Claire Neiger leads GMR’s Medical Malpractice Practice Department with over thirty years of experience representing the area’s major hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities in major medical malpractice trials. These cases have included oncology, orthopedics, wound care, general surgery, radiology, family practice, psychiatry, obstetrics, and gynecology in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and the surrounding counties. Claire is skilled in all aspects of defending complex medical negligence claims, including obtaining rapid resolution of matters through motion practice, arbitration, and mediation.
Claire’s hospital clients also rely on her expertise to defend them in general liability and premises liability areas. Thus, Claire has extensively litigated matters in the areas of security guard and third-party assaults, cafeteria incidents, slip and falls, ADA violations, parking lot incidents, and Mental Health Procedure Act cases.
Claire also handles the firm’s catastrophic injury, traumatic brain injury, and major injury cases resulting from construction, motor vehicle, and general liability accidents. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Claire has won the vast majority of her trials, achieving jury defense verdicts in nearly 100 of them in many different practice areas and jurisdictions. Claire has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by her peers, as published by Philadelphia Magazine.
Claire has also successfully defended her defense verdicts before the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit. Some of her featured successes include Lawson v. Albert Einstein Medical Center (alleged unlawful detention); Taylor v. Golden Living (pressure wound); Emerich v. Philadelphia Center for Human Development (Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Procedures Act); Brown v. Albert Einstein Medical Center (medical malpractice); Djukanovic v. Albert Einstein Medical Center (assault by third-party); and Porterfield v. Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (medical malpractice). She successfully argued to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the first Mental Health case defining mental health counselors’ and psychiatrists’ duties to warn third-parties of danger from their patients.
When Claire is not arguing, she enjoys hiking, bird watching, and traveling. Her daughter is carrying on the family tradition as a practicing Philadelphia lawyer. Her son is currently in law school and will carry on in the profession as well. Lance, the family dog, also looks good behind the desk!