Since joining Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 1993, Ed has devoted his practice to the defense of product liability matters, with particular emphasis on automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, forklifts, scissor lifts and other industrial and commercial equipment and products. He is member of the firm's Casualty Department.
Ed represents aerial lift rental companies, contractors and manufacturers of various industrial products. He is most frequently asked to defend catastrophic personal injury cases. The cases typically involve construction related accidents and product liability claims. He also handles general negligence claims.
In 1998, Ed received his Master's Degree in Trial Advocacy with honors from the Temple University School of Law. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2006 and 2008-2013 in the area of civil litigation defense.
Ed is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Following graduation from Notre Dame in 1981, he attended Duquesne University School of Law. Ed graduated in the top 25 percent of his class and received his juris doctor in 1984. Ed then joined the defense litigation firm of Liebert, Short, FitzPatrick and Lavin, where he developed extensive experience in a wide range of casualty defense matters, with particular emphasis on the defense of product liability claims.
Ed has been a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates for over 10 years. He volunteers to represent children who have been abused or otherwise need legal representation as determined by the court and assigned by the Support Center. In 1999, Ed was honored with recognition as a "Distinguished Advocate for Children." He continues to actively be involved in this organization.
Significant Representative Matters
Successfully resolved complicated work place/products liability case involving a fatality where the demand was $40 million by demonstrating through a complicated and sophisticated biomechanical analysis that the body position of the decedent showed that he had intentionally placed himself in an obvious position of danger.
Tried to defense verdict a product liability claim allegedly involving a van seat failure. The demand had been $5 million.
Tried work-related personal injury matter to verdict. Matter favorably resolved after verdict based upon strong appellate issues raised.
Successfully resolved claim of worker permanently injured by contact with electrical circuitry. Used forensic DNA analysis to establish compelling defense that contradicted the testimony of the plaintiff.
Successfully resolved work-related claim where worker suffered paraplegia. Case tried against non-settling defendant and resulted in multi-million dollar verdict.
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1984 J.D.
Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998 LL.M., with honors
University of Notre Dame, 1981 B.A.
"Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Arbitrations--A Narrow Scope of Review Can Cost You Dearly," Defense Digest, January, 1996
"Intoxication Evidence: Admissible To Prove Causation in Product Liability Case and Admissible to Address Life Expectancy When Permanent Injury is Claimed," Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1998
"Defending Products Cases With Intoxication Evidence," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, October 19, 1998
"Will Your Judgment Day Be In Y2K?," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1999
"The Y2K Act - Will An Ounce Of Prevention Be Worth A Pound Of Cure?," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1999
"Product Liability Defendants Must Ask, 'Am I A Seller?'," Defense Digest, 2000-10, Vol. 6, No. 5
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Presenter - 2008 Update on Pennsylvania Product Liability Law, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2008
- University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1981)
- Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1984)
- Temple University School of Law (LL.M., Trial Advocacy, with honors, 1998)
- Pennsylvania, 1984
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1984
- U.S District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1984
- U.S. Federal Court, 1984
Associations & Memberships
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006, 2008-2013
- First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's Pro Bono Hall of Fame for work for Support Center for Child Advocates
- AV® Preeminent™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
- Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2011 (CLMP)