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Butler Buchanan III

Chair, Diversity Committee; Hiring Attorney
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2661
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
Butler has devoted a significant amount of his law practice to the defense of insurance agents and brokers, securities dealers, and attorneys. His practice also encompasses insurance coverage, generic insurance defense, and commercial litigation.
Butler is the hiring attorney at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, and is responsible for the recruitment and hiring process of the attorneys who join our firm. He also Chairs the Diversity Committee and in this position is charged, along with his colleagues, with ensuring that our firm maintains a deep commitment to equal-opportunity employment and advancement.
In 1976 Butler graduated, cum laude, from Millersville University with a B.A. degree. He then attended the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1979. Upon graduation, he joined the Bucks County District Attorney's Office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, initially as an Assistant District Attorney, and within two years was promoted to the position of Deputy District Attorney. Butler tried numerous felony cases to verdict during his tenure there.
In 1983, Butler joined the legal staff of Betz Laboratories, Inc., a specialty chemical concern whose corporate offices were located in Trevose, Pennsylvania. While there, Butler advised company executives on a variety of legal issues and was involved in defending the company from lawsuits brought by state and federal authorities for alleged environmental contamination. In addition to those duties, Butler was responsible for the procurement and administration of the company's insurance on an international basis. This role entailed negotiating worldwide insurance coverages with and through the insurance brokerage firms and, in many instances, negotiating directly with underwriters.
After leaving Betz, Butler joined another insurance defense firm in the Philadelphia area, concentrating his practice in insurance coverage, including environmental claims, insurance coverage litigation, insurance agents and brokers errors & omissions defense, liquor liability defense, and general commercial litigation.
When not practicing law, Butler serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Vocational High School, as well as a member of Board of Directors of Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Successfully resolved numerous declaratory judgment actions seeking insurance coverage from numerous insurers wherein plaintiff corporations demanded payment of $100 million(+) to resolve claims seeking environmental coverage, coverage for hearing loss, coverage for asbestos claims, and various other types of claims.

  • Successfully defended case via jury trial wherein plaintiff physician sought several million dollars in coverage for long term disability coverage. Client was the insurance agent that sold the policies in question.

Published Works

  • Common Sense Ways to Increase Minority Representation Among Interviewees

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • DRI Annual Meeting - Technology and Law

  • DRI Annual Meeting - The Use of E-Mail and Electronic Documents Storage

  • DRI Electronic Discovery Seminar, Chicago, Illinois

  • DRI Insurance Roundtable - Recent Developments Concerning Class Action Litigation, Chicago, Illinois

  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Seminar, New York, New York

  • Seminars presented for Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, National Insurance Industry Association

August 28, 2013
Marshall Dennehey has partnered with the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School to sponsor the education of four of its students through the school's unique work-study program. Cristo Rey is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for students of all faiths who cannot otherwise afford a...
December 17, 2012
Philadelphia, PA – Butler Buchanan, III, a shareholder with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed Co-Chair of the State Civil Litigation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Buchanan devotes a significant amount of his law practice to the defense of insurance...


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1979 J.D.
  • Millersville University, 1976 B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1979

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, 2001-2004)
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia (Member of Board of Directors)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (Past President)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (former Member of Board of Governors)

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2009-2013

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