Jeffry W. Duffy

Counsel

Philadelphia
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F +1.215.568.3439

Overview

A seasoned litigator, Jeff Duffy uses his experience as a lawyer and diplomat to offer his clients advice on dispute resolution, including all aspects of civil litigation, as well as on non-routine immigration issues. His international background, language abilities and valuable intercultural skills allow Jeff to give clients the benefit of his experience in resolving disputes, gaining trust and cooperation from counterparts, and communicating effectively across national and cultural borders.

Select Experience

  • Achieved a decision in the client's favor in a complex arbitration with a ceding insurer over disputed surety bonds triggered by the Enron collapse while working directly with the general counsel and deputy general counsel of a major reinsurance company.
  • Assisted in two separate trials and appeals that successfully defended the constitutionality of hotel taxes imposed by two Pennsylvania counties to fund local convention centers.
  • Successfully preserved a summary judgment award on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit enforcing the "insured vs. insured" exclusion in a directors' and officers' liability insurance policy.
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Experience

  • Achieved a decision in the client's favor in a complex arbitration with a ceding insurer over disputed surety bonds triggered by the Enron collapse while working directly with the general counsel and deputy general counsel of a major reinsurance company.
  • Assisted in two separate trials and appeals that successfully defended the constitutionality of hotel taxes imposed by two Pennsylvania counties to fund local convention centers.
  • Successfully preserved a summary judgment award on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit enforcing the "insured vs. insured" exclusion in a directors' and officers' liability insurance policy.
  • Obtained a precedential declaratory judgment from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in which the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, acting as statutory liquidator for a defunct insured entity, sought to avoid certain provisions of the insurance policy in order to access the policy proceeds.
  • Negotiated the favorable settlement of a high-value bad faith claim against a professional liability carrier arising from an insured psychologist's improper relationship with a patient.
  • Obtained a summary judgment and a favorable settlement for a major banking client in a dispute with two other banks over a miscoded payment instrument.
  • Obtained a summary judgment on all counts for a bank defending against contractual claims brought by officers and directors of another bank that the client had acquired.
  • Assisted a manufacturing client in achieving a successful arbitration outcome to unravel the accounting aftermath of a failed joint venture with one of the client's main competitors.
  • Applied numerous provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act and associated regulations to adjudicate employment- and family-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications in Japan and Haiti while serving as a United States consular officer overseas.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State
    • For outstanding and tireless efforts on behalf of American and Haitian citizens in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake. (2010)
    • For extraordinary dedication and skill in promoting U.S. interests relating to combating trafficking in persons in Singapore. (2009)
    • For exemplary performance as Adoptions Unit Chief, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (2007)
  • Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State
    • For creative, committed and unstinting participation in election monitoring in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (2007)

Memberships

  • Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia
  • Citizen Diplomacy International, Philadelphia
  • World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • United States Department of State: Foreign Service Officer
    • Public Affairs Officer, Japan
    • Political Officer, Singapore
    • Consular Officer, Haiti
  • Thompson, Loss & Judge: Associate
  • Ross, Dixon & Bell: Associate
  • Stevens & Lee: Associate

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland [Inactive]
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia [Inactive]

Education

  • Diploma, Economics, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1996
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995
  • B.A., English, University of Pennsylvania, 1990

Languages

  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Japanese