WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO
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.
The Winter 2014 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly is uploaded and available under "Resources" on the menu bar above. PLDF member Gregg Viola's article is titled "Check Scam Continues to Plague Attorneys", member John Minett co-authored an article on the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, and member Andrew Countryman's article is titled "The Assignment of Legal Malpractice Claims".
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 (www.subrogation.org). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 228-679-1565.
PLDF member A. Michael Furman of Furman Kornfeld & Brennan, LLP was named Chair of the New York State Bar's Trial Lawyers Section. Michael can be reached at email@example.com or 212-867-4100.
We congratulate PLDF member Anthony J. Novak of Larson · King, LLP in St. Paul, Minnesota, who was named a partner. Tony can be reached at 651-312-6571 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also congratulate PLDF member Donald "Pat" Eckler who was made partner at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60606. Pat can be reached at 312-578-7653 (email@example.com).
We further congratulate our member Andrew W. Countryman who was made partner at Carlock, Copeland & Stair, 40 Calhoun Street, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29401. Andy can be reached at 843-266-8225 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Will Elkner, Director of Professional Liability Claims for Sedgwick in the Long Beach, California office, has joined the Board of Directors of PLDF. Will can be reached at email@example.com.
Michelle Klein is Assistant Vice President of Claims for Berkley Professional Liability in New York, New York. Michelle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timothy J. Gephart, CPCU, Vice President - Claims for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, has become a member of PLDF's Board of Directors. Tim can be reached at email@example.com.
Bart Ridley of the Dallas office of Touchstone Bernays was recently elected as a 2013 Super Lawyer in Texas. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony E. Abeln of the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP was elected partner. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Professional Liability Defense Federation member Roger E. Harris has changed firms and now is a partner with Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP, 1355 Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404-888-6175).
Ninety-three PLDF members and guests attended the Fourth Annual Meeting in Chicago on October 9-11, 2013. The presentations on the subjects of real estate agent E&O, home inspector E&O, arbitration trends in medical negligence claims, legal ethics, impacts of Unfair Claims Practices Acts in professional liability claims, social network investigation, insurance agent E&O, accounting malpractice, use of contrition in risk management, trial tactics involving difficult clients, disability law liability relating to construction design, dental board discipline avoidance, and defenses to the "reptile theory" in medical claims were roundly praised. Thanks to our planners and speakers!
SAVE THE DATE - SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2014 - PLDF ANNUAL MEETING
Seminar details and registration information will be available in the spring.
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