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Alan S. Baum



Alan S. Baum
Direct Dial/Fax: 412-338-4743
Cell: 412-715-6816

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Bonnie Schrecongost

Mr. Baum is a Founding Member and President of Matis Baum O’Connor.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Baum has focused his practice on the representation of physicians, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers, particularly in the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits, and in related contract and employment litigation.  Mr. Baum has extensive trial experience, having tried over 100 cases in his career.

Mr. Baum also represents healthcare professionals in administrative matters involving professional licensing, certification, credentialing, discipline, and privileges. He has defended medical providers in malpractice and related lawsuits (including wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and defamation) in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution forums throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Baum is an Officer and is on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he teaches Advanced Trial Evidence. Martindale-Hubbell gives Mr. Baum an A/V “Preeminent” peer review rating, which is their highest rating for both legal ability and personal qualities such as reliability, diligence and ethics. Since 2007, Mr. Baum has been listed in every edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. He has served as a lecturer and panelist for numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Professional Education Systems Institute, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, and Allegheny County Bar Association. Mr. Baum is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


Represented internist and CRNP who treated 49 year old woman who complained of abdominal pain.  She was diagnosed with reflux and prescribed PPIs that made her feel better.  One year later, she went to another internist who ordered a GI consult.  An EGD revealed gastric cancer.  She died 20 months later.  Unanimous defense verdict after 7 day jury trial.

Represented family physician who diagnosed 56 year old male with  new onset atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response and tachycardia.  Prescribed Atenolol and Coumadin and ordered radiographic studies.  Two days later, patient suffered a stroke in his cerebral artery.  6 day jury trial resulted in a defense verdict.

79 year old male with history of chronic anemia admitted for sudden drop in hemoglobin. Found to have large cecal mass.  Heme/onc consult diagnosed hemolytic anemia days after defendant surgeon resected mass. Surgeon/client criticized for not sooner consulting heme/onc and not having anemia treated before surgery.  Pt died from sepsis 2 months later.  Unanimous defense verdict after 7 day jury trial.

Represented radiologist who performed Gastrografin enema on 56 year old female 10 months post-surgery for rectal cancer.  A colovaginal fistula was caused by cath balloon inflation.  Necessitated ileostomy for 2 years until cancer recurred.  Unanimous defense verdict after 5 day jury trial.

Publications and Presentations

The Brave New World of Medical Malpractice Litigation

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Risky Business: How to Avoid Getting Sued

  • Pennsylvania Health Care Association

Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Lights, Camera, Evidence!

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Medical Malpractice: Focus on Orthopedic Surgery

  • Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers

Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Homes

  • Professional Education Systems Institute

Tough Problems in Medical Malpractice

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Nursing Home Litigation: Preparation, Mediation & Trial

  • Professional Education Systems Institute

New Civil Jury Instructions

  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute

The Trial of a Nursing Home Case

  • Pennsylvania Health Care Association


Admitted to practice in state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Syracuse University, B.S. with honors, 1977

Ohio Northern University School of Law, J.D., 1980 (Law Review Managing Editor)

& Community

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2007-Present

Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Officer and Board Member

Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Allegheny County Bar Foundation

Board of Directors, PICT Classic Theatre, 2009-present