Matthew W. Rappleye, Esq., concentrates his practice on health law, appellate and post-trial advocacy and insurance coverage issues. His practice involves the representation of hospitals, doctors, and healthcare professionals and includes counseling, mitigation and litigation. He advises healthcare clients on risk mitigation, quality improvement and medical staff issues. Matt works with hospitals and physician practices on issues pertaining to electronic health records and implementing and managing electronic medical records systems. In addition, he maintains an active litigation practice defending healthcare providers in professional liability matters.
Matt is the firm’s General Counsel and manages professional responsibility and professional liability risk matters for the firm and is a member of the Insurance Law Group. Matt has an extensive insurance counseling and insurance coverage practice. He works closely with the underwriting committees of several professional liability insurers and assists in the drafting of insurance contracts, policy language, and endorsements for insurers as well as providing advice and counsel with respect to internal manuals, policies and applications. Matt handles insurance coverage questions and insurance coverage litigation. He has advised professional liability insurers and insureds, general liability insurers and insureds and others on the scope, meaning, and interpretation of policy provisions. He has litigated coverage questions in state and federal court in the Commonwealth as well as other courts around the country. Matt also has experience advising clients on insurance bad faith issues and litigating insurance bad faith claims in Pennsylvania.
Matt has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and Mcare on various issues pertaining to professional liability insurance coverage. He has participated in Pennsylvania Insurance Department hearings regarding questions pertaining to Mcare coverage and has litigated Mcare coverage in the Commonwealth Court.
Matt also has an extensive appellate practice and presents arguments and briefs regularly in the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Matt has briefed and argued appellate victories for his clients in each of these venues in a wide range of issues.