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.
Will Elkner has joined Sedgwick as Director of Professional Liability Claims in the Long Beach, California office. Will can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Klein is Assistant Vice President of Claims for Berkley Professional Liability in New York, New York. Michelle can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bart Ridley of the Dallas office of Touchstone Bernays was recently elected as a 2013 Super Lawyer in Texas. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Anthony E. Abeln of the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP was elected partner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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).
Jonathan Ziss of Goldberg Segalla (Philadelphia) (and PLDF's Vice President) was quoted in a Dow Jones New Service article dated September 25, 2013 relating to FDIC's renewed effort to sue auditors over the Colonial Bank failure. Ziss pointed out the bank's corrupt employees caused the loss and thus the quality of the accountants' audits was "beside the point."
Professional Liability Defense Federation member Anna-Katherine Bowman has joined Johnston Barton Proctor and Rose LLP, 569 Brookwood Village, Suite 901, Birmingham, AL 35209 (205-458-9400).
PLDF member Bradley C. Nahrstadt has joined Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd., 230 West Monroe Street, Suite 2260, Chicago, IL 60606-4703 (312-448-6235).
Professional Liability Defense Federation member Barton Ridley of Touchstone Bernays in Dallas, Texas reports the firm has opened an additional office at 401 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 375, San Antonio, TX 78258 (210-510-4122).
Professional Liability Defense Federation Member Dina M. Cox of Lewis Wagner LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana was named in the Best Lawyers® 2014 guide in the specialty of professional malpractice law - defense.
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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