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Suzanne M. Utke
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Partner
Pennsylvania Office
1801 Market Street, Suite 770, Ten Penn Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tel:  (215) 569-4433
Fax:  (215) 569-4434

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Suzanne Utke has an extensive and diverse legal and medical background, focusing her practice on medical malpractice defense of physicians, medical practice groups and nurses, as well as corporate defense of hospitals, physicians’ groups and nursing homes. She represents clients and litigated claims in all areas of adult and pediatric medicine. Her practice also focuses on claims involving medical device and products liability as well as investigational research studies and Institutional Review Board liability. Ms. Utke has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation through trial in counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania and throughout the state of New Jersey, and has prevailed in defense verdicts appealed to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Supreme Courts. Ms. Utke also represents healthcare professionals for peer reviews, professional credentialing reviews and State Board Investigations. Ms. Utke has negotiated and prepared incorporation agreements for new physician practice groups, negotiated the terms of incorporation with the principles, and also represented physician practice groups who were in negotiations with Healthcare Systems to insure equitable terms.

Additionally, Ms. Utke is honored to be a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). She has many years of experience defending commercial trucking litigation. She has acted as regional counsel for a major commercial trucking company and local counsel for several other commercial carriers. She is regularly consulted for major incidents by several carriers, especially those involving catastrophic injuries to potential defendants due to her extensive background in medicine. She has litigated matters in commercial trucking and transportation accidents throughout 14 states in both state and Federal courts. She has also negotiated settlements on cargo loss claims in over 40 catastrophic events in 10 states.

Prior to her career in law, Ms. Utke was a Registered Nurse working in clinical settings for major teaching hospitals in Philadelphia in the Intensive Care Units for surgical, trauma, organ transplant, infectious disease and pediatric and neonatal specialties. She has also been a Nursing Administrator in ICUs, ERs and Obstetric Departments. Ms. Utke maintains current nursing licenses in Pennsylvania and Delaware and remains active in community service projects sponsored by health care institutions.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, New Jersey and American Bar Associations
  • American Health Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey Trial Attorneys Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • National Association of Female Professionals
  • Military Assistance Program – Volunteer
  • Philadelphia Area Society of Healthcare Risk Managers – Board of
    Directors / President
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Thomas Jefferson Diploma Nurses Alumni Association
  • Widener University School of Nursing Alumni Association
  • Widener University Lawyers Alumni Association
  • DRI Nursing Home / ALF Seminar Co-Chair
  • DRI Committees: Medical Liability and Health Care Law, Drug and Medical Device, Employment Law, Trucking Law
  • Brandywine Hunt Civic Association, past President
  • Organizer/Director, Toys for Tots Campaign
  • Member, Network Mentoring Program, Widener University School of Law
  • Women’s Law Caucus, Widener University School of Law
  • Moot Court Judge, Widener University School of Law
  • Volunteer Services of Delaware

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • St. Joseph's University, MHA, 1993
  • Widener University School of Nursing, B.S.N., 1988 
  • Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, R.N., 1980

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
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