In Memory of Deborah Pollack Maliver

The Women’s Law Project mourns the untimely loss of Deborah Pollack Maliver, a Pittsburgh lawyer who was a strong feminist and steadfast supporter of the Women’s Law Project.

Debbie was both a skilled physician and a brilliant attorney. In 1978, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Four years later, she got her M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Debbie completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and became board certified in internal medicine.

In Memory of Deborah Pollack Maliver: We will miss her kindness, humor, and indomitable spirit.

In memory of Deborah Pollack Maliver: We will miss her kindness, humor, and indomitable spirit.

After seven years of solo practice in Indiana County, Debbie became interested in using her medical expertise to get justice for the victims of medical malpractice. She went to law school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Law Review. After Debbie graduated magna cum laude in 1995, second in her class, she and classmate Christine Biancheria opened their own medical malpractice law firm on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh. Debbie’s trial advocacy skills were recognized as she was invited into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and served on the Board of Governors of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Debbie married John O’Reilly in 2002. They and John’s three daughters, Colleen, Eliza and Jane, lived in Sewickley. Debbie was a member of the Women’s Law Project’s Myra Bradwell Society and served for a time on the Women’s Law Project Board of Trustees. She was a generous donor to the Women’s Law Project, fully funding a work-study position at our Western Pennsylvania office. Debbie was generous, too, with her time and expertise, frequently advising and consulting with Law Project attorneys on medical-legal matters.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and coworkers. We will miss her kindness, humor, and indomitable spirit.

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2 Responses to In Memory of Deborah Pollack Maliver

  1. Alan Pinshaw says:

    Debbie was a superlatively skilled medical and legal professional with an unparalled ability in the legal discovery process. She brought a vigor to her efforts as a lawyer and blended this with unremitting effort and unbridled passion. Warm and engaging she had a superb legal “bedside manner”. Everyone adored Debbie.

    She will be sorely missed.

    Alan Pinshaw, M.D.

  2. madamj56 says:

    Debbie was a classmate of mine growing up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Although we had lost touch after graduation, in recent years we had reconnected at reunions, get-togethers and through Facebook postings. Her energy and sense of humor were evident, especially through the latter, as not only did she share her many trips around the world with her beloved husband, John, and other anecdotes of her life, she set up a page for her parrot, Michael! To say she will be missed is an understatement. Our High School class has a unique bond; we are scattered across the Country and around the World. But when something like this happens to one of us, we come together immediately. I can speak for us all, but am sure many more will be here after me, to say that the loss of Debbie has affected us deeply and personally. We grieve for John and the girls, and for Christine, her law partner and friend. And we grieve for you and the many other people she touched along the way. May she rest in peace. We will meet again on the other side.

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