Civil Litigation

Walsh, Barnes & Zumpella, P.C. represents insurance carriers, their insureds, and private corporations in actions encompassing the entire civil litigation spectrum. Paul J. Walsh III chairs our civil litigation practice. We provide defense of wrongful death and personal injury claims in addition to property losses resulting from:

automobile and tractor trailer accidents
-dramshop/drunk drivers
-limited tort issues
-uninsured/underinsured motorist
-catastrophic tractor trailer accidents

bad faith

catastrophic fire losses

construction accidents
-heavy construction equipment
-structural failures
-explosions and blasting
-demolitions of steel plants
-electrocutions at substations

employment practices liability
-age/gender/race discrimination
-sexual harassment
-breach of contract

executive liability

insurance coverage
-opinions and declaratory judgment actions

premises liability
-industrial and manufacturing plants
-personal care homes
-apartment complexes
-strip malls
-grocery stores

product liability cases involving:
-power saws and hand tools
-steel coil slitter lines
-food processing lines
-industrial equipment

professional liability
-personal care facilities
-nursing homes


We provide coverage opinions for first-party and third-party claims, including analysis of homeowner, personal and commercial auto, commercial property, commercial general liability, personal and commercial umbrella liability and Directors & Officers liability policies. We routinely litigate declaratory judgment actions involving insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Adam M. Barnes chairs the coverage practice.

Criminal Law

Our firm defends clients charged with minor criminal violations such as driving under the influence or misdemeanor or summary drug possession charges. This includes representing clients at preliminary hearings, preliminary and formal arraignments, ARD or PDQ hearings, and pleas. Gina M. Zumpella chairs the criminal law practice.

Employment Practice Litigation

We regularly represent employers in claims filed in state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts alleging violations of Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act and the Equal Pay Act. In addition, the firm assists management clients in private sector labor relations by negotiating labor agreements, defending employers in labor arbitrations and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Adam M. Barnes chairs the employment practice.

Workers’ Compensation

We regularly represent employers, carriers, and third party administrators in workers’ compensation cases and appeals. We litigate all types of petitions, explore and manage settlement options, and consult with clients regarding strategy and planning on cases not in litigation. Gretchen Fitzer chairs the workers’ compensation practice.