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.
•PBI- 2014 Annual Auto Law Update
•PBI- UM/UIM & Limited Tort: How to Handle or Defend a Limited Tort Case
•Pennsylvania UM/UIM Law: 2014 Updates, Safeco Insurance, 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
Year Joined Organization: 2008
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
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...
Insurance Fraud 360
Seminar • Jun 5, 2014 Insurance Fraud 360 Marshall Dennehey 2014 SIU Fraud Seminar June 5th - 12:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. Registration and Lunch begin at 11:30 Cocktail reception following ACE Conference Center 800 Ridge Pike Latayette...