Daniel E. Cummins

Northeastern Pennsylvania Insurance Defense Attorney with the Scranton law firm of Foley, Comerford & Cummins
Contact: 570.346.0745
Experience:
Law Schools: Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
University of London (England), Faculty of Laws
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania

OVERVIEW

About Daniel E. Cummins
Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire is a partner in the Scranton, Pennsylvania law firm of Foley, Comerford & Cummins with 15 years of insurance defense experience in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including insurance defense work in the Poconos area and the surrounding counties.

He is currently accepting new clients along with other referrals including service as local counsel, defense arbitrator, or mediator in matters arising in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Attorney Cummins practices in the state and federal courts that cover the Northeastern Pennsylvania counties that include, but are not limited to, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Sullivan, Bradford, Monroe, Northampton, Carbon, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Columbia, Northumberland, Montour, and Lycoming.

Mr. Cummins has focused his practice on defending motor vehicle accident liability cases and UIM/UM arbitration matters along with premises liability and products liability cases. Mr. Cummins is also routinely summoned by his clients to handle matters involving insurance coverage questions and insurance subrogation claims.

Attorney Cummins is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University ('90, B.A., English) after which he attended the Dickinson School of Law ('93, J.D.) and completed his law school studies at the University of London in London, England (Spring, '93).

After graduating from law school, Mr. Cummins served as the Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Harold A. Thomson, Jr. in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas for two years before going into private practice, where he has focused on insurance defense litigation ever since.

Along the way, in addition to practicing law, Mr. Cummins has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the paralegal program at the Worthington-Scranton campus of Penn State University.


AWARD-WINNING CIVIL LITIGATION COLUMNIST/WRITER/BLOGGER

Mr. Cummins has published many articles that have appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. Attorney Cummins' numerous articles have analyzed and predicted trends in a wide variety of areas of civil litigation law and have also provided practice tips for fellow members of the bar.

More recently, at the request of the editors of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a statewide legal news publication, Attorney Cummins has become a regularly contributing columnist on civil litigation issues. As noted below, several of his articles have been recognized for their excellence in legal journalism.

As a complement to his Pennsylvania civil litigation column in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Attorney Cummins also recently started a blog on the same topic, the first of its kind by a Northeastern Pennsylvania attorney. The blog, which provides updates on cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law, can be found at www.torttalk.com. Readers of the blog may subscribe to have updated posts e-mailed to their attention.

The Tort Talk blog written by Attorney Cummins has been repeatedly honored by both LexisNexis and the ABA Law Journal as one of the Top 100 blogs in the entire United States for a legal audience.

In 2010, Attorney Cummins was also hired by the George T. Bisel Company, Inc., a publisher of legal treatises, to write the annual supplement for the Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Lawyers on the Fast Track

In September, 2005, Attorney Cummins was honored as one of only 35 lawyers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the age of 40 to be recognized by American Law Media as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track." This recognition was issued by a committee comprised of bar association leaders and a law school dean and was given to attorneys who have exhibited excellence in advocacy, advancement of the law, community service, and service to the bar. To date, Mr. Cummins remains one of only three attorneys from Northeastern, Pennsylvania to ever have been so recognized.

Schnader Print Media Awards

Attorney Cummins has won seven Schnader Print Media Awards over the past six years for excellence in legal writing.

In both 2006 and 2007 Attorney Cummins was awarded First Place in the Weekly Newspapers category of the noted Schnader Print Media Awards, honoring excellence in legal writing and analysis in Pennsylvania publications, for articles of his that appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

More recently, in 2010, Mr. Cummins was awarded second place in Beat Coverage and second place in Editorial/Commentary categories for Weekly Newspapers in the Schnader Print Media Awards Competition.

Mr. Cummins scored a First Place and a Second Place award in the 2011 legal writing competition.

In 2012, Attorney Cummins was given a Second Place Award in the Weekly Newspapers category for an article of his.

Who's Who

In 2005, Mr. Cummins was selected for inclusion in the 2005-2006 Honors Edition of The United Who's Who Registry which lists accomplished men and women based on their current position who have demonstrated outstanding leadership or achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.

More recently, in 2008, Attorney Cummins was selected for inclusion in Cambridge's Who's Who, an international Registry whose membership is limited to professionals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their industry and occupation.

Super Lawyer-Rising Star

In 2007, Attorney Cummins was also recognized in the Super Lawyers-Rising Stars edition of the Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top young attorneys in Pennsylvania.

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

Mr. Cummins has earned a BV Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory which denotes a high to very high level of legal expertise and the highest ethical standards as determined by the bar and the judiciary.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
  • Insurance Claims
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Currently accepting new clients along with referrals as local counsel, defense arbitrator, mediator, or otherwise
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
Professional Experience
Writer of Annual Supplement to Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook, George T. Bisel Compnany, Inc. - Publisher
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Ongoing research of current Pennsylvania statutory changes and developing case law; write annual supplement to the Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook.
Partner, Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins Law Firm
-Current
Partner in Scranton, Pennsylvania law firm. Focus on insurance defense matters with an emphasis in motor vehicle accident cases and slip and fall matters. Tried many cases to jury verdict in both state and federal court. Strives to provide client satisfaction through prompt and regular status reporting and making all efforts to amicably resolve cases reasonably in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
Columinist on Civil Litigation matters, Pennsylvania Law Weekly
-Current
Columnist for statewide legal news publication, writing articles providing updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation matters.
Adjunct Instructor - Paralegal Program, Penn State University
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Served as an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at the Worthington-Scranton campus of Penn State University teaching a course on general negligence law and medical malpractice law.
Associate Attorney, Bialkowski & Savitsky
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Associate attorney for Scranton, Lackwanna County, Pennsylvania insurance defense firm. Focused on automobile accident and premises liability cases.
Law Clerk to the then President Judge Harold A. Thomson, Jr., Pike County Court of Common Pleas in Milford, Pennsylvnia
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Served for two years as law clerk to the then President Judge Harold A. Thomson, Jr. As Judge Thomson was the only judge in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas, researched and participated in the crafting of the court's opinions and orders in all areas of the law in the various matters that came before the court on a daily basis.
Education
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of LawJ.D.LAW
Details: Intramural Basketball, Intramural Softball, Moot Court Competition, Casenote Competition
University of London (England), Faculty of LawsStudy Abroad ProgramLAW
Activities: Internship at law firm located along Fleet Street in the heart of London, England and affiliated with the Inner Temple. Viewed trials and court proceedings at the Old Bailey and in civil court.
Details: Studied in British and American Comparative Law courses in study abroad program in law school.
Villanova UniversityB.A.English Major, History Minor
Honors: Graduated cum laude.
Professional Activities
Columnist on civil litigation topics The Pennsylvania Law Weekly, statewide legal news publication 1995-Current
Details: Attorney Cummins continues to write a regular civil litigation column for the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a statewide legal news publication. The articles analyze and predict trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law and also provide tips to fellow attorneys on how to improve their practice. All of his articles may be viewed by clicking on the link for JDSupra.
Awards
First Place - Schnader Print Media Award, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
In 2007, Attorney Cummins received a First Place award for the second year in a row in the Weekly Newspaper category of the Schnader Print Media Awards.
Super Lawyer - Rising Star, Philadelphia Magazine
In 2007, Attorney Dan Cummins was honored by his peers as a Super Lawyer-Rising Star.
First Place - Schnader Print Media Award, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
In 2006, Attorney Cummins received his first First Place recognition in the Schnader Print Media Awards for articles of his that appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.
Lawyers on the Fast Track Honoree, American Law Media
In 2005, Attorney Dan Cummins was one of only 35 lawyers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be honored as a Lawyer on the Fast Track. The honor was bestowed upon Attorney Cummins in recognition of his excellence in advocacy, advancement of the law, community service, and service to the bar. To date, he remains only 1 of 2 attorneys in Northeastern Pennsylvania to ever receive this award.
Professional Associations
Officer-Treasurer (2010), Secretary (2009), Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
-Current
Member, Defense Research Institute
-Current
Board Member, Pennsylvania Defense Institute
-Current
Board of Directors - Executive Committee, Lackawanna County Bar Association
-Current
Member, Pennsylvania State Bar
-Current
Member, Pike County Bar Association
-Current

PUBLICATIONS

Articles & Publications
  • Auto Law - Post-Koken UM/UIM Update
    Pennsylvania Defense Institute and Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Assoc.
  • CLE at the Phillies
    Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Tort Talk Expo 2011
    TortTalk.com
  • View Attorney Cummins' articles by clicking on JDSupra Link. Below is a list of seminars planned and presented by Attorney Cummins:
  • Tort Talk Expo 2012
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute - Civil Litigation Developments 2011
    Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Auto Law - Post-Koken UM/UIM Update
    Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Civil Litigation Update 2011
    Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference 2011
  • Post-Koken Update 2010
    Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference 2010
  • Expert Discovery Issues
    Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • A League of Extraordinary Speakers: Critical and Developmental Topics in Litigation
    Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Claims Rep Pet Peeves
    Northeastern Pennsylvania Claims Association
  • UM/UIM Update
    Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Mediation and Arbitration Tips CLE Seminar
    Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2009 Civil Litigation Update at Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference
    Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference
  • 2009 Civil Litigation Update for Lackawanna County Bench Bar Conference
    Lackawanna County Bar Associations
  • 2009 Civil Litigation Update and ABC's of IME's Seminar for Pennsylvania Defense Institute
    Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Lessons From Lawyer Caricatures CLE Seminar
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • Koken Update/Mediation and Arbitration Tips CLE Seminar
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • Lessons From Lawyer Caricatures
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • 2008 Civil Litigation Update/Mediation and Arbitration Tips
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • Mediation and Arbitration Tips
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • Lessons from the Godfather Trilogy: Universal Principles and Practical Advice
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • 2006 Civil Litigation Update
    Daniel E. Cummins
  • Lessons from the Godfather Trilogy: Universal Principles and Practical Advice
    Daniel E. Cummins

WEBSITES & BLOGS

Website: Website

SOCIAL MEDIA

CONTACT & MAP

Foley, Comerford & Cummins Law Firm
507 Linden Street
Suite 700
Scranton, PA 18503
USA
Telephone: 570.346.0745
Telephone: 570.346.0745