Deborah A. Little, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Pittsburgh
Ms. Little’s general commercial litigation practice spans 23 years with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC. For the past decade, she has focused her practice on products liability litigation in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries.During the first ten years of her legal career, Ms. Little concentrated on insurance coverage actions in the environmental context.In addition to Pennsylvania, Ms. Little maintains an active license to practice law in Florida and regularly handles general commercial litigation matters there.Ms. Little’s most notable representations have included:• Assisting an automobile manufacturer’s national trial counsel to prepare for asbestos products liability trials across the country involving brakes and clutches.• Serving on a team of litigators representing automobile manufacturers in the discovery phase of more than 400 asbestos products liability actions statewide.• Participating as a member of the litigation team that served as national counsel for a manufacturer of latex medical gloves in more than 400 complex medical device products liability actions, including a federal multi-district litigation.• Helping to negotiate a favorable settlement for the canonical sponsor of a Catholic hospital in litigation that involved issues including whether the sponsor had the power to remove hospital trustees and whether the hospital is ecclesiastical, or “church” property, or a community asset subject to a public or charitable trust.• Spearheading the firm’s successful representation of a major insurance carrier in coverage litigation involving approximately 100 hazardous waste Superfund sites nationwide; obtained a carrier-favorable ruling on the pollution exclusion. Koppers Co. v. Aetna Cas. and Sur. Co., 840 F.Supp. 390 (W.D. Pa. 1993).