Pennsylvania Motion Practice

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Author Roger A. Dixon, Steven E. Bizar
Publisher Full Court Press

Written by experienced litigators, Pennsylvania Motion Practice is a fundamental text for practitioners of all levels. This essential guide addresses the requirements for preliminary motions, including preliminary objections, motions for judgment on the pleadings, motions for class certification, and discovery motions. It also covers summary judgment motions, pre- and post-trial motions, and motions that may be filed in the appellate courts. Along the way, the authors discuss the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure applicable to each type of motion, provide requirements and guidance for the preparation of motions, and, in some instances, examine select local county rules and Pennsylvania-specific legal doctrines. This Fifth Edition includes helpful practice pointers, updated case law citations, and a large variety of sample forms, taken largely from the authors’ personal work as seasoned litigators.


Steven E. Bizar, Partner, Dechert LLP, has thirty-five years of litigation experience in antitrust and trade regulation, securities, contracts and business torts, and government investigations matters, and appears regularly in trial and appellate courts throughout Pennsylvania, as well as in federal courts across the nation. Mr. Bizar’s clients range from multinational manufacturers to Internet start-ups and cover a broad spectrum of industries. He is consistently ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA in both antitrust law and commercial litigation, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers in Philadelphia for both antitrust law and business litigation. Mr. Bizar is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Roger A. Dixon, Associate, Dechert LLP, has nearly a decade of experience in commercial litigation, securities litigation, and white-collar criminal matters. Mr. Dixon represents a diverse array of clients, from Fortune 100 companies to mid-market and regional businesses in the manufacturing, technology, financial services, banking, and communication industries. He practices regularly at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, both in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Mr. Dixon was selected as “one to watch” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers for his work in criminal defense and white-collar crime. Before he was an attorney, Mr. Dixon practiced for years as a Certified Public Accountant in California.

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