Learning how to represent the medical community, and particularly how to try a medical negligence case, has been the product of the influence of many people. Three of those people come immediately to mind.
The first was a giant in this community. He taught me the benefit of being able to view your case from 20,000 feet – understanding the case in the way jurors are likely to understand it. The second taught me the benefit of fully understanding your case – its details, its nuances, opportunities taken and opportunities missed.
The third was Rich Geschke. We were law school friends and classmates and, with the exception of one year, we practiced law together since graduating from Villanova Law School in 1982. We worked together at Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, them left together in 1984 to join a start-up firm, Sprecher, Felix, Visco, Hutchison & Young. We both became partners in Sprecher, Felix in 1989.
In 1990, I branched out on my own, forming McCann & Mailey. Rich joined us one year later and we became McCann Mailey & Geschke. Following the death of our partner, Brendan Mailey, we became McCann & Geschke. We practiced as McCann & Geschke until October 31, 2016, at which time McCann Law, LLC, opened its practice.
Rich and I had the same training and pretty much viewed the representation of our clients in the same way. We always reminded each other and those who worked with us that the practice of law is “about the client, not about the lawyer.” While our work remains primarily medical negligence cases, we have branched out into other areas, primarily focused on litigation activities of health care providers.
I am thankful for the wonderful clients we have been honored to represent, and for the many talented lawyers, paralegals, secretaries and administrative staff that have worked with us over the years. I am particularly honored by those I work with now, all of whom are talented, experienced and committed to making a difference in their clients’ lives. I am extremely thankful for the love and support of my wife, Martha.