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Carol A. VanderWoude

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2643
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

Carol is a member of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group in the Professional Liability Department.  She focuses her practice on drafting concise, forceful briefs and delivering persuasive oral arguments in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Carol handles appeals across a wide range of subject areas which include, among others, products liability, toxic torts, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, civil rights, professional liability and premises liability.  As part of her practice, Carol regularly handles emergency matters which arise throughout the course of litigation and assists trial counsel with development of legal strategies, preparation of pre-trial motions, trial briefs, and post-trial motions. She also performs appellate monitoring of high-exposure trials to assist trial counsel in preserving issues for appeal. This assistance includes handling and arguing legal issues before the trial court so trial counsel can focus on witnesses and the presentation of evidence. 

In addition to her practice, Carol is actively involved in Pennsylvania defense organizations and informing members of the defense bar about notable legal developments. Currently, Carol serves as co-editor of Counterpoint, the well-regarded magazine of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. She has also hosted statewide teleconferences of defense counsel regarding new legal developments.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey in 2005, Carol worked for five years as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where she drafted memoranda of law and opinions on a variety of subjects including civil rights, employment, bankruptcy, immigration, securities and tax law. 

Carol graduated from California State University, San Marcos, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She subsequently attended American University, Washington College of Law, where she obtained her juris doctor, cum laude, in 2001. While attending law school, Carol taught legal research and writing and served as a member of the American University Law Review.

Published Works

  • "Addressing Malfunction Theory for First Time in 20 Years: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Burden of Proof in Product Liability Case Based Upon Malfunction Theory," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 2001 J.D.

    Honors: cum laude
    Legal Methods Deans Fellow
    Law Review: American University Law Review 

  • California State University, 1997 B.A.

    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Political Science 

Law Alerts January 29, 2015
Edited by: Timothy D. Rau, Esquire   En Banc PA Superior Court Vacates $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict and Remands for New Trial By Carol Vanderwoude, Esq. An en banc Superior Court recently affirmed a 2013 split decision by a three-judge..., 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 March 1, 2010
Pennsylvania -- Product Liability , Key Points: To make out a prima facie case under the malfunction theory where a product has performed successfully in the years leading up to the alleged "malfunction," a plaintiff must adduce some..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
May 11, 2018
We argued successfully before the Pennsylvania Superior Court on behalf of a commercial real estate developer. The case involved a probation officer who fell and badly injured himself during a blizzard. The demand was in excess of $4 million. In its...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in a premises liability case against our client, a manufacturer of forged steel wheels used in the railroad industry. The plaintiff alleged she was exposed to asbestos dust...
December 14, 2012
Philadelphia, PA – Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that the following 13 attorneys were elected shareholders at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on December 11, 2012: Christopher Boyle, Esq.; James Lare, Esq.; Thomas Marcoz, Esq.; Brian McNulty, Esq.; Raymond...


  • California State University San Marcos (B.A., magna cum laude, 1997)
  • Washington College of Law, American University (J.D., cum laude, 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2002
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2005

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2005

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