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Alicia M. Smith

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15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5429
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 414-6072
(856) 414-6077 - Fax
amsmith@mdwcg.com

Alicia has sucessfully defended personal and corporate general casualty matters and auto warranty claims.  Defendants have included  including drivers, homeowners, and businesses. Alicia has obtained defense verdicts, even in cases of admitted liability, by a careful investigation of the damages claimed.

Alicia now focuses her career on the niche issues within the amusement, sports, and recreation industries.  She contributes to the industry through giving legal updates to organizations such as the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, World WaterPark Association, Roller Skating Association, and Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association.   She participates in exchanges of information in regulatory compliance forums on topics that will impact her clients such as the American with Disabilities Act and is a voting member of the American Society of Testing and Measurement F24. Alicia's knowledge of the industries she represents has resulted in the quick resolution of many claims on motion or through negotiation by application of statutory or regulatory law or expert testimony.

Having graduated in 1994 Summa Cum Laude from Shippensburg University, Alicia holds a B.A. in Speech Communications with a minor in German Language, completed in Salzburg, Austria, where she worked in a ski resort.  Alicia went on to continue her love for travel and sport by completing her law degree at Florida State University, combined with a M.A. in International Affairs.  Part of her law degree was completed at Oxford University in Oxford England with curriculum in sports law and restitution. She graduated with distinction in 1999. During her pursuit of the joint J.D./M.A., Alicia was employed by the Florida Senate Transportation Committee and was responsible for the drafting of legislative bills and legislative analysis to the Senate members.  

Representative Cases

  • Andrews v. Stefano, 71 Pa.D.&C. 4th (2005)

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment through successfully arguing no liability on behalf of a security company for an animal bite within a homeowner's development.

  • Through the use of a vocational and medical expert, successfully defended a case at trial in federal court where liability was admitted and the demand was over $300,000 for wage loss and personal injury. The verdict was $7,500.

  • Resolved client's share of a multi-car accident (10 cars) within a string of 70 vehicles involved in a highway incident for $1,000 through the use of police and investigators as witnesses.

  • Through the use of medical experts for multiple injuries claimed by the plaintiff, obtained a defense verdict on causation of injuries received in a rear-impact auto accident when liability was admitted.

  • Obtained defense verdict in suit versus an elderly driver, who was unable to attend trial, through use of video footage and cross examination.

  • Obtained defense verdict at trial of claim of injury from slip and fall in client's home. Jury found no liability within ten minutes.

  • Obtained defense verdict in favor of motor vehicle operator sued for damages to a teen on a bike crossing the lane of travel.

  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment in two cases involving wrongful identity of the motor vehicle operator.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Volunteer Instructor, Florida State University, College of Law Undergraduate Program

  • Presented seminars on ADA Accessibility, Social Media Discovery and Managing a Crisis in Social Media, Roller Skating Legal Updates State By State, Amusement Legal Updates State By State to organizations such as WWA, IAAPA, PDI, RSA and other legal and amusement entities

  • Guest lecturer at the University of Delaware, College of Business

Published Works

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, January 2014-present

  • "Clean Air Act; Mobile Emissions," Florida Senate Interim Report

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida (J.D., 1999)

    Honors: James Harold Thompson Scholarship
    Honors: Eugene Tubbs Memorial Scholarship
    Honors: Sandra Memorial Scholarship
    Honors: Alumni Scholarship
    Honors: Moot Court Team, Intercollegiate Chair 

  • Florida State University (M.A., 1999)

    Major: International Affairs

    Honors: With Distinction

  • Shippensburg University, PA (B.A., 1994)

    Honors: summa cum laude
    Honors: Highest Honors
    Major: Speech Communications
    Minor: German 

Pro Bono Activities

  • North Florida Legal Services Disaster Relief Hotline Volunteer

Past Employment Positions

  • Judicial Law Clerk for President Judge Harold Thomson in Pike County Pennsylvania

Pages

Law Alerts January 1, 2019
After the court granted a petition for certification, this matter settled. However, Justice Albin dissented from the order dismissing the appeal. He opined that the issue raised is one of paramount public importance—the dismissal of Pulice..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
The plaintiff’s appeal of the dismissal of her claim was denied. Her claim of negligence and intentional conduct for a collision did not present evidence of negligent supervision , recklessness or intent. As there were no facts to support the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
The plaintiff’s claim was dismissed as no liability was found on the public entity for the condition of the water fountain. The plaintiff was playing football with friends in the city park. He went to get a drink and fell, fracturing his knee..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The plaintiff appealed summary judgment from a claim of injury when sliding into third base at a junior varsity baseball game. The allegation was that the game was “negligently” supervised. The defendants countered on summary judgment..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The plaintiff attempted to make a claim for personal injury by arguing a cause of action for private nuisance existed. More specifically, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant had caused an unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The plaintiffs sought an appeal from an order denying reinstatement of a complaint for damages for injuries sustained on an amusement ride. The plaintiffs attempted to reinstate their complaint after they willingly participated in an arbitration..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts July 1, 2018
Two counts of a four-count complaint were dismissed on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of Six Flags Great Adventure. In count one, the plaintiff brought a claim against the park under the New Jersey Product Liability Act, in which he argued..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2018
While the Township of Mt. Laurel admitted that an entity known as “The Funplex” is an amusement park, it argued that a “recognized” amusement park meant an accepted one expressly declared to exist pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:3-15..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2018
The court denied a trampoline park’s motion to compel arbitration. Although a waiver limiting a cause of action to arbitration had been previously signed by a custodial adult, that waiver did not apply to a second date of attendance for a..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts January 19, 2018
The appellate court reversed the dismissal based on waiver and application of Stelluti v. Casapenn Enterprises, L.L.C., 203 N.J. 286. The plaintiff tripped over a weight belt left on the floor by another gym member. The evidence showed the trainer..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Pages

May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a New Jersey roller skating arena. The plaintiff made a claim for injuries from a fall, claiming that his rental skate was the wrong size and too old to be in circulation. He claimed the worn leather was...
October 1, 2011
Alicia M. Caridi (Scranton, PA) presented an educational seminar titled "The Domino Effect: Managing a Crisis in the Social Media World" and the World Water Park Association 31st Annual Trade Show and Symposium as a member of IALDA (The International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association).   ...

Education

  • Florida State University (J.D., 1999)
  • Florida State University (M.A., 1999)
  • Shippensburg University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1999
  • New Jersey, 2001
  • Pennsylvania, 2001

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section on Public Utilities, Communications and Transportation; Vice Chair of Membership/Student Liaison
  • American Society for Testing and Materials, Voting Member ASTM F24
  • The Association of Women Lawyers
  • Florida State Bar Association
  • International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, Inc., Member
  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA)
  • Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association (PAPA)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pike County Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2002

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