June J. Essis

June Essis has more than 25 years of experience litigating a variety of insurance defense claims throughout Pennsylvania.

She has a wealth of experience representing trucking companies and truck drivers in accident-related claims alleging personal injury, catastrophic loss and property damage. She also handles statutory violations and vehicle code violations on behalf of many truck drivers.

A frequent lecturer on issues related to the trucking industry, June has worked tirelessly to help change the public’s perception that trucks are dangerous and trucking companies engage in unsafe practices.

She is currently the National Director of the Board of Directors for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2016-present. She is the former Chair of the DRI Trucking Committee from 2014-2016. She has served as Vice Chair of the Trucking Committee from 2012-2014. June was also program chair in 2008 for the DRI Trucking Law Conference.

In addition, June handles products liability cases for trucking component manufacturers and E&O insurance claims on behalf of several insurance companies representing brokers, realtors, engineers, architects, insurance agents and other business professionals.

After graduating law school, June served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Sydney Hoffman of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a limousine bus company and its driver in a case in which the driver stopped suddenly on the highway injuring the occupants in the limousine. The plaintiff, a 30-year old woman, claimed to have suffered extensive brain damage and demanded in excess of $3 million. A thorough investigation into the plaintiff’s medical history and testimony from medical experts resulted in the case settling in the low six figures.
  • Represented a truck driver who proceeded to back up his truck on a major roadway after missing a turn. It was nighttime and the driver of an oncoming car slammed into the truck. The driver of the car suffered brain damage and other physical injuries as a result of the accident. Through the use of expert testimony and negotiations, the case settled for 15% of the initial demand.
  • Represented a recruiting firm involved in the hiring and termination of a candidate at a college. The plaintiff was hired and ultimately discharged following allegations of misconduct. The plaintiff sued the college and the recruiting firm for breach of contract and conspiracy to terminate his employment. The matter settled in the recruiting firm’s favor.


  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1988
    Recipient of the International Trial Lawyers Association Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy
  • B.A. Political Science, Concentration in Business Administration, Gettysburg College, 1985

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), National Director of the Board of Directors
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
  • Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Miriam Quigley Research Foundation, Board of Directors

Selected Presentations/Seminars

  • 2017 ABA Transportation Mega Conference, March 8-10, 2017, New Orleans, LA.
  • Handling and Defending the High Exposure, Subjective Complaint case.
  • “The Medicare Secondary Payer Statute and Implications on the Settlement Process,” co-presenter, DRI Trucking Law Conference, February 4-5, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “The Future is Now: Trucking Defense in the 21st Century,” DRI Trucking Law Conference, Chair, April 17-18, 2008, Phoenix, Arizona
  • “Admissibility and Use of Biomechanical Engineering Defendant Injury Claims in Minor Accidents,” Vice Chair and co-presenter, Arkansas Trucking Conference, September 27, 2007, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • “Using Biomechanical Testimony in Injury Cases,” DRI Trucking Law Conference, March 30-31, 2006