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Teresa Ficken Sachs Joins Marshall Dennehey to Assume Leadership Role in Appellate Advocacy Practice Group

January 14, 2015

Well-known appellate attorney Teresa (Terry) Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a Shareholder and Vice-Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group.  In this capacity, she will work closely with practice group chair, John J. Hare, in managing the firm's ten-attorney appellate practice, which serves clients throughout PA, NJ, NY, DE, OH and FL. Ms. Sachs previously was a Principal in the Appellate Department at Post & Schell in Philadelphia.

With 30 years of experience as a civil litigator, including 20 years as a trial attorney, Ms. Sachs has significant experience representing all manner of insureds, self-insureds and insurance carriers in complex litigation matters in both the state and federal appellate courts. Her appellate track record includes the successful representation of universities, corporations and insurance carriers in multi-million dollar matters involving catastrophic personal injury, coverage disputes and other professional liability matters. She regularly appears before the Pennsylvania State and Federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and she has been asked to represent insurance industry groups, as amici curiae, before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts.

"We are thrilled that Terry is joining us," said Christopher Dougherty, Director of Marshall Dennehey's Professional Liability Department and Chairman of the firm's Board of Directors. "Terry has an enviable combination of qualities – broad experience and depth of knowledge in appellate practice; an impeccable reputation; exquisite professionalism and stellar character. She and John Hare will make a great team, and her joining Marshall Dennehey will only serve to enhance the appellate representation we offer our clients."

According to Hare, "Terry is a tremendous appellate attorney who I and many others have admired for years and I very much look forward to working with her. We share a synergy that I believe will greatly benefit our appellate team and clients."

Prior to concentrating on appellate law, Ms. Sachs, who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy, focused her practice in the defense of medical and dental professional liability matters. She also has significant experience in the areas of product liability and premises liability defense, insurance coverage matters, and uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage disputes.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, and the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she sits on the Appellate Courts Committee.  Additionally, she is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel and she is a Director of the Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and the University of Connecticut.

Affiliated Attorneys

John J. Hare
Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
(215) 575-2609
Teresa Ficken Sachs
Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group
(215) 575-4560


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