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On the Pulse … Other Notable Achievements

December 1, 2016

Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016


Special Appointments

Jason Banonis (Allentown, PA) was recently elected treasurer of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute during its annual conference at the Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania.


We are honored to announce that Marshall Dennehey has been selected a winner in two categories of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2016 Litigation Departments of the Year contest. The firm has been recognized in the areas of Appellate Law and Professional Liability, which in this particular contest focused on medical and non-medical professional liability. Congratulations to practice group and department leaders John Hare, Terry Sachs, Christopher Dougherty, Eric Fitzgerald, Kevin FitzPatrick, and William Banton and their dedicated, hardworking teams of attorneys who are responsible for the firm receiving this recognition.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Philadelphia Business Journal has named Marshall Dennehey one of the Philadelphia region’s “Best Places to Work.” The award recognizes the firm’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and company culture. Hundreds of companies submitted nominations, which ranks the top employers according to scores given to the companies by their own workers.

Two of our attorneys have been recognized as 2016 “Top Women in Law” by The Legal Intelligencer and The New Jersey Law Journal. Appellate attorney Kimberly Boyer-Cohen (Philadelphia, PA) has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer. The award honors women who are “making strides to push the legal profession forward for women” and recognizes outstanding work being done by female attorneys across Pennsylvania, with notable achievements in the last two years. Workers’ compensation attorney Angela DeMary (Cherry Hill, NJ) has been recognized by The New Jersey Law Journal. The award recognizes outstanding work being done by female attorneys across New Jersey, with notable achievements in recent years.

Two of our attorneys have been selected by Best Lawyers in America© as 2017 “Lawyers of the Year” for specific practice and demographic areas. Timothy J. McMahon (Harrisburg, PA) has been selected as the 2017 Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Harrisburg. Additionally, Stephen A. Ryan (King of Prussia, PA) has been selected the 2017 Medical Malpractice Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia. Mr. Ryan also received this recognition in 2013.

Phillip Harris (Tampa, FL) was selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a 2016 “Up & Comer.” ​The award recognizes the Tampa Bay area’s outstanding executives under the age of 40 who demonstrate excellence in their professional life and are active in community service.

Roger Bonine, Director of Information Technology (Philadelphia, PA), was recognized at the International Legal Technology Association annual conference as a “shortlist honoree” for the “2016 Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year” award. ​Roger was honored as a runner-up for the successful implementation of KwikTag Legal scanning solution as part of our firmwide initiative to improve operational efficiency and productivity.

Speaking Engagements

Several of our shareholders served as faculty at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s (CLM) 2016 Claims College, an educational experience designed to help educate and grow industry claims professionals and the industry. Each school within the college is comprised of three levels, and participants who successfully complete all levels in a particular school receive a CLM designation reflecting their education and commitment to the profession. The following shareholders made presentations:

  • James Cole taught two classes within the School of Property: Coverage Level II and Good Faith Claims Handling Level III.
  • Andrew Davitt presented to the School of Professional Lines, teaching Roles Within Professional Lines, Level I.
  • Eric Fitzgerald, CPCU, CLU, addressed the College’s School of Extra-Contractual Claims, teaching Extra Contractual Claims and the Duty to Defend, Level I.
  • Edward McGinn addressed the College’s School of Casualty Claims, teaching Claims Evaluations, Level I.
  • Matthew Schorr spoke to the College’s School of Property: Coverage – Know Before You Go – Level I.


Victoria Scanlon (Scranton, PA) presented “Closing Special Presentation: Medical Malpractice Case Study—Suicide and the Defense of a Wrongful Death Claim” to the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management annual conference.

Denis Dice (Philadelphia, PA) was a panelist for the “Managing Risk and Protecting Your Practice” session at the 2016 Financial Services Institute Forum: Navigating a Post-DOL Fiduciary World.

David Shannon and Joel Wertman (Philadelphia, PA) presented a webinar for the Financial Services Institute on emerging trends and the current regulatory environment for independent financial advisors and independent financial service firms. ​​The interactive webinar was attended by representatives of FSI member firms.

New York Metro Super Lawyers 2016

Six attorneys from our Manhattan office have been selected to the 2016 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. A description of the selection methodology can be found at The attorneys recognized as 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers are:

  • William R. Connor, III, Transportation/Maritime.
  • James P. Connors, Personal Injury General: Defense.
  • Daniel G. McDermott, Transportation/Maritime.
  • Edward C. Radzik, Transportation/Maritime.


Our Manhattan attorneys recognized as 2016 New York Metro Lawyer Rising Stars include:

  • Adam C. Calvert, Personal Injury General: Defense.
  • Christopher J. DiCicco, Transportation/Maritime.



Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016. 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 advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING pursuant to New York RPC 7.1. © 2016 Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted without the express written permission of our firm. For reprints, contact

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