Dan Petrilli

Dan focuses his practice on the insurance industry, along with complex commercial litigation. He regularly represents insurers in the defense of extracontractual cases and coverage disputes. His coverage experience includes property, fine art, business income, fidelity, subrogation recovery, fraud, and general liability defense. Dan prides himself on providing creative solutions, drawing upon his experience prosecuting and defending securities and consumer-fraud claims, catastrophic injury claims, and professional liability matters.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dan litigates frequently there, and in various Pennsylvania state and federal courts. An active speaker, he regularly presents legal updates targeting risk management, fraud and underwriting issues facing insurance carriers. Dan has served as a Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Pro Tempore and participates in the firm’s pro bono representation of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) and the Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigators Association, Inc. (PACIA).

Dan resides in Bucks County with his wife and 2 sons. He enjoys a fine cigar on occasion, but don’t ask him about his taste in music because he doesn’t readily admit what a fan he is of heavy metal.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • Villanova University School of Law
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA, Political Science & Government


  • Author, “Minimize Hostile Claims & Litigation With Investigation File Privileges & Legal Immunities,” May, 2017
  • Co-Author, "The Five Most Effective Motions in Limine in Any Coverage Dispute," For the Defense magazine (co-author, Robert T. Horst), October 2015


  • Presenter, “Insurance Fraud: Affirmative Actions & Jury Psychology,” Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigators Association,  (October 2021)
  • Panelist, “How to Handle a COVID-19 Property Claim,” Timoney Knox Webinar (March 2020)
  • Presenter, “Decrypting Cryptocurrency,” Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigators Association, February, 2018
  • Presenter, “Material Misrepresentation,” Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigators Association, January, 2018
  • Presenter, “Loss Causation Issues in Property and Casualty Claims,” Lorman Education Services, November, 2017
  • Presented, “ Evidentiary Issues Facing Claim Professionals,” Philadelphia Loss Conference, September, 2017
  • Presenter, “Bad Faith Update 2017: Effects of the Rancosky Ruling,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Presenter, "Demystifying the Bad Faith Set Up," Strafford Publications, August 2016
  • Presenter, "Bad Faith Update," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April, 2016
  • Presenter, “Property Insurance, Legal Update,” Philadelphia Loss Conference Quarterly Meeting, January, 2015
  • Presenter, "Bad Faith Update," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer strength and condition coach for high school and collegiate athletes as a former competitive power-lifter and Olympic-style weight lifter
  • Trap-Neuter-and-Release program, supporting the homeless cat population in Bucks County, Supporter, 2006 - Present