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John M. Polena Joins Post & Schell as a Principal in the Firm's Casualty Litigation Department

Pittsburgh, PA - December 4, 2023 - Post & Schell, P.C. is pleased to announce that John M. Polena has joined the firm as a Principal in its Casualty Litigation Department in its Pittsburgh, PA office. Mr. Polena previously served as a Partner with the law firm of Walsh Barnes, P.C.

Mr. Polena counsels clients in matters involving commercial litigation, products liability, construction defect and injury, premises liability, toxic tort liability, and asbestos exposure, and defends them in related litigation, arbitration, and/or mediation. His clients include commercial entities and companies in the construction, energy and utilities, manufacturing, and insurance industries, among others.

"I am pleased to welcome John to Post & Schell on behalf of the entire firm," said A. James Johnston, President & Chief Executive Officer of Post & Schell, P.C. "He brings a thriving practice defending clients in construction, toxic tort, and products liability matters, among others. His addition continues our planned expansion of our Pittsburgh office to meet growing client demand across the Pittsburgh, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia regions."

"Post & Schell offered me a platform to expand my practice and better serve my clients' needs," said Mr. Polena. "Importantly, it also offered me an opportunity to help grow the Pittsburgh office and the firm overall. I look forward to collaborating with new colleagues."

Barred in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Mr. Polena defends clients in federal and state court, handling matters from initial draft pleadings through judgment or settlement. He has successfully defended clients in matters involving alleged negligence, product failure, asbestos exposure, and hard metal exposure, among others. 

Mr. Polena is a 2006 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, he interned with the Office of Administrative Law Judges, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), working primarily under the Honorable Raymond Zimmet, and in the legal department of Strategic Energy, LLC., a deregulated energy supplier. He holds his B.A. in History from Washington and Lee University, where he was Captain of the school's wrestling team and a four (4) year letter winner.

About Post & Schell, P.C.

For over 50 years, Post & Schell’s attorneys have combined the operational knowledge and insight into the industries they represent with creative legal solutions – and helped clients overcome their legal and business challenges.
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