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.
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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).
The Summer 2016 issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly has been published, and is available at "Defense Quarterly" under "Resources" on the toolbar above. John Browning offers guidance on ethical responses to negative online reviews of counsel performance. Donald Patrick Eckler and Jennifer Berard write on the attorney immunity doctrine in legal malpractice defense cases. Storrs Downey and Maital Savin provide an update on worker misclassification litigation. Pat Eckler and Alice Sherren discuss the attorney's ethical obligations in responding to a subpoena.
Dina M. Cox, Esq. of Lewis Wagner, LLP in Indianapolis was named in 2017 Best Lawyers in America for expertise in professional negligence law - defendants.
Todd M. Raskin, Esq. of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. L.P.A. has been cited as Cleveland's 2017 Lawyer of the Year in civil rights law by Best Lawyers in America.
Thomas D. Jensen, Esq. of Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., Minneapolis, was named a Super Lawyer in civil litigation defense.
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.
SEPTEMBER 27 - 29, 2017 - PLDF EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING
THE WESTIN RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
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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