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9/30/2020 » 10/2/2020
2020 PLDF Annual Meeting

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W. B. Montgomery Jr.Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith Richmond, VA
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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 Survey of Law

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our inaugural issue of the annual Professional Liability Defense Survey of Law. The Survey is a compilation of case summaries of the most important cases from across the country. Featured in this issue of the Survey are summaries of cases related to Financial Professionals and Legal Malpractice. 

Our sincere thanks to the following members for their contributions to the Survey of Law:

Editorial Staff

 Donald Patrick Eckler
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
James J. Hunter
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC

Lawyers Professional Liability
Section Editors

Financial Professionals
Section Editors

Megan Zurn
 Jennifer K. Saunders
Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
 Courtney Kasper
QBE North America
 J. Peter Glaws
Carr Maloney


John G. Browning
Spencer Fane LLP 
Mark Laughlin
Fraser Stryker 
Jacqueline M. DeLuca
Fraser Stryker 
Douglas W. MacKelcan
Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP
 Donald Patrick Eckler
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
Michael Masciale
Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP
G. Patrick HagEstad
HagEstad Law Group, PLLC 
Katherine Marejka
Fraser Stryker
Erin K. Higgins
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP  
Justin Nolen
Clark, May, Price, Lawley, Duncan & Paul, LLC
James J. Hunter
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC 
Eris Bryan Paul
Clark, May, Price, Lawley, Duncan & Paul, LLC
Stephen J. Huschka
Kessler Collins PC 
 Jennifer K. Saunders
Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
 Corinne G. Ivanca
Geraghty, O'Loughlin & Kenney, P.A.
Matthew E. Selmasska
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP
Andrew R. Jones
Kornfeld & Brennan LLP
James J. Sipchen
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
Gary S. Kessler
Kessler Collins PC


Professional Liability Defense Quarterly

The newest issue of the Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 12, Number 1, has been published and is available for download here. Content in this issue of the Quarterly includes:

  • Duty of Mental Health Providers to Warn and/or Protect Third Party Victims: The Tarasoff Standard | Written by: Anthony S. Cottone, Byrne Legal Group
  • Letter from the President | Written by: Lisa Tulk, Kessler Collins, P.C.
  • Don't be a Victim of LATE NOTICE: Report! | Written by: Laura Zaroski, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • I Don’t Have to Produce These, Do I? “At Issue” Waiver of Privileged Communications | Written by: Alice Sherren, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and Donald Patrick Eckler, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
  • SCOTUS to Decide the Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Structure | Written by: Matthew E. Selmasska, Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP
  • Discovery Requests in the Age of Electronic Medical Records: Ensuring Compliance with the HITECH Act and Related Laws | Written by: Nicole C. Freiler and Megan B. Kelleher, Burns White, LLC
  • “Signs” of the Times: An End to “Long-Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply”? | Written by: Sean C. Pierce, Harbuck Keith & Holmes LLC
  • Survey of Law Potpourri
    • Employment Practices Liability | Written by: Robert G. Chadwick, Jr., Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC
    • Healthcare Malpractice | Written by: Nicholas Rauch, Larson King
  • Practicing Well: Mapping Well-Being Goals | Written by: Patty Beck, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  • PLDF Amicus Program: a Little-Used Appellate Luxury 

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