Erik P. CrepWicker, Smith, O'Hara, McCoy & Ford, Coral Gables, FL PLDF Vice President
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PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY DEFENSE FEDERATION
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.
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Professional Liability Defense Federation is pleased that the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the state's court of appeals in a ruling on whether plaintiff sufficiently disclosed expert opinions in an attempt to comply with the state's statutory affidavit of merit requirements. In Guzick v. Kimball, 2015 WL 5123605 (Minn. 2015) the court held the trial court got it right when it dismissed the legal malpractice case on grounds the disclosure was not meaningful. PLDF filed an amicus brief with the court supporting the trial court's decision.
The Summer 2015 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published. Walter J. Price, III, Esq. of Huie Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP has written of defense of shoulder dystocia claims. Stephen B. Sambol, Esq. of Mateer Harbert evaluates malpractice claims affecting computer/IT professionals. Brian E. Gagan, CPCU offers analysis of insurance broker standards of care. Donald Patrick Eckler, Esq., of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered and Bridget Choi, Esq. of Endurance Services write on duties owed by captive insurance agents. Richard Burton Bush, Esq. and Audra Michelle Bryant, Esq. of Bush & Augspurger, P.A. write on the "unfinished business" rule in LPL claims. Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq. of Goldberg Segalla delivers his President's Message.
PLDF member Thomas R. Nolasco, Esq. is now a shareholder with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix, Arizona. James R. Schadel, Esq. is now a member of Burns White LLC in its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.
Professional Liability Defense Federation's 2015 Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs include: Accounting (Donald "Pat" Eckler, Esq. of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, and Martin Terpstra, C.P.A. of Plante & Moran, PLLC); Architect/Engineer (Leslie P. King, Esq. of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, and Jennifer L. Hamilton, Esq. of Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell, LLP); Directors/Officers (Peter J. Biging, Esq. of Goldberg Segalla, and Timothy Sullivan, R.P.L.U. of NAMIC Insurance Company); Insurance Agent/Broker (Jason R. Jobe, Esq. of Thompson Coe, Geneau M. Thames, Esq. of Niles Barton & Wilmer, LLP, and Roy W. Leeds of Xchanging Solutions (USA) Inc.;) Investment Professionals (Thomas D. Jensen, Esq. of Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., and Gary S. Kessler, Esq. of Kessler Collins, P.C.); Legal (Luke P. Sbarra, Esq. of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP, Andrew W. Countryman, Esq. of Carlock Copeland & Stair LLP, and Richard Burton Bush, Esq. of Bush & Augspurger P.A.); Medical (William E. Manning, Esq. of VanDePoel Levy Allen & Arneal, and Walter J. Price, III, Esq. of Huie Fernambucq & Stewart); Other Healthcare (Mark V. Gende, Esq. of Sweeny Wingate & Barrow, P.A., and Bricker S. Daughtry, Esq. of Carr Allison); Real Estate Agent (Gawain Charlton-Perrin, Esq. of The Hanover Insurance Company, and Craig L. Dowis, Esq. of Thompson Coe); and Miscellaneous PL (Edmund G. Farrell, III, Esq. of Murchison Cumming LLP, and Danny M. Howell, Esq. of Sands Anderson); Cyber Liability (Stuart T. O'Neal, III, Esq. of Burns White LLC and Stephen B. Sambol, Esq. of Mateer Harbert); and Employment PracticesLiability (Bricker S. Daughtry, Esq. of Carr Allison).
Officers elected to leadership in Professional Liability Defense Federation at the Annual Meeting of Professional Liability Defense Federation at Washington, D.C., include:
President: Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq., Goldberg Segalla LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Vice President: ErikP. Crep, Esq., Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford, P.A., Miami, FL; Secretary: Sheila M. Burke, Esq., Burke, Cromer, Cremonese LLC, Pittsburgh, PA; and Treasurer: Jennifer K. Saunders, Esq., Haight Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, Los Angeles, CA.
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 2, 2015 - PLDF SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING
THE WESTIN MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
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