Honors, Awards, and Activities

Rudolph A. Janata Award for Outstanding Defense Organization

Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) received the Rudolph A. Janata Award for Outstanding Defense Organization of 2011 at the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) recent Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Immediate Past PDI President Craig Murphey of Erie’s MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, President-Elect Pat Sweeney of Sweeney & Sheehan in Philadelphia and Executive Director David Cole received the Award on PDI’s behalf. Congratulations to PDI’s dedicated officers, directors and committee chairs for being the best at what you do. And to PDI’s members: PDI would not be the top organization it is without your continuing support.


Distinguished Insurance Claims Executive: Cheryl Kovaly-Nationwide Insurance

Distinguished Defense Counsel: Jeffrey McCarron-Swartz Campbell

Distinguished Defense Counsel (lifetime achievement): Louis Bricklin

Legislator of the Year: Mike Turzai-PA State Representative

Young Lawyer: Russell Giancola-Burns, White

Distinguished Defense Firm: Meyer, Darragh, Buckkler, Bebenek & Eck


Distinguished Insurance Claims Executive: William Hamrick, Jr.-Penn National Insurance

Distinguished Defense Counsel: James Beck-Reed Smith

Legislator of the Year: Bryan Cutler-PA State Representative

Young Lawyer: Kim Moraski-Chartwell Law Offices

Distinguished Defense Firm: Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin


Distinguished Insurance Claims Executive:  Mark Hofer—State Farm

Distinguished Defense Counsel:  Dan Cummins—Foley, Comerford & Cummins

Special Achievement Award:  PA Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin

Legislator of the Year:  PA State Senator Jake Corman


Distinguished Insurance Claims Executive:  Adam Parsons—Penn National

Distinguished Defense Counsel:  Ralph Kates—Kates Law Office

Legislator of the Year: PA State Representative Mike Turzai


Distinguished Insurance Claims Executive:  Lisa Katterman—Penn National

Distinguished Defense Counsel:  John Aponick—Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin

Distinguished Defense Counsel: Henry Sneath – Picadio, Sneath, Miller & Norton

Special Achievement Award: John Wall – Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote

Legislator of the Year: PA State Representative Ron Marsico


Distinguished Insurance Claims Executive:  Rob Dodds—Lititz Mutual Insurance Company

Legislator of the Year: PA State Senator Donald White