Michael L. Detweiler is a member of the Professional Liability Department where he has successfully defended clients in numerous professional liability and casualty matters. Michael's past and present clients include construction companies, tour operators, travel agents, resorts, local municipalities, governmental transportation agencies, medical device manufacturers, and numerous other individuals and entities. He has also successfully defended entities and individuals in commercial and breach of contract disputes.
In his career, Michael has obtained numerous defense verdicts and summary judgments in the state and Federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His extensive experience with both professional liability and casualty matters provide an invaluable advantage in representing clients in those matters which require a firm grasp of both practice backgrounds.
Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Michael was Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department for two years. He defended police officers, corrections officers and various City of Philadelphia employees and agencies in civil lawsuits. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College in 1998 and from Boston College Law School in 2002. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Significant Representative Matters
Successfully drafted and argued Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings on behalf of international tour operator in a federal court case in which plaintiff (a 35 year old man) drowned while on a fishing excursion near the coast of Costa Rica. (The fishing excursion was booked through the tour operator). The underlying motion was predicated on applicable tour operator liability law, maritime law, and the Death on the High Seas Act.
Served as lead trial counsel and successfully obtained a compulsory non-suit, for construction subcontractor client, in a three week trial in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Plaintiff alleged that he suffered a significant arm injury and resulting brachial plexopathy as the result of an injury at the underlying construction site. Plaintiff alleged that he suffers debilitating pain and that he is permanently disabled. His economist estimated his life care plan, lost past earnings, and loss of future earning capacity, to be in excess of $6 million.
Successfully drafted Motion to Dismiss on jurisdictional grounds on behalf of internationally renowned California golf resort that was sued by plaintiff for severe head and cognitive injuries.
Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims as to tour operator sued by plaintiff for personal injuries as a result of alleged injuries stemming from an accident in a resort in Jamaica.
Obtained voluntary dismissal of all breach of contract claims as to local non-profit financial institution in a breach of contract civil action involving close to $1 million in disputed monies.
Obtained numerous defense verdicts as lead trial counsel on behalf of clients in federal court in which plaintiff alleged false arrest, excessive force, and other civil rights violations.
Obtained multiple summary judgments on behalf of clients in general casualty and products liability matters.
Areas of Practice
"The Motor Vehicle Black Box," Dispute Resolution Institute: Annual Personal Injury Potpourri 2007, Co-Authored with Ralph P. Bocchino, Esq.
Past Employment Positions
City of Philadelphia, Law Department, Assistant City Solicitor, Civil Rights Unit, 2003 - 2005
Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, 2002 J.D.
Dickinson College, 1998 B.A.
Honors: magna cum laude
Honors: Sigma Iota Rho, National Honor Society for International Studies
Major: International Studies / History
Areas of Practice
- Boston College Law School (J.D., 2002)
- Dickinson College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1998)
- Massachusetts, 2002
- New Jersey, 2003
- Pennsylvania, 2003
- U.S District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2003
Associations & Memberships
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2007-2008, 2010-2013