Dana A. Gittleman

Associate

As a member of the Professional Liability Department, Dana focuses her practice on the defense of claims and lawsuits brought against insurance agents and brokers, attorneys, real estate professionals, financial entities, large product manufacturers, lenders and other professionals. She also has experience litigating insurance coverage and bad faith claims, including providing coverage analysis.

Dana received her juris doctor from the Villanova University School of Law, where she was a Dean's Merit Scholarship recipient. While at Villanova, Dana served as a managing editor for student work for the Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. Following law school, Dana worked at a Philadelphia insurance defense firm where she focused on dental malpractice, medical malpractice and premises liability matters.

Dana is a former member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. She is also a former president of NovUs, the Young Alumni Chapter of the Villanova University School of Law.

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained dismissal with prejudice in Federal Court, Middle District of PA, for insurance broker client in a case involving liability / commercial insurance coverage claims related to lost business income as a result of government mandated closures triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secured voluntary withdrawal with prejudice of all claims against law firm client in action alleging legal malpractice, breaches of fiduciary duties and breach of contract.

Developed factual and legal bases for successful Motion for Summary Judgment for our attorney/law firm client, dismissing a complex legal malpractice action involving claims of professional negligence and fraudulent inducement, arising from an underlying personal injury litigation which concluded with a $700,000 settlement.  Following discovery in the professional malpractice action related to coverage and liability issues, the court granted our motion dismissing the complaint in its entirety against the law firm and individual attorney defendants. 

Obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice of insurance broker client at suit inception. 

Obtained dismissal with prejudice of large automobile manufacturer on Preliminary Objections.  The case involved product liability/product defect claims against our client, which were dismissed on procedural and substantive bases.

Assisted first chair counsel in successful jury trial in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of large automobile manufacturer/distributor.  

Obtained dismissal of large automobile manufacturer on Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in breach of warranty claim. 

Obtained defense verdict at arbitration involving claims for breach of contract/indemnification sought for hail/storm related roof damage.

Classes/Seminars Taught

You Passed the Bar, Now What? How to Succeed in Your First Year as an Attorney, and How to Gain Experience, Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bootcamp, October 28, 2016

Published Works

“Pennsylvania Supreme Court Adopts a ‘Strict Liability’ Standard for UTPCPL ‘Catch-All’ Claims,” Defense Digest, June 2021, Vol. 27, No. 3

“’Loose Lips Sink Ships’…But Not If Judicially Privileged: Protecting Attorney Pre-Litigation Communications,” Defense Digest, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2020

"Pandemonium in the Time of Pandemic: Potential Shift in Insurance Agent and Broker Standard of Care in the Wake of Covid-19," The Voice, DRI Newsletter, June 10, 2020

"Utilizing Your Alumni Network for Personal Development," The Legal Intelligencer, May 14, 2015

Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2014-present

Home Field Advantage: Determining the Appropriate "Turf" for Williams v. National Football League and Clarifying Preemption Precedent, 19 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 203 (2012)

Admissions
Pennsylvania
2012
New Jersey
2013
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2014
Education
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
Emory University (B.A., 2008)
Honors & awards
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch©, Insurance Law, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
2021-Present
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
2019-2021
Associations & memberships
Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (2015-2017); YLD Treasurer (2016), Vice Chair (2017)
Former President of NovUs, the Young Alumni Chapter of the Villanova University School of Law
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Year joined
2013