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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. 



Professional Liability Defense Quarterly Fall 2014 issue has been published.  It may be found under the "Resources" tab above.  PLDF member Richard Burton Bush has written on settling LPL claims within the underlying case and responding to LPL claims arising out of failed punitive damages claim efforts, PLDF Treasurer Jennifer K. Saunders has written on mediation/settlement conference confidentiality, PLDF member Donald Patrick Eckler has written on the attorney-client privilege in the context of the firm's in-house counsel communications, and PLDF President Jonathan S. Ziss has written his President's Letter.  We applaud their contributions to the professional liability defense conversation! 

PLDF member Mike Furman was named a 2014 New York Metro Area Super Lawyer® and member Izabell Lemkhen was named a 2014 Rising Star.  Ed Hatten of Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, P.A. in Mississippi received the 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award for superior client service.

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)




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