Montoursville insurance agent honored
A leading insurance professional organization recognized David V. Cooper of Penn Group Insurance Services, 372 Broad St., Montoursville, for dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry, a news release said.
The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors honored Cooper for 10 years of successfully maintaining the certified insurance counselor designation, denoting significant commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.
"This honor is an acknowledgement of the priority David V. Cooper places on education and professional growth," said the society's president, Dr. William T. Hold. "Customers, associates and the insurance profession as a whole benefit from such dedication."
The program is nationally recognized as the premier continuing education program for insurance professionals, with programs offered in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors is a not-for-profit organization and the founding program of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.
City attorney invited
to join national group
Attorney Cliff Rieders, a partner in the law firm of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters and Waffenschmidt, has been invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. This is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, according to a news release. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows nationally, representing less than one-half of 1 percent of American lawyers.
The purpose of the counsel is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, and to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance the superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.
The counsel's selection process is a combination of Fellow input, internal research nominations by Fellows, attorney opinions, evaluation of client selection of counsel, limited input from active and retired judges, and reviews of acknowledgement and recognition by other peer reviewing sources and associations.
Rieders is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a past president of the Federal Bar Association, Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Rieders is a board certified trial lawyer, recipient of the George F. Douglas, Jr., Amicus Curiae Award for outstanding appellate advocacy as amicus curiae counsel on behalf of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Rieders, the release said, is active as both a litigator and in legislative efforts. He is an original member of Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, and is a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Rieders is admitted in Pennsylvania, New York, District of Columbia, and numerous federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rieders is the author of numerous texts that are standards in the field such as medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, workers' rights, auto law, attorney's fees, and bad faith in insurance litigation.