Brooks R. Foland

Shareholder

Brooks has a varied and busy litigation practice in our Casualty Department representing insurers in claims involving coverage disputes, insurance bad faith, and uninsured and underinsured motorists benefits. He spends a portion of his practice defending claims against product manufacturers, public entities, paramedics and EMTs.  Brooks has developed an extensive trial practice, serving as first chair in close to 50 jury trials and has participated as counsel in dozens of arbitrations and mediations. He is frequently asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on a variety of topics concerning insurance coverage and bad faith matters.

Brooks currently serves as the president of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and is the recent past vice president. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. Brooks is currently on the Board of Pennsylvania Defense Institute and Co-Chair of Auto Law Committee of PDI. He serves on the Board of Directors for Tree 4 Hope, Inc.

Brooks is very active in his community and church.  He is a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels and works pro bono with veterans on disability appeals.  He enjoys travel and takes an annual mission trip to Guatemala to assist with boys and girls’ orphanages.

Significant Representative Matters

Successfully defended a home health nursing agency in a wrongful death case.

Successfully defended a large international paint and coatings manufacturer at trial involving claims of design and manufacturing defects.

Successfully defended fire companies and other public entities at trial involving claims under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.

Successfully defended insurers in cases involving coverage disputes and claims of insurance bad faith.

Successfully handled through resolution, arbitration and trial claims made against insurers for uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits.

Successfully defended paramedics and EMTs in numerous trials involving claims of professional liability.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Rancosky and Bad Faith”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), October 30, 2017

Staking, Sign Downs, and Rejection of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage:  Making Heads and Tails Out of All the Different Forms and Rules”, Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), July, 2017

"Proper Handling of UM/UIM Claims:  The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" , Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 17, 2016

EMS Medical-Legal Seminar, Pinnacle Health Systems, September, 2015

Insights Into Civil Litigation Practices and Procedures in Pennsylvania’s Venues, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Personal Lines Unit, April 2015

Published Works

“Setting the ‘Toner’ to Grant Allocatur in Pergolese v. The Standard Fire Ins. Co.,” Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017

Legal Teaching Position

Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
Temple University (B.S., cum laude, 1990)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
2017-2019
Associations & memberships
Dauphin County Bar Association, President, 2019
Dauphin County Bar Association, Vice President, 2018
Hon. William W. Lipsitt American Inn of Court, Barrister (Former)
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, Affiliate Council
United Way of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors, 2012-2016
Tree 4 Hope, Inc., Board of Directors, Secretary
Year joined
2014