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Marian Jean Patchen



Marian Patchen Cullen
Direct dial/Fax: 412-338-2066
Cell: 412 651-0982

Assistant Contact

Autumn Crupe

Ms. Patchen Cullen focuses on medical malpractice defense; contract negotiation and litigation, including litigation of non-compete contracts and representation before state licensing boards, and personal injury litigation.

Ms. Patchen Cullen has represented specialty groups including: interventional cardiology, OB/GYN, plastic surgery, urology, radiology, interventional radiology, family practice, internal medicine, nephrology, physiatry, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, pathology, neurology, otolaryngology (ENT) and pediatrics.


8-day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly diagnose and treat post-operative abscess following pelvic floor reconstructive surgery for uterine prolapse.  Represented defendant urogynecologist/female pelvic medicine reconstructive surgeon.   Case resulted in a 10-2 defense verdict

5-day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly diagnose and treat forearm fracture in 17-yr. old male resulting in alleged further surgical treatment and chronic pain complaints.  Represented defendant orthopedic surgeon and group.   Case resulted in unanimous defense verdict.

Medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly administer steroids resulting in death of 27 year old woman with three children.  Represented critical care pulmonologist.  After two days of trial, plaintiff moved for a voluntary non-suit which was granted as to defendant.

Four day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly provide preoperative instructions for vasectomy resulting in development of scrotal hematoma.  Represented urologist and his PA.  Case resulted in verdict in favor of defendants.

Six day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly treat wound infection following cosmetic surgery resulting in removal of breast implants and alleged permanent disability.  Represented plastic surgeon.  Case resulted in unanimous verdict in favor of defendants.

Seven day trial medical malpractice case involving death of 27 year old woman due to alleged failure to diagnose fatal heart arrhythmia.  Represented cardiologist.   Case resulted in no causation verdict in favor of  defendants.

Two week medical malpractice case involving death of 36-year old woman eight days after delivery by C-Section.  Alleged failure to diagnose and treat pneumonia leading to endometritis, sepsis and death.  Represented two treating OB’s and their group.   Case resulted in verdict in favor of defendants.

Publications and Presentations

Impact of Disruptive Behavior on Patient Care and Practice

  • Pennsylvania Physicians, Marriot, Cranberry, PA

Guest Lecturer

  • DMBI Course, Oakland, PA

Developing and Presenting Your Case

  • PBI Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA – Professional Development Center

Developing and Presenting Your Case:  A Case Study of A Few Good Men

  • PBI Seminar, Pittsburgh Hilton, Pittsburgh, PA

Legal Aspects of EMR’s/Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

  • Applied Medical Informatics Course, University of Pittsburgh Graduate Program, Pittsburgh, PA

Cross Examination at the Movies

  • PBI Seminar, Omni-Westin William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA

Failure to diagnose – A Continuing Challenge

  • Pennsylvania Physicians,  Marriott, Cranberry, PA

Risk Management Consult: Failure to Diagnose

  • Pennsylvania physicians, Marriott, Cranberry, PA

Preparing & Trying the Medical Malpractice Case

  • PBI Seminar, Omni-Westin William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA

Medical Malpractice Litigation

  • PBI Seminar, The Conference Center at Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA

Risk Management Rounds for Physicians

Pennsylvania Physicians, Sheraton Hotel, Mars, PA

Risk Management Rounds:  Physicians

  • Pennsylvania Physicians, Wyndham Pittsburgh Airport, Pittsburgh, PA

Risk Awareness For Physicians

  • Pennsylvania Physicians, Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, Pittsburgh, PA

Real Cases from the Medical/Legal World

  • Refresher Course in Family Practice, Personal Enrichment Workshop, Continuing Medical Education Seminar. Sponsored by UPMC St. Margaret and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences. Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA

Guest Lecturer for Cyril Wecht, MD, JD, Law and Medicine Class

  • Duquesne University School of Law

Tort Law Update: Medical Malpractice

  • PBI Seminar, Westin William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA

Risk Management

  • St. Margaret’s Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Risk Management

  • Sheraton Inn, Warrendale, PA


1994, Pennsylvania

1995, West Virginia and Ohio


University of Michigan, B.A., 1991

Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1994

Professional & Community Involvement

Academy of Trial Lawyers

Allegheny County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer

Professional Liability Defense Federation (Featured Member, February 3, 2017)