Mr. Dumont, a new addition to Segal McCambridge's Philadelphia office, focuses his litigation practice on defending transportation companies and their insurers. A seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Dumont has obtained multiple verdicts and favorable settlements on behalf of clients facing seven- and eight-figure demands. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Through his extensive experience litigating commercial motor vehicle matters, Mr. Dumont is frequently called upon to speak and write on topics pertaining to the transportation industry. He has led seminars across the country and published articles on subjects such as defense strategies, challenging plaintiff's witnesses, and claims management for prestigious venues and groups including transportation associations, legal organizations and publications, and insurers.
Mr. Dumont is active in the transportation arena as a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and Transportation Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a traumatic brain injury case with a settlement demand of $7.4 million at the time of trial. The twenty-one year-old plaintiff was the front seat passenger in his friend's car when they struck the rear of a tractor trailer owned and operated by the trucking company defendant. At the time of this accident, Pennsylvania still followed the doctrine of pure joint and several liability between joint tortfeasors. Accordingly, plaintiff could recover all of his damages from the defendant if its driver was found to be at least one percent responsible for causing the accident. Plaintiff's counsel retained trucking industry and human factors experts to testify in support of the negligence claims against the truck driver; however, the majority of plaintiff's witness at trial testified concerning plaintiff's alleged injuries and damages. The jury deliberated for under one hour before returning a verdict in favor of the defendant and finding the truck driver was not negligent. (Battestelli v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., et al.)
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a catastrophic personal injury case with a settlement demand of $4.5 million. The driver plaintiff alleged that a defect in the braking system of a John Deere 300C articulated dump truck owned and leased by Mr. Dumont's client reportedly caused the plaintiff to lose control of the vehicle and sustain a traumatic brain injury, comminuted tibia and fibula fractures requiring surgical intervention, rib fractures, herniated cervical and lumbar discs as well as other injuries and damages. (Simon v. Abele Tractor & Equipment, et al.)
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a fatal vehicular accident case. Plaintiff claimed a turning tractor trailer blocked the decedent’s lane of travel and caused decedent's vehicle to under-ride the trailer; blood tests showed the decedent had a blood alcohol level of 0.245%, or 3 times above the legal limit, at the time of the accident. (Estate of Warner v. J.B. Hunt transport Inc.)
- Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an insurer at a bench trial. Following a motor vehicle accident involving the plaintiff corporation's vehicle, the plaintiff filed a declaratory judgment action to obtain an order declaring that it was entitled to a defense and indemnity under the insurer's commercial auto policy. The insurer denied coverage and contended that the policy had been cancelled prior to the accident due to non-payment of the premium. (Mortuary Removal Services, Inc. v. Lancer Insurance Company, et al.)
- Secured a jury verdict for the defense in a $250,000 personal injury case. Plaintiff had been involved in an intersectional collision and sustained a herniated lumbar disc and aggravation of pre-existing avascular necrosis requiring surgery on both hips. (Orlando v. A&R Transport, Inc.)
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in an accident case with a settlement demand of $500,000. The case involved a left turn collision where 26 year-old driver plaintiff sustained brachial plexus traction injury and underwent two surgical procedures. (Wysocki v. Apache Transport)
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a case involving a plaintiff with multiple sclerosis, cervical laminectomy, and depressive disorder. (Vitaioli v. J. B. Hunt Transport)
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a case alleging that a turning tractor trailer blocked the plaintiff's lane of travel and caused a collision in which the plaintiff sustained a right ankle injury requiring open reduction and fixation surgeries, and ultimately fusion surgery. Blood test showed that the plaintiff's blood alcohol level was 0.15% as the time of the accident. (Archer v. Ward Trucking Company)
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a disputed lane change accident. The 18 year-old plaintiff sustained multiple fractures to the pelvis requiring a metal plate and eight screws, fractured ribs, a lacerated spleen, lacerated kidney, a right clavicle fracture, and a puncture wound to her left thigh resulting in a 10" scar. (Vargo v. Werner Enterprises, Inc.)
- Secured a substantially lower settlement agreement on behalf of trucking client Swift Transportation Co. in a personal injury case. The plaintiff was a truck driver who stopped to assist a Swift driver and was allegedly injured when the truck moved while he was under the trailer helping to install a pin at the rear tandem. The defense was hampered by the fact that the court had to rely on the plaintiff's version of the accident because Swift's driver was no longer an employee and could not be located. The plaintiff's initial demand was $750,000, later lowered to $350,000 prior to trial. At trial, the jury found the plaintiff 25% negligent and awarded $75,000. (David v. Swift Transportation Co.)
Boston University, B.A., 1989, magna cum laude
Boston University, M.A. (Economics), 1989
Villanova University, J.D., 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for all Districts of New York
U.S. District Courts for all Districts of Pennsylvania
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Panel Leader, "80,000 Pounds of Rolling Death: How to Manage Such a Claim," International Association of Claim Professionals (IACP) Regional Conference, New York City, NY (June 2011).
- Co-Presenter, Transportation Megaconference XL, "Plaintiffs, Defense And Industry Perspectives in the Trucking Case," New Orleans, LA (March 2011).
- Co-Presenter, "Litigation 101," XL Insurance, Hamilton, Bermuda (November 2009).
- Speaker, Vanliner Insurance Company Loss Prevention Workshop, Philadelphia, PA (May 2008).
- Speaker, "Defense Strategies for Bad Venues," TIDA Mini-Seminar (January 2004).
- Speaker, INS Insurance/Schneider National Carriers 2003 Transportation Industry Seminar, Green Bay, WI (2003).
- Speaker, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Sixth Annual Transportation Customer Outing, Las Vegas, NV (April 2002).
- Speaker, "Knocking out Plaintiff's Economist in Federal Court," American Bar Association Transportation Megaconference V, New Orleans, LA (2001).
- "Pennsylvania Defense Verdict: Battestelli v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., et al." Transportation Law Update, Vol. 12, No. 11.
- "New York Defense Verdict: Simon v. Abele Tractor & Equipment, et al." and "Philadelphia: Mortuary Removal Services, Inc. v. Lancer Insurance Company, et al." Transportation Law Update, Vol. 12, No. 4.
- Co-Author, New York State Law Summary.
- "Collateral Estoppel," Trucking Law Update, Vol. 8, No. 15.
- Co-Author, "Challenge The Expert!," Trucking Law Update, Vol. 7, No. 9.
- Co-Author, "Scranton: Defense Verdict," Trucking Law Update, Vol. 5, No. 5.
- Co-Author, "Who is Mary Carter?," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 7, No. 1 (July 2005).
- "Boozers are Losers," The Transportation Lawyer (February 2003).
- Co-Author, "A Cause for Cancer? Exposure to Diesel Fuel Emissions," For The Defense (November 2003).
- Co-Author, "The Future of Trucking Litigation?," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 1 (July 2003).
- "Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgment for Bus Company," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 3, Number 4 (February 2002).
- Co-Author, "Who You Gonna Call?," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 3, No. 2 (October 2001).
- "Caught!," TIDA Newsletter (Winter 2001).
- "Trucking Company Not Responsible for Murder By Employee-Driver Occurring While Dispatched," The Legal Intelligencer, Litigation Quarterly Supplement (December 2000).
- "Every Picture Tells a Story," TIDA Newsletter (Winter 2000).
- "Sympathy vs. Science," TIDA Newsletter (Spring 1999).
- "Summary Judgment Granted to Bus Company when Plaintiff is Injured after Safe Exit from the Bus," Rawle's Reports, Vol. 4, No. 4.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
New York State Bar Association
Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Member, Gold Key National Honor Society
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated