Live Webcast

Personal Injury Law Conference 2024

  • City:
  • Start Date:2024-10-24 09:00:00
  • End Date:2024-10-24 16:20:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Litigation

$329.00 ["ProPass"]

This program is eligible for 6 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, in 60-minute states. In 50-minute states, this program is eligible for 7.2 hours of CLE credit, including 1.2 ethics. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.


Join PBI for our 2024 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. 

Topics include:

  • Understanding and litigating a TBI case
  • Public policy and state law development in the litigation realm
  • Stipulations
  • Litigating the complex case
  • Ethics, Professionalism, and Civility 
  • Judges' Roundtable - a fan favorite every year!

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.


Armand Leonelli Esq.

Mr. Leonelli is the
Chief Executive Officer and a partner at Edgar Snyder & Associates,
which is a large personal injury firm with its home office in Pittsburgh,
PA.  He joined Edgar Snyder in 2011 as an associate in the personal
injury department.  During his time at the firm, Mr. Leonelli has
primarily represented plaintiffs in motor vehicle accidents and premises
liability matters, including litigation throughout Western
Pennsylvania.  Recently, Mr. Leonelli was named as the first ever
CEO of Edgar Snyder & Associates and is now heavily involved in the
overall management of the law firm and its various departments, including
personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security, legal intake,
business intelligence, and marketing.  Mr. Leonelli has been
selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (limited to 2.5% of
attorneys under the age of 40) since 2018, is a member of the Million Dollar
and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, and has been selected to the 2024
edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Mr. Leonelli has also
completed the Building Trial Skills program through the National Institute
for Trail Advocacy (NITA), and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Association
of Justice’s Board of Governors.  He is a magna cum laude graduate
of Duquesne University School of Law, and holds a Bachelors of Science from
Seaton Hill University with dual majors in Human Resources Management and
Marketing.  Mr. Leonelli is a member of the Seton Hill University
Alumni Advisory Counsel and a recipient of the University’s 2016
Distinguished Young Alumnus Achievement Award.

Carrie McConnell Esq.

Ms. McConnell is an
Partner at Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch, PC. She
specializes in complex litigation, with a focus on UM/UIM coverage,
transportation defense, premises liability, construction and products
liability. Ms. McConnell has tried multiple jury cases to verdict throughout
Central Pennsylvania. She has also appeared before the Pennsylvania appellate
courts. Ms. McConnell earned her law degree from the Penn State Dickinson
School of Law in 2011 and her B.A. from Drexel University in 2008.

Christopher Marzzacco Esq.

Mr. Marzzacco is the sole owner of Marzzacco Niven & Associates, in Harrisburg. The firm provides representation in Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights matters throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Marzzacco’s practice is concentrated in automobile, motorcycle and trucking case litigation, including Wrongful Death and Survival actions. He also represents persons seriously injured or killed in premises liability cases, work accidents, dangerous or defective product cases and civil rights matters. Mr. Marzzacco was rated by his peers as “The Best Lawyers in America” in 2017-2020 and named in “Super Lawyers” in 2017-2019. He has lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars for PBI, PAJ and others, presenting on various topics and has written on a variety of personal injury law, automobile law and automobile insurance issues for the Legal Intelligencer and other publications. In 2010, Mr. Marzzacco authored 7 Fatal Mistakes Victims of Accidents Make in PA and How to Avoid Making Them, a useful guide for injured victims. Mr. Marzzacco has personally made several exceptional recoveries in death and catastrophic cases for his clients and their families, including $2.15 million; $1.85 million; $1.625 million; $1.5 million; $1.265 million; $1.015 million and $1 million. Mr. Marzzacco has also been co-counsel in several complex cases that resulted in confidential, multi-million-dollar awards and settlements. From 2001 to 2010 Mr. Marzzacco served on York County’s panel of Arbitrators and from 2011-2012, 2017-2018, was appointed Chairman of a panel in Dauphin County. He is a member of several Trial Lawyers’ groups, including the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ), the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and the Dauphin, York and Cumberland County Bar Associations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dauphin County Bar Association. Mr. Marzzacco currently serves on The Dean’s Board of Advisors at Widener University Commonwealth Law School where he has also taught trial advocacy at the law school’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) since 2001. From 2011-2017, he was actively involved with, traveling across Pennsylvania giving presentations to high school students encouraging them to drive without distraction.

James Dilsheimer Esq.

Mr. Dilsheimer is a partner and trial attorney at Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law in Cheltenham. Before that, he practiced most recently with Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky.  Mr. Dilsheimer has vast experience handling complex, catastrophic injury cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, as well as other locations around the country. He concentrates his practice on major, catastrophic injury litigation. He has worked on the settlement and trial of several multi-million dollar cases and has a wide range of experience in cases involving traumatic brain injury, defective products, construction accidents, FELA, premises liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, subrogation matters, and commercial litigation.  Mr. Dilsheimer’s successful verdict in a Monroe County, PA jury trial was reported by The National Law Journal as one of the “Top PA Verdicts of 2010” in the January 2010 edition of Verdict Search National. The trial involved a head-on automobile accident. He graduated magna cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1992.  Mr. Dilsheimer was Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review.  He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1988. Mr. Dilsheimer serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness and does pro-bono work for the Gift of Life, which coordinates organ donation and transplantation in the tri-state area.

Jennifer Coatsworth, Esq.

Ms. Coatsworth is a partner at Margolis Edelstein. She has litigated hundreds of motor vehicle, dealer fraud and lemon law cases from both the plaintiff and defense sides. Additionally, she concentrates her practice in the defense of professionals such as realtors, home inspectors, accountants and physicians. She also has extensive experience with premises liability and product liability and has handled employment and construction work and several fraternity cases. Ms. Coatsworth has defended dozens of car dealerships and real estate sales people for claims of breach of contract and fraud and violations of various fraud-related statutes such as the Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Magnuson Moss Warranty Improvement Act, the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Lemon Laws, the New Vehicle Damage Disclosure Act, the Automotive Industry Trade Practices Act, the Real Estate Sellers Disclosure Law and the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act. Additionally, Ms. Coatsworth specializes in representing Greek letter organizations in all manner of claims including dram shop, hazing, and personal injury.  She was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2011 through 2018 and Super Lawyers in 2021-2023. Ms. Coatsworth currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association as Chancellor-Elect, having previously served as Vice Chancellor, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Parliamentarian and Elected Member. Additionally, Ms. Coatsworth is a member of the Judicial Evaluation and Selection Committee. She is a past co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, and she is also very active with the State Civil Litigation Section. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of that organization for six years and held the positions of Secretary and Vice Chair of the Division. She also sits as a Trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and a Board Member for Philadelphia VIP.  She serves on the Leadership Council of Community Legal Services. Ms. Coatsworth is also a member of the Advisory Board of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. In the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Ms. Coatsworth is the Immediate Past Zone One Governor, and she sits on the Executive Counsel of the Civil Litigation Section as a Past Chair and the Women in the Profession Commission’s Executive Council as Co-Chair on the Nominating Committee. She previously served as co-chair of the PBA Women in the Profession Commission and chaired several of its committees including Annual Meeting, Fall Retreat and Awards Committee. She is also a Past Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society.

Kevin O’Brien Esq.

Kevin is a trial attorney and a partner at Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law.  He focuses his practice on complex, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. Currently, Kevin is lead counsel in cases involving the recall of inclined infant sleeping products, which have caused the deaths of numerous infants, and represents individuals and hundreds of thousands of residents of municipalities in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation.  Kevin has significant experience representing injured workers in product liability cases against construction and material handling equipment companies, as well as manufacturers and distributors roofing products, forklifts, saws and presses. His work has resulted in numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries for his clients and their families.  Notable cases of his involve an eight-figure settlement in a product liability case on behalf of his client; $13.6 million settlement on behalf of his client in a product liability case, representing the family of a deceased husband and father in a Mental Health Procedures Act wrongful death case which resulted in a $5 million dollar recovery, and a $5.5 million dollar recovery for a client of his who suffered a partial leg amputation in a workplace injury as a result of an unsafe product.  He has achieved countless verdicts or settlements in excess of a million dollars on behalf of his clients.  A significant majority of Kevin’s practice involves injuries which are caused by dangerous products including industrial equipment, construction equipment and materials, medical devices, consumer products, infant and children’s products, and unsafe drugs. Kevin is a graduate of Boston College where he received his B.A., and Widener University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida, and has handled and tried cases in numerous other jurisdictions around the country and in United States Territories on a pro hac vice basis.  He is a perennial selection to the Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars”, and a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  

Krista Corabi Esq.

Krista Corabi is an associate with Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch, P.C. and specializes in the defense of civil lawsuits. She has experience at the magistrate, arbitration, and trial levels. She also participates in other forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation. Additionally, she has successfully argued several cases in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Ms. Corabi has substantial experience in the Orphan’s Court, including raising estates for deceased individuals and assisting minor children with injury claims. She assists with court approval and management of settlements; as well as proper distribution of funds to minor children who reach the age of majority. Additionally, she advises on the tax consequences of settlements obtained on behalf of a deceased person. She is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., and John Carrol University, B.S. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Mia Roberts Perez

Judge Perez is a Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas judge who aims to have
the law reflect the consciousness of the people she serves. Born and raised
in Philadelphia and a proud product of the city’s public-school system, she
attended Julia R. Masterman High School before matriculating at the
prestigious Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Spurred by an early
interest in law and social justice, and eager to return home, Judge Perez
enrolled at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, accepting an academic
scholarship and a place in their internationally renowned Trial Advocacy
Program. Immediately upon graduating, she accepted a position at the Defender
Association of Philadelphia where she honed her skills as a trial attorney
dedicating thousands of hours to her cases, culminating with the
representation of indigent defendants in the Court of Common Pleas, Major
Trial Division. Ready for a different challenge, Judge Perez was then tapped
to serve as an associate at Friedman Schuman Applebaum, PC where she
represented municipalities in counties throughout the region and members of
Laborers Union Local 135. In 2011, she established her own practice, Perez
Law LLC, specializing in criminal defense and family law. The practice argued
cases in federal court, in addition to counties throughout Pennsylvania,
while maintaining an office in Philadelphia. Judge Perez has handled various
types of cases including sex trafficking and capital homicides. In 2016, she
became one of the youngest judges to serve on the Philadelphia Court of
Common Pleas bench. She currently sits in the Criminal Division and has
presided over 282 non-homicide felony waiver and jury trials in the past
calendar year. Judge Perez has also served since 2011 as an adjunct professor
at the James E. Beasley School of Law (Temple University) teaching second and
third year law students. A member of the 2005 national championship winning
mock trial team while she attended Temple Law, Judge Perez is also a coach
for the school’s distinguished Trial Advocacy Program. She is a member of the
Federal Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia
Bar Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Perez is co-chair of
the First Judicial District’s Education Committee and also serves on the
First Judicial District Jury Committee and Judicial Ambassadors Program. She
is also a member of the executive board of Judicial Counsel.

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

Timothy Knowles Esq.

Tim’s practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, including personal injury and commercial/business lawsuits. Tim has experience litigating cases in Pennsylvania state and federal courts. As a result of his successes, Tim has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star list. This distinction is given to lawyers under 40 and to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state. Tim is active in the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He has been a member of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute. He is Co-Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Pro Bono, Access to Justice, and Community Service Committee. He also serves as Education Liaison to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section. In recognition of his public service, Tim was awarded the Montgomery Bar Association’s 2022 Henry Stuckert Miller Public Service Award. Tim graduated from Temple University Law School in 2010, where he was in the top twenty-five percent of his class and served as a staff editor on the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law. While in law school, Tim interned for Judges Abramson and Carrafiello in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, volunteered at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and spent a semester as an intern with the Claims Unit of the Philadelphia Law Department. As an undergraduate, Tim studied double bass performance at Temple University, where he graduated summa cum laude. When Tim is not practicing law, he likes to listen to music, spend time with his family, and study the Korean language. He serves on the board of directors for the Cheltenham Center for the Arts and on the Whitpain Township Shade Tree Commission.

Wesley Payne IV Esq.

Mr. Payne is a partner in the litigation department at White and Williams, LLP, in Philadelphia. He is also the immediate past chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee. He primarily focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, bad faith, extra-contractual damages, disability and coverage matters. Mr. Payne is a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and an AV Preeminent peer-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell with 30 years of experience representing insurance carriers and insureds in first- and third-party litigation matters. He has successfully defended wrongful death, extra-contractual damages, product liability, asbestos, toxic tort, environmental, mass tort, commercial auto, construction, insurance coverage, disability, ERISA and general liability cases. Prior to joining White and Williams, LLP, Mr. Payne managed an inhouse litigation office for a major insurance carrier. He is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Payne has written and lectured on bad faith, extra-contractual damages, civil litigation and uninsured and underinsured motorist issues. He is the immediate past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, a past Zone 1 Governor and Minority-At-Large Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, past president of the Board of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), past president of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, past president of the Board of the Bethesda Project, a member of the Board of Directors of the Homeless Advocacy Project, a past co-president of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) and a past president of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC). Mr. Payne was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer as an “Unsung Hero” for his dedication and service to the pro bono community. He is the recipient of The Honorable William F. Hall Award, the Huey R. Burkett Service Award, the Multicultural Leadership Award, and most recently named Defense Attorney of the Year by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Mr. Payne was also named as one of the “Top 60 African American Attorneys in Philadelphia” by the Philadelphia Tribune. He has been selected to City & State Pennsylvania’s 2022 Law Power 100 (39) and City & States Philadelphia’s Power 100 (91) lists. Mr. Payne serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he served as the president of the Student Bar Association.

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