Cozen O’Connor: Bense, Denise Brinker

Denise Brinker Bense

Member

West Conshohocken

(610) 832-8351

(610) 941-0711

Denise Brinker Bense has a demanding local and national litigation practice which encompasses complex product liability cases with a heavy emphasis on life-science matters for medical device, pharmaceutical and tissue processing companies and hospitals. She represents clients as national and local counsel in mass tort, class action, multidistrict and individual litigation, including claims based on consumer fraud and unfair trade practices.

Denise also represents a broad array of clients in complex and contentious insurance coverage and bad faith litigation matters, locally and nationally. She regularly provides legal advice to firm clients on issues relevant to insurance, risk management, recalls and product liability.

Over the past 28 years she has had gained significant experience before the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Georgia and Utah state (and Virgin Islands Territorial court) and federal courts as well as the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court.

Denise lectures and writes extensively on litigation, mass tort, multi-district, regulatory and first and third party liability insurance issues. She recently authored a section on “Medical Device Approvals” in DRI’s FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer. The book is designed to be a go-to reference guide for drug and device litigators, with straightforward explanations of the FDA’s regulation of the drug and medical device industry, including approval applications and processes, labeling, advertising and promotion, manufacturing, and post-approval commitments. 

A representative list of her speaking engagements includes the following:

“Motions in Limine,” Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.

“How to Prepare For A Fact Deposition,” Insurer Client Seminar in Ga. and NY and Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.

“What a Corporate Designee Needs to Know About 30 (b)(6) Depositions,” Insurer Client Seminar in Ga. and NY and Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.

“How to Conduct an Appraisal,” Numerous Insurer Client Seminars in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York and Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.

“Multiple Claimants and Insufficient Policy Limits” Presentation, Defense Research Institute Insurance Claims and Coverage program in Chicago, April 2013.

“Multiple Claimants and Insufficient Policy Limits” Workshop at PLRB Large Loss Conference in Jacksonville, November 2013.

“The Effect of the Recent Enactment of State Statutory Definitions of “Occurrence” on Construction Defect Claims,” Insurer Client Women’s Program in Georgia.

“Bad Faith Failure To Settle Time-Limit Demands,” Insurer Client Seminars in Boston, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.

“Update On Bad Faith Third Party Liability,” Insurer Client Seminars in Pennsylvania and Delaware and Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.  

“Investigations Coverage Issues Raised By D&O Policies,” Anti-Bribery International Conference.

“Litigating Medical Product/Device Mass Tort, Managing, Controlling and Coordinating Discovery in State and Federal Cases,” Several Insurer Client Seminars in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

“Federal State Coordination in Mass Tort Litigation,” Life Sciences Leadership Conference.

“The Case For Considering Science First, "Current Issues in Medical Device Litigation," American Bar Association and Cozen O’Connor Attorney Training Seminar.

“Forming a Captive Insurance Company,” Client Seminar and Cozen O’Connor Training Seminar.

Experience

Publications

FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer [DRI]

July 22, 2015

Denise Bense authored a section on “Medical Device Approvals” in DRI’s recently published “FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer.”

Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

Summer 2008 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

August 30, 2008

We take pride at Cozen O’Connor in addressing new developments that will affect our clients. In this issue, we include a special report on two new decisions from New Jersey on bad faith in the UM/UIM context.

Multiple Claimants And Insufficient Policy Limits — Slicing Up The Pizza Pie Without Getting Burned! [Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith]

May 06, 2008

Unique problems arise when an insured is facing multiple claims, liability is clear and the policy limits may be insufficient to settle all claims. How is the claims professional to handle this?

Events & Seminars

Past Events

DRI: Product Liability Conference

February 08, 2017 -

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1977
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • Defense Research Institute (Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Insurance Committees)
  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association