PLDF Past-President Stuart O'Neal and colleagues recently won summary judgment and a dismissal in two separate cases pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. One involved a civil rights action against a foster care facility (termination of parental rights) and the other involved a contract breach claim brought by an on-call physician who violated a non-compete clause in his contract with a hospital.
The Winter 2015 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published. Thomas D. Jensen of Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. in Minneapolis surveys the law of veterinary malpractice. Danny M. Howell of Sands Anderson in McLean, Virginia writes on the defense of educational accreditation agencies. Louie Castoria of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP in San Francisco offers guidance to insurance producers on reducing E&O exposure, and Doug Holthus of Poling Law in Columbus, Ohio addresses immunity issues involving physicians affiliated with state institutions. We also feature our first member, Nicole Stanton of Quarles & Brady LLP, and Jonathan S. Ziss of Goldberg Segalla delivers his President's Message.
Professional Liability Defense Federation member Joseph M. Junfola, C.P.C.U., R.P.L.U. of Admiral Insurance Company has published a handbook entitled Construction Defect Claims that can be found at http://my.bookbaby.com/book/construction-defect-claims.
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).
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: Erik P. 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.
Presentations by Professional Liability Defense Federation members at its Fifth Annual Meeting on September 18-19, 2014 include the following:
Kenneth M. Labbate, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York, NY (Cyber Liability)
Christopher B. Block, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Roseland, NJ (Adjuster/Defense Counsel Collaboration)
Timothy J. Gephart, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Minneapolis, MN (State of the Professional Liability Insurance Market)
Geoffrey A. Bryce, Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC, Chicago, IL (Defense of Design Professionals)
Andrew W. Countryman, Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLP, Charleston, SC and Doug Holthus, Poling Law, Columbus, OH (Lawyers Professional Liability Defenses)
Rodney R. Cate, Hand Arendall, Mobile, AL, Walter J. Price, Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP, Birmingham, AL, and James E. Looper, Jr., Hall Booth Smith, P.C., Nashville, TN (Defense of Birth Injuries - Shoulder, Cerebral Palsy and Damages)
Albert J. D'Aquino, Goldberg Segalla, Buffalo, NY (FDIC Claims Against Lawyers and Bank Leaders)
W. Barry Montgomery, Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith, Richmond, VA and Edmund G. Farrell, Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Los Angeles, CA (Defense of Miscellaneous Professional Liability Claims)
Rolf E. Sonnesyn, Tomsche Sonnesyn & Tomsche, Minneapolis, MN (Insurer/Producer Tensions in Agent E&O Claims)
Mark V. Gende, Sweeny Wingate and Barrow, P.A., Columbia, SC, and James C. Goodwin, Sanders & Parks, P.C., Phoenix, AZ (Anesthesiology Claims and NPDB Updates)
Anthony E. Abeln, and Noel B. Dumas, Morrison Mahoney LLP, Boston, MA (Emerging Tort Risks in Medicinal Marijuana)
Paul C. Catsos, Thompson Bowie, LLP, Portland, ME (Challenging Life Care Plans)
Thomas D. Jensen, Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., Minneapolis, MN (Defense of FINRA Arbitration Claims)
Thomas R. Nolasco, Engelman Berger, P.C., Phoenix, AZ (e-Discovery Update)
Michael E. Upchurch, Frazer Greene Upchurch & Baker, Mobile, AL (Preparing the Client for Deposition, Trial, Winning and Losing)
Robert E. Cooper, Christian & Small LLP, Birmingham, AL (Ethics in Jury Selection, Juror Misrepresentation and Social Media Effects)
Erin K. Higgins, Conn Kavanaugh, Boston, MA (Common Ethical Issues for Professional Liability Practitioners)
Erik P. Crep, Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford, P.A., Miami, FL and Stuart T. O'Neal III, Burns White LLC, Philadelphia, PA (HIPAA, ACA, and MSA Defense Updates)