New York, NY – September 22, 2023 - WSHB proudly announces that Michelle Arbitrio, managing partner of the White Plains office, has been appointed as the Secretary of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) for the 2023-2024 term. The PLDF, a prestigious national organization of nearly 600 lawyers and insurance professionals specializing in professional liability claims defense, recognized Ms. Arbitrio's exceptional qualifications and named her Secretary at their annual meeting in Denver on September 27-29, 2023.

With an impressive track record in the legal field, Michelle Arbitrio has been an integral part of WSHB as a partner and currently serves as the Managing Partner of their White Plains Office. Ms. Arbitrio's expertise extends to employment and professional liability defense, making her an invaluable asset to the firm and its clients. She enjoys an international reputation for results in the professional liability arena, and is a highly sought after speaker and author on emerging issues.

Having previously served as a board member, chair of the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee, and chair of the Insurance Agent/Broker Claims Committee within the PLDF, Ms. Arbitrio has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the organization's values. Her appointment as Secretary further solidifies her commitment to enhancing the stature and effectiveness of professional liability defense professionals through education, training, and the exchange of information.

Michelle Arbitrio stated, "I am honored and excited to serve as the Secretary of the Professional Liability Defense Federation. This appointment is a testament to the hard work and collaboration within the PLDF, and I am committed to advancing our mission of fostering excellence in professional liability defense. I look forward to working closely with my esteemed colleagues to create meaningful impact within our industry."

Added Stephen Henning, founding partner of WSHB, “The PLDF's mission aligns perfectly with Michelle’s passion for continuous growth and excellence within the legal profession. By providing a platform for collaboration, education, and professional development, and through her leadership, the PLDF guarantees that its members will be on the forefront of professional liability defense issues.”

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