Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.

Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire is the managing partner of Cummins Law and has over 25 years of civil litigation and insurance defense experience.

Unlike many other lawyers, Attorney Cummins has wanted to be a lawyer ever since he was young. All through his educational years, Attorney Cummins has always enjoyed reading, analyzing what he has read, and writing about it, all of which are the very skills that separates a great attorneys from other attorneys. Attorney Cummins is passionate about his life's work in being a lawyer who uses his legal skills honed over a lifetime, as well as his litigation skills from over 25 years in courtrooms, to help others to navigate the law in the context of personal injury and civil litigation liability matters.

Whether you are an individual, a business, or a carrier, if you are looking for a lawyer you can feel comfortable speaking with about your claim and who will use his excellent litigation and negotiation skills to fight for the desired result, look no further and please call 570-319-5899 to speak with Attorney Cummins. In the alternative, if you are more comfortable initially communicating by email, Attorney Cummins can be reached at dancummins@CumminsLaw.net.

Attorney Cummins has risen to the top of his profession and is well known for his excellent reputation all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is proud to note that he is the only attorney in all of northeastern Pennsylvania selected to annually appear in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America Directory under the category of "Personal Injury Litigation - Defense," a distinction he has earned every year since 2015. Only the top 5% of all practicing attorneys in the entire United States are invited to be highlighted in this national directory of America's top lawyers.

He is AV-Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Directory, a distinction that is limited by that directory to the top 10% of all attorneys based upon peer reviews and client ratings for satisfaction with legal services, excellence in the practice of law, and the highest ethical integrity.

Cummins has also been listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2015 under the categories of Personal Injury - General Defense and Insurance Coverage. The Super Lawyers program is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition from other attorneys and professional achievement.

In 2014, Attorney Cummins was honored by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, a statewide organization of over 400 defense attorneys and insurance claims professionals, with their "Distinguished Defense Counsel of the Year Award." This Award is designed to recognize an attorney who "best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, dedication to the practice of law, promotion of the highest ideals of justice in the community, and has a demonstrated commitment to the PDI and its members."

Attorney Cummins, who is a graduate of Villanova University and the Dickinson School of Law, has focused his practice in handling trucking and car accident liability cases and UIM/UM insurance matters along with premises liability (trip or slip and fall cases), medical malpractice matters, and products liability cases. Mr. Cummins is also routinely summoned by his clients to handle matters involving insurance coverage questions and insurance subrogation claims.

Attorney Cummins is experienced in all phases of litigation and negotiation and is not afraid to take a case to verdict. Over his approximatly 25 year career as a civil trial attorney all across northeastern and central Pennsylvania, Attorney Cummins has had many wins at trial. Mr. Cummins utilizes the great respect he has earned from his dealings with opposing counsel and judges all across Pennsylvania, and in particular, northeastern Pennsylvania, for the benefit of his clients. His high stature among his fellow members of the bar assists in bringing positive results in the claims he defends, whether it be by a win at trial or a favorable settlement of the case presented.

Attorney Cummins will pay attention to your case and keep it moving. Attorney Cummins takes great pride in returning all phone calls and emails within 24 hours, continually moving his files forward in a prompt and efficient fashion. He takes every step to ensure that his client contacts feel comfortable in their understanding of the legal issues presented in every case. Grateful for his continuing assignments and cases, Attorney Cummins treats each client and client contact with great respect and gratitude.

Most cases in civil litigation are won by the written word contained in filings and briefs presented by attorneys to the courts. Attorney Cummins has won numerous Schnader Print Media Awards over the years for excellence in legal writing. In fact, he is not only the only attorney in all of northeastern Pennsylvania to win such an award he has won this Award on numerous occasions for his published articles. In addition to being a seasoned litigator, Attorney Cummins has also published over 150 articles that have appeared in such various publications around the United States as The Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine, the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal, the Scranton Times Tribune, the New Jersey Law Journal, the Texas Lawyer, and the Claims Management Magazine, and Tolle Lege (Villanova Law School's Law Review) to name a few.

He is also the sole creator and writer of the nationally recognized and award-winning blog Tort Talk, which can be found at www.TortTalk.com.

Attorney Cummins also uses his experience and skills to educate fellow lawyers. He has created and presented over 50 continuing legal education (CLE) courses over the years. These courses are designed to provide updates and analysis on important court decisions and emerging trends in civil litigation law to both lawyers and judges at various conferences and seminars.

As part of his practice, Attorney Cummins also provides mediation services through Cummins Mediation Services. He also is a certified Federal Court Mediator for the Federal Middle District Court of Pennsylvania. Attorney Cummins is therefore also available to assist all litigants and businesses and carriers in bringing their matters to a close by way of mediation.


Automobile/Trucking Insurance Defense

UM/UIM (Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist) Cases

Premises Liability Defense

Products Liability Defense

Medical/Dental Malpractice Defense

Professional Liability Defense

Insurance Coverage Questions/Litigation

Bad Faith Defense

Insurance Subrogation

Property and Casualty Defense

Fire Losses (Defense or Subrogation)


Pennsylvania state trial and appellate courts

Federal Middle District Court of Pennsylvania

New Jersey state trial and appellate courts


Villanova University (’90, B.A., English cum laude)

Dickinson School of Law (’93, J.D.)(Carlisle, PA.)

University of London Faculty of Laws in London, England (Spring, ’93).


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.


Best Lawyers in America Directory

Attorney Daniel E. Cummins is the only attorney from all of Northeastern Pennsylvania to be selected to appear in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America Directory under the category of lawyers who practice in "Personal Injury Litigation - Defense." He has earned this distinction every year since 2015.


Attorney Cummins is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of legal expertise and ethical standards as determined by surveys completed by the bar and the judiciary.


Attorney Cummins was selected in 2014 by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, a statewide organization of defense counsel and insurance professionals, to receive the "Distinguished Defense Counsel of the Year Award" for his excellence in defense litigation and his service to the bar.


Attorney Daniel E. Cummins has been selected for Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers every year since 2015 for the categories of Personal Injury - General Defense and Insurance Coverage, an honor bestowed on only a very small percentage of attorneys across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Selection is based upon peer reviews finding excellence in civil litigation.


Attorney Cummins has been awarded 8 Print Media Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing/Reporting over the years since 2006.


The Tort Talk Blog (www.TortTalk.com) created and written by Attorney Cummins has been honored by LexisNexis as one of the Top Insurance Law Blogs in the United States as well as one of the Top 25 Tort Law Blogs in the nation. The Blog has also been selected for national recognition by the ABA Law Journal.


In 2007, Attorney Cummins was also recognized in the Super Lawyers—Rising Stars edition of the Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top young attorneys in Pennsylvania.


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 that year 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 a select few from Northeastern Pennsylvania to ever have been so recognized.


Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lackawanna Bar Association

Luzerne County Bar Association

Monroe County Bar Association

Pike County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (The CLM)

Northeastern Pennsylvania Claims Association


Attorney Cummins resides in the Newton/Ransom section of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania with his wife, Anne, and their three sons, Daniel, Michael, and Christopher, along with their Black Lab, Ellie. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, exercising, traveling, and coaching local little league sports. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Villanova Wildcats basketball team, and the Abington Heights Comets.

Call us at 570-319-5899 or email us to schedule a consultation at our Clarks Summit office.