Ms. Budde has been a full-time litigator for nearly 30 years. During this time, she has been involved in litigating a variety of matters in the courts and administrative agencies of Pennsylvania. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Obtained motion for summary judgment on the eve of trial in a motor vehicle case in which the plaintiff was bound by the limited tort option and the medical evidence showed that he had a pre-existing low back injury
  • Obtained favorable verdict in jury trial in a motor vehicle case in which the defendant was found negligent, but the negligence was not a factual cause of plaintiff’s alleged injuries
  • Obtained favorable ruling in compulsory arbitration in a motor vehicle case in which the plaintiff was bound by the limited tort option and the medical evidence showed that he had a pre-existing neck injury
  • Obtained favorable ruling in compulsory arbitration in a motor vehicle case in which the plaintiff was bound by the limited tort option and required two surgeries for a shoulder injury
  • Obtained favorable verdict in jury trial in a motor vehicle case in which the plaintiff claimed she suffered facial scarring from the accident and the defendant was found not negligent
  • Argued before PA Supreme Court regarding issues related to insurance/limited tort
  • Obtained numerous summary judgments on behalf of clients regarding limited tort issues and Dead Man’s Act
  • Assisted clients in obtaining guardianship of elderly or disabled individuals in order to protect their person and estate
  • Successfully defended an automobile insurance company against a $1.8 million accident case that resulted in a verdict of only $1,000
  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts in automobile accident cases in Erie, Crawford, Warren and McKean Counties.

Honors & Ratings

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent speaker at firm's Litigation & Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Community & Professional Service

  • Northwestern Legal Services, Board Member
  • Mercy Center for the Arts, Board Member
  • Cambridge Springs High School Mock Trial Team, Advisor 2010-2016
  • First United Methodist Church of Cambridge Springs, Trustee/Board Member, 2012-2016

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder

Practice Area

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D.; Duquesne Law Review, Member, 1986–1987; Duquesne Law Review, Associate Recent Decisions Editor, 1987–1988
  • Rutgers University, B.A.

Admissions & Certifications

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Chair (2018) and former Vice Chair (2017)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

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