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2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 215-575-2600
Fax: 215-575-0856
Toll Free: 800-220-3308
E-Mail: marshalldennehey@mdwcg.com
www.marshalldennehey.com
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Established: 1962

Practice Areas
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability
  • Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Automobile Liability
  • Aviation and Complex Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Birth & Catastrophic Injury Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Injury Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Fraud/Special Investigation
  • General Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Hospitality and Liquor Liability
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
  • Long-Term Care Liability
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Liability
  • Medicare Set-Aside
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Litigation
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Real Estate E&O Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • School Leaders' Liability
  • Securities and Investment Professional Liability
  • Social Services & Human Services Liability
  • Technology, Media and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Trucking & Transportation Liability
  • White Collar Crime
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
Unparalleled Growth

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a professional corporation, was founded in 1962. We are very gratified that our growth, much of which has been client-driven, enables us to make available to our clients more than 500 lawyers working out of 20 offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

Exclusively Defense

We are exclusively a defense litigation firm with our professional practices encompassing a broad spectrum of litigation matters.

Complex Litigation Experience

Members of our firm have considerable experience handling high-profile and complex litigation, including class actions and mass tort matters.

Regional Presence

The regional presence of our firm affords many advantages to our clients. One client detailed some of these advantages in the publication Of Counsel, where he expressed appreciation of our firm's strategic locations in areas where his company has stores. He praised our ability to handle a wide variety of claims, ranging from fall downs and car damage claims to complex product liability matters. In addition to the six states in which we maintain our offices, we handle many litigation matters in West Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky.

Regional Office Statistics

Nearly 60 percent of our attorneys work in our 19 satellite offices. This statistic underscores the importance of our regional offices to our clients, as well as to our firm. Clients report to us that they are comfortable entering into region-wide arrangements for our representation knowing that we are well staffed in these offices. All of our offices are linked via an Intranet and a firm-wide file management system and library. The attorneys at these locations are native to the area, have a good rapport with and knowledge of local judges and opposing attorneys, and are familiar with the population of potential jurors.

Attorneys Selected by Clients

With more than 500 attorneys on staff, clients have a great deal of legal talent from which to choose. As one of the firm's clients said in Of Counsel, "Their attitude is tremendous. If I say I want a particular attorney on a matter, I have that attorney. If I say I want a conference with the attorney, a conference is arranged."

Minority Hiring

In surveys conducted by The National Law Journal and The Legal Intelligencer, our firm was identified, both on a national and a regional level, as one of the leading large law firms in the categories of minority hiring and advancement. We are especially proud of our minority shareholders and their vitally important roles in the management of our firm.

Peer Ratings

The experience of our firm and our attorneys has been recognized by our peers. At the present time, we have a significantly large number of peer-review rated attorneys as recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, a LexisNexis company. The lawyers of our firm are also recognized in BEST'S Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, as published by the A.M. Best Company. We also have in our ranks lawyers who have been elected as Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Fellows of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In addition, many of our lawyers appear in the Super Lawyers publications in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, New York and Florida. As well, a number of our lawyers have also been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Regional & National Coordinating Counsel

We are privileged to serve as Regional Coordinating Counsel and National Coordinating Counsel for a number of major corporations.

Internal Auditing

In 1985, the firm started an internal auditing program that draws upon the expertise of former claims managers and senior attorneys. This program received national attention in an article about innovative law firm management practices appearing in The National Law Journal.

Successful Business Model

In an article appearing in The Legal Intelligencer dealing with the challenges and opportunities for insurance defense firms, it was stated that our firm has clearly dominated the Philadelphia marketplace. In support of that statement, it was noted that the firm has grown dramatically in the past decade and has maintained a healthy shareholder-associate ratio. It was further discussed that major insurance carriers are attracted to our firm through its extensive use of technology as well as the numerous offices we have established throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida. A noted legal consultant with Altman Weil, recommended in this article that some other defense litigation law firms "need to adopt the Marshall Dennehey model" in response to the changing needs and expectations of the insurance industry.

Central Diary System

All of the litigation files entrusted to us are on an electronic diary system that is designed to ensure that action has been taken by the handling attorney on all of his or her files within the past 90 days. Our monthly monitoring of this program discloses a 97-percent compliance rate, and any need for updated attorney reporting or action is immediately addressed. We have further refined this system to provide alerts to our attorneys when a certain percentage of the agreed-to litigation budget has been reached, affording the client and the handling attorney the opportunity to consider the options open to them at that juncture.

Legal Research Supervision

We have a very focused and cost-efficient approach to legal research. Our Manager of Legal Research and Legal Information Services is a practicing attorney well-versed in law firm technology and efficient research techniques.

Measured Performance

It is significant to note that our firm's Case Disposition Program enables us to develop statistics reflecting levels of performance in such areas as case cycle times, indemnity payments made, litigation expenses and case outcomes, which can be broken down by law type and jurisdiction.

Breaking Legal Developments

Since 1992, we have provided our clients with our firm's comprehensive newsletter, Defense Digest. During that time, we have never missed a deadline, ensuring that our clients can consistently rely upon us for advice about legal developments, as well as giving them the benefit of our analysis and practical recommendations. We also advise our clients of breaking legal developments through our quarterly electronic newsletter Law Alerts, and provide our workers' compensation clients with a monthly update, What's Hot in Workers' Comp.

ADR Commitment

We are strongly committed to alternative dispute resolution vehicles. We are an original signatory to the Law Firm Policy Statement of the Center for Public Resources, Inc.'s Initiatives on Alternatives to Litigation.

Published Works

The expertise and professional commitment of our attorneys is evidenced by the fact that they have had hundreds of articles published in such publications as For The Defense, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, The Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, The PLUS Journal, Pennsylvania CPA Journal, The Florida Bar News, New Jersey Law Journal, Hospital & Healthcare News, Daily Business Review, Financial Advisor Magazine, Litigation Management, New Jersey Defense, National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Ohio Lawyer, Orlando Medical News, The Florida Defender, Risk & Insurance and Risk Management. To see more of our published articles, visit our Publications page.

Alternative Fee Arrangements

Significantly, the several large annual contract fee and global contract fee arrangements into which we have entered with some of our larger clients have been renewed on an annual basis, clearly evidencing that these arrangements are beneficial to our clients and sufficiently profitable for our firm. Other forms of alternative pricing are also available.
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Additional Locations
Wilmington, Delaware
Nemours Building
1007 North Orange Street, Suite 600
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Telephone: 302-552-4300
Fax: 302-552-4340
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
100 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Suite 1100
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Telephone: 954-847-4920
Fax: 954-627-6640
Jacksonville, Florida
200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Telephone: 904-358-4200
Fax: 904-355-0019
Orlando, Florida
Landmark Center One
315 East Robinson Street, Suite 550
Orlando, Florida 32801-1948
Telephone: 407-420-4380
Fax: 407-839-3008
Tampa, Florida
201 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1100
Tampa, Florida 33602
Telephone: 813-898-1800
Fax: 813-221-5026
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Woodland Falls Corporate Park
200 Lake Drive East, Suite 300
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002
Telephone: 856-414-6000
Fax: 856-414-6077
Roseland, New Jersey
425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 302
Roseland, New Jersey 07068
Telephone: 973-618-4100
Fax: 973-618-0685
New York, New York
Wall Street Plaza
88 Pine Street, 21st Floor
New York, New York 10005-1801
Telephone: 212-376-6400
Fax: 212-376-6490
Melville, New York
105 Maxess Road, Suite 303
Melville, New York 11747
Telephone: 631-232-6130
Fax: 631-232-6184
Cincinnati, Ohio
312 Elm Street, Suite 1850
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Telephone: 513-372-6800
Fax: 513-372-6801
Cleveland, Ohio
127 Public Square, Suite 3510
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1291
Telephone: 216-912-3800
Fax: 216-344-9006
Allentown, Pennsylvania
4905 West Tilghman Street, Suite 300
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
Telephone: 484-895-2300
Fax: 484-895-2303
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
10 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901-4318
Telephone: 267-880-2020
Fax: 215-348-5439
Erie, Pennsylvania
717 State Street, Suite 701
Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
Telephone: 814-480-7800
Fax: 814-455-3603
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 201
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
Telephone: 717-651-3500
Fax: 717-651-9630
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
620 Freedom Business Center, Suite 300
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
Telephone: 610-354-8250
Fax: 610-354-8299
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
U.S. Steel Tower, Suite 2900
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Telephone: 412-803-1140
Fax: 412-803-1188
Scranton, Pennsylvania
50 Glenmaura National Boulevard
Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507
Telephone: 570-496-4600
Fax: 570-496-0567
Westchester, New York
800 Westchester Avenue, Suite C-700
Rye Brook, New York 10573
Telephone: 914-977-7300
Fax: 914-977-7301
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACE/USA Insurance CompanyAIG
Allstate Insurance CompanyAmtrust First Nonprofit Companies
AON CorporationArch Insurance Group
AXA Corporate SolutionsCanal Insurance Company
Certain Underwriters at Lloyd'sChubb Group of Insurance Companies
CNA Insurance CompaniesCrum & Forster
The Delaware Valley Insurance TrustElectric Insurance Company
Employers Mutual CompaniesEmployers Mutual Insurance Company
Encompass Insurance CompanyEssex Insurance Company
Everest Re Group, Ltd.Farmers Insurance Company
FirstComp Insurance CompanyGEICO
General Star National Insurance CompanyLiberty International
Liberty Mutual Insurance CompanyMedical Insurance Exchange
Merchants Insurance GroupMercury Insurance Group
Metropolitan Insurance CompanyMinnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance CompanyOhio Casualty, a Liberty Mutual Company
OneBeacon InsurancePenn Millers Insurance Company
Pharmacists Mutual CompaniesPMA Insurance Group
Professionals Direct Insurance Company-The Hanover Insurance GroupProgressive Insurance Company
The St. Paul/Travelers Companies, Inc.State Farm Insurance Company
Trident Insurance ServicesUnderwriters at Lloyd's
United Educators InsuranceUnited States Liability Insurance Group
USAAXL Group
Zurich American Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Administrators for the ProfessionsAmerican Honda Motor Company, Inc.
Asset AcceptanceBank of America Investment Services
Brunswick CorporationCadaret Grant & Co., Inc.
Carrier CorporationCharles Schwab & Co., Inc.
ChaseChrysler Group LLC
Citibank, N.A.Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Community Health Systems, Inc.Crawford & Company
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.General Motors Corporation
Georgia-Pacific LLCHonda Motor Co., Ltd.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc.Lowe's Companies, Inc.
MAC Risk Management, Inc.Marriott International, Inc.
Marsh USA, Inc.Mercury Marine, Inc., a Division of Brunswick Corporation
Network Adjusters, Inc.The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe and Jack
ProClaim America IncorporatedPrudential Securities, Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc.Risk Enterprise Management, Ltd.
Rite Aid CorporationSchool Claims Service, LLC
Sears, Roebuck and Co.Securities America, Inc.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.The Stanley Works
Sunoco, Inc.SUPERVALU, Inc.
Suzuki Motor CorporationTarget Corporation
Temple UniversityUniversal Health Services, Inc.
University of PennsylvaniaVHA East, Inc.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Wells FargoWestinghouse Electric Corporation
YMCA
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Personnel Information
Managing Partners
Thomas A. Brophy, President and Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia, PA
Telephone:215-575-2748
E-Mail:tabrophy@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Amusements
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Co-Chair, Finance Section of the Law Practice Management Committee, 2007-2008)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Diplomate, 1997-Present)
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia, (Board of Directors, 2006-2010)
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation (Board of Trustees; Board of Directors, 2009-2011)
  • Products Liability Advisory Council (1988-Present)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Co-Author with Robert Goggin: "Toxic Torts: Workable Defenses Available to the Corporate Defendant," 28 Villanova L. R. 1208, 1993
  • Author: "How To Evaluate And Settle Personal Injury Claims," Professional Education System, Inc., 1989
  • "Cross Examination of Plaintiff's Life Care Expert," Product Liability Council Deskbook, 1999, 2001
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.A. (cum laude), 1974
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2014
Born:1952
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Butler Buchanan III, Managing Attorney; Hiring Partner; Chair, Diversity Committee
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:bbbuchanan@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Seminars presented for Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, National Insurance Industry Association; Lawyers' Professionalism – What Does It Mean in Everyday Practice? Philadelphia, PA; Optimizing Brownfield Liability Recovery Through Insurance Settlement Strategies and Asset Management, Washington, D.C.; Professionalism and Civility: Is Civility Still the Rule in Civil Litigation Today? Atlantic City, New Jersey; Encouraging Ethics in Civility and Pre-Trial Practice, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Insurance Coverage and Practice, DRI Seminar, New York, New York; Insurance Roundtable - Recent Developments Concerning Class Action Litigation, DRI, Chicago, Illinois; Electronic Discovery, DRI Seminar, Chicago, Illinois; The Use of E-Mail and Electronic Documents Storage, DRI Annual Meeting; Technology and Law, DRI Annual Meeting; "Women in the Profession Roundtable Discussion," participant, The Legal Intelligencer, April 2014; Do the Right Thing! - Ethical Issues Arising in Litigation, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, October 2014; Barristers' Association of Philadelphia Leadership Academy, January 2015
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Board of Governors) Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, 2001-2004)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Past President)
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia (Board of Directors)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Common Sense Ways to Increase Minority Representation Among Interviewees"
  • "The Importance of Internet and Email Monitoring," The Practical Lawyer, December 2006
Education:
  • Millersville University, B.A. (cum laude), 1976
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2009-2014)
Born:1954
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Christopher E. Dougherty, Chairman of the Board; Executive Committee, Director, Professional Liability Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cedougherty@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Instructor, Trial Evidence, Coastal Carolina College, 1987; Presented, "Product Liability Defenses", Insurance Institute of Philadelphia, 1998; Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice--Union League, Philadelphia, PA, October 2010; Multistate Update on Insurance Agent and Brokers' Errors and Omissions Liability and Risk Management Issues--Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Seattle, WA, September 2010; Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice--Union League, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2009; National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty, Philadelphia, 2010
Memberships:
  • American (Lawyers' Professional Liability Consortium), Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Publications:
  • Author: "Acura Integra Coupe Is Not Intended For Truckin'," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August, 1999
  • "Acura Integra Coupe Is Not Intended For Truckin'," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1999
  • "Hold Onto Your Defense Evidence If You Want To Move For A Non-Suit," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999
  • "Plaintiff's Conduct May Be Admissible In A Products Liability Suit-It Depends On What You Call It," Originally published in Winter, 2002 Edition of Civil Litigation Update & reprinted in PBA Civil, Litigation Section Newsletter Winter, 2002
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Limits Use Of Frye When Seeking To Exclude Expert Scientific Evidence," Defense Digest, 2004
  • "Shifting Indemnity to Sub-Contractor For Negligence Of Owner Or General Contractor: Perry/Ruzzi Doctrine Is Alive And Well In Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January, 2006
Reported Cases:
Smith v. Honda, 846 F.Supp. 1217 (M.D. Pa. 1994); Weiner v. Honda, 718 A.2d 305 (Pa. Super. 1998); Price v. Brown, 680 A.2d 1149 (Pa. 1996); Kukowski v. Homesburg S.C., 739 A.2d 597 (Pa. Super. 1999)
Education:
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S. (with honors), 1978
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1985
Honors:
Abraham Levine Award; Five American Jurisprudence Awards at Stetson; American Bar Association Young Military Lawyer's Award, Toronto, Canada (1988); Two Meritorious Service Medals for Legal Achievement (1988, 1991); Legion of Merit (2005); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007-2009, 2014)
Military:
Major, United States Marine Corps (1978-1991); U.S. Marine Corps, Air Support Control Officer (1979-1982); Lieutenant Colonal, United States Marine Corps (1991 to present); U.S. Marine Corps, Judge Advocate (1985-1991); Military Judge of Courts-Martial of the Armed Forces of the United States (1997-2002)
Born:1955
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G. Mark Thompson, Florida Regional Managing Attorney; Member, Executive Committee
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gmthompson@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Florida Premises Liability - Investigation and Defense; Florida Liquor Liability; Spoliation of Evidence; The seminars mentioned above have been presented on multiple occasions to a variety of clients; In addition, for the past four years Mark has moderated the Florida Associate's Conference in Orlando, Florida for attorneys in the firm; Florida Regional Managing Partner
Memberships:
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
  • International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Protective Orders: Sword and Shield in the War of Discovery," 12:3 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Summer, 1989
  • "Experience is the Best Teacher for Lateral Moves," The Legal Intelligencer, Top Laterals Supplement, February 24, 2015
Reported Cases:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Lenz, 669 So. 2d 271 (Fla. 5th DCA 1996); Becton v. Metal Container Corp., 856 So.2d 982 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003); Jordan v. Sea World of Florida, Inc., 938 So.2d 991 (Fla. 5th DCA 2006); Badillo v. Anheuser-Busch, 19 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 641 (M.D. Fla. 2006)
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1984
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D. (Dean's List), 1989
Law Review:
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy (1987-1989)
Honors:
Florida Super Lawyer (2006, 2007, 2013-2014); Membership, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy; Presidential Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to The University; Florida Trend Magazine's Florida Legal Elite (2012)
Born:1962
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Special Counsel
Allison Bressler Goldis
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:abgoldis@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2002
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: Documentation in the Premium Audit, Premium Auditors' Society, March 2008
Memberships:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "No Damages, No Common Law Bad Faith – District Court's Prediction as to When the Limitations Period Begins to Run on Pennsylvania Common Law Bad Faith Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
  • "Thinking Inside The Box - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds The "Four Corners" Rule In Insurance Coverage Disputes," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 1, March, 2007
  • "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Good Faith - No Service," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 3, September, 2003
  • Co-Author: "Recent Developments In Pennsylvania Bad Faith Law," PBI CLE Down the Shore, August 2007
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1999
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2002
Honors:
National Honor Society; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2005-2008, 2010-2016; Super Lawyers, 2016
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Jack L. Gruenstein, Chairman, White Collar Crime Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jlgruenstein@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2006
Memberships:
  • Federal Bar Association (Criminal Law Committee, 1995-Present)
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  • The Philadelphia Leadership Council
Publications:
  • Author: "Moratorium on Death: A Paradigm for Pennsylvania," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter, 2003
  • "Corporate Bylaws May Provide Unintended Support For Employees," New Jersey Law Journal, March 10, 2014
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A. (cum laude), 1973
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1976
Honors:
Best Lawyers in America, 2009-Present
Military:
Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (1966 - 1970)
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Jane Ennis Kane
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jekane@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Insurance Agents
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Education:
  • West Chester University, B.S. (cum laude), 1983
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Fraternity Information:
Pi Gamma Mu; Pi Sigma Alpha
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Senior Counsel
Arthur W. Lefco, Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:awlefco@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Civil Rights
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Directors and Officers Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1971
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Avoiding and Dealing With Tax Malpractice Cases, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, November 28, 2001; Legal Ethics in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, September 18, 2002; Hot Topics in Business Litigation, Professional Education Systems, Inc., November 19, 2002; Special Problems of Lawyer Experts, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Annual Retreat, April 11-­13, 2003; Avoiding Malpractice Liability, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Reading, Pennsylvania, April 19, 2005; Malpractice Avoidance Seminar, Conference of County Bar Leaders, State College, Pennsylvania, March 4, 2005; Numerous Malpractice Avoidance Seminars - Pennsylvania Law Firms, 1990-2010; Malpractice Avoidance Seminars - Delaware County Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association, 2008-2010; False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution, webinar, CNA Insurance, September 2011
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Professional Liability Committee)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Insurance Programs Committee, 1983-present, Past Chair)
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (Judge Pro Tempore, 1994 to present)
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board (Heart Committee, 1998 - 2001. Chair, Hearing Committee, 2001 - 2004)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society (1995 - Present, Past President)
  • American Law Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Insurance Claim Information May Be Discoverable," ABA Journal, July, 2000
  • "Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000
  • "Successful Termination in Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings Cases," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2000-2546 B
  • "Common Causes of Legal Malpractice and How to Avoid Them," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 1999-2339
Reported Cases:
Atkinson v. Haug, 424 Pa. Super. 406, 622 A.2d 983 (Pa. Super. 1993); Home Ins. Co. v. Powell, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6863 (E.D. Pa. 1996); Oliver v. Sid Bernstein, Ltd., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3276 (E.D. Pa. 1997); Int'l Land Acquisitions, Inc. v. Fausto, 39 Fed. Appx. 751, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 13256 (3d Circuit Court of Appeals 2002); UA Theatre Circuit, Inc. v. Twp. of Warrington, 316 F.3d 392, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 515 (3d Cir. Pa. 2003)
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.S., 1968
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1971
Fraternity Information:
Phi Sigma Delta
Honors:
Best Lawyers in America (2007-Present); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014); Philadelphia Best Lawyers (2007-Present); Alumni Award of Merit, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Born:1946
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J. Bruce McKissock, Chair, Aviation and Complex Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jbmckissock@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Aviation
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1970
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Bucks County Bar Associations
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Pilot's Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1966
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1969
Honors:
Best Lawyers in America, 2007-Present; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2014
Born:1944
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Of Counsel
William K. Conkin
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:wkconkin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Texas, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1995
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Insurance Bad Faith - January, 2008 (among others); Insurance Coverage Issues-multiple occasions; Ethical Claim Negotiations, CEU Institute, Parsippany, NJ, January 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
Publications:
  • Co-Author with Philip Toran: "Growth of Mold Litigation & Insurance Agent Liability," Agents of America, eBook Chapter, January, 2010
  • Author: "Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege in First Party Cases," seminar material for Insurance Bad Faith Claims, January 30, 2008
  • "Experts In Bad Faith Cases," seminar material for Insurance Bad Faith Claims, January 30, 2008
  • "Superior Court Limits Expert Testimony In Insurance Bad Faith Cases," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, May 29, 2000
  • "Expert Testimony in Insurance Bad Faith Cases Limited," Defense Digest, Apr. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2000
  • "Doctor's Negligent Exposure of his Sexual Perversion to Patient Does Not Constitute Professional Health Care Services & Not Covered by Professional Liability Policy," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1999
  • Co-Author with Howard P. Dwoskin, Esq.: "Appraising Loss Under Homeowners Insurance Policies," For the Defense, April, 1999
  • Author: "Limiting the Exhaustion of Limits Clause," Defense Digest, August, 1995
Education:
  • Indiana University, B.S., 1972
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1985
Born:1950
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William C. Foster
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:wcfoster@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • ERISA
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1970
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2000
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Various Seminars, re: Bad Faith, National Business Institute (NBI), 2001-2003; Bad Faith Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Annual Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2000-2003, 2007; PLI Seminar, 2002, 2003
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1966
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1970
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2014)
Born:1944
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John F. Ledwith
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jfledwith@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1965
  • New York, 1985
Memberships:
  • New York State, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (Former Chair, Construction Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute (Construction Law Committee)
Publications:
  • "The Workers' Compensation Defense in Tort Cases," FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 54, No.3, Spring, 2004
  • "Additional Insured and Indemnification Issues," FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 52, No.1, Fall, 2001
  • "Conflicts of Law: Lessons Worth Remembering," FICC Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 4, Summer, 1991
  • "Reverse Bifurcation: A Way to Reduce Case Backlog," FOR THE DEFENSE, Vol. 24, No. 11
  • "Federal Court Arbitration: The Philadelphia Story," FOR THE DEFENSE, Vol. 24, No. 4, April, 1982
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1960
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1963
Born:1938
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Resident Shareholders
Colleen Bannon, Director of Legal Information Resources
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cmbannon@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Public Entities
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Electronic Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, 2006; Electronic Data: When Delete Does Not Mean Goodbye, PLRB Claims Conference, 2006 Annual Meeting; E-Discovery Law Update, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Meeting, 2007; The Many Considerations Pertaining to the ESI 30(b)(6) Witness, International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law Committee, Annual Meeting, 2008
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Labor Report," a monthly publication of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
  • "Employment Law Cases - Recent Developments", CounterPoint, a publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • "A Recreational Hazard: Governmental Immunity: New Cases May Result in Greater Liability for Municipalities Under the Real Property Exception", Pennsylvanian, The Magazine of Local Governments
  • "Governmental Immunity: Greater Liability Under The Real Property Exception," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 5, 1997
  • "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Addresses Important PA Human Relations Act Issues," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1999 and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June 6, 1999
Education:
  • Holy Family College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1992
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Honors:
Alpha Sigma Lambda; Lambda Iota Tau
Born:1961
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William L. Banton, Jr., Assistant Director, Health Care Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:wlbanton@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Law
  • Asbestos Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Managing Complex Litigation, The National Judicial College, July 2008; Training Seminar/Medical Update Regarding "Never Events", Medicare/Medicaid Reporting and Its Effect on Medical Record Documentation, County Commissioner's Association of Pennsylvania, August 2009
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Masters in Trial Program, Faculty Member, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 9, 2014)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • Temple University, A.S., 1979
  • Temple University, B.A., 1980
  • Southern University Law Center, J.D., 1983
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, 1984-1985
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006-2014
Born:1957
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Jeffrey P. Bates
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpbates@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Medical Documentation-Class for Nurses
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Professional Responsibility Committee)
  • Abington School District (Board of School Directors, 2002-2005; 2006-2009; 2010-2013)
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Publications:
  • "Mental Health And Collateral Jurisdiction: Perfect Together," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, March, 2004
  • "The Class Action Lacks Class," Defense Digest, Vo. 16, No. 2, June 2010 and Mondaq.com, Maty 23, 2011
  • "When is 50/50 Enough to Win?," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
Education:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.F.A. (with honors), 1981
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Honors:
Outstanding Service Award from the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1997, 2010; Regional Outreach Award from the Philadelphia Baptist Association, 1998; Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Award (PVLA Volunterr of the Year), 1997, 2010
Born:1958
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Jason W. Bialker
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jwbialker@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2006
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Overview of Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania as Related to the Professions of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Basic Overview of the Anatomy of a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit (and Other Related Topics), Temple University Dental School, October 2011
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • “It Is Now Possible for Medical Malpractice Plaintiff to Release a Vicariously Liable Principal and Reserve the Right To Pursue Plaintiff's Case Against the Agent,” Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
  • “Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Still a Valid Defense for Out-Of-State Medical Providers,” Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1996
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Ralph P. Bocchino, Chair, Casualty Group; Co-Chair, Social Services & Human Services Liability Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rpbocchino@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Amusements
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Construction Defect
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Discovery Techniques and Trial Techniques, Young Lawyers Association of Philadelphia; Releases and Uniform Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors Act, LaSalle Alumni Law Luncheon; Discovery, Rules of Civil Procedure and Bad Faith in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute; Potpourri, "The Black Box" discuss varying topics including computer chips and information, equipment in various vehicles, automobiles, and trucks (2005/2007); Comparative Negligence Act of Pennsylvania; Alternatives in Discovery; Jury Verdicts and Jury Issues in Philadelphia and Outlying Counties, Ohio Casualty, April 2010; The New Fair Share Act, Markel Insurance Co. and Markel International Insurance, August 2011; Dram Shop Liquor Liability,Markel Insurance Co. and Markel International Insurance, August 2011; Nuances of the Political Subdivision Torts Claims Act, Ohio Casualty, April 2013; Risk Shifting and Indemnity and Additional Insured Status, Ohio Casualty, April 2013
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Justinian Society
  • Lawyers Club of Philadelphia
Publications:
  • Author: "Challenges to Venue Produce Positive Result," Defense Digest, Fall, 1992
  • Co-Author: "The Blizzard's Backlash: A Symposium On Issues Confronting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Property Owners," Defense Digest, March, 1996
  • Author: "Punitive Damages and Deceased Defendants," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, March 8, 1999 and, Defense Digest, Vol 4, No. 6, 1998
  • "When Pucks and Foul Balls Fly No Duty Rule of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 2002
  • “MAP-21 and the Role of Black-Box Recorders in Discovery,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 5, 2012
  • Risk Shifting and Indemnity and Additional Insured Status, Ohio Casualty, April 2013
Education:
  • La Salle College, B.A., 1976
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Alex Bonavitacola, President Judge, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, 1979
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2014); "Order of the Salamander Award," 1990; Honored Member of Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys (1990)
Born:1954
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Thomas P. Bracaglia
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tpbracaglia@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Fire Loss
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: What's it Worth? Evaluating & Settling Personal Injury Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014; DRI 2014 Trial Tactics Seminar, Miami, FL, March 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Fellow, Academy of Advocacy
  • Fellow, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Defense Research Institute
Reported Cases:
McReynolds v. Benner Tp., 118 Pa.Cmwlth. 215, 544 A.2d 566 (1988); Okkerse v. Howe, 521 Pa. 509, 556 A.2d 827 (1989); Onyeanusi v. Pan American World Airways, Inc., 767 F.Supp. 654 (E.D. Pa. 1990); Onyeanusi v. Pan Am World Airways, Inc., 952 F.2d 788, 60 USLW 2437 (3rd Cir. 1992); Diamon v. Hosgood, 27 Phila 158 (Phila CCP 1994); Pierce v. Long John Silver, (1996 U.S. Dist. Lexis 4021) (E.D.Pa.); Weisman v. Green Tree Ins. Co., 447 Pa.Super. 549, 670 A.2d 160 (1996); Kraus v. Taylor, 38 D&C 4th (Bucks CCP 1997); Lentz v. Mason, 961 F.Supp. 709, 45 ERC 1083, 27 Envtl. L. Rep. 21 (D.N.J. 1997); Levin v. Lynn, 310 N.J.Super. 177, 708 A.2d 454 (1998); Kraus v. Taylor, 710 A.2d 1142 (Pa.Super. 1998); Lentz v. Mason, 32 F.Supp.2d 733 (D.N.J. 1999); Gorski v. Western Electric Co., 34 Fed Appx. 855 (2000 U.S. Dist Lexis 11960); Kraus v. Taylor, 560 Pa. 220, 743 A.2d 451 (2000); Johnson v. Dougherty Equip. Co., (2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15882) (E.D.Pa.); Williams v. Mercedes Benz, 59 D&C 4th 514 (Schuylkill CCP 2001); Meeks v. APV LTD., (2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11513) (E.D.Pa.); PECO Energy Co. v. Phila. Suburban Water Co., 802 A.2d 666 (Pa.Super. 2002); Silvi v. United States, (2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11407) (E.D.Pa.); Oxford Presbyterian Church v. Sico Oil Co., 815 A.2d 1094 (Pa.Super. 2003); Svege v. Interstate Safety Service, Inc., 862 A.2d 752 (Pa. Super 2004)
Education:
  • Hamilton College, B.A. (cum laude), 1977
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2009-2010, 2012-2014)
Born:1955
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Joanna D. Buchanico
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jdbuchanico@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Retail Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • "What's Your Active Malfunction? Insured Denied Coverage For Contractual Claims Of Poor Workmanship," Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September, 2009
  • “Blame It on the Bank? Defending Mortgage Lenders in Premises Liability Cases,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014
Education:
  • Widener University, B.A. (cum laude), 1999
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2005
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Jacqueline H. Canter, Co-Chair, Retail Liability Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jhcanter@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Product Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Featured Speaker: You Got to Know When to hold 'Em – Surveillance video: How it Can Help You and How it Can Hurt You, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden – Attorney, Client, TPA Relationships, National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Conference, February, 2015; Evidentiary and Ethical Implications from Utilizing Social Media, DRI's 2014 Personal Injury Practicum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November, 2014; Featured Speaker: Affluence of Incohol - Overcoming the Challenges of Shram Drop Legislation and Failure to Preserve Evidence - What Constitutes Spoilation, National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Conference, February, 2014; Faculty Member: numerous past continuing legal education programs; Speaker: Limited Tort, Automobile Law, Conducting Depositions in Personal Injury Cases, and The Art of Negotiation; Speaker: Trying The Automobile Injury Case In Pennsylvania, National Business Institute (NBI), February 20, 2004
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (Charter Board Member)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Tort vs. Contract -- What's In A Name? Circumventing the Statute of Limitations in Accounting Malpractice Cases," with Philip B. Toran, Esq. and Jay Rothman, Esq., Defense Digest, Spring 1993
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1982
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1986
Law Review:
Member, University of Pittsburgh Law Review
Born:1960
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Jeffrey J. Chomko
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jjchomko@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Automobile
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, 2001
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Delaware Valley Claims Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Beware E & O Holes in Your Agency's Digital Efforts," Independent Agent, May 2014
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1984
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1988
Born:1960
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Samuel E. Cohen
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:secohen@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Legislative Update on Issues of Concern to Financial Advisors and Independent Broker Dealers, Financial Services Institute, April 2010
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • "Bum Rap? Wrap Free Programs Under Scrutiny," Westlaw Journal: Securities Regulation & Litigation, October 2014
  • Regular Contricutor, Case Law Alerts, 2012-Present
  • "FINRA Requests Comment on Brokercheck Enhancements," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
  • Co-Author: "Covenants Not To Compete: Why You May Not Be Able To Work For Your Employer's Competitor's," AgentsofAmerica.org, January 13, 2009
  • Author: "FINRA Moves to Limit Dispositive Motions In Arbitration," PLUS Journal, Volume XXI, Number 1, January, 2008
  • "Injured Plaintiff Has No Direct Action Against Tortfeasor's Insurer for Bad Faith," Pittsburgh Legal Journal
  • "Customer Account Statements Must Include Reminder To Customers To Report Inaccuracies In Their Accounts In Writing," Defense Digest, 2007-06, Vol. 13, No. 2
  • "529 Plans: Tax Free Withdrawals Now Permanent, But Regulatory Concerns Remain," Defense Digest, 2007-3, Vol. 13, No. 1
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Continues Its Strong Support Of Arbitration, Defense Digest," 2006-06, Vol. 12, No. 2
  • "Agreements To Arbitrate Upheld By Pennsylvania State And Eastern District Court Despite Alleged Confidential Relationship Between Plaintiff Investors And Defendant Stockbrokers," Defense Digest, 2005-09, Vol. 11, No. 3
  • "NASD Members Are Warned To Give Investors Their Required Breaks," PLUS Journal, 2003-09, Vol. XVI, No. 9
  • "NASD Approves Merger With The New York Stock Exchange," Defense Digest, 2007-06, Vol. 13, No.2
  • "Judge Reversed On Order Compelling Court Action To Arbitration," Defense Digest, 2004-03, Vol. 10, No.1
  • "NASD Reminds Firm Of Their Discovery Obligations," Defense Digest, 2004-03, Vol. 10, No. 1
  • "Injured Plaintiff Has No Direct Action Against Tortfeasor's Insurer for 'Bad Faith'," Pittsburgh Legal Journal, 1998-06-09
  • "No Assignment - No Excess Garnishment," Defense Digest, 1998-06, Vol. 4, No. 3
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1993
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 1996
Honors:
Vice President, Graduating Class Temple University School of Law; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2005-2008)
Born:1971
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James H. Cole, Chair, Property Litigation Practice Group; Co-Chair, Fraud/Special Investigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jhcole@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Special Investigative Unit Claims
  • Property
  • Mold Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • Pennsylvania
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Bucks County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S. (cum laude), 1990
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
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David P. Czap
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:dpczap@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Compulsory Arbitration Committee
  • Temple University, Alumni Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Facilitating Use of Recreational Land in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, July, 2000
  • "Pennsylvania's 'Multi-Factor' Approach in Determining Immunity Under the Recreational use of Land and Water Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2000
  • "Plaintiff's Counsel's Closing Argument Analogy To A 'Drunk' Driving A Truck, Not Prejudicial To 'Funk'," Defense Digest, 2007
  • "No Limitations on Statute of Limitations for Pennsylvania Lemon Law & Breach of Warranty Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 3, September 2008
Education:
  • Temple University, B.S., 1987
  • University of Memphis Law School, J.D., 1997
Honors:
American Juris Prudence Award - Juvenile Law, International Law; Cali Award - Juvenile Law; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2007
Born:1963
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Rasheen N. Davis
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rndavis@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • New Jersey, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Preparing Witnesses to Testify: Tips and Techniques to Win Your Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, January 2007; Panelist, Democratic Race, WCAU-TV (NBC): Live at Issue, April 2008; "Never Events"; Medicare/Medicaid Reporting and Its Effects on Medical Record Documentation, County Commissioner's Association of Pennsylvania, Training Seminar/Medical Update, August 2009; HIPAA/HITECH and Discovery Issues, 2012; Updates in Nursing Home Litigation, CLE Down the Shore: Tort Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 15, 2013; Tort Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, September 2013
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Women Lawyers Division)
  • Barristers' Association
  • Philadelphia Aids Law Project (Board of Directors)
  • Center In The Park (Board Member, Not-for-Profit Organization)
Publications:
  • "To Get It Right, Get It In Writing," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March, 2005
  • "The Potential Watering Down of County Immunities and the Impact of Federal Legislation on Nursin Homes," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1996
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2002
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007-2008, 2010-2013); Student Bar Association Vice President (2001); Essay Scholarship Recipient
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Andrew W. Davitt, Chair, Securities and Investment Liability Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:awdavitt@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Insurance Agents
  • Directors and Officers Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Various speaking engagements for broker-dealers, RIAs, FPAs representatives and other organizations; Business and Risk Management; Mediating a Securities Case; "CYA" Covering Your Assets, Surviving the Bear Market; Customer Complaints and Regulatory Inquiries; When Your Client Is No Longer Your Friend; Scared Straight; Analyzing Securities Matters; Handling of Securities Claims; Securities Arbitrator Training and Education; Broker/Dealer Issues; Investments Professionals Best Practices Boot Camp 101; Tales From the Trenches and Perspectives of Outside Counsel: Investment Best Practices Securities 101; Arbitration, Litigation & Compliance Management in the Financial Services Industry; Financial Institutions and Broker/Dealers; Claims and Underwriting in the USA; Regulatory Environment and Overview; Mutual Fund Sales Practices; The Basics and Recent Developments in the Financial Institution Arenas; Best Practices Boot Camp: Scared Straight! Tales from the Trenches; Practice Management & Compliance Boot Camp 101...The Perspective of In-House and Outside Counsel; Investment Professionals Annual Firm Compliance Workshop; Best Practices Boot Camp: Tales from the Trenches...The Perspective of Outside Legal Counsel; Compliance Best Practices Boot Camp; Selling and Servicing Senior Citizens; Compliance Boot Camp; Variable Annuity Due Diligence and Sales Practices: C.Y.A. Equity Index Annuities; CE and Practice Management Conference, Featured Speaker, MML Investor Services, Inc., 2008; Mile High Compliance Workshop, Speaker, Denver, Colorado; The New FINRA Rules and the Effect on Future Claims, featured speaker, 6th Annual National E&O Insurance ExecuSummit, June 2012; Brokers and Financial Advisors Transitioning, Legal Obstacles and Issues, Featured Speaker, Financial Services Institute (FSI) National Conference, 2013; School of Professional Lines, CLM Annual Claims College, September 7-10, 2014
Memberships:
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • New Jersey State and Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Securities Regulators Committee)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Association
  • Delaware Valley Society of Financial Planning Association, FPA (Counsel and Past Board of Directors)
  • Pennsylvania Securities Commission Attorney Advisory Committee
  • Arbitrator, The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • National Society of Compliance Professionals
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Publications:
  • Co-Author with Rachael Luken, Esquire "Selling Investments to and Advising Senior Citizens"
  • "Senior Citizens: Seller Be Warned Versus Buyer Beware!"
  • "Agents Beware!"
  • "Managing Client Expectations and Customer Complaints"
  • "Investment Tidbits"
  • "Bobbing, Weaving and Keeping Your Business Alive: The Ever Changing Regulatory Environment Rules"
  • Co-Author with Adam Bronstein, Esq. "Regulators Scrutinize Variable Annuity Sales and Switching"
  • "Risk Management for the Professional Advisors: New Changes in the Tax Law"
  • "Professional Liability Errors and Omissions Insurance: the Dilemma Financial Planners Insurance and ...to "Go Naked" or Cover Your Assets When Your Client Is No Longer Your Friend"
  • "Regulators on the Prowl"
  • "Ideas for Financial Planning, Investment and Insurance Professionals to Protect and Defend Against Customer Complaints, Regulatory Inquiries and Litigation"
  • "Twelve Simple Ways For Investment and Insurance Professionals To Protect Themselves And Defend Against Customer Complaints"
  • "Securities Arbitration Program to Undergo Overhaul"
  • Various Articles, Pa. Institute of CPA's Journal , Claim of the Month
Education:
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1980
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007)
Born:1958
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Joan P. Depfer
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpdepfer@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2008
Memberships:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1982
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1991
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi
Law Review:
Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Staff, 1989-1990; Research Editor, 1990-1991
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Denis C. Dice
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:dcdice@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Various seminars for insurance carriers and third-party administrators on early resolution methods for securities litigation matters; Mutual Fund/Investment Advisor Insurance Conference, Keynote Speaker, AON Third Annual Conference, 2003; NASD Arbitration and Mediation Panel, Speaker, NASD Spring Conference, 2004; Annual Compliance Seminar, Speaker, Sun Trust Investment Services, 2005; First Quarter Compliance Seminar on Mutual Fund Share Classes, Financial Services Institute Seminar, 2006; Expungement, FINRA Claim Statistics and Claims By Senior and Broker Protocol, Speaker, Third Quarter Financial Services Institute Seminar, 2009; What You Did Not Know About Transitioning A Book Of Business, Financial Services Institute Annual Conference, Spring 2011; Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update, Broker-Dealer and SEC Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • National Association of Securities Dealers (Arbitrator)
  • International Who's Who for Licensed Professionals
Publications:
  • Author: "Breadth of Customer Arbitration Agreement is Expanded In Pennsylvania," Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. IX, Nos. 10 and 11, (June 1998)
  • "Right to Compel NASD Arbitration is Expanded in Pennsylvania's Eastern District," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1998
  • "Third Circuit Clarifies Attorney Liability as Primary Actor in Claims Brought Under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1998
  • "PA Code Requires Periodic Inspection Of All Broker/Dealer Office Locations in PA," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1998
  • "SEC Expands Monitoring of Registered Representatives," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June, 2001
  • "SEC Expands Monitoring of Registered Representatives," Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, June 20, Vol. 224, No. 119, 2001
  • "What Could Be Wrong With C Shares?," Defense Digest, Volume 12, No. 1, March, 2006
  • "Beware Of The Topsy-Turvey Economy," Insurance Agents of America, Fourth Quarter, 2007
  • FINRA Rule Update, Motions to Dismiss Ineligible Claims, Featured Article, Agents of America Monthly Publication, February, 2010
  • "Small Business Job and Credit Act of 2010 Greatly Reduces Tax Penalties Against 412(i) Plan Participants," Aon Advisor Solutions, Winter 2011 Newsletter
  • "FINRA Allows for Leeway In Settling Claims Under The Report Thresholds,: Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, Junr 2012
  • "Nonsignatory Third Party Is Liable To Arbitrate Securities Case," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
  • "Will New FINRA Guidance Allow for Broker-Dealers To Litigate Selling Away Claims in Court?," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
  • "Inside the Minds Series," Thompson Reuters Westlaw 2014, Chapter Contributor, New Develments in Securities Litigation
Reported Cases:
Basil v. Chubb Securities, Inc., 1998 WL 88399 (U. S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania 1998); Gray v. Tucker Anthony, Inc., NYSE Docket No. 1997-6512 (1997); Baggesen v. Securities America, Inc., 02-CV-4001 (U.S.D.C. Mass.)
Education:
  • St. Joseph's College, B.S., 1987
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Villanova University School of Law, LL.M. (Taxation), 2000
Honors:
Moot Court Board Member, 1988-1990
Born:1964
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Wilhelm Dingler, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:wxdingler@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Washington, 1983
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Featured Speaker, PLUS Mid-Year Miscellaneous E&O Symposium, Philadelphia, May 2004; Speaker, Crittenden Specialty Coverages Conference, Las Vegas, October, 2004. Claims Trends and Risk Management Techniques For Professional Liability Attorneys, Claims Handlers And Underwriters; New Auditing Standards Recently Promulgated by the AICPA and Their Effects on Claims Trends and Underwriting, Everest National Insurance Company, April 4, 2007; New Auditing Standards for Non-Public Companies/Liability and Risk Management Issues, Presented at the offices of Morris J. Cohen & Co., P.C., Philadelphia, PA, 2007; A Comprehensive Guide To Claims Administration, Mutual Marine Office, New York, New York, Spring 2009; Seminar, Case Trends, Risk Management and Issues Effecting Underwriting and Claims Against Accountants and Attorneys, New York City, June 2009; Speaker/Presenter, Annual Meeting of the National Alliance of Auto Dealer Advisors (NAADA), New Auditing Standards, IRS Regulations, the Turmoil in the American Automotive Market and How Each May Impact Claims, Litigation and Risk Management, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2009; Do's and Dont's of Engagement Letters in IRS Tax Representation, Winning Strategies LLC, November 2009; Agents and Brokers - A Better Understanding of Legal Developments and Risk Assessment, Liberty Mutual Agency Underwriters and Claims, Seattle, Washington, September 2010; Accountants' Liability Claims Perspective and Risk Management, National Webinar for ArgoPro/Insight Insurance Services, October 2010; Risky Business: Risk Management Techniques for Accounting Firms, ArgoPro, Insight Services Inc., Contract Solutions Group Webinar, October 2010; Risk Management and Insurance Coverage - Practical Lessons from the Trenches, Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants, May 2011; Tax Consequences of Foreclosure, National Business Institute, national webinar, also available as a podcast through West Publishing, January 2011 and June 2011; Maintaining Professionalism in the Legal Practice, National Business Institute Webinar, June 2011; Advanced Issues in Foreclosure, Live CLE, Philadelphia, July 2011; Accountants Professional Liability - Claims Training and Current Issues Discussion, GenStar and Markel/AllRisks, Chicago, Illinois, March 2013; Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Accountants Professional Liability Claims Handling, Litigation and Underwriting, GenStar (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) and Markel Corp. Midwest Region, March 2013; I Think My Bookkeeper Is Stealing From Me, Panel Presenter – PICPA Cooperates With the Bar and Other Professionals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2013; Forensic Reports: the Federal and State Rules of Evidence - Kovel Letters, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Forensic and Litigation Divorce Conference, October 2013; Handling the Accountant Embezzlement Claim - A Case Study, Institute of CPAs Joint Committee on Cooperation With the Bar and Other Professionals, March 2013; Travelers Insurance Co., November 2013; Accountant's Professional Liability, Travelers Insurance Co., November 2013; Risk Management and Loss Prevention for Accountants, Kansas City and Kansas Institutes of CPAs, July 2014; Ethical Considerations When Dealing With Distressed Property, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, August 2014; Buying & Selling Accounting, Law and Other Non-Medical Professional Practices, Montgomery County Bar Association, October 29, 2014; What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?, PLUS International Conference, November 6, 2014
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association (Committee of Law Examiners)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Order of the Barristers
Publications:
  • "Never Slack On Security," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 77, No. 3, Fall, 2006
  • "Mind The Gap In Liability Coverage," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 77, No. 4, Winter, 2007
  • "Top Ten Trouble Spots: Will We Ever Learn?," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 78, No. 4, Winter 2008, pp. 12-13
  • "Confronting the Inevitable Blame Game," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol 79, No. 2, Summer 2008, p. 14
  • "In Bad Economy, Protect Yourself from Portfolio Collapse Lawsuits," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3, p. 14, Fall, 2008
  • "Remember Risk Management With Adoption of New Work Paradigms," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 80, No. 1, p. 16, Spring, 2009
  • "The IRS, QuickBooks and You," Of Mutual Interest, July 2012
  • "Another Arrow in the Defense Quiver," Agents of America, E&O Weekly Prevention, October 4, 2012
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1980
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1983
Honors:
First Place, National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition
Language:
  • German
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Lee C. Durivage
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lcdurivage@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Public Entities
  • Civil Rights
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Law
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2007
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2014
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014; EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, co-presenter, June 26, 2014; Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • Syracuse University, B.S., 2004
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2007
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Howard P. Dwoskin, Director, Casualty Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:hpdwoskin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Frequent Lecturer on: The Art of Negotiation, Pennsylvania Premises Liability Laws, and The Pennsylvania Retail Theft Act; Chair and course planner, Mealey's LexisNexis's annual national Retail and Hospitality Law seminar; Chair and Course Planner Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Premises Liability Seminars
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Association of Defense Counsel (Executive Committee Member)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "A Merchant's Guide to Enforcing Pennsylvania's Retail Theft Act," The Pennsylvania Retailer
  • "Pleadings Really Count in Premises Liability," Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • "Appraising Loss Under Homeowners Insurance Policies," For the Defense
  • "The Superior Court of Pennsylvania Finally Rules on the Necessity of Disclosing Surveillance Videotapes Prior to Trial," Defense Digest
  • "No Blind Man's Bluff; Disabled Store Employee Open & Obvious," Defense Digest
  • "Trivial/DeMinimus Defects Clarified," Defense Digest
Reported Cases:
Raimo v. Waddy, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20499 (E.D.Pa. Oct. 8, 2004); Booth v. Black & Decker, Inc., 166 F. Supp. 2d 215 (E.D. Pa. 2001); Christian v. United States, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17381 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 8, 1999); Fanning v. Black & Decker, Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3407 (E.D. Pa. March 18, 1999); Duffy v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 1993 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16197 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 10, 1993); Kimmel v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 1992 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 329 (E.D. Pa. Jan 14, 1992); Pilong v. Rome, 555 Pa. 559 (1999)
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1981
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2012-2014)
Born:1959
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Laurianne Falcone
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lafalcone@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Amusements
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Accident Documentation and Investigation, 2007, 2008; How the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 Will Impact our Practice, May 26, 2009; Premises Liability Seminar, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2010; Pennsylvania's New Joint and Several Liability Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 2011; Handling the Slip Trip & Fall, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Winter 2012, August 2010; Preservation of Evidence--Counsel's Responsibility?, Defense Research Institute 15th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri, Philadelphia, PA, April 16, 2013; Trying a Case in State Court from Start to Finish, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, July 2012, June 2014; Premises Liability Litigation: Focus on the Slip, Trip and Fall Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "The Jury Can Only Follow the Instructions It's Given: An Analysis of Vallone v. Creech," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 3, September 2003
  • "With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?," Defense Digest, 2004
  • "Let's Spare Some Trees -Standard Discovery Requests in Philadelphia Arbitration Cases," Defense Digest, 2005
  • "Managing a Litigation Practice From a Woman's Perspective," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July-August 2014
Education:
  • Ursinus College, B.A., 1997
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2000
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Honorable Gene D. Cohen, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Honors:
Ursinus College Best Paper-European Union Law, 1998; Howard Trucksess Prize, 1997; Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society (1996-1997); Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2005-2008, 2013-2014)
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John C. Farrell
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jcfarrell@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Commercial Liability
  • Construction Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • Colorado, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Lectured to Philadelphia County Dental Society; Lectured to Pennsylvania Psychology Association; Lectured to Temple University, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Seminars on Risk Management Techniques and Controls; Seminars on Discoverability of Witness Statements; Seminar on Litigation Management Plans; Lectured to study group of Joseph Gian-Grasso, D.D.S. on Dental Malpractice Trends
Memberships:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Intervening and Superseding Causes Still Alive and Well (co-author with A. Berman)," Counterpoint, October, 1993
  • "Taking the Bite Out of Strict Liability For Dentists," Defense Digest, February, 1996
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds That Root Canal Requires Informed Consent," Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999
  • "A Good Samaritan Is Hard To Find," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, June, 2003
Education:
  • Ursinus College, B.A. (cum laude), 1985
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1988
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2009-2010)
Born:1962
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Eric A. Fitzgerald, Assistant Director, Professional Liability Department; Chair, Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:eafitzgerald@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • New York, 1994
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Additional Insureds and Related Issues; Professional Services Exclusions; Best Practices in Maintaining Claims Files; Coverage Issues Arising out of Faulty Workmanship Claims; Coverage Issues Arising out of Employers Liability Coverages; Coverage Issues Arising out of Municipal Professional Liability Policies; Cross-over Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Claims in PA and NY Negotiation Techniques; Priority of Coverage in Rental Vehicle Claims; Intentional Acts/Occurrence; Course Instructor - CPCU 6 "The Legal Environment of Insurance"
Memberships:
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters National Nominating Committee
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society (Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Contract Confusion: Clearing up the Differences Between Risk Transfer Concepts in Construction Agreements," Claims Management, May 2014
  • "What's In Your Manual? A Three-Step Guide For Windstorm Claims Management," Claims Management, August 2013
  • "Have Reservations? 10 Tips For Coverage Position Letters," Litigation Management, Spring 2012
  • Co-Author: "Commonly Litigated Coverage Issues Involving Personal Automobile Policies," Insurance Law Handbook, New York State Bar Association, 2000
  • Author: "Infant Switch Spotlights Risk at Hospitals," National Underwriter, October 5, 1998
  • Contributing Author: "Procedural Issues Unique to a Product Liability Lawsuit (Supplement)," Products Liability in New York - Strategies and Practice, 1999
  • "Strategies and Tactics in the Wake of Tort Reform (Supplement)," Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, 1999
Education:
  • University of Rochester, B.A. (cum laude), 1989
  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1993
Clerkship:
Judicial Clerk, New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1993-1995
Honors:
Buffalo Moot Court Board
Born:1967
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Gregory W. Fox, Chair, Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gwfox@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2005
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law, National Business Institute, 2007, Philadelphia, PA; Collection Law From Start To Finish, National Business Institute, 2008, Philadelphia, PA; Real Estate Tax Sales Law in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2008, Philadelphia, PA; Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law, National Business Institute, 2009, Philadelphia, PA; The Tax Consequences of Foreclosure, National Business Institute, National Webinar, 2011; Advanced Topics in Foreclosure, National Business Instittue, July 2011, Philadelphia, PA; FDCPA and Collecting the Judgement - Bankruptcy's Implications on Collection Practices, National Business Institute, August 2011, Philadelphia, PA; What Does Bernie Madoff Have To Do With Lawsuits Against Attorneys? An Examination of Professional Liability Actions Against Lawyers Arising Out Of Ponzi Schemes, Presentation to Westport Insurance Corporation, October 2011, Chicago, IL; Collection Law Tips and Strategies - Essential Bankruptcy Issues Impacting Collection Law, National Business Institute, April 2012, Philadelphia, PA; Real Property Foreclosure, A Step-by-Step Workshop - How Bankruptcy Changes the Landscape, National Business Institute, December 2012, Philadelphia, PA; Collections and FDCPA Compliance - Preparing For Bankruptcy's Impact on Collections, National Business Institute, December 2012, Philadelphia, PA; Collections and FDCPA Compliance - Piercing The Corporate Veil In Commercial Collections, National Business Institute, December 2013, Philadelphia, PA; Real Estate Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Workshop - How Bankruptcy Changes The Foreclosure Landscape, National Business Institute, March 2014, Philadelphia, PA; Forbearance Agreements - Structure and Important Provisions, National Business Institute, August 2014, Philadelphia, PA
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "It's Confirmed (or, Rather, Affirmed): In Pennsylvania the Truth Shall Set You Free," Defense Digest, September 1, 2011
Education:
  • University of Richmond, B.A., 2001
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2005
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M. Scott Gemberling
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:msgemberling@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Liquor Liability
  • Professional Liability (Non-Medical) Defense
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: The New Fair Share Ace and Dram Shop Liquor Liability, Markel Insurance Co. and Markel International Insurance, August 2011; Mealey's Retail Hospitality Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada-October 2005; Annual Symposium on Alcoholic Beverage Law, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Inc., Arlington, Virginia-March 2004; Dram Shop Liability, The Insurance Society of Philadelphia, December 2003; Liquor Liability, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association-November 1999; Tort Law Update (Evidence and Expert Witnesses), The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1995-Present; Liquor Liability Seminar, The Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg and Philadelphia), 1999-Present; Defending Liquor Liability Cases, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association-June 1992; Dram Shop Liability, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association-Winter 1991; American College of Forensic Psychiatrists, (1992, 1994, 1996, 1999); Evidence of Intoxication, Philadelphia Bar Education Foundation, December 1995
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Delaware County Bar Association (Judge Pro Tem, 1997-2002; Judicial Advisory Committee, 1998-2002; Co-Chairman, Civil Trial Practices Committee, 1998-2002)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "The Dram Shop Act in Pennsylvania: Strategies for the Defense," American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1992
  • Author: "No Social Host Liability for "Minors"," Defense Digest, Summer, 1992
  • Co-Author: "Estate of Boudwin v. Dino's Lounge, et al.: A Dram Shop Act Case," American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Vol. 15, No. 3, 1994
  • ""After Hours" Service of Alcohol Not A Basis For Liability Under PA Dram Shop Act," Defense Digest, October, 1995
  • "Dram Shop Liability," Pennsylvania Bar Institute No. 1999-2074
  • "Recent Dram Shop Developments," The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 3, July, 1999
  • "Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence of Visible Intoxication in Dram Shop Case - Kelly Hotel Continues The Trend," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1999
  • "Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence of Visible Intoxication in Dram Shop Case - Kelly Hotel Continues The Trend," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, July 19, 1999
  • "Defense of Contributory Negligence In A Dram Shop Case Involving An Adult Consumer of Alcohol," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1999
  • "Defense of Contributory Negligence In A Dram Shop Case Involving An Adult Consumer of Alcohol," The Legal Intelligencer, June 14, 1999
  • "Appellate Bailout in Pennsylvania Dram Shop Case," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2012
Reported Cases:
Hiles v. The Brandywine Club, 443 Pa. Super. 462; 662 A.2d 16 (1995); Pulliam v. Bakerstown Hotel, 2004 Pa. Super. 116 (2004)
Education:
  • Clarion State University, B.A., 1974
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M.Ps.Sc., 1978
  • Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D., 1981
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014)
Born:1952
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John P. Gonzales
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpgonzales@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes: Legal Updates for Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association's Centrnnial Training Education Conference, July 14, 2014; Managing a Maturing Workforce: The Legal Perspective, Delaware Valley Trust, June 2014; Social Media & Cyber Breaches: The Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, Co-Presenter, May 2014; Navigating The Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of Workers' Compensation, FMLA and ADA, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013; Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey/AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013; Land Use Litigation and Liability Issues for Local Government, Delaware Founders Insurance Trust, September 2011; Land Use Civil Rights and Avoiding Liability Video and Webinar, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, 2009; Police Liability Seminar, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, November 2007; Law Enforcement Seminar - Use of Force Issues, Dauphin County, 2006; Train the Trainers Program, Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission, November 2005; Use of Force in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, CLE, February 4, 2005; Use of Force in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, CLE, February 6, 2004; Tort Claims Act, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, March 2004; Civil Rights Liability, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, March 2004
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Third Circuit Takes Pennsylvania Beyond 402(A)," Defense Digest, Winter, 1994
  • Co-Author: "Employment Discrimination Claims: Arbitration Under Collective Bargaining Clauses," Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1996
  • Co-Author: "Sex-Based Shift Assignments: Employers May Use Common Sense," Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1996
  • Author: "Pennsylvania's Emergency Code: An Additional Level of Protection for Municipalities and Their Employees Performing Emergency Services," Defense Digest, Apr. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2000
Education:
  • University of Scranton, B.A./M.A., 1989
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Honors:
Temple Moot Court Honor Society; First Place, Best Brief, Polsky Moot Court Competition, 1991
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John J. Hare, Chair, Appellate Advocacy & Post-Trial Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jjhare@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Appellate Medication in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2009; Winning (or Not Losing) Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 2010; Winning Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 45th Annual Conference, July 17-19, 2013
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Bar Association of the Third Federal Court
Publications:
  • Co-Author with Hon. P. Tamilia, Superior Court of Pa.,: "Keystone of Justice: A History of the Pennsylvania Superior Court; 1895-1995," Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, January, 2000
  • Author: "Protecting Their Own; The Power Of Administrative Agencies To Enforce Regulations Through Litigation," Defense Digest, May, 2003
  • "The Legal Doctrines Of Waiver And Estoppel May Not Be Used To Expand The Scope of An Insurance Policy To Cover Excluded Risks," Defense Digest, September, 2002
  • "Defining "Beneficiary" In A Wrongful Death Action Under The Pennsylvania Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association Act," Defense Digest, August, 2001
  • "Pennsylvania Appellate News," Defense Digest, 2001-2008
  • "Note, Freedom of the Press and the Right to a Fair Trial in Pennsylvania," 30 Duq.L.Rev. 760, 1992
  • "A New Product Liability Paradigm," Defense Digest, Vo. 21, No. 1, March 2015
Reported Cases:
Toogood v. Rogal, 824 A.2d 1140 (Pa. 2003); Philadelphia Owners Association v. City of Philadelphia et al, 57 Fed. Appx. 961 (3d Cir. 2003); Laverdure v. County of Montgomery, 324 F.3d 123 (3d Cir. 2003); Johnson v. Vanguard Manufacturing, 34 Fed. Appx. 858 (3d Cir. 2002); O'Hara v. Randall, 879 A.2d 240 (Pa. Super. 2005); Connor v. Crozer Keystone Health Sys., 832 A.2d 1112 (Pa. Super. 2003) ;Stalsitz v. Allentown Hospital, 814 A.2d 766 (Pa. Super. 2004); Van Zandt v. Holy Redeemer Hospital, 806 A.2d 809 (Pa. 2002); Pakett v. The City of Philadelphia et al, 871 A.2d 304 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2005); Seawright v. Greenberg, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 9248 (3d Cir. 2007); Crystal Lake Camps v. Alford, 2007 PA Super 119 (Pa. Super. 2007); My Le Duong v. Nationwide Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 27617 (3d Cir. 2006)
Education:
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1990
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1998
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Princeton University, Ph.D., 1999
Law Review:
Senior Editor, Duquesne Law Review
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Patrick R. Tamilia, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1994-1997)
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2008-2014)
Military:
U.S. Marines, 1986-1990
Born:1968
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Keith D. Heinold, Chair, Products Liability Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:kdheinold@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Devices
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Semianrs/Classes Taught: Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Future Life Care Plans, Client Presentation, June 2013; Products Liability, AAMGA University Weekend, Phoenix, AZ, August 2007; Releases and Settlements, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, January 2001; Use of Spoliation Claims in Products Liability Cases, Philadelphia Bar Association, April 1997; Spoliation, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, November 1997; Spoliation of Evidence in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 1996; Spoliation of Evidence in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1996
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Judge Pro Tempore, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Executive Committee, 2002-2008)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Sustaining Member
  • Trial Attorneys of America
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "A New Product Liability Paradigm," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
  • "Crashworthiness - Simple in Theory, Complex in Application," DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Winter, 2008
  • "Products Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium," DRI, Editor, Pennsylvania Chapter, 2007
  • "Products Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium," DRI, Editor, Pennsylvania Chapter, 2004
  • "When Relevant Evidence No Longer Exists," January 23, 1995, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 119
  • "Future Battlegrounds in Spoliation," January 30, 1995, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 153
  • "Spoliation Ball Bounces Back Up for Defendants," April 6, 1999, The Legal Intelligencer
Reported Cases:
Roselli v. General Electric Company, 599 A.2d 685 (Pa. Super. 1991)
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A. (with honors), 1975
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1979
Law Review:
Associate Editor (1978-1979), Villanova Law Review (1977-1978)
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014), Top 100 Philadelphia (2011); Best Lawyers in America, 2013
Born:1953
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Kevin E. Hexstall
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:kehexstall@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Casualty
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Defending the Criminal Case: Marshall Dennehey CLE Series, February 2015; Strategies in Defending a Lung Cancer Case: Marshall Dennehey CLE Series, September 2014; Today's Jury Pool - The Impact of Generation Y and the Social Media Revolution, Marshall Dennehey Warner Colman & Goggin CLE Seriers, November 2013; Commercial Shipping and the Jones Act, Defense Research Institute (DRI) Asbestos Medicine Seminar, November 2013; Mock Jury Selection in a Toxic Tort Care, American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee - TIPS 20th Annual Spring CLE Meeting, The New Frontier: Science, Technology and the Law, April 2011; Speaker, Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program, Crime and Punishment, at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, June 2010; Speaker, 2010 and 2009 Fattah Conference on Higher Education, Phildelphia, PA; Moderator, Wind Energy Projects, ABA TIPS 19th Annual Spring CLE Meeting - Some Like It Hot: Emerging Issues in Toxic Tort and Environmental Law, April 2010; Speaker, The Costs of Bet-the-Company Verdicts-Impacts and Staying Power, HB Litigation Conferences' Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference, March 2010; Speaker, Insurance Companies Seminars/CLE's Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues; Speaker, CLE Seminar at Resolute Management, Inc. on Bankruptcy - Utilizing Trust Application Information to Develop your Defense in Asbestos Litigation; Speaker, Diversity Forum - Making you Own Path in Today's Society, at Ohio Northern University College of Law; Speaker, Drexel Law Co-Op's Business Development and Networking: Building A Client Base; Speaker, "Power of 3: Assignment/Inclusion/Mentoring" Philadelphia Diversity Seminar; Speaker, Criminal Justice Section of Community College of Philadelphia; Speaker, Rowan University Career Day; Keynote Speaker, Landis Middle School Commencement Ceremony; Speaker, Cumberland County Community College Career Day; Speaker, "Say Yes to Education" College Seminar
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort Trial Insurance Vice Chair Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee, 2007-2010; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: Vice Chair Diversity Committee, 2007-2008; National Leadership Academy, 2007, Taskforce Member, 2008-2010)
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1994
  • Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 1997
Honors:
Justice of Moot Court Executive Board; Recipient of American Jurisprudence Book Award Trial Clinic; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2006-2008, 2010-2011); American Lawyer Media. Recognized as one of twelve Pennsylvania minority attorneys "On the Verge" in a diversity supplement published in The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly (2007); ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, National Trial Academy (2006 ); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2014)
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Niki T. Ingram, Director, Workers' Compensation Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:ntingram@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 19, 2015; Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on the Workers' Compensation System, McKesson Corporation Safety, Security and Workers' Compensation Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 5, 2014; Social Media and Workers’ Compensation, and Handling Unusual WC Situations, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 1, 2014; What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation to Keep You Out of Trouble in Your Liability Case, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 16, 2014; Winning by Inclusion, Panel Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Diversity Luncheon, Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 2014; Your Law Degree: A Passport to Your Future, Women's Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, June 5, 2014; Diversity & Inclusion in the Insurance Industry - A Critical Success Factor, Philly I-Day 2014, Philadelphia, PA, April 9, 2014; Healthcare Reform's Impact Nationally and on Workers' Compensation, ABA TIPS/LEL Workers' Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 13, 2014; Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, December 3, 2013; Valley of the Dolls: Drugs, Drugs, Drugs, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2011; Penny Wise and Pound Foolish, National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, Law Vegas, Nevada, November 11, 2010; Unique Workers' Compensation Aspects of Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees, National Teleconference for Lorman Education Services, January 13, 2010; Updates Issues for Small Businesses, Symposium for Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2008; Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees: How to Support Them and Keep Your Costs Down, National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, Las Vegas, Neveda, November 21, 2008; Medicare Set-Asides: What You Need to Know and Why, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Auto Law Update, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, October 31, 2008; Managing Your Workers' Compensation Claims, Willis HRH Seminar Series, Rockville, Maryland, October 2008; How Do Companies Choose Between Mediation and Litigation in Workers' Compensation Cases, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Roundtable, Harrisburg and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, April 2008; Workers' Compensation Symposium, Sedgwick CMS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2007; Claims Handling Checklist, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association Annual Meeting, State College, Pennsylvania, March 7, 2007; Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation, Panel Member, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 31, 2007; Workers' Compensation: Latest Developments and What Is on The Horison, SEAK National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference, Hyannis, Massachusetts, July 2005; Gender: Its Impact on the Litigation Process, AAJ (formerly ATLA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, July 2003; Repetitive Trauma in the Workplace, Panel Member, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, July 31, 1997
Memberships:
  • National (Women's Division), American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "National Trends in Workers' Compensation," Risk Management Magazine, November 2013
  • "Calculating the Average Weekly Wage Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act," Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide, 2010/2011 edition as prepared by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
  • "Medical Costs and How They Are Increasing The Costs of Your Claims," Ace Group Claims Bulletin, October 2010
  • "The Use of Pharmacy Records When Defending A Case," The Philadelphia Lawyer, 2009-Winter, Vol. 71, No. 4
  • "National Trends In Workers' Compensation," SEAK, April 2005
  • "Awaiting The Caso Decision," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter, 2004
  • "10 Questions For Judge Jacqueline Allen," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall, 2004
  • "Injury Outside The Workplace Not Employer's Responsibility," The Legal Intelligencer, 04-26, 2001
  • "Stopping Temporary Benefits For The Retired Worker," The Legal Intelligencer, 04-26, 2001
  • "Modified Job Must Meet Physician's Restrictions: Good Faith Offer To Claimant Required," The Legal Intelligencer, 07-26, 2001
  • "Second Termination Petition Not Precluded By Initial Filing," The Legal Intelligencer, 09-27, 2001
  • "Commonwealth Court Arms Employers In Good-Faith-Job-Offer Refusal Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, 11-29, 2001
  • "Managed Care Integration with Workers' Compensation," Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), Vol. 2, No. 5, 1996
  • "Stroke Cases: They are Defensible," Counterpoint, 07, 1993
  • "Tort and Insurance Law Journal," American Bar Association
Education:
  • Smith College, A.B. (with distinction), 1976
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1979
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Top 50 Female Lawyers (2005-2006, 2013); Distinguished Alumni Award by the BALSA section of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Smith College Alumnae Association (Board of Directors)
Born:1954
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Gerald Kowalski
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gjkowalski@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Insurance Agents
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1985
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Memberships:
  • Securities Industry Association
Publications:
  • Author: "New Year's Resolutions? For Financial Firms and Advisors, Cybersecurity Should Top the List," Aon Advisor Solutions newsletter, Winter 2015
Education:
  • West Virginia University, B.S. (cum laude), 1981
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Born:1959
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Kathleen M. Kramer
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:kmkramer@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Issues in Medical Malpractice, Defense Institute
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Beating, Gunfire and Loss of Employment Not Foreseeable From Misdiagnosis of Syphilis," Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2001
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1981
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1984
Honors:
National Champion, ATLA Trial Association Competition; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2012-2014)
Born:1959
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Daniel D. Krebbs
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:ddkrebbs@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1998
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Landowner Liability For Third Party Criminal Acts, CLE Presentation for PBI, December 2005; Defending The Automobile Injury Case, Presented for The Institute of Paralegal Education, June 23, 2004
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Plaintiff in Products Liability Suit Permitted To Introduce Evidence Of Subsequent Design Change," The Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association, March 9, 2001
  • "The Pennsylvania Superior Court Invalidates Rule 212.2 Sanctions," Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2002
  • "Tuning Out The Siren Song of Sales Displays," Defense Digest, Vo. 13, No. 4, December 2007
Reported Cases:
Deverant v. Selective Insurance Company, Inc., 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1204 (E.D. Pa. 2003); Transamerican Office Furniture v. Traveler's Property & Casualty, et al, 222 F.Supp.2d 689 (E.D.Pa.); Sieradzki v. Realen Homes Construction Company, et al, 34 Pa. D&C 4th 264 (1997)
Education:
  • Duquesne University, B.A., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1994
Honors:
Academic All-American, Collegiate All-American (1986-1990); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2005)
Born:1968
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Thomas McKenzie
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tjmckenzie@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Brehon Law Society
  • The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "Spoliation Plaintiffs Hold Onto Your Products! A Fresh Look At The Spoliation Of Evidence Standard By The Pennsylvania Superior Court Requires That Plaintiffs Take Affirmative Steps To Preserve Evidence In Product Defect Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September 2006
Education:
  • Loyola College in Maryland, B.A., 1995
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1999
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2008, 2010-2013)
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R. Thomas McLaughlin
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rtmclaughlin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Design Professionals
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Drexel Institute of Technology, B.S., 1967
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1970
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Ronald M. Metcho, II
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rmmetcho@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2006
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • Wilkes University, B.A., 2002
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Rhode Island, M.B.A., 2006
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Aaron E. Moore
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:aemoore@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Invited to speak to the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Pennsylvania Home Inspector Association; has also given presentations to insurance companies concerning developments in legal malpractice law
Memberships:
  • American, Philadelphia and Montgomery County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Former Phillies Tyler Green Thrown A Curve On Appeal For Legal Fees," Defense Digest, September 2007
  • "Medical Malpractice Plaintiff's Motion For Relief From Judgement of Non Pros Lacks Metir," Defemse Digest, March 2007
  • "An Argument Against Imposing Liability Against Attorneys for Aiding and Abetting Their Client's Breach of Fiduciary Duty Under Pennsylvania Law," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Education:
  • Millersville University, B.A. Political Science, 1987
  • Temple University, M.A., 1995
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2003
Honors:
Legal Research and Writing, Trial Advocacy
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R. Bruce Morrison
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rbmorrison@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Frequent lecturer/presenter on insurance related topics, The Insurance Society of Philadelphia; Frequent lecturer/presenter on insurance related topics, In-house training; Frequent lecturer/presenter on insurance related topics, Pennsylvania Bar Institute; Frequent lecturer/presenter on insurance related topics, Pennsylvania Defense Institute; Frequent lecturer/presenter on insurance related topics, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel; Discovery in Bad Faith Claims - Strategies, Commin Disputes and Emerging Issues, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2012
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (Co-Chair, Bad Faith Group)
Publications:
  • Author: "Superior Court Emotionally Distressed Over Negligent Infliction Claims," Defense Digest, Winter, 1993
  • "Bad Faith Burden of Proof Clarified," Defense Digest, Summer, 1994; "Insurance Coverage for Assault and Battery Claim Determined by Complaint," Defense Digest, Fall, 1994
  • "Revisions to Pennsylvania Rule Puts Post-Trial Motions and Appeals on Fast Track," Defense Digest, February, 1996
  • "Erie v. Lake: Do You Know Who Your Insureds Are?," Defense Digest, May, 1996
  • "Erie v. Lake: Do You Know Who Your Insureds Are?," The Legal Intelligencer Insurance Update, Summer, 1996
  • "CATFund Joint Tort Cap Provision Enforced," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1997
  • "The Proper Measure of Compensable Past Medical Expenses Where the Amount Actually Paid is a Fraction of the Amount Initially Billed," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998
  • Co-Author: "Understanding the Moorehead Decision: Hospital Receives Set-Off," The Legal Intelligencer, March 16, 1998
  • Author: "The Proper Measure of Compensable Past Medical Expenses," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, July 27, 1998
  • "Litigating Bad Faith Claims in Insurance Coverage Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, Sept. 28, 1998
  • "Birth Center Delivers Major Headache in Excess Verdict Cases," Defense Digest, Spring, 2002
  • "Bad Faith and Excess Verdicts: "The Bermuda Quadrangle"," Seminar for Pa. Trial Lawyers Assn. (PATLA), June, 2003
  • "Ssshh! Are We Required To Whisper Our Legal Advice?," Counterpoint (PDI), April, 2008
Reported Cases:
Polselli v. Nationwide; Morehead v. Crozer Chester Medical Center; Britamco v. Grzeskiewicz; Britamco v. Weiner; Jacobs Constructors, Inc. v. NPS Energy, et al; Armstrong v. Paoli Memorial Hospital
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1978
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Honors:
Villanova University School of Law McDevitt Fellowship; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014); Best Lawyers in America (2006-Present); Philadelphia Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year (2012)
Born:1956
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Anthony Natale, III
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:apnatale@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: ADA and Workers' Compensation Act, five Pennsylvania cities, 1992; How to Defend Hearing Loss Cases, 1994; Act 57 Amendments, 1996; Pennsylvania Forms Seminar, 1997; Prosecuting Fraud, 1997; Case Law Updates to Various Insurers on Monthly Basis, 1998-2000; Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law and Claims Handling, Michigan, 2001; Prosecuting Fraud Under New Guides, Texas, 2006; Defending Pennsylvania Claims, Boston, 2008; Pennsylvania Claims Handling (monthly seminars in PA, NJ and DE), 2002-Present; Workers' Compensation Primer, Drexel Seminar, March 2011; An Analysis on How to Defend Workers' Compensation Actions in a University Setting; Top Ten Defenses to a Fee Review Action, Chubb Seminar, April 2011; Discussion About the Problems Associated with Provider Fraud in Fee Review Applications and a 10-Point Analysis on How to Properly Defend These Cases; The Interplay Between the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, AmeriHealth Casualty webinar, August 25, 2011; Unemployment Compensation Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Scranton, Pennsylvania, March 8, 2012; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 16, 2012; Unemployment Claims Fraud: Protect Your Organization from Bogus Jobless Claims, Center for Competitive Management, April 19, 2012; Workers' Compensation 101 Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 8, 2012; FrankenFraud – The New Employee Monster, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, November 30, 2012; Tri-State Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013; Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, December 3, 2013; Busted! Identifying, Proving And Prosecuting Workers' Compensation Fraud, National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, Connecticut, February 4-5, 2014; Workers' Compensation Medical Fraud and Abuse, CEU Institute, June 25, 2014; Social Media and Workers’ Compensation, and Handling Unusual WC Situations, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 1, 2014; Case Law and House Bill Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014; PEO's effect on Guaranty Fund: Insurance Company Perspective, Fund Perspective and Counsel Perspective, NCIGF 2014 Fall Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2014; UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 19, 2015
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Publications:
  • Articles in Defense Digest and the Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association's publications
  • Author: "Ding Dong Kachinski's Dead: Commonwealth Court Declines To Resusciate," Defense Digest, 2010-09, Vol. 16, No. 3
  • "Retirment Does Not Mean Retirement When You Are Collecting Workers' Compensation Benefits," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2011
  • "Fee Review Litigation: An Overview," Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association newsletter, May 2011
  • "PEOs: A New Potential for Workers' Comp Fraud? A Close Look at Professional Employer Organizations," National Underwriter Property & Casualty, October 2013
  • "Practical Ramifications of Supreme Court Determination Involving Latent Manifestation of Occupational Diseases Under the PA Workers' Compensation Act," CounterPoint, newsletter of the PA Defense Institute, April 2014
  • "Insurance Agency Risk Management: E & O Exposurers By Line of Business," chapter on workers' compensation, 2014 edition
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1988
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1991
Born:1966
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Matthew J. Noble
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:mjnoble@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Understanding and Navigating the Philadelphia Arbitration System, CLE 2011
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street: Limited Tort Selection And Its Effect On The Pedestrian," Defense Digest, Fall, 2003
  • "Stolen Cars: If It Looks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck, It's An 'Ugly Duck'," Defense Digest, Winter 2005
  • "Cracking the Concrete Corporation Veil," Defense Digest, Winter 2007
  • Co-Author: "Can A Plaintiff Safely Walk and Chew Gum At The Same Time in Pennsylvania?, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013
Education:
  • University of Scranton, B.S., 1992
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2003
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2012-2013)
Military:
United State Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel, 1992-Present
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Ronda K. O'Donnell, Chair, Employment Law Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rkodonnell@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Public Entities
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, New York, NY, November 6, 2014; Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014; Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014; EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, co-presenter, June 26, 2014; Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014; Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey/AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013; What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, January 2008; Employment Law Trends and Defense Issues, Addis, Inc., December 2007; What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, American International Group, September 2007; Diminishing Your Liability Risk When Disciplining or Terminating Employees Who Have Been Injured or Filed a Claim, Council on Education in Management, Delaware, June 2007; What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in the United States Today, Zurich, December 2006; How to Avoid Harassment Claims, Worth & Company, December 2006; Recent Developments Affecting Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006; What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006; Update of Employment Law Issues - 2006, School Claims Service, July 2006; Significant Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases, Hartford Insurance Co., November 2005; The Battle for Attorneys' Fees in Employment Law Cases, American International Group, October 2005; Sexual Harassment and the Amusement Industry, Webcast, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, March 2005
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Business EXPERTise column: Unpaid Summer Internships - Liability Concerns for Business," Catalyst magazine, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 2014
  • "Data Breach - Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media - Landmine or Goldmine?," Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014
  • "Business EXPERTise Column: Preventing Workerplace Violence," Catalyst magazine, page 26, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Winter 2014
  • "How Does the DOMA Decision Impact my Company's Obligation to its Employees, in Terms of Benefits, Leave Issues and More?" Catalyst magazine, page 20, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Fall 2013
  • "Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims in Succession Planning," The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 2013
  • "The Doctor Can Make House Calls: Non-Competition Covenant Limited By Court," Defense Digest, June 2005, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 2005
  • "Is Sudden, Unusual Change In An Employee's Behavior Enough To Trigger The Protections Of The FMLA," The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, December, 2003
  • "Protecting Against Negligent Hiring Claims," The Legal Intelligencer, May 30, 2000
  • "Supreme Court Narrows Definition of Disability," Issues of Injury, September, 1999
  • "United States Supreme Court Limits the Meaning of 'Disabilities' Under the ADA," Counterpoint, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, June, 1999
  • "High Court Rejects Wider View of Disability," Medical Judgement: Nationwide, Vol. 13, No.3, 1999
Education:
  • Allegheny College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1983
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1986
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2009; 2011-2014); Top 50 Women Pennsylvania (2013-2014)
Born:1961
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Thomas J. O'Malley
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tjomalley@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Fraud, Fraud, Fraud -The Use of Surveillance Video in Federal and State Courts in Pennsylvania, 1999; Pennsylvania Law Day, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2002-Present
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Burholme Civic Association & Townwatch, Legal Counsel (1999-2003)
  • Lawncrest Community Association (President 2000-2002, General Counsel 1999-2002)
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "The Blizzard's Backlash: A Symposium on Issues Confronting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Property Owners," Defense Digest, 1996
  • "Will Ross Protect a Joining Defendant When the Plaintiff Gives Up?," Defense Digest, 1997
  • "When Is It Advantageous to Oppose a Petition For A Discontinuance?," Defense Digest, 2000
  • "'Creeping Disease Rule' Not Applicable in Pennsylvania Property Damage Case," The Journal of Allegheny County Bar Association, 2001-06-15, Vol. 3, No.12, and Defense Digest, 2001-02, Vol. 7, No. 1
  • "Will It Be Easier for Defendants To Change Venue In Pennsylvania?," Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014
Education:
  • La Salle University, B.S., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007, 2010-2014)
Born:1968
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Elizabeth A. Pope
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:eapope@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation
  • Appeals
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
Publications:
  • Author: "Case Update: Secretary of Labor v. Summit Contractors, Inc,: A Revival of the Controlling Employer OSHA Citation Policy on Multi-Employer Worksites," Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2006
  • "The Summit Dicision: Limiting General Contractor's Liability Under OSHA for Safety Violations of its Subcontractors at Multi-Employer Construction Sites," Defense Digest, Vo. 15, No. 1, 2009
  • "Show Me The Merit: Pennsylvania's Certificate of Merit Requirement and Substantial Compliance," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2007
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (cum laude), 2001
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2004
Honors:
American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs Award
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Michele R. Punturi
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:mrpunturi@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Impairment Rating Under Act 57, REM, August 23, 1996; Legal Update, Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association, June 27, 1997; Impairment Ratings from the Doctor's and the Attorney's Perspectives, Philadelphia Bar Association/Workers' Compensation Section, June 17, 1998; The Impact, Aftermath and Reality of Act 57, Annual Conference, June 25, 1998, Pennsylvania Self-Insured; The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, April 11-12, 2002; Workers' Compensation 2003 Fall Section Meeting, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2003; Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2003, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 27, 2003; Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, Raffles Risk Control Workshop, Captive Resource, April 2005; Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, Churchill Dallas Risk Control Workshop, March 16-17, 2006; Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, The Addis Group's 2006 Risk Management Forum, March 23, 2006; The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 23, 24, 2006; Successfully Navigating Workers' Compensation Law - Hot Topics in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation - Case Law and Legislative Update, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, October 12, 2006; Defense Considerations in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, The Graham Company Employer's Training Course, November 29, 2007; The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 27-28, 2008; Understanding the WC Claims Process, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Roundtable, June 3, 2010; UTBMS Billing Codes, Annual FWCI Conference, August 2010; Judicial Panel, Annual FWCI Conference, August 2011; Defense Consideration and Limiting Exposure in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Connor Strong & Buckelew, February 2, 2012; Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Forms and Defenses, MAC Risk Management, June 15, 2012; You Can't Handle the Truth: A Mock Trial, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012; A New Era of Workers' Compensation Claims? The Potential Impact of Social Trends, claim workshop presented by The Graham Company, Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 2013; Checks and Balances: A Dream Team Approach, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Beware: If We Snooze We May Lose. A Closer Look at LIBC-756 as Interpreted in Muir v. WCAB (Visteon Systems, LLC)," Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), October 2012
  • "Medical Suspension Has Life," PSIA Newsletter, May 2011
  • "A Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation 4-Phase Checklist," PSIA Newsletter, September 2008
  • "IRE's At Issue Again," PSIA Newsletter, May, 2009; "IRE's At Issue Again," Defense Digest, March, 2009
  • "Notice of Ability To Return To Work - LIBC 757 - An Analysis of Allegis Group v. WCAB," PSIA Newsletter, July, 2006
  • "Notice of Ability To Return To Work - LIBC 757 - An Analysis of Allegis Group v. WCAB," Defense Digest, June, 2006
  • "Recent Developments," Pennsylvania Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section, 2003 Fall Section Meeting, September, 2003
  • "Case Law Update-Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2003," Pennsylvania Bar Association, March, 2003
  • "Employer Liability for Employee Violation of Company Policy," PSIA Newsletter, November, 2000
  • "Recourse for Judge's Monetary Settlement Recommendation," PSIA Newsletter, January, 2000
  • "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Forms Checklist," PSIA Newsletter, October, 1999
  • "Subrogation Against Employer's Own Commercial Automobile Coverage," PSIA Newsletter, April, 1999
  • "Impairment Ratings from the Doctor's and the Attorney Perspectives," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1998
  • "Control and Limit Workers' Comp Exposure with Checklist," Workers' Compensation Monitor, June, 1998
  • "Checklist for Controlling and Limiting Exposure in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation: Administrative and Management Tips," Defense Digest, April, 1998
  • "Ask an Expert - 500 Clock for Partial Disability," PSIA Newsletter, March, 1998
  • "Workers' Compensation Chapter," West's Pennsylvania Forms and Commentary-Employment Law Treatise, 1998
  • "Ask an Expert - Kachinski," PSIA Newsletter, May, 1997
  • "Ask an Expert - Act 57 & Kachinski," PSIA Newsletter, March, 1997
  • "Ask an Expert - Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable," PSIA Newsletter, March, 1997
  • "Ask an Expert - LIBC-757," PSIA Newsletter, March, 1997
  • "Ask an Expert - Employee Verification Forms," PSIA Newsletter, January, 1997
  • "Ask an Expert - 201(c) of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act," PSIA Newsletter, November, 1996
  • "Ask an Expert - Act 57 & Specific Loss," PSIA Newsletter, November, 1996
  • "Ask an Expert - Denials," PSIA Newsletter, September, 1996
  • "Ask an Expert - Total Disability Benefits," PSIA Newsletter, September, 1996
  • "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules on Pro-Rating Bonuses," Counterpoint, October, 1994
  • "Average Weekly Wage and the Inclusions of Bonuses," Counterpoint, January, 1993
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. (cum laude), 1987
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 1990
Fraternity Information:
Phil Delta Phi
Honors:
American Jurisprudence Award, Property I, Property II; American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts I and II; American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Procedure I Evidence; American Jurisprudence Award, Business Organizations, Trial Advocacy; Phi Delta Phi; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007-2008); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2005); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2009); Award of Excellence, Pennsylvania Self-Insured Association (2008)
Born:1965
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Timothy D. Rau
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tdrau@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • General Liability
  • Maritime Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2001
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Harris Martin's Pennsylvania Asbestos Litigation Conference, Co-Chair, April 2009; CLE Seminar: What Constitutes an Injury Under PA Law, Presented to Resolute Management, Inc., 2007
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Maritine Law Association of the United States
Publications:
  • Author: "Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Economic Loss Doctrine," Defense Digest, 2004-09, Vol. 10, No. 3
  • "No Special Examination to PA Statute of Repose for Asbestos Exposure," Defense Digest, 2011-09, Vol. 17, No. 3
  • "Legal Updates for Toxic Torts Litigation," Editor
Education:
  • James Madison University, B.A. (cum laude), 1996
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1999
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Risking Star (2008)
Born:1973
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Bradley D. Remick
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:bdremick@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Taking Depositions in Pennsylvania, Lorman Educational Services, August, 2002; Instructor, Products Liability; Depositions: "Liability and Negligence Issues", Temple University Graduate School of Tourism and Hotel Management; Negligence in the Hospitality Industry, Temple University, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; Taking and Defending Depositions, Lorman Educational Services, 2003, 2004, 2005; The Exportation of American Cultural Norms and the Geopolitical Symbiology Thereof, Temple University, December 2004; Selection and Retention of Experts, DRI Annual Products Liability Conference, 2004; Legal Process, Temple University Fox School of Business, 2006, 2007; Liability Concerns in the Real World, Temple University Fox School of Business, 2007; From China and Beyond, Mealey's Product Recall Conference, Washington, DC, December 2007, Co-Chair; The Rise and Fall of a Mental Health Monster, August 2008; Law 101-Legal Basics for Non-Lawyers, Temple University Fox School of Business, 2009, 2010; 2010 DRI Products Liability Conference, Hand and Power Tool Special Litigation Group; 2010 DRI Products Liability Conference, "Avoiding the Obvious During Trial"; Firefighter, Penn Wynne/Overbrook Hills Fire Company (Lower Merion Fire Department, Board of Directors 2009); DRI Products Liability Conference - Dealing with Foreign Manufactured Products 2011; DRI Products Liability Conference - Co-Chair Hand and Power Tool SLG 2011; Law for Non-Lawyers, Temple University Fox School of Business, September 2011; Investigation of Industrial Fires, NYC 2011; Firefighters and evidence preservation, the inside story, DRI Annual Products Liability Conference, Fire and Casualty SLG; Dealing with Recalls, the Emotional Toll, DRI Annual Products Liability Conference, Hand and Power Tool SLG 2012; The Role and Training of the Firefighter in Evidence Preservation, DRI Fire Science and Litigation Conference 2013
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • American Chemical Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Publications:
  • Articles in DRI Semi-Annual Newsletter, Defense Digest, Lift Equipment Magazine, Lift Leader Magazine
  • "Malfunction Theory Defense Refinements," Defense Digest, Spring, 1993
  • "Claim Against Defective Pitcher, Strikes Out," Defense Digest, Fall, 1993
  • "Pulling Away from the Wreckage," Defense Digest, Spring, 1994
  • "Walton v. Avco: The Fun, and the Duty, Never Stops," Defense Digest, January, 1995
  • "Calling All Aerial Lift Operators: It's Folly to Ignore Safety Features," Lift Equipment, Apr-May, 1995
  • "Post Sale Duty to Warn Doctrine and Product Liability Law," Lift Equipment, Aug-Sept, 1995
  • "Congress Works to Reform Product Liability Law," Lift Equipment, Aug-Sept, 1995
  • "The Rental Defense: How To Help Protect Your Company During An Accident-Related Lawsuit," Lift Equipment, January, 1999
  • "Top-Notch Testimony: Five Lessons For Hiring An Expert Witness Lift Equipment," Lift Equipment, June-July, 1999
  • "Is Seeing Believing? Manipulation of Digital Images," Hand and Power Tools, Spring, 2000
  • Informing the End User: Sending Safety Improvement Notifications Helps Product Liability Suits," Lift Equipment, June-July, 2000
  • Pennsylvania Products Liability Handbook, 2001, 2003
  • "Hey Arnoldy!! The Superior Court Says OSHA Preempts State Tort Law (Sometimes)," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 4, December, 2007
  • "Trial By Fire," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter, 2008
  • "Pixel This: A Photographer Switches to Digital," Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, Summer, 2009
  • "How To Start A Technical Rescue Program, edit/photographs," FireEngineering Magazine, September Issue, 2009
  • "Out of the Frying Pan...Strictly Speaking," DRI Happenings, May 2011, Vol. 8, Issue 2
  • "Pennsylvania Products Liability," 1st Edition, Published by ALM International Standard Book Numder 978-57625-8385 (Print) 978-1-579625-7982 (eBook), 431 pages, 2014
  • First Edition Supplement to Pennsylvania Products Liability, 1st Edition. Published by ALM. 2015
Education:
  • Kenyon College, B.A., 1984
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2008-2014); PVLA Certificate of Merit, 1987, 1988; Outstanding Contribution Award, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, 1999; Recipient of National Geographic/NEH Scholarship for Archaeological Work in Central America, 1983; Volunteer of the Week, Main Line Times, July 31, 2008; National Liberty Museum Public Service Heroes Awards of Valor, PECO Volunteer Firefighter Award, 2010
Born:1962
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Jennifer Prettyman Reno
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpreno@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
  • New Jersey
Publications:
  • Author: "Expansion of Wrongful Death Damages," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A. (cum laude), 2000
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2004
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013-2014); Phi Betta Kappa
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Judith H. Ring
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jhring@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • LaSalle College Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1989
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Honors:
University Honors Program - General University Honors; Writing Fellow; Lambda Iota Tau English Literature Honor Society; Christian Brothers Academic Scholarship
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Frederic Roller
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:flroller@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Medical Malpractice Liability & Tort Reform, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, March 2008
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • American College of Legal Medicine
Publications:
  • Author: "Motion for Summary Judgement Upheld Based Upon the Mental Health Procedures Act Immunity For Health Care Providers Absent Gross Negligence," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2005
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1974
  • Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, D.P.M., 1979
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1992
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007-2009, 2013-2014)
Born:1952
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Robin M. Romano
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rmromano@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: From Kachinski to Phoenixville Hospital: Proving Earning Capacity in the Modern Era, Marshall Denneheny Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014 and Philadelphia Bar Association, July 11, 2014; How to Succeed at Mediations Without Really Trying, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012; Co-Presenter regarding the Use of Panel Physicians in the Workers' Compensation Arena, Teach and Treat Self Insured Seminar at MDWCG, October 21, 2010; Co-Presenter at SRS in-house seminar regarding the Interplan between FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation, October 5, 2001; Co-Presenter at the Philadelphia Chapter of Occupational Medicine Nurses regarding Dissecting Medical Records, March 24, 2010; Presenter at Nationwide in-house seminar regarding Medicare fraud, December 10, 2009
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • Judge Alexander F. Barbieri Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court (Vice President and Original Master)
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
Publications:
  • "Reimbursement of Travel Expenses Under The Workers' Compensation Act," Counterpoint, July, 1992
  • "Exparte Contact With a Treating Physician," Counterpoint, July, 1993
  • "An Overview on the Compensability of Psychiatric Injuries," Counterpoint, October, 1995
  • "Voluntary Retirement Cases: an Evolving Burden of Proof," Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association Newsletter, November, 2011; Defense Digest, March 2011
Education:
  • Dickinson College, B.A. (cum laude), 1983
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1986
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Richard H. Horn, 1986 - 1987
Born:1961
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Jay S. Rothman, Co-Chair, Class Action Litigation Practice Group, General Counsel
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jsrothman@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities
  • Consumer Law
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Risk Management Techniques for Accountants, PICPA Annual Accounting and Auditing Conference, December, 1998; Discharging Your Ethical Obligations to Communicate With Your Client, Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education, January 26, 1999; Risk Management Techniques for Realtors, National Association of Realtors Annual Conference, Spring, 2000; The Legal Malpractice Explosion - Risk Management Techniques, Delaware County Bar Association Sponsored by The Young Lawyers Division, May 11, 2001; Malpractice Avoidance for Lawyers, Pennsylvania Bar Association, April 16, 2002; Risk Management Techniques and Ethical Obligations In Litigating Eminent Domain Proceedings, National Conference of Eminent Domain, November 21, 2002; Private Securities Litigation Reform Act - New Developments; In-House Seminars for Various Insurance Companies - Risk Associated with Claims in the Real Estate Profession; In-House Seminars for Various Accounting Firms - Risk Management Techniques; In-House Seminars for Various Insurance Companies - Developing Case Law in The Legal Malpractice Arena; Analyzing the Corporate Structure and Its Implications With Respect to Liability and Damages, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, June 2008; Understanding the Subprime Credit and Housing Crisis, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, June 2008
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section; Professional Liability Subcommittee)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Publications:
  • Author: "Professionals Beware: Further Relaxation of the Privity Requirement Under Pennsylvania Law," Defense Digest, July, 2000
  • "Law Safeguards Parties Against Bad Inspections, Lawyers Journal and The Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer," Real Estate Quarterly, March 9, 2001
  • "Reliance on Home Inspection May Eliminate Liability of Seller," Defense Digest, April, 2001
  • "The Professional Liability Practice Group at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin," On The Pulse, Defense Digest, January, 2002
  • "The Pariah Cometh-Take a Look at Your Accountant," PLUS Journal, April, 2002
  • "Pantuso Motors v. CoreStates Bank: Lenders Beware," Defense Digest, October, 2002
  • "Third Party Subpoena of Accountants-Your Right to Your Work Papers," The Asset Column, Practical Protection Tips for Accountants, Vol. 6, No. 3
  • "Litigation Without Damages: A New Twist To The Damage Element of Tort Actions"
  • "The Y2K Act: Defining the Coverage Battleground"
  • "Tort v. Contract Claims in the Defense of Professionals -What's In a Name"
  • "The Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Application of the Contributory Negligence Doctrine," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, March, 2004
  • "Envisioning Real Estate Practice Without Boundaries," Real Estate: A Supplement to the Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, July, 2004
  • "Engagement Creep," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 75, No. 3, Fall, 2004
  • "Consider Protective Clauses," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 76, No. 1, Spring, 2005
  • "Subpoenaed? Call Your Attorney," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 76, No. 3, Fall, 2005
  • "Client Referrals Are Not Without Risk," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 77, No. 1, Spring, 2006
  • "Liability Survival Is In The Limits, "Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 77, No. 4, Winter, 2006
  • Risk Management Techniques for Realtors, National Association of Realtors Annual Conference, Spring, 2000
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1984
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1987
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2011-2012)
Born:1962
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Daniel J. Ryan, Jr., Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group; Chair, Asbestos Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:djryan@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Toxic Torts
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Annual presentations to various clients groups regarding the status of asbestos litigation in Pennsylvania involving strategies for defending various types of products such as brakes, tile, caulk, joint compound, boilers, wire, pumps and packing; Presented several in-house presentations to various insurers as to how to avoid bad faith litigation in Pennsylvania while handling first party claims
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Philadelphia Chapter
  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Hearing Committee Member, July 2005)
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Pennsylvania Superior Court Finally Clarifies What is Bad Faith Conduct Under Section 8371," Defense Digest, Winter, 1994
  • "Applying Lessons Learned From the Asbestos Litigation to the Next Mass Tort (Repetitive Stress)," Defense Digest, January, 1995
  • "'Market-Share' Liability Is Rejected In Lead Paint Case in Pennsylvania," Defense Digest, January, 1996
  • "Is Mold The Next Gold For The Plaintiffs' Bar?, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2002
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S., 1974
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006, 2009-2014); Best Lawyers in American (2009-Present)
Born:1952
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Teresa Ficken Sachs, Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tfsachs@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: "Winning (or Not Losing) Your Case On Appeal," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010; Guest Lecturer/Panelist, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2001; "Appellate Update 2011-2012," Defense Research Institute, 2012; "Appellate Law and Procedure Update 2012," Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, 2012
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (2013 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention; Member, Appellate Courts Committee) Bar Associations
  • Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit
  • Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia (Board of Directors, 2013)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Past President, President-Elect, Vice President and Secretary; Board Member, 1997-2004)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (Board Member, 2006-2012)
  • Disciplinary Board, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Hearing Committee, 2000-2006)
Publications:
  • Author: "Automobile Insurance Law - Substance and Ethics," UM/UIM Update, Philadelphia Bar Education Center, 1995
Education:
  • University of Connecticut, B.S. (cum laude), 1980
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1984
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2006, 2008-2015); Villanova Moot Court Board (Member and Officer); Phi Chi National Pharmaceutical Honor Society; Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society
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Joseph J. Santarone, Jr., Chair, Public Entity & Civil Rights Practice Group; Chair, School Leaders' Liability Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jjsantarone@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Municipal & Civil Rights Issues In School Litigation, School Claims Services, LLC, December 12, 2014; Case Study: Police Matter Resulting in Death Following Repeated Deployments of a TASER, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, June 2013; ADA Admendments Act of 2008 and Its Impact on Employers and EPL Insurers, USLI, November 1, 2011; What is Hearsay, City of Philadelphia Law Department, February 1, 2011; Exposure in Education Case Related to Due Process and Bullying, Allied World/Darwin Insurance, August 1, 2010
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Montgomery County and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Bar Institute
  • Philadelphia Lawyers Club
  • Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)
  • Widener University School of Law National Advisory Council
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Supervisory Rule Concerning Motions Based On Qualified Immunity Imposed," Lawyers Journal, 2003-09-05
  • "Third Circuit Imposes Supervisory Rule Concerning Motions Base On Qualified Immunity," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2003
  • "Third Circuit Rules Plaintiff Failed To Follow Pennsylvania Procedure For Petitioning Grand Jury Files," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2003
  • "Supervisory Rule Concerning Motions Based On Qualified Immunity Imposed," Lawyers Journal, 2003-09-05
  • "Township Not Primarily Liable for Settlement of Personal Injury Case Involving Township Employee," Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2001
  • "Direct Evidence Not Required in Age Discrimination Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 5, 2000
  • "Student-On-Student Sexual Harrassment: The Next Liability Minefield For School Districts," Defense Digest, Oct. Vol. 5, No. 5, 199
  • "If 3rd Circuit Decision Stands, Fewer ADA Claims Can Be Filed," The Legal Intelligencer, December, 1997
  • "Third Circuit's Limitation On ADA 'Regarded As' Claims Is Short Lived," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1997
  • "Superior Court Cuts Award in Sexual Harrassment Case," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1997
  • Co-Author: "Sex-Based Shift Assignments: Employers May Use Common Sense," Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1996
  • "Employment Discrimination Claims: Arbitration Under Collective Bargaining Clauses," Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1996
Education:
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1985
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2013-2014); Best Lawyers in America, Civil Rights Law (2015)
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Christopher N. Santoro
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cnsantoro@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Construction Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Defending Household Exposure Cases, Mealey's National Asbestos SuperConference, Phoenix, AZ, September 2008; Defending Toxic Tort Cases, AIG Environmental Unit, New York, NY, November 2007; Silca Litigation and Assembly Line Diagnosing, AIG Domestic Claims Toxic Tort Unit, May 2006; Opening Statements, Marshall, Dennehey Trial Advocacy Class, May 2006; Trying The Automobile Brake Case, Goodyear Tire & Rubber National Counsel Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 2005; Cross Examination, Marshall Dennehey Trial Advocacy Class, October 2005 and October 2006
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Diplomat, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Hearing Committee Member)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Assumption of Risk in Product Liability," Counterpoint, April, 1989
  • "The Dose Is the Poison - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Questions the 'Each and Every Breath' or 'Any Exposure' Theory," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2008
  • "Tooey Is Not Just a Bunch of "Hooey" - Practical Tactics for Defending an Employer in the Realm of Toxic Tort Litigation," Defense Digest, Vo. 20, No. 3, September 2014
Reported Cases:
O'Kane v. Safeway Steel Products, Inc., 1988 WL 54024 (Fed Dist Low ATL PA 3 1988); Golden v. Williard Co., 521 Pa. 528, 557 A.2d (1989); Bittinger v. Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp., 1986 WL 14195 (E.D.Pa 1986)
Education:
  • La Salle University, B.A. (cum laude), 1981
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2007); Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Hearing Committee Member
Born:1959
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Joshua D. Scheets
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jdscheets@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2006
  • New Jersey
Publications:
  • “Bare with Me: The Effect of Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc. on Equipment Defendants in Asbestos Litigation in Pennsylvania,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
Education:
  • Drew University, B.A., 1998
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Robert P. Schenk
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rpschenk@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Connecticut
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Settlements and Subrogation, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014; Dial "I" For IRE - An Overview of Impairment Rating Evaluations in Pennsylvania, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012; Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, MDWCG, May 2008; W.C. Claims Handling Strategies, Providence Property and Casualty Co., April, 2008, Dallas TX.; Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, MDWCG, September 2007, Philadelphia, PA; Basic PA Case Handling for Adjusters, Providence Property and Casualty Co., November 2006, Dallas, TX; Litigating W.C. Construction Cases in PA, KHS&S Contractors, September 2006, Cherry Hill, NJ; Current Issues in PA Workers' Compensation, Old Republic Ins. Co., September 2005, Greensburg, PA; Effective Marketing Techniques for Partner and Associates, MDWCG, August 2005, Philadelphia, PA; Workers' Compensation Case Law Update. Morris., CLE, August 2005, Philadelphia, PA; Basic Claims Handling - PA Workers' Compensation Cases, CNA, October 2003, Reading, PA; Handling Claims in PA, ACE/USA, ESIS, July 2003, Wilmington, DE; Workers' Compensation Case Law Update. McLaughlin., CLE, October 2002, Philadelphia, PA; Current Case Law Update, PAWCCA, May 2002, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Status of Vocational Rehabilitation in Light of Current Case Law, Concentra, March 2002, King of Prussia, PA; Successful File Management and Billing Guidelines, MDWCG, April 2001, Philadelphia, PA; Avoiding Pitfalls Inherent to the Use of Bureau Forms, RSKCO, August 2000, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Proving Fraudulent Claims Under Act 57, Sumitomo Marine Management (USA), Inc., February 1998, Warren, NJ; Practical Management of Cases under Act 57, PMA Insurance Company, June 1997, King of Prussia, PA; Large Firm v. Small Firm, Advantages for the New Associate's Consideration, PA Bar Association's Law School Practicum, April 1995, Widener School of Law, Wilmington, DE
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Workers' Compensation Section) Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Claims Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Losing Sight of Act 44 - Judicial Rollback of Legislative Med"
  • "Killing Constituents: The Current Status of the Utilization Review Process," Defense Digest, Volume 18, No. 1, March 2012
Education:
  • Western Connecticut State University, B.A., 1991
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1994
Military:
U.S. Marine Corp, 1983-1987
Born:1965
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Andrew M. Schwartz, Chair, Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:amschwartz@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Association of Credit and Collection Professionals International (Attorney Program, Pennsylvania State Chair, 2009-2011)
Publications:
Author:
  • Author: "A Tale of Two Lawsuits - Campuzano and Womack," Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
  • "Mold: Is it the next Asbestos?," Pennsylvania Legal Intelligencer, 2002
Education:
  • St. John's College, B.A., 1991
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Born:1967
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Seth J. Schwartz
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:sjschwartz@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Amusements
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Defect
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1994
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Numerous presentations to property managers and insurance companies regarding effective claims handling and tender issues; Guest Speaker at 2007 Annual Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association Conference; Brief Overview of Pennsylvania Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues, Nationwide Insurance Company, April 2012; Commercial Defense Practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Nationwide Insurance Company, December 2013; Commercial Defense Practice in New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania, Nationwide Insurance Company, December 5, 2014; An Overview of Construction Defect Litigation in Pennsylvania, Nationwide Insurance Company, December 16, 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association
  • Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association
Education:
  • American University, B.S.B.A. (cum laude), 1988
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Born:1966
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Carolyn Schweizer
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cmschweizer@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos
  • General Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • New Jersey
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • Ursinus College, B.S., 2000
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2005
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
Law Review:
Member, University of Pittsburgh Journal of Technology, Law and Policy
Honors:
Academic-Chemistry Scholar, Academic-Athlete Honors, Ursinus College; Recipient, J.R. Seiger Academic Scholarship, Recipient, Leadership Award, Recipient, Community Service Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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David J. Shannon, Chair, Technology, Media & Intellectual Property Practice Group; Co-Chair Privacy and Data Security
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:djshannon@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Construction Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: "The Cost of Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses on the Rise," The Legal Intelligencer, February 17, 2015; Current Trends in Data Breach First and Third-Party Claims and Litigation, American Conference Institute's Cyber & Data Risk Insurance conference, March 24, 2015; Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014; Cyber Technology, Data Breaches and Related E&O Trends, Claims and Coverage, moderator and speaker, 8th Annual ExecuSummit E&O Insurance Conference, June 2014; Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013; Employment Liability in the Cyber Age, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Employment Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013; Cyber Liability Claims, Coverage Issues, panel speaker, 2nd Annual National Cyber Liabilities Insurance ExecuSummit, 2013; Data Privacy Risk: Red Flags in Higher Education, ASFAA Annual Conference, 2012; National Business Institute - Instructor, Construction Law Fundamentals, Managing Project Risk, 2008; Course Planner and Instructor, Safeguarding Proprietary Information in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2005; Course Planner, Intellectual Property Law for the General Practitioner, Pennsylvania Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2004
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania (IP Law Section, Past Chair) and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute (Intellectual Property Committee)
Publications:
  • "New Year's Resolutions? For Financial Firms and Advisors, Cybersecurity Should Top the List," Aon Advisor Solutions newsletter, Winter 2015
  • "Financial Advisor Forecast: Stormy, With Scattered Data Breaches," Financial Advisor, June 23, 2014
  • "How to Minimize the Threat of the Dreaded Data Breach," Catalyst, Winter, 2013/2014, publication of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
  • "How to Avoid Liability for Comments Posted on Your Company's Website," Mondaq.com, 2012 and AgentsofAmerica.com, 2013
  • "In A Copyright Infringement Action, a Secondarily Liable Defendant is Only Responsible For One Statutory Damage Award," Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Newsletter, 2011
  • "Starbucks v. Charbucks: Substantial Similarity Is Not Required To Prove Dilution By Blurring," Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Summer, 2010
  • Co-Author: "Splenda Not 'Equal' To Real Sugar In Lanham Act False Advertising Suit," New Jersey Law Journal, 2008
  • "2004, Comic Book Characters 'Spawn' Important Copyright Decisions," Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, 2004
  • "Defense to the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine," The Legal Intelligencer, 2004
  • Co-Authur: "Streaming Video 'Trailers' on the Internet Violate Motion Picture Copyright," Pennsylvania Bar Association IP Law Newsletter, 2004
  • "Species of Mutant Copyright Law Not Viable," Pennsylvania Bar Association IP Law Newsletter, 2003
  • "Top 10 Issues for the E-Commerce Practitioner," Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, 2003
  • "Proof of Bad Faith Required in Anti-Cybersquatting In Rem Actions," The Legal Intelligencer, 2002
  • "Federal Court Rules ACPA Protects Foreign Trademarks," Pennsylvania Bar Association IP Law Newsletter, 2002
Reported Cases:
Luszczynski v. Bradley, 729 A.2d 83 (Superior 1999); Gianacopoulos v. Glen Oak Country Club, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7710 (M.D. Pa. 2007)
Education:
  • Denison University, B.A., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1994
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Theta
Honors:
Moot Court Honor Society; American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2005)
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Lori O. Strauss
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lostrauss@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1983
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Settlements and Subrogation, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
  • Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council
Publications:
  • Author: "A 'Super' Victory for Employers," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1980
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1983
Honors:
American Jurisprudence Award-Administrative Law; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014); Top 50 Women Attorneys in Pennsylvania, 2007
Born:1958
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Vlada Tasich
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:vxtasich@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2011
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Lecturer to clients on the topics of premises liability, motor vehicle law, and products liability
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Owners of Registered but Uninsured Vehicles Beware Pennsylvania Superior Court Ruling Makes First Party Benefits Unrecoverable," Defense Digest, 2003
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.A., 1997
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2001
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2010-2012)
Language:
  • Serbian
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Michael L. Turner
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:mlturner@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Mass Tort
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1993
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Seminar, Direct and Cross Examination, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1989; How To Conduct Effective Opening And Closing Statements, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, National Conference for the Minority Lawyer, 1999
Memberships:
  • National, American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Virginia State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1978
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981
Born:1956
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Carol A. VanderWoude
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cavanderwoude@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2002
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Addressing Malfunction Theory for First Time in 20 Years: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Burden of Proof in Product Liability Case Based Upon Malfunction Theory," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
Education:
  • California State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1997
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2001
Law Review:
American University Law Review
Honors:
Legal Methods Deans Fellow
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Claire Breaux Ventola
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cbventola@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1995
  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2010
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey State, Louisiana State and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • Northwestern State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1992
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1995
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Timothy G. Ventura
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tgventura@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Agent Errors & Omissions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2006
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2014-present
  • "Insurance Broker E&O -- Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation and Practice Tips for 2016," Riding the E&O Line, newsletter of the DRI's Professional Liability Committee, September 2015
  • "Insurance Broker E&O – Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation and Practice Tips for 2016," PLUS Journal, November 2015
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A., 2003
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Thomas P. Wagner
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tpwagner@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Municipal Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Hearing Committee Member, serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Discovery Master, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Seminars/Classes Taught: Trial Team Coach, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University, 2008; Managing Complex Litigation, National Judicial College, Reno, NV, May 2006; The Patient Advocate in Clinical Trials, Annual Medical Device Product Liability Conference, Napa, CA, June 2006; Selected Topics in Federal Preemption, Presented to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia, April 1996 and Hershey, PA, May 1995; Litigation Experiences of a Blood Center, Presented to the American Society of Apheresis, Cambridge, Mass., April 1993; The Law and Alternatives to Homologous Donation, Presented to The Greater Philadelphia Hospital Blood Bank Assn. & Philadelphia Medical Society; Philadelphia, May 1991; Bad Faith and How To Avoid It, Presented to the Pennsylvania Medical Society Liability Insurance Company, Harrisburg, PA, July 1996
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Executive Board, 1997-1999)
  • Temple American Inn of Court (President, 1999 - 2000)
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Senior Editor: "Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial-Third Circuit," Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, (3 Volumes), 1996
  • Author: "Rule 11 and Removal of Cases," 32 For the Defense No. 3 Reprinted from Counterpoint, July, 1989, March, 1990
  • "Diversity Jurisdiction: Don't Let It Die," 32 For the Defense No. 8, August, 1990
  • "Dillinger v. Caterpillar - Can the Plaintiff Do No Wrong?," Counterpoint, July, 1992
  • Co-Author: "New Developments in Res Ipsa Loquitur," Counterpoint, July, 1991
  • "Sex Discrimination by Private Universities as State Action," 50 St. John's Law Review 316, 1976
Education:
  • Fairfield University, B.A. (cum laude), 1974
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Law Review:
Survey Editor, St. John's Law Review, 1976-1977
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. J. William Ditter, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1977-1980
Honors:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2004-2014); Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania (2006-2007); Top 100 Philadelphia (2006-2007)
Born:1952
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Eric A. Weiss, Co-Chair: Products Liability Practice Group; Medical Device & Pharmaceutical Practice Group; Class Action Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:eaweiss@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1974
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • New York, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Andrew Hecker Award: Best Publication FICC Quarterly
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Torts and Insurance Practice Section)
  • Pennsylvania, New Jersey State, New York State and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Chair, Products Liability Section)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 2005)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Admissibility of Post-Accident Design Changes as Evidence of Product Defect," Defense Digest, Winter, 1994
  • Co-Author: "Pennsylvania Superior Court Questions Admissibility of Plaintiff's Conduct in Strict Product Liability Action," Defense Digest, Volume 3, No. 1, 1997
  • "Enforceability of Rule 26(c) Confidentiality Orders and Agreements," Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 2, Winter, 1999
  • Author: "The Nature And Impact Of The Restatement [Third] Of Torts: Product Liability Sec. 10: Post-Sale Duty To Warn," published in 2000 FICC Quarterly
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S., 1971
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Temple University School of Law, LL.M., 1977
Honors:
Best Lawyer in America (2007-Present); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2014)
Born:1949
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Jonathan D. Weiss
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jdweiss@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • New Jersey
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "Car Dealerships, Stolen Cars, and The Unattended Motor Vehicle Statute: No Negligence Per Se, But Does This Hold True Where The Theft Is By An Employee?," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1997
  • "When Does A Business Invitee Entering A Construction Site Become A Trespasser?," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 5, 1998
  • "The Balance Of Nature And Human Needs In Antarctica: The Legality Of Mining," Temple International And Comparative Law Journal
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds That Root Canal Requires Informed Consent," Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999
Education:
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1989
  • Old Dominion University, M.A., 1992
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Honors:
1995 Samuel J. Polsky Moot Court Finalist/Moot Court Honor Society
Born:1967
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Joel Wertman
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jmwertman@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • New Jersey
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • "Clearing the Record: Examining the Expungement Process," Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation, October 30, 2014
  • "Financial Advisor Forecast: Stormy With Scattered Data Breaches," Financial Advisor, June 23, 2014
  • Co-Author: :FINRA Takes Steps to Alter CRD Expungement Rules: Are More Stringent Rules Toward Disclosure on the Horizon?," Defemse Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014
  • Author: "FINRA Amendments to Discovery Guide: Need-To-Know Info for Claims," PropertyCasualty360.com, December 2013
  • "FINRA's New Suitability Rule and the Important Changes for Members to Ensure Best Practuces," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4
  • "Convenants Not To Compete: Why You May Not Be Able To Work For Your Employer's Competitors," agentsofamerica.org, December 2007
  • "A Time For Change: Recent Alterations to the NASDCode Will Affect The Litigation Process and Defense Costs for Publi Customer Arbitrations," Defense Digest, September, 2007
  • "Selling To and Advising Seniors," agenstofamerica.org, September, 2007
  • "Avoiding the Wrath of the SEC:A Broker Dealer Refresher As to Preservation of Records," PLUS Journal, February, 2007
  • "The Importance of The Brownfields Revitalization and Economic Restoration Act," Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal, Spring, 2002
Education:
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2000
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2003
Law Review:
Editor in Chief, Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal
Honors:
Mock Trial Team; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013-2014)
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David S. Wolf
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:dswolf@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1983
Additional Biographical Details:
Seminars/Classes Taught: Litigation Pointers for Defending the Supermarket Slip and Fall Case, Liberty Mutual Insurance, February 2015; Served on Pennsylvania Bar Institute faculty in 2013 for presentations concerning the Pennsylvania Fair Share Act and its effect on civil litigation from the defense perspective; Served on faculty of Liberty Mutual's Attorney Development Program; Presenter at Liberty Mutual's in-house CLE programs on Conflicts of Interest and Medicare Set-Asides; Presentations to Liberty Mutual claims groups on a variety of topics; including, internal litigation management protocols, the statute of repose in construction claims, wrongful death/survivor actions, dog bite cases, and topical discovery issues
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (State Civil Litigation Section)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Councel (Executive Board Member, 2005-Present, Secretary, 2012-2013, Treasurer, 2013-2014)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Pennsylvania's Fair Share Act: Practical Pointers for Litigators," Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014
Reported Cases:
Bianculli v. Turner Construction Company, 433 Pa.Super. 237, 640 A.2d 461 (1994); Carpenter v. Radomski & Sons, Inc. (unpublished decision), 736 A.2d 2 (1998); Commonwealth v. Berthesi, 350 Pa.Super. 383, 504 A.2d 891 (1986)
Education:
  • Dickinson College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1978
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Honorable George J. Ivins, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, 1981-1983