Daniel T. Fitch

Daniel Fitch

Overview

Dan Fitch is a trial lawyer with extensive experience litigating and trying cases in federal and state courts. He has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters for large and small corporate clients, providing pre-litigation consultation and advice; evaluating disputes pending in court or arbitration; and managing the litigation or arbitration process to obtain successful, cost-effective results for his clients.

Dan’s experience includes class actions; resolution of coverage disputes, including claims involving the National Flood Insurance Program, for insurance and surety companies through negotiation, motion practice or trial as required; the defense of products liability claims, including toxic tort and manufacturing and pharmaceutical drug claims; and trials and arbitrations for financial services clients. Dan has tried well over 40 matters to verdict.

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Representative Matters

  • obtained a verdict in favor of an insurance company client following a jury trial as to whether an exclusion for asbestos claims was void as a matter of public policy
  • obtained multiple defense verdicts following jury trials in mass tort actions involving toxic torts, pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • obtained the dismissal of a class action against a large broker-dealer, alleging improper handling of account assets, following class certification hearing
  • defended a large bank in several actions involving claims of forged checks, receiving a favorable opinion from a Pennsylvania appellate court in a case of first impression regarding the accrual of the statute of limitations under the revised Uniform Commercial Code
  • obtained the dismissal of a class action, following a class certification trial, against a large insurance company, where it was alleged that homeowners insurance policies required the payment of general contractor overhead and profit regardless of whether such services were required
  • obtained summary judgment in favor of an insurance company client on breach of contract and bad faith claims involving a fire loss in Northeastern Pennsylvania
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., cum laude, Dickinson College
Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Sections

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “A Surety’s Dilemma – The Ethical Pitfalls in Assisting the Principal in Prosecuting Affirmative Claims,” Surety Claims Institute

Presenter, “Anatomy of a Coverage Action”
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In The Community

Dan has been an executive committee member of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel since 2008.
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