Catherine T. Begley


Catherine T. Begley focuses her practice on insurance coverage, crisis management, food and product contamination and recall, and casualty litigation matters. Catherine has experience counseling insurers and businesses regarding product contamination insurance coverage, commercial general liability insurance coverage, and extra-contractual/bad faith disputes. In addition to representing her clients during active litigation, Catherine provides clients with pre-suit evaluations of their obligations based on contract language and applicable law. Since joining the firm, Catherine has represented insurers and businesses in state and federal court across the United States in every aspects of litigation, and at associated arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

While attending law school, Catherine participated in clinical internships in the Claims Department at the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s Office and worked in the Philadelphia Municipal Court’s Dispute Resolution Center, where she mediated landlord-tenant and small claims disputes. Upon graduation from law school, Catherine served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Paul Innes, P.J.Ch. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer Vicinage.

Primary Practice Areas


Areas of Focus
  • Additional Insured and Risk Transfer Coverage
  • CGL Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Auto & Motor Carrier Coverage
  • General Liability and Casualty
  • Premises Liability Coverage
  • Products Liability
  • Property Coverage
  • Umbrella & Excess Coverage

Arbre Farms Corporation v. Great American E&S Insurance Company, et al. (Michigan). Obtained favorable ruling in Michigan Federal Court on motion to dismiss that there was no coverage under a product contamination insurance policy for a $26 million recall arising from an Insured Product contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes prior to the policy inception date. Complaint dismissed with prejudice.

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Wellness Committee
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Pennsylvania Association of Defense Counsel
HONORS

Albert H. Friedman Prize for outstanding performance on the production of a research paper, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Best Paper, Advanced Financial Regulation at Temple University Beasley School of Law
Dean’s List, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Paterno Fellow, Penn State University

CHARITABLE & CIVIC INVOLVEMENT AND PERSONAL INTERESTS

Member of the Junior Board of Gesu School, an independent Catholic School, Pre-K to 8th grade, in the Jesuit and IHM traditions located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alumni Mentor Volunteer to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a legal career through the Penn State Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
Member of the Mount Saint Joseph Academy Alumni Association
Professional Mentor, Temple University Beasley School of Law Women’s Law Caucus

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