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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 Agents & Brokers Liability
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
  • Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Litigation
  • Long-Term Care Liability
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Liability
  • Medicare Set-Aside
  • New York Construction and Labor Law
  • 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
  • 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
The Union Trust Building
501 Grant Street, Suite 700
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
G. Mark Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer
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); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2018; 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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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 (2009-2018); 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; Chairman, 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
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
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, 2014-2018); 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: "Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation -- Don't Believe the Hype," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2018
  • "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; 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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Howard P. Dwoskin, Member, Excutive Committee; Director, Casualty Department
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:hpdwoskin@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Commercial Automobile and Trucking Litigation
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 (2012-2018); 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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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 (2013-2018); 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., 1999
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Christine Pellegrini Busch
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cpbusch@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Automobile Liability
  • Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: "Motor Vehicle Update 2007-2008, Civil Litigation Update 2008," "Motor Vehicle Update 2006-2007, Civil Litigation Update 2007," "Motor Vehicle Update 2005-2006, Civil Litigation Update 2006," "Motor Vehicle Update 2004-2005, Civil Litigation Update 2005," "Motor Vehicle Update 2003-2004, Civil Litigation Update 2004," Motor Vehicle Update 2002-2003, PBI No. 2003, Civil Litigation Update 2003," "Motor Vehicle Update, PBI No. 2002, Civil Litigation Update 2002," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2002-2008; "Motor Vehicle Update 2002," Pennsylvania Defense Institute 34th Annual Conference: Effective Strategies for the Handling and Defense of Claims, October 2002; "Motor Vehicle Update 1999," Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January 1999; "Motor Vehicle Law Update 1998, PBI No. 1998-2021," 5th Annual Personal Injury Institute 1998, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1998; "Bad Faith Claims in Automobile Accident Cases, PBI No. 1998-2021, 5th Annual Personal Injury Institute 1998, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1998
Memberships:
  • Philadephia Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "The Impact of the Applicable Standard of Liability on Asbestos Litigation," Legal Intelligencer, May 5, 2008
  • “Congressional Battle Lost: The Constitutionality of New Federal Legislation Regulating Indecent Traffic on the Internet,” Villanova Law Chronicle, 1996
  • Co-Author with James C. Haggerty: “Motor Vehicle Update Winter 2002,” Counterpoint, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, May 2003
  • "Must Surveillance Videos Be Disclosed Prior to Trial If Only Used for Impeachment Purposes,” Counterpoint, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, April 2002
  • “Motor Vehicle Law - 2001 Review,” Counterpoint, “Motor Vehicle Law - 2001 Review,” Counterpoint,
  • “Motor Vehicle Law Update 1998,” PBI No. 1998-2018, Civil Litigation Update 1998, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1998
  • “Overview: Recission of Auto Policies,” SC&D, 1998
  • Motor Vehicle Law Update 1997,” PBI No. 1997-1250, Civil Litigation Update 1997, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1997
  • Co-Author with Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D.: "Potential Implications of the Supreme Court Decision in Kumho for Psychological Expert Testimony," Ethics & Behavior, Fall 2000
  • Co-Author with James C. Haggerty and Scott J. Tredwell: “Financial Responsibility Law Update,” Counterpoint, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January 1997
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A. (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1990
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1996
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Jonathon E. Cross
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jecross@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation 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: "From the NFL to Friday Night Lights...Tackling Concussion Litigation," Philadelphia Insurance Companies, October 4, 2017; "The Present and Future of Concussion Litigation," Philadelphia Insurance Companies' Continuing Education Program, May 2017; "Sports Tort Liability and Risk Management," University of Delaware, Sports & Facility Management Department, November 2016; "What Insurance Professionals Should Know About Emerging Sports Liability Issues," A.M. Best Webinar, October 13, 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: "Heads Up and Watch Out! Potential Liability for Traumatic Brain Injury Pursuant to the Safety in Youth Sports Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017
  • "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
  • "Legal Malpractice Defense that a Claim is Premature" and "Continuous Representation Rule Still Not the Law in Pennsylvania", MDWCG Legal Malpractice Handbook, 1999
  • "Procedural Difficulties with New Discovery Rule" and "Effect of Fiorantino on Legal Malpractice Claims for Breach of Contract," 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, 2010-2017); 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
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Ingrid H. Graff
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:IHGraff@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2002
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Education:
  • Rider University, M.A. (with distinction), 1997
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2002
Language:
  • German
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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
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John P. Quinn
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jpquinn@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Securities
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: "Reducing Regulatory Exposure: Properly Preparing for FINRA and SEC Regulatory Examination," Independent Broker-Dealer Consortium Annual Conference; "Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule," Delaware County Estate Planning Council; "Financial Industry Trends Update 2017," Chubb Insurance Financial Lines, September 2017
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2018-Present
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1994
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1997
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Courtney Schulnick
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:cbschulnick@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail 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:
Graduate of the Mindfulness Teaching Practicum (2018) and Mindfulness Institute Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program (2016) Mindfulness Institute at Jefferson University - Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013-2015); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Relief from Everyday Stress - An Introduction to Meditation," Marshall Dennehey Annual Paralegal Training - Philadelphia Region, May 9, 2018; "Mindfulness for Well-Being and Peak Performance," Marshall Dennehey Professional Development Series for Administrative Directors and Regional Managers, January 2, 2018; "Mindfulness," LRAP Presentation, November 2017; "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 (Co-Creator/Co-Chair, Wellness Committee, 2018) Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Becoming the BEST PRO: The Art of Mindful Marketing," For The Defense, July 2017
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
Thomas A. Brophy
Philadelphia, PA
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, 2005-2018
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Co-Chair,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 (Trustee 2011-2015; 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
  • "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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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 (2006-2018); 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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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 (2005-2018); 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
Born:1952
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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, 2018); 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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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 (2005-2018)
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: "The Other Shoe Drops," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018
  • "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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Daniel J. Ryan, Jr., Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group; Chair, Asbestos Litigation Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:djryan@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Toxic Torts
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
Additional Biographical Details:
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Hearing Committee Member, July 2005); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2009-Present); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006, 2009-2018); Classes/Seminars Taught: Annual presentations to various clients groups regarding the status of asbestos litigation in Pennsylvania involving strategies for defending various types of products such as brakes, tile, caulk, joint compound, boilers, wire, pumps and packing; Presented several in-house presentations to various insurers as to how to avoid bad faith litigation in Pennsylvania while handling first party claims
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Philadelphia Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "What’s New In 2017? Filing Trends and Developments In Asbestos Litigation," Mealey's Litigation Reports, August 16, 2017
  • "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
  • "Is Mold The Next Gold For The Plaintiffs' Bar?, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2002
  • "'Market-Share' Liability Is Rejected In Lead Paint Case in Pennsylvania," Defense Digest, January 1996
  • "Applying Lessons Learned From the Asbestos Litigation to the Next Mass Tort (Repetitive Stress)," Defense Digest, January 1995
  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Finally Clarifies What is Bad Faith Conduct Under Section 8371," Defense Digest, Winter 1994
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S., 1974
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Born:1952
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Thomas P. Wagner
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tpwagner@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Municipal Liability
  • Medical Devices
  • Casualty Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Hearing Committee); Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Discovery Master); Trial Team Coach, Drexel University Kline School of Law (2008); National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Mid-Atlantic Deposition Program (Faculty Member); Recipient, Award for Outstanding Advocacy from Medmarc Insurance Co. (2016); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2013-Present), "Lawyer of the Year" in Philadelphia for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2018); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2004-2018); Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania (2006-2007); Top 100 Philadelphia (2006-2007); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Hot Topics In Life Sciences Litigation," Presented at the Medmarc Annual Brokers Conference, April 2016; "Managing Complex Litigation, National Judicial College - Special Presenter, Reno, NV, May 2006; "The Patient Advocate in Clinical Trials," Annual Medical Device Product Liability Conference, Napa, CA, June 2006; "Bad Faith and How To Avoid It," Presented to the Pennsylvania Medical Society Liability Insurance Company, Harrisburg, PA, July 1996; "Selected Topics in Federal Preemption," Presented to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA April 1996 and Hershey, PA, May 1995; "Litigation Experiences of a Blood Center," Presented to the American Society of Apheresis, Cambridge, MA, April 1993; "The Law and Alternatives to Homologous Donation," Greater Philadelphia Hospital Blood Bank Assn. & Philadelphia Medical Society; Philadelphia, PA, May 1991
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Executive Board, 1997-1999)
  • Temple American Inn of Court (President, 1999-2000)
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Dillinger v. Caterpillar - Can the Plaintiff Do No Wrong?," Counterpoint, July, 1992
  • "Diversity Jurisdiction: Don't Let It Die," 32 For the Defense No. 8, August, 1990
  • "Rule 11 and Removal of Cases," 32 For the Defense No. 3 Reprinted from Counterpoint, July, 1989, March, 1990
  • "Sex Discrimination by Private Universities as State Action," 50 St. John's Law Review 316, 1976
  • Co-Author: "New Developments in Res Ipsa Loquitur," Counterpoint, July, 1991
  • Senior Editor: "Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial-Third Circuit," Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, (3 Volumes), 1996
Education:
  • Fairfield University, B.A. (cum laude), 1974
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Law Review:
Editor, St. John's Law Review, 1976-1977
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. J. William Ditter, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1977-1980
Born:1952
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Eric A. Weiss, Co-Chair, Product Liability Practice and Class Action Litigation Practice Groups
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. 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
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
Additional Biographical Details:
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 (2005-2018)
Memberships:
  • American (Sections on: Torts; Insurance Practice), Pennsylvania, New Jersey State, New York State and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter)
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (Chair, Products Liability Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • 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
  • Author: "Admissibility of Post-Accident Design Changes as Evidence of Product Defect," Defense Digest, Winter 1994
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S., 1971
  • Temple University, J.D., 1974
  • Temple University, LL.M., 1977
Born:1949
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Colleen Bannon, Director of Human Resources
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:HRrecruiter@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: "Using Technology to Find Facts Fast," Insurance Carrier's 2017 Panel Counsel Summit, May 8-10, 2017; "The Many Considerations Pertaining to the ESI 30(b)(6) Witness," International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law Committee, Annual Meeting, 2008; "E-Discovery Law Update," Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Meeting, 2007; "Electronic Data: When Delete Does Not Mean Goodbye," PLRB Claims Conference, 2006 Annual Meeting; "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
  • "Governmental Immunity: Greater Liability Under The Real Property Exception," Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 5, 1997
  • "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
Education:
  • Holy Family College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1992
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Born:1961
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William L. Banton, Jr.
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 (2006-2018); 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
  • 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
Born:1957
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Lawrence J. Bartel
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:ljbartel@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2004
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016-2018); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Preventing and Remedying Police Misconduct," Rutgers-Camden Law School, 2014; "Site Audits and Standard Operating Procedures," Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, 2013; Guest Lecturer: Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Harrisburg, PA and University of Pittsburgh, Probation and Parole
Publications:
  • Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2011-2014
Education:
  • Widener University, B.S., 2000
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2003
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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:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Is The Fair Share Act Really That Fair?," Marshall Dennehey Health Care and Health Law Seminar, November 9, 2017; "Medical Legal Implications of Syncope: When Can You Drive After a Syncopal Event," Cardiovascular Institute's 4th Annual New Paradigms in Arrhythmia Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 26, 2015; "Medical Documentation," Class for Nurses
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Professional Responsibility Committee)
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, 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); 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; Guest Lecturer, St. Francis University, Department of Physical Therapy, 2015, 2016; "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
  • Drexel University, M.P.T., 1998
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Ralph P. Bocchino
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:rpbocchino@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Property Litigation
  • Amusements, 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:
Honored Member of Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys, 1990; "Order of the Salamander Award," 1990; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2006-2018); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Hills and Ridges Doctrine and discussion of Collins v. Philadelphia Suburban Development Co.," Client Seminar, May 2018; "Lights, Camera, Evidence!," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), Philadelphia PA, December 5, 2017; "Accident Prevention and Investigation: Strategies for Risk Mitigation," Client Presentation, April 2017; "Risk Shifting and Indemnity and Additional Insured Status" and "Nuances of the Political Subdivision Torts Claims Act," Ohio Casualty, April 2013; "Dram Shop Liquor Liability" and "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
Certifications:
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certification
Education:
  • La Salle College, B.A., 1976
  • Temple University, J.D., 1979
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, 2018); 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
Certifications:
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certification
Reported Cases:
McReynolds v. Benner Tp., 118 Pa.Cmwlth. 215, 544 A.2d 566 (1988); Okkerse v. Howe, 521 Pa. 509, 556 A.2d 827 (1989); Onyeanusi v. Pan American World Airways, Inc., 767 F.Supp. 654 (E.D. Pa. 1990); Onyeanusi v. Pan Am World Airways, Inc., 952 F.2d 788, 60 USLW 2437 (3rd Cir. 1992); Diamon v. Hosgood, 27 Phila 158 (Phila CCP 1994); Pierce v. Long John Silver, (1996 U.S. Dist. Lexis 4021) (E.D.Pa.); Weisman v. Green Tree Ins. Co., 447 Pa.Super. 549, 670 A.2d 160 (1996); Kraus v. Taylor, 38 D&C 4th (Bucks CCP 1997); Lentz v. Mason, 961 F.Supp. 709, 45 ERC 1083, 27 Envtl. L. Rep. 21 (D.N.J. 1997); Levin v. Lynn, 310 N.J.Super. 177, 708 A.2d 454 (1998); Kraus v. Taylor, 710 A.2d 1142 (Pa.Super. 1998); Lentz v. Mason, 32 F.Supp.2d 733 (D.N.J. 1999); Gorski v. Western Electric Co., 34 Fed Appx. 855 (2000 U.S. Dist Lexis 11960); Kraus v. Taylor, 560 Pa. 220, 743 A.2d 451 (2000); Johnson v. Dougherty Equip. Co., (2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15882) (E.D.Pa.); Williams v. Mercedes Benz, 59 D&C 4th 514 (Schuylkill CCP 2001); Meeks v. APV LTD., (2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11513) (E.D.Pa.); PECO Energy Co. v. Phila. Suburban Water Co., 802 A.2d 666 (Pa.Super. 2002); Silvi v. United States, (2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11407) (E.D.Pa.); Oxford Presbyterian Church v. Sico Oil Co., 815 A.2d 1094 (Pa.Super. 2003); Svege v. Interstate Safety Service, Inc., 862 A.2d 752 (Pa. Super 2004)
Education:
  • Hamilton College, B.A. (cum laude), 1977
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1980
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
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2018
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2017-2018)
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: “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, Pennsylvania, November 2014; Speaker: “Risk Transfer: Indemnity & Hold Harmless - Are You Sure?,” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Conference, February 28-March 2, 2018; “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; 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, Pennsylvania, November 2014
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (Charter Board Member)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1982
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1986
Born:1960
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Jeffrey J. Chomko
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jjchomko@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
  • Securities Litigation
  • Errors & Omission Defense
  • Real Estate Errors & Omission 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
  • Securities Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Real Estate Agents and Broker Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2005-2008; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule," Delaware County Estate Planning Council, September 2017; "Reducing Regulatory Exposure: Properly Preparing for FINRA and SEC Regulatory Examination," Independent Broker-Dealer Consortium Annual Conference, September 2017; "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: "FINRA Proposes Rule to Streamline Broker/Dealers’ Oversight of Outside Business Activities," Aon Advisor Solutions, Summer 2018 Newsletter
  • “Protecting Seniors: A Priority for FINRA, Federal and State Legislators, and Arbitration Panels,” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016
  • "Protecting Seniors: A Priority for FINRA, Federal and State Legislators, and Arbitration Panels," Financial Services Institute newsletter, July 2016
  • "Bum Rap? Wrap Fee 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, Volume XXI, Number 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" and "NASD Reminds Firm Of Their Discovery Obligations," 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, September 2003, 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 Competitors," 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, J.D. (Dean's List), 1996
Born:1971
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James H. Cole, Chair, Property Litigation, Co-Chair, Fraud/Special Investigation and Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation Practice Groups
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jhcole@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Property Liability
  • Mold Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Special Investigative Unit Investigation and Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Associate in Claims (AIC), The Insurance Institute of America; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Good Faith Claims Handling," CLM Claims College School of Property – Coverage Level 2, Baltimore, MD, 2018; "Property Insurance Fraud Update: Real Housewives Edition," Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June 2018; "Unfair Insurance Practices Act and Strategies for Claims Handling," Co-Presenter, PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, Orlando, FL, April 2018; "Cooperative Investigations: The Necessities and Pitfalls of Information Sharing," Pennsylvania's 2018 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2018; "Bad Faith in Property Litigation: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly," 2017 NAIIA National Conference, St. Thomas, June 2017; "Cooperative Investigations: The Necessities and Pitfalls of Information Sharing" and "Dealing with Jokers? How and When to Play the Rescission Card," Pennsylvania's 2017 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2017; "It's Jeopardy! An In-depth Look At The Unfair Claims Act," Co-Presenter, PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, Boston, MA, March 2017; "#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
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (Co-Chair of Property Committee)
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control
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
Certifications:
  • Certified Claims Professional in Property Claims, CLM
Education:
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S. (cum laude), 1990
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
Born:1968
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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:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2007
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Is Everything But the ‘Kitchen’ Sink Required to Meet Limited Tort Threshold?," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018
  • "No Limitation 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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Andrew W. Davitt, Chair, Securities & Investments Professional Liability Practice
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:awdavitt@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Business Organizations
  • Insurance Agents/Brokers
  • Director & 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:
Pennsylvania Securities Commission (Attorney Advisory Committee); Arbitrator, The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Insurance Agent/Broker E&O – Claims Prevention and Defense," Zurich Insurance, New York, NY, February 2017; "School of Professional Lines," CLM Claims College, Baltimore, September 2016 and CLM Annual Claims College, September 7-10, 2014; "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; "Brokers and Financial Advisors Transitioning, Legal Obstacles and Issues," Featured Speaker, Financial Services Institute (FSI) National Conference, 2013; " The New FINRA Rules and the Effect on Future Claims," featured speaker, 6th Annual National E&O Insurance ExecuSummit, June 2012; "Mile High Compliance Workshop," Speaker, Denver, CO; "CE and Practice Management Conference," Featured Speaker, MML Investor Services, Inc., 2008; 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; Financial Institutions and Broker/Dealers; Claims and Underwriting in the USA; Arbitration, Litigation & Compliance Management in the Financial Services Industry; Tales From the Trenches and Perspectives of Outside Counsel: Investment Best Practices Securities 101; 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
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Securities Regulation Committee) Bar Associations
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Delaware Valley Society of Financial Planning Association (Counsel and Past Board of Directors)
  • National Society of Compliance Professionals
Certifications:
  • Certified Litigation Management Professional, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Education:
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1980
  • University of Baltimore, 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
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2008
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
Memberships:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Reported Cases:
Consumer Credit Case: Tagayun v. Citibank, N.A., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38085 (D.N.J. June 9, 2006); Consumer Credit Case: Sankowski v. Citibank (S.D.), N.A., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48634 (E.D. Pa. July 14, 2006); Consumer Credit Case: Eaton v. Citibank (S.D.), N.A., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23617 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 15, 2010); Asbestos Case: McCloskey v. Allis-Chalmers Prods. Liab. Trust, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25372 (W.D. Pa. Mar. 14, 2011); Consumer Credit Case: Handley v. Chase Bank USA, NA, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102781 (D.N.J. Sept. 12, 2011), affirmed by Handley v. Chase Bank USA, NA, 2012 US. App. LEXIS 3708 (3d Cir. NJ, Feb. 24, 2012); Asbestos Case: Robinson v. Air & Liquid Sys. Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44982 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 7, 2013)
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
Law Review:
Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Staff (1989-1990), Research Editor (1990-1991)
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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 (2012-2018); 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), 2007
Law Review:
Articles Editor, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
Honors:
Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society
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Laurianne Falcone
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lafalcone@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Amusements, Sports and Entertainment
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:
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
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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: “Recent Court Decision Potentially Expands Ability of Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs to Forum Shop in Philadelphia County,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018
  • "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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Heather Russell Fine
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:hrfine@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Retail Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Maine, 1999
  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Clark University, B.A., 1993
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1999
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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
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
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: "Coverage Issues in Pennsylvania School Claims," and "Best Practices for Coverage Position Letters," 2018; "Coverage Issues for Defective Workmanship Claims in NY, PA and NJ," 2017; "Jurisdictional Hotspots for Policy Limit Time Demands," "Insurance 101 for Workers' Compensation Policies," "Generally Acting Professional – Coordination of General Liability and Professional Liability Policies," "Underwriters Under Fire: Best Practices for Underwriter Testimony and Production of Underwriting Files in Litigation," "Coverage Position Letters in PA, NY and NJ," 2016; "EPL 101," Merchants Insurance Group, April 19, 2016; "Additional Insureds and Related Issues"; "Best Practices for Handling Split Claim Files," 2015; "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 Society (Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters)
  • Property Legal Research Bureau
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
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, 2017-2018); 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 (Young Lawyers Division Liaison, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee) 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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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); Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2017-2018)
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: "Deal or No Deal - Improving Your Negotiating Strategy," Philadelphia Law Department, August 2018; "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
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John J. Hare, Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
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 (2008-2018), Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (2018); 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 Mediation in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2009
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Bar Association of the Third Federal Court
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2016)
Publications:
  • Author: "The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Life and Law in the Commonwealth, 1684-2017,"(Hare ed., Penn State, 2018
  • "What’s New In 2017? Filing Trends and Developments In Asbestos Litigation," Mealey's Litigation Reports, August 16, 2017
  • "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, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
  • "Pennsylvania Appellate News," Defense Digest, 2001-2008
  • "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
  • "Note, Freedom of the Press and the Right to a Fair Trial in Pennsylvania," 30 Duq.L.Rev. 760, 1992
  • Co-Author: "Keystone of Justice: A History of the Pennsylvania Superior Court; 1895-1995," with Hon. P. Tamilia, Superior Court of Pa., Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, January 2000
  • Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2012-Present
Education:
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1990
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A.
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Princeton University, Ph.D., 1999
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, Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2015-2017); 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:
  • Author: “The Phantom Vehicle: Prejudice in Delayed UM Claim Not Presumed, But Certainly Demonstrable,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
  • Regular Contributor: "Case Law Alerts," January 2014-Present
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, Product 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:
Editor: "Product Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium," DRI, Pennsylvania Chapter 2017, 2013, 2007, and 2004; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America-Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2013-Present); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2018, Top 100 Philadelphia: 2011); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Not So Fast! Suggested Jury Instructions – Pa. Supreme Court Overrules Azzarrello in Landmark Tincher Decision, Only to Have the “Suggested Standard Jury Instructions,” See Azzarella Reinstated, Pennysylvania Defense Institute, 49th Annual Conference, Bedford Springs, PA, July 2017; "'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; "Product Liability," AAMGA University Weekend, Phoenix, AZ, August 2007; "Spoliation," Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, November 1997; "Use of Spoliation Claims in Product Liability Cases," Philadelphia Bar Association, April 1997; "Spoliation of Evidence in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1996
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Judge Pro Tempore, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County) Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Executive Committee, 2002-2008)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (Sustaining Member)
  • Trial Attorneys of America
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: “There’s No Turning Back Now: Product Liability Jury Instructions in the Wake of Tincher v. Omega Flex,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018
  • “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
  • "Spoliation Ball Bounces Back Up for Defendants," The Legal Intelligencer, April 6, 1999
  • "Future Battlegrounds in Spoliation," Law Weekly, 18 PLW 153, January 30, 1995
  • When Relevant Evidence No Longer Exists," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 119, January 23, 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, J.D. (cum laude), 1979
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
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star (2006-2008, 2010-2011); American Lawyer Media. Recognized as one of twelve Pennsylvania minority attorneys "On the Verge" in a diversity supplement published in The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly (2007); Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2014-2018); Classes/Seminars Taught: Speaker at Defense Research Institute National Asbestos Medicine Conference, Young Lawyers Session, New Orleans, LA, November 2016; Speaker at Honeywell Global Conference – "Diversity Advantage", Morristown, NJ, September 2015; "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; "Commercial Shipping and the Jones Act," Defense Research Institute (DRI) Asbestos Medicine Seminar, 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, Speaker, Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program, June 2010; "Fattah Conference on Higher Education," Phildelphia, 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; "Say Yes to Education," College 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
Memberships:
  • American (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, National Trial Academy, 2007; Tort Trial Insurance Vice Chair Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee, 2007; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Vice Chair Diversity Committee, 2007-2008; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, National Leadership Academy, 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:
Co-Editor-In-Chief: "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide," Eighth Edition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, 2016; Tort and Insurance Law Journal, American Bar Association; College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers; Distinguished Alumni Award by the Black Allied Law Students Association (BALSA) Section of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Martha Hampton Award, Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section (2017); AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2018); Top 50 Female Lawyers (2005-2006, 2013); Smith College Alumnae Association (Past Member, Board of Directors); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Changing the Rules of the Game: Embracing the #MeToo Movement," New Jersey Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, May 10, 2018; "Finding Your Place at the Table," Smith College, 2018 Women of Color Conference, Northampton, MA, April 14, 2018; "Workers' Compensation Fraud: Don't Forget the Data," Philly I-Day, Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2018; “Biggest Mistakes Companies Make in Complying with Workers’ Compensation,” Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, PA, November 28, 2017; “Gotcha! Surveillance in Personal Injury Liability and Workers' Compensation Cases and Other Current Topics of Interest,” The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, Philadelphia, PA, November 21, 2017; “Analytics Overload! How Much is Too Much?,” National Council of Self Insurers Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2017; “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
Memberships:
  • National (Women's Division), American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (Women's Rights Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-2015) Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Author: "The Prospect of Opioid Litigation," CLM Magazine, February 9, 2018
  • "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; 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, 2009-Winter, Vol. 71, No. 4
  • "National Trends In Workers' Compensation," SEAK, April 2005
  • "Awaiting The Caso Decision," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2004
  • "10 Questions For Judge Jacqueline Allen," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 2004
  • "Commonwealth Court Arms Employers in Good-Faith-Job-Offer Refusal Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, November 29, 2001
  • "Second Termination Petition Not Precluded By Initial Filing," The Legal Intelligencer, September 27, 2001
  • "Modified Job Must Meet Physician's Restrictions: Good Faith Offer To Claimant Required," The Legal Intelligencer, July 26, 2001
  • "Injury Outside The Workplace Not Employer's Responsibility," and "Stopping Temporary Benefits For The Retired Worker," The Legal Intelligencer, April 26, 2001
  • "Managed Care Integration with Workers' Compensation," Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), Vol. 2, No. 5, 1996
  • "Stroke Cases: They are Defensible," Counterpoint, July 1993
Education:
  • Smith College, A.B. (with distinction), 1976
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1979
Born:1954
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Gerald Kowalski
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:gjkowalski@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Securities
  • Business Organizations
  • Insurance Agents/Brokers
  • Directors & Officers
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1985
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Classes/Seminars Taught: "Best Practices for Investment Professionals," Concorde Investment Services National Conference, Detroit, MI, June 5, 2018
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:
National Champion, ATLA Trial Association Competition; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2012-2018); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Issues in Medical Malpractice," Defense Institute
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Seismic Shift in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Informed Consent Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017
  • "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
Born:1959
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Daniel D. Krebbs
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:ddkrebbs@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Retail Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • First Party Flood Insurance Litigation
  • Trucking and Transportation Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District 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
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
Born:1968
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Mary Kate McGrath
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:mkmcgrath@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
Additional Biographical Details:
Actors Equity Association; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009-2013); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Telehealth: Old Dogs, New Tricks?,” TeamHealth 25th Annual Defense Counsel Summit, March 23, 2018; "Quality Monitoring with 'CPR' – Coding, Payback and Reporting to the OIG," Pennsylvania Health Care Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, September 27, 2016
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Area Society of Healthcare Risk Management
Publications:
  • Editor: Legal Updates for Health Law, 2015-Present
  • Author: "Navigating the Benevolent Gesture Liability Act," The Legal Intelligencer, March 18, 2014
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2013-Present
Education:
  • Northwestern University, B.M., 1994
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001
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Thomas McKenzie
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:tjmckenzie@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Litigation
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
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; "An Overview of Pennsylvania Law & Effective Strategies for Litigation Management," Client Seminar, King of Prussia, PA, June 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. Political Science, 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
  • Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
  • General/Products Liabilities Litigation
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
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Drexel Institute of Technology, B.S., 1967
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1970
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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
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2016
Additional Biographical Details:
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Proving a Case Within a Case in Legal Malpractice Actions," PLDF Annual Meeting, September 2018; "Developments in Lawyer Liability in Pennsylvania & New Jersey," Client Seminar, March 2017; "Professional Liability - Issues for Attorneys," Client Seminar, June 2016; "Virtual Law Office and Interstate Practice of Law," National Business Institute, April 2015
Memberships:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Reviewing Author: "Demonstrative Evidence at Trial," Pennsylvania Civil Trial Practice, 2017-2018
  • "Responsive Pleadings," Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice, 2017-2018
  • Author: "LPL Claims Without Privity: Support for a Bright Line Rule," Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Fall 2018
  • "Proving The 'Case-Within-A-Case' Standard," For The Defense, April 2018
  • "Common Evidentiary Issues at Trial," Pennsylvania Civil Trial Practice, 2017-2018
  • "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to the Dragonetti Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017
  • "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
  • Co-Author: Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Handbook, 2017 Edition, Published by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
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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Michelle I. Moses
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:mimoses@mdwcg.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Network; Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2018; Classes/Seminars Taught: Telehealth: Old Dogs, New Tricks?,” TeamHealth 25th Annual Defense Counsel Summit, March 23, 2018; "Mid-Year Update on MIPS and APMs," Health Care Compliance Association Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 2, 2017; "Making It Relevant: Applying Ever Changing Health Law Concepts to Your Practice," Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, April 2017; "MIPS, APMS, QRUR, and CMS Data: How Do Your Physicians Compare?," Health Care Compliance Association's Compliance Institute, National Harbor, MD, March 2017; "Affordable Care Act: Practical Uses and Implications for the Defense Attorney," Marshall Dennehey Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016; "From Law School to Practice: Transitioning to the World of Health Law," Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016; "Transitioning from Law School to Health Care Defense," Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, April 2015
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Is It Possible To Predict Physicians Prone to MPL Claims?," Inside Medical Liability, Second Quarter 2016
  • "Social Media and Device Use in Health Care, Part Two: Realizing the Inevitability Thesis," Journal of Health Care Compliance, November/December 2014
  • "Social Media in Health Care: Lessons from the Field," Journal of Health Care Compliance, September-October 2014
  • "Compliance and Quality of Care, Part 4: When Things Go Wrong - Enforcement, Repayment and Compliance, Compliance Today, April 2014
  • "Compliance and Quality of Care, Part 3: Medical Practice, Guidelines, and Recordkeeping," Compliance Today, March 2014
  • "Compliance and Quality of Care, Part 2: The Physicians’ Perspective," Compliance Today, January 2014
  • Federal Investigative Audits, Healthcare Compliance, and Quality Reporting: The MPL Connection," Inside Medical Liability, First Quarter 2014
  • "Compliance and Quality of Care, Part 1: Laws and Case Studies," Compliance Today, December 2013
  • "The Effect of Health Care and Malpractice Prosecutions on Health Care Providers: A Teaching Tool for Compliance Officers," Compliance Today, November/December 2013
  • "Prescription Drug Abuse, PDMPs, and the Changing Health System Paradigm: New Compliance, Quality, and Malpractice Exposures with Physician-Hospital Ventures," Compliance Today, November/December 2012
  • "Overview of Healthcare Fraud Laws," Compliance Today, April 2012
Education:
  • Boston University, B.S., 2004
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2007
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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: "Workers' Compensation Fraud: Don't Forget the Data," Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360, June 13, 2018 and Philly I-Day, Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2018; "Workers' Compensation Fraud: Don't Ignore the Data!," 2018 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference, Pocono Manor, PA, April 13, 2018; "Biggest Mistakes Companies Make in Complying with Workers’ Compensation," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, PA, November 28, 2017; "Workers' Compensation Legal Update," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017; "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, PA, October 22, 2014; "Case Law and House Bill Update," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 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; "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, King of Prussia, PA, March 16, 2012 and Scranton, PA, March 8, 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); "Defending Pennsylvania Claims," Boston, 2008; "Prosecuting Fraud Under New Guides," Texas, 2006; "Pennsylvania Claims Handling," (monthly seminars in PA, NJ and DE), 2002-Present; "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law and Claims Handling," Michigan, 2001; "Case Law Updates," to Various Insurers on Monthly Basis, 1998-2000
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "If You See Something, Say Something - The Importance of Identifying and Reporting Workers' Compensation Fraud," CLM Magazine (Page 10), August 2017
  • "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, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
  • Articles in Defense Digest and the Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association's Publications
  • Contributing Author: "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide," Eighth Edition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, 2016