Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Francis J. Klemensic

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Practice Area


  • Bridgeport School of Law, J.D.; Moot Court Advocacy Team
  • Gannon University, B.A.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee; Civil Litigation Section Leadership Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Mr. Klemensic has 30 years of experience practicing medical malpractice defense as well as general civil and insurance litigation in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania. His main focus is on the defense of health care providers including hospitals, physicians, dentists, podiatrists, rehabilitation facilities, therapists, and psychiatrists.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Successfully represented a psychiatrist in federal court in defense of a court ordered evaluation of an accused criminal, effectively establishing current legal principle in the application of witness immunity
  • Successfully defended a radiologist and hospital against medical malpractice in failing to diagnose a cervical-spine fracture
  • Successfully defended a podiatrist against medical malpractice brought by a plaintiff who was found to be non-compliant
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an obstetrician against a claim of malpractice resulting from the labor and delivery of an infant suffering from brain damage
  • Successfully defended a surgeon against a retained sponge claim of in a case involving an appendectomy performed on a minor
  • Defeated a claim of negligence in favor of two family physicians accused of failing to diagnose sinus cancer
  • Obtained a verdict in favor of a gynecologist who was sued for negligence for failing to diagnose and treat breast cancer

Honors & Ratings

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, Woodward/White, Inc. (Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants), 2012-2014
  • Included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2011 and 2014
  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Speaking Engagements

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, frequent guest lecturer
  • Erie County Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee, seminar speaker
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, lecturer
  • Knox Litigation & Workers’ Compensation Seminar
  • Adjunct Professor, Gannon University

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie Summer Festival of the Arts, Board Member
  • Millcreek Youth Athletic Association, Baseball and Basketball Coach

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Litigation Group, Practice Group Leader