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2017 PLDF Annual Meeting

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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. 



PLDF Member David C. Anderson of the Collins Einhorn firm was recently elected to the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan.

The Spring 2017 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published and is available at "Defense Quarterly" under "Resources" on the toolbar above. Jennifer Berard and Pat Eckler write on defending professionals who are sued by bankrupt entities. Anthony Cottone and Carrie Campi analyze ransomware and offer tips for risk management from this cyber security threat. Pat Eckler and Alice Sherren evaluate the attorney-client privilege as it applies to attorney service invoices transmitted electronically.  Glen Olson and Ari Baruth review developments in dual agency law affecting real estate transactions. Featured are PLDF industry member Elizabeth Whitney and some of our committee leaders. Tim Gephart offers his President's Letter.   

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

Luke P. Sbarra of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina recently was elected a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

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 member Robert H. Stoffers has joined Williams & Schoenberger Co., LLP in its Columbus, Ohio office.

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).

The Professional Liability Defense Federation Board of Directors under the leadership of President Timothy J. Gephart met on January 19-20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona and planned exciting, innovative initiatives for PLDF this year.  Stay tuned!  

PLDF member R. Scott Krause has moved his practice to Lewis Brisbois in the Baltimore office.

Professional Liability Defense Federation's Seventh Annual Meeting occurred at The Westin Denver Downtown on September 28-30, 2016.  Exceptional programming included the following: medical malpractice trends (Paul Ruiz - Gen Re), insurance agent and broker challenges (Peter Biging - Goldberg Segalla, Cliona Levy - Marsh & McLennan, Chad Zupke - Markel, David Colwick - Allied World), effective mediation strategies (Edwin Schwartz - Marshall Dennehey, Sherry Graf - CNA, Shelly Davis - MMIC), architect/engineer claim trends (Karen Holmes - Balestreri Potocki & Holmes, Bruce Furukawa - Long Levit, Lou Moreno - RSC), accounting claims challenges (Pat Eckler - Pretzel & Stouffer, Martin Terpstra - Plante & Moran, Ken Wigboldy - CAMICO, Glen Olson - Long Levit), new approaches to the defense and costs of claims (Will Waldron - Marshall Dennehey, Leslie King - Murtha Cullina, Michael Germano - Beazley), preparing lawyers for cross-examination (Andrew Countryman - Carlock Copeland, Douglas MacKelcan - Carlock Copeland, Richard Bush - Bush & Augspurger), conflict of interest avoidance (Erin Higgins - Conn Kavanaugh, Carolyn Fairless - Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, Chuck Lundberg - Lundberg Legal Ethics), depleting limits policy strategies (Louie Castoria - Kaufman Dolowich Voluck, Dean Milber - Lancer Claims, Atea Martin - Berkshire Hathaway), and trial technology tactics (Thomas Mazanec - Mazanec Raskin & Ryder, Robert Foster - Rimkus Consulting).  This impressive display proves alone the value of PLDF participation.  

We welcome the 2016-2017 officers and directors of PLDF elected at the annual meeting: President Timothy Gephart (Minnesota Lawyers Mutual), President-elect Erin Higgins (Conn Kavanaugh), Treasurer Andrew Countryman (Carlock Copeland), Secretary Christopher Block (Marshall Dennehey), Paul Ruiz (Gen Re), Andrew Jones (Furman Kornfeld & Brennan), Pat Eckler (Pretzel & Stouffer), and Lisa Tulk (Kessler Collins).





Seminar details and registration information will be available in the spring.  We promise another exceptional value in substantive law presentations and networking events.  Please calendar it!




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