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Steven Pachman
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P:  215-772-7492
F: 215-772-7620

Biography

Steven Pachman is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s management committee. He concentrates his practice on the defense of traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases, and regularly represents individuals and school systems in catastrophic sports injury matters arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories in the sports’ context. His past and ongoing representations include a number of high-profile, nationally-publicized concussion and other TBI cases against NCAA member colleges and universities, high schools, other academic institutions, and various school personnel, including athletic trainers, coaches, physicians, and nurse practitioners. These cases involve catastrophically-injured football players and other athletes who allegedly sustained prior concussions and Second Impact Syndrome as well as players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) following a post-mortem autopsy of the brain. Pachman also regularly advises school officials and attorneys, risk managers, coaches, athletic trainers, athletic departments, physicians, and other health care professionals on institutional liability issues concerning sport-related concussions, Second Impact Syndrome, and other sport-related injuries.

In addition, Pachman has represented major corporations in mass tort actions, insurance coverage matters and product liability disputes. His product liability experience includes representing a multi-national computer equipment manufacturer in repetitive stress injury cases and one of the world’s leading chemical companies in an action involving alleged injuries from chemicals and pharmaceuticals. His litigation experience further includes successfully defending a leading music recording and publishing company in a business tort matter and a university in a defamation action.

Besides representing individuals and entities in federal and state court, Pachman has handled enforcement actions against broker-dealers brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

Pachman is a frequent speaker on legal matters concerning the proper management of sport-related concussions and other sport-related injuries, and has authored a number of articles on the specific topics of how schools and school officials, athletic trainers, and other health care professionals can minimize their risk of legal liability for sport-related injuries and defend against lawsuits arising out of catastrophic sport-related events.

Selected Representations

  • Represent national university in case involving death of former football player who allegedly suffered from CTE.
  • Represent New Jersey high school in case involving former wrestler who allegedly suffered permanent neurological damage from premature return to play following concussion.
  • Represent Illinois university, athletic trainer, and team physician in case involving former soccer player who allegedly suffered significant post-concussion syndrome and cognitive impairment from premature return to play following multiple concussions.
  • Represent Ohio high school in case involving alleged traumatic brain injury to student arising from fall from scaffold.
  • Represent New York religious institution in case involving various claims of neurological damage, including dysautonomia, from fall on ice.
  • Represent Maryland university, head coach, and athletic trainer in case involving death of former football player who allegedly sustained second-impact syndrome.
  • Represent Florida high school in case involving former soccer player who allegedly suffered permanent neurological damage.
  • Represented Illinois university in case involving claims against NCAA and helmet manufacturer by former football player who allegedly suffered concussion and subconcussion-related disorders that evolved into symptoms consistent with CTE.
  • Represented international sports association in class action brought by soccer players claiming damages from concussions and subconcussive injuries. Obtained dismissal on jurisdictional grounds.
  • Represented New Jersey high school and coaches in case involving alleged negligence resulting in catastrophic football-related injury. Case settled on favorable terms.
  • Represented Washington school district in case involving alleged premature return to play of football player and resultant traumatic brain damage. Case settled on favorable terms.
  • Represented Philadelphia-based university, head athletic trainer, and nurse practitioner in landmark concussion case involving catastrophically-injured football player who allegedly sustained second-impact syndrome. Settled case on favorable terms on eve of trial.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Concussion: Reducing Brain Injuries in Youth Football,” University of Michigan Law School, December 5, 2018, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Presenter, “Medical-Legal Considerations,” The American Academy of Neurology 2018 Sports Concussion Conference, July 21, 2018, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Presenter, “Sports Concussion Claims: Challenges Facing Both Sides of a Litigation,” The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2018 Midwest Conference, June 15, 2018, Chicago, Ill.
  • Guest Lecturer, Virginia Tech, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences class, March 20, 2018, Blacksburg, Va.
  • Presenter, “Sports Concussion Claims: Are You Ready for an All-Out Blitz?” The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2018 Annual Conference, March 15, 2018, Houston, Texas
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Michigan, Athletic Training Administration class, December 4, 2017, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Presenter, “Concussions, CTE and the Law: Implications, Lessons, and Minimizing Risk,” The National Catholic Risk Retention Group’s Risk Management and Legal Defense Workshop, October 18, 2017, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Presenter, “Concussions, CTE and the Law: 2017 Update,” College Athletic Trainers’ Society Spring Symposium for Athletic Trainers and Team Physicians, May 18, 2017, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Presenter, “Concussions and CTE: Legal Implications to the Athletic Trainer,” Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Convention, January 7, 2017, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Presenter, “Concussions and CTE Litigation Update,” The National Catholic Risk Retention Group’s Risk Management and Legal Defense Workshop, November 30, 2016, Boston, Mass.
  • Presenter, “Concussions and the Law: A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective…An Agent’s Perspective,” Villanova University School of Law, Sports Law Society, October 20, 2016, Villanova, Pa.
  • Participant, Second Safety in College Football Summit, NCAA Sport Science Institute and the College Athletic Trainers’ Society, February 10-11, 2016, Orlando, Fla.
  • Presenter, “Concussions and the Law: Implications, Lessons, and Minimizing Risk,” 25th Annual National Catholic Risk Retention Group Winter Meeting, January 26, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Presenter, “Legal Aspects of Concussions,” University of Michigan Injury Center Sport Concussion Summit, September 24, 2015, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Presenter, “Considerations in Concussion Litigation,” Third Annual Big Ten/Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration Summit, July 15, 2015, Chicago, Ill.
  • Presenter, “All Eyes on Concussion,” University of Michigan NeuroSport Seminar, May 29, 2015, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Presenter, “The Legal Landscape of Concussion,” Sports Neuropsychology Concussion Symposium, May 2, 2015, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Presenter, “Concussion Litigation Update,” University of North Carolina/Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium, March 6, 2015, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Presenter, “Legal Considerations in Sports Medicine,” Oklahoma Sooner Sports Medicine Symposium for physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, and other health care professionals, January 9, 2015, Norman, Okl.
  • Presenter, “Head Injury Litigation Update,” College Athletic Trainers’ Society Spring Symposium for Athletic Trainers and Team Physicians, May 2014, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Panelist, “The State of Concussions: Protecting Athletes through Advances in Law, Public Health, and Science,” University of Maryland School of Law, March 2014, Baltimore, Md.
  • Presenter, “Concussions:  The Legal Landscape and Defense Considerations,” to NCAA Conference Commissioners, collegiate football principals and administrators, physicians, and athletic trainers, The Safety in College Football Summit, sponsored by the NCAA Sport Science Institute, January 2014, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Presenter, “Concussions and the Law,” to NCAA Division I athletic directors and head football coaches, The Fiesta Bowl Spring Summit, May 2013, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Presenter, “Sports Medicine on Trial,” to athletic trainers and other health care professionals, College Athletic Trainers’ Society Spring Symposium, May 2013, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Presenter, “Concussion: A Case-By-Case Approach . . . to Litigation,” to athletic trainers, team physicians, and other health care professionals, University of North Carolina Neurotrauma Symposium, March 2013, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Presenter, “Legal Issues in Catastrophic Sports Injury Cases,” webinar, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, December 2011
  • Presenter, “The Athletic Trainer and the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability for Athletic Injuries,” 62nd Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association Meeting and Clinical Symposium, June 2011, New Orleans, La.
  • Panelist, “Traumatic Brain Injury Forum,” Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, June 2011, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Presenter, “The Athletic Trainer’s Legal Liability:  What an Athletic Trainer Needs to Know – The Defendant’s Perspective,” Big 12 Medical Aspects of Sport Conference, May 2011, Dallas, Texas

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers (published annually by Thomson Reuters), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2011

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Academic Achievements

Pachman received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law in 1996, where he was an editor of the Temple Law Review.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and graduated summa cum laude, with a B.A. degree in 1993.