Kevin L. Connors

Kevin L. Connors
Equity Owner ~ Managing Partner

 


 

350 Eagleview Boulevard, Suite 150
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341

610-524-2100 ext. 112

610-524-0600 Fax

kconnors@connorsodell.com

www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-connors-39ab567

Kevin L. Connors is the firm’s Managing Partner, General Liability Chairperson, and Co-Chair for Workers’ Compensation.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he is a legacy graduate of St. Joseph’s University (“The Hawk Will Never Die”), receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1976.

Attending graduate classes at Temple University in Creative Writing, he also bartended at several local Philadelphia restaurants, including the Magic Pan, the Happy Rooster, Houlihan’s, Tavern on Green, and Rembrandts.

In 1982, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn University in Creative Writing, studying under John Ashberry.

After Graduate School, Kevin attended Villanova University School of Law, graduating in 1988.

As for his law school experience, it is best described as “ask Sisyphus whether he liked rocks”.

Initially practicing as a staff counsel attorney for Travelers Insurance, Kevin then worked at several prominent insurance defense firms in Philadelphia, to include Bennett Bricklin, and White & Williams.

Concentrating his practice in insurance defense litigation, Kevin has extensive experience defending civil and administrative matters that involve all aspects of insurance liabilities, to include premises liability, retail liability, restaurant liability, products liability, motor vehicle liability, general negligence liability, employment practices liability, bad faith liability, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation liability, and subrogation.

Kevin has defended and litigated insurance coverage matters involving declaratory judgment actions, for purposes of addressing coverage issues under commercial and personal insurance policies.

Practicing as an insurance defense litigator over the last 27+ years, Kevin has tried a bunch of cases to verdict, before both juries and arbitration panels.

He also has had extensive experience in defending motor vehicle liability cases involving first-party coverages for first-party benefits, uninsured motorists benefits, and underinsured motorists benefits.

Kevin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, evidencing his intense dedication to the highest standards of professionalism and aggressive representation on behalf of his clients.

In 2012, Kevin was inducted as a Fellow into the Litigation Counsel of America, with there being only 3,500 members nationally.

Kevin was also admitted as a Fellow into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2012.  The College has about 300 members nationally.

Kevin is also the primary contact between ConnorsO’Dell LLP and the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), a national network of attorneys specializing in defending workers’ compensation claims, with ConnorsO’Dell LLP being the Pennsylvania representative member firm for the NWCDN.

Enjoying memberships in several bar and claims associations, Kevin has been a guest speaker on various insurance litigation issues, recently presenting before the ABA, on the Personal Comfort Doctrine in workers’ compensation, and before the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Convention, on the “Future of Exclusive Remedy”, and “Why Injured Workers” Seek Attorneys”.

Kevin is a former distance runner who dreams of trails without knees, and he is a shameless golfer dreaming of the hole in one.

His favorite sport is politics.

His favorite religious order is the Jesuits, to whom he shamelessly credits his caustic optimism.

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania (J.D. Awarded 1988)
  • St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (B.A. Awarded 1984)
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Brooklyn University, Brooklyn, New York (Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 1988
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey 1988
  • U.S. District Court
  • Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey Appellate Division

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
  • National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network
  • Member representative, Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Judge Pro Tem, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
  • Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Matters
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense counsel
  • Fellow American Bar Association

Publications

Kevin has an extensive bibliography of published articles involving insurance defense issues, including:

  • Refresh Yourself: The Personal Comfort Doctrine in Workers’ Compensation;
  • Pennsylvania’s Suspension of Workers’ Compensation Benefits:
  • Six L’s v. Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board;
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall?;
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court allows Uninsured Drivers to Recover
  • Economic Damages against Tortfeasors;
  • The Overreaching Counter Girl;
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Lien Outline;
  • Shut the Barrick Up!;
  • To Post or Not To Post;
  • Recent Pennsylvania UIM Decisions;
  • “Do You Feel Lucky, Well Do You”;
  • Two New Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Forms;
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practices and Procedures;
  • Check Your Voicemail!;
  • To Die, for Who, for What?;
  • To Suspend or Not to Suspend;
  • Pennsylvania Labor Law Stifling Economic Growth;
  • Privilege: Attorney/Client Communication;
  • UM/UIM Coverage;
  • Enjoining CMS;
  • To Be or Not To Be Reimbursed;
  • A Drive By of a Course and Scope Case;
  • Trial Case Note: Falling from Grace;
  • Gunfight at the Koken Corral;
  • Is Independent Self-Evident;
  • Top 13 (Huh?) Claims File Handling Boo-Boos;
  • The Elephant in the Room Wants More Peanuts;
  • “Show Me the Subrogation Lien Money!”
  • Phantom Prejudice;
  • America’s Funniest Videos II;
  • Sock-It-To-Me (Sackett III);
  • Being Normal;
  • Recent Philadelphia Verdict Statistics;
  • Experts: To Communicate or Not;
  • Peek-a-Boo, I See You!;
  • Ode to a Compromise and Release.
  • Top Reasons Why Injured Workers Seek Attorneys
  • Do you Feel Lucky II
  • Philadelphia’s 2013 Trial Stratistics
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claims Involving Family Members and
  • Casual Labor
  • Communication Breakdown “ Legal Issues In Modern Communication”; A
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute Seminar on September 19, 2013
  • Forum Inconviens: Forgive Me Father, For I Have Forum-Shopped
  • The Future of Legislative Reform of Workers’ Compensation In Pennsylvania
  • Update on Pennsylvania Facebook Decisions
  • Recent Amendments of PRCP No. 1311.1
  • A Postscript to Pennsylvania Retirements Involving Workers’ Compensation
  • Summary of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Primer on Pennsylvania Civil Practice
  • Misplaced Privacy
  • The Smart Act Enacted
  • Statute of Limitations for Limited Tort Claims
  • It Just Payes Off in Pennsylvania
  • Governmental Immunity for Tort Liability in Pennsylvania Under Zauflik
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Best Practices: Analysis of Pennsylvania’s TNCP
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rate Schedule
  • “As To Further, or Not To Further?”
  • Venue Menus: Forum Non-Conveniens Affirmed by Pennsylvania Supreme
  • Court in Bratic vs. Rubendall and the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Lee vs.
  • Bower Lewis Thrower et al.
  • Farming Out Pharmaceuticals
  • Pennsylvania Going To Work Decisions
  • Defending Slip and Falls
  • Cruzin’ For A Brusin
  • To Barrick Or Not To Barrick

  • Wearables and Workers’ Comp
  • The Latest Buzz: UIM And Beyond
  • Employee Misclassification Issues
  • Formology Under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Statutory Employer Immunity for General Contractors in Construction Accident Litigation
  • Default at the Deli or How Not to Argue to Open a Default Judgment
  • “Show Me The Money!”
  • “Practice, Why Practice?”
  • Mediating The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claim
  • A Bloodier Kiss
  • A Blood Kiss: The “Paye”-Off = The Missing Link
  • Top Reasons Why Injured Workers See Attorneys
  • Do You Feel Lucky? II
  • Philadelphia’s 2013 Trial Stratistics
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claims Involving Family Members and Casual Labor
  • Forum Inconviens: Forgive Me Father, For I Have Forum-Shopped
  • The Future of Legislative Reforms of Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania
  • Update on Pennsylvania Facebook Decisions
  • Summary of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Primer on Pennsylvania Civil Practice
  • Limited Tort Election
  • UIM Delay Damages