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July 2013 Featured Verdict

Pennsylvania VerdictSearch selected MBO's defense verdict in Warnick v. UPMC Passavant as its "featured verdict" of the month, both online and in its print publication. This case was tried by Mike Feeney, an associate attorney with MBO.   The plaintiff in the case suffered a chainsaw injury to his leg and alleged that the emergency room physician negligently failed to diagnose a quadriceps tendon tear and failed to prescribe prophylactic antibiotics, which he claimed led to a severe knee infection.  The defense argued that prophylactic antibiotics were not indicated, that the quadriceps tendon tear was not detectible, and that the patient failed to follow discharge instructions relating to wound care.  The jury found unanimously for the defense.  The case summary is available online at:

May 5, 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon

It was the fifth straight year that MBO has had a relay team!  It was also the fifth straight year that we have raised money for the National MS Society.  What a great time we have doing this.  Our team this year was the MBO Rhinos.  Our rhino runners were Marian Patchen, Cassidy Neal, Mike Feeney, Kent Hornbrook, and Laura Hornbrook.    We completed the marathon in 5 hours 8 seconds.  This time is a little longer than last year’s, but we had a rhino runner who was running with a hurt hoof!  
This year our corporate contributors were Metro Benefits, Urish Popeck, Wells Fargo (in memory of Jack Kelly) and Hefren Tilotson.   The Crash was also out in full force.  We were wearing tie-dyed shirts in honor of Cinco de Mayo!  You couldn’t miss us!











Marian J. Patchen Inducation into NAHS Hall of Fame

Marian J. Patchen has been selected for induction into the North Allegheny HS Hall of Fame. She joins past inductees who have built an outstanding foundation and have set high standards in which future NA Tigers can continue the tradition of North Allegheny Athletic excellence.  Ms. Patchen was a four year varsity letterman for North Allegheny's gymnastics team.  During her tenure, NA's gymnastics team was undefeated in dual meets, WPIAL champions 4 consecutive years, and placed in the top 3 at PIAA's each year.  Her individual accomplishments include placing 3rd in the WPIAL all-around division her senior year and winning the Shadyside Invitational her sophomore year, recording the highest all-around score in Western PA up to that point.  Ms. Patchen graduated in 1987 in a class of approximately 650 students.  To date, only one other 1987 classmate has been inducted into NA's Hall of Fame.

May 6, 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon

May 6, 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon The Running Rhinos, this year's relay team, improved our time by 16 minutes! This was the fourth year in a row the Firm has participated in the Marathon Relay. The Running Rhinos consisted of Marian Patchen, Kim Teierle, Kim Feeney, John Jordan IV, and Alan Baum. The dedicated members of this relay team completed the marathon in 4 hours 54 minutes and raised $1,000 for the MS Society. Our corporate contributors this year were Hefren-Tillotson, Metro Benefits, and Urish Popeck. Jack Kelly, was an individual contributor. The MBO "Crash", the Firm's cheerleading section cheered on the runners at each relay exchange point. It was a very fun time for all.

May 6, 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon

May 6, 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: MBO is pleased to announce that Alan Baum, Tom Matis, Brian O'Connor and Mike Feeney were all named as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

May 15, 2011 Pittsburgh Marathon - The Rhinos ran again! Our team, the Relay Rhinos 1, consisted of Marian Patchen, Kent Hornbrook, Kim Feeney, Laura Hornbrook, and Kim Teierle. Our Rhinos ran the Relay in 5 hours 10 minutes and raised $600 for the MS Society. The team had very generouscorporate contributors.   The corporate contributors were Hefren-Tillotson and Metro Benefits, and Jack Kelly was an individual contributor.  Our Firm also made a contribution to the cause. The MBO "Crash", the Firm's cheerleading section was at each relay exchange point cheering on our runners.  It was a very fun time!!  The Relay Rhinos are already talking about next year's race.

Judge James R. McGregor Award - Michael K. Feeney, an associate with Matis Baum O'Connor, was selected by Amen Corner, a prestigious organization of Pittsburgh tradition since 1870, to receive its first annual Judge James R. McGregor Award for exceptional contributions to the community by a young lawyer. This award, given at the Amen Corner's 51st Annual Judicial Reception held April 28, 2011 at the Common Plea Restaurant acknowledges Mr. Feeney's persistent and honorable service to his clients while providing leadership to his colleagues and his community. The event was attended by over 200 people including Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, other local politicians, and over 40 members of the Judiciary. Mr. Feeney received proclamations from both the County of Allegheny and the Council of the City of Pittsburgh declaring April 28, 2011, to be Michael K. Feeney, Esq. Day in both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Mr. Feeney is extensively involved in both the state and local bar associations. He currently serves as the Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association's (ACBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and, in that capacity, is serving a three-year term on the ACBA's Board of Governors. In 2008, and again in 2011, Mr. Feeney was appointed to terms on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates. He was inducted as an inaugural member of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation's Young Lawyers Fellows in 2009. Mr. Feeney has served on the ACBA's Professional Ethics Committee since 2009, and sits on the Executive and Programming Committees of the W. Edward Sell Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Mr. Feeney was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in 2010. Considered among the best in their profession, Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of the practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania, age 40 or younger, or in practice for ten years or less.


May 2, 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon - The Rhino Runners ran two teams in this year's Pittsburgh Marathon FedEx Ground Relay.  MBO Rhinos 1 - John Jordan, Tara Rodrigues, Bernie Rizza, Alan Baum, and Margie Baum (wife of Alan Baum) and MBO Rhinos 2 - Mimi Schleppy, Chico Rodrigues (husband of Tara Rodrigues), Ronnie Matis (brother of Tom Matis), Laura Hornbrook (wife of Kent Hornbrook), and Kent Hornbrook.  We initially ran the marathon as a way to build teamwork and comradery among our employees.  We felt, however, being the caring, compassionate people that we are, why not try and raise money for a cause and run for fun at the same time.  So, with that in mind, we were able with the help of several very generous corporate and individual contributors to raise $1,000 for the National MS Society.  The corporate contributors were Urish Popeck, Hefren-Tillotson, and Metro Benefits, the individual contributors were Jack Kelly and Tim Caskey.  Our Firm also made a contribution to the cause. The MBO "Crash", the Firm's cheerleading section was at each relay exchange point cheering on our runners.  It was a very fun time!!  The Running Rhinos are already talking about next year's race

The MBO RHINO - Our MBO rhino got some well deserved PR in the Pittsburgh Business Times. Check it out here.

M. Brian O'Connor was inducted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.  Membership into the Academy is by invitation only.

Marian Patchen Schleppy was recently approved as a biographical candidate to represent Pittsburgh in the 2009/2010 online Cambridge Who's Who Registry amoung Executive and Professional Women.

Tara Stevens Rodrigues was elected to the Bar Leadership Initiative Class of the Young Lawyers Division of Allegheny County Bar Association. This class was elected to represent the Young Lawyers Division and to prepare younger attorneys for leadership roles in the Allegheny County Bar Association.

PA Super Lawyers - As a result of a statewide nomination process in which attorneys were asked to nominate the best lawyers they have seen in action, Tom Matis and Alan Baum were again selected as "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers." Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.

Marian Patchen Schleppy was inducted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County on October 5, 2007. Membership into the Academy is by invitation only.