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.
Significant Representative Matters
Defense verdict for racetrack in negligence action filed by driver paralyzed as result of racing accident
Defense verdict for business owner/insured in premises liability action, arguing no notice of defect.
Resolved multi-party, complex declaratory judgment actions in both state and federal courts involving various insurance coverage issues and exclusions.
Prevailed on summary judgment motion for co-defendant in an action arising from a motor vehicle accident that had resulted in the death of a back seat passenger.
Successfully presented motion to sever and bifurcate breach of contract and bad faith claims in Pennsylvania state courts.
Successfully presented motion to have the federal court decline to exercise pendent jurisdiction over a personal injury claim, raised as a cross-claim by the co-defendant in a declaratory judgment action.
Resolved a sexual harassment/intimidation action filed against the defendant-insured in federal court; the original complaint had included a punitive damages claim.
Defense verdict after a jury trial in favor of an insurance company in a breach of contract claim (PIP benefits); the bad faith and UTPCPL claims were dismissed pretrial via summary judgment motion.
Successfully represented insurers in evidentiary hearings before Pennsylvania Department of Insurance on complaints filed directly with DOI by insureds.
Successfully represented an insured at a hearing and argument on a Petition to Open Default Judgment in a case involving a racetrack accident and resultant catastrophic injuries to the driver, including quadriplegia.
Areas of Practice
"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
The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (J.D., 1983)
Allegheny College (B.A., 1980)
Areas of Practice
- The Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1983)
- Allegheny College (B.A., cum laude, 1980)
- Pennsylvania, 1983
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1984
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1992
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2007
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2009
Associations & Memberships
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member
- Dauphin County Bar Association - Panel Chair, Board of Arbitration
- The Honorable William W. Lipsitt American Inns of Court, Master
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Defense Institute - Co-Chair, Bad Faith Committee
Honors & Awards
- 2015 Woman of Influence, Central Penn Business Journal