Professor of the Practice of Law
Office phone: (757) 221-7638
Office location: Room 229B
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Don Tortorice was appointed the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law for 2002 and was presented with the Walter Williams, Jr. teaching award by the law school's graduating class of 2009 for excellence in teaching and devotion to the law. Prior to teaching, he was a partner in the international law firm, Duane Morris, LLP. He founded the firm's Harrisburg, Pa. office where his staff grew from 3 to 25 lawyers before retiring. Prior to law school, he was an officer in the US Navy, serving as Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Yale University, communications officer aboard a destroyer, and commander of a Swift Boat during the Viet Nam conflict, service which prepared him well for the practice of corporate, health care and litigation law, as well as the dynamics of dealing with law students. In private practice, Professor Tortorice was accorded an "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating accorded to any lawyer for professional liability and personal ethics. He was President of the Pennsylvania Defense Law Institute; a member of the Widener School of Law Board of Overseers; Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Pa. Bar Assn.; Co-Chair of the Pa. Select Committee on Medical Malpractice Reform; and has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Member of the legislative committee of the Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, responsible for drafting the Pennsylvania Health Care Services Malpractice Act; the Business Corporation Law; the Business Associations Act; the Non Profit Corporation Act; the Limited Liability Partnership Act; and the Limited Liability Company Act. Professor Tortorice has also served as a visiting professor at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond.
- Health Law & Policy (University Readers Press, 2010)
- Editor, Pennsylvania Business Corporation Practice (Pa. B. Inst. Press No. 3214, 2009).
- Medical Malpractice & Health Care Liability, University Readers Press, 2007)
- Bioethics, Medical Ethics & the Law (Xanadu Press 2003 and University Readers Press, 2008)
- The Modern Rules of Order (Pa. B. Insti. Pub. 1994, 2 revisions).
Book Revisions and Supplements
- The Modern Rules of Order (A.B.A. Pub. 3d ed. 2004). [2d Edition 1998, 57 pp.].