Turner, O'Mara Donnelly & Petrycki

At Turner, O'Mara Donnelly & Petrycki, we provide the finest legal representation in a broad range of litigated matters including product liability, construction defects, environmental law, toxic torts and long-term exposure, medical, dental and other professional malpractice, public entity tort litigation, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, employment law litigation, and appellate practice.

Product Liability

Since its inception, Turner, O'Mara Donnelly & Petrycki has represented elevator manufacturers such as Otis Elevator Company and Dover Elevator in litigation involving complex equipment such as passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks. The firm has been designated as preferred counsel by United Technologies Corporation with respect to product liability matters in NJ & PA. We have litigated diverse product liability matters involving air conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment for Carrier Corporation and Nordyne, complex machinery such as commercial wood chippers, paper bailers, industrial pumps, pneumatic machinery, tractor-trailer components such as rear bogey assemblies, drive tire tread separations and fifth wheel deficiencies, and adulterated food claims for a number of retail chain restaurants, just to highlight a few. We routinely develop in-depth understanding of the product, then utilize our extensive network of the most qualified experts and specialists who can present the product to the jury in understandable terms.


Our firm has developed considerable expertise and experience in litigating and mediating cases involving negligent construction, water infiltration, mold, class actions and construction site personal injury claims. We have represented major developers & construction companies as well as smaller, local builders. We have substantial other experience representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and other construction defendants including insurance companies in coverage litigation. These cases often involve complex issues regarding contract interpretation, consequential damages, OSHA regulations, contractual indemnification and “additional insured” status, among others.

Environmental-Long Term Exposure

The firm has been involved in defending asbestos exposure cases since 1979 for manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and installers of asbestos-containing thermal insulation products. We have also defended product liability claims involving equipment alleged to contain asbestos component parts. We have aggressively litigated literally hundreds of cases and continue to do so on behalf of various defendants. Over the years we have established a strong working relationship with plaintiff's counsel in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Since its inception, this firm has also handled numerous other types of long term exposure claims including: silica, mold, salmonella, methylene chloride, benzene, lead paint, radiation, carbon monoxide, carbonless copy paper and numerous other potentially noxious products and substances. This experience has allowed us to interact very closely with the medical and scientific communities in evaluating threshold limit values, rates of exposure and medical causation. We have defeated a number of toxic exposure claims by successfully challenging the methodology employed by plaintiff's liability and damages experts.

For the last 25 years, our attorneys have been extensively involved in defending Spill Act and Superfund contribution claims on behalf of owners and operators, transporters, and generators. We have litigated not only personal injury claims but also environmental remediation claims including ground water and soil remediation. We have litigated numerous UST losses arising primarily out of petroleum contamination. A representative listing of the cases handled by this firm include: GEMS, Global Landfill, Higgins Farm, Kramer Landfill, Combe Landfill South and numerous other smaller, localized sites.

Professional Liability

Our attorneys aggressively represent professionals against claims of malpractice and professional misconduct in the courtroom and before licensing boards. Our reputation in this practice area is built on years of experience litigating complex matters to successful resolution through dispositive motions, at trials and in negotiated favorable settlements.

We have successfully defended many malpractice cases involving serious injury claims related to brain damaged newborn infants, failure to diagnose terminal illnesses such as cancer, foreign bodies left in patients and other poor outcomes following surgery, and wrongful death, among others, on behalf of physicians in all specialties and sub-specialties. Our dental malpractice cases include issues such as permanent nerve damage, oral cancer, and loss of teeth. We also defend pharmacists in cases alleging dispensation of the wrong medication or the wrong dosages.

We work closely with prominent expert witnesses to prepare a successful defense in cases against our clients. We also conduct educational seminars for health care professionals and claims handlers on legal topics as well as in-house matters such as informed consent issues, record-keeping and patient relations. We are sensitive to our clients' personal and emotional concerns about litigation involving their professional reputations and livelihood, and provide support and counsel through the uncertainty and anxiety of litigation.

In addition to medical professionals, our attorneys have extensive experience defending attorneys in malpractice cases involving a variety of underlying legal matters. We have litigated legal malpractice cases in which our clients were involved in real estate transactions, family law cases, personal injury claims, commercial transactions and due diligence, and an almost unlimited variety of other underlying case types. Because our own firm practice is diverse and covers a range of legal areas, we are well-equipped to successfully litigate not only the claims of negligent handling of the underlying matter, but also the “case-within-a-case” in a wide range of disputes.

Our attorneys have also developed expertise in litigating other types of professional malpractice claims involving accountants, architects and engineers. Our vast experience enables us to develop early strategies for favorably resolving professional liability matters in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Public Entity Tort Litigation

Our firm has an abundance of experience defending public entities in litigated matters involving bodily injury claims arising out of alleged dangerous conditions of public property such as roadways, bridges, sidewalks, playgrounds, parks, undeveloped land and other facilities and property. We have represented municipalities in a substantial number of work place claims involving allegations of state and federal constitutional violations, discrimination, slander, libel and unlawful termination. The members of our firm have developed an expertise with respect to the defenses and immunities afforded by the New Jersey Tort Claims Act in areas such as discretionary activities, allocation of limited resources, design immunity, good faith enforcement and execution of laws, and police pursuit of persons evading arrest. Our extensive experience in this area enables us to work effectively with public officials and employees in the gathering of the critical information required to favorably resolve the matter by way of a dispositive motion or to successfully try the case to verdict.