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Armand J. Della Porta Jr.

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1007 N. Orange Street
Nemours Building, Suite 600, P.O. Box 8888
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 552-4323
(302) 552-4340 - Fax
ajdellaporta@mdwcg.com

Armand concentrates his practice in the defense of products liability, toxic tort, asbestos personal injury litigation and general negligence cases. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Armand graduated from Georgetown University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He was selected for Phi Beta Kappa and received the Connecticut Medal for Government. He attended Villanova Law School and graduated in 1980. From 1980 to 1981, Armand clerked for the Honorable Charles A. Lord of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

He joined Krusen Evans and Byrne in 1981, became a partner in 1986 and was later elected to the firm's management committee in 1988. Armand was a founding partner of Kelley Jasons McGuire & Spinelli in 1989 and started its Delaware office in 1990, which he managed until he left the firm in 2005. 

In 2015, Armand was appointed Atlantic Regional Director of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the country's leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. He is also a past president of the Defense Counsel of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), where he held the positions of chair of the Products Liability, Legislative and Judicial Selection committees. Armand has also written numerous articles for the PDI's quarterly publication, Counterpoint, and has lectured at many CLE and other seminars.

He has long been active with his alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep, having served as past president of the Alumni Board of Governors, member of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of its Hawktion. He remains active with the alumni board, the Hawktion and other fundraising activities.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defended two asbestos clients in claims with demands to each client in excess of $1 million. Our clients initially were represented to be target defendants. After pretrial preparation and investigative work, we were able to demonstrate that our clients had significant defenses to plaintiff's claims and were able to settle case for 10% and 20% of original demands, well below what other target defendants paid. 

  • Defended target defendant in alleged illegal police pursuit case. Initial demand was $15 million. Successfully tried the case for four weeks in U.S.D.C., M.D. PA. and was able to settle case at that point for 10% of original demand. 

  • Successfully tried over 100 asbestos cases to verdict in Pennsylvania and Delaware, many with defense verdicts. 

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Bankruptcy Trusts and Discovery Issues, Perrin Conferences' Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Litigation Conference, Hockessin, DE, May 2016

  • Status of Litigation and Recent Decisions - Filings, Trends, Projections & Pending Litigation in DE, MD, PA, and Federal Courts, Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Litigation Conference, February 2015

  • Status of Litigation and Recent Decisions – Filings, Trends, Projections & Pending Litigation in DE, MD, PA and Federal Courts, Perrin Conferences - Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Litigation Conference, Wilmington, DE, January, 2015

  • Significant New Case Law in Asbestos Litigation in Delaware, Harris Martin sponsored seminar, February 2008 

  • Asbestos Litigation in Delaware - Past, Present & Future, National Business Institute, December 2007 

  • Insurance Coverage Issues in Auto Cases, December 2000 

  • CLE Seminars on Product Liability, Pennsylvania Defense Institute & Phila. Assn. of Defense Counsel, June 1999, April 1997, October 1996, January 1995, March 1994, August 1992 

  • Preparing Witnesses for Deposition and Trial, December 1998 

  • Pennsylvania Insurance Law - Bad Faith Claims, September 1994 & 1995 

  • Pennsylvania and Delaware Auto and Bad Faith Law, August 1993 

Published Works

  • Contributor, Legal Updates for Toxic Torts Litigation, 2014-present

  • “Can Plaintiff Board the Amount of Medical Expenses Billed or Merely the Amount Paid?,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015

  • "Recent Developments in Spoliation," Counterpoint, June, 1999 

  • "Parks v. Allied Signal, Inc.: The Admissibility of Evidence of Plaintiff's Conduct in 402A Cases," Counterpoint, September, 1997 

  • "Product Liability Update," Counterpoint, 1985 to 1995 

  • "The Product Line Exception to the Law of Successor Liability," Counterpoint, October, 1993 

  • "Whether a Person Suffering Allergic Reactions Can Recover Under Strict Liability - A Review of PA & National Law," Counterpoint, January, 1992 

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA (J.D., 1980)

  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC (B.A., 1977)

    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa 

Law Alerts June 1, 2016
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esquire Bare Metal Defense Applied Under Maritime Law in Eastern District of PA By Timothy Rau, Esq. Judge Eduardo Robreno issued an opinion in DeVries v. General Electric Co., 5:13-00474 (E. D. Pa. May 18, 2016),..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2015
By Armand J. Della Porta Jr., Esq.* Key Points: What is the value of medical services in Delaware? Under a recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, a plaintiff can submit to the jury the amount Medicare paid for medical services,..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts August 1, 2014
Edited by Timothy Rau, Esquire Delaware Supreme Court Reverses $2.8 Million Verdict The Delaware Supreme Court reversed a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff, the Estate of Michael Galliher, on the grounds that the trial court failed to instruct the..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Dec 31, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in a construction defect case that was argued before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The case involved a claim that our client, the general contractor for an addition to a hospital, had committed...
August 13, 2015
Armand J. Della Porta, Jr., shareholder in the Wilmington office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed Atlantic Regional Director of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the country's leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Mr. Della Porta,...

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1980)
  • Georgetown University (B.A., 1977)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
  • Delaware, 1990
  • District Court District of Delaware, 1990
  • Maryland, 2005

Associations & Memberships

  • Defense Counsel of Delaware, President 2012 - 2013
  • Defense Research Institute, Atlantic Regional Director 2015 - ; Delaware State Representative, 2010 - 2013
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, President 2008-09

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2005

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