Thomas A. McDonnell

Thomas A. McDonnell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch P.C.
 | 707 Grant Street, Suite 2400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-261-3232
Fax: 412-261-3239
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Attorney Profile
Thomas McDonnell is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and co-founder of Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Skeel, P.C. His practice consists of the defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims, insurance coverage disputes arising out of both personal and commercial policies, and construction disputes against commercial entities. He currently serves as a Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and frequently presents at CLE seminars for both the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. In addition, he was recently named to serve as an editorial board member and contributor for the Pennsylvania Smart Litigator Project through ALM.

About Thomas McDonnell

Admitted: 1988, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed Director by Stuart Setcavage, President of Pennsylvania Defense Institute for 2009 and reappointed in 2010. Duties include preparing and presenting regional CLE programs, preparing Amicus Curiae appellate briefs and participating in oral argument on cases involving important issues to the insurance industry. Position also involves development of organization and promotion of industry interests in context of legislative affairs. Elected Regional Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute for 2010-2011., 2009
  • Appointed to three-year term--2002-2005. Involved planning and implementation of CLE programs, advising on and drafting local rules of civil procedure and serving as liason between civil litigation section and local judiciary., 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Comprehensiveanalysis of subrogation liens in motor vehicle accident cases post-1990 Act 6 amendments to Pa. MVFRL. Includes analysis of worker's compensation liens, Medicare and Medicaid liens and issues of preemption created by federal law., Author, Subrogation Liens and Reimbursement Under the Pa.MVFRL, Claim Representatives For Liability Insurers And Third-party Administrators, 2001
  • Comprehensive manual outlining trial process of civil case from pleading stage through post-trial motions. Prepared for insurance claims professionals and young attorneys., Author, "Overview of Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation in Pennsylvania, including UM/UIM and Common Pleas Arbitration, Prepared For Insurers And Attorneys Practicing In That Area, 1998
  • Comprehensive analysis of first party benfit statutes and caselaw of Pennsylvania and surrounding states, as well as Florida. Prepared for insurance company representatives to aid in analysis of conflicts regarding availability of first party benefits., Author, First Party Benefit Law in Pennsylvania and Surrounding States, Insurance Professionals And Attorneys Who Specialize In The Handling Of First Party Benefit Claims, 1997
  • Section by section analysis of trial and appellate decisions involving first party benefits under the Pa.MVFRL., Author, Overview of First Party Benefit Caselaw in Pennsylvania Under Pa.MVFRL, First Party Benefit Claims Handlers, 1997


  • Have tried numerous jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts and have arbitrated numerous UM/UIM cases invarios venues in Commonwealth.

Representative Clients:

  • Liability and casualty insurers and insureds, third-party administrators and clients and corporations., 1988

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Inducted into West Virginia University Hockey Hall of Fame, 2009


  • Editor and author of quarterly publication compiling and analyzing appellate and trial court opinions and decisions involving civil litigation issues., Caselaw Update, Liability And Casualty Insurers And Third-party Administrators

Educational Background:

  • J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1988
  • B.A. Psychology--West Virginia University, 1985
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Office Location for Thomas A. McDonnell

707 Grant Street
Suite 2400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Last Updated: 6/10/2019

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