Joseph A. Quinn, Jr.

“We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to best represent our clients.”

Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr., the Senior Litigation Principal and leader of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn’s Personal Injury Team, focuses on personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, including crashworthiness and automobile defects, auto accidents, truck and tractor trailer accidents and highway design defect cases. Attorney Quinn has set an exemplary standard for trial lawyers throughout Pennsylvania for over five decades. Known for his thorough preparation and detailed skills in the courtroom, he has achieved record-setting jury verdicts and settlements in cases involving medical malpractice, truck and car accidents, insurance bad faith, defective products, premises liability and workplace injuries.

Attorney Quinn is one of only three Pennsylvania trial lawyers admitted to the Inner Circle of Advocates, a group limited to the top 100 personal injury lawyers in the United States and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Attorney Quinn has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began. He also has been listed in every edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” and has been recognized by the national publication as “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” for NEPA and the Lehigh Valley. He is one of the most experienced and highly credentialed trial attorneys in Pennsylvania. As Senior Litigation Principal, his firm, Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, has been named 2022 Best Law Firm by US News & World Report. Attorney Quinn is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and a Past Member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.

Attorney Quinn has authored numerous professional articles and has co-authored a book on the Pennsylvania No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act. He has presented at multiple professional seminars, including the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the State Conference of Trial Judges and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Attorney Quinn. proudly calls Northeastern Pennsylvania his home and lives every day by his firm’s positioning statement, “No One Will Work Harder For You®.” Attorney Quinn lives in Laflin, PA with his wife, Carole, and works every day with his three daughters. Michelle and Kathleen are also attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, and Kimberly is a paralegal at the firm.

Kathleen Quinn DePillis

“I’ve learned the most important thing we do for our clients is provide clarity and answers often in the face of tragedy and confusion”

Kathleen Quinn DePillis, a principal of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law, joined the firm in 1994 in the firm’s then-Allentown office, practicing medical malpractice defense and handling numerous cases to verdict as sole/lead trial counsel. In 1999 she took a hiatus from practicing law to raise her family and returned to the firm in 2007, working part-time doing legal research and brief writing for the firm’s major Plaintiff personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, motor vehicle collision, products liability and elevator injury cases. Attorney DePillis resumed full-time, active practice of law in July of 2020 and since then has been involved in the litigation, mediation, arbitration, trial and/or settlement of multiple, complex multi-million dollar cases.

Attorney DePillis grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Scranton where she was in the Honors Program, graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the 1989 English award. She attended Boston College Law School where she was the recipient of multiple advocacy awards, won the school Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions and the regional Mock Trial Competition and participated in the National Mock Trial Competition.

Attorney DePillis is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania Courts as well as the United States Court for the Middle District. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

Attorney DePillis and her husband Mark reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania and have three children.

Nicole M. Santo

“My relationship with my clients does not end when the case ends; we foster a lifelong relationship.”

Attorney Nicole M. Santo, a Principal of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law and member of the Personal Injury Team, joined the firm in 2010. Her practice is focused on litigating all types of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accidents, underinsured/uninsured motorist claims, insurance bad faith, trucking accidents, products liability and crashworthiness claims. Since joining the firm, she has been involved in the litigation, trial and settlement of multiple complex, multi-million dollar cases. She prides herself on being passionate about her cases and working hard for her clients, so they can obtain just compensation for their injuries.

Since joining Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law, Attorney Santo has been consistently recognized by the legal community for the hard work and results she has obtained for her clients. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2017, a Best Lawyer In America for Personal Injury Litigation since 2019, a Top 10 under 40 Attorney in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorney in 2018 and 2019, and a Top 40 under 40 Attorney in Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers in 2020. Attorney Santo also serves as a Board Member representing the Middle District in the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and is a member of the House of Delegates for Zone 5 for the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Attorney Santo was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, graduating from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, public relations and international studies, with a minor in Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, she spent a semester studying in Barcelona, Spain, served as president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

In 2010, Attorney Santo earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, where she was named valedictorian of her class and graduated summa cum laude. While at Widener, she earned awards for receiving the highest grade in six of her classes, served as president of Widener’s Student Bar Association and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Attorney Santo and her partner were the first back-to-back winners of Widener’s Delaware-Harrisburg Internal Moot Court Competition, and she was chosen as the Best Oralist of the 2010 competition. She also served on the editorial board of the Widener Law Journal, where she organized a comprehensive symposium, “Internet Expression in the 21st Century: Where Technology and Law Collide,” and published a survey, “Delineating the Power of the Governor and the General Assembly with Respect to Appropriations in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Jubelirer v. Rendell.” At graduation, Attorney Santo was presented with the Dean Anthony J. Santoro Outstanding Service Award and the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court Award.

Prior to joining Hourigan Kluger & Quinn Law, she served as a legal intern in the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Public Utility Commission’s Law Bureau. She also served as a judicial clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin. She is currently licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Donald C. Ligorio

“I enjoy being an advocate, working for my clients.”

Attorney Donald C. Ligorio, a senior member of the Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Personal Injury Team, focuses his practice on workers’ compensation claims and a variety of personal injury cases. Attorney Ligorio has the distinction of being a member of the first class to be certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is one of the only attorneys in Luzerne County to hold that certification. To qualify for the PBA certification, he had to pass a rigorous examination and demonstrate the required level of skill, expertise and years of practice.

In addition to workers’ compensation, Attorney Ligorio is highly experienced in the areas of construction site accidents, medical malpractice, auto accidents, products liability, insurance bad faith, disability and premises liability claims. He has won a number of substantial jury verdicts, including a $2.5 million jury award for a worker injured in a fall at a construction site and a $680,400 verdict for a woman injured in a fall on ice. Attorney Ligorio has been designated a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of workers’ compensation every year since 2007. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum. He has written and spoken on a variety of workers’ compensation and personal injury matters.

A 1989 graduate of the University of Scranton, Attorney Ligorio earned his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is an active member of the bar associations in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, where he is a member of the workers’ compensation and auto law sections. Attorney Ligorio has also been active with Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. for more than 10 years and has been the recipient of numerous pro bono awards for his work representing needy clients free of charge. He lives in Scranton with his wife and three children.

Michael A. Lombardo, III

“Our firm is the firm you want to come to if you want to maximize your recovery.”

Attorney Michael A. Lombardo is a Principal on Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law’s Personal Injury Team. His practice focuses primarily on all types of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, truck & trailer accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability and other complex litigation matters. He also represents a number of local fire and ambulance companies and community groups. Attorney Lombardo has handled personal injury cases from start to finish in all types of proceedings, including mediations, arbitrations and jury trials.

Attorney Lombardo was born and raised in Pittston, where he is the Safety Director of the City Council. A former president of the Greater Pittston YMCA, he is still active in the organization and numerous other community groups such as Leadership Wilkes-Barre, the Wilkes-Barre chapter of UNICO, Knights of Columbus (Third Degree), the Italian American Association of Luzerne County and the Pittston Tomato Festival Committee. He is a member of the St. Joseph Marello Parish community in Pittston.

Attorney Lombardo’s background brings a unique perspective to his auto accident cases. Prior to his legal studies, he served as a Pittston firefighter and EMT. Because he has been part of vehicle rescue operations, he knows firsthand what accident victims go through. He continues to serve on the city’s ambulance corps board of directors, as well as is an active firefighter and a state-certified emergency medical technician.

His accomplishments as an attorney have been consistently recognized by his peers, as he has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and a Super Lawyers Rising Star each of the past five years. Additionally, he was named to the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” list and Best Lawyers in America list. He received numerous academic awards while attending law school at The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and he also is an honors graduate of King’s College, from which he recently received the school’s prestigious, “Leo Award,” given annually to an outstanding alumnus.

Brian Q. McDonnell

“I want my clients to feel informed & empowered.”

Attorney Brian Q. McDonnell graduated from Scranton Prep in 1998 and received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Lehigh University in 2002. During his junior year of college, he completed the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C. and interned at the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. In his senior year of college, Attorney McDonnell traveled to Hong Kong and mainland China with Lehigh’s Martindale Center of the College of Business and Economics. There, he met with various government and business leaders and gathered data on the impact of economic restructuring on Hong Kong’s workforce. His research was published in the Martindale Center’s journal, Perspectives on Business and Economics. As a President’s Scholar at Lehigh, Attorney McDonnell earned a tuition-free fifth year, which he used to attain a master’s degree in political science in 2003.

Following Lehigh, he received a full scholarship to Penn State University’s The Dickinson School of Law. During law school, Attorney McDonnell was a member of the Penn State Law Review. As a law student, he interned at the Governor’s Policy Office in Harrisburg, was a summer law clerk for Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Sr. of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and was a Summer Associate at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law. He also studied abroad at the University of Florence School of Law.

Attorney McDonnell graduated from The Dickinson School of Law in May 2006 and passed the Pennsylvania Bar Examination in July 2006 on his first attempt. After graduating from law school, he chose to return home to Northeastern Pennsylvania and serve the community where he was raised. He began working for Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law as an associate in August 2006 and has remained here ever since. He is now a principal on the firm’s Personal Injury Team, and his practice concentrates on personal injury including workers’ compensation, automobile accidents and medical malpractice cases. Since becoming a lawyer, he has worked exclusively on behalf of accident victims and their families.

Attorney McDonnell is admitted to practice in the courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Attorney McDonnell loves to be involved in the area where he was raised. In his spare time, he coaches soccer with Abington Youth Soccer League. He also has volunteered with the Scranton Council of Literacy Advance (SCOLA)/United Neighborhood Centers as a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) and adult literacy tutor.
He resides in Clarks Summit with his wife and two daughters.

Ryan M. Molitoris

“Be men and women for others. Affect change where you can.”

Attorney Ryan M. Molitoris is a member of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law’s Personal Injury Team. Attorney Molitoris provides legal counsel to Personal Injury clients throughout Northeastern PA, focusing on Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability and Motor Vehicle Accidents.

Attorney Molitoris was born and raised in Plains, PA where he currently resides with his wife, Sara. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and a minor in History. Attorney Molitoris pursued his legal career at Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA, graduating magna cum laude in the top 10% of his class and served as the Executive Managing Editor for its Law Review.

Attorney Molitoris served as Staff Attorney in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Pro-Se Office for the Honorable Sylvia Rambo and Yvette Kane where he handled pro-se federal and state prisoner cases. He worked as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik, where he drafted opinions and orders relevant to civil, criminal and social security cases. Attorney Molitoris was a sole practitioner, focusing on commercial litigation, employment law, personal injury, premises liability, family law and criminal law. He was an attorney at the Siejk Law Firm where he focused on property law, commercial litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.

Attorney Molitoris is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Luzerne County Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association and the Federal Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is the Vice President of Wyoming Seminary Alumni Council and a proud member of the Plains Lions Club. He also serves on the Wyoming Commemorative Association, which puts on an observance of the Battle of Wyoming every July Fourth.

Christopher C. Quinn

“We advocate on behalf of individuals and get them justice.”

Attorney Christopher Quinn is a member of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn’s Personal Injury Team and provides legal counsel to Personal Injury clients throughout Northeastern PA, specializing in product liability, medical malpractice and auto negligence.

Attorney Quinn was born and raised in Clarks Summit, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. Attorney Quinn pursued his legal career at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA. He was selected as a national member of the Order of the Barristers and received the 2016 CourtCall Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and the 2016 Shalom Moot Court Award. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Attorney Quinn served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrence R. Nealon where he conducted legal research, edited and evaluated the legal analyses in drafts of written opinions, prepared bench memoranda and attended oral arguments, conferences and trials. Previous to his experience with Judge Nealon, Attorney Quinn served as Law Clerk to Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law where he conducted legal research regarding a variety of evidentiary and civil law issues, drafted internal memoranda, pleadings, motions and discovery requests.

Attorney Quinn is a current board member and co-founding member of the Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Foundation. The Foundation endows a full four year scholarship at Scranton Preparatory School for a deserving student in need. The Foundation also funds grants through an Organ Transplant Assistance Program, which are then given to individuals on an organ transplant waiting list to help defray their costs.

Attorney Quinn’s father, Kevin, is also an attorney at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn. Christopher and his wife, Anna, reside in Scranton, PA.

Kevin C. Quinn

“Helping victims of preventable acts of negligence is both personally and professionally fulfilling.”

Attorney Kevin C. Quinn, a member of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law’s Personal Injury Team, is a firm Principal. Attorney Quinn’s practice focuses primarily on personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, car and truck accidents and uninsured/underinsured motorist claims.

Born and raised in Scranton, Attorney Quinn is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton where he was a member of the University’s elite Honors Program and multiple academic fraternities, as well as was the recipient of the 1985 Political Science Award. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1988 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While there, Attorney Quinn was a recipient of multiple American Jurisprudence Awards for academic excellence and starting member of the Law School’s National Trial Team.

Attorney Quinn has spent his entire legal career litigating cases in state and federal courts in Northeast Pennsylvania and has extensive litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law, Attorney Quinn’s practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, civil rights, shareholder/partnership disputes, employment litigation and products liability cases. Since joining Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law in 2010, he has served as either lead or co-counsel in multiple cases that resulted in six, seven and eight-figure settlements or verdicts.

Based on ratings he has received from both judges he has practiced before and fellow attorneys, Attorney Quinn has achieved Martindale Hubbell®’s highest possible ranking of AV Preeminent status for both his legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named to Best Lawyers In America for both Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2018 and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2020. Attorney Quinn is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Club.

Attorney Quinn is a Certified Mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania Courts as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania. Attorney Quinn is a member of the Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association and member of the Pennsylvania, Lackawanna and Luzerne County Bars Associations. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Attorney Quinn and his wife, Laurie, reside in Clarks Summit and have five children.

Michelle M. Quinn

“We work as a team to help our clients.”

Attorney Michelle M. Quinn has spent the last 20 years handling complex personal injury claims, including medical malpractice, products liability, truck accidents, car accidents, underinsured/uninsured motorist claims and insurance bad faith. She joined Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn’s Personal Injury Team straight out of law school and is now a Principal in the firm and member of its Executive Committee.

Attorney Quinn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991. She received her law degree from Villanova University Law School in 1994. While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Team and was a semifinalist in the school’s client counseling competition.

Attorney Quinn has been named a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer and The Pennsylvania Law Weekly. She also received the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s first annual Lawrence W. Roth Award “in recognition of her outstanding commitment to NEPTLA, her compassion for clients and exemplary character.” She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. She has also been included in Woodward-White’s edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” and has been named by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the state of Pennsylvania for several years.

Attorney Quinn is passionate about representing the injured and she is just as passionate about her involvement with HKQ Kids, a child advocacy organization created by Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Law to promote education and awareness about safety issues affecting children. Since its start in 2005, HKQ Kids has given away thousands of free bicycle helmets to area children and has also sponsored lead screening, sports safety training, water safety training, CPR and First Aid training, cheerleading safety training, swimming safety training and baby-sitter training courses.