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2014 Annual Meeting and CLE/CEU Presentation

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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. 



Leslie P. King of Updike · Kelly · Spellacy in its New Haven, Connecticut office reported recently on a Connecticut Superior Court decision - (Giannaccio, 2013 WL 6334934) which held that fraudulent concealment does not toll the statute of repose against design professionals - in a post to members of the Architect/Engineers Claims Committee of PLDF.  She can be reached at

PLDF Treasurer Erik Crep of the Wicker Smith firm in Coral Gables was named a Florida Super Lawyers™ Rising Star for 2014 in the Professional Liability Defense practice area.  

PLDF member (and past President) Stuart O'Neal recently was appointed Chief Privacy Officer of Burns White LLC.  He will lead a new Policy Development Team in its efforts to take a more coordinated approach to regulatory compliance.  Stuart can be reached at

The Spring 2014 issue of
Professional Liability Defense Quarterly is uploaded and available under "Resources" on the menu bar above.  PLDF members Mark Gende and Anthony Abeln co-authored an article entitled "Defending the Medical Provider Sued by a Prisoner-Patient", member Eris Bryan Paul authored an article entitled "Loss Causation in Investment Fraud Litigation," and members Craig Dowis and Jason Jobe co-authored an article entitled "When the Hammer May Not be the Tool for Settlement".

PLDF member Joseph J. Bosick of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, has been appointed to serve as 2014 President of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Alumni Association.  

Professional Liability Defense Federation Member Barton Ridley's firm, Touchstone Bernays in Texas, was named a 2014 "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.

PLDF Construction Design Claims Committee Vice Chair John Stuckey has changed firms.  The new firm is DeFur • Voran, 8409 Fishers Center Drive, Fishers, IN 46038.  John can be reached at 317-585-8085 or

PLDF member Sharon M. Woods of Barris Sott Denn Driker PLLC, in Detroit was voted Best Lawyer in Detroit for Legal Malpractice Defense for 2014.  This follows her Best Lawyer designation in 2012 for construction litigation and in 2013 for real estate litigation.

PLDF member Anna-Katherine Bowman is now practicing with the Jones Walker firm, One Federal Place, Suite 1100, 1819 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.  She can be reached at 205-244-5216 or

Professional Liability Defense Federation's Board of Directors met February 6-7 in Scottsdale, Arizona, to plan for the Fifth Annual Meeting, to focus on our member value proposition, to explore ways to enhance our member recruitment and committee experience, and to update our Bylaws.  In attendance were PLDF President Peter Akmajian, Vice President Jonathan Ziss, Treasurer Erik Crep, Secretary Sheila Burke, and Directors Christine Jensen, Timothy Gephart, Will Elkner, Jennifer Saunders, Barry Montgomery, and Tom Jensen.  Also appearing was Jeffrey M. Baill, Esq., of Yost & Baill, LLP, who co-founded the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (  Jeff spoke on the topic "Association Growth and Success."  It was a successful meeting - stay tuned!

PLDF member Ed Hatten of Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, P.A. in Gulfport, Mississippi received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award.  With this award, Ed was "recognized for excellence" in the categories of Quality of Service, Overall Value, Responsiveness, and Communication Ability based on client ratings.  Ed can be reached at or 228-679-1565.





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