Following his graduation magna cum laude from Queens College, where he was its first state finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and its Scholar Athlete, and his graduation cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Ress was an associate for three years at Morgan Lewis & Bockius handling commercial and other civil litigation. Mr. Ress then associated with Kittredge, Kaufman & Donley, in which he became a partner in 1985. In 1989, Mr. Ress became a co-founding shareholder of the Firm and has continued his practice in the area of commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and in a variety of other related litigation matters.
In 2023, Mr. Ress was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. For 2022, Mr. Ress had been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as Philadelphia’s singular Lawyer of the Year in bet-the-company litigation, and Mr. Ress has been selected continuously for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2007 to 2022 in the field of commercial litigation, as well as for 2015 through 2022 in the field of bet-the-company litigation. Mr. Ress also has been repeatedly recognized as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer”in Philadelphia Magazine. For 2007, Mr. Ress was recognized as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania, and for 2013, Mr. Ress was recognized as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia.
Effective July 1, 2021, Mr. Ress became “Of Counsel” to the Firm.
Pennsylvania Commerce Court and Delaware Chancery Court litigation involving valuation of companies and/or dissenters’ rights, including almost $6 million judgment entered in Delaware Chancery Court for twice the squeeze-out appraisal value offered
Numerous representations of Partners, Shareholders or Members in professional business divorce/freeze-out matters
National coordinating counsel for a beryllium manufacturer in defense of toxic tort individual and class action litigation
Representation of self-insured public companies defending premises and products liability actions
Claims for injunctive relief in non-competition and trade secret matters
Representation of insureds against carriers for an advertising injury; for coverage and bad faith claims on D&O policy; and for over-reserving and/or mishandling claims files on workers compensation policies with retrospectively rated premiums, establishing law on the burden of proof in such cases
Defense of $ 5 billion claim against public company for its alleged theft of the idea to build a trash-to-steam plant seeking disgorgement of its operating profits and arbitrage from the related bond issues
Civil RICO action for public company involving kickback scheme from product suppliers to company’s purchasing agents
Fraud case against internet company and its owner for purchasing computer consulting services with checks they knew would be dishonored — judgment thereafter not avoided in bankruptcy
ERISA litigation with issues ranging from the propriety of the denial of benefits by health plans to QDROs (qualified domestic relations orders)
Personal injury and wrongful death representations of family of brain injured plaintiff who committed suicide after being permitted to self-medicate; of motorist suffering from vertebral artery dissection injury; of estates of decedents killed in single car accidents
Medical malpractice plaintiffs’ verdicts in cases involving improper treatment of patient as being HIV-positive and improper catheterization during post-bladder cancer treatment