On the Pulse …Other Notable Achievements

Special Appointments

David Wolf (Philadelphia, PA) was elected president of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) at the organization’s recent meeting. David’s one-year term as president began June 7th.

Alex Norman (Philadelphia, PA) has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows, as the group is known, is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the legal profession.


Pro Bono

Marshall Dennehey has partnered with Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia (CLCP) to provide pro bono legal services to low-income and disadvantaged people. CLCP is an urban legal ministry that seeks to address injustice and poverty in partnership with existing inner-city host ministries by bringing volunteer attorneys into neighborhoods where their services are most needed. Since it began in 2002, CLCP has helped thousands of people and today runs 10 clinics throughout the Philadelphia area. More than 20 of our attorneys will rotate shifts to staff the clinic, which will be open one or two evenings per month. CLCP will provide required training for lawyers to assist clients in matters involving record expungement, family violence and custody battles, housing, employment, immigration, government benefits, consumer problems and more. 



Ten attorneys from our Florida offices have been selected to the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Florida Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. (A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.) These attorneys are:

  • David R. Bear, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Ryan D. Burns, Personal Injury Defense
  • Michael J. DeCandio, Construction Litigation
  • Dennis P. Dore, Personal Injury Defense
  • Phillip J. Harris, Professional Liability Defense
  • Jessica Lanifero, Civil Litigation Defense
  • Lindsay G. McCormick, Construction Litigation
  • Chanel A. Mosley, Health Care
  • Alan C. “A.C.” Nash, Civil Litigation Defense
  • Amanda J. Podlucky, Personal Injury Defense


Our Maritime Litigation Practice Group has been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide: Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York) category, the firm was called out for its handling of maritime “cargo claims, with futher expertise in areas such as insurance disputes and Jones Act issues.” Daniel McDermott, co-chair of the maritime practice, and Edward Radzik, shareholder within the group, were cited as “notable practitioners” in the Chambers ranking. While both attorneys have received Chambers recognition in this area several times before, this year Dan was specifically cited for his experience in the areas of marine insurance, maritime personal injury, and marine construction projects. Ed was cited for his litigation experience concerning ship groundings, machinery and hull failures, and stevedore damage, as well as his work as a “mediator and arbitrator in significant maritime cases.”


Speaking Engagements

Andrew Davitt (Philadelphia, PA) was a featured speaker at the 10th Annual Errors & Omissions Insurance ExecuSummit. He and fellow panelists presented the program “Are Stock Brokers Fiduciaries? Depends on Who You Speak With. The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule.” The program focused on the new Rule and its potential impact on investments and investment professionals.

Matthew Keris (Scranton, PA) recently delivered a presentation regarding electronic medical records. The presentation, “Legal Ramifications of the Electronic Medical Record,” occurred at a regional meeting for the American College of Healthcare Trustees.

Sunny Sparano (Roseland, NJ) presented at the annual West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Conference. Along with the AVP of construction defect claims of Chubb Insurance, Sunny spoke about product liability claims in construction defect litigation, the different considerations for manufacturers and general contractors, and the nuances of these types of cases in east and west coast jurisdictions.

Michele Punturi (Philadelphia, PA) and Frank Wickersham (King of Prussia, PA) presented during the recent CLM conference in Atlanta. In “Aging Gracefully? The Senior Workforce and Impacts on Workers’ Compensation,” Frank joined a panel of industry professionals to address the challenges the aging workforce presents to the workers’ compensation industry from a medical, legal, and claims perspective and provided practical, cost-effective strategies for managing those claims. Michele participated in a panel presentation, “Developing a Robust Return to Work Program,” which provided practical tips and actionable information to expedite the return of injured employees to gainful employment while avoiding litigation under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Lynne Nahmani (Cherry Hill, NJ) and Rosalind Herschthal (Roseland, NJ) spoke at the American College of Health Care Administrators 50th Annual Convocation. In their session, “Avoiding and Defending Nursing Home Litigation,” Lynn and Rosalind addressed which claims are the most difficult to defend and how to defend them, and how health care administrators can help in the process to limit exposure and litigation costs.

John Zeigler (Harrisburg, PA) spoke at the RIMS National Conference in San Diego. His presentation, “The War on Employee Misclassification - Risks and Costs to Employers and Insurers,” covered state and federal actions and trends on the misclassification of employees and their impact on employer and insurer costs and risk. The Insurance Journal, Carrier Management, WorkersCompensation.com, and Safety National featured the presentation in releases specific to RIMS highlighted events.



Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. 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 intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING pursuant to New York RPC 7.1. © 2016 Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted without the express written permission of our firm. For reprints, contact tamontemuro@mdwcg.com.