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The Professional Liability Defense Federation™ is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims.

Malpractice claims affecting different professions often present common procedural rule and substantive law elements. Although standard of care evidence differs among the professions, skills learned in the defense of one profession are often transferable to others.  PLDF’s goal is to harness this expertise in one organization devoted solely to improving the management and defense of professional liability claims. To accomplish its mission PLDF publishes the journal Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, sponsors an annual meeting offering valuable law development seminars and member connection opportunities, offers amicus support in important appellate proceedings, produces news summaries of national malpractice case developments, and facilitates confidential communications among members. 



Professional Liability Defense Federation's Board of Directors met January 18-19 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and discussed many ways to enhance its value proposition to members and the industry, and to start planning for the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, October 4-5, 2018. 

PLDF member Donald J. Richardson is now of counsel with Sutter O'Connell Co., in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Special Edition issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published and is available for download at "Defense Quarterly" under "Resources" on the toolbar above.  Jody Harris, Alice Sherren and Pat Eckler write on ethics/insurance issues involved in law firm mergers, Mark Gende writes on defending against hindsight bias in medical malpractice cases, Thomas Lang writes on proper responses to client deposition use at trial by opponents, Donald Eodice addresses coverage gaps in client insurance portfolios, and Anthony Abeln and John Babcock report on medical malpractice tribunal process changes.

The Fall 2017 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published and is available at "Defense Quarterly" under "Resources" on the toolbar above. Deborah Bjes writes on law firm cyber breach avoidance tips. Louie Castoria has written on mediation confidentiality issues. Glen Olson and Ari Baruth have reported on contractor licensure traps for the unwary. Jeff Hsu and Angela Rho discuss elder abuse avoidance strategies for practitioners counseling seniors. Barry Temkin reports on ethical considerations arising out of cybersecurity management. Erin Higgins offers her President's Letter.  

PLDF members Bruce Furukawa and Rob Buccieri have established their new firm Furukawa Buccieri LLP in Burlingame, California.

New members elected to the PLDF Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting include Erin Risch of Eccleston & Wolf, David C. Anderson of Collins Einhorn Farrell, Louie Castoria of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, Kathleen Buck of XL Catlin, Paul Ruiz of Adventist Healthcare, and Bridget Choi of Sompo International.

Speakers and topics presented at the 2017 PLDF Annual Meeting include: Geoffrey Bryce/Thomas Mazanec/Ari Baruth (Defense of Design Professionals), John Browning/Megan Hargraves/Benjamin Jackson/Timothy Gephart (Social Media Use and Misuse), Stephen Sambol/Anne Cornell/Walter Price/ Wade Willard/Anthony Stompanato (Medical Malpractice Trends), Louie Castoria/Paul Ablan (Professional Liability Risks: Immigration Issues), Jason Jobe/Bridget Choi/Barbara Serafini/Kiera Goral (Insurance Agent/Broker E&O), Mark Bernstein/Richard Perr (Mediation Persuasion Strategies), Christopher Block/Allison Chaplick/Kathleen Buck (Marketing Industry Members: Best Practices), Thomas Jensen/Heidi Bevis/Natalie Blind (Defense of Chiropractic and Outpatient Surgery Center Cases), Peter Gregory/Alice Sherren/Corrine Ivanca (LPL Claim Repair), Donald Patrick Eckler/Timothy Fletcher/Michael Handler (Bad Faith Trends Update), Dove Burns/Anthony Bowser/Heidi Roll (Employment Law: 2017), and Daniel Church/Bryce Gartner (Data Analytics in Voir Dire).  Click on Annual Meeting above to view their slide presentations

PLDF Treasurer Andrew W. Countryman has opened his own law firm in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Contact Andy at  

PLDF member (and past Vice President) Erik Crep was elected shareholder with Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford, P.A. in Coral Gables, Florida

PLDF committee leaders elected for the 2017 term include: Daniel F. Church, Alice M. Sherrin, and William H. Jordan (Legal), Stephen B. Sambol and Stuart T. O'Neal, III (Medical), Ari Baruth, Geoffrey A. Bryce, and Thomas S. Mazanec (Construction Design), Dove A.E. Burns and Anthony T. Bowser (EPL), Anthony S. Cottone and Carrie Campi (Cyber), Gary Kessler and Thomas D. Jensen (Investment Claims), Glen R. Olson and Christopher J. Carey (Real Estate A&B), Joseph F. Nicholas, Ben A. Andrews, and Peter J. Biging (Insurance A&B), Martin Terpstra, Eris Bryan Paul, and Gary R. Shendell (Accountants), Louie Castoria and Anthony J. Proscia (Miscellaneous), and Joshua M. Auxier and Jennifer K. Saunders (Corporate Governance).





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