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John Sparks

Sparks Presents at DRI Managing Partner Conference

John Sparks, Of Counsel with FHMS, recently was part of a panel presentation at the Defense Research Institutes Managing Partners and Law Leaders Annual Conference. The panel, titled The Business of Law, featured a discussion focused on the need for firms to create an innovative and sophisticated business model to respond to changed business realities….Read More ❯

Eckell Successfully Defends Pest Control Company on Negligence Claim At Trial

Lee Eckell successfully defended a local pest control company as co-counsel during a two week negligence trial involving the alleged improper use of a pesticide during a termite application.  Plaintiff alleged that FHMS’ client failed to properly seal cracks in the basement foundation wall of the split level home before applying the pesticide which allegedly…Read More ❯

Damian M. Taranto

Damian Taranto Speaks at CLM Course – The Use of Technology in the Preservation of Evidence: A Valuable Tool in Claims Resolution

Damian Taranto, a partner in the Philadelphia Office of FHMS, presented at a CLM course in Chicago on June 15, 2018, regarding comprehensive data collection and the role it plays in the early resolution of claims. During his presentation, Taranto discussed the ways in which carriers and companies look to technology to assist in proactive…Read More ❯

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Spaulding and Taranto Speak on Vehicle Data

Andrew Spaulding and Damian Taranto spoke on “Identifying and Managing Fleet Vehicle Data” at The Graham Company’s Fleet Safety Workshop. Their presentation focused on the vast amount of data that is present in both DOT and non-DOT fleet vehicles and strategies and best practices that employers can use to manage this data.

Frances Lettier

Lettieri to Speak at CLM Course: Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith – Best Claims & Litigation Strategies

Frances Lettieri, a partner in the Philadelphia Office of FHMS will be instructing a Claims Litigation Management course. The course will be held on May 22, 2018 for insurance professionals, and will focus on the avoidance and defense of bad faith. Ms. Lettieri is a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Department at…Read More ❯

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Fowler and Campbell Obtain Defense Verdict in $18.5 Million Demand Case in Philadelphia County

Joe Fowler and Jacqueline Campbell obtained a defense verdict in a three-week trial in Philadelphia County. The Plaintiff sustained significant and permanent injuries after a tractor that he hot-wired ran over his foot. He alleged a crush injury to his foot, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and an injury to his neck that required a cervical…Read More ❯

Eckell Successfully Defends Automobile Negligence Case Involving TBI

Lee Eckell successfully defended a national supermarket wholesaler at trial in an automobile negligence case. Plaintiff, a married forty-six year old union electrician with four children, had not returned to work after being rear-ended by Eckell’s client. He asserted a multi-million dollar economic loss claim along with permanent injuries to the neck, vestibular system and…Read More ❯

Fowler and Campbell Obtain Defense Verdict in $18.5 Million Demand Case in Philadelphia County

Joe Fowler and Jacqueline Campbell obtained a defense verdict in a three-week trial in Philadelphia County. The Plaintiff sustained significant and permanent injuries after a tractor that he hot-wired ran over his foot. He alleged a crush injury to his foot, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and an injury to his neck that required a cervical…Read More ❯

Damian Taranto

Damian Taranto Speaks at CLM Course – The Use of Technology in the Preservation of Evidence: A Valuable Tool in Claims Resolution

Damian Taranto, a partner in the Philadelphia Office of FHMS, presented at a CLM course in Chicago on June 15, 2018, regarding comprehensive data collection and the role it plays in the early resolution of claims. During his presentation, Taranto discussed the ways in which carriers and companies look to technology to assist in proactive…Read More ❯

Spaulding and Taranto Speak on Vehicle Data

Andrew Spaulding and Damian Taranto spoke on “Identifying and Managing Fleet Vehicle Data” at The Graham Company’s Fleet Safety Workshop. Their presentation focused on the vast amount of data that is present in both DOT and non-DOT fleet vehicles and strategies and best practices that employers can use to manage this data.

FHMS Lawyers Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list: Joseph R. Fowler, William L. Thrall, III, Gregory S. Hirtzel. The Super Lawyer designation is limited to no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania. FHMS is also pleased to…Read More ❯

Lee Eckell

Eckell Successfully Defends Automobile Negligence Case Involving TBI

Lee Eckell successfully defended a national supermarket wholesaler at trial in an automobile negligence case. Plaintiff, a married forty-six year old union electrician with four children, had not returned to work after being rear-ended by Eckell’s client. He asserted a multi-million dollar economic loss claim along with permanent injuries to the neck, vestibular system and…Read More ❯

Frances Lettier

Lettieri to Speak at CLM Course: Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith – Best Claims & Litigation Strategies

Frances Lettieri, a partner in the Philadelphia Office of FHMS will be instructing a Claims Litigation Management course. The course will be held on May 22, 2018 for insurance professionals, and will focus on the avoidance and defense of bad faith. Ms. Lettieri is a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Department at…Read More ❯

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FHMS Joins The Gavel

The Gavel, a nationwide network of vetted insurance industry attorneys, has selected Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding to be its exclusive firm representative for eastern and central Pennsylvania as well as southern New Jersey. The Gavel network includes firms who have been qualified through a 3 step process that includes referral by industry professionals, completion…Read More ❯

Joseph R. Fowler

Fowler Appointed Chair of the Public Relations Committee for The Gavel

Joe Fowler, managing partner of FHMS has been named the chair of the Public Relations Committee of The Gavel. His responsibilities include response to media requests regarding industry issues as well as the presentation of The Gavel’s message and philosophy to industry members and the national media.

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Fowler and Sparks to Speak at The Gavel’s National Conference

The Gavel, a nationwide network of vetted attorneys serving the insurance industry, will hold its 2nd annual conference from January 15th to the 17th in Boca Raton Florida. Among the business and industry professionals who will address the conference are two attorneys from Fowler Hirtzel McNulty& Spaulding. Firm managing partner Joe Fowler will chair a panel concerning the…Read More ❯

Quinn McCusker

McCusker Obtains Defense Verdict

Quinn McCusker of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding’s New Jersey office received a no cause/defense verdict for his client after a jury trial in Essex County, New Jersey. The plaintiff fell on interior stairs in an apartment building owned by our client. The 55 year old union insulator suffered a closed fracture of the right…Read More ❯

Coverage Department Success

Frances Lettieri argued a case to the Superior Court in which our client, a large insurance carrier wrote a general liability policy to a daycare. The daycare and its principals entered into a series of agreements related to a lease, which it allegedly breached. The daycare’s landlord brought suit to enforce these agreements. FHMS filed a…Read More ❯

Jacqui Campbell Named Partner

Jacqueline Campbell has been named a partner at Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding. Ms. Campbell, who practices in the firm’s Philadelphia office, focuses her practice on the defense of commercial vehicle, construction accident and general casualty matters. She handles all aspects of litigation in significant matters, including jury trial and appellate work. Ms. Campbell also works…Read More ❯

William L. Thrall, III

Bill Thrall Defense Verdict

William Thrall received a defense verdict after three days of jury trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  The case arose from Plaintiff’s purchase of a used motor vehicle from our insured – a large Philadelphia car dealership.  Plaintiff alleged violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act and the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and…Read More ❯

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FHMS Recognized at Client Conference

FHMS received a number of awards at Westfield’s annual Defense Days meeting. Bill Thrall received an award for his creative case resolution of a Westfield matter Greg Hirtzel and John Sparks were recognized for their work with the Blue Ocean think tank, with Sparks named Blue Ocean  “MVP” for collaboration and issue analysis. Bill Thrall…Read More ❯

Lee Eckell Resolution

Lee Eckell extricated his developer from a case in which a construction worker fell three stories and suffered severe injuries. When a subcontractor’s carrier repeatedly ignored a proper indemnification request, suit was brought against them. The carrier eventually accepted the tender without a reservation of rights and repaid the self-insured developer for legal fees and expenses….Read More ❯

William L. Thrall, III

Bill Thrall Resolution

Bill Thrall used aggressive expert analysis to temper a Traumatic Brain Injury claim. The case originally had a seven figure demand.  The early reports led to the case getting to mediation quickly, where a fair resolution was reached without the need for extensive discovery.

Joseph R. Fowler

Fowler & Taranto Resolution

Joe Fowler and Damian Taranto used a 2 day mediation to settle a multi-million dollar case arising from a workplace accident. The case involved a power surge conveyor, life changing injuries ,multiple defendants and significant legal and factual disputes. The first day of mediation was with defendants only, in order to establish a hierarchy of liability….Read More ❯

Damian M. Taranto

Taranto to Speak at CLM Midwest Conference

Damian Taranto, a partner in the Philadelphia office of FHMS  will be part of a panel presentation at the Claims Litigation Management’s  Mid-West conference. The meeting will be held on June 16th in Chicago. Mr. Taranto will speak on  the Impact of Safety Technologies on the Trucking Industry and Claims/ Prevention Analysis. The panel includes…Read More ❯

Joseph R. Fowler

Fowler Presents Webinar for CLM

Joe Fowler, managing partner of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding presented a webinar on May 3rd  for The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. The webinar, presented with Cara Wright from Zurich North America, was titled, An Overview of the Transportation Industry’s Injury of Choice This year: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome…Read More ❯

John R. Sparks, Jr.

Sparks Speaks at CLM Conference

John Sparks of FHMS served as a panelist at the Claims Litigation Management Annual Conference, which was held in Nashville. The 2017 CLM Conference was attended by over 2000 people. Mr. Sparks spoke regarding the continuing difficulties in hourly billing issues on a panel entitled, From Adversaries to Allies—How to Use the Billing Process to…Read More ❯

Joe Lynam

Joe Lynam Joins FHMS as Chief Operating Officer

Joe Lynam has joined FHMS as Chief Operating Officer. Joe has extensive experience working with growing professional service firms. He is a financial and accounting executive with deep and varied expertise in Strategy Development, Human Resource Management, Office Administration, Facilities Management and Marketing.  Joe has a broad range of responsibilities at FHMS, including day to…Read More ❯

Joseph R. Fowler

FHMS Publishes 2 Articles in Claims Litigation Magazine

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding recently had two articles published in the Claims Litigation magazine.  The publication is presented by the Claims Management Alliance. CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries. FHMS Managing Partner Joe Fowler…Read More ❯

FHMS Names Fran Lettieri Partner

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding is pleased to announce that Frances Lettieri has been named a partner with the firm. Ms. Lettieri is a member of the firms Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Department. Her practice involves representing insurers in a broad range of coverage matters, involving both commercial and personal policies. Frances represents firm…Read More ❯

FHMS Supports Support Center for Child Advocates

FHMS supported the efforts of the Support Center for Child Advocates’ Annual Toy Drive.  The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children throughout the Philadelphia area.  Each year, they collect and distribute toys for over 1,000 children.  We were honored to help make a difference…Read More ❯

Joseph F. McNulty

FHMS Recognized at Client Conference

FHMS received several awards at the recent Defense Days Conference held by Westfield Insurance at their home office in Ohio. Joe McNulty was recognized with an “OARS”  award for his quick and effective resolution of a case with life altering injuries and no liability defense.  These awards were based on nominations from senior claims staff….Read More ❯

Gregory S. Hirtzel

Hirtzel Speaks at CLM Claims College

Greg Hirtzel served as an Instructor at the 2016 Claims & Litigation management Alliance Claims College. The conference, held this year in Baltimore. The Claims College is in its 5th year and provides a wide range of educational options for insurance professionals. Those completing the exhaustive program are awarded with the Designation of Certified Claims…Read More ❯

Joseph R. Fowler

Joe Fowler speaks to Pennsylvania School Bus Association

Philadelphia based partner Joe Fowler presented to the Pennsylvania School Bus Association at their 2016 annual convention on June 28th.   The presentation focused on the legal issues arising from serious commercial vehicle accidents and was titled From Collision to Decision. The seminar was held at the 7 Springs Mountain Resort from June 26th to the…Read More ❯

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Greg Hirtzel and Fran Lettieri address Employers Mutual Companies Claim Staff

Greg Hirtzel and Fran Lettieri spoke to the claims staff of  Employer’s Mutual Companies on June 24th . The seminar discussed Transference of Liability and Risk Management, focusing on practical guidelines for construing indemnification provisions as well as additional insured endorsements. EMC Insurance Companies ranks among the top 60 insurance companies in the United States,…Read More ❯

Joseph F. McNulty

Joe McNulty speaks at Delaware Valley Insurance Trust retreat

Joe McNulty spoke at the Delaware Valley Insurance Trust  member retreat in Hershey on June 23rd. Joe served as a panel member discussing Case Studies in State Torts and the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act.  Delaware Valley Trusts are risk sharing pools owned, operated and controlled by 125 Pennsylvania public entities.

Coverage Group Presents to Erie Insurance

The FHMS Insurance Coverage group presented a seminar entitled Transference of Liability and Risk Management on June 15th, 2016 at the Erie Insurance Allentown office. Department Chair Allan Molotsky, as well as department members Fran Lettieri and Dennis Chow presented, while Lancaster office partner Greg Hirtzel served as moderator.  The program was designed to provide…Read More ❯

FHMS Lawyers Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

FHMS LAWYERS NAMED SUPER LAWYERS AND RISING STARS Joe Fowler, Greg Hirtzel, Allan Molotsky, and Bill Thrall were named 2016 Super Lawyers and Andrew Spaulding was named 2016 Rising Star. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent…Read More ❯

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FHMS Attorneys Speak at 2016 Claims and Litigation Management Annual Conference

Joe Fowler, Greg Hirtzel and John Sparks all spoke at the 2016 Claims Litigation Management Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation…Read More ❯

Joseph F. McNulty

Joe McNulty speaks at Insurance Fraud Conference

FHMS partner Joe McNulty was a speaker at the 2016 Insurance Fraud Conference, held on April 7th and 8th in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The seminar was hosted by the Pa. Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority. Joe’s presentation was titled, Fraud in Property Losses- Greed is Found Not Only in Personal injury.

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Joe Fowler and Jacqui Campbell address Zurich Claims Staff

FHMS lawyers Joe Fowler and Jacqui Campbell recently presented a seminar to the Zurich claims staff in Rocky Hill Connecticut . The presentation topics included: Pennsylvania Litigation Process Overview Injury trending: RSD Post-Accident Response and the Use of 3-D Laser Scanning: The Future of Claims

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FHMS Seminar: Claim Resolution in a Changed World

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding welcomed more than 80 people to its March 10th seminar in Philadelphia. Held in the conference center at 2000 Market Street, the half-day session featured 5 presentations, all of which were approved for CLE and CE credit. Presentations included: PLAINTIFF’S PRIMER ON HANDLING CASES Joe Fowler and Drew Duffy of…Read More ❯

Damian M. Taranto

Damian Taranto Named Partner At FHMS

Damian Taranto has been named partner at Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding. Mr. Taranto, who practices in the firm’s Philadelphia office, defends product liability, commercial vehicle, general liability and premises matters. His clients include insurance carriers and a wide range of self-insured companies. He received his J.D. from the Temple University School of Law and…Read More ❯

New Address for FHMS Allentown Office

As a result of continued growth, the Allentown office of FHMS is moving to larger offices as of February 29th. The new address is 4949 Liberty Lane, Suite 330, Allentown, Pa. 18106.

Bill Thrall receives Golden Gavel Award

The Golden Gavel Award is a formal monthly recognition program in which Westfield Insurance recognizes outstanding achievement by their outside counsel. The company recently sent out a newsletter recognizing those achievements. The picture attached shows Westfield’s Jennifer Shumway presenting the Golden Gavel to Bill Thrall of FHMS for a  2015 trial victory.

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Continued Growth at FHMS

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding is happy to welcome two new associates. Michael Schwartz has joined the Philadelphia office. Mr. Schwartz, who previously practiced with a Philadelphia based regional insurance defense firm, will work in the casualty group. Randy Keiser  has joined the firm’s Allentown office where he will represent firm clients in the defense…Read More ❯

FHMS Supports Support Center for Child Advocates

FHMS supported the efforts of the Support Center for Child Advocates’ Annual Toy Drive.  The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children throughout the Philadelphia area.  Each year, they collect and distribute toys for over 1,000 children.  We were honored to help make a difference…Read More ❯

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Matthew Vodzak Joins FHMS In Philadelphia

Matthew D. Vodzak has joined the firm as an associate in its Philadelphia office, where he will work in the firm’s Casualty Department. He previously clerked for the Honorable Victor. P. Stabile of the Pennsylvania Superior Court and served as a law clerk for the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas located…Read More ❯

Gregory S. Hirtzel

Hirtzel to Speak at 2015 Claims College

FHMS partner Greg Hirtzel will speak at the 2015 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2015 Claims college. Mr. Hirtzel  will address the School of Insurance Fraud. Each school at CLM is comprised of three levels and successful completion of all levels will earn participants a respected designation for claims professionals. The Claims College is a…Read More ❯

FHMS Receives Recognition at 2015 Westfield Insurance Defense Days

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding was recognized with multiple awards at the 2015 Westfield Insurance Defense Days which was held in Westfield Center, Ohio in early August. FHMS was one of only two firms receiving the Lighthouse Award for dedication to “Blue Ocean” concepts and in incorporation of the message in the firms web site….Read More ❯