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Vast experience in litigating complex cases involving: Professional, medical, engineering and legal malpractice; commercial litigation; construction; environmental regulations and toxic torts; patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, license and non-compete disputes; contract disputes; and products liability. Experience includes numerous successful federal and state jury trials (first chair), appeals, arbitrations and mediations.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 95%
  2. Contracts: 5%
    1 year


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  • Thomas P. Giuffra

    Peter is an excellent medical malpractice attorney. He is very experienced representing both plainitffs and a defendants. He is a fine trial attorney and a tenacious adversary.


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Contact info

Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.
120 W 10th St
Erie, PA, 16501

Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, PC

509 N. Main Street
120 West 10th Avenue
Jamestown, PA, 14701-5027



NYCurrently registered 199907/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderKnox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, PC2007 - Present
Senior Associate & Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Todd J. Krouner2005 - 2007
Trial AttorneyBarton Barton & Plotkin2000 - 2005
AssociateLaw Offices of Dominick J. Robustelli1996 - 2000
Legal InternPae University Environmental Litigation Clinic1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on Construction LawDivision 10, Energy & Environment Steering Committee2014 - Present
UPMC Hamot Medical CenterEthics Committee2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on Construction LawDivision 10, Publications Liaison2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on Construction LawDivision 10, State Legislation Chair2014 - Present
Coalition of Attorneys & Physicians of Erie, ECBAPlanning Committee2012 - Present
United Way of Erie CountyVolunteer Action Society Steering Committee2012 - Present
Hamot Health FoundationBoard of Corporators2012 - Present
Jamestown Bar AssociationSteering Committee Chair of LHL2009 - Present
Erie County Bar Association (PA)Civil Litigation Section Committee2009 - Present
United Way of Erie CountyYoung Leaders Society Steering Committee2009 - Present
Defense Research InstituteProfessional Liability CommitteeN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Erie County Bar Association (NY)N/AN/A
Defense Research InstituteConstruction Litigation CommitteeN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Erie County Bar Association (PA)Co-chair of Young Lawyers Section Division2009 - 2010
Erie County Bar Association (PA)Co-chair Civil Litigation Sect. Committee2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pugh v. Hamot Medical Center, 965 A.2d 312, 2008 Pa. Super. LEXIS 5459 (Pa. Super. Ct., 2008).Superior Court affirmed lower court's decision.
Koinis v. Goldschlag, 2003 NY Jury Verdicts Review LEXIS 875, Index No.3347/98, (Pub. Aug. 2003)$ 1,258,660 Gross Verdict
Miller v. James, 262 A.D.2d 617, 691 N.Y.S.2d 353 (2nd Dept., 1999).The court affirmed lower court's decision.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Newsletter of Division 10 (Energy & Environment), American Bar Association Forum on Construction LawWinter 2015 Edition 2x4x10 Newsletter2015
Newsletter of Division 10 (Energy and Environment) Forum on Construction LawFall 2014 Edition of 2x4x10 Newsletter2014
ABA Construction Law Forum2013-2014 Annual Update on Construction Law by State - New York2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
Allegheny CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
The Peddie SchoolN/AN/A1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lecture To Physicians & AttorneysWhere Does the Doctor/Patient Attorney/Client Relationship Begin?2014
Lecture CRNA's and StaffMedical Record Documentation: Risk Management for the Anesthesia Team & Health Care Providers2014
Lecture & Moderator, CLEDoing Nothing is Not an Option,2014
Lecture to interns & medical studentsThree Legal Tips for Physician Risk Management2013
Lecture to House StaffTestimony in Medical Malpractice Case2013
Lecture CRNA'sMedical Record Documentation: Risk Management for Health Care Providers2013
Lecture to Interns, Residents & AttendingsMedical Record Documentation & Testimony in Litigation involving Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Services2012
Lecture Physicians & AttorneysSorry Seems to be the Hardest Word: The Proposed Apology Law in Pennsylvania2012
Lecture to Nursing SupervisorsLitigation & Medical Record Documentation2011
Lecture for Interns and Resident PhysiciansMedical Record Documentation and Litigation2011
Penn State BehrendVolunteer Management 101: Developing and Implementing an Effective Program2010
Millcreek Community HospitalMedical Record Documentation and Litigation2010
Long Term Care SeminarDefending Claims Filed Against Long Term Care Facilities2010
Erie County Bar AssociationProfessional Relationships 101: Lawyer to Client2010
Claims SeminarAnatomy of a Lawsuit: From Cradle to the Grave2010
CAPE Communication Issues Between Attorneys and Physicians seminarPhysician Patient Privilege - How Confidential is the Information2010
Long Term Care SeminarDefending, Investigating and Evaluating Claims Filed Against Long Term Care Facilities2009
Erie County Bar AssociationProfessional Relationships: Lawyer to Client2009
Claims SeminarMedical Record Documentation and Handling High Profile Cases2009
Claims SeminarHow to Evaluate, Minimize Damages and Defend a Traumatic Brain Injury Case2008
Claims SeminarBrief View into Mind of Plaintiff's Attorney2007
St. John's University School of LawOpening & Closing StatementsN/A