Daniel E. Cummins

Scranton Electric Building
507 Linden Street, Suite 700
Scranton, PA 18503, United States
Phone: 570-346-0745
Areas of Practice
  • Business Torts
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Transportation

Practice/Organization Description

Founded in 1956, the Scranton, Pennsylvania law firm of FOLEY, COMERFORD & CUMMINS has maintained its excellent reputation for thorough and exceptional handling of civil litigation matters in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over the past 50 years.


Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire is a partner in the firm with nearly 20 years of insurance defense and civil litigation experience. In 2014, he was selected by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute as its "Distinguished Defense Counsel of the Year."

Attorney Cummins has focused his practice on defending motor vehicle accident liability cases and UIM/UM arbitration matters along with premises liability and products liability cases. Mr. Cummins is also routinely summoned by his clients to handle matters involving insurance coverage questions and insurance subrogation claims.

With his office being located in Scranton, Lackawanna County Pennsylvania, Mr. Cummins covers and defends matters all across Northeastern Pennsylvania. He handles insurance defense matters in at least the following counties: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Lycoming, Pike, Bradford, Susquehanna, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon, and other surrounding areas.

Attorney Cummins is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University (’90, B.A., English) after which he attended the Dickinson School of Law (’93, J.D.) and completed his law school studies at the University of London in London, England (Spring, ’93).

After graduating from law school, Mr. Cummins served as the Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Harold A. Thomson, Jr. in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas for two years before going into private practice. He has focused on insurance defense litigation ever since.


Mr. Cummins has published many articles that have appeared in the Villanova Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

At the request of the editors of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a statewide legal news publication, Attorney Cummins has become a regularly contributing columnist on civil litigation issues. As noted below, several of his articles have been recognized for their excellence in legal journalism.

Mr. Cummins is also the former writer of the Annual Supplement of the Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook, a legal treatise published by the George T. Bisel Company, Inc.

For more background information you may also view Attorney Cummins' legal blog entitled Tort Talk. The blog, solely created and written by Cummins, is designed to provide regular updates on important civil litigation cases and trends in Pennsylvania law. In 2010, Tort Talk was selected by LexisNexis as one of the Top 50 Insurance Law Blogs in the etnire United States.


Distinguished Defense Counsel of the Year 2014

(As selected by PA Defense Inst.)

Lawyers on the Fast Track

In September, 2005, Attorney Cummins was honored as one of only 35 lawyers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the age of 40 to be recognized by American Law Media as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.”

This recognition was issued by a committee comprised of bar association leaders and a law school dean and was given to attorneys who have exhibited excellence in advocacy, advancement of the law, community service, and service to the bar.

To date, Mr. Cummins remains one of only four attorneys from Northeastern, Pennsylvania to ever have been so recognized.

Schnader Print Media Awards

Over several times since 2006, Attorney Cummins has been awarded a Schnader Print Media Awards, honoring excellence in legal writing and analysis in Pennsylvania publications, for articles of his that appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Super Lawyer – Rising Star

In 2007, Attorney Cummins was also recognized as a Super Lawyer - Rising Star in Philadelphia Magazine

Bar Admissions

All Pennsylvania state courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


Villanova University, B.A. English cum laude 1990

Dickinson School of Law, J.D. 1993

Faculty of Laws, University of London (England) Spring 1993

Professional Associations & Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lackawanna County Bar Association

Pike County Bar Association

Luzerne County Bar Association

Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute

Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Honors and Awards

2005 Lawyers on the Fast Track Honoree

2006 Schnader Print Media Award-First Place for excellence in legal articles

2007 Schnader Print Media Award-First Place for excellence in legal articles

2007 Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Honoree

2010 Schnader Print Media Award-First Place for excellence in legal articles

2011 Schnader Print Media Award-First Place for excellence in legal articles

2012 Schnader Print Media Award-First Place for excellence in legal articles

2014 Distinguished Defense Counsel of the Year in Pennsylvania

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