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Thomas A. Brophy

Senior Counsel
President Emeritus
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2748
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

Tom Brophy is the President Emeritus of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin having served as President and CEO from 2005 to 2017.

With more than 35 years of experience in the legal profession, Tom remains constantly aware of changes in the business and legal community and continues to counsel and guide clients through this ever-changing landscape.

Over the years, Tom has defended hundreds of matters on behalf of corporations, individuals and insurance companies involving a wide range of legal issues including product liability, premises liability, liquor liability and health care liability matters. Tom has lectured extensively throughout the state on the practice of civil defense litigation.

Tom is a former chair of the Federal Practice Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is actively involved with the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and the Defense Research Institute. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia for six years. Tom has served as a Trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association for nine years.   

Tom served as the President of  the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2017 and 2018 and continues to serve as a Trustee of the Bar Foundation and PBF Holdings.  PBF Holdings is seeking to build an Equal Justice Center in Philadelphia to house the various service organizations that serve the poor, the disenfranchised, and those unable to afford legal services. Tom also served a two year term as the President of The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia in 2016 and 2017

Significant Representative Matters

  • Tried one of the first long-term care cases litigated in the City of Philadelphia. Successfully represented the defendant, an owner and operator of a long-term care facility. The plaintiff was a resident of the facility and had been assaulted by a care provider who was convicted of aggravated assault as a result of his mishandling of the plaintiff. Claims were made for compensatory and punitive damages against the long-term care facility for the actions of its employee and for its failure to properly screen the employee who assaulted the plaintiff. The jury returned a defense verdict on behalf of the long-term care facility.

  • Successfully represented an insurance broker in an alleged insurance brokerage malpractice matter. Plaintiff sued the insurance brokerage alleging that the brokerage had misrepresented the nature of the insurance coverage available to the land owner resulting in an economic loss of between $5 million and $8 million. The case was complicated by the fact that the insurance broker whom Tom represented was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and was incompetent to testify at the time of trial.

  • Defended an underinsured motorist case brought by a plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon, who had been rear ended in a motor vehicle accident, claimed that as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, he had developed a radiculopathy radiating into his right dominant arm precluding him from engaging in the practice of plastic surgery. The surgeon had $5 million in underinsured motorist coverage. The arbitrators made an award of $850,000 in favor of the plastic surgeon in a case that was reserved for $5 million.

  • Successfully represented a psychologist and in-patient treatment facility in a case in which it was alleged that patient was inaccurately evaluated and inappropriately discharged. The patient committed suicide within 10 days after his discharge from the facility by the psychologist. Jury found in favor of defense concluding that the decision to discharge the decedent was appropriate given his presentation on the date of the release.

  • Defended the manufacturer of a pediculicide (lice treatment) shampoo in a case in which it was alleged that the shampoo caused second degree burns to a 3-year-old child over 60 percent of her body, causing her death. At the time the case was filed, the county coroner and the decedent's treating physicians had opined that her death was caused by an allergic reaction resulting in tissue destruction that manifested itself in the form of second degree burns. The defense assembled a team of experts to establish that the child's death was caused by hot water scalding and not by a chemical reaction to the shampoo. The pediculicide had been manufactured and distributed pursuant to over-the-counter regulations promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Published Works

  • "Sailing to Distant Shores," Philadelphia Bar Reporter, January 2017

  • “Toxic Torts: Workable Defenses Available to the Corporate Defendant,” (co-author, Robert Goggin) 28 Villanova L. R. 1208, 1993

  • “How To Evaluate And Settle Personal Injury Claims,” Professional Education System, Inc, 1989

  • “Cross Examination of Plaintiff's Life Care Expert,” Product Liability Council Deskbook, 1999, 2001


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (J.D., 1982)

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (B.A., 1974)

    Honors: Cum Laude 
    Major: English  


Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
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Defense Digest Article September 1, 2009
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July 24, 2015
Marshall Dennehey received the "Distinguished Defense Firm Award" at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) on Thursday, July 16 in Bedford, PA. The inaugural award honors a civil defense firm devoted to professionalism, dedication to the practice of law, promotion of the...
November 21, 2014
For the second consecutive year, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin was cited among the top law firms Fortune 500 companies call upon for torts litigation, according to the results of Corporate Counsel's annual survey, "Who Represents America's Biggest Companies? Firms were chosen based...
September 15, 2014
The Philadelphia Business Journal has named Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin one of its 2014 Best Places to Work award recipients in the Philadelphia region. The award recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees...
July 2, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the June 30th retirement of Peter S. Miller, longtime Chief Operating Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee member, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department, and Managing Attorney of the Philadelphia...
June 30, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the official integration of 25 attorneys from Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull, P.C. and the opening of a 20th office located in Westchester County, NY. Of the 25 attorneys, five will staff the new Westchester location; 15 will...
April 24, 2014
Marshall Dennehey has been named to the 2014 Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession. The firm was selected for its programs and initiatives that help women lawyers continue and advance in their...
January 17, 2014
Thomas A. Brophy, President & CEO of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, is pleased to announce an agreement with James P. Connors, Managing Partner of Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull P.C., wherein Jones Hirsch lawyers will become part of Marshall Dennehey. The pending joinder...
December 19, 2012
December 2012 – Philadelphia, PA – The Executive Committee of the defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin (MDWC&G) is pleased to announce that Robin Snyder, Esq. was elected as a member of the firm's board of directors as well as senior vice president at the annual...



  • Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • University of Dayton (B.A., cum laude, 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • 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, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001

Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate, 1997 - Present
  • PBF Holdings, President 2018
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, President, 2017 - 2018
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Vice President, 2015 - 2016
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Member of Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2016
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 1982-1986 and 2000 - Present
  • The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia, Member 2000 - Present, Trustee 2011 - 2015, President, 2016 - 2017
  • Defense Research Institute, 1988 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 1985 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Co-Chair, Law Practice Management Committee, 2007, 2008
  • Products Liability Advisory Council, 1988 - 2010
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia, Member of Board of Directors, 2006 - 2010
  • Montgomery County Bar Association 1986 - 2001
  • Pennsylvania Civil Jury Trial Instructions Committee, 2018-2019

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, The Legal Intelligencer
  • 2019 William J. O'Brien Distinguished Service Award, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, 2001-Present
  • Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2001-Present
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2019

Year Joined Organization: 1979

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