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Our Executive Team

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The MedLaw Executive Team


MedLaw is owned and operated by former trial lawyers who specialize in medical malpractice and insurance defense claims; and


MedLaw’s shareholders include business executives who have more than 33 years of experience in the healthcare industry and working with attorneys nationwide.

Patricia A. Tornillo, Esquire
President and Chief Legal Officer

Trish Tornillo is the President and Chief Legal Officer as well as a shareholder of MedLaw Claims Corporation. Trish has over 30 years of experience in handling insurance related claims, both as an attorney and as a professional


claims adjuster. Trish received highest honors for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in her major course of study as an undergraduate. She began her career in private practice and then served as In-House Counsel for Travelers Insurance Company for ten years. Thereafter, Trish Tornillo has worked as a Claims Attorney and held the office of Assistant Vice President for a third-party administrator managing healthcare litigation nationally. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Florida and is active in many professional associations. She is also a licensed claims adjuster. Trish earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of South Florida and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law.


Kathryn Fitzgibbon Fenelon
Of Counsel

Kathryn graduated from collegeCum Laude and began her legal career in 1985. She has been  defending medical malpractice claims for many years. In 1994, she  co-founded Western Litigation, Inc. where she served as its Executive  Vice President for 12 years. During her tenure at Western Litigation, Inc. Kathryn managed claims and litigation for many clients including the Medical Liability Association of Nevada (MLAN) which is  now known as the Independent Nevada Doctors Exchange. Kathryn now serves asOf Counsel to MedLaw Claims Corporation. In this role, Kathryn  brings her expertise, experience and keen insight into managing  healthcare claims and litigation nationwide with an emphasis on working  with clients, carriers, captives and risk retention groups. Kathryn is extremely focused and driven and dedicated to  providing unsurpassed customer service to MedLaw’s clients.


Elizabeth K. Kelly
Assistant General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Claims

Elizabeth Kelly is the Assistant General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Claims of MedLaw Claims Corporation.  Prior to joining MedLaw, Ms. Kelly practiced as a medical malpractice defense attorney.  Elizabeth specialized in the defense of hospitals, nurses, physicians and medical groups.  In addition to her capacity as a litigator, she advised hospitals regarding their Risk Management and Quality Department Policies and Procedures. Her experience in healthcare combined with her litigation practice makes her insightful as to the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers.

Elizabeth graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Speech Communication.  She matriculated to Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where she received a Juris Doctorate.  Elizabeth has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Ethics since 2003.  Elizabeth was named a Texas Monthly “Rising Stars – Top Lawyers Under 40” in 2005, 2006 and 2007.


Melanie Breedlove Pita, Esquire
Board Member, Shareholder, and Consultant

Melanie Pita is a shareholder and consultant for MedLaw Claims Corporation. Melanie previously worked as a medical malpractice defenseattorney in Houston and was a partner with the law firm of Cooper & Scully, P.C.  She specialized in defending hospitals, nurses and physicians throughout Texas.  She has also worked as an Assistant Vice President and Claims Attorney for a third-party administrator managing healthcare litigation nationally and providing risk management assistance to her clients.  Her experience in healthcare litigation makes her keenly aware of the risk management needs of hospitals and healthcare providers.  Melanie Pita received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication with Highest Distinction from Indiana University and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree with Honors from Drake Law School. She is the co-chair of the Medical & Legal Support for Families Battling Cancer Committee. Melanie was named to H Texas Magazine’s “Top Attorneys in Houston” in December 2004 and Texas Monthly’s “Rising Stars – Top Lawyers Under 40” in July 2005.


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