Casualty & Professional Liability Defense

Capehart Scatchard has an active Casualty and Professional Liability Defense Practice which has been a principal practice area of the firm for over fifty years.  Our trial attorneys are seasoned litigators and advisors who provide strategic thinking and decision-making to assist clients in reaching their objectives.

Capehart Scatchard attorneys regularly litigate in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, defending insureds, insurance companies and self-insured entities. The broad spectrum of our litigation experience helps us respond concisely and in a timely manner to provide practical solutions to our clients’ legal problems.

Our lawyers are prepared to defend a wide range of liability claims including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, survival, dramshop, construction defect and property damage actions. Our law firm has represented hundreds of restaurants, bars, retail establishments, hotels/motels, apartment complexes, educational and religious institutions, office buildings and complexes, parking garages, sports facilities and transportation facilities in property liability cases.  We also regularly defend security companies, property owners and management companies in assault and battery, negligent security, slip and fall and property loss claims.

Capehart Scatchard’s litigation attorneys are dedicated to exploring all options available before heading into the courtroom.  Whenever appropriate, our lawyers encourage clients to evaluate alternative methods for resolving their disputes such as negotiation, mediation, binding arbitration or settlement.  Recognizing the expense and resources involved in moving a dispute into the courtroom, our trial attorneys carefully evaluate and advise on whether continued litigation is the best advised method of resolving disputes.  However, once the decision has been made to litigate, our attorneys aggressively apply themselves to achieve the best results for the client.

The firm brings a unique and practical perspective to the handling of defense matters that positions Capehart Scatchard ahead of the typical insurance defense firms. Unlike most defense firms, Capehart Scatchard is a full-service law firm with numerous practice areas beyond insurance defense. As a result, when a defense matter involves an unusual area of the law, our litigation attorneys are able to collaborate with Capehart Scatchard attorneys experienced in that area of the law who provide practical guidance and serve as in-house consultants, without the need to use costly experts simply to understand the background of a case.