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9/28/2016 » 9/30/2016
2016 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 Christopher L. Shaeffer of Hagwood Adelman Tipton P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama recently obtained a defense verdict in a construction-related lawsuit in an Alabama state court.   

The Spring 2016 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published, and is available at "Defense Quarterly" under "Resources" on the toolbar above.  Donald Patrick Eckler and Jennifer Berard write on judgmental immunity in legal malpractice defense cases.  Thomas D. Jensen presents an update on cybersecurity and data breach litigation.  Pat Eckler and Alice Sherren discuss the importance of the use of engagement letters in law practice management.  And PLDF Managing Director Christine Jensen offers her quarterly message.    

PLDF Board Member Doug Holthus, Esq. moved his practice and was named administrative partner of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.'s Columbus, Ohio office.

Kathryn L. McHale, Esq.has opened Kathryn L. McHale, LLC in Palm Beach and Stuart, Florida, and is handling civil litigation and mediations.

Stuart T. O'Neal, III, Esq. and colleague M. Sean Maravich, Esq. of Burns White recently obtained a defense verdict for their hospital client in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County.  It involved claims of medical malpractice and direct corporate liability of the hospital.

David C. Anderson, Esq. of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield, Michigan, was recently named a 2016 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  Thirty lawyers in the state were so named.  

Peter L. Gregory, Esq. has been elected as a shareholder of Bassford Remele, P.A., in Minneapolis.  Pete focuses his practice on professional liability and commercial litigation; he defends lawyers against legal malpractice claims and defends long-term care facilities against medical negligence claims. 

PLDF member Joseph S. Miller, Esq. and Michael A. Florie of Starnes Davis Florie, LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, recently obtained a defense verdict for an emergency room physician in a trial involving alleged negligent failure to order a CT scan to diagnose an aortic dissection.

The PLDF Board of Directors met on January 28-29, 2016 in Santa Monica, California to plan the year's initiatives.  President Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq., of Goldberg Segalla chaired the meeting.  Consideration was given to formation of an Advisory Board of former leaders and a Long Range Planning Committee, to plans for energizing the members' committee experience, to the need for a membership survey of interests/needs, to planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting, to new member recruitment initiatives, to review of our governance documents, and to other ways in which we can provide value to the professional liability insurance, defense and loss adjustment communities.     

Christopher B. Block, Esq., of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin P.C.'s Roseland, NJ's office was elected shareholder in the firm's Casualty Liability Department.  Chris is PLDF's Director of Membership Development. 

PLDF member Kirstin L. Abel, Esq., has become a partner with Bodyfelt Mount LLP in Portland, Oregon where she will continue her professional liability defense practice. 

PLDF Board Member Erin K. Higgins, Esq., of Conn Kavanaugh in Boston successfully represented defendant law firm before the Massachusetts Supreme Court in a legal malpractice conflict-of-interest case decided December 23, 2015.  Check "News" on the toolbar above for a summary.   

Officers elected to leadership in Professional Liability Defense Federation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Professional Liability Defense Federation at Chicago, Illinois, include:

President: Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq., Goldberg Segalla LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Vice President: Erik P. Crep, Esq., Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford, P.A., Miami, Florida; Secretary: Sheila M. Burke, Esq., Burke, Cromer, Cremonese LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Treasurer: Jennifer K. Saunders, Esq., Haight Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, Los Angeles, California.

In addition to the officers, new members of the Board of Directors of PLDF elected at the 2015 Annual Meeting include Mark V. Gende, Esq. of Sweeny Wingate & Barrow, P.A., Columbia, South Carolina; Jason R. Jobe, Esq. of Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP of Dallas, Texas; and Walter J. Price, III, Esq. of Huie Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP in Birmingham, Alabama.  Christopher B. Block, Esq. of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin P.C. of Roseland, New Jersey was named to a new position, Director of Membership Development, and serves as an ex officio member of the Board.

We thank the presenters at the 2015 PLDF Annual Meeting including Mark V. Gende, Esq., Bricker S. Daughtry, Esq., and Donna Livingston, R.N. (Defense of Hospitalist Claims); Donald Patrick Eckler, Esq., Kelly S. Geary, Esq., and Martin Terpstra, CPA (Defense of Accountant Claims); Stuart T. O'Neil, Esq. and Anthony S. Cottrone, Esq. (Defense of Cyber Liability Claims); Marisa L. Combs, Esq., J. Dale Crow, Esq., and Brett Stewart, Esq.  (Law Firm/Client Succession Planning); Jennifer L. Hamilton, Esq., Traci S. Lagasse, Esq. and Guy Hollingsworth, Claims Manager (Defense of Design Professional Claims); Richard Burton Bush, Esq., Dennis L. Galvin, Esq., and Kim Noble, Esq. (Defense of LPL Claims); Jason R. Jobe, Esq., Caryn M. Silverman, Esq., and Tracy L. Tucker, Esq. (Counsel/Adjuster Collaboration and Communication); Dove A.E. Burns, Esq., Nicole H. Waid, Esq., and Robert J. Cap, Esq. (Defense of EPL Claims), and Glen R. Olson, Esq., Deborah Bjes, Esq., and Gawain Charlton-Perrin, Esq. (Ethics and Privileged Communications in LPL Claims).     







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