STEPHEN R. MLINAC has been litigating in a wide variety of practice areas at both the trial and appellate court levels for over 30 years. He currently concentrates his practice on the following areas of civil litigation: product liability, toxic tort, aviation, personal injury, insurance defense, and premises liability.
Mr. Mlinac has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 1976 and the West Virginia Bar Association since 1994. He is admitted to practice before the State and Supreme Courts of both jurisdictions. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.
Mr. Mlinac graduated magna cum laude from University of Notre Dame in 1973 and received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976.
Mr. Mlinac has represented a dozen or more defendants in asbestos litigation since 1986 in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio (into which he is admitted pro hac vice), for one of which he has and currently acts as national counsel. He has extensive litigation experience in high profile product liability cases such as “exploding gas tanks” and “sudden acceleration,” in which he represented one of the three major automobile manufacturers. He has litigated multi-million dollar business interruption claims arising in Africa and involving extensive international travel and discovery. He represented one of the defendants named in the lawsuit arising from the crash of USAir flight 427 that occurred outside of Pittsburgh a number of years ago.
Mr. Mlinac is the father of three children and is active in community youth sport organizations and other related community activity.