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Mark Hartig Presents at Florida Liability Claims Conference on Topic of Punitive Damages Defense

June 2, 2011 – Orlando, Florida – Mark Hartig, shareholder at McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig, P.A., presented on the topic of ‘Defending Against Claimant’s Motions to Amend to Add Punitive Damages’ to attendees of the Florida Liability Claims Conference (FLCC) co-hosted by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. 

Plaintiff attorneys look to amend their causes of action to add claims for punitive damages to exact maximum pressure against individual defendants and corporations by opening them up to financial worth discovery.  This presentation focused on defending against such claims by exploring strategies for attacking plaintiff’s written proffer, to arguing against the amendment at hearing.  The presentation included the background of Florida Statute § 768.72 including the purpose of punitive damages and punitive conduct.  The presentation also discussed the plaintiff’s proffer of evidence: what it must contain and when it must be served, discovery strategy, how to draft the Memorandum in Opposition and establishing the necessity for a hearing.  Finally, Mr. Hartig provided the audience with hearing strategies in defending motions to add claims for punitive damages.  

Mark B. Hartig, an "AV Rated" attorney, is a founding shareholder of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig, P.A., and practices from the firm's Florida and Pennsylvania offices. His areas of practice include insurance defense, professional liability defense, general liability defense, auto liability defense, commercial litigation, nursing home, hospital and medical malpractice defense litigation.  Mr. Hartig is licensed to practice law in all the State and Federal Courts of Florida, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi and the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Hartig received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1997.  In 2005, 2006, and 2009-2011, Mr. Hartig was recognized by his peers as a "Legal Elite" as profiled in Florida Trend Magazine, as well as being recognized as a 2009 and  2011 Super Lawyers "Rising Star." In 2010, he was recognized as "Tampa Bay's Top Lawyer" by Tampa Bay Magazine. 

For more information on this topic, please contact Mark Hartig at mhartig@mccumberdaniels.com

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