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Ryan Bennett

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While attending Widener University – Delaware Law School, Mr. Bennett clerked for McCormick & Priore. As a law student, he served as president of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society as well as excelled in Delaware Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. Mr. Bennett provides updates on relevant legal topics which can be found on McCormick & Priore’s Linked In webpage.  He currently focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith, first party benefits, premises liability and motor vehicle litigation.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Education:

  • Widener University, Delaware Law School (J.D., 2016)
  • Villanova University (B.A., 2011)
Christopher Mark Burruezo

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During law school, Mr. Burruezo served as the Assistant Symposium Editor for the University of Maryland Journal of Business and Technology Law. In addition, Mr. Burruezo was a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution team. Prior to joining McCormick and Priore, Mr. Burruezo served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Becker, Jr., J.S.C., in the New Jersey Superior Court, Gloucester County Criminal Division. During his Clerkship, Mr. Burruezo participated in weekly Special Civil Part mediations. Mr. Burruezo currently focuses his practice in the areas of  premises liability, construction, coverage and UM/UIM litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Education:

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 2015)
  • Alvernia College (B.A. 2005)
Robert J. Cahall

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While in law school, Mr. Cahall clerked for McCormick & Priore. He also served as the Managing Notes Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy. Prior to re-joining McCormick & Priore, Mr. Cahall served as the law clerk to the Honorable Richard R. Cooch, Resident Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware in and for New Castle County. Mr. Cahall currently focuses his practice in the areas of bad faith litigation, insurance coverage, complex liability litigation, employment litigation, and general casualty litigation. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Unites States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Associations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court

Education:

  • Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 2010, magna cum laude)
  • Rutgers University (B.A., 2008, summa cum laude).
Representative Publications:
  1. Scott J. Tredwell & Robert J. Cahall, Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter and its Implications for Pennsylvania Collateral Order Doctrine Jurisprudence, COUNTERPOINT (Pennsylvania Defense Inst.), Nov. 2010.
  2. Robert J. Cahall, Comment, Local Gun Control Laws After District of Columbia v. Heller: Silver Bullets or Shooting Blanks?, 7 RUTGERS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 359 (2010).
  3. Scott J. Tredwell & Robert J. Cahall, Civil Litigation Update, PERSONAL INJURY POTPOURRI (Dispute Resolution Inst., Philadelphia, P.A.), Apr. 2010.
Pamela Mayro Cohen

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Ms. Mayro Cohen has devoted her career in the defense of complex litigation, premises liability, construction, products liability and general litigation. She has handled cases in Pennsylvania State Courts and in Federal Court and she has argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mayro Cohen was a teacher in the Lower Merion School District. During College she was a member of the Political Science Honor Society where she served as its President. Ms. Mayro Cohen joined McCormick & Priore, P.C. in 2015. She currently focuses her practice on complex litigation cases and plaintiff’s personal injury work.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.S. 1982)
  • Villanova University (B.A. 1981)
Conrad James Benedetto
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During law school, Mr. Benedetto served as an editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and successfully represented a client seeking asylum before the United States Immigration Court. In addition, Mr. Benedetto interned with the Honorable Rayford A. Means of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Trial Division and in the United States of Appeals Third Circuit Mediation Program, and served as President of both the Justinian Society and the International Law Society. Prior to joining McCormick & Priore, Mr. Benedetto was an associate at a commercial litigation boutique in Philadelphia and was a law clerk for the Honorable Lynne A. Sitarski, U.S.M.J., Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Benedetto currently focuses his practice in the areas of premises liability, automobile and insurance litigation. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • United States Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division

Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Justinian Society

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2010)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2001)

Representative Publications: Comment, “Is the European Laboratory Over-REACH-ing? The Experimentation, Reaction and Product Yielded by the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals,” 21 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 75(2010)

Maria Castagliuolo

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While attending Florida State University’s College of Law, Ms. Castagliuolo served as a Certified Legal Intern, representing juvenile clients in the delinquency and dependency court systems through the Children’s Advocacy Clinic. She also assisted in drafting legislation for the Children in Prison Project. Prior to joining McCormick and Priore, Ms. Castagliuolo was an Assistant Public Defender in Tampa, Florida, handling primarily felony-level cases. As an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Castagliuolo served as trial counsel for 46 jury trials. Ms. Castagliuolo relocated to her hometown of Philadelphia and earned her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2017. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of first party benefits, UM/UIM litigation, bad faith, and construction cases.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education:

  • Temple University, Beasley School of Law (LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, 2017)
  • Florida State University, College of Law (J.D., 2008)
  • University of South Florida (B.A., 2004)
James D. Cella

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From 1990-1992, Mr. Cella served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John T.J. Kelly, Jr., in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has devoted his career to civil defense litigation. Mr. Cella has participated in lectures and seminars on various topics including MIST defense, premises liability, uninsured and underinsured arbitrations and coverage issues. His current practice areas include automobile related litigation, premises liability and insurance coverage. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Associations:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Education:

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • Temple University (B.A., 1985)
Representative Publications:
  1. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company v. Quinn, 138 Fed. Appx. 339; 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 10501 (2005).
  2. Foremost Insurance Company v. Erickson, 2007 U.S. LEXIS 58017 (2007).
  3. First Oak Brook Corporation Syndicate v. Ultimate Sports Bar, Inc., 1996 U.S. LEXIS 5408 (1996).
  4. Sheehan v. Nationwide Insurance Company, 2001 Pa. Super. 193; 779 A.2d 582 (2001).
  5. Scheidly v. Travelers Insurance Company, 2001 U.S. LEXIS 24114 (2001).
David M. McCormick

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Mr. McCormick’s law practice began in October, 1970, as an Assistant City Solicitor in the litigation department of the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s Office. Mr. McCormick left the City Solicitor’s Office in March, 1973, to become an associate, and eventually a partner, in the law firm of Liebert, Short & Hirshland. He remained there until the firm ceased its practice of law on November 1, 1993. Thereafter, Mr. McCormick and his partner Philip Priore, Esquire, founded McCormick & Priore. During his career, Mr. McCormick has developed a special interest in automobile insurance law and has represented various carriers in the Commonwealth since 1973 in all aspects of auto insurance law, including liability, coverage and uninsured and underinsured motorist matters, as well as claims alleging bad faith. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Associations:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Education:

  • Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1970)
  • St. Joseph’s College (B.S., 1967)
Representative Publications:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Updates
  • UM/UIM Digest of Reported Cases in Pennsylvania, 1989 – present
  • Various publications for seminars on auto insurance, 1991 – present
Representative Published Opinions:
  1. Prudential Prop & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Remed Recovery Care, No. 04-1727, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 136 Fed. Appx. 489; 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 11168, April 18, 2005, Argued, June 13, 2005, Filed (District Court properly interpreted the Pennsylvania No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act, 40 Pa. Stat. Ann. Tit. 40, §1009.101 et seq. (repealed 1984), to require an insurer to pay the insured’s medical costs where it found that the fall was the direct result of injuries the insured sustained in an automobile accident.)
  2. Holland v. Geico Gen. Ins. Co., No. 01-4508, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 62 Fed. Appx. 415; 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 23393, September 19, 2002, Argued, October 8, 2002, Filed (The insured’s position as a coworker did not preclude her from claiming benefits from the insurance company under her UM insurance where the company’s UM coverage violated public policy.) (McCormick for GEICO).
  3. Government Employees Ins. Co. v Benton, Nos. 88-1175, 88-1176, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 859 F.2d 1147; 1988 U.S. App. LEXIS 13977, August 16, 1988, Argued, October 12, 1988, Filed (The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law did not affect an insurance policy that was applied for and issued for delivery prior to the law’s effective date; thus, insured was not entitled to underinsured motorist coverage.)
  4. Fassett v. Delta Kappa Epsilon, Nos. 85-1652, 85-1653, 86-1102, 86-1103, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 807 F.2d 1150; 1986 U.S. App. LEXIS 34558; 6 Fed. R. Serv. 3d (Callaghan) 783, September 15, 1986, Argued, December 5, 1986, December 5, 1986, Filed (Social hosts who aided in the furnishing of alcohol to a minor could be held liable to injured parties after the minor was involved in a serious car accident.)
  5. Government Employees, Ins. Co. v. Noon, Case No. 78-1291, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 586 F.2d 834; 1978 U.S. App. LEXIS 8689, October 2, 1978
  6. Holland v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 00-4979, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24194, December 5, 2001, Decided.
  7. Trevelino v. Government Employees Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 87-0930, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1989 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9815, August 15, 1989, Decided; August 16, 1989, Filed and Entered.
  8. Gehman v. Prudential Property & Casualty Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 88-2991, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 702 F. Supp. 1192; 1989 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106, January 6, 1989, Filed.
  9. Prudential Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Bazley, Civil Action Nos. 86-5949, 86-5965, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1986 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16632, December 11, 1986, Decided; December 12, 1986, Filed.
  10. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Stella, Civil Action No. 86-4547, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1986 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17000, December 3, 1986, Decided; December 4, 1986, Filed.
  11. Prudential Prop. & Cas. Inc. v. International Ladies Garment Workers Union Health & Welfare Fund, Civil Action No. 84-5063, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1985 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21649, march 19, 1985.
  12. Schwartz v. Prudential Ins. Co. Of Am. ( In re Kridlow), Chapter 7, Bankruptcy No. 97- 35168DAS, Adversary No.: 98-0833, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 233 B.R. 334; 1999 Bankr. LEXIS 467, April 29, 1999, Decided.
  13. Metropolitan Property & Liability Ins. Co. v. Insurance Comm’r of Commonwealth, Nos. 120 E.D. Appeal Dkt. 1986, 46 M.D. Appeal Dkt. 1986, SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 517 Pa. 218; 535 A.2d 588; 1987 Pa. LEXIS 880, April 7, 1987, Argued, December 30, 1987, Decided, Concurring Opinion January 22, 1988 ( Insurers’ rescission of auto policies, based on applicant’s misrepresentations, was improper; state law supplanted common law contract remedies, such as rescission, and insurers were required to comply with an insurance act’s termination procedures.)
  14. Robbins v. Travelers Ins. Co., No. 132 E.D. Appeal Dkt. 1986, SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 513 Pa. 473; 522 A.2d 1; 1987 Pa. LEXIS 673, March 11, 1987, argued, March 23, 1987, Filed.
  15. Dambacher v. Commercial Union Assurance Cos., SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 504 Pa. 282; 472 A.2d 615; 1984 Pa. LEXIS 219, March 8, 1984, argued, March 9, 1984, Decided.
  16. Chesler v. Government Employees Ins. Co., SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 503 Pa. 292; 469 A.2d 560; 1983 Pa. LEXIS 781, May 26, 1983, Argued, December 30, 1983, Decided (Mother of child who was killed in an automobile accident was not entitled to survivor’s loss benefits under the no-fault motor vehicle insurance policy where she did not show dependency on her deceased child.)
  17. Bond v. Gallen, SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 503 Pa. 286; 469 A.2d 556; 1983 Pa. LEXIS 810, October 24, 1983, Argued, December 30, 1983, Decided (Statute of limitations did not begin to run in tort action until claimant knew or should have known that medical expenses exceeded threshold stated in No-fault Motor Vehicle Insurance act.).
  18. Dragun v. Volk, SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 500 Pa. 613; 459 A.2d 333; 1983 Pa. LEXIS 509, March 8, 1983, Argued, April 29, 1983, Decided (Physical therapy expenses incurred by plaintiff were not necessarily rehabilitation costs for purposes of determining whether plaintiff’s medical and dental expenses meet the threshold required by the No-Fault Motor Vehicle Act.).
  19. Davis v. Government Employees Ins. Co., SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 500 Pa. 84; 454 A.2d 973; 1982 Pa. LEXIS 704, October 27, 1982, Argued, December 30, 1982, Decided (A plain meaning interpretation of the Uninsured Motorist Coverage Law resulted in denying coverage to a plaintiff when the plaintiff was involved in an accident with a tortfeasor who was underinsured.)
  20. Hack v. Hack, SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 495 PA. 300; 433 A.2d 859; 1981 Pa. LEXIS 848, January 22, 1981, Argued, July 14, 1981, Decided (In accordance with the essence of the Married Persons Property Act, the court no longer recognized interspousal immunity in a claim for damages in a tort action; thus, a husband could be held liable for negligence towards his injured wife.)
  21. Prudential Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Gisler, No. 1361 EDA 2000, SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 2000 PA Super 405; 764 A.2d 1111; 2000 Pa. Super. LEXIS 4222, October 18, 2000, Argued, December 22, 2000, Filed, Petition for Allowance of Appeal Granted- Summary Disposition September 5, 2002, Reported at: 2002 Pa. LEXIS 1853. Petition for Allowance of Appeal Denied July 24, 2001, Reported at: 2001 Pa. LEXIS 1564. (Police officer, who was injured while on patrol, was entitled to underinsured motorist benefits under insurance policy because as a police officer he had no choice but to use employer’s vehicle.)
  22. Okkerse v. Prudential Property & Casualty Ins. Co., No. 01868 Philadelphia 1992 SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 425 Pa. Super. 396; 625 A.2d 663; 1993 Pa. Super. LEXIS 1450, December 17, 1992, Argued, May 4, 1993, Filed (An insured’s bad faith claim against his insurer for its denial of coverage for the insured’s wife was improperly dismissed, because the dismissal potentially conflicted with a repealed statute.)
  23. Jackson v. Government Employees Ins. Co., No. 01587 Philadelphia 1990, SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 417 Pa. Super. 543; 612 A.2d 1071; 1992 Pa. Super. LEXIS 3073, May 12, 1992, Argued, September 9, 1992, Filed, Petition for Allowance of Appeal Denied November 15, 1993. (When arbitrators’ award was a nullity because of failure to comply with statutory requirements, the time limit for challenging validity of the award did not apply; an arbitrator’s affidavit or testimony could not have been used to impeach an award.)
  24. Ibarra v. Prudential Property & Casualty Ins. Co., No. 00577 Philadelphia 1990, SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 402 Pa. Super. 27; 585 A.2d 1119; 1991 Pa. Super. LEXIS 202, September 27, 1990, Argued, January 31, 1991, filed (When wife was injured while driving an uninsured car titled to her husband, she was entitled to firstparty benefits from her insurer because no property right in the car could be attributed to her by virtue of the car being marital property.)
  25. McCabe v. Prudential Property & Casualty Ins. Co., No. 01630 Philadelphia 1985, SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 356 Pa. Super. 223; 514 A.2d 582; 1986 Pa. Super. LEXIS 11898, March 13, 1986, Argued, August 25, 1986, Filed (Choice of law rules required that the law of the state that had the most significant contacts with respect to an insurance contract be applied in an action seeking indemnification.)
  26. Estate of Jordan v. Colonial Penn Ins. Co., 537 A.2d 14 (Pa. Super. 1988) (Because liability rested upon either of two insurers, Assigned Claims Plan was not proper source of recovery.)
Representative Presentations:
  • 1991-present Philadelphia/Conshohocken, Pennsylvania “Update of First Party Benefits Law in Pennsylvania”
  • September 28, 2006 Moorestown, NJ “UM/UIM & Bad Faith”
  • March 22, 2007 Moorestown, NJ “Update of PA Limited Tort Cases”
  • April 30, 2008 Philadelphia, PA “UM/UIM Coverage and Applications”
  • October 16, 2008 Fredericksburg, VA “UM/UIM and Insurance Coverage”
Pamela Playo Lin

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While she attended law school, Ms. Playo was the recipient of the Certificate of Achievement in Trial Advocacy, in recognition of her advocacy skills.  Following law school, Ms. Playo served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph E. Kane in the Superior Court of New Jersey in the Civil Division.  After her clerkship, Ms. Playo worked at a prominent regional plaintiff’s personal injury firm, where she gained extensive experience litigating automobile accidents, premises liability actions, medical negligence and other personal injury claims.  Ms. Playo joined McCormick & Priore in 2017.  She is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Education:

  • Widener University, Delaware Law School (J.D., 2012)
  • Drexel University (B.S., Business Administration, 2008)
Christopher Priore

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While in law school, Mr. Priore was an intern for Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. In addition, during law school he was a summer associate for McCormick & Priore and Lavin, O’Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio. Mr. Priore currently focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage litigation, motor vehicle, and premises liability litigation. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey

Education:

  • Suffolk University School of Law (J.D., 2013)
  • Roanoke College (B.A., 2010)
Philip D. Priore

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Mr. Priore’s experience and law practice spans several disciplines and two states. Mr. Priore began his law career with Liebert, Short, FitzPatrick & Lavin, P.C., initially developing extensive experience in products liability, insurance coverage and general litigation matters. Thereafter, he and David McCormick, Esquire founded McCormick & Priore, P.C., where he expanded his areas of practice to include employment and construction litigation, with a specialty in complex contractual indemnification and additional insured issues among owners, general contractors and subcontractors. Mr. Priore regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on such issues as coverage, products liability law, construction accidents and trial preparation. He has tried multiple cases to verdict in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education:

  • Suffolk University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1983)
  • Columbia University (B.A., 1980)
Associations:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Trial Attorneys of America
Representative Publications:
  • Comment, Admiralty-Shipowner-Limitation of Shipowner’s Negligence Liability Under 905(b) of the LHWCA,” 6 Suffolk Transnat’l L.J. 95 (1981).
Representative Published Opinions:
  1. Longport Ocean Plaza Condo., Inc. v. Robert Cato & Assocs., CIVIL ACTION NO. 00- CV-2231 (Consolidated with 02-CV-1724), UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20215, October 31, 2003, Decided, October 31, 2003, Filed; November 3, 2003, Entered, Reversed by, Remanded by Longport Ocean Plaza Condo., Inc. v. Robert Cato & assocs., Inc., 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 11170 (3d Cir. Pa., June 14, 2005) (suit against manufacturer involving contribution or indemnification claims against third-party defendants).
  2. Blewitt v. Man Roland, Inc., CIVIL ACTION NO. 00-CV-1887, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 168 F. Supp. 2d 466; 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16391; CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. P16,186, October 10, 2001, Filed (summary judgment obtained for transporter/assembler of printing press on basis of no duty owed to plaintiff regarding an alleged dangerous condition).
  3. Bunting v. Ryder Truck Rental, Inc., CIVIL ACTION NO. 96-3683, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 566, January 14, 1999, Decided, January 15, 1999, Filed (Defendant freight corporation did not act in bad faith and plaintiffs were not prejudiced by defendants’ delay in filing an expert report, so the court did not strike the testimony from one of defendants’ witnesses in plaintiffs’ case).
  4. Corestates Bank, N.A. v. Richards, CIVIL ACTION NO. 95-CV4689, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 956, January 25, 1996, Decided, January 25, 1996, Filed; January 26, 1996, Entered (A corporation’s motion under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c) to dismiss an executor’s action under the decedent’s grandson was not an enumerated beneficiary and therefore did not have the right to bring a cause of action under the Act.)
  5. Berkeyheiser v. A-Plus Investigations, Inc., 936 A.2d 117 (Pa. Super. 2007) (Constitutional right to informational privacy precluded trial court from requiring disclosure of private investigator’s records.)
Representative Presentations:
  • April 18, 2000 Philadelphia, PA Co-Course Planner Personal Injury Potpourri Current Trends In Products Liability
  • April 2003 Philadelphia, PA Products Liability Update
  • November 2004 Concordville, PA Hold Harmless – Contractual Issues
  • August 2006 Pasadena, CA Joint And Several Liability In Products Liability Cases
  • April 25, 2007 Philadelphia, PA Contractual Indemnity Issues and Additional Insured Endorsements – What Tangled Webs We Weave
  • September 11, 2008 New York, NY Auto Insurance Seminar
  • March 18, 2009 Boston, MA Contractual Indemnity Issues and Additional Insured Endorsements
William H. Resch, Jr.

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Mr. Resch has 25 years of experience as a litigator representing defendants in civil actions. Mr. Resch has worked in a wide range of areas including premises liability, motor vehicle litigation, products liability, construction litigation, insurance coverage, appellate practice and professional liability. Mr. Resch has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has argued cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Court. From 1983 to 2009 Mr. Resch practiced with Philadelphia based law firms whose main emphasis was civil defense litigation. Following graduation from college, Mr. Resch taught English and coached football and lacrosse at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Education:
  • Villanova University, 1984 M.A.
  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA 1983 J.D.)
  • Yale University, 1975 B.A.
Associations:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Representative Publications:
  • The Blizzard’s Backlash: A Symposium on Issues Confronting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Property Owners, Defense Digest, March, 1996 Clearing The Air On Pollution Exclusion: Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Decision In Madison Construction Co v. Harleysville Mutual Ins. Co., Defense Digest, Dec., 1999
Representative Published Opinions:
  1. Government Employees Insurance Co. v. Benton, 859 F.2d 1147 (3rd Cir. 1988).
  2. Alvarino v. Allstate Ins., 537 A.2d 18 (Pa. Super. 1988)
  3. Bradley v. General Insurance Company, 778 A.2d 707 (Pa. Super. 2001)
HONORS AND AWARDS:
  • AV Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Glen Shikunov

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During law school, Mr. Shikunov served as an editor of the University of Pittsburgh Journal of Law & Commerce and was a member of the Mock Trial team. He was also the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh undergraduate Mock Trial team. In addition, Mr. Shikunov served as a law clerk at multiple Pittsburgh based litigation firms, working on matters involving general litigation, employment law and property tax assessment issues. Prior to joining McCormick & Priore, Mr. Shikunov was an Assistant District Attorney at the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office where he handled both felony and misdemeanor level cases up to and through trial. Mr. Shikunov currently focuses his practice in the areas of premises liability, automobile and bad faith insurance litigation.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 2013)
  • Loyola University Chicago (B.A. 2010)
Associations:
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Harry A. Short, Jr

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Mr. Short’s law practiced began in 1955. In 1962 he and former colleagues of Judge John McDevitt’s office formed their own firm, eventually forming the firm of Liebert, Short & Hirshland. He has tried over 300 cases to jury verdict throughout his career concentrating in products liability litigation. His clients have included Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chrysler Corporation, General Electric, Mitsubishi, Suzuki Corporation and Otis Elevator.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Associations:
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Trial Attorneys of America
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (1978-2002)
Education:
  • Villanova University, 1984 M.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 1955)
  • Villanova University (B.S., 1952)
Mark J. Spross

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While in law school, Mr. Spross served as a research assistant to Professor Vicenc Feliu of the Villanova Law Library and served as an intern in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office where he conducted preliminary hearings in both misdemeanor and felony level cases in numerous district courts throughout Bucks County.  Prior to joining McCormick & Priore, Mr. Spross was an Assistant District Attorney at the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office where he was a member of both the White Collar Crime Unit and Violent Crime Unit.  Mr. Spross currently focuses his practice in the areas of premises liability, automobile and UM/UIM litigation.


Bar Admissions:
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education:
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 2014)
  • American University (B.A. 2009 cum laude)
Scott J. Tredwell

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Mr. Tredwell’s experience includes service as the Chief Administrative Law Clerk to the Honorable John T.J. Kelly, Jr. in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Tennessee. For nearly two decades, he has been responsible for the representation of insurance carriers in claims involving alleged bad faith and fraud. He has also been involved with the representation of insurers in class actions in numerous jurisdictions, including Florida, North Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Connecticut, Utah and Washington. 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. He has served as a consultant in numerous cases brought by and against insurance carriers. Mr. Tredwell has regularly been appointed to serve as a Judge Pro Tem, 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, complex liability litigation, insurance agent/broker liability, adult day care, non-profit social worker liability and real estate liability.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Associations:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1989)
  • Syracuse University (B.A., Political Science, 1986)
Matthew S. Zabel

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While in law school, Mr. Zabel was a law clerk for the Public Defender’s Office in Prince George’s County, MD, was a representative in the Student Bar Association, and was a summer associate at a national law firm in Washington DC. Prior to joining McCormick & Priore, Mr. Zabel worked for litigation firms where he specialized in insurance litigation, political law, and contract dispute litigation. Mr. Zabel’s current practices include insurance coverage, products liability, motor vehicle and premises liability law.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Associations:
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Education:
  • George Washington University School of Law (J.D., cum laude 2005)
  • Pennsylvania State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)

Plymouth Meeting Office:

H. Joseph Byron, III

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Mr. Byron was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1984 to 1985. Since then, he has specialized in insurance coverage and defense litigation, including construction, construction defect and contractual indemnity, premises liability, motor vehicle litigation, and employment litigation. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in both Pennsylvania state and federal courts and in private arbitration forums. He has also served as a defense arbitrator for State Farm, Allstate, and Travelers in UM/UIM actions. Mr. Byron is bilingual, with Spanish as his second language. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Associations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Defense Institute
  • Montgomery County Bar Association

Education:

  • Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans (J.D., 1984)
  • University of Scranton (B.S., Law Enforcement, 1981)
Representative Publications:
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania (National Business Institute 2002,2003)
Representative Presentations:
  • Mr. Byron has spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars on such issues as auto law, first party benefits, and uninsured/underinsured motorist litigation.
Brian J. Callahan

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While in law school, Mr. Callahan clerked for the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office. He was also an intern at the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. Following law school, Mr. Callahan worked for a firm in Massachusetts where he specialized in tort litigation defense. He currently represents a wide variety of businesses, contractors, builders, product manufacturers, hotels and insurance companies, focusing his practice in the areas of products liability, construction accidents, construction defect claims, insurance coverage and premises liability. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • United Stated District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations:

  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Education:

  • New England School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • University of Scranton (B.S., Accounting, magna cum laude, 2000)
Ryan M. Emmett

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While in law school, Ryan was a Staff Member of the Widener Law Review, and later served as the Law Review’s Articles Editor. In addition, he was an Academic Support Tutor for first-year law students, and received a merit-based academic scholarship based upon outstanding academic performance. Ryan also served as judicial intern to the Honorable James J. Fitzgerald of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and worked for a firm in Delaware where he concentrated on employment law and personal injury litigation. Ryan served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Francis P. DeStefano, J.S.C. in Monmouth County, New Jersey. While serving as a law clerk for Judge DeStefano, he worked as a court-appointed mediator in the Special Civil Division. He thereafter served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan M. Rubenstein of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Ryan joined McCormick & Priore, P.C. in 2015. He currently focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith, first party benefits and property damages, premises liability and motor vehicle litigation.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association

Education:

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude 2011)
  • Penn State University (B.A., 2008)
Margaret M. Harrington

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Margaret M. Harrington is Of Counsel to the firm. At the outset of her professional career, Meg focused on first-party and third-party property damage claims relating to both residential and commercial building losses, including losses from fire, product malfunction, oil spills and catastrophic weather. This foundation led to her practice in insurance coverage interpretation, bad faith, product liability construction accident and defect defense, premises liability and general casualty litigation. In 1997, Meg graduated with honors in the LL,M, program in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law.  She has tried numerous cases to verdict with successful outcomes.

In 2014, Meg completed 60 hours of Real Estate courses to enhance her knowledge and skills for her Real Estate and transaction work.  In 2015, she spent a year focused on the litigation, defense and resolution of federal flood claims from Super Storm Sandy.

Meg has served as a member of the faculty at Harcum College and the Community College of Philadelphia, teaching courses in Business Law, Microeconomics, Business and Processional Communication, as well as Civil Litigation, Political Science, American History and Paralegal Studies. Meg has also served as a Moot Court Judge at Widener University School of Law and as volunteer faculty in its Intense Trial Advocacy Program. In addition, Meg was an instructor for Lorman Seminars’ Discovery in Civil Litigation for Paralegals.

Bar Admissions:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of  New Jersey

Education:

  • Temple University (Beasley) School of Law ( LL.M Trial Advocacy 1997, Honors)
  • Widener University School of Law (J.D. 1993)
  • North Carolina State University (B.A. 1990)
Peter R. Kulp

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Mr. Kulp has dedicated his career in the defense of Complex Litigation, First Party and Bad Faith Litigation. He has handled cases in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Courts and in the Federal Court.  Mr. Kulp focuses his practice in the areas of Bad Faith, First Party, and Complex Litigation.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • US District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education:

  • Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2006)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1998)
Stephen M. McManus

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Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. McManus was a chemical engineer specializing in the control system design for the operation of water, wastewater and hazardous waste treatment facilities. With respect to this work, Mr. McManus originally worked for Metcalf & Eddy in Boston and, later, for Leeds & Northrup in North Wales, PA. After graduating from Delaware Law School in 1986, Mr. McManus’ legal work has included a wide range of products liability, toxic torts, environmental actions, and construction litigation, including the insurance coverage issues that relate thereto. Mr. McManus has been involved in a myriad of mass tort litigation, including class actions, federal court MDL cases and other cases involving dozens of plaintiffs. These cases have involved claims pertaining to PCB’, latex gloves, Norplant birth control devices, the use of phentermine in the Fen-Phen litigation, and various claims of injuries and property damage resulting from landfills and the release of chemicals into the soil and water. Presently, Mr. McManus concentrates his practice in the areas of premises liability (Dram Shop, security) to construction accidents and alleged construction defects to various products liability matters. Mr. McManus also defends matters involving Errors and Omissions, medical, nursing home and home healthcare liability, engineer and architect liability, insurance agents/brokers liability, insurance coverage analysis and associated declaratory judgment actions. He currently serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania office. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland

Associations:

  • Defense Research Institute

Education:

  • Delaware Law School (J.D., 1986)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1979)
Presentations:
  • Mr. McManus regularly presents various topics for PBI, NBI and clients on such topics as case management and case preparation, contractual indemnification and additional insured issues, insurance coverage, premises liability issues, and trial strategies and preparation.
Representative Published Opinions:
  1. In Re Paoli R.R. Yard PCB Litig., No. 99-1692, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 221 F.3d 449; 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 19138; 47 Fed. R. Serv.3d (Callaghan) 985, April, 2000, Argued, August 10, 2000, Filed, As Amended September 15, 2000. (It was an abuse of discretion to impose joint and several liability on a minority group of toxic tort plaintiffs whose claims were merely responsible for a small share of defendants’ expenses.)
  2. Brown v. SEPTA (In Re Paoli R.R. Yard PCB Litig.), No. 95-2098, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 113 F.3d 444; 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 10823; 47 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 302; 44 ERC (BNA)1611; 27 ELR 20941, September 16, 1996, Argued, May 12, 1997, Filed (In a toxic tort case, plaintiffs were properly required to prove that they were exposed to toxic substances at a level greater than that ordinarily encountered in everyday life to be successful on their medical monitoring claims.)
  3. Airco Industrial Gases, Inc. Div. of BOC Group, Inc. v. Teamsters Health Welfare Pensions Fund, No. 87-3642, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT, 850 F.2d 1028; 1988 U.S. App. LEXIS 8994; 11 Fed. R. Serv. 3d (Callaghan) 830; 9 Employee Benefits Cas. (BNA) 2305, March 1, 1988, Argued, June 30, 1988, Filed (A retirement fund admitted a refund policy, but, in the absence of specific statute, interest and attorneys’ fees were properly denied as contrary to the policy underlying the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.)
  4. Lie v. Dara, CIVIL ACTION NO. 01-3167, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8788, May 15, 2002, Decided (In a personal injury case, defendants’ summary judgment motion was denied in part and granted. The federal claims could go forward since the state workers’ compensation act did not apply. Two supplemental claims survived against two defendants.)
  5. Nestor v. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 559 Pa. 8,789 A.2d 107 (1999). (In a medical malpractice case, plaintiff claimed emotional distress and fear of cancer regarding the loss of biopsies by the hospital.)
Steven A. Riley

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Mr. Riley has a broad range of litigation experience, having handled toxic tort, product liability, construction, breach of contract, auto liability, UM/UIM, premises liability, professional liability and insurance coverage cases, among others, over the past 28 years. He has represented clients in Pennsylvania state trial and appellate courts, New Jersey state courts and in Federal courts. Mr. Riley has also arbitrated cases in state, UM/UIM and private arbitration forums. Mr. Riley is located in the firm’s Plymouth Meeting office handling cases in the five local Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, and the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Associations:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chester County Bar Association
Education:
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • George Mason University (B.S., Economics, 1982)
Carla M. Wentworth

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While in law school, Ms. Wentworth taught legal writing and research to first year law students and participated in a legal externship program. Prior to joining McCormick & Priore, P.C., Ms. Wentworth’s practice was focused on representing condominium and homeowner’s associations, school law and employment law. Ms. Wentworth currently focuses her practice in the areas of insurance coverage, construction and premises liability law.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Associations:
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Media Borough Environmental Advisory Council
Education:
  • Vermont Law School (J.D., 2005)
  • Millersville University (B.S., cum laude, 1998)

New Jersey Office:

David A. Semple

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Mr. Semple has devoted his entire legal career to the defense of personal injury claims. His significant experience includes a wide array of insurance defense matters, focusing on motor vehicle, PIP, premises liability, products liability, hospitality law, employment law and construction site accidents. While at the University of Maryland, Mr. Semple interned for The Washington D.C. Public Defender Service and The Honorable David Gray Ross of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland. During law school he interned for The Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Associations:
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Education:
  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
  • University of Maryland (B.A., 1992)
Christina T. Williamson

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While in law school, Ms. Williamson was a Staff Member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, the Research Editor of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Honors Chapter. In addition, Ms. Williamson served as a student clerk for the Honorable James R. Melinson, Federal Magistrate for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Shortly after law school, Ms. Williamson joined McCormick & Priore, P.C. During her tenure, she has been involved in a variety of civil defense litigation, including employment litigation, construction defect, products liability, bad faith, complex insurance coverage matters and large loss property damage cases. She has written and lectured on numerous topics including civil procedure and insurance coverage. She currently serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey office.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. District Court of New Jersey
Associations:
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Education:
  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
  • University of Delaware (B.A., 1991)
Representative Presentations:
  • Winter 2004 Cherry Hill, New Jersey “Premises Liability Defenses – How Not to Slip Up”
  • Summer 2004 Cherry Hill, New Jersey “Pre-Litigation Pitfalls”
  • Fall 2004 New York City, New York “Handling Insurance Coverage Cases in New Jersey”
  • Spring 2005 Cherry Hill, New Jersey Tampa, Florida “Issues Regarding New Jersey Motor Vehicle Law”
  • Fall 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “Discovery in Pennsylvania – Getting What You Want”
Shahenaz Y. Yates

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Prior to joining McCormick & Priore, P.C., Ms. Yates was the law clerk for the Honorable James W. Palmer, Jr., J.S.C. in Burlington County, New Jersey, where she worked in the family division and criminal division. While serving as a law clerk, Ms. Yates also served as a mediator handling small claims and special civil cases. Ms. Yate’s current practice focuses on insurance coverage, motor vehicle, construction, asbestos and premises liability law.

Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Associations:
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Burlington County Bar Association
Education:
  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • The George Washington University (B.A., 2002)

New York Office:

Steven R. Gustavson

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Mr. Gustavson is a trial lawyer with extensive, nationwide experience in all phases of complex civil litigation including numerous jury and bench trials. After initial experience as a prosecutor, he has compiled a winning record as a civil litigator in public and in private practice, while advising and counseling a broad range of clients including individuals, public entities, Fortune 500 corporations and start-up companies. Mr. Gustavson’s litigation experience has encompassed a variety of civil litigation, including responsibility for defense of insureds and self-insureds, premises liability (slip and falls, sexual abuse, fire causation, shootings/criminal acts, NYC Code issues), construction site damages to persons and property (including NY Labor Law issues), products liability, civil rights suits, and extensive involvement with commercial disputes and all manner of intellectual property rights. In addition he has argued successfully before state and federal appellate courts and administrative fora.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York; the Southern and Central Districts of California; the Eastern District of Michigan; and the Northern District of Illinois

Associations:

  • Service as the Chairman and Co-Chair of the Trademark Law and Practice Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Serves yearly as a Judge in the International Trademark Association (INTA) Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
  • Presenter and panelist at seminars for the Practising Law Institute, INTA, and the William C.Conner (IP) Inn of Court

Education:

  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1983)
  • Columbia University (B.A., 1979)
Trials:
  • Successful jury and bench verdicts have included: Citigroup v. City Holding Company; Almar Sales Co., Inc. v. Lanard Toys, Inc.; Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London v. City of San Diego; MasterCard International Inc. v. First National Bank of Omaha; Reebok International v. Melville Corp.; Banff Ltd., v. Express, Ltd.; and Masco Corp. of Indiana (Delta Faucet) v. Price Pfister, Inc.

Delaware Office:

Robert J. Cahall

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While in law school, Mr. Cahall clerked for McCormick & Priore. He also served as the Managing Notes Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy. Prior to re-joining McCormick & Priore, Mr. Cahall served as the law clerk to the Honorable Richard R. Cooch, Resident Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware in and for New Castle County. Mr. Cahall currently focuses his practice in the areas of bad faith litigation, insurance coverage, complex liability litigation, employment litigation, and general casualty litigation. Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Unites States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Associations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court

Education:

  • Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 2010, magna cum laude)
  • Rutgers University (B.A., 2008, summa cum laude).
Representative Publications:
  1. Scott J. Tredwell & Robert J. Cahall, Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter and its Implications for Pennsylvania Collateral Order Doctrine Jurisprudence, COUNTERPOINT (Pennsylvania Defense Inst.), Nov. 2010.
  2. Robert J. Cahall, Comment, Local Gun Control Laws After District of Columbia v. Heller: Silver Bullets or Shooting Blanks?, 7 RUTGERS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 359 (2010).
  3. Scott J. Tredwell & Robert J. Cahall, Civil Litigation Update, PERSONAL INJURY POTPOURRI (Dispute Resolution Inst., Philadelphia, P.A.), Apr. 2010.

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