Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire is a partner in the Scranton Pennsylvania law firm of Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins (www.foleycognettilaw.com).
With over a decade of civil litigation experience, Attorney Cummins has focused his practice on defending motor vehicle accident liability cases and UIM/UM arbitration matters along with premises liability and products liability cases. Where warranted, Attorney Cummins has also represented legitimately injured parties at times in their pursuit of justice following an accident. Mr. Cummins is also routinely summoned by his defense clients to handle matters involving insurance coverage questions and insurance subrogation claims.
Attorney Cummins is additionally available to serve as local counsel, a defense arbitrator, a mediator, or otherwise in matters arising in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Attorney Cummins strives to handle all of his matters in the most cost-efficient, prompt, responsive, and personable manner possible.
With his firm based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mr. Cummins practices in the state and federal courts in all of the counties that make up Northeastern Pennsylvania. He handles case as far west as Williamsport, Pennsylvania and as far south as Jim Thorpe, Allentown, and Easton, Pennsylvania.
Attorney Cummins is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University (’90, B.A., English) after which he obtained his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law (’93, J.D.). While in law school, he completed his law school studies at the University of London in London, England (Spring, ’93) in a study abroad program.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Cummins served as the Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Harold A. Thomson, Jr. in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas for two years before going into private practice, where he has focused on insurance defense litigation ever since.
AWARD-WINNING CIVIL LITIGATION COLUMNIST
In addition to being well-known as a civil litigator, Mr. Cummins has also published many articles that have appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. Attorney Cummins’ numerous articles have analyzed and predicted trends in a wide variety of areas of civil litigation law and have also provided practice tips for fellow members of the bar.
More recently, at the request of the editors of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a statewide legal news publication, Attorney Cummins has become a regularly contributing columnist on civil litigation issues. As noted below, several of his articles have been recognized for their excellence in legal journalism. All of Attorney Cummins' articles may be viewed under his profile on the JDSupra website (www.jdsupra.com/profile/danielcummins).
As a complement to his civil litigation column in the Law Weekly, Attorney Cummins also recently started a blog entitled "Tort Talk" (www.torttalk.com). The blog is designed to provide updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law.
Attorney Cummins was also recently hired by George T. Bisel, Inc., a legal publishing company, to be the new writer for the annual supplement to their legal treatise, The Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Lawyers on the Fast Track
In September, 2005, Attorney Cummins was honored as one of only 35 lawyers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the age of 40 to be recognized by American Law Media as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.” This recognition was issued by a committee comprised of bar association leaders and a law school dean and was given to attorneys who have exhibited excellence in advocacy, advancement of the law, community service, and service to the bar. To date, Mr. Cummins remains one of only three attorneys from Northeastern, Pennsylvania to ever have been so recognized.
Schnader Print Media Awards
In both 2006 and 2007, Attorney Cummins was awarded First Place in the Weekly Newspapers category of the noted Schnader Print Media Awards, honoring excellence in legal writing and analysis in Pennsylvania publications, for articles of his that appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.
More recently, in 2010, Mr. Cummins was awarded second place in Beat Coverage and second place in Editorial/Commentary categories for Weekly Newspapers in the Schnader Print Media Awards Competition.
As such, Attorney Cummins has been honored for excellence in legal writing four times in four years.
Outside of the practice of law Attorney Cummins enjoys reading, writing, traveling, physical fitness, and coaching little league baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid fan of the Phillies/Eagles, Penn State football, and Villanova basketball. Mr. Cummins is married and has three sons.