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R. Anthony Michetti

Managing Attorney, Doylestown, PA Office
10 N. Main Street
2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
(267) 880-2030
(215) 348-5439 - Fax

R. Anthony Michetti handles a wide variety of cases in his practice, including premises liability, liquor liability, auto, municipal tort claims, professional liability (legal, accounting and medical) and construction defects claims. His clients include municipalities in tort claim cases, property management companies in premises liability cases and liquor licensees in dram shop cases. Over the course of his career, Tony has gained extensive litigation experience, having handled over 200 liquor liability cases, more than 700 auto accident cases, approximately 700 premises liability cases and over 300 municipal tort claims cases.

Tony's career with Marshall Dennehey began in 1978 as a law clerk. He was hired after graduation as an associate attorney working in the Montgomery County office. In 1983, he moved to the firm's Doylestown office where he has been the managing shareholder since 1989.

Tony has experience in bringing high-exposure cases to successful conclusion. Some examples include: successful defense of a liquor licensee in an action where the plaintiff was murdered by an allegedly intoxicated patron; successful defense of a day development program against a claim that a staff member sexually abused three mentally handicapped clients of the program; settlement for cost of defense in a multi-million dollar construction defect case as a result of successfully moving to preclude plaintiff's expert from giving testimony at trial.

In all, Tony's exceptional trial record includes 125 cases taken to trial, 123 of which resulted in defense verdicts. Consistent with his record, Tony has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2006 to 2008 in the area of Personal Injury Defense.

Tony graduated from Gettysburg College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. At Widener University School of Law, Tony was elected and served as class representative. In 1977, he received the Charles Lowenthal Award given annually to the winner of the Law School's Moot Court Competition. In 1979, he graduated from Widener University School of Law, cum laude.

Outside of his practice, Tony is an active Plumstead Christian School Booster, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School Booster, and a coach for various youth baseball teams.

Representative Cases

  • Bonney v. Sabella

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Premises Liability and Distinguishing the Duty of Care Owed to Trespassers, Licensees and Invitees,Employers Mutual Insurance Company, September 2017

  • Pennsylvania Liquor Liability Claims, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Company, June 2015

  • Dram Shop Litigation, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015

  • Handling Dram Shop Claims, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc., April 2014

  • The Affluence of Incohol: Overcoming the Challenges of “Shram Drop” Legislation, National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 2014

  • Ethics and Liquor Liability, Pennsylvania Bar Association Continuing Legal Education

Published Works

  • "Murder Leads to Liquor Liability Case," Defense Digest, Spring, 1992


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D., 1979)

    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: 1977 Winner of Charles Lowenthal Award for Moot Court

  • Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (B.A., 1976)

    Major: History

Defense Digest Article March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 By R. Anthony Michetti, Esq.* Your insured operates a bar, restaurant or hotel. A significant amount of revenue generated by the business is from the sale of alcohol. Through a license issued by the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019. 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 legal...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2015
Marshall Dennehey’s Bucks County office is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the county seat. Bucks County is just north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is one of the three original counties founded by William Penn in 1682. Steeped in...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 2, June 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...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2009
Bucks County is one of the five counties in Pennsylvania that make up the Delaware Valley and is one of the three original counties founded by William Penn in 1682. The county seat, Doylestown, has its origin in 1745 when William Doyle obtained a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2009
May 11, 2018
We obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in Pennsylvania. The defendant was walking her Labrador Retriever, along with her five-year-old cousin. She entrusted the leash to her cousin, who promptly lost grip on the leash, allowing the dog to...
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict in a Bucks County jury trial. ​The plaintiff and defendant, both high school seniors, were participating in the annual spirit event in the school gym. Two student athletes were called to compete against each other in the...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict at arbitration on behalf of a tenant renting a single family home. As part of a Memorial Day picnic at his rented home, the defendant set up an inflatable water slip-n-slide in the middle of the back yard for the use and...
Jan 22, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a homeowners association and its management company in a jury trial in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The plaintiff claimed she fell on ice and snow in a common area in a residential community where she...


  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1979)
  • Gettysburg College (B.A., 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1979

Associations & Memberships

  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Master of the Bench of the Bucks County American Inn of Court
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1978

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