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Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice

Recognized
In September 2016, Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group was recognized as the Pennsylvania "Litigation Department of the Year" for Appellate Law by The Legal Intelligencer. The practice group was selected for its focused approach and responsiveness to clients. Read The Legal Intelligencer's article, "Ready to Roll:  Marshall Dennehey Puts Clients' Needs First."

Pioneering
Established more than a quarter-century ago, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group began as a pioneer in its field and continues its leadership in providing fully cooperative, innovative, objectively thorough and technologically advanced services to help clients achieve their litigation goals as early and economically as possible.
 
Experienced
Our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group attorneys have been involved in more than 2,000 cases, and they continue to provide solid and efficient litigation support through sound advice and guidance and zealous hard work in the evaluation, development and promotion of clients' interests in the pre-trial, trial and post-trial phases of their cases.
 
Effective
Our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group attorneys work closely with clients and trial counsel. They impart the unique perspectives of the post-trial and appellate courts in the execution of their dual mission: to augment the depth and effectiveness of pre-trial and trial teams and to prosecute and defend post-trial motions and appeals.
 
Thorough
The work of our firm's appellate attorneys includes front-line responsibility for conducting necessary legal research, writing required briefs. and preparing and presenting oral arguments in post-trial motions and appeals.  By undertaking the execution of these tasks, our appellate team enables our clients' trial attorneys to meet the demands of the trial courts free from the radically different, deceptively intricate and time-consuming regimens of the post-trial and appellate courts.
 
Strategic
In addition, our appellate attorneys employ the unique insights gained from their interactions with the appellate courts to support trial counsel in the development and prosecution of dispositive pre-trial motions, in the strategic legal research and analysis of complex and first-impression issues and in the development of effective trial strategies and tactics.
 
High Standards
Our appellate attorneys are dedicated to their professional mission.  They adhere to high standards of excellence, efficiency and client-oriented service.  Their cumulative experience encompasses hundreds of cases and spans all areas of our firm's wide-ranging litigation fields.
 
State-of-the-Art
Our appellate attorneys employ state-of-the-art word-processing, computer-assisted legal research programs and in-house publishing facilities to enhance productivity, quality control and cost efficiencies.
 
Involved
To enhance their skills, the quality of appellate practice and the relationship between the appellate courts and appellate practitioners, the attorneys in this group participate in professional associations such as:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association's Post-Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (founding co-chair and members)
  • DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee (leadership, case reporter and seminar roles)
  • ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers (leadership and case reporter roles)
  • Appellate Practice Committees of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance and Litigation Sections (case reporter)

 
Instructive
Our appellate attorneys also provide instructive seminars and other presentations to enhance clients' understandings of the complexities and intricacies of post-trial and appellate practice.
 
The Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group serves clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

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Aug 24, 2018
Our appellate attorneys were retained shortly before trial. While driving our client’s truck, an employee struck a car from behind that had stopped in the middle of the road after its hood flew open. The collision injured three members of a...
Aug 30, 2017
Our attorneys obtained a unanimous, precedential decision in the Third Circuit reversing a federal district court’s denial of qualified immunity for their police officer clients.  The plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck by a bullet...
Apr 21, 2016
Marshall Dennehey’s appellate and workers’ compensation team successfully defended a major Pennsylvania transportation authority in the four-year litigation of a claim petition arising out of an altercation between the claimant, a bus...
Jan 22, 2016
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute in a case in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously upheld the reversal of a multimillion dollar verdict against an electric...
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully represented a Maryland government agency before the Delaware Supreme Court. The matter had been dismissed at the trial court level based on lack of personal jurisdiction. On appeal, the plaintiffs reasserted personal jurisdiction...
Dec 30, 2014
In a case handled by Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 6 -0 to affirm a judgment as a matter of law for our clients, a Pennsylvania police department and its officers, and held that police owe neither...
Sep 29, 2014
Successfully defended an appeal on behalf of a police officer before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  In this civil rights case, the plaintiff alleged malicious prosecution, a violation of §1983, in connection with his arrest in a...
Jun 10, 2014
Won a unanimous victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court whereby the Court reinstated a long-standing statutory employer defense for general contractors and others who are sued in tort for injuries to subcontractors' employees. Representing...
Jun 10, 2014
Won a unanimous victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the standard for prejudice that an insurer must meet to deny coverage based upon late notice of a "phantom vehicle" claim.  The Supreme Court upheld the...
Nov 18, 2013
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys convinced the Pennsylvania Superior Court to reverse a multimillion-dollar asbestos verdict on two bases and remand for a new trial on liability and damages. In its 2-1 panel decision, the Superior...

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Defense Digest Article September 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019 Thomas Specht of our Scranton, Pennsylvania office obtained Superior Court affirmance of a trail court order that had granted judgment on the pleadings to our clients—a real estate company, the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 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...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
New Jersey residents placed their disabled adult son at a residential care facility located in Pennsylvania. Costs were borne by the local New Jersey school district in which the parents lived, but when the son attained age 21, the source of funding..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019 In a workers’ compensation appeal, Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA) successfully defended against the claimant’s appeal of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board’s decision that..., *Prior Results Do Not Gaurantee A Similar Outcome   , Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 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...
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The district court certified a plaintiff class in the case but later reconsidered and decertified the class. Under Federal Rule 23(f), the named plaintiff would have had 14 days to seek review of that decertification order in the court of appeals...., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 John Hare (Philadelphia, PA) filed an amicus curiae brief for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reverse two lower court decisions that deprived the defendant..., 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...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
This case is an important one governing the statute of limitations in class actions. But the second part of the opinion should be of interest to every practitioner. At summary judgment, the defendant filed the required statement of undisputed..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA) obtained the Commonwealth Court’s affirmance of the trial court’s entry of judgment notwithstanding the verdict in favor of the City of Philadelphia in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018. 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...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The plaintiff was exposed to asbestos while living and working in Massachusetts. In the late 1970s, he moved to Florida where he was diagnosed—more than 25 years later—with mesothelioma. The suit named Union Carbide, a New York/Texas..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 In a workers’ compensation Fee Review appeal, Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA) convinced the Commonwealth Court to create a new standard for review as to what constitutes “a...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018. 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...

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April 10, 2019
John J. Hare, co-chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, and Heather Russell Fine, shareholder in the firm’s Casualty Department, have been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is...
March 4, 2019
John J. Hare and Teresa Ficken Sachs, Co-Chairs of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, have been selected 2019 "Influencers of Law" in the area of business litigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The awards program recognizes...
October 10, 2018
Teresa Ficken Sachs, Co-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy & Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, presented her first oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States on October 3, 2018, in the case of Knick v. Township of Scott, Pa., No. 17-647....
May 29, 2018
Appellate attorney Kimberly Kanoff Berman has joined Marshall Dennehey as Special Counsel in the Fort Lauderdale office. A member of the firm’s Professional Liability Department, Ms. Berman joins the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. Her diverse appellate practice has included the...
November 27, 2017
Teresa Ficken Sachs, Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was selected as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 "Women of Distinction." The program recognizes 30 female leaders in the Philadelphia region who...
October 13, 2017
Teresa Ficken Sachs, Esq., Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Fall Meeting, held October 6 - 8 in San Francisco. The...
April 10, 2017
John J. Hare, Esq., Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 6 – 8 in Boston. The AAAL was founded...
September 21, 2016
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...
September 15, 2016
Two Marshall Dennehey attorneys have been recognized as 2016 "Top Women in Law" by The Legal Intelligencer and The New Jersey Law Journal, respectively. Appellate attorney Kimberly Boyer-Cohen, special counsel in the firm's Philadelphia office, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer. The...
April 7, 2016
Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen, special counsel in the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of...

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Conference Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Conference Apr 6, 2017
Rasheen Davis and Teresa Sachs are presenting at the upcoming Personal Injury Potpourri conference, hosted by the Dispute Resolution Institute. Rasheen will discuss how to avoid statute of limitations problems and Teresa will present important case...
Seminar Feb 1, 2019
Join the Section for this all-day CLE to learn about the essentials of appellate practice that go beyond the rules of procedure. Learn about appellate jurisdiction, the use and effect of key appellate doctrines, differences between state and federal...

Chair

John J. Hare
Co-Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
(215) 575-2609
jjhare@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Teresa Ficken Sachs
Co-Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group
(215) 575-4560
tfsachs@mdwcg.com
Christopher E. Dougherty
Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733
cedougherty@mdwcg.com

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