Erica A. Sabatini

Erica A. Sabatini

Erica A. Sabatini joined Willman & Silvaggio in 2013. Since then, her focus has been on civil defense litigation and the area of toxic torts. Ms. Sabatini earned her Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2013. She was an active member of Duquesne’s Trial Advocacy team and was deemed an Outstanding Advocate for the First Year Appellate Argument Exercise. In her second year, Ms. Sabatini led her team to victory and her team was named regional champion of the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. In the fall of that year, her team placed second at the National Civil Trial Competition.

During her time at Duquesne University, Ms. Sabatini received numerous awards including the Katie Elisabeth Westbrook, the Shalom Moot Court Award, and the Lynette Norton Memorial Award. Most notably she was chosen for membership in The Order of the Barristers — an honorary society that recognizes excellence in trial advocacy. She has previously served as a coach for the Duquesne University School of Law National Trial Advocacy Team and annually serves as a judge for mock trial competitions.

Prior to attending the Duquesne University School of Law, Ms. Sabatini graduated with honors in 2010 from Allegheny College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minored in French. As a result, she is fluent in the language.

Ms. Sabatini is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2013. She was subsequently admitted to the West Virginia Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in 2014. She is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division.

In addition, Ms. Sabatini had the honor of being a selected as a member of 20th Anniversary Class of Fifty Finest for the Western Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She personally raised over $10,000 for research and funds to assist families with children impacted by Cystic Fibrosis. In her free time, Ms. Sabatini is an active member of her church as a lector and serves on the CORE team of her church’s youth group. She is also an avid obstacle course racer.
Admitted to:
  • Pennsylvania 
  • West Virginia 
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia 
One Corporate Center, 5500 Corporate Drive, Suite 150 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 l Phone: (412) 366-3333
One Corporate Center, 5500 Corporate Drive, Suite 150 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 l Phone: (412) 366-3333
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The Firm 
Our firm focuses on insurance defense litigation, particularly in matters arising from underlying environmental, toxic tort and product liability claims. Our attorneys are involved in representing primary and excess insurers in complex litigation before state and federal courts in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as well as before arbitration panels and mediators. Our attorneys participate in some of the largest and most complex insurance coverage litigation in the country. 
Accountable Case Management

The firm’s progressive use of technology in legal, scientific and administrative matters as well as our case management capabilities enables us to pursue cases to resolution in a cost efficient and expedient manner. Each case begins with a thorough review of the claim file and relevant case law. We take a dual approach to every case, developing an aggressive trial strategy while simultaneously striving to minimize the time and cost incurred as a result of the dispute. By handling all matters with foresight, knowledgeable approaches, and creative strategy, our clients benefit by reduced exposure, while controlling legal costs.
Case Management Approach

We have refined techniques and approaches that monitor all aspects of each and every case we handle. The internal processes we follow keep legal expenses reasonable while ensuring that attention is paid to every detail and nuance necessary for success.
Future Trends in Litigation

Our attorneys are dedicated to serving our clients current interests. However, in order to appropriately represent our clients’ needs, the firm constantly monitors developing trends in litigation. Our experience in mass tort litigation enables us to anticipate the types of goods and services that might become prospective targets for litigation. For example, our attorneys predicted the re-emergence of silica and mold litigation and were prepared to assist our clients in advance with the issues and problems that ultimately arose. Our attorneys analyze case law, legal journals, medical journals, newspapers, scientific periodicals and internet resources regarding trends in medicine, industrial hygiene, workplace safety and mass tort litigation. We work with clients, insurance carriers and counsel throughout the country to identify risks that we see on the horizon.
Established Expertise

We are proud to have achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating and are listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Insurance Defense and Environmental Litigation. These designations were instrumental in the firm being selected by a consortium of insurance carriers to represent common interests in mass tort litigation as part of a Joint Neutral Defense Initiative.
Additionally, members of the firm are often asked by co-defendants to assume duties of lead litigation counsel in both pre-trial preparation and in the courtroom. This is in keeping with the firm’s philosophy of aggressively representing its clients’ interests while coordinating a common defense in industry-wide litigation.
Representative Clients

A roster of some of our distinguished clients is the best evidence of the scope and quality of the service we provide:

  • ABB, Inc. 
  • Ace Hardware 
  • AIG Insurance 
  • Aldi 
  • Allstate Insurance 
  • Altec Industries, Inc. 
  • Altoona Pipe and Steel Supply Company 
  • American Independent Insurance Company 
  • AP Parts Manufacturing - Faurecial Exhaust Systems Inc. 
  • Arrowpoint Capital Insurance 
  • Atlantic City Electric Co. 
  • Avocet Enterprises, Inc. 
  • Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. 
  • Bearings Inc. 
  • Bloom Engineering Company 
  • Brandywine Insurance 
  • Bryan Steam LLC 
  • Buckingham Manufacturing Company, Inc. 
  • C.I.  Hayes Co. 
  • Cameron International 
  • Cecil I. Walker Machinery Co. 
  • Century Insurance 
  • Chiz Bros. 
  • Chubb Insurance 
  • Cincinnati Gasket, Packing & Manufacturing, Inc. 
  • Cincinnati Insurance 
  • CNA
  • Colony Insurance 
  • Cress Manufacturing Co. 
  • Delmarva Power & Light, Co. 
  • Duro Dyne Corporation
  • Eaton Hydraulics, Inc.
  • ECR International
  • European Parts Exchange
  • Evenheat Kiln, Inc.
  • Falk Corporation
  • Famous Supply Company of Wheeling
  • ON Marine Services Company
  • Firemans Fund
  • FirstEnergy
  • Forum Valve Solutions 
  • Frazier Simplex
  • G J Miller Auto Supply
  • Gardner Denver, Inc.
  • General Kinematics Corporation
  • Grange Insurance
  • Hart Co
  • Hauck Manufacturing Company
  • Henry Company
  • Highlands Insurance
  • Home Rubber Company
  • Honeywell International 
  • Industrial Furnace
  • J.H. France Refractories Co.
  • Jackson Welding Supply Co.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Jersey Central Power & Light
  • Johnson Boiler Works, Inc.
  • Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
  • Kohler Company
  • Leco Corporation
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Madden Boiler Works, Inc.
  • Mahoning Valley Supply Company
  • N.F. Mansuetto and Sons, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Edison Co.
  • Motorists Insurance
  • Moyno, Inc.
  • Mt. Vernon Mills, Inc.
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • New Jersey Manufacturing Co.
  • New York State Electric & Gas Corp
  • NRG
  • Ohio Edison
  • P.M. Lattner Boiler Company
  • Patterson Kelly
  • Peco Energy Corp.
  • Pennsylvania Electric Company
  • Pennsylvania Power Company
  • Pepsico, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Electric Co.
  • Phillip Morris USA, Inc.
  • PMA Insurance
  • Potomac Electric Power Company
  • Power Piping Company
  • PPL Electric Utilities Corp.
  • ProSight Specialty Insurance
  • Public Service Enterprise Group
  • Radiac Abrasives
  • Raleigh Mine & Industrial Supply, Inc.
  • Resolute Management, Inc.
  • RiverStone Insurance
  • Robbins & Myers
  • Robinson Fans, Inc.
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Roth Pump Co.
  • Sauer Inc
  • Seneca Insurance
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Sheldon-Drullard Real Estate Company 
  • Simakas Company Inc.
  • Subaru of America, Inc.
  • Sullair LLC
  • Sundyne LLC
  • Sur-Seal Gasket & Packing, Inc.
  • SVI Corporation
  • The Hartford
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Vanguard Paints and Finishes, Inc.
  • Varn International
  • Warren Rupp
  • Weldstar
  • Wesco
  • Westfield Insurance
  • Whip-Mix
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Whiting Corporation 
  • WV American Water Co.
  • Zurich Insurance
  • Zy-Tech Global Industries