If you have collision coverage and your car is damaged, what can you collect? After a brief period of mourning (I’m a car guy), here’s what I can tell you. Your insurance company is required to pay the amount necessary to return your car to the same condition it was in before being damaged….

I list federal practice on my Monroe County Bar Association referral page. In fact, at least half my practice is in federal court both as a trial attorney and as a federal court mediator. As a result, I frequently receive calls from potential clients who want to file claims in federal court based on the…

Is Mediation a sign of weakness? I’m a litigator and I’m also a mediator. I get it. Clients who believe in the value of their claim see mediation as a sign of weakness. If you’ve been seriously injured, accepting less than the “full” value of your claim is a concession you don’t want to make….

I’m writing this post both as a federal mediator and as an attorney for plaintiffs. Yes, I’m wearing two hats but in this case the two “hats” might be helpful to you. “We fight, we win!” Let’s say your attorney suggests you”mediate” your lawsuit.Whatever happened to “We fight for you”? That was on the billboard,…

A Day at the Range I learned to ride at a motorcycle course in Snydersville offered at what was then Schoch’s Harley Davidson.  Free course, use of a complimentary bike and helmet,  and a license after successful completion. Great course and a lot of fun. Pennsylvania just announced a new training curriculum that includes many…

  Attorney Bob Kidwell will be on a panel discussing the most recent Pennsylvania cases on short-term rentals and their potential impact on Pocono vacation homes and residential neighborhoods. The Short-Term Rental Summit will be held at the Chateau Resort in Tannersville on June 21, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Topics to be…

If you’re an attorney with an office outside Monroe County and trying your first or tenth case here, conforming to local procedural rules may not necessarily be intuitive. Certainly, Monroe County practice has become more user friendly than it used to be but having local counsel on the “ground” to assist, can be beneficial. I…

We support many local organizations but one of our favorites is the Pocono Youth Orchestra (PYO). The PYO is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It just performed its winter concert series at East Stroudsburg University. We are pleased to report that our students played to a full house. The PYO gives students in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey the…

I gave a report at the last Pleasant Valley School District meeting on Thursday about how the new tax law changed 529 plans and could affect Pennsylvania School Districts. How this will play out is not yet known but it is something to watch. When Congress passed the most recent tax package, it expanded the…

Handel’s Messiah: A Pocono Tradition This year marks the 39th performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Shawnee Playhouse. I started practicing law at the firm in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, began performing in the Orchestra as principal oboist. Quite candidly, I was typically the only oboist but I wear my badge as “principal oboist” proudly….