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Career Biography

As an associate in Zarwin Baum’s insurance defense department, Joseph F. Longo focuses his practice on general litigation, specifically in the area of insurance. His experience includes drafting pleadings, motions and discoveries. In addition, he is skilled in researching complex legal issues, preparing for and attending trial and arbitration level hearings and managing cases.

Prior to joining Zarwin Baum, Joe was staff counsel for Liberty Mutual’s field office in Philadelphia handling general liability matters. Joe attended Liberty Mutual’s Attorney Development Program, presented at its in-house CLE program on arbitration practice in Philadelphia County and made presentations to Liberty Mutual claims groups on a variety of topics, including first party benefits, discovery issues and civil litigation.

Representative Matters

Motor Vehicle

Successfully defended trucking company with regard to a motor vehicle accident wherein Plaintiff alleged that Defendant’s tractor trailer ran over him while he was stopped on his motor cycle. At trial, Defendant was forced to stipulate to negligence since it could not locate its driver, but defended the case on causation and damages. After two days of trial, the jury award plaintiff, $702 which was the amount of his boardable medical bills. The jury did not award Plaintiff any damages for pain and suffering. 

Successfully defended trucking company with regard to a motor vehicle accident wherein plaintiff’s vehicle was hit in the rear. Therein, Plaintiffs alleged that they sustained serious injuries as a result of the motor vehicle accident. It was Defendant’s position that notwithstanding its driver’s negligence, Plaintiffs injuries were de minimus only. The case was subsequently called to Trial at which point, Plaintiffs’ attorney agreed to accept nominal amounts for both Plaintiffs.

Successfully Defended Insured 

Successfully defended insured driver in a motor vehicle accident wherein Plaintiff alleged that the insured driver ran a red light and caused her to sustain serious injuries. It was Defendant’s position that Plaintiff was the person who actually ran the red light and that Plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury as a result of the motor vehicle accident. The case was called for Trial. After jury selection, Plaintiff dismissed the case and agreed to have an judgment on non pros entered against him.

Successfully defended insured driver in a motor vehicle accident wherein plaintiff alleged that Defendant made a left turn across traffic and hit into Plaintiff’s vehicle and caused her to sustain a serious injury. Defendant stipulated to negligence and argued that Plaintiff sustained soft tissue injuries only and did not breach the limited tort threshold. Prior to jury selection, Plaintiff agreed to accept $500 in settlement in full of all claims.

Successfully defended insured driver in a motor vehicle accident wherein Plaintiff alleged that Defendant hit him in the rear and caused Plaintiff to sustain serious injuries. Defendant stipulated to liability and defended the case based on limited tort. The case was subsequently remanded to arbitration wherein the arbitration panel found that Plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury. Plaintiff did not file an appeal of the arbitration award.

Successfully defended insured driver in a motor vehicle accident wherein Plaintiff alleged that Defendant ran a red light and caused her to suffer serious injuries. Prior to trial, Plaintiff agreed to accept $1,000 for full settlement.

Successfully defended insured driver who possessed a limited policy wherein the driver rear ended Plaintiff’s vehicle. It was Defendant’s position that Plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury as a result of the motor vehicle accident.  Prior to trial, Plaintiff agreed to accept money for his economic damages only for full settlement of the case.

Successfully defended trucking company with regard to a motor vehicle accident wherein Plaintiff alleged that Defendant’s tractor trailer ran over him while he was stopped on his motor cycle. At trial, Defendant was forced to stipulate to negligence since it could not locate its driver, but defended the case on causation and damages. After two days of trial, the jury award plaintiff, $702 which was the amount of his boardable medical bills. The jury did not award Plaintiff any damages for pain and suffering. 


Premises Liability

Obtained a defense award in binding arbitration wherein Plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell on water in Defendant’s supermarket and suffered a broken elbow, and herniations to her neck and back. Defendant took the position that Plaintiff could not establish actual or constructive notice of the water on the aisle floor when she slipped and fell.  The ADR panel agreed with Defendant’s position and entered an award in favor of the Defendant.

Obtained a defense award in a binding arbitration wherein Plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell on jam that was on the aisle floor. Defendant through its video of the incident argued that Plaintiff did not possess actual or constructive notice of nay defect. The arbitration panel agreed and found in favor of the Defendant.

Successfully defended regional supermarket in a case wherein Plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell on orange juice that was spilled onto the aisle floor. Plaintiff alleged that she sustained a tear of her Achilles tendon and needed surgery to repair same. The case proceeded to arbitration wherein the arbitration panel found in favor of the Defendant as Plaintiff did not prove constructive notice. Plaintiff filed an appeal of the arbitration award. The case was listed for trial. Prior to jury selection, Plaintiff accepted a nominal settlement for all claims.   

Recent Successes:

Joseph F. Longo

Associate
P: 267.765.9622
F: 267.765.9662
jflongo@zarwin.com

Office:
Philadelphia, PA
Marlton, NJ

PRACTICE AREAS
Premises and Habitational Liability
Products Liability
Trucking & Transportation
Workers’ Compensation
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
New Jersey District Court
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
 
EDUCATION
B.A., Temple University, 1996
J.D., Thomas M Cooley Law School, 1999
 
MEMBERSHIPS
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
 
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