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FHMS Awarded 2019 Top Gavel – Best Business Practices Partner

Annually, Westfield Insurance presents the Top Gavel – their Best Business Practices Partner award, to one of their partners. This award is the sole Golden Gavel given for the month of December. For 2019, Westfield Insurance has selected the FHMS team as the winner of the Top Gavel. This award honors the firm that was… Read More ❯

Joe McNulty Receives Golden Gavel Award

For his success in acting as counsel to a head injury matter, Joe McNulty was recognized and awarded the accredited Golden Gavel. The Golden Gavel is a formal monthly recognition program in which Westfield Insurance recognizes outstanding achievement by their outside counsel. McNulty’s expertise and guidance were utilized by Westfield in this particular lawsuit where… Read More ❯

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Joe Fowler & Matthew Vodzak Litigated Successful Appeal in Delaware Supreme Court

Joe Fowler and Matthew Vodzak recently won an appeal in the Delaware Supreme Court.  FHMS represented a construction subcontractor sued when a single-car accident occurred in a roadwork zone.  The teenage driver was seriously injured, and her passenger died in the accident.  After discovery but before expert reports were exchanged, FHMS entered into a settlement… Read More ❯

Dennis Chow

Dennis Chow Presents E&O Webinar

Dennis Chow, a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith practice group, recently presented a webinar on errors and omissions and statutory regulatory liability coverage under garage/auto dealer policies.  The webinar provided training to insurance professionals for claims under the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Federal Regulation 455, and… Read More ❯

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Spaulding, Fleming & Vodzak Obtained Dismissal

Andrew Spaulding, Alison Fleming, and Matthew Vodzak recently obtained dismissal of a subrogation action filed against FHMS’s clients, a commercial landlord and property manager. A tenant’s insurance company filed a subrogation action in Philadelphia state court action against FHMS’s clients for claims from a fire loss. FHMS successfully argued that the terms of the lease… Read More ❯

Allan Melotsky

Molotsky and Vodzak Obtained Summary Judgment

Allan Molotsky and Matthew Vodzak recently obtained summary judgment in Philadelphia in an insurance coverage action. FHMS represented an insurance company that insured a restaurant under a general liability policy. One of the restaurant’s employees killed a co-employee while at work. The deceased employee’s estate sued the restaurant, and the restaurant sought insurance coverage from… Read More ❯

Matthew Vodzak

Matthew Vodzak Litigated Successful Appeal

Matthew Vodzak litigated a successful appeal in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in a slip-and-fall case. The plaintiff was at the home of FHMS’s client for a personal-training session. The plaintiff slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk, and fractured her leg. FHMS successfully obtained summary judgment in the trial court, and the plaintiff appealed…. Read More ❯

Justin Boehert

Justin Boehret Obtains Defense Verdict

Justin Boehret obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in Bucks County.  Mr. Boehret, who practices in FHMS’s Allentown office, represented a driver in a contested intersectional accident.  The jury found our client free of any negligence.

Andrew Spaulding

Spaulding Presented Civility in Civil Litigation CLE

Founding FHMS partner, Andrew J. Spaulding, and Roy DeCaro of Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer presented a CLE on Friday, November 1, 2019 titled “Civility in Civil Litigation”.

Joseph Fowler

Fowler and Campbell Obtain Defense Verdict in Philadelphia Trial

Joe Fowler and Jacqui Campbell obtained a defense verdict after 8 days of trial in Griffin v. Advanced Disposal Services in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas before Judge Messiah Jackson on October 30, 2019.  The case was tried over 8 days.  Plaintiff’s demand at the start of trial was $5 million.  At the end… Read More ❯

Gregory Hirtzel

Gregory Hirtzel and Cody Kauffman Presented Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar

Greg Hirtzel and Cody Kauffman spoke at Donegal Insurance on October 15, 2019 on best practices in evaluating, handling and defending Traumatic Brain Injury claims.

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FHMS Sponsors Counselor’s V. Cancer

FHMS was proud to be an elite level sponsor for the 2019 Counselor’s v. Cancer Charity Golf Classic held on September 30, 2019 at the Westfield Country Club, Westfield Ohio.  This annual event serves to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and bring increased awareness to the importance of ACS’s role in funding research… Read More ❯

Jacqueline Campbell

Campbell Presents Risk Transfer Seminar

Jacqueline Campbell of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding recently presented a webinar for a local insurance carrier.  The webinar focused on strategies for making and pursing outbound tenders.  The presentation reviewed the different types of risk transfer, information needed to evaluate and pursue outbound tenders, factors that should be considered in making the tender, and… Read More ❯

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Campbell and Lettieri Present Webinar on Snow Removal Standards and Risk Transfer

On September 25, 2019, Jacqueline Campbell and Frances Lettieri presented a webinar on snow removal standards and risk transfer issues in snow and ice cases.  This webinar focused on the various snow removal standards and how they impact litigation.  The seminar also addressed risk transfer issues, discussing the language in snow removal contracts needed to effectuate the… Read More ❯

Joseph R. Fowler

Joseph Fowler and Lee Eckell Speak at Pure Insurance

Joseph Fowler and Lee Eckell of FHMS, along with accident reconstruction experts Robert Lynch, P.E. and Dr. Justin Schorr of DJS Associates, recently presented a seminar at Pure Insurance.  The two hour seminar to a group of personal transportation claims handlers focused on emergency response to catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, forensic evidence gathering techniques and… Read More ❯

Gregory Hirtzel

Gregory Hirtzel and Cody Kauffman Presented Traumatic Brain Injury Webinar

Gregory Hirtzel and Cody Kauffman of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding recently presented a webinar discussing the investigation and evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) claims. The webinar focused on strategies for defending what often are highly subjective and potentially significant damage claims.  This presentation reviewed the science behind traumatic brain injury and the pertinent… Read More ❯

Joseph R. Fowler

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 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list: Joseph R. Fowler, Gregory S. Hirtzel, Joseph F. McNulty, Andrew J. Spaulding and William L. Thrall. III The Super Lawyer designation is limited to no more than 5 percent of the lawyers… Read More ❯

Frances Lettier

Lettieri Speaks at CLM Course

Frances Lettieri presented a CLM Continuing Education Course on Evaluating Additional Insured Coverage to Glatfelter Claims Management, Inc. The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance business with a membership of more than 45,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries.

Jacqueline Campbell

Campbell Speaks at The Gavel

Jacqueline Campbell was a featured speaker to the more than 200 attendees at the 3rd Annual National Conference of The Gavel.  The conference was held in January at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, in Boca Raton, Florida. Ms. Campbell, a partner in the Philadelphia office of FHMS, joined by fellow Gavel member Sandy Eloranto from Sutton Booker, discussed… Read More ❯

John Sparks

Sparks Finalist for CLM’s 2019 Outside Counsel of the Year

John Sparks, who is Of Counsel to Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding, has been selected as one of five finalists for the Claims Litigation Management Alliance Outside Counsel of the Year. The nominees will be introduced, and the winner identified, on March 13th at the CLM’s 2019 Annual Conference in Orlando.

Michael F. Socha

Mike Socha Obtains Lancaster County Defense Verdict

A six day trial in Lancaster County arising from an alleged slip and fall ended with a verdict in favor of Mike Socha’s client, a snow removal contractor who Plaintiff alleged improperly performed snow removal services.   As a result of the alleged fall, Plaintiff claimed to have suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury… Read More ❯

William Thrall

Bill Thrall Obtains Philadelphia County Defense Verdict

After an 8 day trial, Bill Thrall obtained a defense verdict for his insurance company client in an Underinsured Motorist jury trial held in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas before Judge Massiah-Jackson. Plaintiff claimed to have sustained traumatic brain injuries with related symptoms, including loss of memory, focus, and concentration. He also alleged significant… Read More ❯

Child Advocacy Toy Drive

FHMS Contributes to Support Center for Child Advocacy Toy Drive

The lawyers and staff of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding are proud to continue their support for the annual holiday toy drive of the Support Center for Child Advocacy.  The Support Center advocates for victims of child abuse and neglect, with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being, and a permanent, nurturing environment for every… Read More ❯

Frances Lettier

Lettieri Presents at IRMI Conference

Frances Lettieri, a partner in Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Department, addressed the 38th International Risk Management Institute conference. Ms. Lettieri addressed the conference on the topic of Effective Contractual Risk Transfers: The Power of Checklists.

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Eckell Successfully Resolves Construction Injury Case

Lee Eckell successfully resolved a construction injury case where a 27-year-old Plaintiff sustained serious injuries after falling from a roof. Plaintiff’s injuries included fractures to the left and right wrists, orbital bone, and sphenoid bone; bilateral knee contusions with left distal vastus medialis/oblique muscle tear; and post-concussion syndrome with alleged cognitive impairment and depression. The… Read More ❯

FHMS Sponsors Lee Eckell’s Family’s Walk Team at National Alzheimer’s Walk

FHMS was the proud sponsor of Partner Lee Eckell’s family team at the Alzheimer’s Walk in Wilmington Delaware on Saturday, October 20, 2018. This walk is just one of many that the National Alzheimer’s Association holds throughout the country in order to raise money and awareness for the disease. Mr. Eckell’s family walks as part… Read More ❯

Allan Molotsky 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.  Allan Molotsky received the Golden Gavel Award from Westfield in April, 2018 for his and his team’s work in providing outstanding advice and counsel in a matter where a million dollar policy limit was… Read More ❯

Quinn McCusker

McCusker to Speak at CLM Conference

Quinn McCusker of FHMS’ New Jersey Office will serve as a panelist at the CLM South New Jersey Chapter Education & Networking Event on October 24, 2018. During his presentation, McCusker will examine a complex litigation and catastrophic loss litigation scenario from the perspective of litigation by outside counsel. As part of the panel, he… Read More ❯

Joseph McNulty

McNulty Case Dismissal Through Preliminary Objections

Joe McNulty had a case dismissed through preliminary objections. Plaintiff was injured in a motorcycle accident allegedly caused by a dog that ran onto the road and into Plaintiff’s path. The dog had escaped from its owners property despite the presence of an electric fence. Our client is a neighbor of the dog owner. The… 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 ❯

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.

Joseph R. Fowler

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 ❯

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 ❯

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 ❯

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 ❯

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 ❯

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 ❯