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Pamela M. Tobin

Principal


E-Mail: ptobin@kaplaw.com
Phone: 610-941-2543
Fax: 610-684-2041 vCard


Pamela M. Tobin has over twenty years of experience litigating complex commercial cases in State and Federal court and arbitration. Pamela takes pride in mastering the facts and law early in her cases to position them to obtain the most favorable outcome for the client in the most expeditious timeframe possible. When the facts warrant, she will file motions seeking immediate injunctive relief and/or negotiate tenaciously for outcomes that secure prompt relief. Pamela also moves cases to trial, including pushing for all relevant discovery, even electronic information. She has managed to secure decisions reimbursing her clients’ counsel fees and costs as a result of the Court’s finding that the opposing parties had engaged in vexatious litigation.

Pamela began her career as an associate at Dechert, LLC. Seeking hands-on litigation experience, she chose to work next at two mid-sized Philadelphia firms (LaBrum & Doak which ultimately closed and thereafter, Fox Rothschild) where she handled complex high stakes commercial cases, which included representing:

  • A demolition contractor to obtain a $2 million payment against a hotel owner
  • The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner to obtain damages for fraud
  • Accountants and attorneys sued for professional malpractice and breach of contract
  • A church sued for slander and libel

Pamela successfully obtained a decision upholding a limitation of liability provision in a design contract in Valhal Corp. v. Sullivan Assocs. before the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals (44 F.3d 195).

For nearly ten years at Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C., Pamela has litigated complex commercial disputes which included representing:

  • Developers to prosecute tortious interference and antitrust claims against competing landowners
  • Owners seeking relief from easements, illegal storm water discharge, and boundary contests
  • Developers seeking waivers and variances to develop land — including a group home for residents with addictive disorders
  • Partners/shareholders claiming breach of fiduciary duty and/or seeking to dissolve the business
  • Software companies sued for breach of contract and negligent provision of design implementation services

Pamela successfully obtained a decision upholding landowners’ storm water rights against a national railroad company in MD Mall v. CSX Transportation Corp. before the Third Circuit (715 F.3d 479). She also recently obtained a decision upholding a school district’s right to fence its property before the Commonwealth Court (128 A.3d 851).

Additionally, Pamela handles litigation matters in Orphans’ Courts including prosecuting and defending undue influence claims. The daughter of teachers and a parent herself, Pamela also has represented students accused of violating school rules and has been successful in abating the school’s initial disciplinary measures.

Pamela frequently writes and lectures on diverse legal topics.

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • US District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • US Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • California, 2006 (Inactive)

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, J.D., cum laude, 1988
  • Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, B.A., 1979

Memberships

  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Montgomery Chapter Inns of Court
  • Montgomery County Estate Planning Council of PA
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Pamela is a member of the Montgomery Bar’s Liberty & Law Civics program in Norristown, PA. She teams lawyers with judges to present a monthly civics lesson to sixth graders attending Norristown middle school.
  • Pamela is honored to serve as a Master in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas’ residential mortgage conciliatory program.

Assistant

Patti J. Hallman
Phone: 610-941-2490
Fax: 610-684-2109
E-Mail: phallman@kaplaw.com

Publications & News

Publications

  • “Did you know…That an appraiser must be licensed in Pennsylvania to appraise a property located in Pennsylvania and if not, they committed a crime?” Fall 2016 Firm Newsletter
  • “As Sure as the Sun Will Shine, the Rain Will Fall!” – March 2016 – Philly Biz Journal
  • “Is the Dragonetti Act Unconstitutional?” – Spring 2016 – Legal Intelligencer
  • “The Supreme Court Extends Constitutional Protections to Land Owners” Legal Intelligencer
  • “Contract Warning: Read the Boiler Plate!” – MidAtlantic Real Estate Journal October 2015
  • “Attorneys: Heed Thy Own Advice!” – POA Article for MBA Sidebar – September 2015
  • “Did you Know That the Pennsylvania Legislature Amended the Power of Attorney Statute?” –Article for KS Newsletter – May 2015
  • “Contract Warning: Analysis of Newman Development Group of Pottstown, LLC v. Genuardi’s Family Market, 98 A.3d 645 (2014)” – February 2015 Firm Newsletter
  • Article on Amendments to PA Power of Attorney Statute – 2015
  • “Are LOI’s Binding?” Fall 2014 Firm Newsletter
  • “Letters of Intent: Sellers Beware!” – 8/7/14 Firm Newsletter
  • “Litigation or Legal Hold” – April 2014
  • “A Hard-Won Victory for Our Client!” – Spring 2014 KS Newsletter
  • “E-Discovery: Avoid the Dinosaur Defense” – Spring 2014 – Montgomery Bar Sidebar
  • “Battle Royale over Letter of Intent” – Winter 2013 Newsletter
  • “Did you Know Children can be held liable for their parents’ long-term care bills?” December 2013 Firm Newsletter
  • “Water, Water Everywhere, Nor any Drop to Drink” September 2013, Montgomery County News Magazine
  • “The Supreme Court Extends Constitutional Protections to Landowners” – July 2013 – PA Law Weekly and July 30, 2013 – The Legal Intelligencer
  • “The Pennsylvania Legislature Should Reconsider the Filial Support Law in Light of the Pittas Decision” May 28, 2013 PA Law Weekly
  • “A Property Rights Victory for our Client against the Railroad” – 5/7/13 Firm Newsletter
  • “Pennsylvania Adopts New Rules for Producing Electronic Information” 2012 Firm Newsletter
  • “Have you Looked up Your Reviews on the Internet?” – 2012 – KS Newsletter
  • “Mold Litigation Update” – HBA Reporter, November/December 2011
  • “Slander and the Internet” – Winter 2011/2012 – Montco Newsletter
  • “Limitations of Remedies Clauses in Real Estate Contracts … and their Consequences” PBI Outline 12/2009
  • “Cloud Computing” 2/2009 Firm Newsletter
  • “Metadata: To Produce or not to Produce?” 1/12/09 – Legal Intelligencer
  • “Guidance on Producing Electronic Information” 2008 Firm Newsletter

Speaking Engagements/Seminars

  • “Liability on Campus and Schools: Sex Assault, Harassment and Cyber Harm” presented through Montgomery Bar Association CLE with Kelley Hodge – 6/9/17 (scheduled)
  • “A Day on Real Estate” – 8/5/15 – PBI Seminar presented with Barbara Anisko and Maury Reiter
  • “Damages and Limitation of Remedies Clauses in Real Estate Contracts … and their Potential Consequences” – 7/9/15 – PBI Seminar presented with Barbara Anisko
  • “Damages and Limitation of Remedies Clauses in Real Estate Contracts … and their Potential Consequences” – 10/22/14 – PBI Real Estate Institute presentation with Barbara Anisko
  • “Managing the Costs of Producing Electronic Discovery” 4/29/14 Presentation with Len Deutchman of LDiscovery to the Montgomery Bar Association
  • E-Discovery seminar at Kaplin Stewart – 3/29/14
  • “Managing the Costs of Exchanging ESI” – 12/10/13 – American Arbitration Association webinar
  • E-Discovery Seminar with Vo-Tech Class – 11/22/2013
  • “The Evils of Workplace Technology: How to Prevent the Harm” – E-Discovery Presentation at Merrill Corporation – 4/7/11
  • “What Litigators Need to Know about Electronic Discovery” 10/26/10 – Montgomery Bar Association
  • “The Stakes are High: Every business person needs to know why and how to properly preserve their electronic information” – 4/16/10 at Kaplin Stewart
  • “Electronic Discovery” CLE 11/17/2009 Montgomery County Paralegals Association
  • “Limitation of Remedies Clauses in Real Estate Contracts … and their Potential Consequences – PBI Seminar presented with Barbara Anisko – 10/28/2009
  • “Electronic Discovery Issues for Accountants” – 2/10/09 Regional Accountants Meeting
  • E-Discovery Highlights – 2008
Life

Pamela lives with her three energetic, highly vocal, and lovely daughters in Wyncote, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. The same wooded area where she grew up, they arrived there after living on the northern California peninsula for seven years. Pamela’s eldest attends Grinnell College in Iowa. Her twins attend her alma mater, Cheltenham High School. A voracious reader, Pamela is an active member of two book clubs: one located in Cheltenham, the other in Abington. She enjoys painting water colors while traveling, and visits to the New Jersey shore with her family. Hands down, her most pleasurable time is watching her daughters either act in or direct a play or movie, dance in Color Guard, or deliver a well written and passionate essay.