Joseph W. Denneler, Esquire
Salmon, Ricchezza, Singer &Turchi, LLP
Salmon, Ricchezza, Singer & Turchi, LLP
Sewell, NJ, Philadelphia, PA & Wilmington, DE
Partner – 2013 - Present
Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C.
Philadelphia, PA, Marlton, NJ & Jersey City, NJ
Member - 2006 to 2013
Associate - 1998 to 2006
Insurance Defense Litigation
Professional Liability, Construction Defects, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Automobile, Fire, Commercial Transportation, Catastrophic Personal Injury.
Insurance Coverage Litigation.
Insurance Bad Faith Litigation.
Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 1998
Rowan University, B.A., 1993
New Jersey, 1998
Pennsylvania State Courts
New Jersey State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Areas of Specialty:
As a member of my firm’s professional liability & malpractice defense group, I defend home inspectors, termite inspectors, title agents, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers, lawyers, accountants and insurance brokers in litigation matters. In addition, I have extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation and routinely provide coverage analyses for the firm’s insurance clients. I am an experienced trial attorney who has successfully defended several cases to verdict and has argued many appeals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Over the last fifteen years, I developed a niche defending home inspectors against professional liability claims and have been asked to defend them in State and Federal Courts as well as in contracted-for mediations and arbitrations. I frequently speak to inspectors nationwide on issues ranging from inspection report writing, drafting inspection contracts, risk management and preventing liability claims.
I am often asked by insurance carriers to consult on claims against home inspectors all over the United States. I am the counsel of choice to defend home inspectors by many of the largest insurers of these professionals and my proven track record and commitment to success gives me a distinct competitive advantage. I am General Counsel to the New Jersey Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors (NJ-ALPHI) where I routinely provide lectures and continuing education seminars to New Jersey home inspectors.
I obtained many significant rulings by trial and appellate courts pertaining to home inspection litigation, including: the use of arbitration and limitation of liability clauses in home inspection contracts; application of statutory and contract-based statutes of limitation; application of consumer fraud regulations to home inspectors; and third-party liability claims.
My litigation work for home inspectors and other professionals involves budgeting and providing executive analysis of claims, preparation of initial responses to non-litigated claims, and supervising other attorneys retained to represent an insured. My goal is providing excellent service to the insured while providing the insurance carrier with expert analysis of claims using the filter of my extensive experience litigating home inspector claims.
Given my extensive experience in home inspection defense, I have access to a wealth of knowledge on the home inspection statutes, administrative codes and other regulations promulgated by every state. I am able to provide early analysis of home inspection claims including merits of claims, contractual and other defenses available, budgeting for defense and, where appropriate, valuation of claims. I have significant experience responding to frivolous and questionable claims on behalf of home inspectors, and am able to recognize claims involving significant risk of a judgment against an inspector.