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Edward M. Koch Partner

Chair, Appellate Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6319Fax 215.789.7613
koche@whiteandwilliams.com
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Edward Koch focuses his practice on general defense litigation in state and federal courts in the areas of first and third-party insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, consumer class actions, medical professional liability, insurance professional liability and products liability. Ed defends insurance companies, healthcare professionals, insurance professionals, and manufacturers and distributors of products throughout the litigation process, with a particular emphasis on the increasingly unique and focused discipline of post-trial and appellate practice. The breadth of his practice allows him to counsel clients and lawyers alike on cases involving multi-disciplinary substantive and procedural areas of the law and, as a result, Ed’s assistance is often solicited for the firm’s high-profile and high-exposure cases. Ed has successfully defended clients in cases involving multi-million and, in some cases, multi-billion dollar exposures.   

Ed is a prolific author and lecturer on issues such as appellate practice and procedure, expert testimony motion practice, indemnity contracts, first and third-party insurance claims handling, first and third-party insurance coverage, class actions, legal ethics, legal writing, oral argument, releases, joint and several liability and trial evidence. Ed is also frequently called upon to author amicus curiae briefs in the appellate courts on issues of far-ranging significance to the defense community.  

Ed also conceived and created various educational programs offered by the firm, including the weekly Court Crier® electronic newsletter, the biennial Healthcare Summit (now known as MEDx Talks), the Litigation Associates Training Program and the firm’s monthly Lunch and Learn Program.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer for coverage sought by operator of commercial bulk propane storage facility for the development of sinkholes that allegedly placed numerous tanks at risk of collapse
  • Defeated putative class action of New Jersey automobile policyholders who sought to reform their uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage

  • Currently represents several insurance carriers in claims for coverage by national football and hockey leagues for concussions and related injuries suffered by participants over decades
  • Secured the reversal on appeal of a multi-million dollar judgment against an electric utility company arising out of a painting subcontractor's fall from an electric transmission pole
  • Represented several insurance carriers for asbestos liability coverage for asbestos claims allegedly totaling over $100 million by manufacturer of asbestos products
  • Secured the reversal on appeal of a multi-million dollar judgment against a general contractor arising out of a construction accident by arguing that the general contractor was immune from suit as the injured person’s statutory employer, which defense was asserted for the first time in post-trial submissions after Ed was retained
  • Successfully defended multi-billion dollar claim against a leading independent equity research firm by a large multi-national pharmaceutical company for defamation, and successfully countersued and secured a confidential settlement for malicious prosecution
  • Successfully defended on appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a medical professional liability claim against a hospital and an obstetrical resident arising from an emergency Cesarean section in which the resident allegedly failed to procure the mother’s informed consent prior to surgery
  • Successfully defended an insurance company from claims for insurance coverage arising from theft of product designs and customer information from a former employer
  • Secured emergency stay from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of a medical professional liability trial, which, in turn, resulted in the stay of hundreds more such cases in Philadelphia County pending resolution of the applicability of a venue amendment by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that required medical professional liability claims to be filed in the county in which the alleged medical professional negligence occurred; after an amendatory order was issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the stay was lifted and hundreds of such cases were transferred outside of Philadelphia
  • Secured the reversal on appeal of $9 million judgment in favor of insurance brokers who allegedly failed to secure certain maritime insurance coverage for a start-up  marine commuter transportation company
  • Secured a $20 million reduction of a judgment following trial against a non-settling defendant, instead of the $4 million reduction sought by plaintiffs, due to a combination of pro tanto and pro rata releases entered into by the settling defendants
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of an insurance company for a consumer class action for alleged irregularities in binding PIP coverage contained in New Jersey automobile insurance policies obtained over the internet and telephone 
  • Successfully defended an appeal involving a claim against an insurance broker who allegedly failed to procure appropriate insurance coverage for a fatal industrial work accident 
  • Secured the dismissal under the Communications Decency Act of a claim against the alleged owner and operator of a political website that was a repository of information and articles that were critical of a state politician
  • Successfully defended various insurance companies from a variety of claims for insurance coverage and bad faith relating to adjustment of commercial and residential property losses
  • Successfully defended on appeal various healthcare providers for claims of medical professional liability 
  • Successfully defended on appeal various insurance companies for claims for insurance coverage and bad faith arising from a variety of other commercial and personal insurance claims

Recognition & Involvement

Ed is AV® Preeminent™ rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system. 

Ed is a father of three. He served on the Concord Township, Pennsylvania Historical Commission.

Events

Publications

Bar and Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Florida State University College of Law, JD, with honors, 1995 

Villanova University, BA, cum laude, 1992

Memberships

Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Philadelphia Bar Association

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