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Brigid Q. Alford

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100 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 201
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 651-3710
(717) 651-3707 - Fax
bqalford@mdwcg.com

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 50 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 insurer in breach of contract/insurer bad faith action arising from denial of hail damage claim under commercial property policy.

  • Successfully challenged petition for class certification in "blast-fax" case filed in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

  • Prevailed on summary judgment motion in declaratory judgment action filed on behalf of insurer, arguing coverage under CGL policy not triggered by allegations of faulty workmanship.

  • 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.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Distracted Driving: Texting, Talking & More", Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, May 2017

  • "How to Get Your Social Media Evidence Admitted – and How to Keep Theirs Out", NBI Seminar, December 2016

  • "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

Published Works

  • "Practical Applications of Social Media In and Out of the Courtroom," The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, April 2017

  • "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 

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA (J.D., 1983)

  • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (B.A., 1980)

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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
Seminar Aug 28, 2017
Attorney Brigid Alford is speaking on panel about the defenses perspective in UM/UIM matters. This course will cover the following: Get the basics to handle auto law cases Two of the core aspects of auto insurance coverage—uninsured (UM)/...

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 1983)
  • Allegheny College (B.A., cum laude, 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Year Joined Organization: 2008

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