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Timothy G. Ventura

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2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2582
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
tgventura@mdwcg.com

Tim is a member of the Professional Liability Department, and focuses his practice on the defense of errors and omissions claims brought against insurance agents and brokers.  Tim also represents real estate professionals, financial entities, attorneys, large product manufacturers and construction companies. 

In addition to defending professionals in the insurance, real estate and financial industries, Tim has defended cases involving automobile crash worthiness protection, airbag deployment, motorcycles, and power equipment.  He has successfully tried multiple cases as first chair counsel resulting in jury trial defense verdicts, and tried dozens of arbitrations in Pennsylvania on behalf of these large product manufacturers.

In 2003, Tim graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  During the fall semester of his junior year at BC, he clerked for Senator John Kerry (D-MA).  Tim then attended Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned his juris doctor in 2006.  He achieved various honors while at Temple Law School, including: Temple University Law Faculty Scholarship recipient; Outstanding Oral Advocacy in Trial Advocacy; and Distinguished Classroom Performance – Civil Procedure.  He was also a staff member of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review.

While attending Temple Law, Tim also worked part-time as a law clerk with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in the Philadelphia Legal Department.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defended insurance agency in Philadelphia Commerce Court action involving claims of professional negligence arising from the agency’s procurement of commercial insurance coverage for a hotel franchise owner.   Following a fire loss resulting in a completely rebuilt hotel property in Philadelphia, plaintiffs alleged their long time insurance agency failed to obtain more comprehensive coverage available, including insufficient business interruption and ordinance or law coverage.   Plaintiff also asserted breach of contract/bad faith claims against the insurer co-defendant.   With case exposure exceeding $8.5 million, following discovery and before trial, settled suit at mediation on behalf of insurance agency client with payment in the range of defense costs, a fraction of the total exposure and settlement demand.

  • Obtained jury trial defense verdict on behalf of large automobile manufacturer/distributor in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania following four day trial involving multiple party, fact witness and experts’ testimony.

  • Obtained jury trial defense verdict on behalf of product manufacturer in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania following three day trial involving party, witness and multiple experts' testimony.

  • Obtained Non-Suit judgment for insurance broker at Arbitration in Delaware County, PA.

  • Obtained defense verdict for large automobile manufacturer at Arbitration in Philadelphia County in a product liability suit involving fire cause and origin issues, with live expert testimony for both parties at Arbitration.

  • Obtained Non-Pros judgment in favor of wholesale insurance broker client in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  After serving plaintiff's counsel with letters threatening sanctions and fees under Pa.R.C.P. 1023.1, and the prospect of a retaliatory suit against plaintiff's counsel for wrongful use of civil proceedings, because plaintiff's claims against the wholesale insurance broker lacked probable cause, plaintiff's counsel promptly withdrew representation and the suit languished resulting in a Non Pros judgment with no indemnity paid.

  • Obtained favorable outcome for large construction company client at private binding Arbitration, in a personal injury suit with a settlement demand of $600,000.  Following successful defense at Arbitration with multiple party and witness testimony and experts, the award resulted in client paying less than cost of trial defense.

  • Assisted first chair counsel in successful jury trial in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.  Breach of contract / indemnity action representing construction manager against a sub-contractor, resulting in jury verdict recovery in excess of $750,000 on behalf of client.  Drafted successful pre-trial and post-trial Motions, fact and expert witness coordination, with trial conference participation.

  • Obtained voluntary suit dismissal of plaintiff in legal malpractice suit with $2 million initial settlement demand, after drafting successful Motion for Summary Judgment and procuring multiple defense expert reports on behalf of law firm and individual attorney clients.  Dispositive Motion established plaintiff's failure to prove her underlying case within the case and causation in professional negligence action, including the use of digital metadata analysis and litigation attorney expert opinion.

  • Defending for over ten years the manufacturer, designer and distributor of automobiles, motorcycles and varied power equipment in catastrophic injury, product liability and warranty actions.

  • Defending for over 8 years multiple wholesale and retail auto finance companies in commercial litigation and lender liability suits involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, professional negligence and unfair trade practices.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Insurance Agent / Broker E&O – Claims Prevention and Defense in 2018 and Beyond, Client webinar, February 2018

  • Mediation and Pre-Suit Claims Handling – Best Practices, Client Seminar, August 2016

  • Insurance Agent E&O Claims Prevention and Defense – The Road Ahead in 2016, Client Seminar, March 2016

  • Developments and Emerging Trends in the Legal and Insurance Areas of Cybersecurity, Client Seminar, February 2016

  • CPCU Society Webinar: Agent & Broker E&O - A New Lens for Viewing Exposures, September 18, 2015

Published Works

  • PA Supreme Court Decision Helps Insurance Agents, Financial Advisors, Insurance Agents & Brokers (IAB)’s Primary Agent Magazine, September 2018 

  • "PA Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Defense of Financial Advisors/Insurance Agents," Insurance Law Global website, February 2018

  • Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers, regular contributor, 2018-present

  • "PA Supreme Court Narrows Basis to Establish Fiduciary Duty Owed By Financial Advisors/Insurance Agents," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017

  • "Insurance Agent E&O Claims Prevention and Defense," Insights, The Institutes CPCU Society, Summer 2017 

  • "Insurance Broker E&O – Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation and Practice Tips for 2016," PLUS Journal, November 2015

  • "Insurance Broker E&O -- Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation and Practice Tips for 2016," Riding the E&O Line, newsletter of the DRI's Professional Liability Committee, September 2015

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2014-present

Education

  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (J.D., 2006)

    Honors: Temple University Law Faculty Scholarship Recipient
    Honors: Outstanding Oral Advocacy In Trial Advocacy
    Honors: Distinguished Classroom Performance - Civil Procedure
    Law Review: Temple University Political and Civil Rights Law Review, Staff 

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (B.A., 2003)

    Major: Political Science 

Law Alerts August 21, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Just Because An Expert Says It, Doesn’t Make It So   By Lawrence Berg, Esquire New Jersey courts have generally recognized that in the ordinary negligence/malpractice case against an insurance..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts July 6, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. A Primer on Insurance Agents and Brokers Liability in Maryland   By Christopher J. Conrad, Esquire Courts in Maryland have long held that an independent insurance broker (or agent) is viewed as an agent of..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts February 1, 2018
By Timothy G. Ventura, Esquire PA Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Defense of Financial Advisors/Insurance Agents   Yenchi v. Ameriprise Fin., Inc., 161 A.3d. 811, 820 (Pa. 2017) Insurance agents and brokers and financial advisors..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article December 4, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017 By Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Key Points: A fiduciary duty may arise in the context of consumer transactions, only if one party cedes decision-making control to the other party. Reliance on..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not...
Law Alerts October 2, 2015
The plaintiff, a building contractor, sued his insurance broker for breach of contract and negligence based on the broker’s failure to purchase liability insurance to cover roofing operations. Lacking such coverage, the plaintiff was uninsured...,   Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...
Law Alerts October 1, 2014
Residential purchasers of a three-year-old home brought a claim against the builder of the home for breach of the implied warranty of habitability upon discovering water infiltration and latent construction defects. However, they were not in..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014
January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA:  Jason W. Bialker, member of...
November 10, 2014
Timothy G. Ventura, associate in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin, has been selected to serve as the 2015 Board Observer for the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) as part of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Board Observer program. The Board Observer program...
August 2, 2013
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has partnered with the Veterans Law Clinic of Widener Law School to provide pro bono legal services through its Volunteer Attorney Program. The clinic provides free legal representation to veterans and their dependents with disability compensation...

Education

  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • Boston College (B.A., 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2006
  • Pennsylvania, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Professional Liability Committee, Commercial Litigation Committee, Product Liability Committee
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Year Joined Organization: 2006

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