Brigid Alford is a member of the Professional Liability Department She concentrates her practice in various areas of insurance defense and civil litigation, with a focus in insurance coverage matters and litigation of coverage and bad faith claims involving issues arising from motor vehicle, homeowner, professional liability, commercial general liability and other policies. She has more than 25 years of experience litigating cases in 48 of Pennsylvania's 67 county courts, in all three of Pennsylvania's federal district courts and before the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance. Brigid's trial resume includes both jury and bench trials in over 10 counties throughout the state, from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. She has also argued before Pennsylvania's Superior and Commonwealth Courts, as well as the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 1983, Brigid earned her juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law. She continues to serve as an adjunct assistant professor with the school's award winning Trial Advocacy Program. She is a 1980 cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Allegheny College.
Brigid is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where she participates annually in this organization's Young Lawyers Division statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. She is a member of the Dauphin County and Cumberland County Bar Associations and has been elected a Master of the William J. Lipsitt American Inns of Court. Other professional associations include membership in CLM.
She is a frequent lecturer throughout the state for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other groups, speaking on a variety of subjects including insurance coverage, bad faith, civil trial practice and UM/UIM issues.
• SLEO Claims & Coverage 2016 , Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, November, 2016
• Pennsylvania UM/UIM Update 2016 , PBI 22nd Annual Auto Law Seminar Webinar, October 28, 2016
• First Party Issues - Multi-State Bad Faith Perspective , Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June, 2016
•Pennsylvania Bad Faith Issues, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015
•Regular Use Exclusions in Pennsylvania -- Coverage Issues and Practical Applications, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015
•Insurance Bad Faith: Pennsylvania Update, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015
•UM/UIM & Limited Tort: How to Handle or Defend a Limited Tort Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
•Pennsylvania UM/UIM Law: 2014 Updates, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, December 2014
•Annual Auto Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2014
•PIP, UIM & Other First Party Coverage Issues, MDWCG Insurance Fraud 360, June 2014
•When Is a Bad Faith Claim Worth $18 Million?, Dispute Resolution Institute's Personal Injury Potpourri, April 2014
•UM/UIM Law in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013
•Annual Auto Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013
•Insurance Coverage Issues Related to Sexual Molestation Claims, PBI, 2012
•Innocent Third party and Contemporary SIU Coverage Issues, MDWC&G Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June 2012
•PL Coverage, Professional Liability Defense Federation, 2011
•UM/UIM, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010
•Annual Auto Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010
•Trial Tactics, Tips & Techniques, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1999; 2009
•Annual Auto Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007
•Trial Preparation: The 100-Day Countdown, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2003
•Adjunct Assistant Professor, Trial Advocacy Program, The Dickinson School of Law
•Presentations to clients on developments in Pennsylvania UM/UIM law, bad faith and various coverage issues
• Less is More: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Confirms Less Stringent Rules Apply to Lower UM/UIM Limits Than to Waive UM/UIM Coverage, Defense Digest, 2011-06, Vol. 17, No. 2
• Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum! Early Christmas Gift To UM/UIM Carriers From Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
• UM/UIM Coverage in Pennsylvania: Establishing 'Occupancy' of Vehicle as Basis for Qualifying as an Insured, Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
Honors & Awards
•2015 Woman of Influence, Central Penn Business Journal
Year Joined Organization
Brigid Alford Recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Central Penn Business Journal
April 10, 2015
Brigid Q. Alford, Esq., shareholder in the Camp Hill office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Women of Influence Awards by the Central Penn Business Journal. The Women of Influence program recognizes 25 female leaders in the midstate who are...
Marshall Dennehey to Present Insurance Fraud Seminar
May 16, 2014
The Casualty Department of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin will hold a complimentary seminar, Insurance Fraud 360, on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill. Designed for insurance fraud professionals, SIU investigators and...
Brigid Alford and Ed Schwartz (Harrisburg, PA) were featured speakers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation
October 1, 2011
Brigid Alford and Ed Schwartz (Harrisburg, PA) were featured speakers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation in Chicago recently. The meeting was attended by both claims professionals and defense counsel from around the country. Brigid spoke on Professional...
Pennsylvania Defense Institute 47th Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 15, 2015
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 47th annual conference on July 15-17 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits...
Insurance Fraud 360 Marshall Dennehey 2016 SIU Fraud Seminar
Seminar • Jun 2, 2016
Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a discussion and in-depth look at trending topics in Fraud and SIU. Don't miss the panel discussion on emerging trends in fraud with insight from members of the insurance industry.Guest Speaker:...
Less Is More: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Confirms Less Strigent Rules Apply To Lower UM/UIM Limits Than To Waive UM/UIM Coverage
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2011
Pennsylvania - UM/UIM, KEY POINTS:If the insured has signed the insurance application, and the application itself lists a dollar amount for UM/UIM coverage, that is sufficient to comply with the MVFRL.According to the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011
Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum! Early Christmas Gift to UM/UIM Carriers From Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2010
Pennsylvania -- Automobile Liability, Key Points:Statutory offset in Pennsylvania's Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law applied to disability benefits.Court refuses to limit scope of offset to health benefits..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
UM/UIM Coverage in Pennsylvania: Establishing Occupancy of Vehicle as Basis for Qualifying as an Insured
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2009
Pennsylvania -- UM/UIM, UM/UIM endorsements subject to Pennsylvania's Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law often define the insured to include not only the named insured, but also any other person occupying the covered motor vehicle...., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
Coverage Not Triggered in CGL Policy
Dec 6, 2016
We obtained summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action filed on behalf of an insurer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. ?At issue was whether coverage (and an ensuing duty to defend) had been...
Defense Prevails in Insurance Coverage Case
Apr 21, 2016
The defense prevailed in their representation of a major insurance carrier in an insurance coverage case involving claims by an insured business owner for coverage under a commercial general liability policy. The insured was transporting chairs and...
Judge Denies Class Certification in Junk Fax Case Under TCPA
Sep 21, 2015
Marshall Dennehey attorneys prevailed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on a Motion for Class Action Certification in a junk fax case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Following a class certification...