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Dave M

David A. Magaldi, Jr.

Attorney

dmagaldi@defensecounsel.com

Philadelphia Office
Centre Square, West Tower
1500 Market Street, Suite 4100
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tel: 267 886 1821
Fax: 215 734 1714

David graduated law school in 2002.   After a one year judicial clerkship in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, he began his practice at a plaintiff’s personal injury firm for one year, followed by eleven  of practice primarily focusing on PA Workers’ Compensation.   During the course of his career, David has represented insurance companies,  many large self insured, as well as claimants across a wide variety of industries. 

From 2014 through 2017, David was Risk Management Counsel for the City of Philadelphia.  His primary responsibility was to oversee the Workers’ Compensation program for the City including oversight of the Third Party Administrator, outside counsel, vendors and coordination of benefits with all departments.  In addition to the role as the Manager of the Workers’ Compensation Program, David was appointed as the City’s Arbitrator for Police and Fire Workers Compensation Benefits, along with the City Solicitor’s designee on the Benefit’s Committee of the Board of Pensions.  He participated in Act 111 arbitration proceedings and was the singular Workers’ Compensation expert in the City’s Law Department.   During David’s tenure, the City saw a consistent reduction in open claims and overall actuarial exposure through a strong effort to quickly identify and resolve high exposure claims.  He also developed a training program for departmental safety officers to ensure consistent claims handling for all departments.

David’s most recent experience was as the Director of Claims for AmeriHealth Casualty.  As Director of Claims, David oversaw the claims operations for PA and NJ clients including overseeing the programs for SEPTA, PGW, Lackawanna County, Pa, Cooper Hospital and Camden County, amongst others.  During David’s tenure, he worked closely with SEPTA and the program reach all time lows in open and indemnity claims along with the reduction of overall program payments despite the consistent rising costs across the industry. 

David returned to practice with Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers in July 2018 in order to use his wide ranging experience to help clients reduce exposure by aggressive, practical, and cost effective legal representation. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • PA Workers’ Compensation
  • Employer Risk Management
  • General Civil Litigation

EDUCATION

  • Temple University, Law, 2002
  • West Chester University, BS Criminal Justice, 1998

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • PA 2002

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Pennsylvania Self Insured Association

HONORS & ACCOLADES:

  • Top Young Lawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2008
  • Top Young Lawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2013

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Melrose Civic Association, Vice President, 2014-2017
  • New Jersey Independent Baseball League, Vice President, 2008-2016

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