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Civil Litigation Update 2023


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  • Start Date:2023-03-08 19:00:00
  • End Date:2025-03-08 19:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Litigation

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Overview

Enhance your practice with updates in key areas of civil litigation, fine tune your knowledge, and learn from leading practitioners.

This annual update will cover:

  • PA Motor Vehicle Law
  • Product Liability
  • Recent Legislation and Cases in Professional Malpractice
  • Trial Practical Evidence
  • Developments in PA Civil Procedure

Handling ethical issues during litigation, as well as guidance and best practices, will also be discussed.

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637.

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Recorded in March 2023.

Faculty

James Ronca Esq.

A partner in the Philadelphia firm of Anapol Weiss, P.C., Mr. Ronca received his B.A. degree with honors from Lehigh University and was awarded his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law where he was an assistant editor of the Law Review. In 1998, Mr. Ronca received the Musmanno Award from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and in 1986, the Association Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice for his service to the benefit of injured plaintiffs and the trial bar in general. Mr. Ronca has been recognized by PAJ several other times for extraordinary service, most recently in October 2012. Mr. Ronca is a past President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (now the Pennsylvania Association for Justice), where he is a Champion of Justice member and serves on the Board of Governors. Mr. Ronca was a member of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for six years (2005-2011) serving as Vice Chair in his last year. He was also a member of the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) for six years and has chaired several committees and three litigation groups. He is co-lead counsel in three national Multi-District Litigations – the Trasylol MDL, the Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement MDL and the Mirena Products Liability Litigation MDL. Mr. Ronca is co-author of the treatise Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Insurance. Mr. Ronca was for six years an Advocacy Fellow of Dickinson School of Law and has lectured extensively, including speaking for the Dickinson Forum, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the State Conference of Trial Judges and the Dauphin County Bar Association. He has been appointed to serve on a Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the Committee to Review and Recommend Candidates for Federal Judgeship (Middle District of Pennsylvania). Mr. Ronca is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has served on its Medico-Legal Committee (Chair), the Special Committee to Study Tort Law in Pennsylvania and the Interprofessional Relations Committee (Chair). He is a past chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Ronca opened the Harrisburg office of Anapol Weiss and practices both in Central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, concentrating on medical malpractice, major vehicle collisions (including truck and bus collisions), and pharmaceutical liability cases. Mr. Ronca has been named to the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers in each of the last eight years and was named to the top ten in Pennsylvania in 2012 and 2014.

John Hare Esq.

John is a shareholder and appellate chair at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, which has more than five hundred attorneys based in nineteen offices in seven states.  He oversees a group of ten full-time appellate lawyers.  As litigation and amicus counsel, he has been involved in hundreds of appeals in state and federal appellate courts.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee, and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit and as co-chair of the amicus curiae committee of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.  John also regularly writes and speaks on appellate topics and has edited and co-authored two books on Pennsylvania appellate courts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Life and Law in the Commonwealth, 1684-2017, was published by the Pennsylvania State University Press in 2018.  Keystone of Justice: The Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1895-1995, was published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2000.  He received his B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Duquesne University. He also received an M.A. in Legal History from the University of California, Berkeley, and he completed Ph.D. coursework in Legal History at Princeton University.

Maureen McBride Esq.

Co-chair of the Appellate Department and member of Lamb McErlane’s Executive Committee, Maureen Murphy McBride concentrates her practice on appeals in medical malpractice and complex commercial cases, as well as in litigation for Fortune 500 companies, smaller companies and individuals. Maureen provides counseling and advice to a number of corporate clients and individuals. She is named one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania” and a “Top 100 Philadelphia by Super Lawyers”. Maureen was also recognized as “Best of the Bar” 2020 by the Philadelphia Business Journal, a “Five-Star Top Attorney” by Suburban Life Magazine, a Main Line Today “Top Lawyer,” and one of the “Best Lawyers in America”. Prior to joining Lamb McErlane in 1997, Maureen worked for a number of years at a large Philadelphia firm where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, class actions and product liability claims in both the individual and class action settings. Maureen was recently appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as Chair of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee and she is Co-Chair for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Committee. In 2011 she was appointed to serve on the PA Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Evidence where she served as Chair from 2016-2018. Maureen also served a six year term as a Hearing Committee member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Previously, Maureen served as Vice-Chair and Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Fund for Client Security and was a member of the Merit Selection Panel to recommend candidates for United States Magistrate Judge. Maureen also is an active member of the Inn of Court of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Committee Maureen frequently shares her experience with her fellow attorneys through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s continuing Legal Education courses. Maureen has presented on appellate issues to the Pennsylvania State Trial Judges’ Association conference. Maureen graduated from King’s College with a BA in Communications and English and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law where she was an editor of the Law Review.

Timothy Lawn Esq.

Mr. Lawn, a member of Raynes & Lawn, has been litigating catastrophic injury and death cases for more than 30 years. After spending the first seven years of his career defending physicians in malpractice cases, Tim switched sides in 1996 and over the past 25 years has tried to verdict a significant number of catastrophic injury and death cases for plaintiffs. He has secured substantial verdicts and settlements throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in a large variety of medical malpractice actions, as well as cases arising from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, workplace accidents and other acts of individual and corporate negligence. Mr. Lawn is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been selected for inclusion every year since 2010 in The Best Lawyers in America and was selected as its “Lawyer of the Year” for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation in Philadelphia in 2021. He is consistently ranked among the Top 10 lawyers in Pennsylvania in the annual Super Lawyers survey. He is a Past-President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Lawn teaches trial advocacy skills to other lawyers as an Instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and taught an accredited course in advanced trial advocacy at the Beasley Law School of Temple University for more than 10 years. He has been called upon to give testimony to legislative committees studying medical malpractice laws in Pennsylvania and has given more than 100 lectures and presentations on trial advocacy and civil litigation issues to many different groups, including The Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges.

Peter Hoffman Esq.

Mr. Hoffman is a member of the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, a large general practice law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College, his M.A. from State University of New York Graduate School of Public Affairs, and his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University School of Law where he was the executive editor of the Law Review. Mr. Hoffman is a past chair of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee, and was chairman of Hearing Committee 1.15, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Hoffman was a member of the Pennsylvania Select Committee on Medical Malpractice from 1984-1986, a member of Governor Rendell’s Medical Malpractice Task Force, and Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Mr. Hoffman serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and he has served on the faculty for the Temple University School of Law, Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy and Academy of Advocacy. Mr. Hoffman was a member of the Temple Inns of Court. He was the recipient of the Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation in 1989 and the Fred H. Sievert Award in 1989. Mr. Hoffman was a co-author of the book, Laws and Regulations Affecting Medical Practice. He has been listed as a top attorney in Philadelphia Magazine each time the article appears and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1995, and as the 2012 and 2013 Philadelphia Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” and 2016 Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Law – “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2004, and he was named one of the “Top 10” lawyers in Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Hoffman is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates. His practice includes professional liability and malpractice, commercial litigation, product liability, class action, insurance coverage, toxic torts and intellectual property litigation.

Daniel Anders

Judge Anders has served as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia since 2007. He was nominated by Governor Edward Rendell and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2007. On November 3, 2009, Judge Anders was elected to a full ten year term. On November 5, 2019, Judge Anders was retained for a second ten year term. Judge Anders currently serves as the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division where he leads 30 trial judges who are assigned to the Civil Division. He previously served as a Judicial Team Leader for the 2019 Major Jury Program, where he was responsible for the case management and disposition of nearly 8000 major jury cases from initiation of the civil action all the way through trial and post trial motions. Judge Anders previously served in the Criminal Division, where he conducted hundreds of jury and bench trials on major felony cases including attempted murder and rape cases. He started his judicial service in the Family Court Division, where he heard cases involving thousands of at risk children who were abused or neglected. Judge Anders has extensive criminal and civil trial experience including presiding over 150 jury trials to verdict. He has successfully conducted hundreds of settlement conferences that resulted in an amicable resolution of the parties’ claims. More recently, Judge Anders has obtained substantial case management through his service as a judicial team leader for the major jury program and also court administrative experience as the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division. As Supervising Judge, he is responsible for the following programs: Major jury; Mass Torts; Arbitration Center; Arbitration Appeal; Motions Court (statutory appeals and injunctions); Mortgage Foreclosure; Discovery Court; and the Dispute Resolution Center. Judge Anders routinely lectures to judges, lawyers and law students on Pennsylvania civil law and the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, including at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench Bar conference. He is an adjunct law professor for the Drexel University Kline School of Law where he teaches Pennsylvania Civil Practice. Judge Anders is the General Editor for Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence as well as three legal practice guides published by LexisNexis: Pennsylvania Civil Pre Trial and Trial Practice Guides and Pennsylvania Civil Discovery. From 2017 to 2022, Judge Anders served as one of two judges on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee. From 2017 to 2020, Judge Anders was the president of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges, which has over 500 LGBTQ+ judicial members from across the world. Prior to his judicial service, Judge Anders practiced at Pepper Hamilton LLP (now Troutman Pepper), where he represented clients in business business litigation to help resolve disputes in a fair and equitable manner. As an attorney, his outstanding legal and community work won him high praise from his peers in the legal and business communities, including being named as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer and one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40.” Judge Anders graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh’s law school and served as an editor of the school’s Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Lehigh University. He is the first openly LGBTQ person nominated by a Governor and confirmed by the State Senate as a judge in Pennsylvania, and the first openly gay man to run for public office in the City of Philadelphia.

James Haggerty Esq.

Mr. Haggerty is one of the founding partners of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith with offices in Philadelphia, Holland, Reading, Lancaster and Allentown. He focuses his practice upon plaintiff’s personal injury, bad faith, UM/UIM, and insurance coverage matters, having previously represented the insurance industry for over thirty years. He is consistently ranked in the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Mr. Haggerty served on the Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee for six years. He has argued numerous cases before the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court.


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