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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 Investments 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
Westport, Connecticut
191 Post Road West
Westport, Connecticut 06880
Telephone: 203-221-2785
Fax: 203-221-2665
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
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5429 (08054)
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
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
Melville, New York
105 Maxess Road, Suite 303
Melville, New York 11747
Telephone: 631-232-6130
Fax: 631-232-6184
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
Westchester, New York
800 Westchester Avenue, Suite C-700
Rye Brook, New York 10573
Telephone: 914-977-7300
Fax: 914-977-7301
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
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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
  • General Liability
  • Amusements
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Sports and Recreation Liability
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
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2001-Present; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2016
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Co-Chair, Finance Section of the Law Practice Management Committee, 2007-2008) Bar Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Diplomate, 1997-Present)
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia (Board of Directors, 2006-2010)
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation (Board of Trustees, 2009-2016; Vice President, 2015-2016; President, 2017-2018)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (1988-2010)
  • The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia (President, 2016-2017)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Sailing to Distant Shores," Philadelphia Bar Reporter, January 2017
  • "Cross Examination of Plaintiff's Life Care Expert," Product Liability Council Deskbook, 1999, 2001; "Value Add Ons," Defense Digest, June 2010
  • "How To Evaluate And Settle Personal Injury Claims," Professional Education System, Inc., 1989
  • Co-Author with Robert Goggin: "Toxic Torts: Workable Defenses Available to the Corporate Defendant," 28 Villanova L. R. 1208, 1993
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.A. (cum laude), 1974
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Born:1952
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Butler Buchanan III, Managing Attorney; Hiring Attorney; Chair, Diversity Committee
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:bbbuchanan@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bad Faith Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
Additional Biographical Details:
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Hearing Officer, 2005-2011); Mercy Vocational High School (Board of Directors, 2010-2013); Montgomery County Archdiocesan Council on Elementary Education (Member, 2013- Present); Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center (Advisory Board, 2008-Present); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2009-2015); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Best Practices for Retaining & Promoting Diverse Talent," Philadelphia Diversity Law Group's Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, November 2015; Barristers' Association of Philadelphia Leadership Academy, January 2015; "Do the Right Thing! - Ethical Issues Arising in Litigation," Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, October 2014; "Women in the Profession Roundtable Discussion," participant, The Legal Intelligencer, April 2014; "Technology and Law," DRI Annual Meeting; "The Use of E-Mail and Electronic Documents Storage," DRI Annual Meeting; "Electronic Discovery," DRI Seminar, Chicago, IL; "Insurance Roundtable - Recent Developments Concerning Class Action Litigation," DRI, Chicago, IL; "Insurance Coverage and Practice," DRI Seminar, New York, NY; "Encouraging Ethics in Civility and Pre-Trial Practice," Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Philadelphia, PA; "Professionalism and Civility: Is Civility Still the Rule in Civil Litigation Today?," Atlantic City, NJ; Optimizing Brownfield Liability Recovery Through Insurance Settlement Strategies and Asset Management," Washington, D.C.; "Lawyers' Professionalism - What Does It Mean in Everyday Practice?," Philadelphia, PA; Seminars presented for Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, National Insurance Industry Association
Memberships:
  • American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Co-Chair, State-Civil Litigation Committee, 2012-2014; Board of Governors, 2004-2006, 2014-Present; Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, 2012-2014; Large Law Firm Management Committee, 2013-Present; Chair, Campaign for Qualified Judges, 2015-2016)
  • Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, 2001-2004; Pennsylvania State Representative, 1997-2000)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Past President and Executive Committee Member)
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia (Board of Directors, 2013-Present)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Common Sense Ways to Increase Minority Representation Among Interviewees," The Legal Intelligencer, Diversity Supplement, April 2011
  • "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
Born:1954
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Christopher E. Dougherty, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Member, Executive Committee; Director, Professional Liability Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cedougherty@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Errors and Omissions 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:
Instructor, Trial Evidence, Coastal Carolina College, 1987; National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty, Philadelphia, 2008, 2010; MDWCG Trial Advocacy Program, Chairman, 2003-Present; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007-2009, 2014-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "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; Presented, "Product Liability Defenses," Insurance Institute of Philadelphia, 1998
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: "Shifting Indemnity to Sub-Contractor For Negligence Of Owner Or General Contractor: Perry/Ruzzi Doctrine Is Alive And Well In Pennsylvania," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2005 and Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January, 2006
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Limits Use Of Frye When Seeking To Exclude Expert Scientific Evidence," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2003
  • "Plaintiff's Conduct May Be Admissible In A Products Liability Suit-It Depends On What You Call It," Civil Litigation Update, Vol. 7, No. 1, and PBA Civil, Litigation Section Newsletter Winter, 2002; Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 3, June 2001
  • "Hold Onto Your Defense Evidence If You Want To Move For A Non-Suit," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 6, December 1999
  • "Acura Integra Coupe Is Not Intended For Truckin'," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 9, 1999; Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 1, February 1999
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:
American Bar Association Young Military Lawyer's Award, Toronto, Canada (1988); Meritorious Service Medals for Legal Achievement (1988, 1991); Legion of Merit (2005)
Military:
Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Active, 1978-1991; Reserve, 1991-2004; Air Support Control Officer, 1979-1982; Judge Advocate, 1985-1991); U.S. Marine/Navy Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Military Judge (1997-2002)
Born:1955
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G. Mark Thompson, Member, Executive Committee
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gmthompson@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Liquor Liability
  • Premises Liability 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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Florida Super Lawyer (2006-2007, 2013-2014); Florida Trend Magazine's Florida Legal Elite (2012); Classes/Seminars Taught: "The Best Offense is a Good Defense: Managing Liability Claims in Today's Litigious Environment," Business Insurance Webinar, August 12, 2015; "The Claim Management Link: Interplay Between Risk Tolerance, Operational Structure, Litigation and Claim Outcomes," CLM Annual Conference, March 2015; "Florida Premises Liability - Investigation and Defense"; "Florida Liquor Liability"; "Spoliation of Evidence"
Memberships:
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
  • International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Author: "Experience is the Best Teacher for Lateral Moves," The Legal Intelligencer, Top Laterals Supplement, February 24, 2015
  • "Protective Orders: Sword and Shield in the War of Discovery," 12:3 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Summer 1989
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:
Presidential Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Florida
Born:1962
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Special Counsel
Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:kaboyer@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Post-Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
Additional Biographical Details:
Top Women in Law, The Legal Intelligencer (2016); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2013-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Preserving Issues In The Trial Court," NACLE, April 1, 2014; "Professionalism in the Law," Villanova Law School, September 2012; "Creating a Win-Win Mentoring Program for Female Attorneys and the Firm," American Conference Institute's Premier Conference on Retaining and Promoting Female Attorneys, May 22, 2007
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania (Commission on Women in the Profession; Post-Trial and Appellate Practice Committee) and Philadelphia (Appellate Courts Committee, Co-Chair, 2009-Present; Women in the Profession Committee) Bar Associations
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellows
Publications:
  • Author: “Occupant In a Fleeing Vehicle Is Not an Innocent Bystander…Or Is He?,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
  • "Navigating The 1925(b) Minefield Of Waiver - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Attempt To 'Clarify The Confusion And Quell The Consternation'," Defense Digest, Vol. 14 No. 2, June 2008
  • "Stipulating to Cap on Compensatory Damages Limits Potential Delay Damages," Defense Digest, Vol. 12 No. 1, March 2006
  • "The Trend In Construing the Ohio Employer Intentional Tort Exception -A Consistent, Workable Standard or Confusing, Expansive Quandary?," Defense Digest, Vol. 9 No. 4, December 2003
  • "Failure to Anticipate Potential Mail Delays May Result in a Party's Loss of Rights," Defense Digest, Vol. 8 No. 1, March 2002
  • "A Taint of Evidence Claim of Error - It 'Taint' So Effective in Civil Cases'," Defense Digest, Vol. 8 No. 4, December 2002
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1992
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 1999
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Jonathon E. Cross
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jecross@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Amusements
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • School Leaders' Liability
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2006-2011); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Sports Tort Liability and Risk Management," University of Delaware, Sports & Facility Management Department, November 2016; "From the NFL to Friday Night Lights...Emerging Youth Sports Concussion Claims and Risk Management," Insurance Casualty Actuaries of New England, April 7, 2016; "Athletic Risk Management and Concussion Litigation," University of Delaware, Sports & Facility Management Department, October 2015; "Tackling Concussion Litigation" and "Youth Sports Risk Management," New Jersey Recreation & Park Association's 2015 Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, March 2015; "Tackling Concussion Litigation" and "Youth Sports Risk Management," University of Delaware, Sports & Facility Management Department, March 2015; “Emerging Claims -- Youth Sports Concussion Litigation," Casualty Actuarial Society's Centennial Conference, New York, NY, December 2014
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Boom! Lightning Liability at University Athletic Events," URMIA Journal, September 2015
  • “Fair Game? Legal Exposures Alter the Playing Field for Youth Sports,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
  • "Cover All The Bases, Avoiding Youth Sports Injury Lawsuits,” Camp Business Magazine, August 2014
  • "Fair Game? Legal Exposures Alter the Playing Field for Youth Sports," PropertyCasualty360.com, May 2014
  • "Court Recognizes Misconduct When Jurors Seek Out Their Own Expert Opinion," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 2, June, 2005
  • "The Witness Immunity Doctrine Does Not Preclude Experts From Being Sued for Professional Malpractice," Professional Liability Underwriting Society, PLUS Journal, May 2000
  • "Continuous Representation Rule Still Not the Law in Pennsylvania", MDWCG Legal Malpractice Handbook, 1999
  • "Procedural Difficulties with New Discovery Rule," MDWCG Legal Malpractice Handbook, October 1998
  • "Effect of Fiorantino on Legal Malpractice Claims for Breach of Contract and "Legal Malpractice Defense that a Claim is Premature," MDWCG Legal Malpractice Handbook, October 1998
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules On Statute of Limitations For Defendants Who Leave The Commonwealth," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 5, 1997
  • "New Procedures Complicate Production of Documents By A Non-Party," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1997
  • Co-Author: "Obtaining Records With Fewer Headaches," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1998
Education:
  • Lafayette College, B.A., 1993
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1996
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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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2005-2008, 2010-2016); 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
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Jack L. Gruenstein, Chair, White Collar Crime Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jlgruenstein@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Litigation
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
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2009-Present)
Memberships:
  • Federal Bar Association (Criminal Law Committee, 1995-Present)
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  • The Philadelphia Leadership Council
Publications:
  • Author: "Third Circuit Criminal Handbook – 2016 Edition," LexisNexis, Winter 2016
  • "Government Disclosure Obligations in Criminal Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, White Collar Crime Supplement, May 5, 2015
  • "Corporate Bylaws May Provide Unintended Support For Employees," New Jersey Law Journal, March 10, 2014
  • "Moratorium on Death: A Paradigm for Pennsylvania," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2003
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A. (cum laude), 1973
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1976
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 Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Insurance Agents and Agencies
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Does Pennsylvania’s Act 86 Require an Insurer to Provide Notice to an Insured Before Policy Expiration?," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2015
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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Courtney Schulnick
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cbschulnick@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liabliity Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2006
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013-2015); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Mindful Marketing," Marshall Dennehey Casualty Associate CLE Series, July 19, 2016; "Pennsylvania Fair Share Act," Client Presentation, April 1, 2013
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Communications, 1999
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2005
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Of Counsel
William K. Conkin
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:wkconkin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy
Admitted
  • Texas, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1995
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Ethical Claim Negotiations," CEU Institute, Parsippany, NJ, January 2014; Insurance Bad Faith - January, 2008 (Among Others); Insurance Coverage Issues-Multiple Occasions
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
Publications:
  • Co-Author with Philip B. Toran: "Growth of Mold Litigation & Insurance Agent Liability," Agents of America, eBook Chapter, January, 2010
  • Co-Author with Howard P. Dwoskin, Esq.: "Appraising Loss Under Homeowners Insurance Policies," For the Defense, April, 1999
  • 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
  • "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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John F. Ledwith
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jfledwith@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Transportation
  • Trucking Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Business and Construction Contract Litigation
  • Admiralty and Maritime Litigation
  • Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1965
  • New York, 1985
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (Founder and First Chair: ADR and Construction Law Sections)
Publications:
  • Author: "The Workers' Compensation Defense in Tort Cases," FDCC Quarterly, Summer 2004
  • "Additional Insured and Indemnification Issues," FDCC Quarterly, Fall 2001
  • "Conflicts of Law in Tort Litigation: Lessons Worth Remembering," FICC Quarterly, Summer 1991
  • "Reverse Bifurcation: A Way to Reduce Case Backlog," For The Defense, November 1982
  • "Federal Court Arbitration: The Philadelphia Story," For The Defense, April 1982
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1960
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1963
Born:1938
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Senior Counsel
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, District of New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2000
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Bad Faith Update," Pennsylvania Bar Institute Annual Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2000-2003, 2007; PLI Seminar, 2002, 2003; Various Seminars, re: Bad Faith, National Business Institute (NBI), 2001-2003
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1966
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1970
Born:1944
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Norman L. Haase
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:nlhaase@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Mass Tort
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1968
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Fee Dispute Resolution Committee Recognition Award (1985); E. Wallace Chadwick Award (1998); Paul R. Sand Award (1999) Delaware County Bar Association; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Top 100 (2007-2012); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Differences Between Asbestos and Silica Litigation, Defense Research Institute, Miami Beach, FL; "Effective Bar Association Leadership," Montgomery County Bar Association, 2003; "Fee Dispute Resolution Practices and Credibility, Chester County Bar Association, 2002; "Civil Trials School," Delaware County Bar Association, 1988
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Delaware County (President, 2002; Chairman, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, 1990-2001) and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Observations of a Judge Pro Tem," Delaware County Bar Association, 1997
  • "Differences Between State and Federal Court Practice," Insurance Agents Journal, 1984
Education:
  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 1965
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1968
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Arthur W. Lefco
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
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1985
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board (Hearing Committee,1998-2001; Chair, 2001-2004); University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society (1995-Present; Past President); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2016); Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants, 2007-Present; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2016); Philadelphia Best Lawyers (2007-Present); Classes/Seminars Taught: "False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution," CNA Insurance Webinar, September 2011; "Malpractice Avoidance Seminars," Delaware County Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association, 2008-2010; "Numerous Malpractice Avoidance Seminars," Pennsylvania Law Firms, 1990-2010; "Avoiding Malpractice Liability," Pennsylvania Bar Association, Reading, PA, April 19, 2005; "Malpractice Avoidance Seminar," Conference of County Bar Leaders, State College, PA, March 4, 2005; "Special Problems of Lawyer Experts," Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Annual Retreat, April 11-­13, 2003; "Hot Topics in Business Litigation," Professional Education Systems, Inc., November 19, 2002; "Legal Ethics in Pennsylvania," Lorman Education Services, September 18, 2002; "Avoiding and Dealing With Tax Malpractice Cases," Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, November 28, 2001
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Professional Liability Committee, Vice Chair, 2010; Past Chair)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Insurance Programs Committee, 1983-Present)
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • 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:
Brandow Chevrolet Inc., et al., vs. Reed Smith LLP (2015); Capital Care v. Hunt, 847 A.2d 75 (PA Super. 2004); UA Theatre Circuit, Inc. v. Twp. of Warrington, 316 F.3d 392, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 515 (3d Cir. Pa. 2003); Int'l Land Acquisitions, Inc. v. Fausto, 39 Fed. Appx. 751, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 13256 (3d Circuit Court of Appeals 2002); Nixon v. Fax.com, 196 F. Supp. 2d 920 (Ed MO 2002); Oliver v. Sid Bernstein, Ltd., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3276 (E.D. Pa. 1997); Home Ins. Co. v. Powell, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6863 (E.D. Pa. 1996); Atkinson v. Haug, 424 Pa. Super. 406, 622 A.2d 983 (Pa. Super. 1993)
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.S. (with honors), 1968
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1971
Honors:
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 Advocacy
  • Business Disputes
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1970
Additional Biographical Details:
Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia "Lawyer of the Year" Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2016); Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2007-Present); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2016)
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Bucks County and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Pilot's Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "A Game Changer for Personal Jurisdiction," Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 2, June 2016
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1966
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1969
Born:1944
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Eric A. Weiss, Co-Chair: Products Liability Practice Group and Class Action Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:eaweiss@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Business Organizations
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action 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; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2007-Present); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2016)
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: "The Nature And Impact Of The Restatement [Third] Of Torts: Product Liability Sec. 10: Post-Sale Duty To Warn," Published in 2000 FICC Quarterly
  • "Admissibility of Post-Accident Design Changes as Evidence of Product Defect," Defense Digest, Winter 1994
  • Co-Author: "Enforceability of Rule 26(c) Confidentiality Orders and Agreements," Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 2, Winter 1999
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Questions Admissibility of Plaintiff's Conduct in Strict Product Liability Action," Defense Digest, Volume 3, No. 1, 1997
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S., 1971
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Temple University School of Law, LL.M., 1977
Born:1949
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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 Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: "The Many Considerations Pertaining to the ESI 30(b)(6) Witness," International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law Committee, Annual Meeting, 2008; "Electronic Data: When Delete Does Not Mean Goodbye," PLRB Claims Conference, 2006 Annual Meeting; "E-Discovery Law Update," Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Meeting, 2007; "Electronic Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, 2006
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Chair, Federal Courts Committee, 2017; Vice-Chair, 2016) Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Addresses Important PA Human Relations Act Issues," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1999 and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June 6, 1999
  • "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
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 Liability
  • Asbestos
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "The Do's and Don'ts of Trial Advocacy," Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 5, 2015; "Masters in Trial Program," The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Philadelphia, PA, October 9, 2014; 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; "Managing Complex Litigation," The National Judicial College, July 2008
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Faculty Member)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Education:
  • Temple University, A.S., 1979
  • Temple University, B.A., 1980
  • Southern University Law Center, J.D., 1983
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Theodore A. McKee, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, 1984-1985
Born:1957
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Jeffrey P. Bates
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpbates@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Abington School District (Board of School Directors, 2002-2005; 2006-2009; 2010-Present); Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Outstanding Service Award (1997, 2010); Philadelphia Baptist Association, Regional Outreach Award (1998); Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Award (PVLA Volunteer of the Year) (1997, 2010); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Medical Legal Implications of Syncope: When Can You Drive After a Syncopal Event," Cardiovascular Institute's 4th Annual New Paradigms in Arrhythmia Management, Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2015; "Medical Documentation," Class for Nurses
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Professional Responsibility Committee)
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Publications:
  • Author: "When is 50/50 Enough to Win?," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
  • "The Class Action Lacks Class," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010 and Mondaq.com, May 23, 2011
  • "Mental Health And Collateral Jurisdiction: Perfect Together," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2004
Education:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.F.A. (with honors), 1981
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1989
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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2015-2016); Guest Lecturer, St. Francis University, Department of Physical Therapy (2015-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Medical Malpractice, Professional Responsibility, and the State Board," Thomas Jefferson University, Physician Assistant Program, May 2016; "Medical Malpractice, Professional Responsibility, and the State Board," GSPP Ortho SIG, 2012; "Basic Overview of the Anatomy of a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit (and Other Related Topics)," Temple University Dental School, October 2011; Overview of Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania as Related to the Professions of Physical and Occupational Therapy
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: “Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Still a Valid Defense for Out-Of-State Medical Providers,” Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
  • “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
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1996
  • Allegheny University of the Health Sciences School of Public Health, M.P.T., 1998
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Ralph P. Bocchino, Chair, Casualty Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rpbocchino@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Property Ligation
  • Amusement, Sports and Entertainment
  • Construction Defect Liability
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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2016); Honored Member of Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys (1990); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Risk Shifting and Indemnity and Additional Insured Status," Ohio Casualty, April 2013; "Nuances of the Political Subdivision Torts Claims Act," Ohio Casualty, April 2013; "Dram Shop Liquor Liability," Markel Insurance Co. and Markel International Insurance, August 2011; “The New Fair Share Act," Markel Insurance Co. and Markel International Insurance, August 2011; "Comparative Negligence Act of Pennsylvania; Alternatives in Discovery; Jury Verdicts and Jury Issues in Philadelphia and Outlying Counties," Ohio Casualty, April 2010; Potpourri, "The Black Box," Discuss Varying Topics Including Computer Chips and Information, Equipment in Various Vehicles, Automobiles and Trucks (2005/2007); "Discovery, Rules of Civil Procedure and Bad Faith in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute; "Releases and Uniform Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors Act," LaSalle Alumni Law Luncheon; "Discovery Techniques and Trial Techniques," Young Lawyers Association of Philadelphia
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Justinian Society
  • Lawyers Club of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Author: Risk Shifting and Indemnity and Additional Insured Status, Ohio Casualty, April 2013
  • “MAP-21 and the Role of Black-Box Recorders in Discovery,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 5, 2012
  • "When Pucks and Foul Balls Fly No Duty Rule of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 2002
  • "Punitive Damages and Deceased Defendants," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, March 8, 1999 and Defense Digest, Vol 4, No. 6, 1998
  • "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
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:
"Order of the Salamander Award," 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 Defense
  • Vehicle Liability Defamation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • Pennsylvania
  • 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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2009-2010, 2012-2016); Classes/Seminars 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
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Reported Cases:
Svege v. Interstate Safety Service, Inc., 862 A.2d 752 (Pa. Super 2004); Oxford Presbyterian Church v. Sico Oil Co., 815 A.2d 1094 (Pa.Super. 2003); Silvi v. United States, (2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11407) (E.D.Pa.); PECO Energy Co. v. Phila. Suburban Water Co., 802 A.2d 666 (Pa.Super. 2002); Meeks v. APV LTD., (2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11513) (E.D.Pa.); Williams v. Mercedes Benz, 59 D&C 4th 514 (Schuylkill CCP 2001); Johnson v. Dougherty Equip. Co., (2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15882) (E.D.Pa.); Kraus v. Taylor, 560 Pa. 220, 743 A.2d 451 (2000); Gorski v. Western Electric Co., 34 Fed Appx. 855 (2000 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11960); Kraus v. Taylor, 710 A.2d 1142 (Pa.Super. 1998); Lentz v. Mason, 32 F.Supp.2d 733 (D.N.J. 1999); Levin v. Lynn, 310 N.J.Super. 177, 708 A.2d 454 (1998); Lentz v. Mason, 961 F.Supp. 709, 45 ERC 1083, 27 Envtl. L. Rep. 21 (D.N.J. 1997); Kraus v. Taylor, 38 D&C 4th (Bucks CCP 1997); Weisman v. Green Tree Ins. Co., 447 Pa.Super. 549, 670 A.2d 160 (1996); Weisman v. Green Tree Ins. Co., 447 Pa.Super. 549, 670 A.2d 160 (1996); Pierce v. Long John Silver, (1996 U.S. Dist. Lexis 4021) (E.D.Pa.); Diamon v. Hosgood, 27 Phila 158 (Phila CCP 1994); Onyeanusi v. Pan Am World Airways, Inc., 952 F.2d 788, 60 USLW 2437 (3rd Cir. 1992); Onyeanusi v. Pan American World Airways, Inc., 767 F.Supp. 654 (E.D. Pa. 1990); Okkerse v. Howe, 521 Pa. 509, 556 A.2d 827 (1989); McReynolds v. Benner Tp., 118 Pa.Cmwlth. 215, 544 A.2d 566 (1988)
Education:
  • Hamilton College, B.A. (cum laude), 1977
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Born:1955
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Joanna D. Buchanico
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jdbuchanico@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Construction Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
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 (Women in the Profession Committee; Young Lawyers Division) and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Justinian Society
Publications:
  • Author: “Blame It on the Bank? Defending Mortgage Lenders in Premises Liability Cases,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014
  • "What's Your Active Malfunction? Insured Denied Coverage For Contractual Claims Of Poor Workmanship," Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2009
Education:
  • Widener University, B.A. (cum laude), 1999
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Honors:
Alpha Phi Sigma; Pi Gamma Mu; Pi Sigma Alpha
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Jacqueline H. Canter, Co-Chair, Retail Liability Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jhcanter@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
Additional Biographical Details:
Faculty Member: Numerous Past Continuing Legal Education Programs; Classes/Seminars Taught: Featured Speaker: "THE SPICE IS (NOT SO) RIGHT! Best Practices in Handling Foodborne Illness and Foreign Object Cases," National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Conference, March 2017; 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; "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; Moderator: "Choosing the Right Expert," National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference (NRRDA), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2016; "Assessing the Pros and Pitfalls of Conflict Waivers," National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference (NRRDA), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2016; "Evidentiary and Ethical Implications from Utilizing Social Media," DRI's 2014 Personal Injury Practicum, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014; Speaker: "Limited Tort, Automobile Law, Conducting Depositions in Personal Injury Cases, and The Art of Negotiation"; "Fundamentals of Personal Injury," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), May 2012; "Killer Deposition Tactics," 13th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri Seminar - Defense Research Institute (DRI), April 2011; "Managing the Changing Universe of Relations Among Clients," Third Party Administrators and Attorneys, National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Conference, February 2011; "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
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Agent Error and Omissions Defense
  • Securities Litigation
  • Errors & Omissions Defense
  • Real Estate Errors & Omissions Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, 2001
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Protecting Yourself Against Professional Liability Lawsuits," ICCFA Magazine, Publication of the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association, July 2016
  • "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
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Securities Litigation
  • Real Estate Agent and Broker Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2005-2008); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Protecting Seniors, A Priority for FINRA, State and Federal Legislators, and Arbitration Panels," 2016 Cadaret, Grant Advisor Forum, October 21, 2016; 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:
  • Author: “Protecting Seniors: A Priority for FINRA, Federal and State Legislators, and Arbitration Panels,” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016 and Financial Services Institute Newsletter, July 2016
  • "Bum Rap? Wrap Free Programs Under Scrutiny," Westlaw Journal: Securities Regulation & Litigation, October 2014
  • "FINRA Requests Comment on Brokercheck Enhancements," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
  • "FINRA Moves to Limit Dispositive Motions In Arbitration," PLUS Journal, Vol. XXI, No. 1, January 2008
  • "NASD Approves Merger With The New York Stock Exchange," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No.2, June 2007
  • "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, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2007
  • "529 Plans: Tax Free Withdrawals Now Permanent, But Regulatory Concerns Remain," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 1, March 2007
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Continues Its Strong Support Of Arbitration," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 2, June 2006
  • "Agreements To Arbitrate Upheld By Pennsylvania State And Eastern District Court Despite Alleged Confidential Relationship Between Plaintiff Investors And Defendant Stockbrokers," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September 2005
  • "Judge Reversed On Order Compelling Court Action To Arbitration," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No.1, March 2004
  • "NASD Reminds Firm Of Their Discovery Obligations," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2004
  • "NASD Members Are Warned To Give Investors Their Required Breaks," PLUS Journal, Vol. XVI, No. 9 and Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2003
  • "Injured Plaintiff Has No Direct Action Against Tortfeasor's Insurer for 'Bad Faith'," Pittsburgh Legal Journal, June 9, 1998
  • "No Assignment - No Excess Garnishment," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 3, June 1998
  • 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
  • Regular Contributor: "Legal Updates for Securities," 2015-Present
  • Case Law Alerts, 2012-Present
Education:
  • Temple University, B.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
Born:1971
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James H. Cole, Chair, Property Litigation Practice Group; Co-Chair, Fraud/Special Investigation Practice Group; Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation G
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jhcole@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Mold Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Special Investigation Unit Investigation and Litigation
  • Property Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
National Insurance Crime Bureau, Certificate of Appreciation, 2010; Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2014 (CLMP); Instructor and Executive Council Member, CLM Claims College, School of Property; Classes/Seminars Taught: "It's Jeopardy! An In-depth Look At The Unfair Claims Act," PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, Boston, MA, March 2017 (Co-Presenter); "#Water Is The New Arson," Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June 2016; "Mock Examination Under Oath: Theft Loss," PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, San Antonio, TX, April 2016; "Managing the Irrational Claimant - a Psychological & Legal Perspective," Pennsylvania's 2016 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2016; "It's Jeopardy! An In-depth Look At The Unfair Claims Act," Client Presentation, Omaha, NE, March 2016; "Cooperation with Law Enforcement," ICAC Webinar, November 2015; "Appraisal and Recent Trends in Bad Faith Law," Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, April 2015; "Property Overview: 3Ms - Marring, Matching, Misrepresentation," New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 2014 and Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June 2014; "Coverage 'C': Tools to Ensure Payment of Legitimate Content Claims," Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, May 2014; Cooperative Investigations-The Necessity and Pitfalls of Information Sharing," 2014 Pennsylvania Fraud Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2014; "Streamlining the Process and Controlling the Cost of Large-Scale Ring Cases," IFM – 2014 Insurance Fraud Management Conference, Amelia Island, FL, March 2014; "Auto Repair Fraud," Moderator, New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 2013; "Towing and Auto Body Fraud," IASIU's 28th Annual Seminar and Expo on Insurance Fraud, Atlanta, GA, September 2013; "Investigating Suspicious Wind and Hail Claims," Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (PAMIC) Annual Claims Summit, Gettysburg, PA, April 3, 2013; "Body Shop and Towing Fraud," Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Annual Conference, Hershey, PA, April 1-2, 2013; "Effectively Managing Complex and Emerging Issues," 2012 NJSIA 22nd Annual Fraud Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ; "The Importance of a Complete and Thorough Investigation," 2012 Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Cleveland, OH; "Recent Trends in Auto Body & Towing Fraud - Enhanced Damage and Reconstructed Titles," 2012 Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA; "Managing Public Adjuster Issues," 2012 IFMC - Insurance Fraud Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ; "Proper Interaction and the Role of the Public Adjuster During an Arson Investigation," 2012 ICAC - National Arson Training Seminar, Las Vegas, NV; "Insurance Fraud," 2011 ACFE Conference, San Diego, CA; "Litigation Strategies for Combating Fraudulent Hail Claims," 2011 Pennsylvania Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA; "Managing the Public Adjuster Process," 2011 IFM Conference, Amelia Island, FL; "Homeowner Fraud," 2010 NJSIA Conference, Atlantic City, NJ; "Civil Litigation Strategies for Combating Fraudulent Hail Claims," 2010 NICB Hail Fraud Awareness Conference, West Deptford, NJ; "The Importance of a Complete Investigation," 2010 Combating Insurance Fraud Conference, Conshohocken, PA; "Public Adjusters an SIU Perspective," 2010 IASIU Conference, Orlando, FL and 2010 Pennsylvania Fraud Conference, Gettysburg, PA; "SIU and the Public Adjuster Represented," 2009 IASIU Conference, Palm Desert, CA; "Cooperative Arson Investigations," 2009 PLRB Conference, Seattle, WA; "Property Claims Overview," 2008 PAMIC Conference, Harrisburg, PA; "Investigating Fraudulent Claims and Reporting Requirements," 2006 IASIU Conference, La Quinta, CA; "Application Fraud; PIP Fraud; Automobile Theft Fraud; Medical Fraud; Special Disaster Fraud; Arson Investigations and Bad Faith," Local and National Presentations to Clients
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Bucks County Bar Associations
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (Co-Chair, Property Committee)
  • The Insurance Institute of America (Associate in Claims, AIC)
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Much Ado About Marring," with Hillary Dean, Litigation Management, Winter 2014
  • Author: "Game, Set, Match The Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Whether An Insurance Company Owes To Match," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2008
  • "When an Insured Fires a Public Adjuster: The Sequel," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2006
  • 'Direct Physical Loss Does Not Equal Direct Physical Damage: The Third Circuit Expands the Scope of Property Insurance Coverage," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2005
  • "When The Insured Fires A Public Adjuster," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Application of Depreciation in Homeowners Policies," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, June 2004
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
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Bad Faith
  • Property Litigation
  • Product Warranty
  • Motor Vehicle Warranty Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
Additional Biographical Details:
Temple University, Alumni Association; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2007
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia County Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Compulsory Arbitration Committee
Publications:
  • Author: "No Limitations on Statute of Limitations for Pennsylvania Lemon Law & Breach of Warranty Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2008
  • "Plaintiff's Counsel's Closing Argument Analogy To A 'Drunk' Driving A Truck, Not Prejudicial To 'Funk'," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2007
  • "Facilitating Use of Recreational Land in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, Vol. LXXI, No. 3, July 2000
  • "Pennsylvania's 'Multi-Factor' Approach in Determining Immunity Under the Recreational use of Land and Water Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 2, June 2000
Education:
  • Temple University, B.S., 1987
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 1997
Honors:
American Juris Prudence Award - Juvenile Law, International Law; Cali Award - Juvenile Law
Born:1963
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Rasheen N. Davis
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rndavis@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • New Jersey, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2013
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007-2008, 2010-2013); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Tort Law Update," Pennsylvania Bar Association, September 2013; "Updates in Nursing Home Litigation, CLE Down the Shore: Tort Law Update," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Atlantic City, NJ, August 15, 2013; "HIPAA/HITECH and Discovery Issues," 2012; "Never Events"; "Medicare/Medicaid Reporting and Its Effects on Medical Record Documentation," County Commissioner's Association of Pennsylvania, Training Seminar/Medical Update, August 2009; "Preparing Witnesses to Testify: Tips and Techniques to Win Your Case," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, January 2007
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania (Women in the Profession Commission) and Philadelphia (Women Lawyers Division) Bar Associations
  • Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "The Potential Watering Down of County Immunities and the Impact of Federal Legislation on Nursing Homes," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011
  • "To Get It Right, Get It In Writing," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1996
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2002
Honors:
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
  • Business Organizations
  • Insurance Agent and Broker
  • Directors and Officer Litigation
  • Financial Planning
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Are Stock Brokers Fiduciaries? Depends on Who You Speak With - The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule," 10th Annual Errors & Omissions Insurance ExecuSummit, June 7, 2016; "School of Professional Lines," CLM Annual Claims College, September 7-10, 2014; "Mile High Compliance Workshop," Speaker, Denver, CO; "Variable Annuity Due Diligence and Sales Practices: C.Y.A. Equity Index Annuities"; "Compliance Boot Camp"; "Selling and Servicing Senior Citizens"; "Compliance Best Practices Boot Camp"; "Best Practices Boot Camp: Tales from the Trenches...The Perspective of Outside Legal Counsel"; "Investment Professionals Annual Firm Compliance Workshop"; "Practice Management & Compliance Boot Camp 101...The Perspective of In-House and Outside Counsel"; "Best Practices Boot Camp: Scared Straight! Tales from the Trenches"; "The Basics and Recent Developments in the Financial Institution Arenas"; "Mutual Fund Sales Practices"; "Regulatory Environment and Overview"; "Claims and Underwriting in the USA"; "Financial Institutions and Broker/Dealers"; "Arbitration, Litigation & Compliance Management in the Financial Services Industry"; "Investment Best Practices Securities 101"; "Tales From the Trenches and Perspectives of Outside Counsel: Investments Professionals Best Practices Boot Camp 101"; "Broker/Dealer Issues; Securities Arbitrator Training and Education"; "Handling of Securities Claims"; "Analyzing Securities Matters"; "Scared Straight"; "When Your Client Is No Longer Your Friend"; "Customer Complaints and Regulatory Inquiries"; "CYA Covering Your Assets, Surviving the Bear Market"; "Mediating a Securities Case"; "Business and Risk Management"; Various Speaking Engagements for Broker-Dealers, RIAs, FPAs Representatives and Other Organizations; Featured Speaker: "Brokers and Financial Advisors Transitioning, Legal Obstacles and Issues," Financial Services Institute (FSI) National Conference, 2013; "The New FINRA Rules and the Effect on Future Claims," 6th Annual National E&O Insurance ExecuSummit, June 2012; "CE and Practice Management Conference," MML Investor Services, Inc., 2008

Memberships:
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • New Jersey State and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • 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
Publications:
  • Author: "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"
  • "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, Pennsylvania Institute of CPA's Journal, Claim of the Month
  • Co-Author: "Selling Investments to and Advising Senior Citizens," with Rachael Luken, Esquire
  • "Regulators Scrutinize Variable Annuity Sales and Switching," with Adam Bronstein, Esquire
Certifications:
  • Certified Litigation Management Professional, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Education:
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1980
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1958
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Joan P. Depfer
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpdepfer@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Consumer Credit Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1991
  • Pennsylvania
  • 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
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
Memberships:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Education:
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1982
  • Widener University, Paralegal Studies (with honors), 1986
  • 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
  • Employment Law (Management Side)
  • Securities and Investments Professional Liability
  • Securities Litigation
  • Insurance Agent Litigation
  • Real Estate Agent Litigation
  • Mortgage Broker Litigation
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:
International Who's Who for Licensed Professionals; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Complex Product Policies and Procedures," Panelist, FSI's One Voice Conference, January 24, 2017; "Navigating a Post-DOL Fiduciary World," Panelist on Managing Risk and Protecting your Practice Session, Financial Services Institute Forum, 2016; "Navigating a Post-DOL Fiduciary World," Panelist on Managing Risk and Protecting your Practice Session, Financial Services Institute Forum, 2016; "Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update," Broker-Dealer and SEC Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2014; "What You Did Not Know About Transitioning A Book Of Business," Financial Services Institute Annual Conference, Spring 2011; "First Quarter Compliance Seminar on Mutual Fund Share Classes," Financial Services Institute Seminar, 2006; Various Seminars for Insurance Carriers and Third-Party Administrators on Early Resolution Methods for Securities Litigation Matters; Speaker: "Expungement, FINRA Claim Statistics and Claims By Senior and Broker Protocol," Third Quarter Financial Services Institute Seminar, 2009; "Annual Compliance Seminar," Sun Trust Investment Services, 2005; "NASD Arbitration and Mediation Panel," NASD Spring Conference, 2004; Keynote Speaker: Mutual Fund/Investment Advisor Insurance Conference, AON Third Annual Conference, 2003
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • National Association of Securities Dealers (Arbitrator)
Publications:
  • Author: “FINRA Task Force Ends With a Fizzle,” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016
  • "Bonds May Be the Next Wave of FINRA Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2015
  • "Inside the Minds Series," Thompson Reuters Westlaw 2014, Chapter Contributor, New Developments in Securities Litigation
  • "Will New FINRA Guidance Allow for Broker-Dealers To Litigate Selling Away Claims in Court?," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
  • "Nonsignatory Third Party Is Liable To Arbitrate Securities Case," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
  • "FINRA Allows for Leeway In Settling Claims Under The Report Thresholds,: Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
  • "Small Business Job and Credit Act of 2010 Greatly Reduces Tax Penalties Against 412(i) Plan Participants," Aon Advisor Solutions, Winter 2011 Newsletter
  • FINRA Rule Update, Motions to Dismiss Ineligible Claims, Featured Article, Agents of America Monthly Publication, February 2010
  • "Beware Of The Topsy-Turvey Economy," Insurance Agents of America, Fourth Quarter 2007
  • "What Could Be Wrong With C Shares?," Defense Digest, Volume 12, No. 1, March 2006
  • "SEC Expands Monitoring of Registered Representatives," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June 2001 and Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, Vol. 224, No. 119, June 20, 2001
  • "PA Code Requires Periodic Inspection Of All Broker/Dealer Office Locations in PA," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 6, 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
  • "Right to Compel NASD Arbitration is Expanded in Pennsylvania's Eastern District," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1998
  • "Breadth of Customer Arbitration Agreement is Expanded In Pennsylvania," Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. IX, Nos. 10 and 11, June 1998
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.); Hirsch v Securities America, Inc, NJ A-5637-10
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), 1996
Honors:
Moot Court (Board Member, 1988-1990; Honor Society)
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
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2014
Additional Biographical Details:
BV Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Top 10 Trouble Spots for Accountants and How to Defend Against Them," DRI Professional Liability Seminar Panelist, December 2016; "Do's and Don'ts of Engagement Letters," Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, November 16, 2016; "The Top Ten Trouble Spots for Accountants," NAPLIA (North American Professional Liability Insurance Agency), October 27, 2016; "Risk Management - Practical Lessons From the Trenches," Bucks and Montgomery County Chapters of the Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals, October 25, 2016; "Perception vs. Reality of Engagement Letters," Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Annual Conference, November 2015; "What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?," PLUS International Conference, November 6, 2014; "Buying & Selling Accounting, Law and Other Non-Medical Professional Practices," Montgomery County Bar Association, October 29, 2014; "Ethical Considerations When Dealing With Distressed Property," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, August 2014; "Risk Management and Loss Prevention for Accountants," Kansas City and Kansas Institutes of CPAs, July 2014; "Accountan''s Professional Liability," Travelers Insurance Co., November 2013; "Handling the Accountant Embezzlement Claim - A Case Study," Institute of CPAs Joint Committee on Cooperation With the Bar and Other Professionals, March 2013 and Travelers Insurance Co., November 2013; "Forensic Reports: the Federal and State Rules of Evidence - Kovel Letters," Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Forensic and Litigation Divorce Conference, October 2013; "I Think My Bookkeeper Is Stealing From Me," Panel Presenter - PICPA Cooperates With the Bar and Other Professionals, Philadelphia, PA, June 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; "Accountants Professional Liability - Claims Training and Current Issues Discussion," GenStar and Markel/AllRisks, Chicago, IL, March 2013; "Advanced Issues in Foreclosure," Live CLE, Philadelphia, PA July 2011; "Maintaining Professionalism in the Legal Practice," National Business Institute Webinar, June 2011; "Tax Consequences of Foreclosure," National Business Institute, National Webinar, Also Available as a Podcast Through West Publishing, January 2011 and June 2011; "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; "Risky Business: Risk Management Techniques for Accounting Firms," ArgoPro, Insight Services Inc., Contract Solutions Group Webinar, October 2010; "Accountants' Liability Claims Perspective and Risk Management," National Webinar for ArgoPro/Insight Insurance Services, October 2010; "Agents and Brokers - A Better Understanding of Legal Developments and Risk Assessment," Liberty Mutual Agency Underwriters and Claims, Seattle, WA, September 2010; "Do's and Don'ts of Engagement Letters in IRS Tax Representation," Winning Strategies LLC, November 2009; "New Auditing Standards, IRS Regulations, the Turmoil in the American Automotive Market and How Each May Impact Claims, Litigation and Risk Management," Annual Meeting of the National Alliance of Auto Dealer Advisors (NAADA), St. Louis, MO, June 2009; "Case Trends, Risk Management and Issues Effecting Underwriting and Claims Against Accountants and Attorneys," New York, NY June 2009; "A Comprehensive Guide To Claims Administration," Mutual Marine, New York, NY, Spring 2009; "New Auditing Standards for Non-Public Companies/Liability and Risk Management Issues," Morris J. Cohen & Co., P.C., Philadelphia, PA, 2007; "New Auditing Standards Recently Promulgated by the AICPA and Their Effects on Claims Trends and Underwriting," Everest National Insurance Company, April 4, 2007; "Claims Trends and Risk Management Techniques For Professional Liability Attorneys, Claims Handlers And Underwriters," Crittenden Specialty Coverages Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2004; "PLUS Mid-Year Miscellaneous E&O Symposium," PLUS, Philadelphia, PA, May 2004
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association (Committee of Law Examiners)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Publications:
  • Author: "Another Arrow in the Defense Quiver," Agents of America, E&O Weekly Prevention, October 4, 2012
  • "The IRS, QuickBooks and You," Of Mutual Interest, July 2012
  • "Remember Risk Management With Adoption of New Work Paradigms," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 80, No. 1, p. 16, Spring 2009
  • "Top Ten Trouble Spots: Will We Ever Learn?," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 78, No. 4, pp. 12-13, Winter 2008
  • "In Bad Economy, Protect Yourself from Portfolio Collapse Lawsuits," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3, p. 14, Fall 2008
  • "Confronting the Inevitable Blame Game," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol 79, No. 2, p. 14, Summer 2008
  • "Mind The Gap In Liability Coverage," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 77, No. 4, Winter 2007
  • "Never Slack On Security," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Volume 77, No. 3, Fall 2006
  • "The Benefits of Advice: One Step to a Better Night's Sleep," The Asset Column, Winter 2000
  • "Experience Begets Advice," The Asset Column, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1999
  • "Fact and Fiction of Mediation and the Accountant: A Case Study," Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Vol. 68, No. 4, Winter 1998
  • "Claims Made and Reported: A View from the Top," The Asset Column, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1997
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; Order of the Barristers
Language:
  • German
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Lee C. Durivage
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lcdurivage@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law (Management Side)
  • Labor Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • School Leaders' Liability
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Defense (2012-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues," Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2015; Co-Presenter: "EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group," June 26, 2014; "Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business," The Graham Company, May 2014
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "The State of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 22, 2016
  • "EEOC’s Proposed Guidance Expands the Scope of Retaliation," Legal Updates for Employment Law, February 2016
  • "Avoiding Penalties When Classifying Independent Contractors," The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, June 30, 2015
  • "Pennsylvania Employment Law Update," Counterpoint, Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 2008-Present
  • "Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims in Succession Planning," The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 2013
  • "When Does Striving for a Health Workforce Violate the Law?," The Legal Intelligencer, June 12, 2012
  • "The Continued Expansion of the ADA: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Updated Regulations In Light of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act," Counterpoint, Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, October 2011
  • "Undue Hardship: the Employer's Burden Under the ADAAA," The Legal Intelligencer, June 15, 2011
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2008-Present
Certifications:
  • Business Organizations Law Certificate
Education:
  • Syracuse University, B.S., 2004
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, with honors), 2007
Law Review:
Articles Editor, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
Honors:
Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society
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Howard P. Dwoskin, Director, Casualty Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:hpdwoskin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:
Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Committee Member); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2012-2016); 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
Born:1959
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Laurianne Falcone
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lafalcone@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Amusements, Sports and Entertainment
  • Premises Liability Defense
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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2005-2008, 2013-2015); Classes/Seminars Taught: "The Art of the Deposition," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2015; "Premises Liability Litigation: Focus on the Slip, Trip and Fall Case," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2014; "Trying a Case in State Court from Start to Finish," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, July 2012, June 2014; "Preservation of Evidence--Counsel's Responsibility?," Defense Research Institute 15th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri, Philadelphia, PA, April 16, 2013; "Handling the Slip Trip & Fall," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Winter 2012, August 2010; "Pennsylvania's New Joint and Several Liability Law," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 2011; "Premises Liability Seminar," Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2010; "How the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 Will Impact our Practice," May 26, 2009; "Accident Documentation and Investigation," 2007-Present
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "Production of Surveillance Evidence in Personal Injury Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, Personal Injury Supplement, November 22, 2016
  • “It’s All About the Timing...A Guide to Producing Surveillance Evidence of the Plaintiff in Personal Injury Cases,” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016
  • "Managing a Litigation Practice From a Woman's Perspective," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July-August 2014
  • "Let's Spare Some Trees -Standard Discovery Requests in Philadelphia Arbitration Cases," Defense Digest, 2005
  • "With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?," Defense Digest, 2004
  • "The Jury Can Only Follow the Instructions It's Given: An Analysis of Vallone v. Creech," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 3, September 2003
Education:
  • Ursinus College, B.A., 1997
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2000
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Gene D. Cohen, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County
Honors:
Ursinus College Best Paper-European Union Law, 1998; Howard Trucksess Prize, 1997; Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society (1996-1997)
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John C. Farrell
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jcfarrell@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Commercial Liability
  • Construction Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Physical Therapy Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle 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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2009-2010); Classes/Seminars Taught: Lectured to: Philadelphia County Dental Society, Pennsylvania Psychology Association, Temple University, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Study Group of Joseph Gian-Grasso, D.D.S. on Dental Malpractice Trends; Seminars on: Risk Management Techniques and Controls, Discoverability of Witness Statements and Litigation Management Plans
Memberships:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Consider Retaining Multiple Experts to Opine on the Standard of Care to Increase Your Chances of Securing a Defense Verdict," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016
  • "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Wrongful Birth Statute," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2016
  • "A Good Samaritan Is Hard To Find," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2003
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds That Root Canal Requires Informed Consent," Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999
  • "Taking the Bite Out of Strict Liability For Dentists," Defense Digest, February 1996
  • "Intervening and Superseding Causes Still Alive and Well (co-author with A. Berman)," Counterpoint, October 1993
Education:
  • Ursinus College, B.A. (cum laude), 1985
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1988
Born:1962
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Eric A. Fitzgerald, CPCU, CLU; 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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2012 (CLMP); Classes/Seminars Taught: "EPL 101," Merchants Insurance Group, April 19, 2016; "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"; "The Legal Environment of Insurance," Course Instructor - CPCU 6
Memberships:
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (National Nominating Committee)
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society (Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Property Legal Research Bureau
  • International Claims Association
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Publications:
  • Author: "Keeping the Faith. Understanding Reverse Bad Faith," Claims Management, May 2016
  • "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
  • "Infant Switch Spotlights Risk at Hospitals," National Underwriter, October 5, 1998
  • Co-Author: "Commonly Litigated Coverage Issues Involving Personal Automobile Policies," Insurance Law Handbook, New York State Bar Association, 2000
  • 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
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gwfox@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Director & Officer Litigation
  • Bankruptcy 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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2015); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Insurance Defense Professional Guide to Bankruptcy," Moderator, 2017 PLUS Management & Professional Liability Symposium, April 5, 2017; "On the Pulse…Helping To Make the Best of a Difficult Situation: A Profile of Marshall Dennehey’s Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016; "Duty of Competency When Diversifying Your Practice," National Business Institute, April 2015; "Forbearance Agreements - Structure and Important Provisions," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, August 2014; "Real Estate Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Workshop - How Bankruptcy Changes The Foreclosure Landscape," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014; "Collections and FDCPA Compliance - Piercing The Corporate Veil In Commercial Collections," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 2013; "Collections and FDCPA Compliance - Preparing For Bankruptcy's Impact on Collections," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 2012; "Real Property Foreclosure, A Step-by-Step Workshop - How Bankruptcy Changes the Landscape," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 2012; "Collection Law Tips and Strategies - Essential Bankruptcy Issues Impacting Collection Law," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, April 2012; "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, Chicago, IL, October 2011; "FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment - Bankruptcy's Implications on Collection Practices," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, August 2011; "Advanced Topics in Foreclosure," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, July 2011; "The Tax Consequences of Foreclosure," National Business Institute, National Webinar, 2011; "Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2009; "Real Estate Tax Sales Law in Pennsylvania," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2008; "Collection Law From Start To Finish," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2008; "Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "When the Statute of Limitations Meets Claim Objections: A Tale of Two Sections of the Bankrupcty Code," New Jersey Law Journal, February 22, 2016
  • "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
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Employment Law
  • Excess Liability
  • Directors & Officers
  • Non-Profit
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "The New Fair Share Act and Dram Shop Liquor Liability," Markel Insurance Co. and Markel International Insurance, August 2011; "Recent Developments in Dram Shop Litigation," Pennsylvania Association for Justice, April 2010; "Tort Law Update," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, August 2008; "Mealey's Retail Hospitality Liability Conference," Las Vegas, NV, October 2005; "Annual Symposium on Alcoholic Beverage Law," National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Inc., Arlington, VA, March 2004; "Dram Shop Liability," Insurance Society of Philadelphia, December 2003; "Liquor Liability," Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, November 1999; "Liquor Liability Seminar," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg and Philadelphia), 1999-Present; "Tort Law Update (Evidence and Expert Witnesses)," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1995-Present; "Evidence of Intoxication, Philadelphia Bar Education Foundation, December 1995; "Defending Liquor Liability Cases," Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, June 1992; American College of Forensic Psychiatrists, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999; "Dram Shop Liability," Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 1991
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:
  • Author: "Appellate Bailout in Pennsylvania Dram Shop Case," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2012
  • "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, and 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 and The Legal Intelligencer, June 14, 1999
  • "Dram Shop Liability," Pennsylvania Bar Institute No. 1999-2074
  • "'After Hours' Service of Alcohol Not A Basis For Liability Under PA Dram Shop Act," Defense Digest, October 1995
  • "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
  • "The Dram Shop Act in Pennsylvania: Strategies for the Defense," American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1992
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
Born:1952
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Tiffany J. Giangiulio
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tjgiangiulio@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Mass Tort
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2005
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015)
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Lehigh University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2002
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2005
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma; The National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Moot Court Board
Born:1979
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John P. Gonzales
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpgonzales@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Liability
  • School Leaders’ 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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Legal Updates for Law Enforcement," Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association's Centennial 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 and 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:
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Third Circuit Takes Pennsylvania Beyond 402(A)," Defense Digest, Winter 1994
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
  • Post-Trial Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Civil Procedural Rules Committee, 2015-2017); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2008-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "What Can We Learn from Nancy Raynor?," Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, June 2015; "Winning Your Case on Appeal," Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 45th Annual Conference, July 17-19, 2013; "Winning (or Not Losing) Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 2010; "Appellate Medication in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2009
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Bar Association of the Third Federal Court
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (Fellow, 2016)
Publications:
  • Author: "Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant; Solutions to the Concealment of Asbestos Trust Filings in Tort Litigation," For The Defense, April 2016
  • "Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings In Asbestos Litigation: Refuting the Myths About Transparency," Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Report and Mealey's Litigation Report Asbestos, April 2016
  • "Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings In Asbestos Litigation: A Survey Of Solutions To The Types Of Conduct Exposed In Garlock's Bankruptcy," Mealey's Asbestos Bankrupcty Report, August 28, 2015
  • "A New Product Liability Paradigm," Defense Digest, Vo. 21, No. 1, March 2015
  • "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
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2012-Present
  • 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
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)
Military:
U.S. Marines, 1986-1990
Born:1968
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Shane Haselbarth
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:sshaselbarth@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Product Liability
  • Municipal Liability
  • Post-Trial Practice/Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Appellate Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2007
  • Pennsylvania
  • Florida, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Eleventh Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2015-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Highlights in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law," Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 5, 2015
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Regular Contributor: "Case Law Alerts," January 2014-Present
  • Author: “The Phantom Vehicle: Prejudice in Delayed UM Claim Not Presumed, But Certainly Demonstrable,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
Education:
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2004
  • Ave Maria School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2007
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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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2016, Top 100 Philadelphia, 2011); Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2013-Present); Classes/Seminars Taught: "'Unreasonable Dangerous Design' in the Jury Charge and on the Verdict Sheet in Products Liability Cases," Pennsylvania Association of Defense Counsel (PADC), Philadelphia, PA, December 2016; "Tincher v Omega Flex, Inc. - The New Pennsylvania Approach to Strict Liability Post-Azzarello," Pennsylvania Bar Institute - Webinar, March 2015; "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; "Spoliation," Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, November 1997; "Use of Spoliation Claims in Products Liability Cases," Philadelphia Bar Association, April 1997; "Spoliation of Evidence in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, 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
  • "Spoliation Ball Bounces Back Up for Defendants," The Legal Intelligencer, April 6, 1999
  • "When Relevant Evidence No Longer Exists," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 119, January 23, 1995
  • "Future Battlegrounds in Spoliation," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 153, January 30, 1995
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)
Born:1953
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Kevin E. Hexstall
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:kehexstall@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Criminal Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Casualty
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1998
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Diverse Partners Network; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2006-2008, 2010-2011, 2014-2016); American Lawyer Media. Recognized as one of Twelve Pennsylvania Minority Attorneys "On the Verge" in a Diversity Supplement, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly (2007); Classes/Seminars 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 Series, November 2013; "Mock Jury Selection in 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 Series, November 2013; "Mock Jury Selection in a Toxic Tort Case," 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; "Crime and Punishment," Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program Speaker, June 2010; "Fattah Conference on Higher Education," Philadelphia, PA (Speaker), 2009-2010; "Some Like It Hot: Emerging Issues in Toxic Tort and Environmental Law," Moderator, Wind Energy Projects, ABA TIPS 19th Annual Spring CLE Meeting, April 2010; "The Costs of Bet-the-Company Verdicts-Impacts and Staying Power," HB Litigation Conferences' Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference, March 2010; "Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues," Insurance Companies Seminars/CLEs; "Bankruptcy-Utilizing Trust Application Information to Develop your Defense in Asbestos Litigation," CLE Seminar at Resolute Management, Inc.; "Diversity Forum-Making Your Own Path in Today's Society," Ohio Northern University College of Law; "Business Development and Networking: Building A Client Base," Drexel Law Co-Op; "Power of 3: Assignment/Inclusion/Mentoring," Philadelphia Diversity Seminar; Criminal Justice Section of Community College of Philadelphia; Rowan University Career Day; Landis Middle School Commencement Ceremony (Keynote Speaker); Cumberland County Community College Career Day; "Say Yes to Education," College Seminar
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: Vice Chair, Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee, 2007 and Diversity Committee, 2007-2008; National Leadership Academy, 2006-2007; Taskforce, 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
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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:
Smith College Alumnae Association (Past Member, Board of Directors); Martha Hampton Award, Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section, 2017; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2017; Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2013); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Shifting A Male-Dominated Work Culture," Smith College Women's Leadership Conference, Northampton, MA, April 1, 2017; "Work/Life Balance: How Do You Achieve It in the Private Sector?," The National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia, PA, November 10, 2016; "Pennsylvania's Workers’ Compensation Law: Best Practices for Complying with Benefits, Understanding the Flow of a Workers’ Compensation Claim, and Tips to Prevent WC Fraud," PA Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, September 30, 2016; "The First 48 Hours: CSI," CLM Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 6, 2016; "Exploring the Rising Use and Costs of Compounded Medications in Workers' Compensation," National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, March 1-2, 2016; "Basic WC Law, Part 2," Panel Member, Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Conference, Hershey, PA, June 2, 2015; "UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, King of Prussia, PA, March 19, 2015; "Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on the Workers' Compensation System," McKesson Corporation Safety, Security and Workers' Compensation Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 5, 2014; "Social Media and Workers' Compensation, and Handling Unusual WC Situations," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, Hershey, PA, 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, PA, September 16, 2014; "Winning by Inclusion," Panel Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Diversity Luncheon, Chicago, IL, 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, IL, 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, Las Vegas, NV, November 11, 2010; "Unique Workers' Compensation Aspects of Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees," National Teleconference for Lorman Education Services, January 13, 2010; "Updated Issues for Small Businesses," Symposium for Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2008; "Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees: How to Support Them and Keep Your Costs Down," National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 21, 2008; "Medicare Set-Asides: What You Need to Know and Why," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Auto Law Update, Conshohocken, PA, October 31, 2008; "Managing Your Workers' Compensation Claims," Willis HRH Seminar Series, Rockville, MD, October 2008; "How Do Companies Choose Between Mediation and Litigation in Workers' Compensation Cases," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Roundtable, Harrisburg and Conshohocken, PA, April 2008; "Workers' Compensation Symposium," Sedgwick CMS, Philadelphia, PA, December 2007; "Claims Handling Checklist," Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association Annual Meeting, State College, PA, March 7, 2007; "Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation," Panel Member, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, January 31, 2007; "Workers' Compensation: Latest Developments and What Is on The Horizon," SEAK, National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference, Hyannis, MA, July 2005; "Gender: Its Impact on the Litigation Process," AAJ (formerly ATLA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, July 2003; "Repetitive Trauma in the Workplace," Panel Member, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 31, 1997
Memberships:
  • National (Women's Division), American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Co-Chair, Women's Rights Committee, 2014-2015) Bar Associations
  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Author: Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide, Eighth Edition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 2016
  • The Trouble With Compounds," Workers' Compensation Magazine, June/July 2016
  • "Confronting Unconscious Biases in Litigation," Diversity Insider, Newsletter of the DRI's Diversity Committee, May 6, 2016 and The Resource, newsletter of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • "Three Things We Can Count On: Death, Taxes and Rising Workers' Compensation Costs," Workers' Compensation Magazine, April/May 2015
  • "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, Vol. 71, No. 4, Winter 2009
  • "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
  • "Commonwealth Court Arms Employers In Good-Faith-Job-Offer Refusal Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, November 29, 2001
  • "Injury Outside The Workplace Not Employer's Responsibility," The Legal Intelligencer, April 26, 2001
  • "Stopping Temporary Benefits For The Retired Worker," The Legal Intelligencer, April 26, 2001
  • "Modified Job Must Meet Physician's Restrictions: Good Faith Offer To Claimant Required," The Legal Intelligencer, July 26, 2001
  • "Second Termination Petition Not Precluded By Initial Filing," The Legal Intelligencer, September 27, 2001
  • "Managed Care Integration with Workers' Compensation," Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), Vol. 2, No. 5, 1996
  • "Stroke Cases: They are Defensible," Counterpoint, July 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:
Distinguished Alumni Award, BALSA Section of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Born:1954
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Gerald Kowalski
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gjkowalski@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Business Organizations
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Directors & Officers
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
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2012-2016); Classes/Seminars 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
Born:1959
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Daniel D. Krebbs
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:ddkrebbs@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • First Party Flood Insurance Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1994
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1998
Additional Biographical Details:
BV Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2005); Classes/Seminars 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: "Tuning Out The Siren Song of Sales Displays," Defense Digest, Vo. 13, No. 4, December 2007
  • "The Pennsylvania Superior Court Invalidates Rule 212.2 Sanctions," Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2002
  • "Plaintiff in Products Liability Suit Permitted To Introduce Evidence Of Subsequent Design Change," The Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association, March 9, 2001 and Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 2000
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)
Born:1968
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Thomas McKenzie
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tjmckenzie@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking
  • Transportation
  • Automobile Accidents
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2008, 2010-2013); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Lights, Camera, Evidence," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, July 21, 2015
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Brehon Law Society
  • The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Loyola College in Maryland, B.A., 1995
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1999
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R. Thomas McLaughlin
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rtmclaughlin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Design Professionals
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
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
  • Fair Debt Collection/FCEUA Defense
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance
  • Fair Debt Reporting Act Defense
  • Defamation & Privacy Defense
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
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Evolving Issues in Fair Debt Collection: FDCPA, TCPA and Beyond," Pennsylvania Bar Institute Live Webcast, July 2016; "Compliance With and the Defense of Claims Brought under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act," National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 2014; "'Reasonable Investigations' Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act," ACA International Annual Convention and Expo, Members Attorney Program, San Diego, CA, 2013; "Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Understanding Other Consumer Protections," Philadelphia, PA, 2013; "Defending Against a Debt Collection Harassment Claim," Philadelphia, PA, 2013; "FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment," Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • ACA International (The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, Attorney Program)
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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Virtual Law Office and Interstate Practice of Law," National Business Institute, April 2015; 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: "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
  • "Former Phillies Tyler Green Thrown A Curve On Appeal For Legal Fees," Defense Digest, September 2007
  • "Medical Malpractice Plaintiff's Motion For Relief From Judgment of Non Pros Lacks Merit," Defense Digest, March 2007
  • Regular Contributor: MDWC&G Case Law Alerts
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
  • Appeals
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:
Villanova University School of Law McDevitt Fellowship; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®;
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2016); Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law (2006-Present); Philadelphia Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year (2012); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Discovery in Bad Faith Claims - Strategies, Common Disputes and Emerging Issues," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2012; Frequent Lecturer/Presenter on Insurance Related Topics for: The Insurance Society of Philadelphia; In-House Training; Pennsylvania Bar Institute; Pennsylvania Defense Institute and Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (Co-Chair, Bad Faith Group)
Publications:
  • Author: "Should Attorneys Fees Incurred In A Statutory Bad Faith Claim Include Fees Incurred Solely In Pursuit Of The Bad Faith Claim: Time To Revisit The Polselli Prediction?," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
  • "Ssshh! Are We Required To Whisper Our Legal Advice?," Counterpoint (PDI), April 2008
  • "Bad Faith and Excess Verdicts: 'The Bermuda Quadrangle'," Seminar for PA Trial Lawyers Assn. (PATLA), June 2003
  • "Birth Center Delivers Major Headache in Excess Verdict Cases," Defense Digest, Spring 2002
  • "Litigating Bad Faith Claims in Insurance Coverage Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, Sept. 28, 1998
  • "The Proper Measure of Compensable Past Medical Expenses," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, July 27, 1998
  • "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
  • "CATFund Joint Tort Cap Provision Enforced," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1997
  • "Erie v. Lake: Do You Know Who Your Insureds Are?," The Legal Intelligencer Insurance Update, Summer 1996 and Defense Digest, May 1996
  • "Revisions to Pennsylvania Rule Puts Post-Trial Motions and Appeals on Fast Track," Defense Digest, February 1996
  • "Bad Faith Burden of Proof Clarified," Defense Digest, Summer, 1994; "Insurance Coverage for Assault and Battery Claim Determined by Complaint," Defense Digest, Fall 1994
  • "Superior Court Emotionally Distressed Over Negligent Infliction Claims," Defense Digest, Winter 1993
  • Co-Author: "Understanding the Moorehead Decision: Hospital Receives Set-Off," The Legal Intelligencer, March 16, 1998
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
Born:1956
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Anthony Natale, III
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:apnatale@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: "If You See Something, Say Something – Detecting Workers''Compensation Fraud," Pennsylvania's 2017 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April 6, 2017; "Case Law Update," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminars, October 19 and 27, 2016; "Pennsylvania's Workers’ Compensation Law: Best Practices for Complying with Benefits, Understanding the Flow of a Workers’ Compensation Claim, and Tips to Prevent WC Fraud," PA Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, September 30, 2016; "Check the Rulebook: Workers' Compensation Legal Update," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015; "Unemployment Compensation Roundtable," Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, June 2015; "Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2015," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, April 13, 2015; "UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, King of Prussia, PA, March 19, 2015; "PEO's effect on Guaranty Fund: Insurance Company Perspective, Fund Perspective and Counsel Perspective," NCIGF 2014 Fall Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2014; "Workers' Compensation Medical Fraud and Abuse," CEU Institute, June 25, 2014; "Busted! Identifying, Proving And Prosecuting Workers' Compensation Fraud," National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, February 4-5, 2014; "Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, PA, December 3, 2013; "Tri-State Workers' Compensation Legal Update," Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey Seminar, October 24, 2013; "FrankenFraud – The New Employee Monster," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, November 30, 2012; "Workers' Compensation 101 Roundtable," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, PA, June 8, 2012; "Unemployment Claims Fraud: Protect Your Organization from Bogus Jobless Claims," Center for Competitive Management, April 19, 2012; "Unemployment Compensation Roundtable," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Scranton, PA, March 8, 2012; King of Prussia, PA, March 16, 2012; "The Interplay Between the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act," AmeriHealth Casualty Webinar, August 25, 2011; "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); "Workers' Compensation Primer," Drexel Seminar, March 2011 (An Analysis on how to Defend Workers' Compensation Actions in a University Setting); "Pennsylvania Claims Handling" (Monthly Seminars in PA, NJ and DE), 2002-Present; "Defending Pennsylvania Claims," Boston, 2008; "Prosecuting Fraud Under New Guides," Texas, 2006; "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law and Claims Handling," Michigan, 2001; "Case Law Updates" to Various Insurers on Monthly Basis, 1998-2000; "Prosecuting Fraud," and "Pennsylvania Forms Seminar," 1997; "Act 57 Amendments," 1996; "How to Defend Hearing Loss Cases," 1994; "ADA and Workers' Compensation Act," Five Pennsylvania Cities, 1992
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Publications:
  • Contributing Author: "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide," Eighth Edition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, 2016
  • Author: "The Treating Physician: A Misnomer in Workers' Comp Litigation," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 25, 2015
  • "Insurance Agency Risk Management: E & O Exposures By Line of Business," Chapter on Workers' Compensation, 2014 edition
  • "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
  • "PEOs: A New Potential for Workers' Comp Fraud? A Close Look at Professional Employer Organizations," National Underwriter Property & Casualty, October 2013
  • "Fee Review Litigation: An Overview," Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association newsletter, May 2011
  • "Retirement Does Not Mean Retirement When You Are Collecting Workers' Compensation Benefits," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2011
  • "Ding Dong Kachinski's Dead: Commonwealth Court Declines To Resuscitate," Defense Digest, 2010-09, Vol. 16, No. 3
  • Articles in Defense Digest and the Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association's Publications
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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2012-2013); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Understanding and Navigating the Philadelphia Arbitration System," CLE 2011
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Can A Plaintiff Safely Walk and Chew Gum At The Same Time in Pennsylvania?, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013
  • Author: "Cracking the Concrete Corporation Veil," Defense Digest, Winter 2007
  • "Stolen Cars: If It Looks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck, It's An 'Ugly Duck'," Defense Digest, Winter 2005
  • "Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street: Limited Tort Selection And Its Effect On The Pedestrian," Defense Digest, Fall 2003
Education:
  • University of Scranton, B.S., 1992
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2003
Military:
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 2003-Present
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Alex B. Norman
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:abnorman@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Negligent Security
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2007
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
Additional Biographical Details:
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy Graduate (2015); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2015-2016); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Cristo Rey Junior Career Exploration and Networking," Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, January 26, 2017; "School District of Philadelphia, Support-Our-Schools Campaign, High School Application Writing Workshop," Chester A. Arthur School, November 1, 2016; "Practicing Mindfulness in the Interview Process," ABA Annual Conference, August 5, 2016; "Mindful Marketing," Marshall Dennehey Casualty Associate CLE Series, July 19, 2016; "General Liability Claims in Philadelphia County," Sedgwick CMS Lunch and Learn, March 2016; "TIPS - Leadership Academy Public Speaking, Resume Writing and Mock Interview Workshop," ABA Annual Conference, July 31, 2015; "Building Your Personal Brand," Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, March 2015; "Perspectives on Diversity: In 2015, Jury Selection Is Not So Black and White," Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Conference, February 2, 2015
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: CLE Board; Vice Chair, Products Liability and Commercial Transportation Litigation Committees)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention - Investigative Division, 2015 & 2017)
  • Defense Research Institute (Retail and Hospitality Subcommittee: Publications Vice Chair; Membership Chair, 2015-2016)
  • The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Publications:
  • Contributor: “Case Law Alerts,” 2010-2013; 2017-Present
  • Author: "Picking Unbiased Jurors Isn't So Black and White," The Legal Intelligencer, Personal Injury Supplement, November 5, 2013
  • "Ten Business Development Tips for Millennials," The Legal Intelligencer, January 21, 2014
  • “Will Pennsylvania Replace the Current Standard of Strict Liability for Design Defects With the Negligence Inclusive Analysis of Section 2 of the Third Restatement of Torts?,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
  • "Five Diverse Viewpoints, One Common Goal: Increased Diversity in the Legal Community," For The Defense, April 2016
  • "The Millennial Perspective On Diversity," Diversity Insider, newsletter of the DRI's Diversity Committee, May 6, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Better Think FAST - Defending Negligent Security Claims," For The Defense, February 2015
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 2003
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Ronda K. O'Donnell, Chair, Employment Law Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rkodonnell@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • School Leaders’ Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2009; 2011-2016); Top 50 Women Pennsylvania (2013-2014); Classes/Seminars Taught: "EPL 101," Merchants Insurance Group, April 19, 2016; "Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues," Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2015; "Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, New York, NY, November 6, 2014 and 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: "Wage History May Soon be History for Phila. Employers," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, January 24, 2017
  • "The State of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 22, 2016
  • "Business EXPERTise Column: Medical Marijuana Act and Employers' Drug-Free Policies" Catalyst Magazine, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 2016
  • "Business EXPERTise Column: EEOC Evaluates Employers' Wellness Programs," Catalyst Magazine, Page 26, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 2015
  • "Avoiding Penalties When Classifying Independent Contractors," The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, June 30, 2015
  • "Business EXPERTise Column: Preventing Workplace Violence," Catalyst Magazine, page 26, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Winter 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: Unpaid Summer Internships - Liability Concerns for Business," Catalyst magazine, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 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 Judgment: Nationwide, Vol. 13, No.3, 1999
Education:
  • Allegheny College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1983
  • The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1986
Born:1961
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Thomas J. O'Malley
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tjomalley@mdwcg.com