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The Association provides for two classes of membership: Regular and Privileged. Membership is limited to individuals and cannot be vested in firms or partnerships and applicants must be sponsored by two Regular Members.

Current President View All

Joseph Cincotta , President

Bob Cosgrove, President

While we haven’t been around since 1735, we have been around since 1947 and pride ourselves on being "Philadelphia lawyers."


It was shortly after World War II that Attorney Ralph Croskey led a movement of prominent Philadelphia defense lawyers to form an organization as a social club for those practicing in tort and insurance law.

Minutes of those organizational days and the days that followed are lost in history, but recollections from members of today's defense bar have Mr. Croskey as first president and the guiding force of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) for some 20 years.

Recent News View All

Can a Homeowners Association Member Be Deemed an Invitee in the Common Areas of His/Her Own Community?

The plaintiff, a resident of the defendant homeowners’ association, brought suit to recover for injuries she sustained after she fell in a common area leading to her town home in a residential community managed by the defendant. The residential community in which she lived is a mixed town home/single family residence community. The plaintiff claimed that she could not see branches in the dark as she climbed the steps that evening. After two days of trial, the jury found that the defendant homeowners’ association was not negligent.

Upcoming Events View All

October 16 Monthly Luncheon Announcement

PADC's 2018-2019 luncheon CLE programs continue Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant, 1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia. We are pleased to offer a program entitled "Your Next Best Cross-Examination" presented by Honorable Mark I.

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