Delano M. Lantz & Associates

4 North Hanover Street
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013

717-422-5874
717-448-8634 (mobile)
717-422-5879 (fax)

dlantz@dlantzlaw.com

 

BUSINESS LITIGATION

     Business enterprise often leads to disputes requiring experienced legal counsel.  Using his extensive experience, Del will work with you to identify the alternatives available and formulate the best approach to achieve your objectives.  Del provides personal attention to your problem.  He has extensive experience in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, jury verdict and judicial decision.

Representative Business Litigation Matters: 

  • Defended corporation against a breach of contract claim under an alleged requirements contract.  Summary judgment in client’s favor was upheld on appeal.

     
  • On behalf of owner of high rise office buildings, successfully pursued claims against contractors and insurers related to deficiencies in the exterior façade panels.

     
  • On behalf of general contractor, obtained jury verdict for 100% of amount claimed when owner refused to pay the balance due.

     
  • Successfully defended farmer against successive lawsuits seeking specific performance of alleged agreements of sale.  Lower court decisions in favor of farmer were upheld on appeal.

     
  • Successfully pursued equity action and related proceedings before bankruptcy court on behalf of father to recover his home when his son did not honor oral agreement relating to transfer of title.

     
  • On behalf of utility company, successfully appealed a lower court decision that required a landowner to pay only a portion of the damages relating to relocation of power line and obtained Superior Court decision requiring the owner to pay all relocation costs.

       
  • Pursued claim on behalf of agricultural manufacturer against component part supplier to recover losses resulting from defects in the component and litigated related claims involving insurance coverage available to cover the loss.  Case was resolved through a successful mediation.

     
  • Defended subcontractor against claims by owner related to defects in the construction of tennis courts.

     
  • Defended general contractor in multi-party litigation involving claims of defects in construction and obtained dismissal at trial on a motion for compulsory non-suit.

     
  • Pursued claims on behalf of homeowner for defects in construction of a log home.  Case settled following a court hearing for virtually all damages claimed.

     
  • Took over representation of landowner after initial unfavorable decision in real estate title dispute involving claims of adverse possession of real estate and obtained favorable final judgment when court reversed its initial decision.

     
  • Represented eight beer distributors in separate lawsuits to enjoin termination of distribution rights; cases settled after preliminary injunctions were granted.

     
  • Represented contractor for additional sums owed on the I-95 project in the Philadelphia area and obtained settlement at pre-trial conference.

     
  • Represented owner in condemnation proceedings related to a sewage treatment plant and related litigation.

  • Represented insured where insurer sought a declaratory judgment relieving it of duty to defend insured; case settled favorably to insured.

    The above represents some of the many commercial litigation matters that have been handled by Del in his practice.  He looks forward to the opportunity to meet with you and determine whether he can be of assistance in solving your business problem.

 

DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

      Divorce and family law often present highly emotional, challenging, very personal and critically important issues.  Often, the client is confronted with dynamic changes under difficult circumstances.  Del utilizes experience to closely work with the client to identify the critical issues and the client’s objectives.  When possible, he assists the client in minimizing litigation in order to achieve those objectives.  Where necessary, he uses his extensive litigation experience (including many complex and difficult cases) and works diligently and creatively to obtain the client’s objectives in court.

       We offer services in all phases of family law including:

  • Divorce, including property division and all related issues
  • Spousal support and alimony pendente lite
  • Child support and custody
  • Services related to the preparation of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements   

 
Representative Family Law Cases:

  • Shortly after the enactment of the Divorce Code, represented mother of two children in a complex divorce case through lower court proceedings and the Superior Court.

  • In custody case represented father on an appeal to the Superior Court from a lower court order transferring custody to the mother which would have allowed the mother to take the child out of the country.  After obtaining a stay of the lower court order, he obtained a reversal of the lower court order in the Superior Court and custody remained with father.  

  • Successfully represented a mother who wanted to move with her children from Columbia County to the New York City area.  The decision allowing the move was upheld on appeal.

  • Represented former wife in difficult litigation involving the enforcement of a post-nuptial settlement agreement which resulted in lengthy lower court proceedings and eventually reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The protracted litigation resulted in a six figure attorneys' fee award for the former wife. 

  • Represented woman who was a victim of a 25-year abusive relationship in difficult divorce proceedings which ultimately resulted in a favorable decision for her in the lower court that was affirmed on the husband’s appeal to the Superior Court.

  • Represented business owner in divorce litigation involving very substantial business assets and arrived at a fair settlement without substantial litigation.

  • Represented husband in a very difficult, highly charged, complex divorce case involving various allegations of misconduct and eventually reached a reasonable resolution of all issues following protracted litigation.

  • Represented wife of a physician in difficult divorce litigation which required the diligent, creative pursuit of her rights through the lower court and related appellate court proceedings.

    The above list represents a small portion of the many family law cases Del has worked on since passage of the Divorce Code in 1980.   

    Del appreciates the opportunity to consult with individuals when they are in need of services in this area of law.  He generally offers a free initial consultation of up to one hour.


MEDIATION

        Del has extensive training and experience in mediation.  He serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  He has also mediated cases privately or by judicial request.  Settlement has been reached in the large majority of his cases.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many mediations involving motor vehicle collisions, products liability claims, commercial disputes, insurance coverage, family law and other matters.  Successful mediations require a mediator with experience, patience, creativity and perseverance.  Del brings all these qualities to his mediations.

PERSONAL INJURY/WRONGFUL DEATH

      Del has extensive experience in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Serious injuries or the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident are often life-changing experiences and require competent, creative and compassionate counsel to effectively evaluate and then pursue available claims.  Del provides personal, detailed attention to each client.  He conducts thorough evaluations of cases in order to determine the possible claims that may be pursued and the parties that may be responsible to answer for the injuries or wrongful death.  His clients benefit from Del’s broad range of litigation experience.   


Representative Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Matters:
 

  • Obtained seven figure verdict on behalf of the estate of a woman who died in her home from carbon monoxide poisoning when a backup generator failed causing the house to fill with carbon monoxide resulting in her death.  When defendant appealed, the amount of the award was actually increased by the Superior Court.

  • Obtained seven figure settlement after extensive litigation for the widow and estate of a worker who was killed in a boiler explosion at a solid waste to energy facility.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for the estate of an individual killed in a motor vehicle accident when his car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.

  • Obtained a mid-six figure jury verdict on behalf of a tractor-trailer operator whose rig was rear-ended by another unit on Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.

  • Obtained a six figure verdict on behalf of a young man who sustained a knee injury in a motor vehicle accident.

  • Represented a very young child who was injured in a motor vehicle accident as well as other family members and obtained favorable settlements in various aspects of the litigation against several parties.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a college student injured in a serious motor vehicle collision on Interstate 81.

  • Represented the estate of a woman who died because of a defective artificial heart valve device and obtained favorable settlement.

  • Represented a college student who sustained a quadriplegic injury in a diving accident in a back yard swimming pool and worked with co-counsel to obtain a favorable settlement with certain defendants and a favorable jury verdict against another defendant.

  • Represented the estate of a young man who was killed when his car was struck by another vehicle that was fleeing from police.  Lawsuits were brought against several entities responsible for the police chase and a favorable settlement was achieved.

  • Represented a man who suffered serious pelvic injuries when his vehicle was struck in the side and obtained a favorable settlement at trial.

  • Represented a worker injured on a machine at his workplace and obtained a recovery from manufacturer.

       Del provides personal attention to each client and pursues the client's just claims to a favorable resolution.  Del will appreciate the opportunity to be considered to represent you in your personal injury or wrongful death claim.  All clients are represented on a no recovery/no fee basis.



 

 

PRODUCTS LIABILITY 

          Products liability cases require an understanding of engineering principles and science relating to the product at issue as well as broad litigation experience generally.  Del utilizes his training in engineering and his legal experience in handling a broad range of products liability matters.  Most of the matters have involved personal injury or wrongful death actions.  However, some have involved commercial products liability claims.  He has consulted with manufacturers with respect to potential products liability issues, including the preparation of appropriate warning and instructions.  The successful pursuit or defense of these claims requires careful evaluation and preparation of the case.  Del has achieved successful jury verdicts for both plaintiffs and defendants in these cases.  Below are brief summaries for some of the cases Del has handled:



Plaintiff Cases:
  • Obtained seven figure verdict on behalf of the estate of a woman who died in her home from carbon monoxide poisoning when a backup generator failed, causing the house to fill with carbon monoxide resulting in her death.  When defendant appealed, the amount of the award was actually increased by the Superior Court.

  • Obtained seven figure settlement after extensive litigation for the widow of a worker who was killed in a boiler explosion at a solid waste to energy facility.
     
  • Represented the estate of a woman who died because of a defective articial heart valve device and obtained a favorable settlement.
     
  • Represented a college student who sustained a quadriplegic injury in a diving accident in a back yard swimming pool and worked with co-counsel to obtain a favorable settlement with certain defendants and a favorable jury verdict against another defendant.
     
  • Represented a worker injured on a machine and obtained a recovery from manufacturer.

Defense Cases:

  • Obtained defense verdict for manufacturer of a commercial lawn tractor where plaintiff lost several fingers when he placed his hand under the mower deck.

  • Obtained a defense verdict for manufacturer of farm elevator when plaintiff lost his left arm below the elbow in an agricultural chain flight elevator.
     
  • Defended the manufacturer of a corn picker where an individual lost his arm in the snapping rolls; case settled favorably for defendant after three days of trial.

     
  • Defended manufacturer of corn picker where an individual lost an arm and a leg in the snapping rolls; case settled after pre-trial conference.

     
  • Defended claim against manufacturer of coil spring where an individual lost an eye when the spring broke.

     
  • Defended manufacturer of a conveying and feeding machine where plaintiff injured; plaintiff eventually withdrew claim without any payment.
     
  • Defended manufacturer of lifting clamps against a death claim where worker was crushed when an I-beam fell on him; after extensive litigation, case settled at a nominal cost related to cost of defense.

     
  • Defended claim against manufacturer of a compressor that resulted in serious burn injuries; obtained dismissal for non pros after discovery established no viable claim.
     

 

 

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