Phinorice J. Boldin
Phinorice J. Boldin is a seasoned litigator with more than thirty (30) years’ experience. She represents residential and commercial property owners, small and large businesses owners and corporations, as well as city and state agencies in civil litigation matters. More specifically, Phinorice handles a variety of premises liability, products liability, contract, civil rights and employment disputes on behalf of residential and commercial property owners as well as small and large corporations, in state courts, federal courts, arbitrations and mediations.
For several years, Phinorice served as counsel to the Philadelphia Board of Education, wherein she advised the Board of Education on education related matters; represented the School District in civil litigation matters; and presided over Charter School Renewal hearings. In addition, Phinorice represented the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security (PLFCS) in civil litigation matters including actions for reimbursement of monies paid by the PLFCS to claimants defrauded by their attorneys.
- Defended the operator of a snow and ice removal contracting company in a personal injury case in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. The plaintiff slipped and fell on commercial property serviced by the contractor, following a snow and ice storm. The plaintiff, who suffered serious debilitating neck and back injuries due to the incident, accused the contractor of failing to perform his job properly. After a jury trial, the defense secured a verdict in favor of the contractor, saving the client several hundred thousand dollars in damages.
- Defended the owners of an apartment building in a personal injury case in a Pennsylvania Federal Court. The plaintiff slipped and fell while ascending the staircase leading out of the client’s building. The plaintiff, who sustained injuries to his back and legs, sought several hundred thousand dollars in damages. Although the plaintiff established that the steps leading out of the building were not up to code, the defense established that the plaintiff contributed, significantly, to cause his own injuries. Consequently, after a jury trial, the defense secured a verdict in favor of the landowners.
- Represented a local oil company in a race discrimination claim, filed in a Pennsylvania Federal Court, by an employee, following a work-related infraction. Citing lighter penalties imposed on non-minority employees who committed similar infractions, the plaintiff, an African American male, claimed that he was terminated from his job because of his race. The defense proved, however, that the plaintiff’s history of work related infractions was more extensive than any of the other employees who had committed similar offenses and that the plaintiff was terminated because of his inability to perform his job properly, not due to his race. After a bench trial, the court ruled in favor of the oil company.
- Represented a local merchant in a personal injury claim arising out of an automobile accident. The plaintiff, who had a host of pre-existing medical problems, claimed that the merchant’s employee had ignored traffic signals and broadsided her vehicle, thus aggravating her pre-existing injuries. The plaintiff claimed in excess of $1 million in damages for her debilitating physical condition allegedly caused by the accident. Through the discovery process, the defense established that the plaintiff contributed to cause the accident and that most of the problems for which she sought recovery were unrelated to the incident. As a result, the defense settled the case for an amount significantly lower than the plaintiff’s initial demand.
- Boston College Law School
- Colgate University, BA
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Federal Courts Committee (2018)
- Vice Chair, Federal Courts Committee (2017)
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Handling the “Minor” Claim, Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, April 2008
- Fundamentals Of A Coverage Analysis: Personal and Commercial Lines, DRI Publications, 2004
- Standard Commercial General Liability Policies Generally Will Not Cover Claims Brought Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, DRI Publications, 2004
- Settlement Issues for Insured Employment Practice Claims, DRI Defense Library Series, 2000