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Auto Law Update 2022


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  • Start Date:2022-10-10 20:00:00
  • End Date:2024-10-10 20:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Litigation

$279.00 ["ProPass"]

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Overview

Get the latest developments in Auto Law in Pennsylvania

This course will feature a presentation by Scott Cooper, who appeared before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this month in Erie Insurance Exchange v. Mione. That key case deals with the validity of household exclusions. Mr. Cooper will discuss the current state of play, with a focus on the particular details and ramifications of his case. 

The Hottest Issues
Other topics include:

  • How to use criminal cases in civil matters
  • Missed opportunities in bad faith
  • Ethical issues in auto law
  • Ride-sharing technology issues
  • An engineering update from DJS Associates, Inc.

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in October 2022.

Faculty

Jeffrey Ramaley Esq.

Mr. Ramaley is a shareholder and former president of the Pittsburgh firm of Zimmer Kunz, P.L.L.C. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where he concentrates his practice in insurance defense, insurance coverage and the representation of insurance carriers in bad faith cases. Mr. Ramaley was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Justin Schorr PhD

Justin Schorr, Ph.D. studied at Northwestern University and George Washington University, earning his doctorate in civil and environmental (transportation) engineering in 2015. After completing nearly 25 years of formal education, Justin accredits his most valuable training to his father and grandfather, both of whom were industry leaders in collision reconstruction. Now the principal collision reconstruction engineer and president of DJS Associates, Inc., Justin specializes in traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems, and collisions involving vehicles, bicycles, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles. Previously an adjunct professor at GW, Justin has brought his engaging style of teaching to the legal, insurance, and engineering communities, offering CE and CLE accredited seminars on topic including Automated Vehicles, New Technology in Collision Reconstruction, and Engineering Animations. Outside of work, he loves to golf. He even named his son Tiger.

Kathleen McAllister Esq.

Kathleen S. McAllister is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in English 1976. Kathleen earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1979. Kathleen’s practice focuses on litigation in the areas of complex insurance coverage and litigation, extra-contractual insurance litigation, motor vehicle and premises liability, commercial litigation, product liability and personal injury with over 75% of her practice devoted to litigation. She was a founding member of DiBella, Geer, McAllister & Best, P.C. in 1995, then known as DiBella & Geer, P.C. Since that time, Kathleen has tried numerous arbitrations, bench, and jury trials to verdict in various counties of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She has also argued several successful appeals in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Kathleen remains a very active trial lawyer, and has tried over a forty cases to verdict. Kathleen is admitted to practice in both the courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Kathleen is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the West Virginia Bar Association. In 2002, Kathleen became a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. She is also a council member of the Federal Court Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a member of DRI (Defense Research Institute). She is a frequent speaker with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has presented seminars on issues involving motor vehicle litigation, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, bad faith, trial tactics and insurance law. Kathleen is a Southwestern Pennsylvania native, and returned to the area after finishing her undergraduate and graduate studies. She currently lives in Bethel Park with her husband and two of her seven children.

Scott Eberle Esq.

Mr. Eberle is a member of Burns White LLC, and chairs the firm’s Ethics and Legal Malpractice team. An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Eberle has a diverse litigation practice representing businesses and individuals in a wide range of matters spanning insurance defense and commercial litigation. Mr. Eberle has extensive experience representing lawyers and other professionals including accountants, engineers, real estate agents, insurance agents, and design professionals in professional liability claims. He also defends wrongful death and serious personal injury claims, as well as premises liability, products liability, and toxic tort claims. Complementing his litigation practice, Mr. Eberle regularly counsels lawyers, pre or post claims or suits, on professional ethics and professional responsibility matters, including those facing disciplinary charges before the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, as well as matters before the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security. He also represents attorneys in Reinstatement Proceedings and is a frequent speaker on legal malpractice avoidance, lawyer ethics, and risk management before law firms, bar associations, and legal organizations. Mr. Eberle is an active member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates and is a member of the PBA Professional Liability Committee. Mr. Eberle is chair of the ACBA Ethics Committee and is a member of the ACBA Lawyer Insurance Committee. He is also a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation.

Arthur Novello Esq.

Mr. Novello is a
partner in the law firm of Dashevsky, Horwitz, Kuhn, Novello and Shorr, P.C.,
which maintains offices in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Haddonfield,
New Jersey. He is admitted into practice and has tried numerous cases in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey. Mr. Novello is a
graduate of Temple University (BBA) and the Widener University School of Law
(JD) Mr. Novello is a past member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Board of
Directors. Mr. Novello is currently a Senior Hearing Committee Member on
behalf of the Disciplinary Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has
served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
since the inception of the program and is frequently asked to serve as a
neutral arbitrator and mediator. He is a member of the Alternative Dispute
Resolution, Arbitration and Senior Attorney Committees of the Philadelphia
Bar Association. He has served as President of the Girard Estate Area
Residents Civic Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for
the Packer Park Civic Association, Stadium Council Special Services District
and the Widener University School of Law. Mr. Novello has made numerous
television appearances as a legal consultant. He has lectured on numerous
occasions to the judiciary and members of both the medical and legal
communities on substantive and ethical issues. Mr. Novello lectures in the
Temple University Law School LLM program. Mr. Novello has repeatedly been
designated a “Super Lawyer” and awarded the highest rating by his peers and
judges, including an “AV” rating in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr.
Novello has repeatedly been designated to be in the Top One Percent of the
lawyers in the United States.

Suzanne TIghe Esq.

Suzanne Tighe is Of Counsel with Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC, in its Blue Bell office. Ms. Tighe concentrates her practice on insurance coverage and bad faith, focusing on first-party property claims, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims and third-party liability claims, including appellate matters. Although the majority of 25 years of legal experience involved the defense of insurance related claims, Ms. Tighe previously represented claimants in insurance disputes. Her experience derived from litigating both sides of insurance disputes has provided her with a unique set perspective and skills. Ms. Tighe earned her B.S. from the University of Scranton and her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. 

Scott Tredwell Esq.

Mr. Tredwell is with McCormick & Priore, P.C. and his experience includes service as the chief administrative law clerk to the Honorable John T.J. Kelly, Jr. in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. For nearly three decades, he has been responsible for the representation of insurance carriers in claims involving alleged bad faith and fraud. Mr. Tredwell has also been involved with the representation of insurers in class actions in numerous jurisdictions. He has served as an expert witness and written and lectured frequently on various topics regarding bad faith and other claims by and against insurance carriers. Mr. Tredwell has also served as a consultant in numerous cases brought by and against insurance carriers. He has regularly been appointed to serve as a Judge Pro Tern, and as both a neutral and a party designated arbitrator in various matters involving insurance law. He is the former chair of the Bad Faith Litigation Committee, and the former co-chair of the CLE Committee, for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Mr. Tredwell currently specializes in bad faith, coverage and complex liability litigation.

Scott Cooper Esq.

Mr. Cooper is a partner at the Harrisburg-based personal injury law firm of Schmidt Kramer P.C. where he specializes in personal injury law with an emphasis on motor vehicle accident and insurance cases. An active member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ), Mr. Cooper served as its 2012-13 President. He is also chairman of its Legislative Policy Committee and has served on both the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He is also the Treasurer of LAWPAC, the Association’s PAC. Mr. Cooper has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating. In November 2014, Mr. Cooper was appointed by then Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf to act as a co-chair for the transition team committee overseeing the Department of the Commonwealth/State. In 2012, Mr. Cooper was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Appellate Court Rules Committee.  He has also been appointed as a Hearing Officer with the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.  In 2020, Mr. Cooper was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Civil Procedure Rules Committee and was appointed by the Court this year to service as the Committees’ Vice-Chair. In July 2021 he was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board, and he was elected this year by the Board to service as its Chair. Mr. Cooper has been named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Commonwealth every year since 2011. In 2008, Mr. Cooper was honored by PAJ and awarded its prestigious Milton D. Rosenberg Award for leadership and efforts for victims’ rights. In 2005, Mr. Cooper received the Association’s prestigious George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award for outstanding appellate advocacy. In addition, Mr. Cooper has been selected for inclusion as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year from 2006 to the present, and in 2005 was a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Stars. He has also been named to the Best Lawyers In America each year since 2012. Mr. Cooper has been actively involved in many important appellate cases in the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, including Donovan v. State Farm, Gallagher v. GEICO, Rush v. Erie Ins. Exch., Rancosky v. Washington National, Allstate v. Wolfe, Ayers v. Geico, Heller v. League of Cities, Bumbarger v. Peerless, State Farm v. Rosenthal, Sackett v. Nationwide, and Smith v. Rohrbaugh. Mr. Cooper is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Pennsylvania and Dauphin County Bar Associations. He is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association and is currently its Immediate Past-President. In 2021 he was named to the Board of Directors of the Joe Allegrini Children’s Hero Fund Board and this year was re-appointed to another term. Mr. Cooper is an editor for the leading treatise on Pennsylvania Auto Insurance released in December 2012, the Third Edition of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Insurance: An Analysis of the Financial Responsibility Law. He is also an editor of all supplements for the Third Edition and was also a contributing editor on the Second Edition of the treatise. He is also the author of The A to Z of Civil Depositions in Pennsylvania published by PBI Press in February 2013. The text is a manual for attorneys who need assistance and ideas with handling various types of civil depositions in the Pennsylvania state and federal courts. Mr. Cooper received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law (1993) and his B.A. from the University at Albany (1990). He is a frequent lecturer and author, who is also involved with the community through the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center and as an Adjunct Professor at Widener Law Commonwealth


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