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Frances Lettier

Lettieri Presents Webinar to Insurance Professionals

On Thursday, October 22nd, Frances A. Lettieri, a Partner in the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice, presented a webinar to insurance professionals. The webinar reviewed recent Pennsylvania court decisions that address reservation of rights letters, the duty to defend, and construction defect coverage litigation. She also discussed the potential implications of House Bill… Read More ❯

Joseph Fowler

Fowler to Present Webinar for Northfield and Northland Insurance Companies

FHMS Partner Joseph Fowler will participate in a live webinar presentation to Northfield and Northland insurance companies on Wednesday, October 28. The webinar will include six attorneys from the Gavel Network. In addition to Fowler, John Messersmith (Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith), Daniel Santaniello (Luks Santaniello Petrillo & Cohen), Derrick Dewitt (Dewitt Paruolo & Meek), Michael… Read More ❯

Fowler and Taranto Present Webinar on Catastrophic Incidents

Joseph Fowler and Damian Taranto of FHMS, along with Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., Lt. Col. Bryan J. Smith, P.E., and Robert Kinder, Jr. of DJS Associates, recently presented a webinar on catastrophic incidents. The three-hour webinar educated attendees on how to avoid, prepare for, and react to these incidents. The speakers used data, collection technology,… Read More ❯

Joseph Fowler

Webinar: Catastrophic Incidents: From Documentation to Analysis

To register, please contact: FHMSlaw@fhmslaw.com

Joseph Fowler

PA Supreme Court Rules on Uber Driver’s Demand for Unemployment Benefits in Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review

On July 24, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided a matter of first impression: whether an otherwise eligible claimant seeking unemployment benefits is “self-employed” and therefore ineligible for those benefits while working as an Uber driver. The Court’s opinion analyzed the appropriate test for determining self-employment under the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law (“Act”)[1] and… Read More ❯

Gregory Hirtzel

Greg Hirtzel and Cody Kauffman Win Summary Judgment in PA First Amendment Case

FHMS attorneys Greg Hirtzel and Cody Kauffman secured summary judgment in favor of their clients in a case that turned on whether a school board and school district violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association. This was the first opinion of its kind issued by Judge Jennifer P. Wilson of… Read More ❯

Joseph Fowler
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Fowler, Campbell, and Vodzak Win Post-Trial Motion in Philadelphia: Judgment Entered for Defendants

In October 2019, Joe Fowler and Jacqui Campbell obtained a defense verdict after eight days of trial in Griffin v. Advanced Disposal Services, a Philadelphia County case with contested liability and catastrophic injuries. The plaintiffs filed a Motion for Post-Trial Relief claiming 20 different errors warranted a new trial. Among other things, the plaintiffs’ challenged… Read More ❯

Matthew Vodzak

Matthew Vodzak Presents Webinar on COVID-19 and Liability Waivers

Matthew Vodzak and Bryan Schwartz of Odell Studner Group, LLC presented a lunchtime webinar on COVID-19 and liability waivers. The presentation provided an overview of Pennsylvania and New Jersey law regarding pre-injury liability waivers and how courts might evaluate them. The use of pre-injury liability waivers is an emerging trend in light of the potential… Read More ❯

FHMS Attorneys Named 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to our FHMS attorneys who were named 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars: Joseph Fowler – Super Lawyer – Personal Injury Gregory Hirtzel – Super Lawyer – Transportation Joseph McNulty – Super Lawyer – Civil Litigation Defense Andrew Spaulding – Super Lawyer – Construction Litigation Dennis Chow – Rising Star – Insurance Coverage… Read More ❯

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Joseph Fowler Presents Webinar with NSM Insurance and Forty Two Group

Joseph R. Fowler presented a webinar with NSM Insurance Group and leaders in the school bus industry. The webinar discussed ways in which school bus operators have been affected by the pandemic and how to proactively plan for a post-COVID landscape. The topics included navigating COVID-19, negotiating with school districts, potential claims and issues to… Read More ❯

Making History & Moving Forward: What Bostock Means for You, Your Company & Inclusiveness in the Workplace Presentation

Please join Ashley R. Lynam, co-Chair of the firm’s Sexual Misconduct Liability Practice Group, for a presentation on July 13, 2020 at 12:00pm ET titled, “Making History & Moving Forward: What Bostock Means for You, Your Company & Inclusiveness in the Workplace,” where she will discuss the monumental Supreme Court decision which ensured Title VII… Read More ❯

Matthew Vodzak Files Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Matthew Vodzak recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel. PADC is a nonprofit association of approximately 300 lawyers from the five-county Philadelphia area. PADC protects and advances the interests of civil defendants and their counsel, shares knowledge within the defense trial bar,… Read More ❯

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FHMS Sexual Misconduct Liability Group Announces Launch of Title IX Practice

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty and Spaulding announces the launch of our Title IX practice. Our Sexual Misconduct Liability Group draws on the career experiences of former sex crimes prosecutors Ashley R. Lynam, Jeremy C. Abidiwan-Lupo, and Alison C. Fleming. With decades of combined civil and criminal experience, they are uniquely situated to assess evidence and offer… Read More ❯

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Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Standard for Reservations of Rights

April 30, 2020 On Friday, April 24, 2020, a divided Pennsylvania Superior Court panel decided Selective Way Ins. Co. v. MAK Services, Inc. 2020 PA Super 103. This case has important implications for insurance carriers who issue, and defend insureds subject to, reservations of rights. Partners, Allan C. Molotsky, Frances A. Lettieri, Dennis Chow, and… Read More ❯

Planning for Fraud Claims

Companies and claims specialists should prepare for an increase in fraudulent claims after COVID-19. FHMS Partner Ashley Lynam recently prepared recommendations for identifying and handling these claims. It is important to understand how and why individuals engage in fraudulent conduct in order to best protect your organization. For a copy of the recommendations, please contact… Read More ❯

Ashley R. Lynam Joins FHMS

Ashley R. Lynam has joined the firm as partner in our Philadelphia office location, where she leads the newly formed Sexual Misconduct Liability Group. She specializes in the defense of personal injury, premise liability, insurance fraud, coverage and sexual misconduct claims. Ms. Lynam began her legal career in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office where she… Read More ❯

Jacqueline Campbell

How to Prepare for Potential COVID-19 Claims

Fowler Hirtzel McNulty and Spaulding have been closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the various orders and guidance issued by our local, state and federal government. In accordance with the “stay-at-home” order, many businesses are closed, however, the life sustaining businesses remain open. We anticipate that there may be employees or consumers who will… Read More ❯

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PA Senate Bill 1114 Seeks to Extend Insurance Coverage Due to COVID-19

On April 15, 2020, the COVID-19 Insurance Relief Act, Senate Bill 1114 was introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. Senate Bill 1114 is the Pennsylvania’s first legislative attempt to respond to property and business interruption claims arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1114 would require insurance policies covering property damage, including business interruption insurance, to… Read More ❯

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Pennsylvania Court Closures Extended

Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a supplemental order extending the Pennsylvania court closures through April 30, 2020. Along with this extended closure comes important considerations related to time computations, the Statute of Limitations, and case management deadlines. FHMS remains committed to keeping our clients abreast of these considerations to best protect our clients’ interests… Read More ❯

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FHMS Fully Functional

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Philadelphia has ordered a shutdown of all non-essential businesses starting on March 17th and continuing until March 27th. All Philadelphia Courts will be closed until April 6th. Please note that the counties in PA do not have uniformity in this crisis. Some courts are open and others… Read More ❯

Joseph Fowler

Joe Fowler Speaks At Churchill Casualty’s Risk Control Workshop

Joe Fowler along with Frank Flatch, from Silvi Group Companies, presented at Churchill Casualty’s Risk Workshop earlier this month. This discussion identified the best way to collect data from an accident scene and the types of procedures to establish for post-accident response. The best practices presentation demonstrated the effects of implementing technology to a practice…. Read More ❯

Joe Fowler and Jacqueline Campbell Receives The Golden Gavel

Westfield Insurance recognized Joe Fowler and Jacqueline Campbell with their Golden Gavel Award. They showed recognition to Joe and Jacqueline’s success in a lawsuit that was handled on Westfield’s behalf in Philadelphia County. This lawsuit consisted of the Plaintiff sustaining permanent injuries from a tractor that he hot-wired running over his foot. There were claims… Read More ❯

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Joe McNulty and Randy Keiser Obtain Summary Judgment

Joe McNulty and Randy Keiser obtained summary judgment for a supermarket in a slip and fall case in Pennsylvania. The plaintiff claimed that she fell near a ramp in the sidewalk adjacent to the supermarket. Joe and Randy argued that the fall occurred in a common area as defined in the lease and that the… Read More ❯

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Andrew Spaulding & Matthew Vodzak Attains Dismissal in Underinsured Motorist Matter

Andrew Spaulding and Matthew Vodzak recently obtained dismissal of an underinsured motorist claim filed against FHMS’s clients. FHMS represented a nationwide building-materials company and its insurer. A company employee claimed that he was injured while operating a work vehicle and sued seeking underinsured motorist benefits. FHMS counterclaimed for declaratory relief that no underinsured motorist coverage existed since… Read More ❯

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, and Andrew J. Spaulding. The Super Lawyer designation is limited to no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania. FHMS is… 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 ❯

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 ❯