Eckert Seamans Mourns Mark E. Gebauer

Mark E. Gebauer, a member of Eckert Seamans’ product liability litigation group, passed away on September 18, 2018.

“We are devastated by this untimely and unfortunate loss,” said firm CEO Timothy Q. Hudak. “Mark was a dear friend and a talented colleague. We will come together to support both Mark’s family as well as each other, especially in our Harrisburg office where he practiced, as we mourn his passing.”

Mr. Gebauer is survived by his wife Catherine Spitzer Gebauer, children Louise Gebauer, Samantha Gebauer, and Alexander Gebauer, and sisters Beverly Thompson and Wendy Grande, both of Dalton, MA.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Gebauer vigorously counseled clients on improving product safety, advising on product design, distribution, and advertising, and developing risk prevention and management programs. Applying his knowledge guided by experience, he wrote many product manuals, warnings, warranties, advertising, and other literature. As an experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Gebauer defended clients with a strong record of success – getting cases dismissed before trial and trying cases to favorable jury verdicts. His trial practice was focused on civil litigation matters, including product liability, personal injury defense, and complex litigation. Mr. Gebauer represented clients in both federal and state courts in every region of the country and was designated as national and regional trial and litigation counsel for manufacturing clients and coordinated nationwide litigation for manufacturers.

Mr. Gebauer proudly served his country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps 101st Airborne Division from 1992 until 1998, and was honorably discharged. He was active in many community affairs and was a lay reader at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church.

Mr. Gebauer was an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Defense Research Institute, a certified mediator for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, and previously served as an adjunct professor of product liability law at the Widener University School of Law. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Boston University School of Law in 1986 and undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Maine in 1983.

Friends are invited to a memorial service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be private with the family. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the PA Wounded Warriors, Inc.

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