EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, 2014

Hofstra University
B.A., summa cum laude, 2011
Valedictorian

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP

Law Clerk for the Hon. Marcia Morales Howard
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2016-2018)

ADMISSIONS

Florida

New York

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Danielle Ploshnick is a litigator whose practice focuses on life, health, and disability insurance, ERISA, commercial, and employment litigation.

Danielle’s insurance practice includes litigating coverage matters for individual and group life, health and disability insurance policies, as well as breach of contract, bad faith, misrepresentation and fraud claims.

Her career as a trial attorney began in New York City, where she practiced as an associate in a major law firm’s business and tort litigation group. Mrs. Ploshnick successfully represented clients in a multitude of complex business disputes, including securities fraud, breach of contract, business torts, and union strikes.

For the two years prior to joining McDowell Hetherington, Danielle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcia Morales Howard of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. As a law clerk, Danielle developed unique insight into the federal judicial process and analyzed effective litigation strategies from a judicial perspective. She drafted orders and recommended dispositions on a broad spectrum of cases, including labor and employment disputes, civil rights violations, insurance coverage, and intellectual property rights.

Danielle graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she received the G. Newton Memorial Prize for earning the highest torts grade in her class. Additionally, she served as a staff editor on the Journal of Business Law, and as a representative on the Committee on Student Conduct and Responsibility. During law school, Danielle interned with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the Appeals Bureau of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

After three years of undergraduate study at Hofstra University’s Honors College, Danielle graduated first in her class with a 4.0/4.0 GPA. In addition, Danielle was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and earned high honors with distinction for her thesis on the Second Amendment.

Outside of the office, Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband Tyler, son Edward and shih tzu Oliver.

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, 2014

Hofstra University
B.A., summa cum laude, 2011
Valedictorian

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP

Law Clerk for the Hon. Marcia Morales Howard
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2016-2018)

ADMISSIONS

Florida

New York

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance company on ERISA claims to recover disability benefits. Kevin Cottingim v. ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, Case No. 8:22-cv-1235-CEH-CPT (M.D. Fla. Mar. 18, 2024).
  • Successfully defended against two motions to compel discovery productions pertaining to claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, civil conspiracy, and claims under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Diane T. Rogers v. Minnesota Life Insurance Company, Financial Services Association and Regions Bank, No. 5:21-cv-00164-CEM-PRL (M.D. Fla. July 1, 2022 and Dec. 16, 2021).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of multiple defendants on claims of fraudulent inducement and vicarious liability for failure to procure a credit life policy. Jean W. Lauer v. American General Assurance Company, et al., Case No. 50-2012-CA-014992XXXXMB (Fla. 15th Cir. Ct. June 16, 2022).
  • Precluded the insured from introducing expert testimony which had not been properly disclosed. The Estate of Hugh Singleton and Robin Singleton v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, No. 6:21-cv-1077-RBD-GJK (M.D. Fla. May 11, 2022).
  • Obtained the dismissal of a claim for fraudulent inducement pertaining to a life insurance policy and a demand for consequential damages. Digna Vinas v. The Independent Order of Foresters, Case No. 1:18-cv-24100-COOKE/GOODMAN (S.D. Fla. Aug. 25, 2021).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance company on ERISA claims to recover disability benefits. Joel Montgomery v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, 4:20-cv-192-MW/MJF (N.D. Fla. Mar. 23, 2021).
  • Obtained summary judgment ruling in favor of insurance company on breach of contract claim involving an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy. Mario Jean v. Minnesota Life Insurance Company, Case No. 19-cv-21626-COOKE/GOODMAN (S.D. Fla. Sept. 22, 2020).
  • Obtained summary judgment ruling in favor of insurance company on breach of contract claim involving an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy. Ants Tomson v. Minnesota Life Insurance Company, Case No. 6:18-cv-1719-Orl-28GJK (M.D. Fla. July 1, 2020).
  • Numerous favorable settlements on behalf of multiple clients involving individual and group life, health, disability and accidental death and dismemberment insurance policies.
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Newton Memorial Prize – highest torts grade in graduating class.
  • LTD Claims Based Upon Increased Risk of Severe Illness due to COVID-19 (DRI Webinar | May 2021)
  • Does High Risk of Contracting COVID-19 Qualify an Insured for Disability Benefits? (DRI ERISA Report | Volume 15, Issue 3, 2020)
  • Fraudulent Joinder (Law Committee, International Claim Association | Sept. 2019)