Publications & Awards

Best Lawyers in America Directory

Daniel E. Cummins of Cummins Law 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.


AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale

Attorney Daniel E. Cummins has earned the AV Preeminent®, rating from the Martindale Directory, which is the highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank Attorney Cummins at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.


Distinguished Defense Counsel of the Year Award

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.


Please contact Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire at dancummins@cumminslaw.net for a copy of any of the following articles.

LAW REVIEW ARTICLES

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. "‘NEW WINE IN AN OLD BOTTLE’: THE ADVENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA DISCOVERY IN PENNSYLVANIA CIVIL LITIGATION MATTERS,” 60 Villanova Law Review Tolle Lege 31 (2015).


SAMPLING OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES

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Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Pa. Supreme Court Has Yet To Move on Mock Trial Program Rule Change.” 43 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 198 (March 3, 2020).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Judgeless Jury Selections: A Troublesome Trend.” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 41 (March/April 2020).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Post-Koken Update.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January, 2020).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Premises Liability Update.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January, 2020).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Auto Decisions in 2019 Show That the Plaintiff’s Day Has Come.” 43 Pennsylvania Law Weekly (February 4, 2020).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Year End Review: Another Year of Notable Decisions in Pa.” 43 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 5 (January 2, 2020).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Sayles’ Decision by Pa. Supreme Court Illustrates Continued Judicial Activism.” 42 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1166 (December 10, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Post-Koken Update.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, October, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Premises Liability Update.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, October, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Litigating the Zero Verdict.” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 34 (September/October, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Quandary on Whether Limited Tort or Full Tort Applies to Uber Drivers.” 42 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 626 (July 2, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Driving Tips From Someone Who Has Seen It All.” 42 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 554 (June 11, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Latest on the Discoverability and Admissibility of Social Media Evidence.” 42 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 146 (February 12, 2019).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Uncommon Law of 2018: Reversals of Precedent and Splits of Authority Dominate.” 41 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1180 (December 18, 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Pendulum Shifts With Recent Pa. Supreme Court Decisions.” 41 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 965 (October 16, 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Out of Control: Self-Driving Vehicles Will Change the Insurance and Litigation Industries.” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 28 (May/June, 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Post-Koken Update.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, April 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Authentication in the Digital Age: Old and New Collide in Recent Cases.” 41 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 334 (April 10, 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Jury Instructions in Products Liability Cases Create More Debate Than Consensus.” 41 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 257 (March 20, 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Benefits of Participation in the Mock Trial Competition.’” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 50 (January/February, 2018).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Precedent Has a Way of Repeating Itself: A Year-End Review of Cases.” 40 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1167 (December 19, 2017).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. and Stephen T. Kopko, Esq. “New Law: Mandated Coverages for Uber and Lyft Vehicles.” 40 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1074 (November 21, 2017).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Art of Mediating: The Goal is to Settle, Not Win.” The Legal Intelligencer (October 18, 2017).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. and Stephen T. Kopko, Esq. “Service of Process: Pitfalls Can Be Avoided by Good Faith Efforts.” 40 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 952 (October 17, 2017).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Do Act 6 Reductions Under MVFRL Apply Outside of Pa.?.” 40 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 376 (April 25, 2017).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Mudano Rule: Conflicting Expert Opinions Often Prove Fatal.” 40 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 260 (March 21, 2017).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Year In Review: The Top Recurring Issues.” 39 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1145 (December 6, 2016).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Presidential Candidates and the Federal Bench’s Future.” The Legal Intelligencer(October 5, 2016).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Expansion of Negligence Liability to Text Senders Untenable.” 39 The Pennsylvania Law Weekly 457 (May 17, 2016).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Brief Rewriting Tips for the Young (or Any) Lawyer.” 39 The Legal Intelligencer 5 (March 17, 2016).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Year of Changes in Civil Litigation.” 38 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1157 (December 15, 2015).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Ending Post-‘Koken’ Wars of Attrition.” 38 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1041 (November 10, 2015).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Limitations on Cross-Examination of Lay and Expert Witnesses.” ___ Pennsylvania Law Weekly _ (May 19, 2015).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “To Call or Not to Call: Dilemma Created by Unfavorable Expert Report’” Civil Litigation Update Newsletter Vol. 19, No. 2 at p. 7. Newsletter Issued by Civil Litigation Section of Pennsylvania Bar Association (Spring, 2015).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Lessons of ‘Forrest Gump.’” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 40 (March/April, 2015).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Improve Your Practice, Reduce Stress, and Prevent Nightmares.” 38 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 121 (February 10, 2015).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “In 2014, Pa. Supreme Court Splits, Vacancies Left Law Uncertain.” 37 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1117 (November 25, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “’Tis the Season to be Civil: Lessons from ‘A Christmas Story.’” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 33 (November/December, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Collateral Estoppel Doctrine Precludes Additional UIM Recovery.” 37 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 952 (October 7, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Parameters of Showing Bias of Expert Witness.” 37 Pennsylvania Law Weekly ___ (September 30, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Sad Day For The Truth.” Tort Talk Blog (www.TortTalk.com) (May 6, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Automobile ‘Black Box’ Information Ruled Admissible in Criminal Case.” 37 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 604 (July 1, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Plea to the Appellate Courts from a Post-Koken Litigator.” 37 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 529 (June 10 , 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Trial Tips 101.” Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine at p. 26 (June/July, 2014).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Courts Apply Same Old Rules to New Issues in 2013.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1124 (December 17, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Changes Anticipated for Pa. Civil Litigation Jurisprudence in 2014.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1148 (December 24, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Superior Court Leaves Big Post-Koken Question Unanswered.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1032 (November 19, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Holiday Book Gift-Giving for Lawyers,” Vol. 35, No. 6 The Pennsylvania Lawyer at p. 54 (November – December, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Parameters of Independent Psychological and Vocational Exams.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 956 (October 15, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “The Battle Over Wage-Loss Claims.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 855 (September 17, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Accident-Prone Plaintiffs Face Quandary Over Multiple Trials.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 672 (July 23, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Lawyers, Look After Yourselves: Improving your overall well-being,” Vol. 35, No. 4 The Pennsylvania Lawyer at p. 44 (March – April, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Recurring Issues With Verdict Slips Continue to Divide Parties.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 463 (May 14, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Pa. Products Liability Law Malfunctioning Into Widening Split of Authority.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 290 (March 26, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Maze of Uncertainty: Pennsylvania Products Liability Law Remains in a Confusing State of Flux.” Westlaw Journal: Automotive, Vol. 32, Issue 17 (Feb. 12, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Products Liability Law in a state of flux.” Scranton Times Tribune (February 3, 2013-Business Section of Sunday Paper).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Calculating Delay Damages in Post-Koken Cases.” 36 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 28 (January 8, 2013).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Delve into 2012: A look back at the important Pennsylvania Civil Litigation Cases and trends of the past year.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, December 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “5 Mistakes to Avoid During Deposition” Trials and Tribulations (Defense Research Institute online publication)(December 31, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Shifting Landscape: Changes Keep Things Interesting for Civil Litigators.” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1064 (December 18, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Look at 2012’s Trends in Auto Law.” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 945 (November 13, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Tort Reform and Judicial Candidates: Where the 2012 Presidential Candidates Stand.” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 828 (October 9, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Hurricane Koken Turns Toward Sea: Storm May Subside With Guidance from State Superior Court.” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 757 (September 18, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Rejecting the Rejection: Pennsylvania State and Federal Courts Strictly Construe UIM Rejection Forms.” ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Committee Newsletter (ABA national publication, Summer, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Show Me the Money: Medicare Liens and Personal Injury Matters: Courts Repeatedly Rule That Settlements Cannot Be Upheld by Medicare Liens.” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 549 (July 17, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Five Things Claims Managers Wish Adjusters Would Do (Or Not Do).” Issue 6, Vol. 1. Claims Management Magazine (Nationally distributed publication of Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)) (June, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Simply Persuasive: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Legal Writers.” Trials and Tribulations (Defense Research Institute publication) (April 23, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Five Common Mistakes to Avoid During Deposition” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 473 (May 22, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “UM/UIM Rejection Form Language Should be Carefully Reviewed” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 290 (March 27, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Split Decision Results in Extension of Emotional Distress Tort.” Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, April , 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Clean Slate: Ways to Ease Stress and Improve Your Practice.” New Jersey Law Journal(February 1, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Clean Slate: Ways to Ease Stress and Improve Your Practice.” Texas Lawyer (January 31, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Clean Slate: Ways to Ease Stress and Improve Your Practice.” 35 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 102 (January 31, 2012).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “A Year of Change for Civil Litigation: Wave of Legislation, Case Law is Poised to Alter the Environment for Tort Cases in 2012.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1157 (December 20, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Bad-Faith Decisions in Auto Law Context Abound in 2011.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1134 (December 13, 2011).

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