Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

Walsh Barnes, 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

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

Premises liability

- Industrial and manufacturing plants
- Personal care homes
- Apartment complexes
- Banks
- Strip malls
- Grocery stores
- Homeowners

Product liability cases involving:

- Power saws and hand tools
- Steel coil slitter lines
- Food processing lines
- Industrial equipment

Insurance Coverage

- Opinions and declaratory judgment actions

Catastrophic fire losses

- Arson
- Fraud

Professional liability

- Personal care facilities
- Nursing homes

Executive Liability

Bad faith


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.

Workers’ Compensation

We 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.

Employment Practice Litigation

We 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.