Notable Litigation & Amicus Curiae Representation
Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 579 US _ (2016). Counsel for ten abortion providers in amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court which contributed to the Supreme Court striking down the Texas law subjecting clinics to admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical regulations.
National Abortion Federation (NAF) v. Center for Medical Progress, C15-3522 (9th Cir. 2016). Counsel for amici urging affirmance of preliminary injunction prohibiting disclosure of stealthily recorded videos of 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation annual meetings, in violation of signed confidentiality agreements.
Colleen Reilly, Becky Biter, and Rosalie Gross v. City of Harrisburg, 1:16-cv-510 (M.D. Pa. 2016). Representation of non-party witnesses for defendant in abortion protesters’ First Amendment challenge to Harrisburg’s 20-foot fixed buffer zone ordinance.
Bruni v. City of Pittsburgh, 91 F. Supp. 3d 658, (W.D. Pa. 2015), vacated, in part, affirmed in part, remanded by, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10019 (3d Cir. Pa., June 1, 2016). Counsel for amici curiae in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Pro-Choice Escorts opposing a First Amendment challenge to Pittsburgh’s 15-foot buffer zone, which the Court ruled constitutional.
Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Voices Pittsburgh, and Michelle Bonaventura v. Beverly Mackereth and Dionisio Mignacca, C.A. No. 2015-cv-135 (E.D. Pa. 2015). Co-counsel for class of women challenging refusal of PA Department of Human Services to timely transfer to comprehensive coverage approximately 85,000 women enrolled in SelectPlan for Women, a limited Medicaid category covering only family planning.
Blades v. Brushaw 1:11-cv-00026-MPK (W.D. Pa. 2012). Co-counsel in civil rights lawsuit by a former prisoner challenging shackling while giving birth to her baby en route to a hospital.
Kuhns v. City of Allentown, C.A. No. 08-2606 (E.D. Pa. 2011). Co-counsel for defendant Allentown Women’s Center in abortion protest case). (attach provider affidavit)
Brown v. City of Pittsburgh, 586 F.3d 263 (3d Cir. Pa. 2009). Supported City of Pittsburgh in its defense of a protester challenge to the constitutionality of the buffer zone in support of which WLP had researched, designed, and successfully advocated in 2005.
Anspach v. City of Philadelphia, 503 F.3d 256 (3d Cir. 2007). Counsel for amici curiae supporting successful city health center sued by parents of teenage girl who consented to emergency contraception without parental involvement.
Alaska v. Planned Parenthood of Alaska No. 6184 (Alaska Nov.2, 2007) .Counsel for amicus curai in support of Planned Parenthood of Alaska’s challenge to the Alaska’s judicial bypass law.
Farley v. City of Philadelphia, No. 06-2110 (E.D. Pa. 2006). Co-counsel for plaintiff in civil rights action challenging prison’s deliberate indifference to woman in preterm labor.
Stachokus v. Meyers, C.A. 63-E (Luzerne Cty. C.P. Aug. 5, 2002). Co-counsel for defendant pregnant woman seeking to lift ex parte state court injunction obtained by boyfriend ordering her not to terminate her pregnancy.
Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 532 U.S. 67 (2001). Co-counsel for petitioners in challenge to hospital-based police searches of pregnant women suspected of drug use.
Crawley v. Catoe, 257 F.3d 395 (4th Cir. 2001). Counsel in appeal from denial of habeas corpus petition for South Carolina woman convicted of criminal child endangerment for untreated addiction during pregnancy.
Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914 (2000). Counsel for seventy-five amici curiae supporting women’s equality in abortion procedure ban case.
Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women v. Knoll, 61 F.3d 170 (3d Cir. 1995), cert. denied, 516 U.S. 1093 (1996). Co-counsel for plaintiffs-appellees in successful challenge to state law requiring rape and incest survivors to make police reports and requiring women with life-threatening pregnancies to have condition certified by two physicians in order to be eligible for Medicaid-funded abortions.
Roe v. Operation Rescue, 54 F.3d 133 (3d Cir. 1995) on remand, No. 88-5157 (E.D. Pa. May 23, 1995). Counsel for petitioner who successfully obtained civil contempt against clinic blockaders.
Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). Co-counsel for plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case affirming the constitutional right to abortion while changing the legal standard under which abortion restrictions are reviewed to permit restrictions that are not unduly burdensome.
Roe v. Operation Rescue 919 F.2d 857 (1990). Counsel for plaintiffs in civil action winning injunctive relief against reproductive health clinic blockades by anti-abortion activists.
ACOG v. Thornburgh 476 US 747 (1986). Counsel for plaintiffs in challenge to Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act of 1982 in which the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutional principles of Roe v. Wade.