he has
tried and settled many cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar
verdicts and settlements, all of which have been collected in full, for
people and families who have been catastrophically injured and damaged
as the result of medical malpractice, professional malpractice, products
liability, civil rights violations, discrimination and harassment and
related personal injury actions.
In addition to his work on commercial litigations and for
catastrophically injured plaintiffs, Dion also represents one of
Pennsylvania’s fastest growing domestic insurance companies. He now
serves as that company’s lead trial counsel on major litigation matters
throughout the Commonwealth and defends bad faith claims, civil rights
cases, discrimination and harassment, fire and explosion cases,
subrogation, general liability claims and coverage disputes.
In July of 2010, Dion was selected to be a Committee Member
serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
where he will serve as a Hearing Officer, where he presides over
disciplinary cases and claims brought against lawyers throughout the
In June of 2010 he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Senate to
participate in the Joint State Government's Commission (Senate
Resolution 344 of 2010), to study and investigate the criminal justice
system in Philadelphia and to develop solutions for the problems
involving high violent crime rates, low conviction rates, the bail
system, witness intimidation and other matters of significant and
important public interest. This advisory committee is comprised of
approximately thirty judges, lawyers and prosecutors.
From 2002 until 2010, Dion sat as a member of the Architects
Licensure Board. Pennsylvania governors Edward G. Rendell, in 2006, and
Mark S. Schweiker, in 2002, appointed Dion, with the advice and consent
of the Pennsylvania Senate, to serve on the Board for two 4 year terms.
This Board, acting under Pennsylvania's Department of State, is
responsible for licensing, investigating and disciplining the
In January of 2004, he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Senate
as a member of the Joint State Government Commission Task Force on Real
Property Law (Senate Resolution 244 of 2002). This Joint Commission is a
standing group of attorneys and judges from across the Commonwealth who
provide expertise and advice to assist the General Assembly by
recommending improvements and changes to Pennsylvania laws.
In May of 2002, he was requested to testify before the
Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 1376, on Joint
and Several Liability. His diverse experience representing corporations,
plaintiffs and insurance defendants helped clarify and articulate
issues and concerns about the proposed legislation.
In January 2001, he became one of the youngest members ever
appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve
as a member of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, the group
which drafts and revises the rules which govern appellate practice in
Since its inception in 2004, Dion has been selected as a
Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyer' by Philadelphia Magazine and Law &
Politics, and has multiple and ongoing recognitions for being in the Top
100 lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also the Top 100 of
lawyers in Philadelphia. This recognition is based upon a survey of
over 34,000 lawyers and judges from the Commonwealth to determine the
top 5% of attorneys practicing in Pennsylvania, and can be viewed in the
“Ultimate Guide to the Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania”, found at
In October of 2003, Dion was selected by America Lawyer Media,
The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, as one of
Pennsylvania’s forty best lawyers under the age of 40. This award
represents the Pennsylvania legal world’s recognition of
lawyers across the state who have worked tirelessly in their
professional, personal and civic lives to improve the legal landscape
and the future of others.
In October of 2007, he was selected to serve as the moderator
for the television coverage of The Pennsylvania Superior Court's en banc
oral argument at the National Constitution Center. Dion provided case
introductions and commentary and analysis of the Court arguments.
He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the
Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum and has maintained a preeminent AV
rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 1999.
Dion has published in Butterworth’s Journal of International Banking and
Financial Law, and has been approved by Continuing Legal Education,
Inc. to provide continuing education lectures in the states of
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, and California. He has provided
accredited CLE for Montgomery County Bar Association and was a Keynote
seminar presenter at the 2004 Luzerne County Bench/Bar Seminar on the
topic of Appellate practice.
He completed his undergraduate studies in three (3) years at Stanford
University and Dickinson College (B.A. 1984). He graduated from Duquesne
University School of Law (J.D. 1987), where he was an academic
selection to the Law Review, and a two-time trial moot court
champion. He is admitted to practice in the bars of Delaware,
Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the
United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Claims, and the
numerous corresponding Federal Courts in the states where he is
admitted. He serves on various professional committees and associations
and also maintains an extensive pro bono commitment.
When smart people have done bad things to you, you’ll want
someone with Dion’s experience, tenacity and background on your side.