Doug has been involved in over 50 published opinions. He has argued before the United States Court of Appeals and has been before the United States District Court on numerous occasions. In addition to handling a full caseload, he serves as unit manager to the Casualty Department and as account coordinator for many insurance companies.
He has lectured for numerous clients and organizations such as the CPCU Society, the Insurance Institute of America, PLRB, and the Insurance Society of Philadelphia on such topics as insurance coverage, bad faith and premises liability. He serves as a judge pro tempore for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.
Currently, Doug serves as the Defense Research Institute's Pennsylvania State Co-Liaison, Insurance Law Committee.
Doug was the author of the Pennsylvania Section, 2001 DRI Unfair Claims Practices Statute Compendium of the Defense Research Institute and a contributor to AIC 35 Property Loss Adjusting for the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and Insurance Institute of America in 2003 and AIC 33 Claims Handling Practices in 2006.
In 2005, Doug was voted a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. In addition, he has an AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Doug is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in history and participated in varsity athletics. He graduated magna cum laude and was named Phi Beta Kappa. He received the Penn State Superior Scholar-Athlete from Joe Paterno. Following graduation from college, he attended the Villanova University School of Law where he received his juris doctor in 1983 and served on the Moot Court Board.
•Analyzing Slip and Fall Claims, Gallagher Bassett Services, April 2014, co-presenter
•Garage Liability, Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB), Fall 2008
•Audit Documentation and Ethics, Philadelphia Premium Auditors' Society, 2008
•Property Damage Claim Analysis, Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, 2008
•Insurance Fraud and Criminal Referrals, Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, 2008
•Garage Liability Coverage, Property Loss Research Bureau, 2008
•Electronic Discovery and the Claims Professional, AIC Conferment Speech, 2007
•On the Hot Seat: Testimony of the Claims Professional, Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, 2007
•Pennsylvania Personal Auto Law and Ethical Issues, CPCU Society of Philadelphia, 2006
•UM/UIM Claims and Bad Faith, Delchester Claims Association, 2005
•Insurance Coverage, CPCU Society of Philadelphia, 2004
•Contractual Indemnification and Insurance Claims, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, 2002
•Bad Faith, Knox Marine's 10th Annual Yacht Conference, 2002
•Instructor - insurance coverage, bad faith and premises liability - multiple clients of the firm
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005
Year Joined Organization
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Defense Digest Article • December 4, 2017
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Articles • June 1, 2017
Associations & Memberships
•Building Owners and Managers Association of Philadelphia, Codes and Legislation Committee
•Defense Research Institute, State Co-Liaison, Insurance Law Committee
•Insurance Institute of America, Associate in Claims Advisory Committee
•Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (PAMIC), Claims Committee
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute
•Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•Professional Risk Insurance Managers Association