Mr. Feeney represents health care professionals and organizations in a variety of legal matters, including medical malpractice lawsuits, nursing home litigation, disciplinary actions, highly-specialized Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) matters, and in public policy advocacy roles. His efforts in these areas have extended to all stages of litigation, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and appeals.
Mr. Feeney is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform and in 2019 was appointed to serve on its Attorney Advisory and Amicus Committees. He is extensively involved in both state and local bar associations, having served as a Zone 12 Delegate to the PBA House of Delegates, as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the ACBA Board of Governors, as Chair of the ACBA’s Young Lawyers Division, as President of the W. Edward Sell Chapter of the American Inns of Court, as Chair of the ACBA By-Laws Committee, and as a Duty Officer of the ACBA Professional Ethics Committee. He currently serves as Treasurer of the ACBA’s Civil Litigation Section Council, as Vice-Chair of the ACBA’s Appellate Practice Committee, and as Chair of the Allegheny County Mediation Task Force.
Prior to joining Matis Baum O’Connor, Mr. Feeney served as staff attorney to Chief Justice Stephen A. Zappala of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. During law school, Mr. Feeney worked as a law clerk for both the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.
Best Lawyers selected Mr. Feeney to its “Best Lawyers in America” list in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Philadelphia Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine named Mr. Feeney a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” in 2020 and 2021, and a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in every year from 2010 to 2016. Amen Corner, a historic Pittsburgh networking organization dating back to 1870, honored Mr. Feeney in 2011 with its inaugural Judge James R. McGregor Award, which recognized exceptional contributions to the community by a young lawyer. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett presented the award.
Medical malpractice case in Allegheny County involving a plaintiff who suffered a chainsaw injury to his leg and alleged that the emergency room physician negligently failed to diagnose a quadriceps tendon tear and prescribe prophylactic antibiotics, which he claimed led to a severe knee infection. After a five day trial, the jury found unanimously for the defense.
Medical malpractice case in Allegheny County involving a plaintiff who sued two physicians, their practice groups, and a hospital alleging that the defendants caused the death of her husband. The case was dismissed after the plaintiff failed to produce any expert reports. Monetary sanctions were successfully pursued covering all defense attorney’s fees and costs over the life of the case.
Publications and Presentations
Speaker, Behind the Mask: How to Effectively Try a Case in a Pandemic, ACBA Civil Litigation Section, 2-hour CLE (December 16, 2020)
Author, Health Workers Need Better COVID-19 Liability Protections, Law360, August 28, 2020, available online at: https://www.law360.com/articles/1305268
Speaker, The Ugly Guts of Trying a Civil Case in Allegheny County, ACBA Civil Litigation Section, 2-hour CLE (December 11, 2019)
Speaker, Motions Practice, American Inns of Court, 1.0 hour CLE (November 21, 2019)
Co-Moderator, Effective and Ethical Dispute Resolution Perspectives from Mediators and Practitioners, ACBA Civil Litigation Section, 2-hour CLE (December 6, 2018)
Moderator, Nursing Home Litigation: Recent Appellate Decisions and Their Effect at the Trial Court Level, ACBA Civil Litigation Section, 2-hour CLE (April 24, 2018)
Speaker, Difficult Clients and Difficult Judges: Handling Them While Preserving (or Destroying or Enhancing) Your Reputation and Getting Sleep at Night, American Inns of Court, 1.5 hour CLE (April 17, 2008)
Speaker, Young Litigators Series: Medical Malpractice Litigation, ACBA Young Lawyers Division, 1-hour “Lunch-and-Learn” program (March 3, 2008)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (2002)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2002)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2002)
Ohio Northern University, B.A., 1998
Dickinson School of Law at the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2001
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star
Pennsylvania Health Care Association’s Tort Committee
PA Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
ACBA Court Rules Committee
ACBA Professional Ethics Committee
PA Bar Association House of Delegates
American Inns of Court