Cozen O’Connor: Harrington, Daniel Q.

Daniel Q. Harrington

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2126

(215) 665-2013

Daniel Q. Harrington's practice focuses on the pursuit of product liability and professional negligence claims in connection with major property damage losses suffered by businesses, homeowners and their insurers. Dan has also represented clients in commercial disputes, such as tortious interference, wrongful termination and breach of warranty claims.

Dan is a frequent author and speaker on issues related to subrogation and the investigation and pursuit of property damage claims and regarding legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is co-author (with Cozen O’Connor attorney Tom Wilkinson) of the chapter on "Conflicts of Interest" in the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Ethics Handbook.

Dan is a member of the American, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania (chair, Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility) and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He is chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court's District IV Ethics Committee that conducts attorney ethics investigations in Camden and Gloucester counties. He has also served as an adjunct instructor in trial advocacy at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

Dan earned his Bachelor of Arts (with high distinction) at the University of Iowa in 1979 and his law degree, also at the University of Iowa (also with high distinction), in 1981.

Experience

News

Daniel Harrington Appointed As co-chair of PBA Committee of Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

April 28, 2016

Daniel Harrington (Subrogation & Recovery) has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility for 2016-2017.

Daniel Harrington Discusses Professional Conduct after Medical Marijuana Legislation

April 14, 2016

Daniel Harrington discusses professional conduct in light of Pennsylvania's new medical marijuana legislation.

Publications

Sometimes It’s Hard to Waive Subrogation: Pacific Indemnity v. Deming [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

September 28, 2016

Dan Harrington discusses a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Pacific Indemnity Company v. Deming that common contractual provisions defendants frequently assume amount to waivers of subrogation are actually insufficient to establish the existence of a waiver.

Appellate Court Says Responsible Party Must Be Informed That Fire-Damaged House Will Be Torn Down [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

April 05, 2016

Dan Harrington discusses the Maryland Court of Special Appeals decision in Cumberland Insurance Group v. Delmarva Power that puts the onus on subrogated insurers to affirmatively tell already on-notice parties that a building is to be demolished, or potentially face dismissal of their claims.

General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers of Defective Products [Cozen O'Connor White Paper]

October 03, 2011

General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers of Defective Products - Cozen O'Connor White Paper - In our increasingly globalized economy, there is a growing need to establish jurisdiction in U.S. courts over foreign manufacturers of defective products. Recent legal developments will, in some cases, make that task more
daunting.

The Gang that Couldn't Spoliate Straight [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

January 24, 2011

The Gang that Couldn't Spoliate Straight - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Familiar with claims of evidence spoliation? One court broke new ground ruling that even imprisonment may be authorized for evidence destruction. This Alert discusses spoliation law and increased sanctions for a finding of spoliation.

FAIL (UN)SAFE: METAL HALIDE LIGHTING [Metal Halide Whitepaper]

August 24, 2009

FAIL (UN)SAFE: METAL HALIDE LIGHTING - Metal Halide Whitepaper - Metal halide light bulbs (or “lamps” in industry parlance), are part of the “High Intensity Discharge” or “HID” family of lighting products, which also includes mercury vapor and sodium lighting. HID lighting is typically used to illuminate large commercial, industrial, or assembly occupancies, and also has outdoor applications, such as ballparks and
parking lots. Metal halide bulbs sometimes also turn up in specialty applications, such as aquarium

Lightning-Induced CSST Fires: Protecting Your Subrogation Rights [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

May 11, 2009

Lightning-Induced CSST Fires: Protecting Your Subrogation Rights - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Since the introduction of CSST, there has been an
increase in fire damage caused by lightning strikes. Direct and indirect lightning strikes can energize CSST, inducing current that attempts to use the metal conduit to reach ground.The corrugated design and the thin walls cannot withstand the energy produced, causing a
hole to be melted in the CSST.That hole results in the release of pressurized natural gas or propane into the structure

Summer 2008 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

July 01, 2008

Summer 2008 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer -

Daubert Update [Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers Forensic Consultants & Loss Site Investigations]

January 13, 2006

Daubert Update - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers Forensic Consultants & Loss Site Investigations - 10 pgs total, written in '00; edited '05. Topics: Background:U.S. Supreme Court Decisions; Daubert v. Merrell Dow; General Electric v. Joyner; Kumho Tire v. Carmichael; Daubert Today; The trend is toward increasingly rigid application of the Daubert criteria.; Fire investigators are now under heightened scrutiny.; Trial judges do not have unfettered discretion to exclude expert testimony; Daubert in the State Courts; What is the Ultimate Impact of Daubert and Kumho on Subrogation Recoveries?

Proof of Damages in Subrogation Actions; Problems and Solutions [Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers]

January 13, 2006

Proof of Damages in Subrogation Actions; Problems and Solutions - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 14 pgs total. While there are some minor variations from state to state in the applicable law regarding property damages, the basic principles are universal... This article discusses the legal standards for proving the amounts recoverable from a tortfeasor for the kinds of damages that are most frequently involved in subrogation claims...

The Impact of Professional Licensure Requirements Upon a Fire Investigator’s Qualification To Testify as an Expert [Arson & Fraud]

January 13, 2006

The Impact of Professional Licensure Requirements Upon a Fire Investigator’s Qualification To Testify as an Expert - Arson & Fraud - 24 pgs total, paper is from, 1996 Property Insurance Seminar. Topics: Licensure Requirements for Fire Investigators; Is Professional Licensure Required in Order to Testify as a Fire Expert?; Strategies for Avoiding Preclusion of Unlicensed Experts’ Opinions; Licensure Does Not Guarantee That a Witness is Qualified as an Expert.

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1981
  • University of Iowa, B.A., 1979
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Camden County (NJ) Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Chair, Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Philadelphia Bar Association