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Personal Injury Law Conference 2023

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  • Start Date:2023-10-18 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-10-18 20:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Litigation

$299.00 ["ProPass"]

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Join PBI for our 2023 Personal Injury Law Conference, to learn, compare, share, and challenge emerging developments, trends and practices in personal injury litigation.  Top personal injury lawyers, judges and experts gather to offer an information-packed agenda of topics that zero in on your practice. We bring you statewide geographic representation, plaintiff versus defense perspectives, updates on the many tangents of personal injury litigation, and trade secrets of the baby boomers and millennials, and the generations in between! Stay on top of the issues that are essential for your practice Take advantage of virtual lectures, diverse panels, access to the state’s most respected plaintiff’s and defense counsel and judges, and opportunities to ask your questions throughout the day. Agenda What About the Client? Navigating Your Client’s Wants and Needs (Ethics) Civil Practice Primer A Deep Dive into Trucking Automation and Telematics: Using Technology to Prove Your Case Advantages of Mediation: Tips for Litigators The Life of a Complex Case  The State of the Bar Now: New and Emerging Trends (Judges’ Roundtable) Sponsored by the PBA Civil Litigation Section, this Conference supports their mission to build community and a supportive network through innovative, informative and fun programming. All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. Recorded in October 2023.

You have a lot on your plate. We’ll help you stay on top of your compliance — in PA and beyond.

Meet The Faculty

Steven Tolliver Sr.

Since January 2014, Steven C. Tolliver, Sr. has served as an associate judge of the 38th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He has been engaged in the practice of law as an advocate and as a judge for a combined 42 years. Judge Tolliver began his legal career as a general practitioner, primarily engaged in a criminal defense practice. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Williams, Jr. of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, before embarking on a career as a civil litigator in the public, private and corporate sectors.  He looks fondly back at the years he served  the City of Philadelphia as a   Chief Assistant City Solicitor, followed by years in the private sector career as a civil trial litigator as a shareholder in the firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin and a corporate litigation counsel to Aetna Life Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut. Judge Tolliver has served as a Hearing Committee Member to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court Pennsylvania. Judge Tolliver is a graduate of Villanova University Garey School of Law and Oberlin College and is also a proud Alumnus of Central High School, Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the NAACP. He has served as Region III Director of National Bar Association and as an officer of the Commercial Law Section of the National Bar Association. He was a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He has spoken and written for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Defense Research Institute- Life Health and Disability Section, the American Law Institute-of the American Bar Association, and Eastern Claims Conference. 

Terrence Nealon

Judge Nealon was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County in 1998 and was elected in 1999 to serve a ten-year term commencing January 2000.  In November 2009 and 2019, he was retained for additional ten-year terms on the bench.   Prior to joining the bench, he was a trial lawyer for 14 years and was board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  From 1987 to 1998, he served on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (PATLA) and was Vice President of PATLA at the time of his appointment to the bench.  He also served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Council from 1996 to 2005, and on the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Medical Professional Liability from 2004 to 2005. From 2016 from 2022, Judge Nealon served as the first Chair of the Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) Board of Judges responsible for the development and delivery of CJE in Pennsylvania and judicial compliance with mandatory CJE requirements.  He served as an Officer of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges (PCSTJ) from 2015 to 2022, including as PCSTJ President from 2019 to 2021. In addition, he currently serves on the Civil Jury Instructions Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee for Proposed Standard Jury Instructions. Judge Nealon has served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the PCSTJ from 2006 to 2011, and 2023 to the present, and served as a member of the PCSTJ committee that published the Civil Trial Handbook for Pennsylvania Trial Judges: Management of Civil Jury Trials (1st Ed. 2000), and which drafted a second edition of that handbook in 2015.  He was Chair of the PCSTJ’s New Judges School from 2005 to 2011 and has served as an instructor at the New Judges School since 2012.   In 2020, Judge Nealon was appointed as the Chair of the Jury Trial Working Group established by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) to prepare a report for the judiciary that was published in June 2020 and identified issues and provided recommendations regarding the resumption of jury trials once the statewide judicial emergency based upon the COVID-19 health crisis expired.  In March 2021, the AOPC appointed him as Chair of the Remote Proceedings Task Force created to identify best practices concerning the use of advanced communication technology (ACT) by courts during the pandemic, to determine what proceedings courts should consider conducting by ACT once the local judicial emergencies ceased, and to make recommendations relating to procedural rule changes that may be necessary to facilitate such use of ACT.  He currently serves on the AOPC Judicial Needs Assessment Steering Committee assisting with an empirical and weighted caseload study of the Pennsylvania trial courts, and the AOPC Civil and Family Data Project Advisory Group identifying and developing the most useful metrics for the civil and family caseload reports and dashboards used for the statewide case management system.  Judge Nealon has lectured at continuing judicial and legal education programs presented by the PCSTJ, the Judicial Education Department of the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law,  Duquesne University School of Law, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly PATLA), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, the National Business Institute, the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association, the Dispute Resolution Institute, Lorman Education Services, the Insurance Society of Philadelphia, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, the Lackawanna Bar Association, and the Dauphin County Bar Association.   In 1999, Judge Nealon was the recipient of the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and in 1995, he received the President’s Award from the Lackawanna Bar Association. In 2010, he received Catholic Healthcare Partners’ Founder Award for Excellence in Governance Leadership, and in 2021, the Lackawanna Bar Association presented him with the Chief Justice Michael J. Eagan Award for community service. Judge Nealon recieved the Professional Excellence Award from the PBA Civil Litigation Section in 2023. He obtained a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Scranton (1981) and his Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law (1984).

David Kwass Esq.

David L. Kwass, a partner at Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, PC, handles cases involving crane and aerial lift accidents, equipment tipovers, guardrail failures, automobile crashworthiness claims, electrical contacts, workplace falls, recreational products, and liquor liability. Mr. Kwass served as the Chairman of the State Civil Procedural Rules Committee. An active member of the American Association for Justice, Mr. Kwass is a past Chair of the Product Liability Section, and currently serves as Chairman of the Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation Group and Co-Chairman of the Guardrail Litigation Group. His passion for workplace safety and safe product design has resulted in over 100 separate verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. Since 2012, he has been recognized each year as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. Mr. Kwass’ courtroom advocacy has earned multiple seven figure verdicts for his clients, including a $19,100,000 award in June 2021. Mr. Kwass is a 1987 graduate of Haverford College, receiving a B.A. with Honors. He earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University (1989), a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992, and in 2002, a master’s degree with honors in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University School of Law. Mr. Kwass continues his association with Temple’s School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the ITAP Program, teaching advanced Civil Procedure, and lecturing in the LLM Program on various trial advocacy topics. He has mentored Temple’s trial teams on construction and product liability cases and served as the Coach of the Strawberry Mansion High School Mock Trial Team. An active author, Mr. Kwass’ publishing credits include “Heavy Lifting Ahead,” Trial, Vol. 55, No. 11 (November 2019) at p. 46; “Looking Out for Boom Lift Defects,” Trial, Vol. 53, No. 11 (November 2017) at p. 40; “Protect Your Life Care Plan,” Trial, Vol. 53, No. 4 (April 2017) at p. 52. “Building Your Case Against Architects and Engineers,” Trial, Vol. 51 (October 2015) at p. 30; “Defective Guardrails on Our Highways,” AAJ Product Liability Section Newsletter (Winter 2015); “Dealing in Dangers,” Trial, Vol. 50 (April 2014) at p. 36; “Defuse the OSHA Citation,” Trial, Vol. 49, No. 4 (April 2013) at p. 46; “Try Opening with a Videotaped Deposition,” Trial, Vol. 43 (April 2007) at p. 52; “Proving Your Case With Manufacturer Employee Depositions,” Trial, Vol. 42, No. 2 (February 2006) at p. 56; and “Law on Seat Belt Defense Continues to Develop,” Andrews Litigation Reporter Automotive, Vol. 24, Issue 15 (1/25/05). Mr. Kwass is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the Third, Fourth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. He is an active member of the American and Pennsylvania Associations for Justice, and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Away from work, Mr. Kwass is the principal owner of the Tria cafes in Center City, Philadelphia, where wine, cheese and beer are the focus.